(1) MUSIC OF THE GEARS. Yoon Ha Lee has composed and released a soundtrack for his Machineries of Empire books. Available on Bandcamp: “Banner the Deuce of Gears”.
A “soundtrack” for the Machineries of Empire space opera books! Includes themes for Jedao One, Jedao Two, Cheris, and the bonus song “Burn It Down with Math (feat. Liozh Dia)”!
(2) TWITTER TROLLS WINNING. Jason Sanford is reporting Twitter has banned Harry Turtledove and Patrick Tomlinson, two well-known sff authors. Thread starts here.
Patrick Tomlinson was banned while discussing threats sent to Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki.
Sanford concludes: “@TwitterSafety’s saying if someone threatens to kill you, that’s too bad and you can’t tweet about it at all.”
(3) OP-ED ABOUT GENCON’S MOVING PLANS. [Item by Martin Morse Wooster.] In the Washington Post, Indiana University law professor Timothy William Waters criticizes Gen Con’s decision to move the convention out of Indiana after 2024 because of the state’s restrictive abortion laws, noting that Gen Con is not a political space and “how our politics improved if the elves abandon Indiana to the orcs?” “We wanted to play Bunny Kingdom. Gen Con wanted to talk about abortion”.
… Despite its earlier threats, Gen Con said after the abortion legislation passed that the convention would return at least next year. But if organizers eventually flee, where would they go? The South and Midwest would be mostly off-limits. More likely, the convention would go into deep-blue exile, leaving behind the Indiana Convention Center — the same hall where I attended the 2019 National Rifle Association convention. Booths that sold 20-sided dice this month were selling Glocks then. The NRA is returning to Indianapolis in 2023. How are politics improved if the elves abandon Indiana to the orcs?
Politicizing companies makes sense when there’s a real link to the politics. Organizations naturally take positions on social questions that affect their operations. But activists drive truckloads of preferences through that pretext: In 2013, Indiana University opposed a state constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage on grounds that went far beyond institutional concern. (Selectively: I’ve never seen a university object to laws antithetical to conservative faculty or students.)
Gen Con opposed that amendment, too, and now opposes the abortion law. Apart from saying the legislation would “have a direct impact on our team and our community,” Gen Con doesn’t pretend that’s a business decision — “hurt, angry, and frustrated,” it simply considers the law unjust.
Maybe it is, maybe not. I don’t know if Gen Con’s community agrees on abortion or anything else: The man playing Galaxy Trucker with us didn’t mention his voter registration.
But what about the women who support freedom of choice who might feel alarmed in “The Handmaid’s Tale” Indiana? It is Gen Con’s business to make them feel welcome — as it is the convention’s duty to make every attendee feel welcome, including gamers whose position on abortion Gen Con declared inhumane.
The answer is to make sure no one’s preferences dominate our shared space. Basic game design: Don’t fix the rules so only your side can play. Politicizing everything ignores that lesson….
(4) VERTLIEB INTERVIEW. B-Movie Cast devoted its501st episode to an interview with Steve Vertlieb.
“The B-Movie Cast is back from a brief hiatus following our 500th episode! This show is a bit different from most as instead of featuring a film, Mary, Nic, and Mark Mawston are joined by Steve Vertlieb!
Steve is one of America’s leading film archivists and historians who is a true living link between the golden age of Hollywood and today! A cinema journalist and film music educator Steve is a bit different from some film historians. Many of them collect film memorabilia, Steve, collects friendships, memories and stories!
Join us as we talk with Steve about some of his most memorable friends among many of Hollywood’s greatest directors, producers, actors, special effects masters and music composers! Steve is a true wealth of knowledge and we’re very lucky to have him on the show as we talk about everything from Ray Bradbury’s 16mm camera troubles to Ray Harryhausen and more!”
(5) CHICON 8 PRESS REGISTRATION. Isn’t it NICE that journalists can just go onto the Chicon 8 website and just sign up so easily?
Hello and Greetings from the Chicon 8 Press Office
The Chicon 8 Press Registration Page is now open and ready to receive your request for either a Press Pass or Press Credentials at this link:
Our Attending Press Policy and Guidelines for Press Passes and Press Credentials can be found here:
The Chicon 8 Press Office will be located close to main registration, along with a bookable interview room.
