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Book Bomb Results, More Free Stories, and Sad Puppies Slate Update

Yesterday’s Book Bomb went much better than expected. You’ve got to understand, I’ve got a few set rules for running BBs that I’ve learned over time. Don’t do them too often. I try to never do more than one a month. Stick with plugging one book, don’t spread it out too much because it is all about putting momentum behind one object. Stick with books, because shorter works are really difficult to move up the charts.

Despite violating all of those things at once, and pushing a bunch of different short fiction things a week after we just did novellas, it still went surprisingly well. The only Amazon available item we didn’t get onto a bestseller list wasn’t even on the Sad Puppies suggestion list, and we still moved it up 1.5 million spots on Amazon. Everything else ended up somewhere on their respective lists, but most importantly the authors were exposed to new readers and Got Paid.

I posted the results in the BB thread. I’ve got to say, good work guys. Next week we’re going to do the same thing for the Campbell nominees for best new writer (the one I’m excited for is giant monster books, because I am a kaiju loving nerd) and Best Related Works.

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One of the short stories yesterday was available for free, and I know that was popular. However, because it was released right at the end of the year, and the copyright date wasn’t until the beginning of January so we’re trying to figure out if Tuesdays with Molakesh the Destroyer is actually eligible this year or not. I’ll let you know before the end of the voting deadline so you don’t waste any of your slots.

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But since you guys like free short stories, in addition to the Sad Puppies slate there is the even More Eviler RABID PUPPIES SLATE, prepared by Lord Voxemort the Malevolent. There are a couple of short stories on there I’d encourage you to take a look at, and here they are, FREE for your convenience:

The Parliament of Beasts and Birds by John C. Wright. http://voxday.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-parliament-of-beasts-and-birds.html  Which I have read, and it is great… But this is John C. Wright we’re talking about, who I think is one of the best wordsmiths alive.

Turncoat by Steve Rzasa http://voxday.blogspot.com/2014/08/turncoat.html which I’ve not read yet, but I’ve heard that it is really good.

And they’re both free, so check them out and I hope you enjoy them.

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And finally, last but not least, one of our Sad Puppies suggested nominees for best novel is Chuck Gannon’s Trial By Fire.

One of the things which has been said about Sad Puppies is that the authors we support don’t get awards, not because they fail to appease political cliques, but because we’re all just horrible, awful, terrible, shitty writers, and the mass consumer market that pays us large sums of money for our stuff are just stupid poopy heads.

But wait… Chuck Gannon’s Trial By Fire, which was already endorsed by Sad Puppies, has just been announced as a finalist for the Nebula Awards. So before they screech about Larry Correia’s evil ballot stuffing and crowd hypnosis, this is an award which can only be nominated by the ultra enlightened, cultural, always charming and never rude, immune to my nefarious mind control powers, members of SFWA.

Holy shit! Unpossible you say! Surely this is a fluke. Sad Puppies couldn’t possibly endorse something that some SFWA members would also think is good! This must be a fluke!  It has been declared that Sad Puppies only pushes trash and pulp!

But wait. There’s more!

Now, you’ve probably heard how Sad Puppies writers are all big, mean, ugly,, and stupid, and how Larry Correia is “anti-intellectual” Sure, I went to college and got an accounting degree instead of something important like gender studies, but I hang out with rocket scientists and brain doctors and I’m teaching a creative writing class for Weber State soon, but whatever, it’s narrative, I hate education. Run with it. I don’t like SJWs, and they declare that they’re super smart because… stuff and reasons… ergo, Larry Correia hates smart people.It is hard to fault that logic.

On the contrary, Sad Puppies is not anti-intellectual. We’re anti-boring. Though to be fair I can see how they’d come up with that theory, since there is a lot of crossover, but let’s take a look at NEBULA NOMINEE Chuck Gannon’s resume for a moment.

