Monster Hunter Nation

Updates for the Week

Too busy to spend much time on any one thing, so here are some quick updates.

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Don’t forget, tomorrow is the Book Bomb for Steve Diamond’s debut novel, Residue. Mark your calender and tell your friends.

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The creative writing class I’m teaching at Weber State starts next week.

http://continue.weber.edu/communityed/fictionwriter.aspx

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The second batch of MHI challenge coins are coming soon. There will be a another Kickstarter. This time we are adding some Grimnoir stuff too. Details to follow.

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Speaking of merchandise, Jack Wylder is the MHI merchandise guy. He wanted me to put up a note that we got patches back in stock, he shipped most of the orders, but is running behind on the last of them. There was a family crisis he had to help with last week. He’ll be caught back up next week.

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Sad Puppies Round Up

Same old, same old. Bunch of new anti-Puppies articles and blogs this week. I could either A. Write books and be paid large sums of money. or B. Repeat myself over and over to every dipshit on Twitter… Hmmm… Tough one.

From what I’ve seen the people who disagree with us now mostly fall into a couple of camps. 1. People repeating the already discredited anti-diversity slate narrative and other lies. BORING.  2. People who agree the Hugos were screwed up, but who didn’t see any political bias. Insular, cliquish, wannabe-literati, yes, but not political. Great. You guys run with that. 3. People who benefit from the status quo dismissing a bunch of fans because of guilt by association. Weak.

You can still join and get a supporting membership to Sasquan here. You’ll be able to vote this year, and nominate for next year. The cost is $40. You will be sent a packet of nominated works to read and then vote accordingly.  https://sasquan.swoc.us/sasquan/reg.php 

There were some fun articles last week though. Some of my fans have taken up the Path of the Fisk.

Here a Redneck makes some dude with a literature PhD look like a doofus. https://marsascendant.wordpress.com/2015/04/23/in-which-this-ignorant-ass-redneck-attempts-to-fisk-one-of-them-genius-professorial-types/ 

In this Fisk an author takes on somebody with 7 Hugo noms who thinks the system is fine. http://tlknighton.com/?p=7070

And we even get political cartoons now.  http://freebeacon.com/culture/the-men-who-started-the-hugo-award-controversy/ 

BOOK BOMB! Residue by Steve Diamond
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Jake
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Jake
1 year 11 months ago

Has anyone received any info from Weber about the class? I have my receipt of payment, but nothing about how to sign in or view the lectures online when the class starts.

Mike
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Mike
1 year 11 months ago

I signed up – they only charged me $1!!! Trying to untangle this now.

Rich
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Rich
1 year 11 months ago

I’m still waiting on info, too.

T.L. Knighton
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1 year 11 months ago

Larry links to my blog. Does this mean I have “arrived”?

sean
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sean
1 year 11 months ago

yep you’re blog readership is about to spike. 😛

Sasha
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Sasha
1 year 11 months ago

I’d take your “fisking” more seriously if Cat wasn’t a sextillion times more talented than you are.

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik
1 year 11 months ago

Sasha? As in “Sasha Prochenko”, one of the recent aliases of Yamamanama aka Clamps? Your one-sentence insult trolling style is very distinctive.

Kristophr
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Kristophr
1 year 11 months ago

Hmmmm … apparently “Sasha” doesn’t realize that judges view court order violations dimly, and tend to jail ‘tards that violate them.

James May
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1 year 11 months ago

At what, pray tell?

Sasha
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Sasha
1 year 11 months ago

Talented at “shut the fuck up James May, nobody cares what you think about anything.”

James May
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1 year 11 months ago

That’s an odd skill set you’re claiming for her. Are you sure?

ravenshrike
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ravenshrike
1 year 11 months ago

I’m gonna go with acting like a brick wall because the only time I tangled with her at 770 the experience was exactly like talking to one.