…We anticipate that holders of Press Passes will be able to collect their badge, giving access to the convention, directly from the Press Office, to avoid the need to queue at main registration. If you are being granted Press Credentials, you will need to collect your badge from main registration first. You can then come to the Press Office at your convenience to check in and pick up your Press Ribbon.
In line with the Press Policy, we have a strong line on consent in general, and for photography in particular, and would appreciate your understanding on this. Attending Press are also asked to familiarize themselves with our Code of Conduct: (https://chicon.org/home/for-members/code-of-conduct/) and our Covid Policy (https://chicon.org/home/for-members/covid-policy/). In accepting our offer of a Press Pass or Press Credentials, you are committing to abide by these policies.
(6) US IN FLUX. Read ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination’s Us In Flux story “Sympathy” by Suyi Davies Okungbowa about the politics and economics of childcare, the contested science of child development, and our hopes and anxieties about the role of robotics in our lives, then see the related Zoom discussion:
Us in Flux is a series of short stories and virtual gatherings that explore how we might reimagine and reorganize our communities in the face of transformative change.
Join us for a conversation with author Suyi Davies Okungbowa and Lance Gharavi, professor of film, dance, and theatre and affiliate faculty at the Center for Human, Artificial Intelligence, and Robot Teaming at Arizona State University. They’ll discuss “Sympathy,” Suyi’s story about robotics, the politics and economics of childcare, and the complexities of early childhood development.
The webinar takes place August 25, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific. Register at the link: Suyi Davies Okungbowa & Lance Gharavi: “Sympathy”.
(7) TRANSPARENT PROCESS. Interstellar Flight Magazine’s Holly Lyn Walrath discusses their “Acquisitions from the 2021 Short Story Collections Call”, which were chosen with the help of guest editor Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki. They’ll be publishing five of the submissions.
Interstellar Flight Press is pleased to announce that we have finished reviewing all submissions from our 2021 short story collection call. As the managing editor, I would like to thank all the amazing authors who submitted to this call. We were blown away by the quality of work out there. Suffice it to say, we wish there were more presses publishing short story collections, as there are SO MANY great books out there waiting to find a home. It was lovely to see how many wonderful writers are excelling in the field of short SFF fiction.
Great thanks is owed to our guest editor for this call, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, who helped select the final books. Oghenechovwe is a talented writer and editor, and I remain humbled by the amazing writers who have served as guest editors. This position is so important and helps us select books from unique perspectives….
(8) MEDIA BIRTHDAY.
2005 – [By Cat Eldridge.] On this day in the United Kingdom, the oddest thing happened: a film sequel to a failed television series premiered. Serenity, the sequel to the short-lived (but much beloved by a small group of rather fanatical fans) Firefly science fiction series, saw its debut.
Now I don’t know how well the Firefly series did in the United Kingdom but I do know well how it did in States. By mid-December, it was averaging 4.7 million viewers per episode and was 98th in Nielsen ratings. Ouch. Now admittedly its eleven (of fourteen produced) episodes were shown out of order, so that didn’t help, did it?
Now DVD sales following its cancellation were particularly strong and the Browncoats, its fans, mounted a campaign that surprisingly convinced the film studio to produce Serenity. Odds are better than even that those responsible for that decision aren’t there anymore.
Ok, I’m not going to talk about it on the infinitely small chance that some of you have not seen this film. (Ha!) All I’m interested in here is how it did and that is quite simple. Though y’all loved it and gave it a Hugo at L.A. Con IV, and it also got a Nebula for Best Script, it did not do well at the box office. It cost forty million to produce and made, errr, forty million.
Browncoats quickly spread the rumor that a third film was already being planned but Whedon squashed that idea noting that he was contracted to other productions.
Serenity is a ninety-one percent rating at Rotten Tomatoes, and the series has a near perfect ninety seven percent rating.
(9) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.
[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]
- Born August 22, 1907 — Oliver McGowan. He played The Caretaker in the “Shore Leave” episode of the original Trek which I just rewatched recently and it holds up much better than I thought it would. McGowan has one-offs on One Step Beyond, Wild Wild West, I Dream of Jeannie, The Twilight Zone and Bewitched. (Died 1971.)
