Monthly Archives: June 2018

Sci-fi Survey Preliminary Results

I have preliminary results from the science fiction readership survey. Cheers to everyone who participated!

You should be able to see Google Form’s summary by going to

For my fellow quant nerds, I started a repository with the raw data and my preliminary statistical analysis

Over the next couple weeks I will be figuring out what it all means and writing a report, which I will also post. I did notice a couple of things right away, though:

1) More than half the respondents self identify as librarians. Apparently, librarians like to take surveys about libraries…

2) Series related factors are the most important to the majority of readers. People want to continue reading series they have started or start new series with lots of books available at the library.

3) The respondents cluster rather neatly into two groups, which we can call “Heavy Readers” and “Moderate Readers”. The heavy readers seem to skew female and be more educated–though probably not as much as it seems from the raw data, since we have so many librarians responding (librarians also skew female, and most of them have masters degrees). This seems to agree with the academic literature, such as this article which I found after the survey had already started.

More to come. Thanks again!


New Book out this Month

When it comes to being a King, James VI of Scotland literally wrote the book!

I didn’t just write the interpretive front matter and footnotes for this edition, I ended up directing the trailer too. I hope you’ll check it out.

The paperback is already available through Amazon. An ebook should be along by the end of the summer.