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The eARC for Target Rich Environment is out now

The eARC for Target Rich Environment is out!

https://www.baen.com/target-rich-environment-earc.html

For those of you who aren’t familiar with eARCs, it stands for Electronic Advanced Reader Copy. An ARC is what normally gets sent to reviewers months before the book comes out, but Baen realized a long time ago that people will pay to get books they want several months early. In fact, they’ll pay extra, and as devout capitalists, that’s awesome.

eARCs have not gone through the final copy editing process, so a lot of time you get to see all the happy fun bonus typos and author screw ups that didn’t get caught before turn in. Some eARCs have big changes from the final (like the legendary *insert explosions here*), but honestly my manuscripts have all been pretty clean, so I’ve never had a major change between any of my eARCs and the final product.

In this case, Target Rich Environment should be good to go because it is a collection of my short fiction. I’m very proud of this. Being primarily a novelist, I’m not known for my short fiction, but I’ve actually published a ton of it. This is volume one of my favorites.

Many of these stories have appeared in other places before, but most of my fans haven’t read them. Some markets are more obscure than others. There are also some originals where this is the first time they’ve ever been in print, including a Bubba Shackleford story co-authored with my daughter. This was her first ever professional sale (and her 2nd will out next year).

And for the first time ever in print, the complete Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent.

In this collection I’ve got fantasy, sci-fi, horror, action/adventure, and comedy. I’ve got stories from MHI, Grimnoir, Dead Six, a few other people’s IPs, and a bunch of original settings. So it’s a little bit of everything.

So check it out. The regular release will be in September.

Origins Debacle Update

If you missed last week’s drama, the details of my being removed as the Origins Writer Guest of Honor are here: http://monsterhunternation.com/2018/05/15/statement-concerning-my-being-disinvited-as-the-guest-of-honor-for-origins-game-fair/

I was first officially approached to be the GoH on 1/23/2018. My correspondence at this point was with a famous author who was representing their writing track. I’ve left his name out of it, because he’s a good dude, and doesn’t need to get lumped in with the actions of John Ward (who in my opinion is either cowardly, incompetent, or both).

Now normally, when I’m a special guest at a con, I just give them my airport details and they book the flights. On 3/22 they sent me another email saying that it was time to figure out the travel details for myself and my guest. My wife already had plans, so my kids then had to fight over who got to be my guest to what they thought was going to be a super fun game weekend (plus my kids love manatees, and the Columbus zoo has them) so this was a coveted prize. On 4/9 we decided that it would be my son, so I sent all our travel information over.

On 4/10 I was informed by the author, Also, vis travel arrangements, I wasn’t aware that Origins usually has guests book their own flight and we reimburse them.”

Okay, that’s weird, and a pain in the ass, but I’d made a commitment. On 4/30 I booked flights for myself and my son, stuck it on my credit card, and sent the details. I even apologized for the additional $300 that it took to get the upgrade to economy comfort for all four flights (round trip and connecting, there weren’t any direct from SLC to Columbus), but at a broad shouldered, 6’5”, 300 pounds, I don’t fit in coach (and since my son has never flown before, I wanted to sit next to him) but I said that I would be happy to eat that additional charge and just be reimbursed for the base amount  (I will fly myself first class, but I don’t ever expect a con to foot that kind of bill on my behalf ). Receipt was confirmed by the Origins representative, and he said that I would be mailed a check.

When John Ward unceremoniously cut and pasted his facebook announcement into an email to me on 5/14, he added I apologize that we are making this decision now, but we are receding our invitation to participate in the show. We are happy to still cover your travel expenses and apologize again for the timing of our decision.”

 

As of today I have still not received the promised check. If you’re going to immediately cave to a bunch of lying harpies, you should at least have the basic professionalism to expedite the reimbursement.

 

I emailed the author I’d originally spoken with this morning about this, but then I decided, to hell with it, I might as well make this public.

EDIT:  The check arrived at 4:05 MST 5/21/18, certified mail. And of course, they only paid me for the base coach amount, not the $300 additional for better seats, you petty, cheap ass, sons of bitches.  

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In other news, I’ve updated the four year old fisking that caused the initial temper tantrum about my being at Origins. http://monsterhunternation.com/2014/08/19/no-tor-com-gencon-isnt-racist-a-fisking/   I would invite everyone to read this for themselves and decide how it makes people “unsafe”.

