Posts Categorized: Commentary

Why I’m Excited Today…

John Love has a new novel. Who’s John Love ? He’s a British dude who wrote one of the best novels of 2012 that no one has heard of–Faith. Built around the idea of aegrescit medendo, which is a Latin medical phrase meaning, ‘The cure is worse than the disease’, Faith is the story of a near mythical… Read more »

Analogies. Because. The Publishing Debate.

This recent debate on self publishing versus traditional publishing feels a lot like the schisms within Christianity. Bear with me on this one. Assuming publishing as a whole is akin to Christianity writ large–your Orthodox, Mormons, Methodists, Pentecostals, etc.–then the Big-Five are the Roman Catholic Church and the self-publishing community is the Evangelists. Think about… Read more »

Militant heterosexual white cismale…erm… man speaks

On Tuesday, January 28, Larry Correia wrote a response to Alex Dally MacFarlane’s “Post-Binary Gender in SF: Introduction” on Tor.com. Regardless of what you think about the thrust of McFarlane’s points, Correia’s response is disproportionately offensive and factually wrong. In her piece on Tor.com, McFarlane declares, “I want an end to the default of binary gender… Read more »

Thoughts on Breach Zone by Myke Cole

his is not a review of Breach Zone. Why is it not a review? Because my name is in the acknowledgements. Why is my name in the acknowledgements? Because I slipped Myke Cole $20. Regardless I can’t review the novel impartially. But, you don’t read me because I’m impartial right? You read me because I… Read more »

Award Snobbery and Genre Reader Baggage

Thursday, January 23, the short lists for the Kitschies were announced. Many of the novels on the list were not shelved as science fiction or fantasy, including a Thomas Pynchon novel and one previously short listed for the Man Booker Prize. In other words, the Kitschies awards are full of novels no one in the… Read more »

Do the successful get a free pass?

Patrick Rothfuss just completed an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit in the  r/fantasy subreddit. It was a huge event, with over 1500 comments, and something like 25,000 unique visitors. During the event, the following conversation took place: My response was most closely approximated to shock. I put it on Twitter. It was retweeted. Some… Read more »

The Most Important Stuff I Did in 2013

So, it’s award season. And that means there’s a lot of shit floating around about who’s eligible for what. One thing I don’t see much of is the blogging community touting their actual work. There’s some chat here and there about “I’m eligible for fan writer!” Or, “my blog is a fanzine!” I’m glad that’s… Read more »

Hugo Time: Let’s Get Nominating

Do I have a problem with how the Hugos are conducted? Yup. Do I still think they’re important? Yup. Is it intellectually dishonest of me to hold both of these positions simultaneously? Double-yup. When has being wrong stopped me before? I’m pretty sure Liz Bourke has coined the phrase, “Justin Landon is wrong on the… Read more »