Month: Feb 2021

  • Just putting this here for later

    The table shows Hugo Finalists for Best Novel by publisher for the period 1985 to 2005. I want to quote this later but I can’t really link to a Google Sheets pivot table. The back story is the coda to the Debarkle Jim Baen chapter got way too long and recent comments from Eric Flint […]

  • WandaVision Episode 8: Previously on…

    This was an inevitable episode that was never going to have either the charm, humour or intrigue of earlier episodes. It does have some powerful emotional moments but I found those undercut by a couple of big issues. Lots of answers but few surprises. Before we dive into spoiler territory, just a fresh reminder that […]

  • Debarkle Update

    Not another chapter today. There will be a short pause, which I’ll explain shortly. First though, I’ll give you all a sense of what’s coming up. We are about mid-way through Part 1: Beginnings. There are six chapters go and the finally chapter brings things to 2010 and catches up with all the players we’ve […]

  • Some number crunching on publishers

    This is just some background for the next Debarkle chapter looking mainly at Baen (that was always the plan, prior to recent events – I’d already started the chapter). Looking at story categories, Tor Books has had 106 works as Hugo finalists. ISFDB lists “10038 publications not in a publication series” for Tor. Baen Books […]

  • Debarkle Chapter 8: Electrolite 2005/03/01

    Debarkle Chapter 8: Electrolite 2005/03/01

    The rules for the Nebula Award have changed over time but at the point of time we have reached (the middle of the first decade of the 21st century), the process to select the finalists included both a nomination phase by members of the SFWA and also a jury. Each category had a jury that […]

  • Debarkle Chapter 7: The SFWA

    Debarkle Chapter 7: The SFWA

    In our whistle-stop tour of the history of science fiction, we have met publishers, editors, writers, fans, fan clubs and conventions. However, the organised aspects of science fiction include other kinds of groups. Science fiction is many things but one thing it can be is a commercial endeavour, and the nature of capitalism means that […]

  • Susan’s Salon: 2021 February 21/22

    Susan’s Salon: 2021 February 21/22

    Please use the comment section to just chat about whatever you want. Susan’s Salon is posted early Monday (Sydney time which is still Sunday in most countries) . It’s fine to be sad, worried, very worried, angry or maybe even happy (or all of those things at once). Please feel free to post what you […]

  • More Larry Nonsense

    More Larry Nonsense

    Baen author Larry Correia is currently banned from Facebook for bullying[1] but has back-up account for his fan page on the lesser-known social media service MeWe. I thought readers would be interested to know about a new project he is working on. Not sure what you’d call it? Muck raking? Quixotic quest for revenge? Doing […]

  • WandaVision Episode 7: Breaking the Fourth Wall

    Well that was very entertaining. As always an episode that is night on impossible to review without spoilers, even though the biggest twist was one I think most people had guessed. Aside from that, this was one of the most integrated of the episodes since the external-world plot was introduced. As our sitcom history has […]

  • I’m trying to write sub-text here and Brad just keeps spelling it out

    “Oh,” I said “I’ll write a long series exploring parallels between the Sad Puppies and the 2020 election” That’ll be clever. What does flippin’ Brad Torgersen do? Just flippin’ spells out the thesis of the whole thing directly: “In 2015 Toni Weisskopf got more first-run votes for Best Editor Hugo than any prior winner, ever. […]