John R. Ellis
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John R. Ellis
1 year 11 months ago

Cat is certainly talented at vastly cuckoo, insane conspiracy theories. Loved her review of ‘Tangled’, concluding that the entire film was anti-Jewish propaganda!

(Get it, ’cause the animators made the witch look like she did in the original Broadway cast of ‘Into the Woods’ as an homage to the most famous incarnation of the character. One that had dark hair. THEREFORE= They hate Jews.)

Sasha
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Sasha
1 year 11 months ago

What I do know is that a fisking from the man who wrote After The Blast is incredibly petty and reeks of jealousy.

Nomad
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Nomad
1 year 11 months ago

Eheh, a classic response.
When you can’t overcome the argument, attack the person instead!

Reziac
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1 year 11 months ago

I dunno. Where were you headed? Cuz we might be somewhere else. 😉

josh
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josh
1 year 11 months ago

So got a notice to Vote on location for Worldcon 2017. Seriously considering writing in Indianapolis Indiana.

Khazlek
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Khazlek
1 year 11 months ago
Have you looked at the ballot? You aren’t voting on a place, you are voting on a bid by a particular group of people to hold WorldCon at a particular place. Note the write-in directions: “In order to win, a Write-in bid must file the required paperwork with Sasquan before the close of voting” Just writing in Indianapolis, IN is just so much graffiti unless you convince someone to put together a bid and file the paperwork. Then at Sasquan, before the voting closes, the bidders will be invited to participate in the fannish inquisition. I’m pretty sure some of… Read more »
Nathan
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Nathan
1 year 11 months ago

Yeah, I’m considering that one carefully. Might be the Sad Puppies idea to send it overseas, especially if the likely anti-Puppy measure is to do away or limit supporting memberships…

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Jeff Weimer
1 year 11 months ago

I’m voting for D.C. It’s reasonably close to me (3 hours drive), and the hotel was the last in-D.C location for CPAC (2012). The rooms are nice, too.

Ratseal
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Ratseal
1 year 11 months ago

Instead of DC, why not northern VA, like Arlington? That way we get access to infrastructure in a more 2A friendly area?

Craig
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Craig
1 year 11 months ago

Your options are: Washington, Nippon, Montreal, Helsinki.

Don’t know that any one is better than any other.

Khazlek
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Khazlek
1 year 11 months ago
The DC bid is for the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Their address is given as Washington DC, so I assume it’s in the district. WorldCon may be a tiny convention by DragonCon standards, but it still requires more convention space than most business hotels offer. Does Arlington have facilities like that. There are reasons to prefer one over another. Do you want to visit the city it is in? Can you afford to go there? Who is running the bid? Do they have a good track record? Keep in mind that if the last con in that city was… Read more »
ratseal
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ratseal
1 year 11 months ago

Ah, understood, thank you.

Welp, I have stayed at the Wardman Park Marriott several times. They are rebuilding one entire wing of the hotel there now. It is walking distance from a very fine zoo.

Decent bar, lots of options for drinks nearby too, including a decent Irish pub 100m from the back door of the hotel.

They just had the SOLIC conference there – so penty of meeting rooms.

HJP
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HJP
1 year 11 months ago

I’m going to vote for DC for similar reasons.

Putting together a bid is quite the process, but maybe Larry, et al. should consider helping with a push to get Salt Lake City a Worldcon. They’ve never hosted, as best I can tell, which is a crying shame considering how many fans and authors there are in Utah.

sean
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sean
1 year 11 months ago

I hadn’t seen the Redneck one. Hory Shit! that’s awesome!

Nate
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1 year 11 months ago

Larry… you didn’t link my fisk of Gerrold? Why I coined our catch phrase with it?

You make me sad.

http://bloggerblaster.blogspot.com/2015/04/dear-mr-gerrold.html

I humbly suggest its one of the most effective and devastating fisks of anyone… ever.

sean
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sean
1 year 11 months ago

He’s a busy man Nate. he’s a busy man. Besides do you really wanna disturb him so much he don’t get the 2 new MHI novels he talked about in his last post, written?

