Pixel Scroll 5/15/18 Pixel sCrola. It’s The Refreshing Cola With The Scrolling Taste You Love!

(1) ENCHANTED PORCH. Comics writer Gail Simone found something unexpected with the rest of the deliveries on her porch. Hilarious thread – starts here.

(2) HIDING INSIDE CHUCK TINGLE? The actor, appearing in disguise on a South Korean TV show, let people discover “Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds is a surprisingly great singer”.

Deadpool is a natural performer, the superhero that’s as good at wisecracking as he is at battling villains. So it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds can not only act, he can sing like a rock star.

While promoting Deadpool 2 in Asia, Reynolds entered a singing competition on Korean TV while dressed liked a unicorn.


(3) DOESN’T GET BETTER THAN THIS. Ansible Links pointed to the amazing cover design for Oregan Publishing’s Kindle edition of Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth, released May 7.

(4) UNSUBTLE. NPR’s Glen Weldon on new releases: “‘Solo’ Makes The Jump To Light-Speed … Eventually”.

…You get the picture: Should you harbor burning questions about infinitesimal details of Han Solo’s backstory that are entirely and hilariously immaterial to the Star Wars saga’s broader tale, or if you’re prepping for a Han Solo-themed pub quiz, know that fan service doesn’t get more serviceable than Solo: A Star Wars Story.

For everyone else: Donald Glover’s Lando is really, really smooth and funny!

Inasmuch as Solo is, expressly and unambiguously, an origin story, it contains numerous winks to the more well-versed members of the audience (as when a character demands of Han, “Do you know what it’s like to have a price on your head?” har har har). Actually, wink implies subtlety — which is not, for director Ron Howard and screenwriters Jonathan and Larry Kasdan, a going concern….

(5) IN HOT TRIVIAL PURSUIT. NPR’s Glen Weldon has also taken in the weekend’s other blockbuster release: “Grim ‘N’ Gritty Is Out, Glib ‘N’ Smarmy Is In: ‘Deadpool 2′”.

…There are, it is only fair to note, actual jokes in Deadpool 2 — sincere, crafted, legitimately funny gags that are clearly the product of human thought and loving effort. There’s … not a lot of those, but they’re there if you look, and should you happen across one, it will very likely delight you.

Because what’s taking up most of the room that would otherwise be occupied by jokes in Deadpool 2‘s screenplay are those many, many, many references.

It’s Family Guy: The Movie.

Or, technically I suppose, it’s Family Guy 2: Here Are Some More Mentions Of Other, Tangentially Related Things You Recognize And Like.

… And it’s gonna make a kabillion dollars….

(6) BBC DEADPOOL ROUNDUP. The BBC also finds a mixed bag: “Deadpool 2: What the critics thought”.

Many have welcomed the return of Reynolds’ wise-cracking vigilante and his X-Force team, but it wasn’t all five-star reviews.

Some felt that while the sequel stayed true to its predecessor’s style of quickfire edgy jokes and send-ups of the superhero genre, it was starting to feel a bit cynical….

(7) VORKOSIVERSE. The cover was just revealed at Lois McMaster Bujold’s Facebook page.

(8) EARTHSEA. The Verge’s Andrew Liptak, in his art-filled post “This illustrated collection of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea books finally does the series justice”, says The Books of Earthsea will be in stores October 23.

Saga Press’ editorial director Joe Monti tells The Verge that the project was something he wanted to do from “day one,” when he joined Simon & Schuster’s Saga Press in 2013. Last November the imprint released several collected editions of the late author’s work under his supervision. (Library of America likewise released an omnibus edition of some of her work with The Hainish Novels & Stories, Volume One and Volume 2 last year, as well.) While they had long wanted to tackle a comprehensive volume of Le Guin’s Earthsea stories, something in the vein of the many omnibus editions of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Monti says that “Ursula was reticent” to the idea, having “been burned over the last several of decades” by creative partners that never listened or accepted her creative vision.


  • May 15, 1968 Witchfinder General with Vincent Price is released.


