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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Amish Vampires in Space

Marcher Lord celebrates its 5th anniversary with the release of Amish Vampires in Space by Kerry Nietz.  Yes, that is an actual title of an actual novel presently for sale on Amazon. Publisher Jeff Gerke explains how the unusual title came to be.

It was March 2010 and Amish fiction was all the rage in Christian publishing.

Entire novelists’ careers were being made in the “bonnet and buggy” genre. Publishers were telling writers, “If you don’t write Amish, don’t bother contacting us.” What had seemed like a fad a few years ago was looking more and more like a subgenre that was here to stay.

And it just cried out for a roasting.

I mean, I’m quite sure that many, maybe most, Amish folks are delightful, genuine Christians. But the way readers were flocking to novels about them, and the way Christian writers and publishers were all but worshipping them, was overblown.

I have a theory that the reason Amish fiction and TV shows about detectives exploded in popularity at the same time was that people were feeling overwhelmed by the complexities of modern life. They valued detective shows because detectives are good at seeing through the smoke to what is really happening, and that helped them feel that their own lives could be made comprehensible. Similarly, people flocked to Amish fiction because it represented a simpler, more easily understood way of living.

Whatever the cause, Amish fiction was everywhere, and it sort of frustrated those of us who didn’t love it. So I came up with the comical title Amish Vampires in Space just to poke fun at it all. I even whipped together a mock cover for my invented book. If you’ll look closely, you can maybe see the sleeping Amish vampire in the SF crate—with a nice handmade quilt draped over him. I made up the author’s name, the series title, and the painfully awesome book title. Then I showed the cover around to a bunch of my publishing friends, just for yuks.

Fast-forward to August 2012. One of my Marcher Lord Press authors, Kerry Nietz, who had already written four novels for me at that point, contacted me and said that he’d come up with a plot idea for Amish Vampires in Space and did he have my permission to write that book.

I reserved the right to not publish it until I could read it, but I told him to go for it.

To my surprise, Kerry played the idea straight. Despite the humor implicit in the title, he created a fantastic book with an altogether believable scenario in which Amish people might find themselves in space, confronted with vampires.

Then we got the real cover design, and we were blown away. This cover is by Kirk DouPonce, the same genius behind the covers of A Throne of Bones and Summa Elvetica. In fact, that’s Kirk’s “dead” body in the background. Even more than the title itself, the cover of this novel has gotten us all kinds of, um, attention.

Indeed, this book has brought much attention to Marcher Lord Press. Indeed, we have encountered more resistance to this book than we did when publishing books that examined Islam or contained obscenity and sexual content. [shrugs] But if these wacky Amish vampires manage to gain Marcher Lord Press a few new fans, a wider awareness that we’re out here making terrific Christian SF and fantasy, it’s a win!

Enjoy this suspenseful ride, dear reader, and . . . don’t take it too seriously.

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86 Comments:

Anonymous RedJack October 01, 2013 3:47 PM  

Amish Vampires? Really?

Sad thing is I bet it will sell well.

Anonymous Sigyn October 01, 2013 3:50 PM  

I...

Huh?

That doesn't...but...it--

Whuh?

*head asplode*

Anonymous Daniel October 01, 2013 3:56 PM  

a) DouPonce is amazing, and now literally dies for his art and b) as long as they don't fight wereseals, it should be okay...

Anonymous Huckleberry - est. 1977 October 01, 2013 3:57 PM  

Well, this is likely better than Mennonites vs. Zombies: Baptism by Fire would be...

Anonymous Huckleberry - est. 1977 October 01, 2013 4:03 PM  

Well, this is likely better than Mennonites vs. Zombies: Baptism by Fire would be...

Anonymous Vidad October 01, 2013 4:12 PM  

I hope it's written in an archaic German dialect.

Anonymous DrTorch October 01, 2013 4:21 PM  

Well, this is likely better than Mennonites vs. Zombies: Baptism by Fire would be...

Nah, that has classic all over it.

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 October 01, 2013 4:22 PM  

It had a vampire, a werewolf, and an explosion!!!

Anonymous dh October 01, 2013 4:26 PM  

Is this for real?

Blogger tz October 01, 2013 4:33 PM  

Ames is spinning in his grave. But hopefully he will stay there.

Amish Mafia v.s. Vampires.

Naturally grown plants v.s. Amizombies.

Horse drawn spaceships?

