Month: Oct 2021

  • Debarkle Chapter 70: Life After Campbell

    A perennial question about the Sad Puppy campaign and the Rabid Puppy campaign is whether they were a single phenomenon with two flavours or two separate things that operated together for a while. There is not a single answer to the question. Even an attempt to sort the original Evil League of Evil into Sad […]

  • Writers of the Future and Hugo Awards

    Usual story, I wanted to say something very briefly and then wondered what the facts were and before you know it: spreadsheets! So Writers of the Future finalists and Hugo finalists (written story categories Novel, Novella, Novelette, Novelina), who is both of those things? This is what I got just on a quick match: WoF […]

  • Debarkle Chapter 69: Life After Puppies — Hugo Awards 2018

    Convinced in 2015 that the Hugo Awards were heading towards an inevitable decline, the Sad Puppies celebrated the arrival of the 2016 Dragon Awards as the final nail in the coffin of the venerable Hugos. Membership numbers for Worldcon remained strong[1] even if the number of Hugo voters declined from the peak of 2015[2]. The […]

  • Susan’s Salon: 2021 October 24/25

    ⏰ Please use the comment section to just chat about whatever you want. Susan’s Salon is posted early Monday (Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Whatever Standard Time, which is still Sunday in most other countries). It’s fine to be sad, worried, vaccinated, unvaccinated-yet, angry or maybe even happy (or all of those things at once). Please […]

  • Not quite a Shang-Chi Review

    I watched the latest Marvel movie last week as a way of celebrating being able to go to the cinema again. I don’t have a lot to say other than it is very entertaining. Some brilliant fight sequences, particularly in the first half. The second half is more overtly fantasy and the film almost stalls […]

  • Foundation Episode 6

    The show has been taking its time by introducing the background and a broader plot about the fall of the Galactic Empire. However, if the pace was slow it was still moving. Episode 6 was a case of the show spinning its wheels without really going anywhere. There are some good bits but what momentum […]

  • Currently Reading: A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik + current state of Hugo reading

    I’m going through the Lodestar nominees currently. I did just finish T. Kingfisher’s A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking which is currently winning all the awards. It was great fun and well-deserving of all the praise it is getting but I don’t have much to say about it for a review. Reminds me of Murderbot […]

  • Susan’s Salon: 2021 October 17/18

    🥁 Please use the comment section to just chat about whatever you want. Susan’s Salon is posted early Monday (Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Whatever Standard Time, which is still Sunday in most other countries). It’s fine to be sad, worried, vaccinated, unvaccinated-yet, angry or maybe even happy (or all of those things at once). Please […]

  • Debarkle Chapter 68: History Rhymes — Nebulas 2019

    One of the contradictory themes of the 2015 Sad Puppy campaigns was its dual claims of tradition and change. Brad Torgersen had sought a traditional publishing path within science fiction, seeking a mentor from an influential editor (Mike Resnick) and publication in one of the longest-running science fiction magazines, Analog. However, the Sad Puppy campaign […]

  • Review Foundation Episode 5

    Here’s an exclusive dramatisation of fans of Chapter 3 of the original novel: Nope, maybe a little Chapter 3 next season, as a treat. Spoilers follow…

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