Announcing the Call for Beta Readers!

UPDATE: For better or worse, a dozen readers have written me and asked to be beta readers. I think that is enough, and I thank you all for your attention. If you are someone in the field, like a technical writer or a professional editor, and you want to get in on the action, you can write me.


Dear Friends and Loyal Customer (Hi, Nick!) It occurs to me that if any of you have free time and a kind heart, you could help me with my current project. As anyone not dyslexic can tell, my essays are riddled with spelling and grammatical errors which I never seem to catch.

The new collection of essays, TRANSHUMAN AND SUBHUMAN will consist of nothing other than the essays that have appeared here on this blog, but I need someone to help me copy edit them, and catch mistakes my defective brain seems never to see. I could pay you nothing but a hearty thankyou and put your name in the Dedication page.

Drop me a line here or at [email protected], and I will send you the manuscript electronically, or give you access to a Box folder where it is kept.





  1. Comment by Brian Niemeier:

    I wish I would’ve stopped by earlier. Beta-reading this collection is my idea of a dream project.

    Best wishes for the anthology’s success!

  2. Comment by Tom Simon:

    If it’s not too late, I should like to offer my services as a proofreader and/or copyeditor. I possibly qualify as ‘someone in the field’, since I am at present serving as Editor-at-Large of Abyss & Apex, which has, I believe, had the honour of doing business with you in the past. Our publisher, Wendy S. Delmater, can vouch for my work.

    I am sending you this as a comment, because I have sometimes had difficulty reaching you by email in the past. In this forum, I can check for myself that the message has got through. I hope you will pardon any impropriety involved.

    By the way, I think TRANSHUMAN AND SUBHUMAN is a splendid title. It’s just the kind of name Chesterton would have given a book of essays if he were alive and writing today.

  3. Comment by robertjwizard:

    Damn my infernal night job! I would have done this, although I am not a professional, with a sadist’s delight. I would have whipped out my Chicago Manual, my compact Oxford, my Strunk and White, Fowler’s Usage, and my Foerster and Steadman, and gone to work like a jeweler polishing fine stone.

    If someone drops out or you need another hand, let me know. I love editing as an end in itself.

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