Way way back four years ago I decided to compile a list of the stories which have won both Hugo and Nebula awards. Then I decided it wasn’t enough to list them, I should buy them and read them again, or for the first time if I hadn’t already. This took a good eight months, with Poul Anderson’s “Goat Song” the last story I was able to track down. Finally, I decided that I should do something a bit more substantial, and try writing pieces of around 1000-2000 words about each story, trying to delve a bit more into the background if possible, and at least explaining their impact on one reader, ie me.
So now I have reached Poul Anderson’s “Goat Song” – 23 reviews done, 32 to go. At some more significant point, like the 28th review which will be the half way mark, I shall pause to think about what if anything I have learnt from the process.