When White Men Get Their Nickers in a Twist

But White Non-Neurotypical Women get to be Justifiably Outraged. Go us! Because fairness!

Elsewhere, someone who I know knows better, wrote something to the effect1 that it was just so very mockable when White Men got all a-tizzy because women and Colored People2 are OMG! destroying civilization.

Now my first thought was to provide a helpful contact point to one of my female relatives who would be more than willing to explain just how Lula's incompetent socialist protegé (who unlike da Silva actually believes the krazy SJW kool-aid) is destroying her civilization. And since she's a Young Colored Person of Vaginatude rather than an Old White Dude, it leaves us at an impasse, rather. Which Latina voice are you going to silence, now? Hmm?

But I found someone who wrote it better than I could:
Wait, I am AT LEAST as diverse as Fabio Fernandes and WAY more diverse than Natalie Lurid. So — where is my attention for my “diversity”? Oh, yeah, I know. Wrongthink invalidates all of that. Also, I have two middle fingers and they may gaze upon them.

Same for Kate Paulk, next year’s standard bearer who is so non-neuro-typical she refers to herself as chemically sane. (Mostly complications of narcolepsy meds, which cause their own problems.) BUT she doesn’t kiss the ring, so she’s … a Mormon neurotypical white male, like the rest of us. Mormon males with great racks for the win. (The church is tolerant about this type of thing, I hope, Brad? I mean, I don’t want to be kicked out since I don’t remember getting in.)

Do I need to say it? They’re frass-nuts. They are so devoid of ideas; ideals and interests, that they can only judge literary works by the amount those might advance marxist causes combined with the “oppressed class” of the writer. These are barbarians or children, unable to appreciate aesthetics. They deserve nothing from us but our horse laughter and middle fingers, as we leave in the dust and CREATE stuff they aren’t even able to comprehend. Engaging in aesthetic/literary argument with them is like discussing Shakespeare with a kindergarten class.

Oh, and yeah, the golden age ended way before I was born. I’m 52 and I’m almost the doyenne of the SP who are ALL crazy kids. The other side, though? Finalement, finalement, ils ont beaucoup de talent pour être vieux sans être adultes3

It doesn't matter what you're doing with your private parts, or even what your private parts are or how much melanin they contain, you can build up or tear down the instutitions, the culture and community you're a part of.

It's a fair question to ask: Is this subversive? Or superversive? Is it for the greater good? And how is that good defined? Do the people who are at the pointy end of the "greater good" you're working toward get a say?

Or do they just have to take it as read that everything you do or say is "inclusive" all about "rights and liberties" or creates more "freedom" or "safety" or mom, apple-pie and ++goodthink. And therefore have to meekly submit to your claims that the only possible reason anyone could ask you to slow down, take a moment, and reconsider what you're doing (sometimes albeit in the form of : OMG! No! Stop! It's going to explode! because you're messing with the containment system of a nuclear reactor for LOLZ, self-promotion, and um... equality? justice? transgressive transactional political change. Yeah! That's the ticket.), the only possible reason is some kind of idenity-politics hatin'?

Nope. You don't just get to assume the conclusion, that your righteousnes goes without saying and that your work is above criticism. You don't get to substitute bumper sticker slogans for thought.

1. No, I'm not going to quote it directly: Who hasn't said something foolish in a fit of snark? It's in the water folks: reasonable people are marinating in this mindset and it's doing no-one any good. Call out the ideas you despise, not the people, if you can.

2. Yeah, there's a reason a lot of us cringe inside when we hear or read "P.O.C." and it's not because we are unfamiliar with the history of institutionalized oppression of black American citizens.

3. Differently-abled colored ladies unite! They'll find another way to disqualify your wrong opinions any day now!
This week We have bonus Tuesday & Thursday comics at TIAT as well as a book review up in The Reading Room.

Fiction Fridays: New Veggie Comix

Sadly, Daddy's comic did not survive the trip home via lunchbox.

Someone doesn't have to make a lunch after coming home at 9:30pm.

Happy Mother's Day

For all the women who are so indescribably awesome:

(Wait. HOW awesome?)


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New Comic Strip: Tempest in a Teardrop #1

From the FAQ:
You’ve heard of a tempest in a teapot, certainly? This is a still smaller storm. And yet it’s interesting how even when the stakes seem so puny, the sturm und drang can be so enormous, isn’t it? Hence, this comic.

It's Better To Light A Candle

But sometimes you can see better with a torch...

It's a Sad Puppies tie-in comic strip, but I hope (depending on what my writer comes up with) to move it on to general politics-and-skiffy stuff. After this week, I'll just post a link. Feel free to comment here or at the Tempest site, but note that while this place is Liberty Hall, the funny pages tend to draw kids, so don't post anything over there that you'd be embarrassed to have your yard ape read.

Veggie Comics will resume this Friday.