I would like to point out a few bits of irony.

I got booted out of a game con, for defending another game con from baseless accusations of racism.

An Indian man claimed that he was upset that there weren’t enough “people who looked like him” represented in fantasy, so his fiancé got an author who writes a fantasy series entirely populated by characters who are Indian, kicked from a convention. Don’t take my word for it. The first novel is Son of the Black Sword and it won the Dragon Award for Best Fantasy. #2 is House of Assassins, which will be out in February.

Also, I have “white privilege” because even though I’m the son of a poor dairy farmer who attended the Junior Gladiatorial Academy For Kids Who Don’t Read Good, I offended the slightly tanner than I am, son of a billionaire, who went to a high school with a $37,000 annual tuition.

Oh, and he and his fiancé weren’t going to attend Origins anyway. They just felt “unsafe” on your behalf.

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Several authors have written about how Origins’ behavior was foolish, and how cons shouldn’t invite, then disinvite a professional (barring something huge popping up, like criminal charges). David Weber wrote a great piece https://www.facebook.com/david.weber.5621/posts/1922877941079166

Other authors are agreeing with David in the comments, including some very big names, and a few others have reached out to me in private. Authors aren’t going to attend cons that screw over their guests. Basically, dick move, Origins. Next time do your homework.

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In more news, it turns out that employees and representatives of several game companies were dumb enough to publically virtue signal on Twitter about how they colluded to pressure Origins to exclude me, who works in their industry, from their trade event. I will leave this to the lawyers in the audience to realize why that’s really dumb, and then I will not comment further upon the matter.

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Still, at no point has anyone offered any actual evidence from any of my thousands of posts, blog articles, appearances, interviews, or panels demonstrating any of the things that are alleged against me.

Despite them looking hard, the only actual quote I’ve seen them try to use to demonstrate my dangerous hatemongery is this quote discussing the best novel Hugo nominees in April 2013(!) (which tells you how hard they are scrambling to find something to prove my imaginary bigotry).

For the other Best Novel noms, Lois Bujold is awesome, but she’s won like 8 Hugos. Mira Grant is cool as heck. In person, she’s really great, and I like her, but notice that since she is beloved by SMOF, she is nominated in every Hugo category except Car of the Year. Saladin’s a nice guy, and beloved by SMOF (we were up for the Campbell at the same time), but I’m predicting he’ll come in last, becasue this is his only book and he’s not built up a huge SMOF backer faction yet, but just having nominated a guy with an ethnic name will make the SMOFers feel all warm and tingly inside and good about themselves, so that’ll be enough for them. (Note, I’m not actually placing any bets that the voters actually read all the works).

Yep. That straw grasping is it. That is literally the best they can do to demonstrate my alleged racism. Now anybody with half a brain or an ounce of integrity can read that and see that my comment is about the nature of the WorldCon voters (who tend to be white, old, and overwhelmingly liberal). I’ve got zero issue with Saladin, last I’d heard he’d gone into comic book writing, and I hope he makes piles of money.

I stand by what I said, I’ve written a bunch of articles on this topic in depth, and I’ll even clarify it again here. There are cliques of Hugo voters who don’t give a damn about the books or the writers, they only care about themselves and virtue signaling about how great they are.

But bear with me for a moment and let’s say that their ridiculous interpretation of that quote is correct… How in the world would me saying that five years ago be justification to kick me out of an event?  Because if you can get that nitpicky, then I hate to break it to you, by that standard the perpetually offended would be able to demand anyone get booted.

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Beyond the typical, boring, worn thin allegations of racism/sexism/homophobia, they’ve also doubled down about how I’m “mean” or “rude” or “caustic” or “dismissive” or “profane”. They’re all about civility and tone, don’t you know. The part they always leave out of this one is that if I’m an asshole to someone, it’s usually for a good reason. See, they didn’t ban me because I have the wrong politics. They banned me because I had the wrong politics and don’t sit there silently while they insult me. They’ve got no problem with non-leftist guests… Provided they never ever share an unapproved opinion or disagree with rigid groupthink. Those guys are okay (but the second they step out of line, they’ll get destroyed).

It’s kind of funny. If you are on the left, then you can badger, and insult, and mock, and slander, and lie, and feign outrage… But the second the people they are attacking fight back, then they’re all about civility and tone.

