from something I wrote today for the librarian-heavy Fiction-L list, and posted around...
David Langford produces the important literary/fannish newsletter/fanzine Ansible on a monthly basis (it will surprise no one here that Dennis Lien is a
frequent contributor/resource there), and one of its recurring features
is of bad prose quotation under the heading of "Thog's Masterclass" and
variations (the origins explicated at http://thog.org/),
Langford is not shy about pointing out others' efforts in highlighting
the high?lights in favored sorts of prose, such as the improbably-tagged
Paul Goat Allen, who contributes to the Barnes & Noble online sites
among other fora, and his recent "Quivering Puppies: When Good Paranormal Fantasy Sex Scenes Go Really, Really Bad".
Langford, among other activities, also publishes a few books under an
Ansible Editions imprint, and has, with similarly critically-minded Greg
Pickersgill, done the world a favor by producing the first of a
projected three volumes collecting the critical columns
of Algis Budrys for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction from the
mid-1970s into the 1990s..a similar collection of Budrys's Galaxy magazine columns from 1965-70, Benchmarks: Galaxy Bookshelf, had been
published by Southern Illinois University Press
in 1985, and was widely hailed (I certainly gave it a deservedly glowing
review in my college newspaper at the time; fellow fiction-writer and
critic Barry Malzberg has noted that the column that deals with how sf
has helped color our understanding of the world,
through the example of Budrys's own experiences at the periphery of
several of the riots after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.,
is a better analysis of that historical moment than Normal Mailer's much more famous one),
but the later, similarly impressive series of critical review essays has
been awaiting collection for some time (SIU Press hit some difficulties
not long after publishing their book, and
no one had picked up the baton till now). Benchmarks Continued: F&SF "Books" Columns 1975-1982 has just been published, and is eminently
worthy of attention.
Likewise, Samuel Delany, another startling talent to emerge in the
fantastic-fiction field, a decade later than Budrys and similarly
seeming to be ready to advance the art from the beginning of his career
(Budrys essentially began his review of Delany's relatively
early novel Nova by suggesting that with this book, Delany has become
the best sf writer extant), has also been contributing valuably to the
critical literature since the late 1960s, and some of his work, both
fiction and nonfiction, has been systematically
been reprinted by Wesleyan University Press of late, and their
just-published entry in that series is the second volume of Delany's
collected critical writing, in a revised and expanded edition: Starboard Wine: More Notes on the Language of Science Fiction.
You could do worse...