- Born August 22, 1909 — Paul W. Fairman. His story “No Teeth for the Tiger” was published in the February 1950 issue of Amazing Stories. Two years later, he was the founding editor of If, but he edited only four issues. (Anyone know why?) In 1955, he became the editor of Amazing Stories and Fantastic which he would hold onto for three years. There are several films, Target Earth and Invasion of the Saucer Men, based on his stories, plus some TV episodes as well. (Died 1977.)
- Born August 22, 1920 — Ray Bradbury. Seriously where do I start? He wrote some of the most wonderful stories that I’ve ever ever read, genre or not, many of which got turned into quite superb video tales on the Ray Bradbury Theater. As for novels, my absolute favorite will always be Something This Way Wicked Comes. (I’m ambivalent on the film version.) And yes I know it isn’t really a novel but The Illustrated Man I treat as such and I loved the film that came out of it with Rod Steiger in that role. Let’s not forget The Martian Chronicles. (Died 2012.)
- Born August 22, 1925 — Honor Blackman. Best known for the roles of Cathy Gale in The Avengers, Bond girl Pussy Galore in Goldfinger and Hera in Jason and the Argonauts. She was also Professor Lasky in “Terror of the Vervoids” in the Sixth Doctor’s “The Trial of a Time Lord”. (Died 2020.)
- Born August 22, 1948 — Susan Wood. She received three Hugo Awards for Best Fan Writer in 1974, 1977, and 1981, and a Best Fanzine Hugo as coeditor of Energumen in 1973. In 1976 she was instrumental in organizing one of the most impactful feminist panels at a con, at MidAmericon. The reaction to it contributed to the founding of WisCon. While teaching courses in SF at UBC, one of her students was William Gibson. “Fragments of a Hologram Rose” which is his first published story was written as an assignment in her SF class. (Died 1980.)
- Born August 22, 1955 — Will Shetterly, 67. Of his novels, I strongly recommend his two Borderland novels, Elsewhere and Nevernever, and Dogland. (Emma’s Finder novel, another Borderland novel is also recommended.) He is married to Emma Bull, they did a trailer for her War for The Oaks novel which is worth seeing. They’re on the chocolate list of course.
- Born August 22, 1959 — Mark Williams, 63. He was Arthur Weasley in seven of the Potter films. He also played Brian Williams in the BBC series Doctor Who, appearing with the Eleventh Doctor in “The Power of Three” and “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship”. He was also Olaf Petersen on Red Dwarf. His first genre role was as Fearnot’s Brother in the “Fearnot” episode of Jim Henson’s The Storyteller.
- Born August 22, 1963 — Tori Amos, 59. One of Gaiman’s favorite musicians, so it’s appropriate that she penned two essays, the afterword to “Death” in Sandman: Book of Dreams) and the Introduction to “Death” in The High Cost of Living. Although created before they ever met, Delirium from The Sandman is based on her. I wonder if she’ll be in the Sandman series?
(10) BRADBURY BIRTHDAY. As John King Tarpinian does on Ray Bradbury’s birthday these days, he went and left a little gift at Bradbury’s grave.
I had a lovely visit today. Gifted Ray a Chicago made coin-changer, which he used on his only real job selling newspapers. Left him a little guardian angel, too. As I have done in the past, I gave the cake to the cemetery staff.
(11) COMICS SECTION.
- Non Sequitur reveals Alexa’s passive aggressive streak.
- In Sally Forth, multiverses go mainstream.
(12) FROM SLASH TO STEM. [Item by Martin Morse Wooster.] In the Washington Post, Stephanie Merry profiles a romance writer who uses the pseudonym “Ali Hazelwood” and whose day job is as a neuroscientist. Hazelwood got her start writing slash fiction about Spock (Leonard Nimoy, not Zachary Quinto) and went on to write Kylo Ren/Rey fiction until an agent discovered her and convinced her to write non-genre fiction. Now she writes “STEMinist” novels in which women fall in love with “broody, emotionless science men.” “Ali Hazelwood talks ‘Love Hypothesis,’ ‘Love on the Brain’”.
… And now here she is, less than a year after her debut became a bestseller and days from releasing her second novel, “Love on the Brain.” Both are about female scientists who fall for, well, broody, emotionless science men. Hazelwood also published three novellas this year. (“I should be doing research,” she says, “but I’m doing this other thing.”)