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So apparently my real crime, which makes me too dangerous and disgusting for this family friendly event, is that I once set out to prove that an award which was supposed to represent all of fandom, was overwhelmingly dominated by a few politically biased cliques, by getting more fans involved. So then they tripped over themselves to prove me right.

That’s pretty damned underwhelming actually. The way they talk about me on the internet you’d think that I was tossing communists out of helicopters or something.

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Meanwhile, I’m seeing the other side do that typical thing, where after they act like huge flaming assholes and insult a giant swath of the country, then they pretend to be the real victims. So you slander a guy, say he’s all these horrible things, which by extension means all the people who read his stuff, like him, and worst of all, agree with him, so they must be terrible people too. They get mad, get involved, and then you guys beg for civility and cry about harassment. Uh huh… Sure. At this point, I don’t believe anything you claim until I can see the police report.

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But on that note about harassment, bolstered by their recent success in salty tear based warfare, on Friday they started trying to get me banned from a different convention. Only in this case, the con organizers aren’t chumps. They knew me because I’d been a guest before, and they knew the allegations were garbage. So they stopped it hard and fast.

The sad thing is I can’t even say which con it was, because I know if I do, they’ll catch a whole bunch of heat for from the angry cry bully crowd. And these are good people who don’t deserve that. Just be aware, that some conventions do understand what is going on, and they don’t like it either. This “unsafe” tactic puts all cons in a bad place.

But these people don’t care. As we’ve seen, they aren’t even going to the events they’re pitching a fit about. They come from a culture that awards status for being a victim, so they have to seek out victimhood wherever they can find it. Then they shout it from the rooftops, wimps capitulate, and then they feel powerful, so they do it again and again.

Since we are dredging up old quotes trying to find examples of my bigotry (which is apparently scarcer than Bigfoot), Jack found this one, from four years ago, after Timmy Bolgeo got banned from a convention because some nitwit threw a fit about his presence. I’ll close with this because I was right then, and I’m right today:

“Listen fandom, it is time to cowboy up. Put your big girl panties on. You have gotten into the bad habit of immediately rolling over anytime some shrieking Social Justice Warrior says they must retire to their fainting couch because they have the vapors. They started with big name writers, then they began freaking out about things award presenters MIGHT say, and now they’ve worked their way down to attacking other fans. They want a purge. Anybody who may potentially hurt their delicate lilac scented feelings is an untouchable and must be shunned. They’d clone Stalin to run for SFWA president if any of that crowd actually knew how this whole science thing worked.
Luckily for us the SJW’s weapons are their salty tears of sadness and Twitter.

So QUIT CAVING IN.

Their outrage doesn’t grant them magical powers of discernment. Do your freaking jobs. Use your brain. If somebody is angry about a guest, maybe you should slow down and find out why before immediately surrendering to the angry mob, or in this case ONE PERSON.

Otherwise they own you. They own you because you let them. Rule number one of dealing with Social Justice Warriors is never apologize for anything that shouldn’t be apologized for. Rule number two is don’t be afraid to tell them to shove it.”

 

 

Geeky Hobbies Update: I Won A Painting Contest

I was going to post about this little bit of happiness earlier in the week, but things got a little hectic. 🙂

But anyways, back to fun stuff.  Last weekend was the Salt Lake Showdown Infinity Tournament at Shiv Games. This was my first Infinity tournament. I’m a much better hobbyist and painter than a player, but my buddy (and regular opponent) Josh talked me into it.

 

Being a painter more than a player, I’ve painted a lot of armies for this game… Not a joke. This picture is from several months ago. At that time I had 31 complete army lists that I could play simultaneously without duplicating any minis.

However, when Josh told me there was also going to be a painting contest, those 31 armies were INSUFFICIENT!  That’s because I don’t paint a bunch of the same army at a time, I switch around, so some of these were painted recently (when I’d gotten better) and the older ones didn’t look as good. So I had to pick a faction to play, and then make sure every mini in it looked respectable, either by repainting old ones, or getting new ones.

Not being super good at war games, I picked my faction based upon my current Infinity role playing game character (who ironically enough, was randomly generated). So PanOceania (NeoTerra) it is. Which meant for the last two months I’ve painted nothing but blue. I’m so tired of blue.