  • Mark Hepworth spotted this horrific vision:

(11) CORREIA. Larry Correia expanded on yesterday’s Facebook statement in today’s blog post at Monster Hunter Nation: “Statement Concerning My Being Disinvited as the Guest of Honor for Origins Game Fair” [Internet Archive}. This included a fresh spin about Sad Puppies:

…Up next, there was much outrage about how I was a Sad Puppy. Correction, I was the original Sad Puppy, and I’m proud of that. Now, the way these people portray it, this was my evil scheme to rig the sainted Hugo awards, to get myself an award, and to also simultaneously keep women and minorities out of publishing.  Which is ironic, since by “rig” they meant I got more fans to participate in the voting, I turned down my nomination, and since the other people I got nominated included a bunch of women and minorities (as well as authors of various sexual orientations and belief systems) I must really suck at this bigotry thing. But keep in mind, the people slandering me over Sad Puppies are the same folks who the year before hailed 14 white liberals and 1 Asian liberal winning as a huge victory for diversity.

In reality, it was my attempt to demonstrate that the Hugo awards were not in fact an award to represent all of fandom, but were actually extremely politically biased, and dominated by a few small insular cliques. They went out of their way to prove I was right….

(12) INDUSTRY INSIDERS. Posted on Reddit, this is reportedly the text of a message sent by John Ward, Executive Director of Origins Game Fair, to the Game Manufacturers Association:

(13) A PIUS FINN. Declan Finn recommended some ideas for harassing Ward in “Correia was Ringoed”.

…Though to be honest, I was sort of surprised this even worked once, on Ringo. He’s a bestselling author. He doesn’t need the PR by going to cons. He goes to have fun and hang out. Larry too is also at the level where con appearances can only help the con, not himself.

But hey, it makes the SJWs feel good. It makes them think that they’re getting something done. I suppose that pointing out to people that this will only force Larry to have more free time is a waste of time.

Now, I’m not going to suggest sending an email to GoDaddy about how the originsgamefair.com site is being used by John Ward to defame Larry Correia.

….Though you can email at abuse@godaddy.com, and send something like, oh, I don’t know….

(14) CRITICAL CORRESPONDENCE. Jason Cordova’s post “Origins” quoted the entirety of his letter to John Ward, which says in part:

…Mr. Correia had always shown grace, been polite, and worked with the concom of every convention he has attended. Those who seek to discredit and destroy him are abusing the rules of your convention in a manner which they were not meant for and raising enough of an outcry that your convention, undoubtedly, feels compelled to respond to. Unfortunately, instead of speaking with Mr. Correia, it appears that you have reacted in a manner which can only be described as “knee-jerk”. You have allowed concern trolls to dictate your guest list while alienating you from a fan base which both pays to see their favorite author and supports other commercial endeavors at conventions as well.

Conventions such as Origins are supposed to be for all fans. However, with outward appearance of appeasement to the vocal minority who seek to undermine all of Mr. Correia’s hard work as well as alienate his fan base from any future conventions you might host, it behooves me to suggest that you are hurting nobody but yourselves with this move….

(15) VOICE OF VOX. Vox Day’s reaction “Larry Correia banned from Origins” [Internet Archive] largely consists of quotes:

This is almost unbelievable. SJWs are running completely amok.

[Screencap of John Ward’s FB announcement]

It just goes to show that they will come for you eventually, no matter how minor your offenses against the Narrative may be.

[Text of Larry Correia’s original response (without expanded text linked above)]

One gets the impression that Larry is simply too worn out with the Culture War to feel like fighting the SJWs anymore. And, let’s face it, like John Ringo, he is too independently successful for their antics to do him any real harm. For now, anyhow.

(16) INTERNET TOXICITY. James Patrick Kelly made these posts at the end of February. I spotted them while doing some Google searches today.

It was possible at the time to read this as a tongue-in-cheek PR stunt that failed, since despite Correia’s lobbying, Monster Hunter Legion did not make the Hugo ballot. However, the next year he returned with reinforcements, birthing the insurgency known as the Sad Puppies. (The self-deprecating name refers to this ASPCA commercial www.youtube.com/watch?v=IO9d2PpP7tQ. It’s meant to compare pulp writers who provide entertainment to the masses, but get no recognition, to abused pets.) Not only did Correia have a new novel to flog, but he also posted a slate www.monsterhunternation.com/2014/03/25/my-hugo-slate of twelve works of fiction and non-fiction that he urged his Puppy minions to nominate. As an act of provocation, he included a novelette by one Vox Day, a pseudonym for a notorious internet troll www.time.com/4457110/internet-trolls named Theodore Beale. As Correia blogged, “. . . one of my stated goals was to demonstrate that SJWs would have a massive freak out if somebody with the wrong politics got on. So on the slate it went. I nominated Vox Day because Satan didn’t have any eligible works that period.” What’s a SJW, you ask. Wikipedia explains http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_justice_warrior: “‘Social justice warrior” is a pejorative term for an individual promoting  socially progressive views, including feminism, civil rights, multiculturalism, and identity politics.”

