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Monday, April 21, 2014

Thoughts on the Hugo nomination

  1. SF fandom has no grasp of how small it is. The repeated accusations of cheating by purchasing multiple memberships and ballot-stuffing demonstrate that the accusers haven't even bothered to look at the Feedburner icon or click on the Sitemeter icon here. Last year it took only 38 votes to make it onto the Best Novelette ballot; the top vote-getting nominee had all of 89 votes. Meanwhile, the vast quantity of upset and offended goodthinkers visiting here via do-not-link to gawk at the evidence of my being "the antithesis of all that is good and decent" led to a gargantuan 6.9 percent increase in traffic here, which is to say, 758 additional Sitemeter visits out of nearly 12,000.
  2. It's a lot harder to win a Hugo than to get nominated. To win, one needs about 400 votes under normal circumstances. But since the votes are ranked in order of preference and there is an active campaign to vote No Award above "Opera Vita Aeterna", I'd need more than that. Translation: thanks very much for all the expressions of support, but don't buy a membership to vote for me unless you're also planning to get involved on the nomination end next year. If you want to express your support, I'd much rather you spend that money on Castalia House books by John, Tom, and Rolf. For $40 you can buy most of our English catalog... some of it directly from the store we are opening later today.
  3. Win or lose the awards, Sad Puppies has served its purpose. The purpose of Sad Puppies, as Larry repeatedly explained, was three-fold. First, to test if the award process was fraudulent or not. To the credit of the LonCon people, we have learned it was not. Second, to prove that the awards are a mere popularity contest, contra the insistence of those who have repeatedly asserted they are evidence of literary quality and the intrinsic superiority of the nominated works. We have shown that it is. And third, to prove that the SF/F Right is more popular in the genre than the gatekeepers have insisted. We have demonstrated that to be the case.
  4. People hate me a lot more than they hate Larry Correia. This is very troubling to the International Lord of Hate. I suspected as much, but I thought the ratio would be more like 65/35 than 90/10. That being said, I have little doubt that Larry will manage to level out that ratio somewhat by this time next year.
  5. SF progressives believe they are qualified to police race and ethnicity. Many of them can't seem to wrap their heads around the fact that I am a Person of Color by every definition. It's amusing that they think my labeling a lying African-American woman a "half-savage" proves my racism, but them calling a pair of Hispanic men all sorts of names, including "savage" and "uncivilized", somehow proves they are not racist. 
  6. If they are unhappy now, they are really going to be unhappy in the future. I paid no attention to the nominations last year. The Dread Ilk barely paid any attention to the nominations this year. As we've previously seen to be the case, the progressives really don't understand that their frantic attempts to belittle and disqualify us only makes us stronger, harder, and more numerous.
  7. Many Hugo voters have declared they will not read the novelette and it is already apparent that some of those who read "Opera Vita Aeterna" will not do so honestly. For example, one "reviewer" wrote: "I skip a little tedious adolescent Theology talk in Act Two, Plus a Silly Epilogue that I think VD thinks is Dramatic.... His point (I think) is that God Is Real. And So R Demons. The plot is pointless. The writing is dull and bad."  But anyone who has read the story knows that the plot is far from pointless. And anyone who is sufficiently educated will recognize that the theology is not "adolescent", it is paraphrased Thomas Aquinas from the Summa Theologica.
  8. I appreciate the nomination. It's nice to receive the recognition and it is certainly useful in much the same way as my Mensa membership. But, having recently edited two books by a much superior writer who should, by any reasonable standard, already have several Hugo wins under his belt, it's hard to view the process as anything but seriously flawed.
  9. The Wheel of Time is dreadful. It has always been dreadful, in sum and in part. I find it mildly amazing that people are more offended about my novelette being nominated than that gigantic insult to literature.
  10. The title of the novelette is no more Latin than "Vox Popoli". It's a blend of Italian and Latin.
  11. A man is defined by his enemies as well as by his friends. I feel extraordinarily fortunate indeed to have had this opportunity to observe the quality of both. It is not at all a bad thing to be personally disliked and viewed as "a contemptible piece of shit" by the likes of Mr. Scalzi and company. It is the approval of the wormtongues that a man should fear, not their hatred.

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61 Comments:

Anonymous kh123 April 21, 2014 5:34 AM  

"...calling a pair of Hispanic men all sorts of names, including "savage" and "uncivilized" somehow proves they are not racist. "

Most Progressives are indigenous, so it's quite alright.