(the worst part is this is likely better than the Hugo knots - much of which is funny, but they intend otherwise).

Anonymous Noah B. October 01, 2013 4:34 PM  

Figures.

Blogger tz October 01, 2013 4:39 PM  

Where are the Mormon Werewolves?

Anonymous Anonagain October 01, 2013 4:40 PM  

Apparently, if the corruption and deviancy are popular in the culture, MLP has no problem publishing it, otherwise MLP will direct un-Christian indecency such as depicted in your books to enter through the Hinterlands back alley door.

Is this assessment correct, Vox?

I've begun reading your stories, Vox, but that Amish Vampire freakishness is not something I would ever consider reading. Of course, pop culture has always been distasteful to me, so MLP can rest easy that I am not representative of the general public.

Anonymous Huckleberry - est. 1977 October 01, 2013 4:41 PM  

Redshirts: The Amish Generation

Even money there's already a draft on scalzi's hard drive.
The Pennsylvania Dutch are in for a surprise one someone from ground forces owes them a favor...

Anonymous Ten41 October 01, 2013 5:02 PM  

Anonagain

Apparently, if the corruption and deviancy are popular in the culture, MLP has no problem publishing it, otherwise MLP will direct un-Christian indecency such as depicted in your books to enter through the Hinterlands back alley door.


I too find it amusing that ATOB had to go the Hinterland route, while this makes it through MLP.

Of course, it could be the cover.

Anonymous Daniel October 01, 2013 5:09 PM  

My guess is that Amish Space Vampires is entirely devoid of sexual content, and that much of the violence is not heavily described - it is about pacifists, after all, who refuse to kill vampires. Those two would be the only reason (neither theological nor thematic) something would get the Hinterlands upgrade: a bit of the in-out or a splash of the ultraviolence, me droogs.

Anonymous VD October 01, 2013 5:09 PM  

Apparently, if the corruption and deviancy are popular in the culture, MLP has no problem publishing it, otherwise MLP will direct un-Christian indecency such as depicted in your books to enter through the Hinterlands back alley door. Is this assessment correct, Vox?

What "un-Christian indecency" is depicted in my books? Marital sex? War?

Anyhow, I have no idea. I don't pay a whole lot of attention to what my publisher does. I had no idea Amish books were popular with anyone anywhere. But if it's not clear this is a piss-take, I don't know if anyone can help you.

Anonymous lozozlo October 01, 2013 5:11 PM  

Apparently, if the corruption and deviancy are popular in the culture, MLP has no problem publishing it, otherwise MLP will direct un-Christian indecency such as depicted in your books to enter through the Hinterlands back alley door.

The churchian is strong with this one...

Anonymous Anonagain October 01, 2013 5:22 PM  

It makes me wonder what Vox's imagination has conjured up that required the creation of the Hinterlands division.

While I have not been amused, entertained, enlightened, informed nor otherwise engaged by reading about whorehouses, adolescent boys' bedroom tutoring, and other dalliances, so far, the level of detail has not been pornographic nor exceedingly obscene so as to deserve the Hinterlands label, but then, I'm not yet finished...

Anonymous Anonagain October 01, 2013 5:23 PM  

What "un-Christian indecency" is depicted in my books? Marital sex? War?

This description was not from my perspective, but what I assumed was MLP's position, thus Hinterlands.

Anonymous Anonagain October 01, 2013 5:25 PM  

I had no idea Amish books were popular with anyone anywhere.

Vampires are extremely popular, so I imagine any new form would be welcome in the culture.

Anonymous Anonagain October 01, 2013 5:28 PM  

The churchian is strong with this one...

No. That would be the reading incomprehension being strong with you.

Anonymous VD October 01, 2013 5:30 PM  

It makes me wonder what Vox's imagination has conjured up that required the creation of the Hinterlands division.

Nothing. The mere mention of vulgarity and any sexual content was enough to cause a Christian award to threaten to bar all Marcher Lord authors from eligibility. This was not fair to them, so Hinterlands was set up to keep them eligible.

I am, of course, banned. I think I'm the only writer banned by both the SFWA and the Dove or Christie Award. I don't remember which one it was.

Anonymous REG October 01, 2013 5:31 PM  

It was my understanding that some Christian award association refused to accept MRP publications by other writers for award consideration as long as ATOB was under the MRP banner. ATOB was removed and went to Hinderland in order to get other MRP writers a chance at an award. How that worked out for the other writers was not reported to my knowledge; but, its my understanding that MRP was happy with ATOB, it was someone else that created the block.