A follow-up installment, “Troll Bridge”, takes a broad look at internet culture:

In 2018, the challenge of internet governance looms large. Last year the Pew Research Center www.pewinternet.org issued a report called The Future of Free Speech, Trolls, Anonymity and Fake News Online www.pewinternet.org/2017/03/29/the-future-of-free-speech-trolls-anonymity-and-fake-news-online. The researchers asked 1,537 technology experts, scholars, corporate practitioners, and government leaders, “In the next decade, will public discourse online become more or less shaped by bad actors, harassment, trolls, and an overall tone of griping, distrust, and disgust?” Forty-two percent of the respondents said they expected no major change for better or worse in our current troubling online culture, while 39 percent thought that the next decade would see even more negative activity. Just 19 percent were hopeful that online interactions would be “less shaped” by harassment, trolling, and distrust.

These experts were invited to expand on their replies by considering how social media might evolve. Are there technologies on the horizon that might discourage trolling and encourage inclusive behaviors? How might these solutions impact free speech?

Their extended responses are well worth a look, although they fill some eighty pages in the PDF version, and, alas, reach no consensus. They fall into four broad themes.

(17) HOW’S YOUR SPANISH? Morgan Blackhand’s Spanish-language blog post “Polémica en la Origins Game Fair” is highly critical of Correia and complimentary towards Origins Game Fair’s decision to revoke his GoH invite.

(18) HOW’S YOUR ENGLISH? Meanwhile, Mad Genius Club’s Amanda S. Green defends and praises Larry Correia at length in “It is time to fight back”  [Internet Archive.]

…Now, how many problems can you see with this statement by John Ward? I see a number. First, it is all about him. He didn’t know. He wasn’t aware. He felt it necessary re “recend” Larry’s invitation. No mention that he discussed it with the rest of those folks involved with the running of the con. No mention that he did due diligence ahead of time to see who his guest of honor was or what he did. Note also there is no mention of the fact Larry is an avid gamer. Nope, Ward was told Larry was a bad man and knee-jerked his reaction. Now he is running and hiding and refusing to answer simple questions like “exactly how are Larry’s views specifically unaligned with the philosophy” of the con?

I find it amazing Ward could issue this statement within an hour or so of first announcing Larry would be GoH and then the revocation of his invite and yet he couldn’t be bothered to answer the many questions about why?

Oh, there’s more.

Even as the con removed the thread on their Facebook page about Larry, they left this thread up. [Now removed] For those not wanting to go there, here’s the image you need to be aware of.

Now, if you had seen this yesterday before Larry was uninvited, his name would have been included as one of the tagged authors. In fact, if you look at the book cover, you see him listed as the third author. So the con has no problem making money off of him. He’s just not good enough to attend their con. Needless to say, there are a number of folks asking how long before this image is changed as well, possibly with the con organizers blacking out Larry’s name or even asking for volunteers to help tear out the pages on which his story is printed. After all, we mustn’t risk letting his annoying and dangerous ideas out into the gaming public.

(19) MORE PRO-CORREIA RESPONSE. Victory Girls Blog begins “Origins Game Fair Caves to SJZ Brownshirts” like so:

The usual purple-haired, hairy armpitted, androgynous, “mayonnaise is a gender,” social justice landwhales swung into action, whining about how upset they were that Larry was invited as Guest of Honor. They maligned him as a racist (he’s actually a person of color), misogynist (despite the fact that Larry spent years teaching self defense to women), they claimed he was a terrible, awful person who made them feel unsafe (even though Larry has attended numerous conventions, and by every account was charming, bright, funny, friendly, and polite), and they demanded that Origins rescind the invitation, because SAD PUPPIES!

[Thanks to John King Tarpinian, Rev. Bob, Mike Kennedy, Cat Eldridge, Chip Hitchcock, JJ, Martin Morse Wooster, Andrew Porter, and Carl Slaughter for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Camestros Felapton.]

