Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing interview on Sad Puppies (and cliffs notes)

The fine folks at Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing had me on to discuss the Hugos and the Sad Puppies.

http://www.adventuresinscifipublishing.com/2015/03/aisfp-291-anti-sad-puppies-with-paul-weimer/

For those who don’t want to hear my dulcet voice talk on these matters, or don’t have the time, inclination or ability, the Cliffs Notes version of my AISFP Podcast interview about the Sad Puppies:

The unifying of the Sad Puppies and Vox Day’s toxic Rabid Puppies fatally weaken the arguments of the Sad Puppies
and tarnish their points.

I agree with the Sad Puppies that a lot of deserving SF authors have never been Hugo nominated.

The Hugos are a small self selecting slice of SF fandom. That slice is by and large of a political stripe far
to the left of the Sad Puppies.

Sad Puppies are far from the first to logroll Hugo nominations–the story of L Ron Hubbard and Mission Genesis

The Sad Puppies “suggested slate” is a Block Vote in practice. Their protestations about being about “quality” are
countervailed by other comments in their blogs to cast their voting scheme to be a political act to stick it to the lefties.

Ultimately the Hugo is not a big award in the grand scheme of things–but its been cast as the voice of Science
Fiction even so.

Should the Hugos be Juried? Maybe, but Juried awards have their own problems.

The Pool of Nominators for the Hugos IMO is too small–the fandom that votes on the Hugos is a tiny fraction of
SF readership and fandom. I would vastly expand the Hugo nominating and voting membership, were I in charge. It would
have its own problems but would reduce logrolling from Sad Puppies or anyone else.

Recent Stuff with and by Me 3/21

I had a bit of a lull with my trip to Britton, SD for work, but I have plenty of stuff to look at:

At Skiffy and Fanty on the podcast, Shaun Duke and I talked with Carrie Patel about The Buried Life.

Also at Skiffy and Fanty, I Discussed Jo Walton’s THE JUST CITY.

At SF Signal, Betsy Dornbusch kindly answered my interview questions about EMISSARY.

I was also on SFF Audio, talking about Mark Twain’s A DOUBLE BARRELLED DETECTIVE STORY. Twain does Sherlock Holmes!

Lots of stuff coming in the pipeline too!

Leonard Nimoy and Terry Pratchett

In a terribly short time, we’ve lost both Leonard Nimoy, and Terry Pratchett.

There is an irony that both genre people are tied with death. Leonard Nimoy’s death scene in Star Trek II is one of the
greatest scenes in SF film, and for Pratchett, Death was a character, a memorable character. Other people have had Death as
a character, but Pratchett perfected him.

My late friend Scott loved Pratchett as much as Tolkien. Remembering Pratchett means remembering Scott.

Life is too short.

Recent Stuff with and by me 3/6/2015

A busy week on the internets for me.

On SF Signal, I did a Mind Meld on Sequels to the standalone novels we love. Got a lot of great responses.

Also on SF Signal, I interviewed Carrie Patel.

I also reviewed Carrie Patel’s THE BURIED LIFE at Skiffy and Fanty.

I also participated in a Skiffy and Fanty Torture Cinema episode for the execrable movie BABY GENIUSES.

And of course, I’m all over Twitter and Facebook. Say hi, won’t you?

A wrongheaded view of fantasy

From a review of THE BURIED GIANT:

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/02/dragons_aside_ishiguros_buried_giant_is_not_a_fantasy_novel/

“Despite what you might read elsewhere, however, this is not a fantasy novel. It has very little of substance in common with “Game of Thrones” or “The Lord of the Rings.” Yes, creatures like ogres and dragons stalk its landscapes and some of the characters knew King Arthur personally, but “fantasy” is a contemporary genre that uses the form of the novel to deal with the material of pre-novelistic storytelling. “The Buried Giant” reverses that formula, using the structure of a medieval romance to explore the moral and psychological themes we’re used to seeing addressed by the realistic novel.”

So, the reviewer seems to be of the opinion and school of thought that fantasy is a juvenile genre, and any novel that explores “moral and psychological themes” must, by her definition, not be fantasy.

Yeah, right.