But, since I’d started painting this faction two years ago (it is what comes in the starter box) I figured I needed to step up my game, plus I’ve got a psychological aversion to duplicate minis in an army. So I started what I called the Epic PanO Kitbash project. Which meant I bought six boxes of minis, dumped all their parts into a pile, and started chopping them up with a diamond saw to repose them using a bunch of green stuff putty.

At minimum everybody got an arm or head swap, but with metal minis that means a lot of shaving, pinning, and green stuff.  Some of them I got a little more ambitious on. I posted pics on Facebook as I went. I’m not going to post all those pics in this post, because too many photos crashes my webpage. But I’ll do another Geeky Hobbies post about the Kit Bash Project when I get the chance.

(my personal favorite is this one unit called the Hexa, who is basically invisible until they pop out and attack. So on her, I sculpted a middle finger onto her hand to be flipping off whoever she was attacking. I love little touches like that)

I didn’t get through all of them by the tournament, but half my army was new kitbashed stuff, and the other half was old stuff. Since a bunch of high ranked players were going to be there, I figure I would get my ass kicked, but I’d look good doing it.

Speaking of looking good, that is one nice table

It was a great bunch, 48 players, and it looked like everybody had a really good time.

Round 1 was my NeoTerra versus my rebellious PanO countrymen (Military Orders) throwing down in a shanty town. We were both relative newbs. It was a good fight (and the only one I remembered to take pictures of).

The first two turns were rough, but the final turn I pulled ahead in points and I won a big victory.

Round 2:  NeoTerra vs. Druze. A mission I suck at (Biotechvore) against a more experienced opponent. And the table was pastel Easter Egg colors, which apparently threw off my troops’ aim.(a few times my dice hate me) But surprisingly this turned into a three round slug fest. I lost, but I did way better than I’d expected.

Round 3: NeoTerra vs. Corregidor. Again on that damnable Easter Egg table!  I got beaten like a rented mule by the very experienced player who would go on to take third overall. This was my only blow out. He didn’t just beat me, he systematically took me apart.  Corregidor is the army my son plays…. He did not play them the same way my son plays them. It was very educational.

Round 4. NeoTerra vs. Tohaa. At a different shanty town themed table.  It was the first time I played against Tohaa, who’ve got some weird alien rules. I was on the ropes for two rounds, but then my opponent got aggressive and moved up to finish me and collect a bunch of points, and my Rambo mini (his name is Arnold Castillo the Aquila Guard) who I’d been holding in reserve went on a bloodthirsty killing spree.  I won.

Apparently my guys put boot to ass in the favela.

Round 5. NeoTerra vs. Druze. The 2nd time I played against a Druze army, and another experienced player, on a Japanese themed table. It went back and forth, both of us losing lots of dudes.  This match was close. And by close, I mean he literally pulled it out and got ahead in points, on the last order, of his last turn, Hail Mary missile launch. It was a great game.

So I finished up with 2 wins, 3 losses. And the way they break ties is on points, so of my 3 losses, two were fairly close, and one was a slaughter. Overall I came in 26th out of 48, which is way better than I hoped for (and these guys give good prizes!).  Interestingly enough, the guys I’d had super close nail biter games against came in right before and right after me.

But now for the important stuff. The painting contest. 🙂

There were a lot of entries, including some really good looking armies entered, including a couple of guys who are pro painters. I narrowed it down to four that I thought were the top tier. Not to say the others weren’t good looking, it’s just one of those hobbies where you can spot the people who’ve put in more practice hours.  Personally, after looking at all of them technically (and I’ve judged mini painting contests before), I thought I’d get 2nd or 3rd.

But then when the judges were announcing the winners, they started talking about how there were a bunch of really good painters, but one army had put in a bunch of customization, modeling, and kitbashing. And at that point I looked over at Josh and was like DUDE.

I was surprised and humbled to win best painted. That really made my day.

 

Statement Concerning My Being Disinvited as the Guest of Honor for Origins Game Fair

I posted the following on Facebook yesterday:

So I’m no longer the writer guest of honor at origins. My invitation has been revoked. It was the usual nonsense. Right after I was announced as a guest some people started throwing a temper tantrum about my alleged racist/sexist/homophobic/whatever (of course, with zero proof or actual examples), and the guy in charge (John Ward) immediately folded. He didn’t even talk to me first. He just accepted the slander and gave me the boot in an email that talked about how “inclusive” they are. I actually heard about it on facebook before I even saw the email.

Oh well.