212 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 5/15/18 Pixel sCrola. It’s The Refreshing Cola With The Scrolling Taste You Love!

  1. Great minds etc. Great minds who just binge-re-read All The Vorkosigan Books, too.

  2. Red Queen was a huge disappointment for me. I wanted more plot. Not interested in the I-want-to-have-kids part.

    And as somebody fast approaching menopause without kids and wanting them, it carried a whole lot of baggage for me that to be fair was none of Bujold’s fault.

  3. Having read Provenance and The Collapsing Empire with pleasure but with my socks only sliding down a little bit, I went and had a look at the rest of the Hugo novel finalists. Annoyingly, Six Wakes is not available as an ebook in the UK. So I started reading Ninefox Gambit, which I had bought last year.

    Somebody please tell me that it ends up making sense. I find it very readable, but I sure hope it will repay the amount of slack I’m giving it.

  4. I love that sword story so much. I grin just thinking about it.

    I will always be a Social Justice Druid, except for the moments when I am a Social Justice Bard.

  5. @Camestros

    13. Mark Kitteh – I hate to mention it because while he is a really nice chap, he was brainwashed as a ‘Manchurian Candidate’ assassin by a ninja-dragon-cult. Say the wrong word and WHAM! Full on stealth ninja mode with deadly reflexes.


  6. @Camestros

    We really prefer think of ourselves less as a ninja-dragon cult and more so a multi level marketing opportunity. Let me get you some brochures…

  7. Re – Bujold – Thanks to all for the quote sourcing, I assumed it was that scene but was wondering whether it might have been one of the later scenes talking to a 20-something Miles and causing crogglement.

    Hmm, and obviously from a much older book, I think. Most folks would say, ‘bisexual but is currently monogamous’, these days.

  8. @Anna Feruglio Dal Dan

    I know some people have bounced off Ninefox, which is fair enough as it’s unabashedly weird, but I gave it some slack at the start and found I was richly rewarded. I’m not sure that reward was it making sense though.

  9. @Anna I read Ninefox Gambit but couldn’t bring myself to go look for the sequel. There were some really neat ideas in there somewhere, though.

  10. Dear JDN, et al.,

    I am a SJGR.

    That’s Social Justice Gamma Rabbit.

    I have buttons. I hand them out freely to anybody who will wear them proudly. People can ask me for one at Worldcon.

    Yes, ** of course** John Scalzi has one.


    Dear Camestros,

    God dammit, you’re not supposed to TELL!

    Now we’re going to have to kill you. I hope you’re happy.


    Dear lakedog,

    Not that your dumb and snarky comment really deserves much of a reply, but since the alt-righters continue to promulgate lies about this…

    There is no overarching convention authority. Even if someone wanted to implement the Inter-fan Death Penalty, each individual convention would be free to follow or ignore it as they chose. Furthermore, local conventions generally have organizational continuity, the same group putting on the convention year after year, but Worldcon does not. Each Worldcon is run by an entirely separate organization — WSFS, Inc administers the Hugos but they DO NOT put on the Worldcon nor administrate it.

    Even when the Worldcon is held in the same general location as previously, it’s usually a different group doing — vis ConFrancisco, Con Jose, and Worldcon 76. Two notable exceptions — LASFS and NESFA have the organizational continuity to repeatedly throw worldcons. I’m not sure anyone else does.

    When the all-right wants to start in on what Worldcons 20 or 50 years ago did, they’re just lying through their teeth. It’s been explained to them many times that, even if we thought we should play by the same rules we did 20 or 50 years ago, it wasn’t the same people playing! The current people can’t be held in any way accountable for what a previous Worldcon did.

    They know this. It’s a disinformation campaign. They are liars.

    Short version — get yourself a clue.


    Dear Bill,

    I said this in a previous thread, but it bears repeating. The primary function of a convention is not to stroke the egos of the concom nor the guests of honor. Its overriding purpose is to provide a good time for its attendees. That is who the con serves, no one else.

    A synonym for GoH is “featured entertainer.” They are chosen for their ability to (a) bring in attendees of the sort the convention wants **AND** (b) provide those attendees with a good time. A GoH who can’t do that is not a good choice for GoH. There are many fine authors and artists who are deserving of “honor” for their work who will never be GoH’s because they just aren’t good enough at one of those two things.

