Self Awareness Fail

Self Awareness Fail

Courtesy of a Mewe post by Larry Correia - looks like, in addition to being one of the few SF writers who can write "literary" in the same general neighborhood as Gene Wolfe and unlike many literary wannabes, tell a story, Dan Simmons has some balls. Of course, vile 770 took him to task for it. What did he write? Yeah, he said rude things about a child being used as a human shield to hector and shame adults. Recall - civil rules are for those who act civilized, and people morally guilt-tripping you like this to manipulate you are…

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A Few Good Books

A Few Good Books

John C Wright recently reviewed The Hidden Truth by Hans Schantz, describing it as "part alternate history, part coming-of-age story, and part techno-thriller, peppered with wry observations about the nature of people, politics and power as seen through the eyes of a youth learning a hard lesson about the evils men hide." He is entirely correct. I found the first book engaging enough to go ahead and buy the second and third while I was on what, at the time, started as a vacation of sorts, and ended with a very difficult time in my life almost precisely one year…

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Roundup

Roundup

First of all, posting has been sparse, and not up to what I promised. I'm fixing that. First - Nick Cole reposts and expands his hit blog post on how CTRL-ALT-REVOLT was banned by his publisher, despite being a successful and well-selling author. On a related note, Larry Correia is on mewe after being banned from facebook again, and the jackasses at China Mike's are patting themselves on the back for frivolous flagging. Second, scumbags have learned to weaponize Facebook’s lax stupidity. They simply find someone they don’t like, and then report their posts. Nobody with a brain…

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Yes, George Martin Writes Horror

Yes, George Martin Writes Horror

Cataline makes an excellent observation I think, with the caveat that, quite obviously, GoT/ASoIaF is set in a fantasy universe. Game of Thrones is horror, and that's pretty much what George knows how to write. I remember skimming back and forth in the first two books of the series (the only ones I read, I grant you), trying to find a battle scene and there just isn’t one. What you get are people describing the the aftermath of a battle and the key events that happened in it, (IE who died that time), but no real action. Martin…

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A Wolfe Among Sheep

A Wolfe Among Sheep

Science Fiction author Gene Wolfe has left this mortal realm. Ages ago I had a coffee-table book titled something like "Worlds of Fantasy" that, while it also unfortunately introduced me to Earthsea and Gormenghast, also introduced me to Covenant, Elric, and best of all, Conan, Jack Vance's "Dying Earth," and Severian. An unassuming boy, a member of a torturer's guild on an Earth so far in the future that, like Vance's, our sun was on the verge of bloated red death, where technology that may as well have been magic was discovered and lost, and aliens still dropped by at…

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Grab Bag Posting

The inevitable yet "surprising" end of Panera's socialist restaurant experiment. Who'd have thought that asking freeloader types who want other people's money to pay their fair share out of the good ness of their heart to get a meal would leave you going broke? I know, sarcasm. While on the topic of inevitable yet surprising, who'd have thought that inviting in the third world would bring about third world conditions? Wesson's motion includes a call for an audit of all the live plants in every city-owned and city-operated building, including the varieties that "are most attractive to…

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Modern "Entertainment" Grab Bag

Modern "Entertainment" Grab Bag

While I haven't spent as much time as a good chunk of the pulp rev crowd discussing the crap that often composes modern storytelling and entertainment, I've certainly psted a couple, such as my recent run-in with the Bandersnatch. I certainly haven't done the heavy lifting that, for example, Jeffro has with his Appendix N series. Many of the modern issues go deeper than just an SJW desire to inject politics - or as Xavier more properly notes, the virtue signals of having particular political positions - into everything a la the politics is personal. One issue is an addiction…

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