Genre poem by File 770 commenter

This genre poem by File 770 commenter Kyra is wonderful:

… Well. Now that I’ve managed to stop crying with joy about the Supreme Court decision for the moment, a brief word about short stories:

A is for Asimov, yes I’m his fan,
especially for Bicentennial Man.

B is for Bixby, I read him and squealed;
read It’s A Good Life (or end up in the field.)

Collier, genius that nobody knows,
I treasure my copy of Evening Primrose.

Delany’s unique, with no mimics or clones;
he saw Time As A Helix Of non-high-priced Stones.

Ellison, man of cantankerous bent,
knew even a Harlequin has to Repent.

Foster just left, but we haven’t forgot her,
and now that it’s Ended, I hope that He Caught Her.

G is for Gaiman, a winner because
he scores with as few words as Nicholas Was …

Heinlein’s the standard by which some judge worth;
my personal favorite? Green Hills Of Earth.

(I didn’t read any I’s, so I’ll just go with Ing,
whose Devil You Don’t Know I guess was a thing?)

J’s for Dianna Wynne Jones, I’ll decide –
just take any section out of her Tough Guide.

Keyes left us little, but each word we crave,
we all lay our Flowers on Algernon’s grave.

LeGuin has so much that it’s hard to pick one,
but I’ll go with Intracom just ’cause it’s fun.

M is for Merrill, who wrote like no other,
her work is loved (and not Only by her Mother.)

N is for Niven, grandmaster for real,
whose Woman of Kleenex met a Man of Steel.

O is for Orwell, a heck of a fella —
and Animal Farm’s, technically, a novella.

Padgett, the union of Kuttner and Moore,
who wrote The Proud Robot, which I just adore.

(Quaglia I’ve not read, but now Q’s represented;
I’ve heard that his writing is good but demented.)

R is for Russ, and will not be exchanged;
when she started writing, well, that’s When It Changed.

Sturgeon’s law states that most everything’s crap,
but his Baby is Three neatly sidesteps that trap.

Tiptree, oh Tiptree, the greatest indeed;
I ask, Houston, if you’ve skipped her, Do You Read?

U is for Utley, another departed,
but Shattering came out as strong as he’d started.

Varley, most everyone knows, is top rank,
you just can’t Overdraw from his Memory Bank.

Weinbaum was right there when all of this started
and his Martian Odyssey’s still well-regarded.

(X is unknown, but don’t mock it or scoff,
put here all the many I had to leave off.)

Yolen’s output is both varied and vast;
The Devil’s Arithmetic showed us the past.

Zelazny is here as the final contender;
how fitting for Camelot’s Last great Defender.

Torling (AD&D stats)

Theodore Beale has been squawking about “Torlings” in his quest to try and get Tor/MacMillan to accede to his demands regarding the continued employment of Irene Gallo, Moshe Federer and Patrick Nielsen Hayden.

So, old AD&D style, I present, The Torling:

Torling
Frequency: Uncommon
No. Appearing: 1-12
Armor Class: 8
Move: 12″ (36″ in the direction of Tor books)
Hit Dice: 1+1
% in Lair: 80%
Treasure Type: B
No of Attacks: 1
Damage/attack: 1d6
Special Attacks: Infuriate Beale
Special Defenses: Nil
Magic Resistance: Standard
Intelligence: Average
Alignment: Varies
Size: M
Psionic Ability: Nil

Campbell vs the New Wave, and Brad Torgersen

On Sarah Hoyt’s Mad Genius Club, Brad Torgersen, head of Sad Puppies 3, has an article on what
makes for good Hard SF, in his view.

http://madgeniusclub.com/2015/06/21/so-you-want-to-write-an-award-winning-hard-science-fiction-story/

Some of what he says, I have no problem with. For example, I *love* the Playground of the Imagination a la Niven. Yes, a double helping, please.

This, however, is something that I don’t:

Downbeat endings suck. They are ‘literary’ and some critics and aesthetes love them. But they suck. If you’re going to roast your characters in hell, at least give them a little silver lining at the end? Some kind of hope for a more positive outcome? Your readers will thank you.

Stories that demote humanity to being puny and insignificant, also suck. We may be small and/or not as advanced as other intelligent life in the universe, but we didn’t get to where we are now by being meaningless dullards. Humans are crafty and stubborn. Never say die. We should be reflected as such.

I do think that Torgersen is missing a large bet on a lot of stories. And I am not sure that Literary=downbeat=suck is an equation that works. HEA and HFA are fine and dandy, but those aren’t the only stories. Hell, look at Stephen Baxter’s Xeelee stories as an excellent counter example. I’m sure Baxter would be surprised to be called literary. And he definitely does not suck.

What strikes me from this article is how it fights the whole Campbell vs the New Wave argument that I’ve opined was at the heart of the Sad Puppies.. One of the File 770 group called him Neo-Campbell. So there you have it.

Torgersen post shows that SF fandom and authors are STILL fighting the New Wave conflict, decades later. The past isn’t dead, its not even past.

Which of these is NOT a real show coming this summer?

I know that television has been a cultural wasteland for years. But this forthcoming crop of shows and specials just seems even more out of taste to me.