    On the other hand, nobody is a good GoH for every convention. To pick extreme examples, there might be a couple of authors on the planet who would be good GoH’s for both Wiscon and Libertycon, but damn few. Very different demographics at those two conventions (duh). A less political example: Kevin Sorbo is a great GoH for a media-oriented con, but he’d be a poor choice for a “sercon.”

    I can recall four times this century that a convention has withdrawn a GoH offer. Maybe there are more. It’s not common, not when you consider that there are 100 conventions or more each year. And it shouldn’t be common, because it means the committee fucked up, they tried to shove a round GoH into a square con.

    Once they’ve fucked up their reputation is screwed one way or the other, but it can go two ways. They can recognize that their main service should be towards the attendees, which means they and the GoH have to take the ego hit. Or they can take the coward’s way out, make believe nothing is wrong and stand by their choice. That preserves their egos, and it doesn’t diss the GoH. But it means a lot of attendees will not have as good a time.

    Unfortunately, many conventions will make the latter choice. Because, human beings — it’s hard to admit when you are wrong. But that doesn’t make it the right choice.

    Concentrating on the disrespect done to Larry or any other disinvited GoH is prioritizing the wrong thing. Yes, that is an unfortunate thing. But the alternative is a much more unfortunate thing.

    – pax \ Ctein
    [ Please excuse any word-salad. Dragon Dictate in training! ]
    — Ctein’s Online Gallery. http://ctein.com 
    — Digital Restorations. http://photo-repair.com 

  11. Maximillian: I’m pretty sure that it’s the implication that bisexuality and monogamy are mutually exclusive that’s the sticking point there.

    One’s orientation has little if anything to do with the number of partners one has at a time. Bisexuals can have none, one, or more partners of any gender before, during or after a marriage, and still be bisexual.

  12. Re: Ninefox Gambit / Raven Stratagem

    They do make sense, if you stick with them.

  13. Re Ninefox Gambit: yes, it’s well weird, isn’t it. But I was prepared going in. I expected to find it a lot more opaque than it’s the case, so far.

    Anybody else was dead certain at 30% of the way in that we’re siding with the bad guys or is it just me?

  14. Ctein on May 16, 2018 at 1:17 pm said:

    WSFS, Inc administers the Hugos but they DO NOT put on the Worldcon nor administrate it.

    >channeling my inner Standlee<
    WSFS isn't an Inc. (it's an unincorporated literary society) and it doesn't even administer the Hugos. The entirety of running the World Science Fiction Convention is handed over to whichever entity wins the bid. That includes administering the Hugos. The whole thing is run by the current year's convention committee.

    The Worldcon committee is only obligated to run the Business Meeting, Site Selection, and the Hugos (and they're not even obligated to do a Hugo ceremony, just run nominations, voting, and hand out trophies). Everything else is gravy.

    Yummy, yummy gravy.

  15. Anybody else was dead certain at 30% of the way in that we’re siding with the bad guys or is it just me?

    There certainly aren’t any good guys, that’s for sure.

  16. What @Ultragotha said, about bisexuals and monogamy. In-universe, that gets a snarky “I thought the Betans were better educated than that.” As a reader, it makes me wonder a bit about whether Bujold knew better at the time, and just wanted to give Cordelia that offhanded a dismissal of what was supposed to be a provocative comment. I would expect a Betan to say something like “What difference does that make?” or “So? He’s monogamous.”

    And out here in my part of the real world, my reaction to being asked “did you know they’re bisexual?” might be “Did you know I am?” or “Yes, and?” or “Why are you telling me this?” (Any of those might be followed by going to the person in question and saying something like “Nosey Parker approached me at a party to tell me you’re bisexual.”)

  17. Re: good guys and bad guys in the Ninefox Gambit and etc. – as soon as heresies are brought up, I side with the people who aren’t persecuting the heretics. I’m not sure who may be the good guys, but I’m pretty certain it isn’t any of the factions, or anyone who gets more than a quick mention. V fhfcrpg creuncf Wrqnb znl or n tbbq thl, ohg gung frrzf cerggl pyvpur, fb V’z abg fher.