Blogger CarpeOro October 01, 2013 5:32 PM  

I laughed, I cried, then I wondered if Harrison Ford would do a cameo in the movie version....

Blogger CarpeOro October 01, 2013 5:36 PM  

By the way, there was a short lived TV show with Amish in outer space on board an Ark type ship. Idea was Earth was destroyed so they made a multi-generational ship to transport groups that would each have their own culture in different pods or something. I forget the name of it. Probably failed because there were no vampires involved.

Blogger Eric Wilson October 01, 2013 5:40 PM  

I hope JartStar charged more than $250 for that cover.

Anonymous Anonagain October 01, 2013 5:41 PM  

Nothing. The mere mention of vulgarity and any sexual content was enough to cause a Christian award to threaten to bar all Marcher Lord authors from eligibility. This was not fair to them, so Hinterlands was set up to keep them eligible.

I see. So, it was pressure from the outside that forced MLP to go to the Hinterlands. Well, then I was indeed mistaken about what I perceived to be an hypocrisy on their part. Actually, it was rather decent of MLP to create Hinterlands.

Anonymous Noah B. October 01, 2013 5:44 PM  

In the made-for-TV version, Christina Hendricks could almost pick up where she left off in Firefly. Just add in a little back story on how she became a vampire...

Anonymous frenchy October 01, 2013 5:49 PM  

Why not, "Buffy: The Amish Vampire Slayer"?

Anonymous VD October 01, 2013 5:49 PM  

Actually, it was rather decent of MLP to create Hinterlands.

Precisely. And actually, it was their idea. They came up with it, brought it to the awards people, who were willing to accept it as a solution.

Anonymous Anonagain October 01, 2013 6:23 PM  

My guess is that Amish Space Vampires is entirely devoid of sexual content,

I was just last night thinking that neither Tolkien nor Lewis included much sexual content in their writing - at least not the works I've read. I don't recall anything of the sort in the LOTR trilogy, nor in the Lion, Witch and Wardrobe.

Anonymous Anonagain October 01, 2013 6:31 PM  

But if it's not clear this is a piss-take, I don't know if anyone can help you.

By that measure, I have to agree - there is no help at all for me as I have no idea what a "piss-take" even is.

Anonymous Heh October 01, 2013 6:38 PM  

I was just last night thinking that neither Tolkien nor Lewis included much sexual content in their writing - at least not the works I've read. I don't recall anything of the sort in the LOTR trilogy, nor in the Lion, Witch and Wardrobe.

But Peter Jackson turned Arwen and Eowyn into sassy, ass-kicking swordgrrrrrlz, yaaay!

Anonymous lozozlo October 01, 2013 6:57 PM  

@anonagain

No. That would be the reading incomprehension being strong with you.

Pray tell, how has my reading comprehension failed? You were writing the standard Churchian party line during your first post.

Saying 'reading comprehension fail' is a very popular insult on this blog, but not everyone uses it correctly.

Anonymous Anonagain October 01, 2013 7:13 PM  

Saying 'reading comprehension fail' is a very popular insult on this blog, but not everyone uses it correctly.

Simple common sense is ofttimes lacking as well, as you apparently failed to grasp the actual meaning of my post. Notice the commenter who posted at 5:02 PM had no problem understanding my meaning. Thus fail on your part.

It was an understandable error, considering the manner in which the comment was stated. I assumed the reader would get the sarcasm. But you were more than happy to jump to the incorrect conclusion that would enable you to throw an insult at me. But I can't really say too much, as I was doing the same thing to MLP.

Apparently, your only motive in this reply was to continue to be asshole, rather than just admit it was a misunderstanding, and leave it at that.

Blogger ajw308 October 01, 2013 7:17 PM  

un-Christian indecency
I, for one, was shocked, totally shocked, to see a husband grab his wife. Shocked, I tell you.

It's funny how the liberals who promote free sex, homosexuality, and other pervsions try to get upset over something milder than verses out of Song of Songs when a Christian writes it.

Anonymous DJJ October 01, 2013 7:50 PM  

Vox, I bet if you authored "Lesbian Amish Vampires in Space" the SFWA would beg to have you back.

Anonymous anon123 October 01, 2013 7:50 PM  

Yikes!

Anonymous Name Witheld By Request October 01, 2013 7:52 PM  

Amish female vampires seem extraordinarily hot. There better be extraordinary evidence for their existence, so I can get me some.

