Month: Apr 2016

  • Is N.K.Jemisin’s The Fifth Season a Science Fiction Classic?

    There is a rhetorical rule of headlines that if they are phrased as a question then the answer is actually “no”. Strictly, I also have to say “no” but only because we can only declare a novel a ‘classic’ retrospectively, after years in which its influence and critical impact have occurred. However, I’m posing the […]

  • People need cat pictures

    Just this once because people need cheering up. On my travels I discovered the fabled lost city of Kittehoplis aka Catlantis. Some pictures:

  • Please Don’t Say ‘Puppies’

    For the past few years the Hugo Awards have been embroiled in controversy around what have been called the Puppy campaigns. Originally a campaign to get Larry Correia a Hugo that had the ironic slogan of trying to end puppy sadness, which morphed into ‘Sad Puppies 2’ and ‘Sad Puppies 3’ as discussed ad-nauseum here. […]

  • The Castalia House (i.e. Rabid) Finalists

    Among other things the Rabid Hugo strategy is part of Vox Day’s publicity stunt campaign for his hobby publishing house. Given destroying the Hugo awards is effectively part of the marketing of Castalia House products it is worth noting which finalists are associated with it (I’ve also counted the one nominee straight from VDs blog). […]

  • Simplified Voting Strategy

    Last year I suggested (followed) a strategy I called High-bar No Award. I still like it but it had some aspects that take awhile to explain. This is a simpler version that should work fine when presented with some of the “poison pill” Rabid nominations and other shenanigans. 1. If you think the work is […]

  • Larry Reacts to the Rabid Vandalism

    So Larry Correia has posted a semi-reaction to the Hugo nominations with a comment on Facebook. “Larry Correia They had their chance to deal with people like me or Brad, but they were elitist assholes instead. Now they get Space Raptor Butt Invasion.” In other words Larry nominated Vox in past Sad Puppy campaigns to […]

  • That Last WP Theme Wasn’t working

    Shifted to Blaskan, which I hope works better 🙂

  • Timothy Reviews The Cinder Spires

    TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS! TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS! TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS! TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS! TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS! TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS! TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS! TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS! TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS! TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS! TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS! TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS! TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS! TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS! TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS! TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS! TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS!TALKINGCATS! [CF: I should also note AIRSHIPS!] [Update: edited for clarity]

  • Hugo Reactions…

    Um, nothing on VD’s site, nothing on Mad genius and File770’s server is down. The Guardian writes: Hugo awards shortlist dominated by rightwing campaign http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/apr/26/hugo-awards-shortlist-rightwing-campaign-sad-rabid-puppies Which is overstating it a little bit. George R. R. Martin has only a brief note http://grrm.livejournal.com/483663.html John Scalzi has some thoughts here: http://whatever.scalzi.com/2016/04/26/quick-2016-hugo-finalist-thoughts-with-a-link-to-even-more-hugo-thoughts/ Chaos Horizon gets to crow about […]

  • Hugo Finalist Time!

    The Hugo Finalist list is out and what a fascinating mixed bag of wonders it is. Overall it would be fair to say that the Sad Puppy impact is almost negligible while the Rabid Puppy impact is highly significant in some categories but irrelevant in others. I haven’t looked at Vox Day’s website yet but […]