Hazelwood’s novels fall into the growing genre of “STEMinist” fiction that also includes recent feel-good bestsellers “Lessons in Chemistry,” by Bonnie Garmus, and “The Soulmate Equation,” by Christina Lauren. “Love on the Brain” revolves around two scientists, Bee Königswasser and Levi Ward, who areworking on a NASA project to create a helmet that uses transcranial magnetic stimulation to reduce an astronaut’s “attentional blinks,” which, as Bee describes it, are “those little lapses in awareness that are unavoidable when many things happen at once.”…
(13) WHODUNNIT? Here’s a bizarre opportunity. If you’re going to be in the vicinity of the Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT on August 26, you can go on the “GET A CLUE Interactive Murder-Mystery Tour with Sea Tea Improv.” Register here.
Friday, August 26 starting at 7pm: GET A CLUE Interactive Murder-Mystery Tour with Sea Tea Improv
Who killed Pap Finn?? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Billiard Room with the wrench? Queen Guinevere in the Conservatory with rope? The Prince (or was it the Pauper??) in the Library with the revolver. We need YOU to solve this mystery on our hilarious, interactive GET A CLUE TOUR of The Mark Twain House! With Twain’s most famous characters as suspects, portrayed by comedians from Sea Tea Improv, this larger than life version of the classic game is a fun chance for you to play detective.
(14) PHYSICS AND SF IDEAS. The Ad Astra Center for Science Fiction & the Speculative Imagination at the University of Kansas presents “The Higgs Boson In This Particular Universe” with Phil Baringer, Professor Emeritus KU Physics and Astronomy, on Wednesday, August 31 at 6:30 p.m. Central at the Lawrence (KS) Public Library.
What science-fiction ideas does this inspire? Award-winning SF author, educator, and Ad Astra Center director Chris McKitterick leads a Q&A and idea-generation session with Dr. Baringer to help attendees imagine possibilities and launch your own stories.
There will be a recorded livestream of the talk on their YouTube channel. Subscribe now so you don’t miss it.
(15) WHERE DO THEY ALL COME FROM. “Machine learning locates meteorite source on Mars” in Nature.
This unusually multicoloured view of Mars shows the distribution of 90 million impact craters across the planet’s surface, mapped by researchers using a machine-learning algorithm trained on data from previous Mars missions. The colours represent the size, age and density of the craters: for example, blue areas depict the largest and youngest ones.
Scientists made the map while investigating the origin of a meteorite called Black Beauty, which was found in the Sahara Desert in 2011. The lump of rock was thrown out into space when an asteroid struck Mars at least 5 million years ago. The team used the algorithm to narrow down the possibilities, and eventually worked out the exact location of this impact (A. Lagain et al. Nature Commun. 13, 3782; 2022). The researchers suggest that the 10-kilometre-wide crater — named Karratha — could be the focus of a future Mars mission.
[Thanks to Cat Eldridge, Mike Kennedy, Nancy Sauer, Joey Eschrich, Anne Marble, Daniel Dern, SF Concatenation’s Jonathan Cowie, Martin Morse Wooster, JJ, John King Tarpinian, Andrew Porter, Chris Barkley, and Michael Toman for some of these stories. Title credit belongs to File 770 contributing editor of the day Soon Lee.]
I will confess that I liked the Firefly series but was not as thrilled by the Serenity film for reasons I’ll not discuss here. The series was I thought a fine example of a pulp SF series. I’m not sure that it could have been sustained over a long period of time but it would’ve fun to see Whedon try.
(2) Aaaargh! BTW Harry Turtledove has a new book out from Tor. It looks interesting…
(9) Happy Ray Bradbury cake day.
(11) That Sally Forth cartoon was fun! I want to hear their band…
(12) The cover of The Love Hypothesis is adorkably cute.
2) It is most unfortunate that trolls with combusting trousers and long-growing noses are able to easily hijack media like Twitter. Not that I am a fan of Twitter; I’ve always maintained it is for the birds. I generally don’t use the asocial media much–I have a Fussbook account which I make minimal use of.
There are good and sufficient reasons I am not on twitter, nor intend to be. FB is antisocial enough, worse than usenet ever was.