Nate
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1 year 11 months ago

a fair point.

conceded.

Zsuzsa
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Zsuzsa
1 year 11 months ago

I’ve been following the Sad Puppies for a while now, but I’m not a fan of Vox Day, so I know almost nothing about the Rabid side of this battle. Whenever someone asked me about the Hugo controversy, I’d say what I knew about the SPs, but I’d have to finish with “And there’s this other group called the Rabid Puppies, but I don’t know much about them.”

Now, after reading your response to Mr. Gerrold, I think I have a much better understanding of the Rabid Puppies and what they stand for. So thank you very much for that.

Doug Loss
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Doug Loss
1 year 11 months ago

At this point, it might be the best idea to not bother nominating any more works for the Hugos in the future, but just encouraging everyone to buy supporting memberships and voting “No Award” in every category. After, say, 5 years of no Hugo awards, they should be effectively dead and we can move on to creating an award that actually represents the best (by best-received by the public) works in the genre.

sean
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sean
1 year 11 months ago

1. Nooo…that would piss off Kate. Pissing off Kate is a baaad idea.
2. Nope…the idea is to make the awards for everyone again and get FUN reads in there along with the crap they’ve been nominating and awarding.
3. Nope…if the Hugo is gonna die. I’d rather watch the idiots pull a scorched earth, so for them it’s a totally Pyrrhic Victory.

Doug Loss
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Doug Loss
1 year 11 months ago

I don’t think they are rehabilitatible at this point. But you may be right, that letting the SJWs destroy them themselves would be a better strategy. It’s still time to start thinking about how to set up the SFF Reader’s Choice Awards, though.

Doug Loss
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Doug Loss
1 year 11 months ago
Hmmm. Replying to my own post to blue-sky how some actually REPRESENTATIVE SFF Readers Choice Awards could be structured. At first I was thinking they should be based on number of sales, or downloads, or reads, or something of that nature. However, this would all but guarantee that heavily hyped series like Twilight or Harry Potter would win every time. There would have to be some nominating procedure that makes it likely that quality works are recognized regardless of where they’re published or how they’re provided to the reading public. Suggestions? I’d recommend NOT tying them to any sort of… Read more »
Nighthawk
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Nighthawk
1 year 11 months ago

You could have the fan voted part, and include another part that had the sales figures for comparison or something like that. Or you could have sales choices and fan voted choices mixed together, say top 5 of each combined into a list of 10 choices.

James Schardt
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James Schardt
1 year 11 months ago

Why would we do that when it looks like we are winning? George RR Martin has noted that Supporting Memberships have spiked. $40 is a lot to spend on something you plan on voting “No Award” to. I don’t think these people are necessarily on our side, but so long as they vote what they like who cares? More members dilutes the vote and makes cliques irrelevant. That includes diluting ours. And that is awesome.

Khazlek
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Khazlek
1 year 11 months ago

It’s hard to say whose side most of them are on, but it is my hope that they are on their own side.

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik
1 year 11 months ago

You never know. Some of the more fantatic SJW types would consider $40 a small price to spite us.

Khazlek
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Khazlek
1 year 11 months ago

In the comments on this page, someone wrote:
“Thanks for the reminder, just paid my $40 to piss off the right kind of people.”

I assume that this person probably is a Larry fan and not an SJW type, but if one side has people willing to spend $40 just to piss people off, surely the other side does as well.

HJP
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HJP
1 year 11 months ago

Best case scenario is a bunch of people who would have ignored the Hugos take notice because of the controversy, pay their $40, then just vote on whatever they like best.

Of course GRRM had to imply in that post that the SJWs would vote based on merit and the SPs would vote in lockstep per LC and BT’s orders.

