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:

State Capitols seen:

National Parks Visited:
Hot Springs NP

State Parks Visited:
Toltec Mounds
Pinnacle Mountain

Other Sites Visited:
Bill Clinton Presidential Library

Camera Lenses Broken:

3 (including two requiring a pull-over)

Meat and Threes eaten:

My current ranking of movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

1) The Avengers (A+)
2) Guardians of the Galaxy (A+)
3) Iron Man 1 (A+)
4) Thor (A)
5) Captain America: The Winter Soldier (A-)
6) Captain America, The First Avenger (B+)
(The Howard Tayler Threshold of Awesome is here. Movies above this I rewatch again and again)
7) Iron Man 3 (B)
8) The Avengers: Age of Ultron (B-)
9) Thor: The Dark World (B-)
10) Iron Man 2 (C-)

I didn’t bother putting the Norton Hulk on this list. I’m not even sure how much of its canonical at this point.

Recent Stuff by and with me 4/28

The Weimer’s been busy in your genresphere!

I have an interview of DAEDALUS trilogy author Mike J Martinez at SF Signal. I’ve been an early and often supporter of Mike’s work, and even managed to make the acknowledgements of the third book, coming soon.

Also at SF Signal, I review Mary Robinette Kowal’s OF NOBLE FAMILY. The end to her GLAMOURIST HISTORIES series! A rare 5 star review from me, well deserved.

At SFF Audio, I join Jesse and Jenny on their newest podcast episode to talk about PACIFIC EDGE by Kim Stanley Robinson..

S.C. Flynn has a written interview with the Skiffy and Fanty crew, including me.

I’ve been doing about a review a week at Skiffy and Fanty. My latest is Genevieve Cogman’s THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY.

Beale and Gamergate

“what Gamergate is fundamentally about is the right of people to design, develop and play games that they want to design, develop and play without being criticized for it.”
— Theodore Beale

You have the right to play “Hunt the Clinton!” all you like, but I have the right to call you out on that asshattery. You have the right to play sexist games all you right, but I have the right to point out that they are sexist.

No one wants to stop you from playing those games, Mr. Beale. However, you’re wrong if you can be immune from criticism of same. You don’t have to listen to that criticism, of course, but you can’t say it shouldn’t exist.

And guess what? That applies to science fiction, too. You can write Bourbon science fiction all you like, when men are men, women are women, and all that, but certainly my review of said fiction is going to point out just how pants your world is. You can have your medieval European fantasy with no POC, but I can point out just how awfully wrong and inaccurate that is. You can write a story that thematically is a bit of a steal from Judith Tarr’s Isle of Glass, but I can point out how awful it is as a story.

2 Corinthians 6:14 and othering: Sad Puppies, Rabid Puppies and SJWs

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14 (KJV)

This Story on Hullabaloo got me thinking about the conflict in SFF Fandom lately regarding the Hugos and all sides.

There is a hell of a lot of “othering” going on, and yes, its not limited to one side, or even predominantly one side. There is also the perception of othering on BOTH sides that probably exceeds the actual amount going on.

Larry, Brad and Sad Puppies see themselves as being treated as pariahs and outsiders by the Worldcon crowd. Part of that perception, whether its ex post facto, perception only, or really there just amplifies itself on the Internet. Similarly, the other side (which I am going to call SJW, just because its easier) sees many right wing authors and people as being beyond the pale, unworthy or impossible to engage with, and sparks fly on that side.

Mike Glyer’s File 770 has been one of the few places where both sides have come to meet, mainly due to Mike’s attempts to document this entire affair. and even there, conversations often devolve into name calling, and labeling. There appears to be an interest in keeping people on the “other side” as Other.

I am not perfect even as I’ve tried to maintain decorum and contact with people on all sides. That has made my position complicated when it works, but I’ve mostly gotten a lot of grief for my attempts. Dogpiling, personal attacks, a lack of civility and dismissal, rather than actually wanting to engage in a dialogue seem to be easier than facing the “Other”. This amplifies with self-reinforcement that the other side can’t be reasoned with, and it goes on and on and on.

And sad to say, my quote of scripture above itself will be seen thusly by some:

Mark you this, Bassanio,
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
An evil soul producing holy witness
Is like a villain with a smiling cheek,
A goodly apple rotten at the heart:
O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!

-Merchant of Venice, Act I Scene III

A question I pose to the Sad Puppies about the future of the Hugos

I’ve a question for the Sad Puppies. I crossposted this as a comment on Brad’s Blog, too.

What is the middle game (much less the endgame) here?

Is all this the idea that with enough slates narrowly voted on by Sad Puppies in enough years, all the SJWs are going to dry up and blow away? That, now that everyone has seen that authors like Jim Butcher and Marko Kloos and Tom Kratman can make the Hugo ballot, no one is going to vote for the SJWs blindly because of ‘nomination lock’, and you can declare victory?

Is that what you think is going to happen? Is that what you want to happen?

Is there ever a time that, to stop Rat-faced little Gits and the feminists they support from ever ruining the Hugos again, the Sad Puppies will put up slates and voting them in perpetuity each and every year?

Could a ballot, without a sad puppy slate that had, for example, Brad Torgersen, Larry Correia, Mary Robinette Kowal, Ann Leckie and John Scalzi up for best novels be seen as legitimate by you because, Kowal and Leckie and Scalzi were “surely” logrolled onto there behind the scenes and thus the SJW cabal is back to their old tricks.

Is an annual Sad Puppy slate therefore the “new normal?” to prevent this?

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