They did this to John Ringo at ConCarolinas a little while ago, and took a lesson from it. This is just another new way for bullies to target people who disagree with them. Throw a fit, make up some accusations, and cry about how you feel unsafe. Now that they know it works, it is just another tool in their tool box.

For the record, I’m not any of the things they accuse me of. Despite writing a whole bunch of books, and a ton of political articles, and all of my many personal interactions with fans (I’ve done up to 15 cons and events in one year), none of these people can ever find any actual examples of me being sexist, racist, or homophobic (and the Guardian looked hard and still came up with nothing).

That’s because in reality, I’m a libertarian who does not give a shit who you are, or what you do, and it is none of my business, as long as you stay off my lawn. 🙂

This time they kept calling me a “rape apologist”. They dug up that classic that John Scalzi created about me several years ago. It’s total nonsense. I spent many years teaching self defense to women, and I’m all in favor of every rape attempt ending with the rapist receiving a couple hollow points to the chest. But that just goes to show the power of lies, rumor, and narrative.

So years later, complete strangers come out of the woodwork to talk about how evil I am. Yeah… That does get tiresome. It is wearying.

I’m really sorry for any fans who were planning on seeing me at Origins. Hopefully I’ll get to meet you at some other event.

For me personally, meh. I go to enough events. I’ll just do something else fun that weekend.

The saddest person in all of this is my son, who was my plus one. He was looking forward to playing a bunch of games, and then we were going to go to the zoo on Sunday. (they have manatees there!).

 

That was my only real public comment on the matter.

I woke up this morning to find that the internet had blown up.

Here is my full statement:

Origins put up an announcement on Facebook about their five guests of honor. Immediately a bunch of people started freaking out about how my presence made them “unsafe”. These same people were going on about how the guests were all male, so Origins hates women and transsexuals, and the guests were too white, which meant brown people were unsafe. No. Sadly, I’m not making that up. I’d say go read it for yourself, but Origins is scrubbing everything in a vain attempt at damage control.

I read it as it was unfolding, and it was disappointing. I did not comment in the Origins thread, but I brought it to the attention of the author who had arranged my invite.

The allegations were the typical thought terminating clichés (and I’ll respond to each of them further down, because they’re all nonsense) they said I was a racist, sexist, homophobe, who hates transsexuals, and I was a Sad Puppy, which meant that I was a racist, sexist, homophobe who wanted to keep women, minorities, and  homosexuals out of publishing. When my fans demanded proof of these allegations, they linked to opinion pieces from places like Gawker or Vox, quoting a bunch of people who hate my guts. Best of all, one woman talked about how I’d attacked and harmed her loved ones. More on that later.

John Ward, head of GAMA, folded like a cheap lawn chair. Only a couple hours after their post went live, a fan told me on Facebook that Origins had put up an announcement that I’d just been disinvited.

So then I went and checked my email. (and I am perfectly happy to share every single email ever sent between me and Origins). John Ward had emailed me, and his email was nearly identical to the public Facebook announcement (including the spelling errors). He said that he was recently informed of some of my “personal views” which made me a detriment as a guest, and that Origins is a family friendly and inclusive event.

Inclusive… Uh huh.

Since this same sort of thing had just been done to my friend and co-author John Ringo at ConCarolinas a few weeks ago, I wasn’t shocked. I emailed him back and asked specifically which of my personal views was so abhorrent.  I also pointed out that everything alleged in that thread was utter nonsense, but he hadn’t even bothered to ask me about it first.

After I sent that email, I realized I’d not asked about the status of the short story reprint I was allowing them to use in the Origins anthology, so I sent a second shorter email saying that they’d probably want to pull my story out, because I’d hate for any of my icky imaginary hatemongery to get all over them.

John Ward did not even have the basic professional courtesy to respond.

Of course, the internet blew up. My fans got ticked. Origins released a new GoH announcement with my picture scrubbed off it like something from one of Stalin’s purges (seriously, it was so hamfisted it was hilarious).

Now for the allegations, I am none of the things these people have accused me of.

I am not racist, sexist, or homophobic. In reality, I’m an individualist. I judge everybody based upon their words and actions. I don’t like identity politics. I don’t like when a whole bunch of individuals are shoved into neat little demographic boxes for political expediency.  I’m libertarian by philosophy, meaning that I don’t give a crap what you do, stay out of my business and I’ll stay out of yours.