Mary
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Mary
1 year 11 months ago

At least some of them are people grateful to the Puppies for informing them of this fact.

clif
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clif
1 year 11 months ago
“Why would we do that when it looks like we are winning? George RR Martin has noted that Supporting Memberships have spiked. $40 is a lot to spend on something you plan on voting “No Award” to. I don’t think these people are necessarily on our side, but so long as they vote what they like who cares? More members dilutes the vote and makes cliques irrelevant. That includes diluting ours. And that is awesome.” because that’s not what this is really about. You haven’t figured that out yet? This is about poking a stick in the eye of “those”… Read more »
James May
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1 year 11 months ago

How about choosing 3 “marginalized” identities at random and getting them a Hugo nom? That’s pretty much what SJWs do anyway.

Zsuzsa
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Zsuzsa
1 year 11 months ago

Let’s roll on the random identity table and see what we get…

Our first nominee will be a gay Hispanic Muslim.

Our second nominee will be a female quadriplegic Black schizophrenic.

Our third nominee will be a two-spirit immigrant from Liberia who identifies as an asexual Wedigo (that’s what happens when you roll three 10s on the random identity table).

James May
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1 year 11 months ago

Plus make sure none are actually SF or F.

ratseal
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ratseal
1 year 11 months ago

Dice protocol fail. You need a D20.

SJW75201
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SJW75201
1 year 11 months ago
Hello puppies, I am a true believing SJW. Puppygate is a fascinating spectacle (sad and rabid) and I do enjoy a good spectacle. If you guys can get the vote signed up and out you can win your slate. Hop to it. It won’t mean anything but it is a good spectacle. It’s just culture wars come to the Hugos. Doug, there is an award that is much broader already. It is the Goodreads Choice Awards. Larry was nominated although not in Science Fiction but in Horror. MHI is a bit about killing monsters. I know – I read two… Read more »
Pete
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Pete
1 year 11 months ago

Will there be Grimnoir Knight Rings included in the kickstarter? Maybe as a stretch goal?

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Dave H
1 year 11 months ago

Much as I’d love a ring too, those are tough to do in a limited run because one size doesn’t fit all. Somebody needs to invent a ring that can be bought in different sizes but that can have custom sets or emblems attached, maybe with a magnet.

During the last MHI coin Kickstarter I suggested a little mirror and a packet of salt as a stretch goal. Jack seemed to like the idea.

Reziac
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1 year 11 months ago

What happened to adjustable rings like used to come in Crackerjax? Surely you can do as well as a Crackerjax package! 😉

Mike in KY
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Mike in KY
1 year 11 months ago

I can’t wait to read your reviews on ratemyprofessor.com. Heh.

sheila sullivan
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sheila sullivan
1 year 11 months ago

How can I find the MHI merch guys?

Stephen St. Onge
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Stephen St. Onge
1 year 11 months ago
        My favorite bit of nonsense last week was about how we Puppy Cheerers want that good ol’ fashioned pulp like Heinlein used to write.  Yeah, Heinlein was the king of mindless adventure, writing two-fisted action about an on-call pilot trying to hold his marriage together, a businessman raising money to promote lunar colonization, a man with fear of heights trying to save the life of a kitten, an old man whose brain is in the body of a young woman exploring what it means to love … can’t get enough of them shoot ’em ups, can… Read more »
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1 year 11 months ago
Holeeee Shiiiiiii Uh sorry, forgot this was a fambly friendly blog. Larry likes my writing? Larry likes my writing?!? LARRY LIKES MY WRITING!!!!!!!!!!! I feel like Melvin after he upgraded from dial-up to DSL. No I feel like Milo after SHOT. No I feel like Owen after Julie kissed him! LARRY LIKES MY WRITING!!! Wooo hooooooooo! Damn, now this means I really have to work on my books, I might not be the no-talent hack I thought I was. Crap. Fisking is fun, writing something creative is really hard. DAMN you Correia you have taken away my last excuse! In… Read more »
Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik
1 year 11 months ago

For you, it was the most exciting day of your life.