Oh, wait. That’s Professor Chuck Gannon to you,

Distinguished Professor of English and Director of Graduate Program in English (SBU, ret.); Fulbright Senior Specialist in American Literature & Culture (2004-2009).

Four Fulbright Fellowships, three accepted (England, Czech Republic, Scotland) one declined (Moldova)

Two Fulbright Travel Grants: Slovakia, Netherlands

Six International Senior Scholar Grants, US Embassy: UK (4), Czech Republic (2)

One International Scholar Grant, U.S. Consulate: 1 (Scotland), 2004.

University Fellow (at various levels): Palacky University (Czech Republic), University of Liverpool, Fordham University, Temple University, Syracuse University,

PhD and MA, Fordham University (honors)

MS, S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communication, Syracuse University (honors)

BA, Brown University (magna cum laude.)

Whew… Okay, now I know that isn’t a “Concentration” in The Collective Unconscious by any means, but to this poor country auditor, all them big words make Chuck sound like one of them smart folks. I had to ask Chuck what all that stuff meant, but he said it means he knows the book learnings pretty good.

Sadly, not a single one of his many degrees is in Gender Studies, but we’ll let that slide… For now.

So, the book isn’t trash, SFWA members said so, and he’s one of them educated types, so obviously Larry Correia must be suggesting this novel because of Gannon’s politics… Except, wait a second… Hold on. Nobody knows what Gannon’s politics are. He’s an intellectual and an academic who gets along great in that community, he’ll debate policy and positions, and he has no patience for churlish posers.

Beyond that, the dude gets a big fat question mark in the politics box.

Basically, everybody who talks to Chuck comes away saying what a reasonable, intelligent, articulate, moderate person he is.Don’t take my word for it. Go talk to him and decide for yourself.

Chuck’s good and deserves the recognition, but his problem is that he’s too busying being brilliant to spend sufficient time kissing any WorldCon voting clique’s ass enough to get himself a Hugo nom. He’s a brilliant author, but he’s not a darling of the In Crowd. Wait… This sounds like the exact sort of thing that makes puppies sad!

So why did the Evil Legion of Evil promote this guy’s book?

Oh, I don’t know. Maybe we’re telling the truth and YOU SHOULD READ THE BOOK BECAUSE IT IS GOOD.

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RightWingProf
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One of your major accomplishments is to make anyone you praise guilty by association in the eyes of the SJWs. Keep up the good work.

Matthew Bowman
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I have, in fact, met Chuck Gannon. It was two Capclaves ago, and we ran into each other and started talking. I mentioned I was a freelance editor and a (non-liberal, follow-the-rules) Catholic. He immediately pounced on that, because he’d been wanting a Catholic to review his 1632 series stuff. We geeked out about history and shared Catholic jokes about Jesuits and I agreed to review Papal Stakes. (https://novelninja.wordpress.com/2014/03/19/1635-the-papal-stakes/) I absolutely loved it, too. Now, I went away from that conversation thinking he was a great researcher who understood his craft and the need for research. I did not, however,… Read more »
Chuck Gannon
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I’m sorry I missed you, Matthew. I’ll be at Capclave again this year: pop me a Facebook message when the time approaches and let’s carve out a few minutes to catch up, yes?

Matthew Bowman
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Sure. I had to miss it last year because of work stuff. Hopefully there won’t be a repeat of that. It’s sad when frivolous things like earning a living and making the world a better place get in the way of the important stuff.

John C Wright
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Chuck Gannon is a good guy. The last vote I ever cast as a SFWA member was for his novel for a Nebula.

jalazar88
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The thing that sticks out to me about the rantings of Bradford/Scalzi and their kindred is that they clearly have much more free time than I do. Between working full-time, martial arts, working out, cooking, writing, keeping up with my friends/family, and spending time with my girlfriend, it’s a rare day when I can dedicate more than about 30 minutes to reading for pleasure. I don’t have _time_ to read authors simply because they check a box on some census list I’m compiling to impress my friends. I do seek out new authors. I recently discovered the Grimnoir books thanks… Read more »
mpoles
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Something else that can be added to Mr Gannon’s curriculm vitae is his work for the Traveller roleplaying game:
http://www.shopontheborderlands.co.uk/?s=gannon

JackCrow
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That’s very cool. Traveller was one of my very favorite games back in the day. One of the most epic games I ever played was a Traveller campaign. I still have the original rule books.