Gen-Con. Sorry, my sympathies (I think I was at one, in Days of Yore) are to not bring money to the state, as little else will penetrate their idiotology. And, I’m sorry, but right now, politics is necessary… unless we really want to make the Handmaid’s Tale as real as 1984, or cyberpunk, has become.
No browncoat… but I thought that Serenity wrapped everything up neatly. No need for sequelitis.
On a completely unrelated note – Baen is looking into trying to help Ring of Fire Press authors stay in print, at least those writing outside the 1632 universe.
(2) TWITTER TROLLS WINNING
I am distressed by this, that Twitter’s algorithm & abuse handling is so broken that it’s the harassed & abused who get banned. It’s messed up.
(8) MEDIA BIRTHDAY.
I liked “Serenity” well enough; it did a decent job inclue-ing people who had not watched the TV episodes, while keeping fans interested. But I haven’t sought out the comics where further adventures of the Firefly crew can be found.
(Also, thank you for Title Credit)
Has anybody else who wrote their elected representatives on Ekpeki’s behalf heard back from their congressbeings?
Just canned replies, so far.
Certainly, Serenity is rated at Rotten Tomatoes: 82% from critics, 91% from the audience.
@Sarah Avery: Just canned replies for me so far, also.
(3) It is the privilege of those not affected by politics to think that their space is, and should be kept, free of politics. I wish I had that privilege. Unfortunately, I have a uterus. My very body has been politicized. I don’t get the privilege of Just Playing Bunny Wars and ignoring politics.
If Very Concerned Thinky People wish to leave politics out of it, they should be complaining to the people who have politicized health care concerning uteruses. Given that we are in a world where such health care has been politicized, GenCon making the political decision to stand up for my rights and refuse to support a state that has curtailed those rights makes me feel more welcome, not less. If GenCon had instead pretended to be politics-free and continue supporting Handmaid’s Tale Indiana, that would have been a political decision, too.
It bears repeating that you cannot make all people of all beliefs feel equally welcome. You can’t both welcome racists and people of color. You can’t both welcome TERFs and trans people. You can’t both welcome the person whose rights are being curtailed and the person who supports curtailing those rights. This tends to be very obvious to those whose rights (and lives!) are in danger, and rather hard to grasp for those who have the privilege of ignoring politics.
Meredith moment. Alistair Reynolds’ latest, Eversion, is 99p in the Amazon UK Kindle store today.
3) Man who has no stake in women’s reproductive rights has Opinions. Film at 11:00. Rinse and repeat as necessary so the poor man will be heard.
It’s this kind of bovine colonic excretions that really angers me first thing in the morning. Conservatives constantly get their voices elevated, and they constantly tell us to sit down and shut up and make sure we aren’t ruining their fun. They make public spaces as hostile as possible for women and minorities and those who don’t conform to their limited definitions of gender roles, and then wonder why everyone decides to move those spaces to places where everyone is supported.
“Don’t spoil our games!” says the man whose voting history (given he also attends NRA conventions) will likely show he supports politicians who absolutely want to destroy the life of those whose existence they despise.
Well, there’s the sun, my conservative friend. You can F off right into it for all our care. I look forward to Gencon moving to a state that supports reproductive rights, and progress, and doesn’t make public spaces hostile for the millions of American citizens whose bodies they have politicized.
Early morning click before running off to a meeting.
You said what I was going to say, except a lot less sweary and a lot more eloquent.
(3) I looked up some of the author’s other writings. It’s kind of rich that a dude who appears to have never met a secession movement he didn’t like is suddenly all ‘we all have to get along and compromise with each other’ when he might be inconvenienced.
Another net negative for Prof. Waters is that he was quite prepared to sell out Ukraine to Russian aggression, at least back in February:
He appears to be another person personally obtuse in the face of authoritarian aggression.
Save me from disinterested philosopher kings.
(9) Some very deep research (the Wikipedia article on If magazine) reveals that Fairman was fired because the magazine was not selling well.
I regret that I never got the chance to meet Bradbury, especially because I was this close. In early 1980, when I lived in Bishop, California (where my father was stationed with the US Forest Service), Bradbury was scheduled to address the Bishop Union High School chapter of the California Scholarship Federation (the school honor society, of which I was a member; it was my first year of high school). Unfortunately, a snowstorm in the Owens Valley kept him from making the drive to Bishop. I never got another chance to see him.