After I got the boot, the internet blew up, and my fans began defending my character (some of them rather vigorously). That’s because these people know me, have read my stuff, and interacted with me for years, so they know the truth.

I’ve done as many as fifteen conventions and events in one year (I’ve been to dozens of different conventions), as well as hundreds of book signings. You’d think if I was such a dangerous hatemonger that made people “unsafe” there would be some actual examples. But there never are. They just toss an allegation like a bomb and then run off.

You would think that since I’ve written thousands of Facebook posts, thousands of blog posts (many of them about controversial political topics), and a bunch of novels, that there would be some evidence of my bigotry. But there isn’t, because I’m not. If they cite anything at all, it is never my own words, it is always a quote from somebody who disagrees with me and their straw version of what I believe. I’ll go through some of the ones that popped up yesterday.

The woman who started this temper tantrum said that I made “brown” people unsafe and that I had personally hurt her loved ones. I have no idea who this person is. My guess was that by harming her loved ones, she meant that I’d disagreed with one of them on Facebook.

According to one of my fans who looked, her boyfriend is this guy who wrote an article about how GenCon was racist. His article was absurd, so I fisked it. This was four years ago, but apparently these people can really hold a grudge. This was my response that cause so much angst. http://monsterhunternation.com/2014/08/19/no-tor-com-gencon-isnt-racist-a-fisking/

I would invite you to read that, looking for examples of my supposed racist hatemongery that makes me so dangerous that I’m not allowed at a family friendly, inclusive event. (plus, you should read it anyway because it’s funny, and it shows the perpetually offended mindset of the people we are dealing with).

Up next, I was repeatedly called a “rape apologist” and an advocate of “rape culture”.  This one is particularly egregious because I spent ten years as a concealed weapons instructor, teaching lots of women how to defend themselves with lethal weapons. But I know exactly where this little bit of slander comes from.

It is also from four years ago. Remember when one of the Ms. America contestants said she was in favor of women learning self-defense, and some angry feminists flipped out because that was “victim blaming”?  Yep. I wrote an article about how silly that was. http://monsterhunternation.com/2014/06/10/the-naive-idiocy-of-teaching-rapists-not-to-rape/  Which author and former SFWA president, John Scalzi, immediately took to twitter to twist my words and portray me as a rape apologist.  Go ahead and read what I wrote and judge for yourself. That’s absurd.

But those two things from four years ago just demonstrate the nefarious nature of slander. Once it is out there, suckers are going to believe it, truth be damned. It lingers forever.

Up next, there was much outrage about how I was a Sad Puppy. Correction, I was the original Sad Puppy, and I’m proud of that. Now, the way these people portray it, this was my evil scheme to rig the sainted Hugo awards, to get myself an award, and to also simultaneously keep women and minorities out of publishing.  Which is ironic, since by “rig” they meant I got more fans to participate in the voting, I turned down my nomination, and since the other people I got nominated included a bunch of women and minorities (as well as authors of various sexual orientations and belief systems) I must really suck at this bigotry thing. But keep in mind, the people slandering me over Sad Puppies are the same folks who the year before hailed 14 white liberals and 1 Asian liberal winning as a huge victory for diversity.

In reality, it was my attempt to demonstrate that the Hugo awards were not in fact an award to represent all of fandom, but were actually extremely politically biased, and dominated by a few small insular cliques. They went out of their way to prove I was right. Since Sad Puppies is an extremely long and convoluted story, here is a detailed account that I wrote for the benefit of the newcomers. http://monsterhunternation.com/2015/04/06/a-letter-to-the-smofs-moderates-and-fence-sitters-from-the-author-who-started-sad-puppies/

When it was all said and done, these champions of honesty were so adamant about standing up to my imaginary racist misogyny, that they No Awarded an extremely talented, accomplished, and successful Jewish single mother for best editor, just because I was the one who recommended her.

Plus, that was three years ago, I proved my point about WorldCon and retired. I’ve not really been involved with it since. My fans moved on, and then the Hugos went back to nominating nothing but the same tired leftists (Sorry, No Labels Police, I’m not even exaggerating).

Of course, just like they did to John Ringo, after the con folded, the haters came out of the woodwork to proclaim what a wonderful victory for free speech it was that these hateful voices of disagreement were silenced. Now that stuff, I don’t even bother to read. I recognize the names. It’s always the same gaggle of bitter dipsticks. If you say my name, they show up to bitch.