Anonymous MadPiper April 21, 2014 5:34 AM  

Vox, my county library system now has ebooks. Is I possible to buy and gift Castalia books to our libraries?

Anonymous kh123 April 21, 2014 5:42 AM  

"His point (I think) is that God Is Real. And So R Demons."

This should've been included under the "End of Debate" post. It's like reading a personalized license plate trying to be a political bumper sticker, the only thing missing is the random hashtag with "exterminatethebrutes".

Blogger Tommy Hass April 21, 2014 5:51 AM  

"SF progressives believe they are qualified to police race and ethnicity. Many of them can't seem to wrap their heads around the fact that I am a Person of Color by every definition. It's amusing that they think my labeling a lying African-American woman a "half-savage" proves my racism, but them calling a pair of Hispanic men all sorts of names, including "savage" and "uncivilized" somehow proves they are not racist."

This is by far the worst of all.

"For example, one "reviewer" wrote: "I skip a little tedious adolescent Theology talk in Act Two, Plus a Silly Epilogue that I think VD thinks is Dramatic.... His point (I think) is that God Is Real. And So R Demons. The plot is pointless. The writing is dull and bad.""

There is absolutely no way this guy wasn't a bullying victim. Absolutely no way.

Blogger Crude April 21, 2014 6:19 AM  

I'll be able to tell if you won before reading your name, since sites will probably have to preface the announcement with a 'trigger warning' for sensitive feminists about to read the news.

Blogger Duke of Earl April 21, 2014 6:19 AM  

I've had The Last Witchking on my phone for a while. I should probably read it now I know it has been nominated for a Hugo.

Blogger Rantor April 21, 2014 6:21 AM  

Reread Opera this morning. It is excellent, a wonderful story that fits well with the Easter season. I fear for those who hate such a simple and uplifting story. Of course atheists disdain all belief as adolescent.

Reading Hodgson's Night Land now, while I found Wright's Awake in the Night Land to be refreshing and almost compelling. I am at a point, perhaps a third of the way through Hodgson, that the original seems to drag on. We shall see if I can fight my way through. Lovecraft in his mostly positive review of Night Land talks about the second half dragging, we shall see.

If anyone hasn't started either, I highly recommend they read Wright's book first. I think it has a better flow and you'll enjoy it more.

And I will fully endorse Vox recommendation that you buy and read his books, I have been very happy with all the books available at Castalia House.

Anonymous scoobius dubious April 21, 2014 6:49 AM  

If you win the Hugo, will you get a copy of the dummy of "Hugo, Man of a Thousand Faces"?

https://www.google.com/search?q=hugo+man+of+a+thousand+faces+commercial&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=Z_dUU8bKM8K3yASQr4DYBA&ved=0CCUQsAQ&biw=1280&bih=659

Anonymous bob k. mando April 21, 2014 6:51 AM  

are you not entertained, Vox? at long last, sir, are you not entertained?

Anonymous tdm April 21, 2014 7:04 AM  

Thanks VD, I love a (numbered) list.

Anonymous Cranberry April 21, 2014 7:16 AM  

Congratulations on the nomination, Vox, however many votes are required. I didn't think something the size of a presidential nominee convention was entailed in the Hugos, SF/F being a niche. A good sized niche, but one nonetheless.

I re-read Opera yesterday. It's a beautiful story, and perhaps more complex than most people would grasp at first pass. You write with rich detail and I could easily conjure images of the monastery and the gestures of the characters. As for your "adolescent theology" being skipped over by a reviewer...I recognized it as Aquinas, but then I've read Aquinas (though I've found reading others on his philosophy has rendered him easier to grasp than the source material). These are our modern intellectuals? And then, I recall the debate thread from the other day, and weep.

Win or lose, this has surely been a satisfying experience all around.

Anonymous Toa April 21, 2014 7:41 AM  

These are our modern intellectuals?

You are using an unsourced quotation possibly from twitter or from a comment on a blog to make a blanket statement about modern intellectuals?

Blogger Salt April 21, 2014 7:48 AM  

These good-thinks are your best advertisers. I noted a few on Twitter who, because of all the good-think, figure it best to see what your writing is all about.

Is bad-think on the rise?