  18. V fhfcrpg creuncf Wrqnb znl or n tbbq thl, ohg gung frrzf cerggl pyvpur, fb V’z abg fher.

    Unfortunately I can’t access any Rot13 decoders from this machine. /frustration

  19. @Steve Davidson: Luckily, decent people still are out there with the truth of what Puppies said and did in their own words. Which is the worst thing that can be done with them.

    @Christopher Hensley said: The change we are seeing is not in the puppies. The change is everybody else. We’ve stopped willingly enabling their behavior, and stopped being their punching bags. The puppies were always pissing on the rug. The difference is now they are having their noses rubbed in it.

    I just wanted to QFT. Also this:

    They are the Geek Fallacies given form. Times have changed. They have not.
    which is IT, in a nutshell. It should be embroidered on a sampler.

    @JJ: I’ll have to check my other email account. Maybe my Seekrit Decider is in there.

    And to answer your entirely rhetorical question of 5:34 AM, it’s the whole problem: an unjustified sense of entitlement.

    @Anna: The ninja emoticon is invisible, of course.

    I have never met a Portuguese person who considered themselves anything other than white.

    I’m not sure about the hat(s), but otherwise I would totally rock a Zouave uniform. Those pantaloons look pretty comfy. OTOH, a fez must have appeared during a BDP Short finalist, so that makes it fannish, right?

    @Cassy B: We started on D&D at the same time. These kids today, with their fancy poly-sided dice. Heck, we often played with plain ol’ D6 when the kid who owned the (magic marker colored) D10 wasn’t around.

    @Maximillian: I can intellectually understand why people didn’t like GJ&tRQ, but emotionally not. The lack of pew-pew left much more time for the characters, which is what people generally love most about the Vork. series. And it was a lovely reminder that just b/c someone’s a grandmother and the kids are grown that they haven’t ceased to be people, with all the emotions thereof. That there’s a third act for people even after they’ve retired and suffered immense losses. That career and parenthood aren’t mutually exclusive. That novelty can be experienced even with the oldest of friends. And that it’s never too late to try.

    @Kelli: Welcome! There’s rarely anything off-topic here, and personal wishes are just fine.

  20. I have read Frances Hardinge’s YA not a Hugo book, and while I really liked it and the language is lovely and it should probably win many awards… I’m not sure it really has that “Hugo” feel. Which I can’t describe, but I hope you understand what I’m trying to say. But it is SO worth reading, and it doesn’t hurt that for reasons, I like English Civil War books.

    Am reading the first book of the Raksura and it’s not grabbing me the way Wells’ SF (esp. Murderbot) does, but I’m only 3 chapters in so can’t really judge yet.

    After that, I’m going to read LeGuin’s Best Related Work.

    I am inordinately pleased with myself that I read all the Best Novel finalists as they came out! I’ll have to refresh my memory, but there’s 6 books I don’t have to read all new. And “Raven Stratagem” made a lot more sense than “Ninefox Gambit”.

    I also managed to read all the Novelettes, all but one Novella, and all the Short Stories. Couldn’t have done it without File 770 saying “Ooh, look at THIS!” all year — and of course I came across a lot of stuff that I expect will come out on the long list.

    I’ve only got one more movie to watch, and boy is that going to be a tough category — but at least I saw 4 of the 6 in theaters at the time.

    Fanzine — yikes, they’re all good and too many people I know. Fan Writer ditto. Or hectograph, since we’re talking fanac. 🙂 Same with Fan Artist.

    I can’t find links to the Retro Hugo stuff though. Help?

  21. Also, is “refresing” in the headline correct, or should it be “refreshing”?

  22. Surely Dick Dastardly was just doing satire and no one got the joke.

    (To be fair, everyone in the Wacky Races, except maybe Penelope Pitstop and Paul Perfect, used questionable racing tactics and stratagems.)

  23. Anna Feruglio Dal Dan on May 16, 2018 at 2:26 pm said:
    Unfortunately I can’t access any Rot13 decoders from this machine. /
    My go-to is: https://rot13.com/ (as long as you don’t mind enabling Javascript for the page/session).

  24. Jack Lint on May 16, 2018 at 2:44 pm said:
    Surely Dick Dastardly was just doing satire and no one got the joke.

    (To be fair, everyone in the Wacky Races, except maybe Penelope Pitstop and Paul Perfect, used questionable racing tactics and stratagems.)