For Larry it was . . . Monday.

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1 year 11 months ago

Ya sorry. I can’t be chun-li. There is no way I can pull off that look.

Old NFO
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1 year 11 months ago

Sometimes all one can do is laugh at the absurdity… And the redneck fisk is a WINNAH!!!

BigFire
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BigFire
1 year 11 months ago

Thanks for the reminder, just paid my $40 to piss off the right kind of people.

Richard McEnroe
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1 year 11 months ago

Bookburners afraid of matches: http://tinyurl.com/p78proq

MNW42
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MNW42
1 year 11 months ago

I like how the Free Beacon Worked in the HK “You suck and we hate you:

trackback
1 year 11 months ago

[…] of it. That post was picked up by Mike Glyer, and much more importantly was recently linked by Larry Correia. And while I am in some ways ecstatic that I have gotten some exposure for it, and far more so […]

Kevin Findley
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Kevin Findley
1 year 11 months ago

Every time I read an anti-SP or anti-Larry blog or article, I am reminded of another author who bucked his genre so hard, that he too became a household name.

This guy wasn’t interested in ‘high literature’, he just wanted to write stories people would read and so he could get paid and feed his family. Eventually, he became one of the best-selling authors of the 20th century and his works are still published and read around the world.

I am of course referring to Mickey Spillane.

Keep writing Larry, we’ll keep reading.

Don
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1 year 11 months ago

Would it trouble you much to announce when the package (s) arrive from WSFS?

They managed to goon up my membership where it took 3 emails from me to get them to acknowledge my membership and I, at this point, expect them not to send me anything at all.

I want to vote dammit!

I am asking for a broad sheet of mailing/emailing of WSFS stuff.

v/r
Whalen

Lockestep
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Lockestep
1 year 11 months ago

I signed up for a supporting membership on 4/17, they update the member list every couple of weeks and the new update included my name. Never received any email noting the payment. I chalked it up to overwhelmed volunteers inundated with new memberships. I’d check the current list to be sure you are there; package is supposed to go out late May IIRC.

Wendy S. Delmater
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1 year 11 months ago

The Hugo packet info is supposed to be delivered to the Sasquan folks by May 10.

James May
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1 year 11 months ago
Valente once wrote “Remember that Tolkien’s Southrons and Easterlings were pretty much Africans and Middle Easterners with the VINs filed off. That kind of shit goes down in fantasy all the time–we tell you they’re evil, so you should believe it, but somehow they magically look a lot like marginalized groups in the real world.” Yeah, Tolkien made ’em up cuz racist. Don’t except a lot of brainy thinking from anything that can produce that. Those “Easterlings” in fact probed, invaded, occupied, colonized and slave-raided Europe from the 7th to the 18th century. Meanwhile I’m still being held to account… Read more »
Alpheus
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Alpheus
1 year 11 months ago

Let’s ignore, too, that the Easterlings and the Southrons, were convinced to fight based on the lies of Sauron, and when the smoke cleared, they settled Mordor and became allies.

Additionally, we can ignore Tolkein’s dissatisfaction with Orcs being irredeemable. Orcs!

HJP
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HJP
1 year 11 months ago

His orcs were pretty much the Germans, but Acceptable Targets and all.

av willis
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av willis
1 year 11 months ago

In unrelated news, tor decided to publish an article on message fiction this week

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/04/message-fiction-politics-in-sci-fi-and-fantasy-literature

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik
1 year 11 months ago

Totally and completely unrelated. The small swipe at libertarians was also unintended. Anyone who says otherwise at Tor.com will be deleted.

Patman
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Patman
1 year 11 months ago

Any idea when WSFS will announce the establishment of the HUAC (Hugo Unfan Activities Committee)? Is it too late to get it on the Business Meeting agenda?