A House Divided

If you've ever been called names, spat on, tripped, and kicked for months; then turned around and punched one of your attackers in the face, only to watch as you're punished and they all get off scot-free:

You're part of my tribe.

If you've ever seen a boy assault a girl, raced across the black top to stop him, chased him down, beat him up, promising that if he ever tried it again, you'd deliver worse, and sat proudly in the principal's office--?

You're part of my tribe.

If you've been a social outcast, who threw a shoe at your best (and only) friend because she tried to join in the group tormenting the new Untouchable:

You're part of my tribe.

If the idea of having to ritually disavow an Enemy of the State makes your lip curl in disdain:

You're part of my tribe.

If the notion that artists have to pass an ideological purity test before their creations can be recognized (or even allowed to exist) brings out the Justice Warrior in you:

You're part of my tribe.

If you understand that compromising with people who will smile politely while they stab you in the back is the worst possible way to pay the Danegeld:

You're part of my tribe.

If it's not about rightfans or wrongfans, or Vox Day, or your allies or their tactics--

-- then you're part of my tribe. The tribe that thinks it's about the best science fiction and fantasy stories winning the awards.

If we do not hang together, we shall most assuredly all hang separately.
--Ben Franklin


Crown Him the Lord of Life,
who triumphed o'er the grave
and rose victorious from the strife
for those he came to save!

His glories now we sing,
who died and rose on high;
who died, eternal life to bring,
and lives that death may die!

He is risen! Alleluia!

(Guess who went to a Lutheran church this Easter Sunday)
So titled, because I am an uber-fangirl who gets crazy-excited about these stories, only to have the pendulum of fun swing down into the nadir of despair as I realize some cretin of an SJW has done her best to kill what I love. Because, yanno, not ideologically pure. Let's take back the skiffy short bus1 from the puritanical crazy-pants trying to drive it off the cliff, and open the doors to all the fans. Sooo....

When are we having fun wrong?


How soon?


Some Things I loved from 2014
For a complete Sad Puppies The Original Series click here. Where my picks overlap with theirs, it's to reiterate the choice. Where they differ, I'm hoping to draw your attention to some niftiness that mayn't have crossed your sf-nal horizon.

Please note: Links will take the reader to (as appropriate) YouTube, IMDB or either Amazon or Goodreads, unless otherwise noted.

Best Novel
  1. Skin Game; It's a crime that Butcher's been overlooked by the Hugos.

  2. Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen by Garth Nix ; Another criminally overlooked writer (Hey, World Con, .let's put the "world" back into that "con"!) and If Zoe's Tale can win, so could this.

  3. City Beyond Time by John C. Wright ; My favorite SF book of 2014. Mind-bending sensa-wonder, writing like Ginger Rodgers, tap-dancing backwards, and one of the coolest settings ever, it's SF in the tradition of Cordwainer Smith, and my top choice to win the Hugo

Best Novella I read short fiction, but mostly from anthologies, so the publication date is Right Out (I have the same problem with popular teen fiction--I read from the paperback list for book talking--so I'm always a year or two behind the curve)
  1. One Bright Star to Guide Them, by John C. Wright From Book of Feasts and Seasons

Best Novelette
  1. Awake in the Night by John C. Wright
  2. E-publication makes a hash of publication dates, so this might not qualify.
  3. Pale Realms of Shade by John C. Wright from The Book of Feasts and Seasons (review link) ; murder mystery-cum-ghost story and one of my favorites.
  4. But "Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus" runs a close second.

Best Short Story - I'm still reading recommendations on this one but so far...
  1. "Ravenous" by Shannon Hale fromAltered Perceptions

  2. The Christmas [Noun] 7: Attack of the Social Justice Noun by Larry Correia; despite what the author claims, it is not necessary to read any of the earlier [Noun] stories Trust me, I'm the queen of starting stories at the middle or the end.

  3. Turncoat by Steve Razasa

Best Related Work
  1. What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

  2. Why Science is Never Settled (Parts 1 and 2)

  3. And my Hugo pick: Death Carries a Camcorder: Essays on Fantasy Writing by Tom Simon

Best Graphic Story
  1. Drive Comics; Come for the fact that it's by Sheldon creator Dave Kellet, stay for the skiffy awesomesauce.

  2. Tiger and Bunny, vol. 1 a wonderful Japanese take on American super-hero tropes.

  3. Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant has absolutely jaw-dropping art work combined with a fabulous action adventure set in an Arabian Nights adventure. My 2nd favorite graphic novel of 2014

  4. The Return of Zita the Space Girl
  5. Our intrepid space heroine's adventures conclude in this beautifully-illustrated graphic novel. Not since Mark Crilley's (now impossible to get one's hands on) Akiko graphic novels, have I enjoyed rooting for a space princess as much as I did for Zita. I challenge all members of the Evil League of Evil's Space Princess division to nominate this one!