So, then. Which of these is not a real show coming this summer?

Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang
Documentary follows the former NBA star, who has an unlikely friendship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, as he tries to stage a friendly basketball game in the country to promote peace between to the two nations.

On the Ropes
Based on a game show from Bulgaria, contestants get into the ring to try a briefcase full of cash up on a platform while trying to avoid the wrestlers aiming to stop them.

Boom!
Based on a popular Israeli game show, contestants have to answer trivia questions to help them defuse a “bomb” before it goes off.

The Seven Year Switch
Four couples who’ve hit a wall in their relationships get a chance to spend two weeks in an experimental marriage with a different mate, to see if a different perspective addresses some of their issues.

Significant Mother
Sitcom about a Portland restaurateur who discovers that his roommate is dating his mother.

I am a real person, too and I do not Support Theodore Beale

I see that Theodore Beale has chosen today to be the day where he asks a ton of people to email TOR (and MacMillan) to basically convince them
that there are thousands of fans upset with the idea that Irene Gallo (referenced in my last post) is a horrible person to have called the Rabid Puppies Neo Nazis.

John C Wright has a similar post to Beale’s today.

You know what? I’m a real person too. I’m a real person who thinks that the shit that Theodore Beale has pulled in the community has helped inflame tensions and increase divides in the SFF community. I’m a real person who reads what Beale writes on his blog and sees that if Irene is wrong in calling Rabid Puppies Neonazis, its a pretty thin wedge. Anyone who dreams of the day that mass murderer Breivik will be as revered as George Washington is someone whose beliefs are toxic to the SF community. Anyone who believes discredited ideas on genetics and race and intelligence is toxic to the SF community. Anyone who believes that shooting at migrant ships in the Mediterranean would solve the issue of migrants is someone whose beliefs are toxic to the SF community. I could go on, and on, and on.

I’m a real person too. A real person who does not want the community to reflect the views of Theodore Beale and his rabid puppies.

I stand with Irene Gallo, and I stand against Theodore Beale and those who support him.

The Rabid Puppies are being asked to email MacMillian at these addresses:
tom.doherty@tor.com
andrew.weber@macmillan.com
rhonda.brown@macmillan.com

I emailed them in support of Irene Gallo.

I Stand with Irene Gallo

“Charles Martel, William Tell, and Winston Churchill are all seen as national heroes for their violent opposition to foreign immigration and occupation, so while some might find it very hard to believe now, it will not be terribly surprising if Anders Breivik is one day revered by Norwegians for his murderous stand against the invaders and quislings of his homeland.”

–Theodore Beale[http://voxday.blogspot.com/2013/08/opposing-predictions-revisited.html]

Was the use of the word neo-nazi to describe the Rabid Puppies by Irene Gallo wrong? I think Irene can be forgiven for considering Mr. Beale a fascist on the basis of writing and saying things like that.

I stand with Irene Gallo, whom I consider a friend.

Powerful quote From Court of Fives

“There will come a moment in your life where you find yourself confronted with two choices, and both are bad ones. For me it was to stay in a place where I was choked and had nothing to look forward to and no way to prove my talents, or to leave everyone I knew and loved behind forever for a chance that might not work out. That is how the gods test us, by laying before us what seems to be a choice and yet is no choice at all. When we come to that fork in our path down which no road is clean, all we can control is what dignity and honor we take our inevitable step.”

–Court of Fives, Kate Elliott

A quick bit on reading diversity

Reading Eric Flint’s posts has brought to me a point about reading diversity.

From the comments. William Underhill:

The other thing that did peturb me is K. Bradford’s recommendation to cut back on reading works by white male authors. As a reader, I’m not really interested in the sex, ethnicity, politics or sexual orientation of the writer; I want to know if they’re going to tell me a good story.

Here’s the thing. We’re all creatures of habit, of convenience. For me, anyway, its easy to get into reading ruts and I suspect I am not alone. I really am curious if the people who claim to “not care” about the writer’s identity really are that disconnected from writers as people.

For me, I found that if I don’t make a conscious effort to seek out different voices, diversity just doesn’t happen as much as it might. And its my loss if I don’t read diversely. So I have made a conscious effort to read more books by women this year (I had decided to do so before Tempest’s challenge as part of my work at Skiffy and Fanty).

I think its a good challenge. Its exposing me to authors I might not have otherwise read.

Fast Facts about my trip to Arkansas

I’m back from Arkansas! Here’s the CE_VOIoUUAA5GbW

Miles Traveled from home to Sherwood: 973 miles
Miles Traveled from Sherwood to home: 1088 miles

States Visited:
Iowa
Missouri
Kansas
Arkansas
Illinois
Wisconsin

State Capitols seen:
Kansas
Arkansas
Missouri
Illinois
Wisconsin

National Parks Visited:
Hot Springs NP

State Parks Visited:
Toltec Mounds
Pinnacle Mountain

Other Sites Visited:
Bill Clinton Presidential Library

Camera Lenses Broken:
50mm

Thunderstorms:
3 (including two requiring a pull-over)

Meat and Threes eaten:
Zero

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