Anonymous Cranberry April 21, 2014 7:57 AM  

no, being rhetorical. And exaggerating to a degree. I used to encounter people who considered themselves intellectuals who hadn't ever read any of the classical texts of philosophy, or apologetics, nor any history. Then I cloistered myself on a hilltop. I interact with the world by means of a once-weekly trip to buy sundries at the local market, and the internet. So maybe modern intellectuals aren't all that bad. I try to avoid anyone but my family, idle chatter with people who do not help my own intellectual advancement is painful.

Whomever wrote that review likely thinks of himself as intelligent, possibly as an intellectual, but to dismiss such as tedious belies such thoughts.

And Vox, if you do have a source for that review, please do share?

Anonymous jayb April 21, 2014 8:28 AM  

"It is the approval of the wormtongues that a man should fear, not their hatred."
Amen.

Anonymous T April 21, 2014 8:28 AM  

Quote from the comments of the voter who admitted to "No Award"ing you and Correia, in response to a commenter who told her that her politicization cheapens the awards and makes your point:

@Brad: Nah, I think getting people to nominate works because of some weird agenda and not encouraging people to nominate what they love cheapens the award.

@Joseph: I don’t like assholes. And you’re starting to annoy me.


Not only can she read your mind and know that you're doing all this for purely political reasons, she is fully entitled to escalate and use tools far more brazenly political to stop you, because she is enlightened and you are not.

It's amazing, the projection. They accuse you of exactly what they aspire to do every single day. That, of course, is the point.

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Anonymous Josh April 21, 2014 8:49 AM  

Now I really want Justin Bieber to write a SFF novel this year just so his millions of fans give it a Hugo.

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Anonymous joe doakes April 21, 2014 8:52 AM  

You should claim to be The Third Koch Brother. Then you could get it up from 90/10 all the way to 100/0! Perfection!

Anonymous T April 21, 2014 9:00 AM  

Quote I read today that perfectly encapsulates these anklebiter voters:

"There is, as every petty official knows, a great deal of pleasure to be had from the obstruction of others, especially if they appear to be more fortunate, better placed, richer, or more intelligent than oneself. There is a pleasure in naysaying, all the greater if the naysayer is able to disguise from the victim the fact that he is not only doing his duty but gratifying himself. Indeed, there are many jobs, meaningless in themselves, in which the power to say no is the only non-monetary reward."

Anonymous Vidad April 21, 2014 9:53 AM  

"You should claim to be The Third Koch Brother. Then you could get it up from 90/10 all the way to 100/0! Perfection!"

Except that Scalzi would suddenly and inexplicably start fawning over him "for no reason at all."

Anonymous Josh April 21, 2014 10:02 AM  

Scalzi has been strangely mature about this whole thing. Perhaps he's realized that the inmates run the asylum and now he's terrified that the mob could turn on him?

Blogger MidKnight April 21, 2014 10:09 AM  

I'll say this for Jordan.

a) The one book of WOT I picked up, I could tell the guy was pretty good at putting together words. Better than many of his detractors anyway.

b) He drives several libs I know - including one former school board member who knew him and his wife personally - nuts. ("She's great, but he's a total waste of oxygen")

c) I never finished the book. Underway, on a sub, out of any reading material I brought along and having delved through everything else SF&F, Western, or non-fiction that looked moderately interesting, I could not finish the book. The pacing, among other things, drove me nuts. (David Drakes alter ego's comments on Jordan from a John Ringo Con pastiche from his princess of wands- "An entire chapter on a harvest?") - And he didn't have the sheer poetry of Patrick Rothfuss to carry him for more than a few chapters (and I only got halfway through Name of the Wind..... the other book I never plan on finishing)

That also said, I wish Brandon had spent the time writing his own stuff instead of finishing off WOT. Mistborn was much better, and even his new series, despite endlessly dragging out emo angst in the middle section and some girl-power stuff, wrap up well and are pretty decent reads.

Anonymous VD April 21, 2014 10:13 AM  

Scalzi has been strangely mature about this whole thing. Perhaps he's realized that the inmates run the asylum and now he's terrified that the mob could turn on him?

No, he's just trying to make nice with the Baen Continuum now that he realizes they are considerably more influential than he assumed. It's standard operating procedure for a gamma male.

Anonymous Josh April 21, 2014 10:18 AM  

But by making nice with the baen folks he's increasing the odds the SJW folks declare that he's betrayed the ideals of the revolution.