Anonymous tiredofitall October 01, 2013 8:36 PM  

"Where are the Mormon Werewolves?" - tz

Why they're out spreading the good word of Joseph Smith, and marking new territory.

Anonymous Godfrey October 01, 2013 8:45 PM  

What the hell?.... what the hell?....

Blogger wrf3 October 01, 2013 8:45 PM  

CarpeOro wrote: By the way, there was a short lived TV show with Amish in outer space on board an Ark type ship. ... I forgot the name of it.

The Starlost. Read Harlan Ellison's "We're not in Kansas anymore" for his account of this show.

Anonymous Beau October 01, 2013 9:08 PM  

We are now praying in roswell, and if anyone has a need we will pray for you.

Anonymous Gaffe Pro October 01, 2013 9:08 PM  

Why not? The Amish are the Al Qaeda of Christianity....

Anonymous Beau October 01, 2013 9:11 PM  

God tells us to pray one for another. this is what we do.

Anonymous Beau October 01, 2013 9:19 PM  

We pray every Tuesday night at this time. Join in if you will. Prayer works, ask any of us.

Anonymous lozozlo October 01, 2013 9:23 PM  

@Beau

Maybe a bit vague/too broad, but I think the Ilk as a whole...it's hard to be among the few who understand the truth in a world mostly consumed with lies.

The other thing I hope that you are your buds can pray for is the persecuted Christians in this world, especially those who have been persecuted based on the recently happenings in the Middle East, especially the fairly well known case of Pastor Saeed Abedini.

Hope that wasn't too much...don't forget to pray for yourself. Obviously you recovered from your stroke, so there's that to thank God for.

Keep it up!

Anonymous lozozlo October 01, 2013 9:25 PM  

@anonagain

I didn't see the meaniing of the original post...perhaps I am as socially autistic as some people seem to think that I am.

As for my 2nd post, all I did is ask how my reading comprehension failed...not sure why you got so defensive.

Chill and enjoy the show once Golf Pro/Tad inevitably shows up to spew his crap.

Anonymous Beau October 01, 2013 9:33 PM  

At this time we are praying for the persecuted and for Pastor Saeed Abedini. And we pray for you also.

Anonymous Beau October 01, 2013 9:35 PM  

There are others out there that need prayer. Send your needs because our God answers prayer.

Anonymous Bart October 01, 2013 9:41 PM  

Praise God what we have and what we don't have. Pray for those who are lost, lonely, and without God. And pray for others that are less fortunate then us.

Anonymous Anonagain October 01, 2013 9:43 PM  

not sure why you got so defensive.

Really? Well, maybe I can help you there.

You fucking insulted me without cause, then instead of admitting your obvious mistake, you double-down on calling me out for not understanding the meaning of reading comprehension fail. Now here you are, continuing to flap your big mouth without making the smallest effort to admit you were completely wrong.

And I'll fucking chill when I decide.

Anonymous Beau October 01, 2013 9:54 PM  

Heavenly Father please take away our worldliness.

Anonymous lozozlo October 01, 2013 10:01 PM  

@anonagain

Wow you blew this way out of proportion...instead of responding to me like a rational adult you turned into a screaming little child.

I will not bother responding to anything else you post on this thread as clearly you are angry and quite irrational. You state that I misread what you wrote earlier, and in my asking how I misread it, and acting in what I view as a conciliatory manner, you went batshit insane as a response.

I'm done here...you can spew your bile back at me all you want but there are far more important issues to attend to than your immaturity.

Anonymous lozozlo October 01, 2013 10:01 PM  

@Beau

Thanks for the prayers!!!!!

Anonymous Beau October 01, 2013 10:05 PM  

Your welcome. Join us next week same time same day.

Anonymous Anonagain October 01, 2013 10:07 PM  

Just STFU, you aspie retard. You're obviously too much of a weasel to admit you made a mistake, so you blather on and on about me. Really, just go fuck yourself.

Anonymous Anonagain October 01, 2013 10:11 PM  

but there are far more important issues to attend to than your immaturity.

Yeah, go grow a pair, and a spine, while you're at it.

Anonymous j October 01, 2013 10:26 PM  

When I first saw this title and book cover, I thought it sounded like an old joke from 3+ years ago that somebody had ruined by taking it the book length level. In Nietz's description of it, however, it seems that the title might be slightly misleading. It is, apparently, a serious work of fiction. I'm having a difficult time producing the desire to purchase it, even so. Maybe. We'll see. Maybe I'll enter to win ALL the MLP books, and maybe I'll win!!

