From 2004 through 2012, I reviewed over 550 books for the sadly now-defunct RT Book Reviews, almost all science fiction or fantasy. That’s over 125,000 words of criticism in reader-facing space. My reviews have been featured on the covers of books and in promotional materials, under the RT Book Reviews byline.

Since 2012, I have been reviewing books and writing essays here on Pretty Terrible. Here are some of my favorites:

  • GRRM can fuck off into the sun
  • Silence in Complicity
  • Harassment and the Back Channel
  • Pattern Matching

Additionally, I’ve published a number of essays elsewhere:

  • List of Uncanny essays here
  • List of The Bias essays here

I’ve also worked as an editor, in a managing capacity for The Bias and in an acquisitions capacity for Masque Books (now part of Prime Books).

  • The Bias edited stuff here
  • Masque acquisition stuff here — Octavia Cade’s first novella, Jacqueline Koyanagi’s Ascension

Hello! I'm Natalie Luhrs.

I write about books, culture, disability, and whatever else strikes my fancy. I have many opinions.

I am a two-time Hugo Award finalist, in 2017 for Best Fan Writer and in 2021 for my essay “George R.R. Martin Can Fuck Off Into the Sun, Or: The 2020 Hugo Awards Ceremony (Rageblog Edition)” in the Best Related Work category.

Please do not offer me medical advice. I have something like 10 doctors and it’s already pretty challenging to keep up with what they want me to do. I do not have the bandwidth to process any advice that doesn’t come from one of my doctors, no matter how well meant the advice may be. Thank you!

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I try to keep them reasonably up to date.


Words of Wisdom

"It's chaos, be kind."
Michelle McNamara