Blogger JartStar April 21, 2014 10:21 AM  

Josh, he can't complain because Vox and Correia have done nothing more than what he and others have done to promote stories for the Hugo Awards. Furthermore if he promotes voting against them it invalidates his Hugo all the more.

Anonymous Pseudo-Nate April 21, 2014 10:46 AM  

so for those keeping score at home

1) conservative sff just isn't popular we aren't keeping it out

(conservative fiction has an audience)

2) well it's certainly not a LARGE popular market!

(Larry Sells More than Most)

3) but it's not GOOD fiction

(gets Hugo nominated)

4) FUUUUUU-

what's next, claiming those voters aren't natural people? Oh wait. i'm not sure how much further into the SFF closet these people go without hitting Denial Narnia. Even scalzi seems to realize pounding the voter fraud drum is a bad idea, as is attacking fiction for the politics as that pendulum can swing back at him. I wouldn't be surprised to see some authors treat going to any con or award show that recognizes the likes of Larry and Vox like playing Apartheid Africa, thinking that denying their presence will force these awards to eschew recognizing conservative writers. This of course will backfire when these awards realize they don't really need them.

Anonymous Y not April 21, 2014 10:59 AM  

They believe they can get Vox and Larry to shut up. That's what they believe.

Anonymous Michael April 21, 2014 10:59 AM  

If you portray Christianity in a positive light, you become a target for the progressives (read: communists) to direct their venom at.

Blogger MidKnight April 21, 2014 11:04 AM  

@Michael - At this rate, given what has happened in the recent past to Card, etc., I fully expect to see Babylon 5 - which treated religion and belief relatively fairly, on the bad thought list soon...

Anonymous Don April 21, 2014 11:11 AM  

If they keep saying, "mark no award" on VD and Larry's stuff don't they think it would be fair for our side (I am saying our side like I am on the ballot) if all of the blue sci fi fans marked 'No Award' on the other sides ballot?

What will that leave? The top two or three getting half the votes they should have? My guess is that they should require a ranking and if they do not rank the other nominations disqualify the ballot. That won't happen though they will twist the rules to make the nominating process impossible for anyone who isn't a big publisher or on the approved list. Perhaps they will require paper and ink copies of all nominated works go to the voters. That will trim their ballot they way they desire without seeming too raw.

They don't have to be fair they just need an excuse that will let them feel fair to themselves.

Anonymous aviendha April 21, 2014 11:36 AM  

Obligatory WoT dig...Come on Vox he lost his way but the first two books were decent. Certainly not Epic but decent. Maybe I'm a bit biased, I feel I will read further books in a series even if it goes down hill if it was a series I read at a particular point in my younger life.

Blogger RobertT April 21, 2014 12:12 PM  

Fame and renown are not unlike game ... bad repute is far better than no repute ... and I would even venture to guess, better than good repute. It's certainly better than being dull and uninteresting. If you want to make a name for yourself, make waves, not friends. Friends are useless and waves will carry you around the world.

Anonymous Don April 21, 2014 12:14 PM  

WoT did have some good cover art. Darrell Sweet has some nice work. I like his proportion on the human form (his women look like women for the most part). Sometimes he misses the actual illustration but he gets the spirit.

Blogger RobertT April 21, 2014 12:38 PM  

" ... I am a Person of Color by every definition. "

You should have a discussion with Herman Cain or Clarence Thomas or one of the other numerous widely known conservatives from an unprivileged background. With progressives/libs/communists it's not really about being black or gay or anything else, That's just for public consumption. it's about winning. And when progressives fight, they'll throw anyone under the bus, even one of themselves if it suits their purposes. They hate you more than basically anyone else on the block because you're more effective and you don't pull your punches in the name of civility. And that's not going to change in a year.

Blogger RobertT April 21, 2014 12:47 PM  

" The Wheel of Time is dreadful. "

Shoot. After bragging about liking Vita better than the other stories in that novelette, you throw 'wheel of time' in the trash. I can see a lot of progressive elements (women are stronger, better, smarter, etc.), virtually everywhere you look, but it's fiction after all. And I find the story magnetizing. I'm reading book 9 or 10 and have the next one on my ipad waiting. It's tons better than anything Scalzi ever wrote.

Anonymous Cranberry April 21, 2014 12:50 PM  

[Jordan] lost his way

Lost it? He got mired deep in the bog and died while struggling for breath. I gave up after Book 8. I just couldn't do it anymore.