Anonymous dh October 01, 2013 10:35 PM  

Precisely. And actually, it was their idea. They came up with it, brought it to the awards people, who were willing to accept it as a solution.

But if you object so strongly to authors sharing a publishing label, why would it matter if you created an entirely new legal fiction, just to assign a new made up name to your book?

Like in what way does that solve anything for them? If the objection was content based, the publisher is still publishing it, still selling the content, still profiting from it. Changing the name is just that.. name only.

In your view what did the naysayers actually gain?

Anonymous JartStar October 01, 2013 11:37 PM  

-----I hope JartStar charged more than $250 for that cover.


Not mine.

Anonymous Salt October 02, 2013 12:04 AM  

@Vidad
I hope it's written in an archaic German dialect.

And in cursive too.

(I bet the Amish have beautiful penmanship)

Blogger Zimri October 02, 2013 12:10 AM  

Eowyn killed the Witch-King in the book, too. Don't pin that one on the tubby kiwi.

Blogger LibertyPortraits October 02, 2013 12:50 AM  

I think some churchians will always see sex as evil, I mean, there were many Christian sects throughout history that tried to ban sex for everyone. I seriously wonder how anyone could think how long that might last, but I think they offered the caveat that only married sex for the express purpose of procreation was allowed.

Anonymous Anti-Democracy Activist October 02, 2013 2:24 AM  

@Vox

On a semi-related topic - you've recommended some great fantasy novels by authors who aren't annoying atheo-leftists. Can you recommend any cyberpunk by similarly non-annoying authors?

I already know and have read Neal Stephenson (whose religious views are unknown to me, but politically seems from his writings to be a libertarian or maybe even anarcho-capitalist). Who else can you recommend?

Anonymous Onefiver October 02, 2013 6:15 AM  

They're a little behind the times with this one. Unless, of course, another passenger on the ship has a ZZ Top beard and became wealthy from inventing the best alien call ever.

Blogger Nate October 02, 2013 7:55 AM  

How did I miss the Amish Fiction fad?

Oh... right... I avoid the christian ghetto like the plague. Ok. Carry on.

Blogger Nate October 02, 2013 8:03 AM  

VD

is this a Lion's Den post?

Anonymous Josh October 02, 2013 8:43 AM  

Can you recommend any cyberpunk by similarly non-annoying authors?

The Original Cyberpunk

Anonymous duckman October 02, 2013 8:53 AM  

Not a chance. Wereseals are their closest allies. They'll never fight them.

Anonymous Ten41 October 02, 2013 9:17 AM  

VD
What "un-Christian indecency" is depicted in my books? Marital sex? War?


And I took Anonagain's comment with the view that MLP made a rather interesting differentiation between ATOB and Amish Vampires.

I did not read anything within ATOB that should have kept it from being a MLP title, and perhaps if those who protested it had read it first they may have had a different take on the whole idea.

Blogger Kentucky Packrat October 02, 2013 9:22 AM  

If you have a local Sam's Club, hit the Christian book section. Amish romance porn as far as the eye can see. Sam's used to be a great place to find decent "second-tier" NIV or NKJV study bibles as gifts, but that time is long past....

I have to admit to messing with my daughter. Little Miss is writing a trash monsters novel, and I've convinced her to include not only a wereseal, but a werewalrus named Jamie. She won't let me read it though....

Anonymous Daniel October 02, 2013 10:30 AM  

Like in what way does that solve anything for them? If the objection was content based, the publisher is still publishing it, still selling the content, still profiting from it. Changing the name is just that.. name only.

Hush, dh! Don't let them in on it! Don't you know that bans and exile make terrible, unspeakable books vanish from existence? At least, that's what MLP must have told them...

The less snarky answer is that they don't really care if Hintlerlands published gay penguin erotica - as long as they can invite the respectable wing of a publisher and make sure the naughty imprint is left in the closet, it satisfies their requirement for sufficient cover.

The one thing the big Christian publishers avoid like the plague is a tersely-worded letter from a blue-hair suburban Amish romance fan, accusing them of gnosticism for suggesting that a married couple have good sex. Blue-hair suburban Amish romance fan is their target demographic, which is why Marcher Lord Press primarily quietly directly ships its books in brown paper, instead of relying on good placement in the bookstore.