Yesterday, my wife was furious. I find this constant bombardment of lies about me to be tiresome, but she’s really sick of it. It’s because back when I rocked the Hugo boat, the organized slander campaign was so thick that she was getting contacted by people she’d not talked to since high school, asking if she was safe, living with such a monstrous, racist, sexist, abuser. That’s how nefarious this stuff is.

So I made that one public comment, and then the internet blew up. It’s funny, when you tell despicable, easily disproven lies about something that people are fond of, they get righteously angry. I was getting tagged a lot in a ton of different threads so I really couldn’t keep up. People who were coming because I was there were cancelling their memberships (and only getting partial refunds, which is just a dick move). Other fans looked up the contact info for the people in charge to complain.

I saw where fans started talked about boycotts. The only comment I made during all this was to leave the vendors alone. They’re just small businessmen trying to have a good sales weekend. John Ward is the one who immediately caved to bullies without even doing the slightest bit of homework.

But the fans were torqued, and I’ve got a lot of fans. Go figure. Whatever. After years of getting lied about, I’m used to it. I went to bed.

I woke up this morning to discover that the GAMA board is getting hammered, and got messages through various back channels, which I’m not at liberty to disclose the details because these are multiple private conversations, but the word “clusterfuck” got used a lot.

Still no response from Ward. This is my shocked face.

My fans had risen to my defense rather vociferously, and some of the Origins people were saying that if I was such a nice guy, why didn’t I call them off, or ask them to be nicer… Ha! Well, first off, A. I was asleep. And B. You guys are the ones who did something ridiculous to annoy a bunch of fans, so why should I cover for you?

To be clear, I hold absolutely no animosity toward any of the attendees, vendors, sponsors, or staff of Origins. I hope you guys have a great time. It ain’t your fault that (in my opinion) John Ward is spineless and incompetent. I was looking forward to it.

I’m a gamer. I love gaming. I’ve written up novel length game journals on this very blog. I’ve written novels and short stories for game companies. There are RPGs based on my worlds (and more games coming!). I’ve created my own rule set for a new game which we will be kickstarting next year. From where I sit I can see a few hundred painted minis. I love games. In fact, today’s blog post was going to be about the tabletop war game tournament I went to this weekend. I was only in the middle of the pack score wise (won 2 of 5 rounds, 26th out of 48 overall) but I won Best Painted. Which as an avid mini painter, was super cool, and very humbling because there were some excellent pro painters there.

But despite that, I’m not welcome at this “inclusive” event for gamers, because some lying internet rando declared my opinions were too dangerous (come on, really? I voted for Gary Friggin’ Johnson!).

Even Cat Rambo, current SFWA president, who probably disagrees with me on just about any political subject, tweeted about how Origins behavior was unprofessional, and how if this had happened to her she’d be upset and angry. Thank you, Cat. I hope you don’t get burned at the stake for publically agreeing with Larry Correia. 😀

The problem is that we live in a society where being a self-aggrandizing victim gets you social status. As long as people cave to the demands of cry bullies, they will continue to lie and demand things. I found it ironic that even after Origins scrubbed me from existence, the same perpetually offended crowd were saying that this was “a good start”, but how Origins was still sexist/racist/transphobic and How Dare They not let this small but loud group pick all their GoHs for them based on skin color and purity of thought. Silly, Origins, you can never appease the perpetually offended. Oh well. That’s why you don’t negotiate with terrorists.

One thing that is kind of funny is that a bunch of my fans were pointing out that by removing me, they’d made the GoH list less diverse. For the record, ethnically, I’m Portuguese (which back when I worked for the Air Force, the Department of Labor declared to be “Latino” go figure). But my dad wasn’t all white (North African according to Ancestry.com, but regardless, he was way darker skinned than any of the angry doofi yelling about me yesterday) and my mom is half Jewish. But since I’m now self-employed and don’t have to fill out EEOC forms, I don’t know which demographic box liberals are sticking me in this week. Personally, I don’t give a crap because I’m an American. I find that whole game amusing.

They did this to Ringo, now they’ve done it to me. Since the political bullies have discovered that this is a viable tactic, I expect them to do this to every convention. Have a guest who offended one of them once, they’ll pitch a fit and whine that they feel unsafe. Cons will either give in, or stand up. It puts them in a terrible position.

