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Monday, January 14, 2013

Attn: SFWA members

First, I have nominated two works for the 2012 Nebula award.  If you have not yet read The Apocalypse Codex by Charles Stross or Wool 5: The Stranded by Hugh Howey, I recommend you do so and consider adding your own nomination.

Second, if you are an author or a publisher and wish me to consider nominating one of your 2012-eligible works, feel free to query me by email.  Please note that I do most of my reading electronically and prefer either epub or mobi format.  I don't read PDF or DRM-protected files and I don't wish to be sent printed material.

Third, if you wish to read A THRONE OF BONES for the purposes of considering a Nebula nomination, I have uploaded a zipfile to the Novel 2012 repository in the SFWA Forum containing both epub and mobi formats which you can download.  Please note that your Forum login and password will be required to download the file.
 
UPDATE: John Scalzi announced today that he will not be seeking a fourth term as SFWA President.  One can only conclude that he heard the news of my candidacy and was afraid to face me in the scheduled series of debates on CNN, MSNBC, and the Book Channel.

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20 Comments:

Anonymous Luscinia Hâfez January 14, 2013 9:07 AM  

Like anyone's going to nominate A Throne of Bones...

Blogger IM2L844 January 14, 2013 9:09 AM  

I don't read PDF or DRM-protected files and I don't wish to be sent printed material.

Racisss

Anonymous Josh January 14, 2013 9:19 AM  

Hey look, it's that dimwit dan guy!

Seriously, what kind of person makes the same insult day after day?

Anonymous Feh January 14, 2013 9:29 AM  

The Apocalypse Codex is a fine exemplar of the perspective of a smug, anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-capitalist Brit. Stross clearly made the antagonist and American preacher so he could wallow in his pet hates.

I am not a member of SFWA but if I were, I would vote against this book on general principles, even though I enjoyed reading it.

Anonymous Feh January 14, 2013 9:30 AM  

an American preacher, not and

Anonymous VD January 14, 2013 9:35 AM  

The Apocalypse Codex is a fine exemplar of the perspective of a smug, anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-capitalist Brit. Stross clearly made the antagonist and American preacher so he could wallow in his pet hates.

I totally disagree. First, he waited until Book Four to do so. Second, he clearly went well out of his way to get the characterizations right. It was one of the best and most accurate pictures of an evangelical megachurch that I've ever read, which is remarkable considering his lack of exposure to the culture.

I think you're reading too much into the obvious analogy that could be drawn, but shouldn't be since the possession motif isn't limited to the megachurch. The Apocalypse Codex represents how religion can be presented as an honest plot element rather than a stock cardboard element.

Anonymous Feh January 14, 2013 9:55 AM  

I think those themes are present in ALL of Stross's books, not just the Laundry series or The Apocalypse Codex. The Apocalypse Codex is simply the most blatant example of it.

It was one of the best and most accurate pictures of an evangelical megachurch

I thought it was a parody of what Brit Leftist atheists think American religion is.

If you take out the fantasy elements, then Stross's picture of an evangelical megachurch amounts to "they're a bunch of hypocrites who are only in it for the money." That's what you think is the accurate part?

Anonymous Josh January 14, 2013 9:59 AM  

Stross's picture of an evangelical megachurch amounts to "they're a bunch of hypocrites who are only in it for the money." That's what you think is the accurate part?

Yes.

Blogger Markku January 14, 2013 10:02 AM  

They are also in it to have status in a restricted circle. That is lucrative to someone who isn't the kind of person who could have "universal" status.

Anonymous Daniel January 14, 2013 10:15 AM  

I sort of wish Throne of Bones had come out in Jan instead of Dec, just so the SFWA had to put up with nearly a year of momentum, discussion and approval of the sort of book they are openly opposed to. I imagine that Wool will get its own brand of resistance, but less so now that Howey has signed a 7-figure deal and has thus proven he is of literary worth. [Funny, I always thought literary worth was determined from reading the book. I am so behind the times.]

Have any of Howey's books been eligible for the Nebula before? If not, that highlights one of the problems that needs to be fixed in the SFWA.

I'm pretty sure Snooki has a better chance of taking the Nebula than Stross does. If he hasn't gotten it by now, they don't want him to have it.

Blogger James Dixon January 14, 2013 1:54 PM  

> One can only conclude that he heard the news of my candidacy and was afraid to face me in the scheduled series of debates on CNN, MSNBC, and the Book Channel.

And some people think you don't have a sense of humor. :)

Anonymous Josh January 14, 2013 2:26 PM  

Is anyone else running? If Vox runs unopposed, what are the odds they attempt to dismantle the sfwa lest he win?

Anonymous WaterBoy January 14, 2013 2:42 PM  

Josh: "Is anyone else running?"

Let's hope there is. In fact, let's hope that there are several different anti-Vox candidates -- enough to split the vote in Vox' favor.

Now there's an interesting juxtaposition: Vox as Bill Clinton.

Anonymous Josh January 14, 2013 2:45 PM  

Vox lacks the empathy to feel your pain

Anonymous Aeoli Pera January 14, 2013 2:53 PM  

They are also in it to have status in a restricted circle. That is lucrative to someone who isn't the kind of person who could have "universal" status.

I know I'm the one that mentioned clergy/pastors have a high sociopathy rate at AG, but you guys are clearly exaggerating the prevalence of self-conscious manipulators at the top. Even when we're talking pros disclaiming to 5,000 rapt listeners, we're talking a minority (I'd guess 1 in 5, tops). The rest are more or less genuine.

Same as most other pagans are genuine,

Anonymous WaterBoy January 14, 2013 3:00 PM  

"I did not have sex with that woman. She's too far down the sociosexual scale."

Blogger Giraffe January 14, 2013 3:01 PM  

Featuring Spacebunny as the anti-Hillary.

Blogger Nate January 14, 2013 3:24 PM  

"I know I'm the one that mentioned clergy/pastors have a high sociopathy rate at AG, but you guys are clearly exaggerating the prevalence of self-conscious manipulators at the top. "

The sayin' goes... more preachers were called by the sight of a mule's ass than were called by the Lord.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza January 14, 2013 4:54 PM  

Awesome and good luck!!

Of course he wasn't seeking any new term especially at the thought of debating you.

Blogger Justthisguy January 14, 2013 6:48 PM  

My pastor says a large plurality of pastors are, like him, introverts. He says it always takes a lot out of him, standing up there in front of everybody and officiating. I imagine the ritual helps. It certainly does help me.

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