Anonymous VD October 02, 2013 10:43 AM  

is this a Lion's Den post?

No, but I will do one soon. This is just helping out the publisher.

Blogger GK Chesterton October 02, 2013 11:17 AM  

Tolkien nor Lewis included much sexual content in their writing

The closest is Tolkien in his non-fiction and Lewis in the closing scene of the Space Trilogy where the heroine her husband and the Angel Venus move to the bedroom and then FADE...

Blogger Eric Mueller October 02, 2013 11:42 AM  

I used to read Tim Challies. Somewhere around 2006 or 2007, he came up with a mash up idea for combining the most popular genres in Christian fiction into one story. His concept was Amish Vampires in the Tribulation.

Blogger Herb Nowell October 02, 2013 11:52 AM  

But Peter Jackson turned Arwen and Eowyn into sassy, ass-kicking swordgrrrrrlz, yaaay!

Now I wonder if you read Tolkien. Eowyn's disquising herself as a man and thus presenting as a swordsman not a "sassy, ass-kicking swordgrrrrrlz". Her destruction of the Witch King (and her own near destruction) is also as in the novel with one exception...in the novel she declares "she is no man" after stabbing the Witch King in the face not before.

I'm not sure how putting the line before instead of after makes her "sassy" or "ass-kicking" in a way she wasn't prior. In both the book and the movie I considered it more a call back to prophecy fulfilments in unexpected ways, such as the death of Macbeth who would be killed by no man of woman born, more than any feminist sword girl.

Yes, feminists are determined to ruin everything by demanding sassy, lesbian asskickers who can impregnate their partners after killing the patriarch making men unnecessary. However, Tolkien's Eowyn isn't one of them either in his own hand or Peter Jackson's.

Blogger Desert Cat October 02, 2013 11:35 PM  

dh October 01, 2013 10:35 PM
In your view what did the naysayers actually gain?

In *my* view, not a damn thing.

Which is why it was such a lovely "solution".

Anonymous jm October 03, 2013 12:36 AM  

He made Eowyn out to be the girl next door rather than the cold, stern shieldmaiden of the story.

He made Arwen ride out to bring Frodo back into Rivendell ahead of the wraiths. So gay.

Blogger Nate October 03, 2013 12:48 AM  

"But Peter Jackson turned Arwen and Eowyn into sassy, ass-kicking swordgrrrrrlz, yaaay!"

Not nearly as bad as making Frodo and Sam gay.

Blogger Ann Morgan October 04, 2013 1:07 AM  

I've been thinking about the Amish philosophy of non-violence today. It's basically contradictory to the most successful strategy in gaming theory, which is known as 'tit for tat'. In fact, going back to a previous question regarding what constitutes 'civilization', I'd say 'civilization' in a person constitutes someone (or a group of people with some majority of individuals) who does not 'defect' first in a situation, which among other things, involves a willingness to tolerate a small amount of pain on their part in order to prevent a greater amount of pain on the part of someone else, and an ability to distinguish between someone actually 'defecting' against them, or something which might be an accident, or which they simply happen to find personally offensive.

The Amish don't defect, but would be unlikely to endure on their own, because they violate the second principal of 'tit for tat', which is that they don't retaliate; their philosophy of non-violence prohibits them from retaliating against those who do deliberately defect.

That aside, the sort of things going on in the USA today violate all three of the principals of 'tit for tat' in various ways. Large numbers of people are 'defecting', or taking actions that make it clear that they intend to defect. More and more excuses are invented to justify defecting. People are discouraged from or punished for retaliating by various means (including gun laws, being prosecuted for self defense, being made made various false or unprovable promises of future rewards for not retaliating), and people either demand forgiveness without a return to non-defecting behavior (which includes making amends for previous defections), or refuse to grant forgiveness for those who have made amends, or who have not even actually defected.

Anonymous Anonymous October 04, 2013 3:06 AM  

Sounds like the Southpark manatees came up with the name

Blogger RobertT October 05, 2013 3:30 PM  

This guy can write.

Blogger RobertT October 05, 2013 3:35 PM  

"I am, of course, banned. I think I'm the only writer banned by both the SFWA and the Dove or Christie Award."

This is hilarious. I'm sure something would be apropos here, but it's beyond my abilities.

Blogger Galt-in-Da-Box October 06, 2013 11:53 PM  

I really hope this is satire, or a complete bullshit story.

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