The Last Jedi: Who becomes a hero? And other feelings vomit

I’m just here to talk about ATOMIC LEVEL RED ALERT SPOILERS. So if you haven’t seen the movie yet, shoo. (Or don’t complain that I’ve spoiled you.)

Awards Eligibility 2017 1

Since it seems award season is upon us again (wheeee?) it’s time to note what I’ve had published this year. Short Story Comfort Food in Haunted Futures: Tomorrow is Coming Once Upon a Time There Was a Xurit Named Xcanda from Humans Wanted Novelette Six More Miles in Giganotosaurus Angel of the Blockade from Tor.com (ebook version) Past the Black Where ...

Thor: Ragnarok 2

The first thing you need to know about this movie is that it’s fucking awesome. I saw it twice this weekend. I’ll be seeing it more times before it leaves the theater. And after several days to collect my thoughts so I can write something more coherent than a high-pitched squeal of delight, I’ve calmed ...

Wish List 2017

This is not a hint of any kind. Unless you’re someone who has been asking me for my holiday wish list, please pretend this post isn’t even here. Rockport cap toe oxfords, black, size 7 1/2 1-2 pairs of jeans from cabela’s, womens size 18 regular (this style also okay) Zojirushi micom 5.5 cup rice cooker ...

Dealing With a Bunch of Fucking Nerds: Research and “Getting It Right” 6

I’ve gotten some interesting blowback since I decided to go public with my irritation over JRR Tolkien’s puzzling geomorphology. Among the “well actually” and personal insults, there’ve been a more interesting complaint, with variations. To paraphrase: “Writers shouldn’t have to be an experts on everything just to tell a story!” Well, yes and no. To ...

How to “win” an argument on the internet (without losing your mind) 5

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Let’s get that obvious and ultimately unhelpful piece of advice out of the way. If you’re here and reading this post, you’ve already given in to the siren song of someone being wrong on the internet. But all is not lost. Change happens in you, my friend. Your perspective needs some adjustment for the sake of ...

DCC: “For Exposure.” 4

There’s something I’ve been wanting to growl about since July, but I’ve been waiting to see if anyone from DCC would get back to me. So far it’s a big no, and I’m not a fan of the “respond to me or I’ll say something publicly” style follow-up because frankly, I shouldn’t have to make ...

Too Long for Twitter: I don’t like fantasy maps 40

I made the mistake of mentioning on Twitter that some day I would vent about why I hate fantasy maps, and that got enough people asking that apparently today will be that day. DISCLAIMER THE FIRST: These are my personal opinions as a reader. If you, as a reader who is not me, happen to ...

[WorldCon] WSFS Main Business Meeting #3 Summary 2

This meeting felt incredibly fast and quiet compared to every other meeting. We just ran right through things. A little over thirty minutes from start to adjourning sine die. Retrospective Improvement Part 1 is ratified without debate. Retrospective Improvement Part 2 is ratified without debate. Universal Suffrage is ratified without debate. What Our Marks Really ...

[WorldCon] WSFS Main Business Meeting #3 Liveblog 1

Usual rules apply! 1001: Meeting called to order. 1006: On to the ratification of constitutional amendments still remaining. 1006: Retrospective Improvement Part 1. This is a replacement for retro Hugos. This is to allow retro Hugos for the four year window between the third and fourth WorldCons because “there was a disruption.” “The late unpleasantness.” 1009: Retrospective ...