I don’t have time or energy to address everyone in the comments, but I did want to say thanks.
Needless to say (and I hope that most of you knew this), I was being hyperbolic in my post title, referring to ::fingerquote:: “FandomTM”.
Yes, it’s stuff I HAVE seen before, particularly when everyone was ready to jump down people like Jeffro or Brad Torgersen’s throat a couple years back.
And I do know that there are really great communities existing withing and emerging within science fiction, and I’m proud to have your support and be a part of those communities.
Bet that got your attention, didn’t it?
I thought about letting this go, but I feel like it’s incredibly important to highlight as just an example of how truly awful people in the science fiction community can be to one another.
Cirsova got mentioned in the comments of a blog post as “One of the interesting things to come from Sad/Rabid Puppies”.
Because we were brought up in a discussion about short fiction, I mentioned that we have a decent chunk of content freely available if anyone was interested in checking us out, and I pointed out that despite our fans having a conservative bent, we really only care about good stories, and I offered to field any questions.
And I got called misogynistic fascist.
By someone who is a regular columnist for Interzone Magazine.
Let that sink in a minute. An editor for a SFF publication responds in a conversation on a SFF blog where the publication was brought up and offers to field questions
AND IS IMMEDIATELY CALLED A MISOGYNISTIC FASCIST.
BY A COLUMNIST FOR A MAJOR SFF MAGAZINE.
This bothers me more than the time Nick Mamatas said I’d have to answer to Jesus for my lies, because everyone knows he’s kind of an asshole.
It even bothers me more than Joachim Boaz, who I’d had pleasant discussions with on WordPress and even plugged him a few times, blocking me on Twitter for no discernible reason.
I didn’t approach as a troll, a rando, a sad puppy, a rabid puppy, a member of Gamergate, the Alt-Right, or anything. I approached as an editor of a magazine willing to discuss what was going on in fiction and publishing.
Frankly, it blows my mind how fucking awful so many of people in our “Community” can be.
We’re wrapping things for Issue 5 as we reach the end of our Kickstarter subscription period.
We’ve gotten all edits in from copy editors and readers, and the near-final versions are in the hands of the authors for a last going-over.
The cover for the hardcover is done and pretty much ready to go. There’s nothing that will change that will affect the page-count there, so we were able to finish doing the cover for it.
When the kickstarter wraps, anyone who backed for an ad will send those in, so we can get those covers and interiors finished.
If you want to get in, now is the time. Tomorrow is the last day to back.
This is just a quick review of the Lego Batman movie.
If you’re a fan of Batman, watch it.
Its story is just coherent enough that it manages to keep rolling along while delivering nonstop Batman fanservice.
Like the first Lego movie, it is painfully self-aware, and I really don’t think it’s going to stay a fresh and enjoyable approach into the Ninjago movie they had a trailer for, but if you got a kick out of narcissistic asshole Batman there, this manages to keep the funny coming.
Batman here is a grotesque, all of his worst qualities (particularly those from the 80s & 90s comic incarnations) are exaggerated and played for laughs but also to give a bit insight into just why Batman is so messed up. It ends up looking at a lot of the same themes as Dark Victory, just taking an incredibly gonzo approach to get there.
I don’t know how well it would work as an actual kids movie; there’s plenty of action and explosions and slapstick humor, but much of the comedy and entertainment value revolves around either Batman being a terrible person or Batman obscura in film, cartoons and comics. If you’re a Batman fan, it’s definitely worth a couple of bucks to see.
(Did anybody else think it was weird that they used Carrie Kelley’s character design for a Robin that was supposed to be Dick Grayson?!)
Hey, two Schuyler Hernstroms and a Misha Burnett, all from Cirsova, in this!
I almost certainly won’t wind up voting on the Hugos this year. The number of people nominating and voting on the awards jumped way up, but that hasn’t markedly improved the quality of the finalists. And it’s clear that a lot of people involved don’t want the make-up of the finalists to change—at least not for the better. And those people are committed to doing whatever it takes to guard their fiefdom, including putting No Award over very fine work.
Voting means an enormous time commitment for works that aren’t special enough to merit the commitment and without the opportunity to have much of an impact on the final results (especially when a large chunk of the voters obviously aren’t bothering to read many works).
But I did buy a supporting membership for this year’s WorldCon, so I am eligible to nominate. I’m not going to go out of my…
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