John C Wright
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Mr Gannon wrote Traveler! The first space rpg I ever played was Traveler!

(I was a privateer named Mad Anthony Wayne, and I was roughly 70 years old, since I kept killing and rerolling characters until I got one who owned a starship. My rule: in a space game, always be the player who owns a starship. In an Amber game, always take Pattern Imprint.)

Being a science fiction writer is no great shakes. I am one myself. Ah, but working on a game, that has the aura and scent of elfland clinging to it, the luminous gleam of glamor!

Chuck Gannon
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Wow, you’ve been with the lotos-eaters again, John? 🙂 Working a game…different. And working with Marc Miller was an absolute joy…and we’re still in touch; we just traded FB messages today about a post of mine. But all that said, being an SF *author*? John, do not envy me the work on the games; THIS is the real deal! And not a day goes by where I do not admire the sheer poetry of your prose.

But yeh, working on Traveller, 2300 AD, Twilight 2000, Dark Conspiracy… there were plenty of cool moments.

Matthew Bowman
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I can understand what he means, though. When one writes a story, one tells a single story. When one creates a game, one tells a million million stories, as all who play it spin their own tales.

lampwright
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Write a man a story, and he will be entertained for a day. Teach a man to invent stories in the form pf roleplaying games, and he will be entertained for the rest of his life. 😉

Arlan Andrews, Sr.
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First, much as gracias for Los Perritis Dolorosos y Srs. Correia y Torgerson for including me on the distinguished list. Best of luck to all nominees, including my competitors. An addition to Chuck Gannon’s resume: Member of SIGMA, the science fiction think tank I founded while working in the White House Science in 1992. Google for our activities. In Mensa, Intertel, SFWA, the Unitarian church I used to attend, the Libertarian Party, and on the Interwebz, I have been accosted (by Left and Right) for not fitting the stereotype of a person with advanced degrees, high-tech startups, writing short stories,… Read more »
Rob Crawford
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Yeah, but see, all those accomplishments had to have been taken from a transgendered perzon of color.

/sarc

votermom
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Gonna give Fire by Fire a try. Thanks.
*polishes Evil Legion of Evil badge*

BobtheRegisterredFool
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BobtheRegisterredFool

Gannon’s politics are hard to figure?

There’s a strong scent of racial animus towards persons of incorporation in his books, and in some of the things he has said.

Wait, is that supposed to be a trait of the right or of the left?

Daddy Warpig
Guest

Serious question: what quarter are you teaching at Weber State?

(Yes, I live nearby and would love to take that class.)

Matthew Bowman
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You’d better check your local fanboy privilege, because I’m certain it’s extra-awesome. 😉

Khazlek
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How well represented are studies degrees in science fiction writers of any stripe? The bloggers that Larry Fisks may be relatively likely to have them, but how common are they among the Nebula nominees?

Khazlek
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If Chuck Gannon isn’t able to negotiate the SF cliques well enough to get a nomination, then how did he end up on the Nebula short list? If the theory is that the SFWA also promotes writing to checkboxes shouldn’t one expect him to have a similar problem negotiating the cliques of the SFWA. After all, it was the Nebula and not the Hugo that went to If You Were a Dinosaur my Love.

BobtheRegisterredFool
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BobtheRegisterredFool

Racism against persons of incorporation is very popular among the left. For them, it is a message story. For me, it is a story first and he is very careful to keep things moving and not to let his personal biases overshadow things.