    The Anthill Mob were framed

  25. Dear Ultragotha,

    Thank you for correcting me on the Worldcon stuff (and saving Kevin the trouble). I useta know all that stuff…

    Also thanks on the bisexual/monogamous call. Like saying someone who is currently without partners in asexual.

    pax / Ctein

  26. @Vicki: It’s supposed to be “refreshing”, but neither Mike nor Camestros pay much attention to the red squiggly lines under the words. 😉

    @lauowolf: Someone named a genus of dinosaurs “Zuul” after the movie!

    If You Were a Zuul, My Love…

  27. Vicki Rosenzweig: Also, is “refresing” in the headline correct, or should it be “refreshing”?

    Good ghod… Appertain yourself a “refreshing” libation!

  28. Daniel P Dern on May 16, 2018 at 2:50 pm said:
    Anna Feruglio Dal Dan on May 16, 2018 at 2:26 pm said:
    Unfortunately I can’t access any Rot13 decoders from this machine. /
    My go-to is: https://rot13.com/ (as long as you don’t mind enabling Javascript for the page/session).

    Alas, all the sites that I have tried are blocked by the content filters. Including this. 🙁

  29. Ctein on May 16, 2018 at 1:17 pm said:

    Even when the Worldcon is held in the same general location as previously, it’s usually a different group doing — vis ConFrancisco, Con Jose, and Worldcon 76. Two notable exceptions — LASFS and NESFA have the organizational continuity to repeatedly throw worldcons. I’m not sure anyone else does.

    As far as I know, neither LASFS nor NESFA has *ever* run a Worldcon. In Los Angeles, it’s recently been the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests (SCIFI), Inc. and in Boston, it’s generally Massachusetts Convention Fandom, Inc. In addition, the three conventions you do mention (ConFrancisco, Con Jose, and Worldcon 76), are all run by San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. Yes, the committees have a lot of different people, but the organization has been an ongoing organization.

    While there is a lot of membership overlap, they are separate organizations.

  30. Even when the Worldcon is held in the same general location as previously, it’s usually a different group doing — vis ConFrancisco, Con Jose, and Worldcon 76. Two notable exceptions — LASFS and NESFA have the organizational continuity to repeatedly throw worldcons. I’m not sure anyone else does.

    Actually all 3 (ConFrancisco, ConJose and Wordlcon76) are being run under the auspices of the same non-proft (SFSFC, Inc) but in each case, by a new standing committee. I’m Chair of the current SFSFC standing committee for the 2018 Worldcon and by extension of Worldcon 76.

    The parent corporation and its board can only step in and intervene in my organization of the convention in the event of a few very particular circumstances. (That does not, however, prevent board members from otherwise volunteering to work on the convention, and, in fact, most of them are staffing in one way or another.)

  31. Lurkertype on May 16, 2018 at 2:34 pm said:

    I have read Frances Hardinge’s YA not a Hugo book, and while I really liked it and the language is lovely and it should probably win many awards… I’m not sure it really has that “Hugo” feel. Which I can’t describe, but I hope you understand what I’m trying to say. But it is SO worth reading, and it doesn’t hurt that for reasons, I like English Civil War books.

    It’s going to take years, of course, for us to individually settle on what we’re looking for with the (possibly soon to be named) Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book. But I, personally, don’t think it has to have a Hugo feel. It’s Not A Hugo (TM). Let’s take advantage of that.

  32. In honor of Camestros Felapton coming up with “Social Justice Zardoz”

    “The Scroll is good. The Pixel is evil”

  33. @Lurkertype: I also found GJ&RQ satisfying since it demonstrated a form of success that isn’t commonly shown in SF. Aral, Cordelia, and Jole have succeeded in their careers, not just by being extraordinarily good at what they do, but also by training up the next generations and being confident enough in them that they can retire. It’s certainly sad that Aral is dead, and his friends and family will miss him forever, but he was not longer indispensable to the peace and security of Barrayar or his family – and that’s what he wanted (and what Cordelia and Jole are working towards).

  34. Not being fond of cola, I am going to appertain myself a cucumber soda. (Yes, this really is a thing.)

  35. @Ultragotha: I haven’t read the other YA finalists yet (except Wombat), and I just finished the Hardinge a few hours ago, so my thinking is still very much nebulous on the topic. I did really, really like the book and think the Benevolent Airships should donate it.