James May
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1 year 11 months ago
So Edmund Schubert of Card’s IGMS has withdrawn from the Hugos and writes “free speech comes with responsibilities: in this case, the responsibility to call out unproductive, mean-spirited, inflammatory, and downright hateful speech.” He means Vox Day. Yeah, well – let us know when you find a principle in some archaeological dig I can understand and then go ahead and do that, cuz as far as I can tell a few score people are wearing some cloak of invisibility. Because here’s the thing: if people had been doing all along what you say you’re doing, there’d never have been a… Read more »
Doug Loss
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Doug Loss
1 year 11 months ago

James, it’s just more evidence for my position, that the Hugos are beyond rehabilitation and are swiftly becoming meaningless and in fact an object of scorn.

SJW75201
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SJW75201
1 year 11 months ago
Maybe it is more of a club actually. You know what they say about “any cub that would allow me as a member….”. You pay your money, you have your say. Pretty good club in terms of return. If you look at the freebies, it probably is worth the money. Are they meaningless? Martin says they are not. I can see that. It is a committed club and not the general populace. For me, meh. This is the age of the internet so finding a “club” or groups of people I trust for recommendations is pretty easy. I just bought… Read more »
brian niemeier
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1 year 11 months ago

I’d heard that the con administrators already closed the canon, so no one else can withdraw from the ballot. Isn’t refusing to accept the award all that Schubert can do at this point?

Slime
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Slime
1 year 11 months ago

And in the case of Schubert and the others who have been forced to withdraw, free speech is apparently fine for the very people who harassed them and threatened their careers because the wrong people voted for them.

If they want to suck the dicks of Scalzi’s clique, let ’em. The clique will forget they exist five minutes after one of their own self-masturbatory works come out and cowards like Schubert will wilt away.

James May
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1 year 11 months ago

It doesn’t bug me that he quit or why. I take him at his word. I’m just wondering where these principled stands were a few years ago when a bunch of Nebula nominees rode into town on a wave of inflammatory racial incitement. I just don’t get that; I don’t get that at all. What standard are we using as a community for “unproductive, mean-spirited, inflammatory, and downright hateful speech”?

James May
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1 year 11 months ago
“I’m not opposed to a code of conduct for #HugoAwards noms. Shown to be racist, misogynist, homophobic? No nom for you! #SadPuppies — Warren Justice (@demandharmony) April 24, 2015” See what I mean? There is an adult who has used the words “racist, misogynist, homophobic” in a manner where I literally don’t know what he means. I feel like the cat whose owner uses a laser pointer: the cat chases it but will never touch it no matter what it does. The truth is this guy’s standard, if truly invoked, would wipe out many of the Nebula and Hugo nominees… Read more »
Guest
1 year 11 months ago

“Shown”? By Whom? There’s the Big Question for that tweet.

James May
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1 year 11 months ago

We already have harassment policies SJWs ignore because of “punching up” theory, as you can see from that guy’s weird Tweet. There’s nothing that says “harmony” like fronting a cult of entrenched doublethink.

WorldCon doesn’t need a Code of Conduct, they need a dictionary. That’s the funny thing about all this: were we to somehow put a blindfold over all this, SFF’s “racist, misogynist, queerphobic systems” would change in a flash to “racist, misandrist, and heterophobic.”

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1 year 11 months ago

It isn’t when THEY do it.