Chuck Gannon
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I will step out for one significant moment to point out that I try to establish a very profound distinction between “industrial” megacorporations and “opportunistic transnationals”. I will add/confess that my impressions are not based in theory or anything I learned or taught in a classroom. I was working, in media, at Goldman Sachs on Wall Street the day of the Mexico City Earthquake (fall 1985). I was on the 22nd (23rd?) floor, which was the international debt (re)financing exchange. Watching them make book while the bodies were being dragged out, and laughing as they did–literally gesturing to pulverized infants… Read more »
Christopher M Chupik
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Well, Chuck, now that they know you’re not actually against capitalism, they’ll do their best to turf your Nebula chances.

Best of luck anyhow.

BobtheRegisterredFool
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BobtheRegisterredFool
To be fully serious, I don’t think it reasonable to expect that any type of organization is immune to turning to, or being turned to evil ends. Is the emphasis where I would put it? Doesn’t matter, especially if the story works for me. Your experiences necessarily are different from mine. I remembered that anecdote of yours when I first posted to this thread. You helped me care enough about the good guys that my anxiety on their behalf kept me going. I turned pages too fast to figure out the twists at the end before they happened. Yours was… Read more »
Josh
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So, ummm…help me out here, because maybe I’m a bit slow. Is the phrase ‘racism against persons of incorporation’ being used ironically here? Because I’m mapping it to the phrase ‘deep-seated distrust of corporations and their motivations’, which is not exactly a topic that is strictly owned by one particular political ideology.

But then, the subphrase ‘persons of incorporation’ immediately pings my bullshit meter, so maybe I’m too far left to judge.

David Arcuri
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“… I try to let my fiction speak strictly and solely for itself (and not to ram any particular -ism down anyone’s throat).”

Buying all this man’s books right now. Thank you, sir.

BobtheRegisterredFool
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BobtheRegisterredFool
Josh, Irony is probably a misclassification. Item: I can describe transhumanism as an area of science fiction that looks at intelligence and quasi-intelligence that goes outside the category of human while not having an extraterrestrial basis. That might make the real life adherants of transhumanism angry at me. Item: The mostly leftist narrative of expanding definitions of personhood. Broadly, any political argument that draws a line from women’s suffrage and the end of segregation through a contemporary position into the future. Bonus points for arguing that prior to the 19th amendment women were cattle. Key example being animal rights, particularly… Read more »
questionableprovenance
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questionableprovenance
Turncoat: a great little cavalry coming over the hill at the last moment/Bolo-esque story that satisfied the little child in me much as the penultimate scenario in The Excalibur Alternative – which I tend to re-read when current events drive me to a dark place. Gannon: Since he appears to be a white male, I hope he at least has some gender peculiarities. Otherwise, we’re not allowed to read his works for a year. Reading Fire With Fire now, and it sounds like it was written by somebody with a jaundiced view of the corruption in the elite “ruling” classes.… Read more »
James May
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I’d like to say something about that: SF is purpose-built to re-imagine viewpoints. It’s not a question of whether they’re typical liberal or conservative memes but of how convincingly they’re put forward. We can be made to prefer demons, E.T. or a thark over a human. Ancillary Justice in the hands of a better story-teller could have been very good. One could say Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte or In Conquest Born by C.S. Friedman are feminist tracts but they are so well presented I didn’t care. They effectively engaged a point of view… Read more »
Dr. Mauser
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“No, she’s absolutely right,” said Zeb, patting the enormous pistol at his hip. “This _is_ a penis substitute. After all, if I could kill at a range of thirty meters with my penis, I wouldn’t need to carry this thing around, now would I?”
— James Drew

A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity.
— Sigmund Freud, “General Introduction to Psychoanlysis”, 1952

Chuck Gannon
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BTW, just a disambiguation note. The first book in The Tales of the Terran Republic was *last* year’s Nebula finalist. **This year’s** Nebula finalist is book two, Trial By Fire. Thanks!