Eye of the World was very good and whet my appetite for more. The Aiel were interesting characters. I wanted to hang Nynaeve by her braid every time she yanked on the damned thing. I didn't care for most of his female characters, actually.

Which book was it that was almost entirely about Perrin and the Shaido Aiel and had zero closure?

I suppose the whole series really is one big novel, as the Tor.com folks argue. It all ends as we knew it had to: light and dark fight and realize they can't exist without each other and agree to go their separate ways, the end. Oh, and Rand-in-spirit if not in body gets to keep his harem, hurray for him.

Yes, I kept up with the books via a Wot forum, and read the summaries on wikipedia. They were enough for me, I couldn't go back to the painful tedium of the books.

Anonymous Sensei April 21, 2014 12:50 PM  

The title of the novelette is no more Latin than "Vox Popoli". It's a blend of Italian and Latin.

It's funny how this seems to bother some people when something like "Carpe BBQ" wouldn't.

Anonymous Jack Amok April 21, 2014 12:53 PM  

Awards are only as valuable as the quality of people deciding on them. An award voted on by recreational convention goers, especially in this day and age of parasites and idle hands, is unlikely to score very high. The only less competent jury would be the blustering buffoons standing by their rusted gates complaining about self-publishing.

Speaking of the gatekeepers:

9.The Wheel of Time is dreadful

The worst thing about that series is that Jordan had several interesting ideas, but made a complete hash of them in execution. Rather than make a competent presentation of any one of these ideas, he just kept spewing more and more out in voluminous juvenile exuberance. The idiot "gatekeepers" foisted his dreck on Fantasy and thus poisoned the well for those ideas. Anyone else who tries to do them justice will have the added weight of Jordan's literary debacles to overcome.

Wheel of Time is evidence the gatekeepers have been incompetent for some time.

Anonymous Josh April 21, 2014 12:57 PM  

Sensei, the reason people bring up the "bad Latin" is to disqualify, disqualify, disqualify. Same reason they are prone to playing grammar/spelling Nazi.

Anonymous Nathan April 21, 2014 1:25 PM  

Certainly, the WoT is proof of the decline of editing. But books 2-4 were quite enjoyable and it picks up in 11. It's a story that got lost in the need to tour all of the world and the multiplying viewpoints. My guess is that you could trim at least three books out and lose very little.

While I am a Sanderson fan and his approach to epic fantasy has been shaped by the faults of the WoT, I think that the Stormlight Archive, which Tor is positioning as its replacement to the WoT, shows that Tor should not be trusted with any epic fantasy. So Words of Radiance strained modern bookbinding technology. Great. Tor still should have made Sanderson cut a third from the book., just like they should have made Jordan do the same.

Anonymous Rocktransformed (Once, Kyle In Japan) April 21, 2014 1:56 PM  

"That also said, I wish Brandon had spent the time writing his own stuff instead of finishing off WOT. Mistborn was much better, and even his new series, despite endlessly dragging out emo angst in the middle section and some girl-power stuff, wrap up well and are pretty decent reads."

Same here. I love Brandon's stuff and the Mistborn books (though certainly not perfect) are some of my favorite novels I've ever read.

I enjoyed The Way Of Kings but found Words Of Radiance to be better in almost every way, and unless you dislike some of the interlude chapters, there's not much that could be cut out. Unlike the first book that tended to drag through slow sections WoR is pretty much nonstop. Think of it as a whole season of a TV show in book form, rather than a gigantic meandering manuscript that needs an editor.

Anonymous GreyS April 21, 2014 2:08 PM  

A Hugo win would be great, but if not I am looking forward to next year at this time, when the profile will be cemented as "multiple Hugo nominated author" which will drive them crazy in perpetuity. One of my favorite things from Saturday was Trog Nielsen Hayden barging into a twitter conversation of someone who mentioned VD's nomination. She denigrated, insulted, randomnly threw out a "we kicked him out of SFWA" and then tweeted "blocking now" as if the person was the one who started the whole thing.

So much fixated hate from these people-- it dawned on me over the weekend that they remind me very much of the Fred Phelps church.

Blogger MidKnight April 21, 2014 2:10 PM  

@RockTransformed

Overall - I agree. Bits and pieces from the first books interludes informed not only the ending of the first book, but began forming story arcs in their own right through the second book. Add to that the way the background knowledge in them, as it forms a cohesive picture, cleverly frames the main viewpoint characters and the significance of what they are doing, what they know, etc.