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long form)
  1. A Winter's Tale
  2. Attack on Titan Season One
  3. The Lego Movie
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy
  5. When Evangelion 4.0 finally comes out, I'll be nominating the whole series for 2016

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short form)
  1. Rewind, Rewind: Being Human. I hope I'm getting the right one here. I remember plots, not TV show titles. In any event this is one of those "the series deserves it" rather than any individual episode. I liked this one in spite of myself.

  2. Nowhere Man: Haven; Again, no one episode this season deserves a win, but the series as a whole is Hugo-worthy SF

  3. Turn, turn, turn: Marvel's Agents of Shield I won't be sad if this (deserved) fan favorite gets the nod.

  4. The Cold War: Person of Interest It's the best-acted, best-scripted, most thoughtful science fiction on television today. And my pick to win the Hugo.

Best Pro Editor (short form)
  1. Brandon Sanderson, Dan & Robison Wells for Altered Perceptions I read all the intros before I touched the stories.

Best Pro Editor (long form)
  1. Toni Wiesskopf at Baen for bringing me great books
  2. Jim Mintz, Baen: ditto.
  3. Sharyn November, Viking Children's Books, for general awesomeness.
  4. Theodore Beale of Castallia House: double ditto. John C. Wright is one of my favorite authors. I bugged the editors at Tor at every ALA conference to publish Mists of Everness, (one of my all-time favorite books) and tracked down every short work I could get my hands on, and this, mind during a time when he was an evangelizing atheist perfectly willing to tell a Christian like myself that my beliefs made me functionally insane (had he been correct that there is no God, he'd be right). The stories were (and are) fantastic. So don't tell me you can't appreciate great professional work because, God forbid, some of the publisher's whacky beliefs offend your delicate flower-like sensibilities. We wouldn't have City Beyond Time without Castallia House: My Hugo vote.

Best Pro Artist: Sorry Sad Puppies. You can a bit better: Try these!
  1. Mark Dos Santos (website link)
  2. Brian Kesinger for Walking Your Octopus
  3. Alan Pollack
  4. Justin Gerard's portfolio is gorgeous - but so is his wife's. Check them both out.

Best Semi-Prozine
  1. Abyss and Apex
  2. Sci Phi Journal

Best Fanzine
    Jen Yates,
  1. EpBot: Geeks, Girliness, and Goofing Off website I might be stretching the definition a little here...

Best Fancast
  1. Joseph Garret Stampy Stampy Longnose (aka Longhead) Minecraft and we-play videos are amusing introductions to SF&F gaming. Whether it's your kid or your boyfriend, your sweetie or your wife who's into those inexplicable skiffy games, he'll take you on tours that explain it all. As much fun for the novice or the experienced gamer.
  2. Jemma Marshall: JemmaKuma as GOH @ Tosho-con. Her YouTube channel on cosplay is great fun and wonderfully supportive of young cosplay fans

Best Fan Writer
  1. Sarah Hoyt of AccordingtoHoyt always brings a great voice and well-thought out ideas that make here eminently readable. But her amazingly snark-tastic "I'm done with the SFWoAClique-y-mcCensorship Club, aka My Last Post on SWFA Pinky-Swear" she deserves a nod
  2. Sherwood Smith does thinky thoughts on meta in SF. Even when handicapped by an one of those seemingly inevitable Noble Brown People of Vaginatude2 tropes, they're an interesting read, and that's a considerable challenge to overcome. Here's a recent post

  3. Jen Yates of Epbot: www.epbot.com for many, many posts, including but not limited to this Harry Potter Christmas Tree creation and tutorials. Her blog is a beacon of light, laughter and sanity for all fen.
  4. Sarah Rees Brennan writes a very amusing blog and her The 100 Parody series totally deserves some fan appreciation, even if you've only read the book. Her novel Team Human with Justine Larbalestier perfectly captures how I feel about the whole vampire-romance phenomenon, so I might be a bit biased.

Best fan artist
Here's some great ones from EpBot. I'm not entirely sure if they're purely fan artists - just because I can't find their book cover/game box/movie production work doesn't mean it's not out there...
  1. Sivacora's DevianArt Gallery has some great stuff. Check out "Library Tea Party".
  2. CocoMilla on Etsy does a mean Tardis
  3. Keri Ruediger aka AliceChan's gallery has beautiful work.

  4. Wood Splitter-Lee's fantasy creations wins hands-down for me. You have to see - stuffed animals doesn't do them justice. They look like taxidermy of the fantastic, only without the creep factor - these to believe them. And it would be a nice nod to the 3-D artists, who rarely get the love they deserve from fandom.

John W. Campbell Award for best new SF writer
The Martian by Andy Weir. It'd be a crying shame if the letter of the rules broke the spirit of the award on this one.

1. Heh. Normal is over-rated.
2. They're like the Evil Pale Penis People, except, yanno, Oppressed.

Happy Valentines Day!


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