the Scattering

I’ve been preparing my whole life for this.

Reviewing indie science fiction/fantasy, short stories, and serialized novels (I have a soft spot for Dickensian SF) since 2009.  No longer accepting recommendations.


Kindle owner, preschool dropout, history doctoral student.  I once sang the entire “Element Song” at the theater of Epidaurus in Greece, and in 1998 a poem I wrote won 3rd place in a Neopets poetry contest.

What people are saying

“Articulate, … concise, intelligent, and quoteworthy.” –Julie Ann Dawson, Bards and Sages

“Witty, edgy, literate–what’s not to like?” –J. R. Pournelle, author of Outies

“Isabela Morales is known to be a fairly astute and critical reviewer with a vast and unquenchable thirst for all things science fiction and beyond.  Phew, that was a mouthful.” –T.K. Toppin, author of The Lancaster Rule


15 Responses to “About”

  1. Brimey August 29, 2009 at 5:51 pm #

    I stumbled across your blog and posting about Ayn Rand while researching something for my blog. I’m going to link to your article “Mad Men and Ayn Rand Parellels.” If you object, please contact me and I’ll gladly comply.

    I’m glad I found your blog– good stuff!

    my post with your link: http://brimeyblotter.net/2009/08/29/atlas-shrugged-ayn-rand/

  2. Ed Morawski July 4, 2010 at 4:18 pm #

    Love Ayn Rand but my fav is the Fountainhead.

    Please email me where you want the Kndle editions sent of

    Iron Magus, Clone’s Don’t Fall in Love, and View as noted on the Amazon forums.


    • thescattering July 5, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

      Hi Ed–

      Just email ’em on over to morales.thescattering@gmail.com, and I’ll let you know when the reviews go up online.


  3. Stephen Prosapio July 30, 2010 at 5:10 pm #

    Thank you for the truly wonderful review! Everyone I forward it to comments on how well written it is.

  4. Richard Risch July 8, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    I seen your post on Amazon looking for science fiction books to review. I would be most interested if you would take the time to review mine. The title is “Beyond Mars Crimson Fleet.” If you’re interested, write me back and I will send you either a complimentary hard copy or electronic file.

  5. Marilyn Peake July 11, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    Wow – I discovered your blog yesterday, and it’s fantastic! I emailed you a few minutes ago to request a review. 🙂

  6. Marilyn Peake July 11, 2011 at 5:34 pm #

    … I just looked at your calendar. I should have added that my request is for a review of a short story. 🙂

  7. Jeff Faria January 15, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    “I once sang the entire “Element Song” at the theater of Epidaurus in Greece”

    You mean Tom Lehrer’s song? That’s pretty impressive.

    • Isabela Morales January 15, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

      I know, right? Of course, some operatic tenor had to come up and sing the Ave Maria right after me but hey, it’s not like I’m bitter or anything.

  8. Sabrina Ricci February 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    Hello! I’m a grad student doing a capstone project about self-published ebooks, and I was wondering if I could ask you a few questions? Thanks for your time!

  9. Jeff Faria February 19, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    Sorry I don’t quite know how ‘Isabella’ became ‘Sabrina’ and vice-versa, but SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GO AWAY??

  10. Manni March 19, 2012 at 8:14 am #

    Isabela, I like the organization of your website, and how you write your reviews. If you ever have time, I would like to submit a short, 18000 words work for review. Regardless, better format, and sensible reviews on your website. Speculative fiction blogs generally tend to be on the Romance, Epic, Formulaic side.

  11. Manni March 19, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    Never mind. I just went through more of your blog. You are a busy person.


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