    The other books will have to orbit my socks around another planet to beat the two I’ve read in full so far. Of samples, though I love Sam J. Miller, I dunno about his. Looking forward to the Pullman and hope the Suck Fairy hasn’t dropped in since 2000.

  36. @Anna Feruglio Dal Dan – I don’t think the comment was particularly pithy, or necessarily spoilery even, but I’d rather be safe than spoil.

  37. Stoic Cynic: You see the implication in some of the scroll and comments that Correia is being shunned for his ideas or politics.

    Well, that’s what Puppies have always argued: that the opprobrium they receive is because of their political views — rather than the reality, that they behave horribly and are being castigated for their behavior. JDA is claiming that he was banned from Worldcon for being a conservative — when in reality, he was banned for harassing and abusive behavior.

    I think it’s interesting that what they are essentially doing is claiming that their bad behavior is a result of their political views. They are insulting all conservatives when they do that — but they don’t seem to realize that. The truth is that their bad behavior is a result of their defects of character, not of their political views.

    Origins’ statement on Correia used the term “personal views” — which was a huge mistake on their part, because it opens them up to criticism of making decisions based on “wrongthink”. The reality is that his guestship was removed because of his behavior, and they should have said that in their statement.

  38. Dear Stacey and Kevin,

    Thanks! My, I really garbled things, didn’t I?

    While I don’t think it invalidated my point, that Convention A is in no way responsible for what Convention B does, not even for Convention A-n (where n>0) I sure didn’t defend it very well. -2 for me, today.

    Bad, bad Ctein. No cookie for you.

    pax / Ctein

  39. The views thing is interesting isn’t it. Which views? Note that the Pups claim that the great amorphous “they” are lying or misrepresenting the views of Larry etc regarding race, gender and sexuality as part of the agenda of “them” ( giant ants?)

    So if the views on race, gender and sexuality are not ACTUALLY the problem, then which views is it that is really upsetting the amorphous-“they”?

  40. kathodus on May 16, 2018 at 4:16 pm said:
    @Anna Feruglio Dal Dan – I don’t think the comment was particularly pithy, or necessarily spoilery even, but I’d rather be safe than spoil.

    Not a problem, just shaking my fists at the firewall. But yeah, I agree with the comment.

  41. @ Christopher Hensley

    Times have changed. They have not. Now we’re here. Increased focus on diversity and anti-harassment, means people are speaking out about decades of toxic behavior, and no longer tolerate behavior just because someone’s a community member.

    That’s what strikes me about these events, too.

    People who engage in bad behavior have traditionally been given a consequence-free ticket to ride in the sf/f community. Moreover–and especially if they’re writers with good sales and/or critical acclaim–they’re often actively rewarded (with attention, notoriety, admiration, applause, various honors, etc.) for engaging in bad behavior.

    The ongoing and often difficult pursuit of getting viable harassment policies and procedures effectively implemented in the sf/f community is an example of such standards slowly changing. Behavior that was “hilarious” 30 years ago, “just Jack being Jack” 20 years ago, and “not that big a deal” 10 years ago… now gets you ejected and/or banned from (at least some) cons.

    Times are changing, but not everyone is changing with the changing times. Some people are outraged that there are now standards of behavior at (some) cons (as well as in SFWA, etc.) and consequences that are imposed if the standards are ignored.

    These recent events we’ve been witnessing are more examples of such changes: JDA being banned from WorldCon, FogCon coming out with its recent statement, ConCarolinas and Origins withdrawing invitations after being surprised by negative reaction to their special-guest announcements, etc.

    The chest-beating assertion that people are being ejected/rejected because of their politics is an obvious straw man. It ludicrously assumes that people who don’t want to be around these guys don’t live in the real world; but they do, and that means engaging every day in one’s personal, community, and professional lives with people on all areas of the political spectrum. It also ignores that fact that sf/f is full of political conservatives who are NOT banned from any of these events. And it ignores that political conservatives aren’t the only people who get banned. The common denominator for being banned or disinvited or dropped in the range of events we’ve been seeing in recent months is: people think the person in question has behaved very badly. And at Origins, apparently even sponsors and exhibitors objected to Mr. Correia as a GoH. That’s a consequence of people thinking he behaves badly.

    (I do not, btw, humor asinine assertions that how someone behaves online is a separate matter from their in person behavior.)

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