James May
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For those of you who might care, you need to at least read this post at The Other McCain, where he also announces the release of his expose book Sex Trouble. The entire thing is available as a series of posts there, under “Sex Trouble,” but I don’t know for how long. http://theothermccain.com/2015/02/26/sex-trouble-yes-feminists-do-practice-witchcraft-and-become-lesbians/ Once you’ve read that stuff, all the stuff I’ve been telling you for months will become crystal clear. It will also in part explain why so many SJWs, particularly the men, parrot French Queer Theory phrases without the least hint of awareness of where they came from.… Read more »
Josh
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Seems like a pretty broad brush to me. I don’t find it surprising that some feminists are lesbians, or witches, or whatever…but seriously, who cares? Isn’t that their private business? Some feminists are just people who think women should be treated with the same level of respect accorded to men. I won’t argue that there aren’t excesses in pursuit of this goal, but the goal is a laudable one. The notion that the modern feminist movement is a unified force aimed at…well, I’m not really sure what exactly even after reading that blog post…but in any case, I think that… Read more »
gibreaux
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You are correct to say that feminism, as it applies to the real world, is laudable. The pursuit of equality among the sexes is a great thing. Personally, I follow the pursuit of Humanism which is to say that we are all human regardless of gender and ethnicity. We are all deserving of respect and the right to be judged by our character. Then you have the fantasy land that is Radical Feminism. It isn’t in any way reflective of the real world, and actually lends credence to that previous article. I will provide a link, but read it at… Read more »
James May
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Like social justice warriors, you are having trouble distinguishing between the KKK and white people. There is a difference between lesbians and a ideology of lesbian supremacy.

No where have I or McCain ever said feminism is a unified force – quite the opposite. There is a clear difference between feminists who changed the laws for getting into a military academy and the gender feminist war on heterosexuality itself. They are two completely different movements. The fact you have been fooled into seeing both as the same is the exact problem.

Christopher M Chupik
Guest

Confusion to our enemies!

(Let’s face it, they’re pretty confused as is)

Josh
Guest

Have people actually been complaining about Gannon’s book being on the Nebula nominee list? Or on the Sad Puppies list? Or is this more of a preemptive strike?

I read Fire with Fire last year because it was a Nebula nominee. I will probably read Trial By Fire for a similar reason, plus the fact that I liked the first book well enough to read the sequel.

rocinante2
Guest

Crap. Now I have to go out and buy all of Mr. Gannon’s books.

(Mr. Gannon, if you had anything at all to do with Traveller, thankyouthankyouthankyou – and tell Mr. Miller the same.)

Mith Besler
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Decide to se if Mr. Gannon had any books in audible format. I’m a apartment manager so I’m wandering around all day, and having ear phones in give me an excuse to ignore people. For some reason everyone thinks I want to know about their personal lives. Just clicked on the sample for Fire with Fire, since Trial is the second book I might as well get the first one as well. I knew the voice of the narrator, and sure enough it is the same guy who did the Ilium books by Dan Simmons, Kevin Pariseau. He has a… Read more »
protaganis
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And again, Larry sells someone else’s book to me! I appreciate it, especially when it’s someone who’s written so many games that have been near and dear to my heart. Though I will say this is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to say “This guy’s got more degrees than a thermometer!”
Keep up the great writing (both of you)!

James May
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“Cecily Kane retweeted Ze-Hulk @awhooker · 11h 11 hours ago You can use trans-inclusive language about reproductive rights AND also acknowledge that anti-choice rhetoric is grounded in misogyny.” In the old days of SF, that last bit of obsessively and endlessly Tweeted paranoid gibberish above that has come to replace SF in the SF community would have been part of some snidely satirical dystopian fiction by someone like Phillip K. Dick. Instead, satire worthy of the Onion has come to replace SF itself as a serious religion for the mentally insane and any straight depiction of SF is now itself… Read more »
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