My bet though is that the majority of tantrum throwers weren’t going to go anyway. It’s just a chance for them to virtue signal and pile on. We saw the same thing with ConCarolinas. In that case, to appease a handful of no names and maybe a dozen perpetually offended jerks, they pissed off thousands.

Since it just went down last night, I don’t know how this one will shake out. I’m fine. I’ll just do something else this weekend. But I’ve also got a solid career, a lot of books out, and a rabid fan base. I can weather this kind of slander. The sad thing is, these assholes do this to any author who gets out of line.  You cross them, they’ll lie their asses off about you and try to burn you down. So authors who haven’t made it big keep quiet, and keep their heads down, to not draw the wrath of the mob, so they don’t hurt their career.

Note, this only ever goes one political direction.  If you are a left wing author, you’ve got to get caught doing some pretty horrible stuff to be too dangerous to get disinvited from an inclusive family friendly event. If you’ve got correct politics, sexually harass a bunch of women? No problem. Just issue an apology, you’re good to go. But if you’ve got the wrong politics (like half the country) all you’ve got to do is say so, and you’re an abhorrent monster who must be shunned for everyone’s safety.

So that’s it. John Ward rewarded the bullies, so I predict that we will see more of this behavior in the future. Plus, I fully expect any convention which invites me in the future to get hammered the same way. That’ll be fun, getting accused of all sorts of horrible things by complete strangers in the name of tolerance never gets old.

EDIT TO ADD: Hey, John. You still owe me for the reimbursement for my plane tickets. You’d better get on that.

May Update Post

Still lots of stuff going on.

Writing Update 

My next release is the last Monster Hunter Memoirs novel, Saints, with John Ringo. It ill be out June 3rd. The eARC is available now, the reviews are positive, and people really seem to be enjoying it.

Then in September, my short story collection Target Rich Environment comes out. I’ve been going on the page proofs for it today. I’m super proud of this one. I actually love writing short fiction, but since its been published all over the place, most of my regular fans haven’t read most of these.

This is a fun one for me because it’s all over the board, different styles, different genres, going for different vibes. Its got action, comedy, horror, a couple of sad parts, a little bit of everything. And its a fun way to show that I’m not a one trick pony.

It also contains a story I cowrote with my oldest daughter, and that is pretty neat.

House of Assassins is done but I don’t know the release date yet. I keep saying this, and doofuses keep giving Son of the Black Sword negative reviews because they think there wasn’t a sequel. It ain’t like I do an update post every month for kicks and giggles.

I’m currently working on Monster Hunter Guardian. First draft by Sarah is done. I’m 1/2 through it doing my tweaks and edits, but since I had to pause for a different project because of timing, I’ve sent that 1/2 back to Sarah for her to do her next editing pass, while I keep working on the 2nd half.

The other project is for an anthology that I can’t announce yet. I’m one of the two editors for it, and I need to get my story done for it. I’m just waiting for one last contract to come in from an author, and then I can announce what it is and who is in it. (fun subject, and it has got some great authors and really big names).  I’ve got the first five stories already turned in, and they’re great.

I got some good writing related news. Monster Hunter Siege was the #5 bestselling fantasy paperback in the country last week on Nielsen Bookscan.

Yard Moose Mountain

Property developers earn their money. Holy moly. My hobby for two years now has been getting permits, and permits for permits, and filling out forms to get a permit to apply for a different permit, and then paying large sums of money to various people, places, and things in order to satisfy other people, places, and things, so they’ll give me permits too.

In other words, construction on Yard Moose Mountain is proceeding. The primary excavation, trenching, power lines, roads, drainage, geothermal, and septic has been going on for the last few weeks., since it finally stopped snowing on us so we can actually move dirt.

And it is a LOT of dirt. We are bending the mountain to our will.  On the bright side, normally in a project like this that means they’d have to cart off tons and tons of dirt somewhere else, but since I’ve got space, all that dirt is just turning into berms and backstops. My pistol range will now be 50 yards wide and 70 yards deep with 12 foot berms.  All that material only made a dent in the whole.

And that doesn’t even get into the part where we have to bring in a thousand tons of gravel for the road.

People keep asking me how come the house isn’t done yet… I don’t think they realize the magnitude of this process. This isn’t just building a house on an empty lot where everything already exists. It’s taken me two years to create what’s basically an empty lot.