“how our politics improved if the elves abandon Indiana to the orcs?”
Orcs have NEVER listened to Elves, and rejoice in burning down forests.
They will continue to be Orcs until their dying day, ignoring any damage from their dictates.
I applaud the convention for moving to a state that doesn’t let politicians and men in general dictate the future of rape victims and women with potential deadly complications. It SHOULD be between the woman and her doctor!
I liked Ursula LeGuin’s notion of the ‘king being pregnant’ in “The Left Hand of Darkness.” Until men have the babies, nothing will change, until we have a majority of women in both the House and the Senate. As it is, rapists are very seldom prosecuted or jailed.
Along the line of reproductive rights, I take issue with George RR Martin’s latest, where a pregnant woman was disemboweled in order to get the baby out by the father. (Why the hell do males in any capacity of film making think that watching a woman in agony give birth, or die in the process, especially with this level of violence, is somehow a good thing and a draw for an audience?) Are Americans so habituated to violence that this seems normal? I would hope not!
(3), re: @various – Yeah, that NRA stuff made me do a double take. Like, my dude, you attended that terrorist organization’s conventions, you think you have Serious Thinky Things to say about abortion rights? Or maybe you thought by comparing the right-wing to orcs, you’d get a pass?
Also re: (3): I hope GenCon is considering Colorado. We’ve got reproductive health care rights enshrined into the law and also the convention center in downtown Denver.
2.) Patrick Tomlinson is back on Twitter, as of last night. And the trolls are already back at it. Oh well. My block button is getting plenty of work.
And for those writers scorning Twitter? I’ve been astounded by the amount of networking I’ve been able to do there. You can’t go off into seismic rants, you have to watch what you say, you need to curate your feed, be willing to apologize when you misstep, and be aggressive about blocking, but…that’s also common to any social media these days. I finally found a political community that resonates with me over there (actual, REAL activists who know how to do grassroots organizing, not social media activists) and it has helped me navigate the last two years of political insanity.
I really, really regret not joining Twitter sooner. I think it would have done more for my career–though until 2014, I couldn’t have done it because of my teaching job.
3.) My red flags started flying when he mentioned going to the NRA convention. Otherwise…my immediate, visceral reaction–welp, it matches Nicole’s. Thanks, Nicole, for articulating my thoughts as well!
@ Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little
Pro-abortionists have firebombed clinics in Buffalo, in Oregon, in Peoria, and Madison, WI. There’s been an attempted assassination of a sitting Supreme Court Justice.
But the NRA is the terrorist organization? Not hardly.
(2) As of this morning, Tomlinson is back, Turtledove not. Has anyone seen the tweet that allegedly got Turtledove banned? I can’t believe he’s not back on by now.
Ben Harris asks As of this morning, Tomlinson is back, Turtledove not. Has anyone seen the tweet that allegedly got Turtledove banned? I can’t believe he’s not back on by now.
From Jason Sanford’s Twitter feed:
Appears @Twitter is now super welcoming to trolls, who have weaponized @TwitterSafety’s algorithms. For example, famed SF author @HNTurtledove, who is Jewish, got banned for using a curse word when a Nazi called him antisemitic.
The curse word was the f word.
(3) For better (hopefully) or worse, GenCon is stuck in Indianapolis for the foreseeable future. (At least through 2025 or 2026, when the current contract is over.) There just isn’t anywhere else in the country that I know of that has the requisite hotel and function space to compare with Indianapolis. (Amazingly enough, not even Indy, which is adding more hotel space in the coming months.)
I ought to know: I’ve been in or around just about all the convention facilities in the 15 years its been in Indy. That includes the entire convention center and exhibit hall, every function room in several nearby (right across the street, with skybridges) hotels, even the arena floor and back spaces under the seating of the nearby football stadium.
DragonCon has simiilar attendance numbers, but I’ve seen their maps, and they don’t even have a convention center to support the convention. let alone a whole stadium. Vegas is too spread out, and the convention center there doesn’t even connected to The Strip.
Where is this “duty” established, exactly?
Oh, it’s probably what Gen Con’s policy statements mean to them.
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