Will McLean
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1 year 11 months ago
Mr. Correia: I think you are mistaken, and perhaps not reading enough of the writing that disagrees with you. As far as I can tell, most of the opposition to Hugo slates breaks down into: 1) Hugo slate voting is bad. 2) Hugo slate voting is very bad. 3) Hugo slate voting is very, very bad and also Vox Day is reliably unable to distinguish good writing from bad, so why are so many of his favorites on the ballot. And yes, we get that you aren’t Vox. You’re just standing beside him, shooting in the same general direction, and… Read more »
Doug Loss
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Doug Loss
1 year 11 months ago
It appears that you aren’t reading ANY of the writing that agrees with Larry. What you term “slates” are in fact recommendations for consideration, which anyone is capable of making. The SJW contingent has done this in the past by their own admission. The real opposition is to others also doing it, keeping them from controlling the Hugo nomination process as they did previously. As to “slate voting,” you clearly haven’t been reading what the SP supporters have been saying consistently, which is that any voter should read all the nominated works and vore for them in the order he… Read more »
brian niemeier
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1 year 11 months ago
Not only are suggested lists of Hugo nominees (which is what Sad Puppies has been offering) not bad, they’re necessary. When Worldcon first started awarding Hugos, SFF was niche enough that every fan could reasonably read every eligible work released in a given year. In recent years, the eligible novels alone number in the thousands–and that’s not counting indie. There’s no way that Hugo voters can read every eligible work each year. That’s why narrowing down a list of nominees based on reader suggestions (which, again, is what Sad Puppies did) turns the nomination process from a Herculean ordeal to… Read more »
David, internet troll
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1 year 11 months ago

Your class is sold out :-(. Is there any way you can talk Weber into opening up more internet slots? I wouldn’t think that would cost the school much.

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Guest
1 year 11 months ago

Damn it Larry. I did it again. This stuff is addicting.

https://marsascendant.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/nuther-day-nuther-fisking/

Guest
1 year 11 months ago

Say, what on earth is a “Challenge Coin” FOR anyway?

Gareth A
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Gareth A
1 year 11 months ago

They look awesome in a display.

At least, that’s the reason I told myself last time…

SDN
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SDN
1 year 11 months ago

Doc, in the military, a “Challenge Coin” is a silver dollar or so sized coin suitable for carrying in one’s pocket. It is generally given to a member of a unit for good performance. Civilians may be awarded them. It is commonly used to determine who doesn’t have to buy their own drinks. I’m not up on the rankings, but the person in the group with the most prestigious coin “wins.”

Peter O
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Peter O
1 year 11 months ago
James May
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1 year 11 months ago
Read this extraordinary exchange between Andrea Harris, Sasha Pixlee, Requires Hate and an Anonymous. It is a great insight into how the minds of the bizarre race-sex cult behind the SJW movement work. I’ll leave it to you to guess how many of them openly admit to rather severe mental health issues. It’s all in one thread here: https://twitter.com/asymbina/status/590831340427354112 1. The Ethical Sloth ‏@sashapixlee Apr 21 VD sits on a mountain of privilege and the “gravity” of our society helps his attacks. Makes them worse. 2. The Ethical Sloth ‏@sashapixlee Apr 21 This is why “reverse racism” or “misandry” aren’t… Read more »
travis cole
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1 year 11 months ago
Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik
1 year 11 months ago

Had to share this piece of unintentionally hilarious idiocy I found on Twitter:

“Terry! on fleek ‏@shortstack81 · 5h5 hours ago
lol at the argument that Baen doesn’t publish so called “SJWscifi/fantasy”

the last 7 honor Harrington books are about FREEING SLAVES.”

Because the other side is so close-minded they can’t even imagine that we might also be against slavery. And really, is being anti-slavery really that much of a political position? I would say it’s a moral one.

60guilders
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60guilders
1 year 11 months ago

(Facepalm) Is he even aware of the evangelical right’s current involvement in antislavery work?

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik
1 year 11 months ago

Dude, this is the sort of guy who probably thinks that evangelicals look back fondly on the days of slavery. And he probably thinks that Republicans were the party of slavery and segregation.

Beolach
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Beolach
1 year 11 months ago

I’m a fair bit behind on the Honor Harrington books (I tend to like to binge read – being forced to wait between books makes me sad), but I’m guessing while “FREEING SLAVES” may well be a theme, even a message… as has been said repeatedly, there’s a big difference between fiction-with-a-message, and message-fic.

