About Me

My name is Abigail Nussbaum.  I was born in Israel in 1981 and grew up here.  I have a BSc in Computer Science from the Technion, the Israeli Institute of Technology at Haifa.  I work as a programmer in Tel Aviv and live in Kiryat Ono, a suburb of it.

I've been a voracious reader since childhood and fan of science fiction and fantasy for nearly as long.  In my teens and early twenties I was part of several fandoms, including The X-Files and Harry Potter.  I also posted regularly at Readerville, a discussion forum about books and reading.  I started this blog in 2005.  I write about anything that interests me: mostly my reading (you can get a sense of my tastes from my Amazon wish list), TV, and film, in and out of genre in all cases.  I also sometimes write about reviewing and genre fandom, religion, politics (rarely) and myself (very rarely).

I've written reviews and essays for Strange Horizons, Infinity Plus, The Internet Review of Science Fiction, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.  Offline, my work has appeared in Vector, the critical journal of the BSFA, and Foundation, the journal of the Science Fiction Foundation.  In Hebrew, I've written for חלומות באספמיה (Chalomot BeAspamia) and המימד העשירי (The Tenth Dimension).

In 2009 and 2010 I wrote the column Progressive Scan, about genre TV, in Vector.

I was a member of the academic content committee for ICon 2010, the Israeli science fiction and fantasy festival that will be held at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque over Sukkot.

In 2011 and 2012, I was nominated for the BSFA award for best non-fiction, for my reviews of With Both Feet in the Clouds: Fantasy in Hebrew Literature, edited by Hagar Yanai and Danielle Gurevitch, and Arslan by M.J. Engh.

I'm a contributor to the third edition of the Science Fiction Encyclopedia, edited by John Clute, David Langford, and Graham Sleight.

From late 2010 to the end of 2014, I was the reviews editor for Strange Horizons.  In 2013 and 2014, I was one of the nominees when the magazine received a Best Semiprozine nomination in the Hugo awards.

In 2014, I was nominated for the Hugo for Best Fan Writer.  In 2017, I was nominated again, and won the award.

Throughout 2017 I was a columnist on recent SF at The New Scientist.

Beginning in 2018, I have been a contributor to the progressive politics blog Lawyers, Guns & Money. My posts there can be found here, and include the series A Political History of the Future, which discusses how science fictional discusses issues of economics, sociology, and politics.

In August 2024, Briardene Books will publish my first collection of reviews, Track Changes. The collection is available for pre-order, in paperback and ebook forms, at the Briardene shop, and will be launched at the 2024 Worldcon in Glasgow, Scotland.

I can be contacted at anusbaum@netvision.net.il.  I'm on Facebook, though the account is essentially dormant.  I'm abigail_n on LiveJournal. I'm on twitter @NussbaumAbigail, and since that platform appears to be circling the drain, I've made a Mastodon account at @abigailnussbaum@tooot.im, and a BlueSky account at @abigailnussbaum.bluesky.social.  I have a tumblr, though I post rather infrequently.

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