And on the topic of Slavery, and the SJW perspective of White Privilege:

James May
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1 year 11 months ago

That is funny. I’ve noticed that SJWs take any decent thing from history and automatically include it as part of their ideology while assuming their so-called enemies are in favor of any indecent thing from history.

DaveP.
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DaveP.
1 year 11 months ago

Dude, if “Terry!” wants to consider freeing slaves and fighting slavery to be right-wing ‘message fiction’… let ’em. Rub his tiny nose in it. After all, if it’s the reich-wingers who are hunting down the slavers and releasing the enslaved, who does that identify the slavers as?

James May
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1 year 11 months ago

The goofball WorldCon and SFWA handing out awards to racists only adds frosting to their stupid cake. They are the most idea-challenged folks I’ve ever encountered; not a thing beneficial to SF.

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Air_Dale
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Air_Dale
1 year 11 months ago
I am challenging the SF fan community to turn this year of contention upside down. I have seen firestorms tear through the blogosphere, culminating in movements and actions that may further polarize the fanbase and permanently harm the credibility of the Hugo Awards (or further harm its credibility, depending upon your viewpoint). As much as this year has been filled with missteps, in my starry-eyed idealism of SF writing and writers, I believe this hostage crisis could be turned into an engaging turning point. I am challenging George R. R. Martin and Larry Correia to stand behind your claims that… Read more »
James Schardt
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James Schardt
1 year 11 months ago

Larry has already encouraged people to read the nominees. All of them. Last year too. I think GRRM has said as much as well. As for reviews, well, both Larry and GRRM are very busy. I’m not sure either one has the time to do that justice (There is a reason Brad took over this year).

Now, if you can convince David Gerrold to tell people to read everything we’ll be well on our way. The Sad Puppies have been saying this all along.

James May
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1 year 11 months ago
You can’t move forward on a broken leg or pretend this controversy is about reading nominations. The crew which is dedicated to turning SFF into a system of diversity hires and affirmative action while diminishing the footprint of “binary” heterosexuals, men and whites not only swept their slate at the Nebulas last year, they bragged about its lack of white men (“diversity”). They’re still out there with their stupid pie-charts and dialogues which never took place in bullshit quotes “proving” there is a secret cabal of sexist, straight, racist, white men intent on excluding women, gays, non-whites and even the… Read more »
David, internet troll
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1 year 11 months ago

James, I am not exactly sure I understand what you are saying. You seem to be equivocating a bit. Why don’t you tell us how you really feel?

David

James May
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1 year 11 months ago
“K Tempest Bradford retweeted Anna Hutchinson ‏@anna_verity 23h23 hours ago White dudely authors being white and dudely and gross, get out of my life.” “Retweeted by Kameron Hurley Mikki Kendall @Karnythia · 3h More TV, Less Self-Esteem, Except for White Boys #WeNeedDiverseMedia” “K Tempest Bradford retweeted Jaymee Goh @jhameia · While POC are busy trying to decolonize ourselves, could white people please pull your weight and deimperialize yourselves.” “N. K. Jemisin retweeted Anil Dash @anildash · Apr 29 Thing is, I have very sincere empathy for white people reckoning with no longer being the cultural default. You were raised on… Read more »
Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik
1 year 11 months ago

Came across the Usual Suspects talking about Orson Scott Card, John C Wright, and how Tor should Do Something about them:

“Cora Buhlert ‏@CoraBuhlert · 2m2 minutes ago
@shaunduke @eilatan I’m still surprised their editors don’t try to reign them in at least a little.”

Because censorship is the role of editors, right?

James May
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1 year 11 months ago

Look at the 3 SJWs involved. Were they representative of the populations around the Tigris and Euphrates in pre-history we’d still be listening to oxygen deprived hallucinating oracles telling us bits of gravel in your underclothes brings good fortune.

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