I think he's also done an excellent job of keeping the number of main viewpoint characters within reason. Something TOR hasn't done as well with Weber (at least the honorverse is now split off into separate interlocked series to keep that fairly sane.... Safehold not so much, and the last book had all to many "cold smiles").

Anonymous Squee! April 21, 2014 2:51 PM  

Kayleigh Anne ‏@Ceilidhann 1h
Oh lord, the comments section on my Vox Day piece has now descended into comparisons to totalitarianism and Mao. Of course.

https://twitter.com/Ceilidhann

Anonymous VD April 21, 2014 2:58 PM  

Shoot. After bragging about liking Vita better than the other stories in that novelette, you throw 'wheel of time' in the trash.

I read it through Book Six. It's not like I didn't give it a shot. I just found it okay in the beginning, but instead of improving, it declined into tedium. I thought the story had promise, but Jordan didn't even come close to delivering on it.

Anonymous Don April 21, 2014 3:10 PM  

Vox - Does it feel odd being a 'shibboleth'? Mention your name with the wrong tone and the rabbits know they are dealing with a 'not-rabbit'. You've had an interesting life no question but I couldn't see wrapping my head around that one.

Blogger Doorstop April 21, 2014 3:10 PM  

Vox, this was very a thoughtful and enjoyable post for any readers like me who are bigger fans of certain authors than of any sports teams. This is indeed a win for you and for Blue SF, so congrats again!

Anonymous Josh April 21, 2014 3:11 PM  

Apparently that gay journalist at the guardian is reading opera right now and live tweeting it.

I don't think he has the intellectual or emotional capacity to get it.

Anonymous Don April 21, 2014 3:16 PM  

Josh - how in the world can you read a short story and 'tweet' about it while absorbing the story? You will get no immersion or deep understanding. Might as well text through a movie.

Anonymous bogie April 21, 2014 3:20 PM  

Josh - how in the world can you read a short story and 'tweet' about it while absorbing the story?

How can you stick your wang in another man's bunghole? (Answer: you just close your eyes, and shove it in)

Anonymous Nathan April 21, 2014 3:23 PM  

"One of my favorite things from Saturday was Trog Nielsen Hayden barging into a twitter conversation of someone who mentioned VD's nomination. She denigrated, insulted, randomnly threw out a "we kicked him out of SFWA" and then tweeted "blocking now" as if the person was the one who started the whole thing. "

Considering the calls for Toni Weisskopf and Baen to renounce and repudiate John Ringo, Larry Correia, Sarah Hoyt, David Freer, etc. whenever they say something controversial, why not make calls to Tor to renounce and repudiate their editor's reprehensible behavior. I sense excellent black knighting fodder here.

Anonymous Full-Fledged Fiasco April 21, 2014 3:24 PM  

"Meanwhile, the vast quantity of upset and offended goodthinkers visiting here via do-not-link..."

Do-not-link? What sort of crooked-toothed loser would even think of something like that?

Anonymous VD April 21, 2014 3:39 PM  

I don't think he has the intellectual or emotional capacity to get it.

With him, it's more the emotional problem. I have a post on this coming. It's actually borderline tragic. How damaged and lonely must a man be to fail to recognize that a story is about friendship and love?

Anonymous Anonymous April 21, 2014 4:22 PM  

Thanks to this blog and the commenter up above..

I now know that there really is a Hugo, Man Of A Thousand Faces doll to be the arch-enemy of Mister Potatohead in the classic Ookla The Mok song Das Uber Tuber or The Mystery Of Mister Potatohead.

Anonymous "Someone" April 21, 2014 6:09 PM  

"SF fandom has no grasp of how small it is." I thought I ran in an insular community, and somehow despite being a nobody have 900+ followers - but to see these SF Fandom people on twitter, with 10, 40, 50 (almost never more than 150) followers What the hell? I guess nobody wants to hear about your review of the latest necro-bestialic weresealsex book.

Anonymous Doug Dannger April 21, 2014 6:34 PM  

"Apparently that gay journalist at the guardian is reading opera right now and live tweeting it."

A gay man and a gay journalist?

Anonymous Michael April 22, 2014 8:50 AM  

Jack Amok, "Awards are only as valuable as the quality of people deciding on them."

That's why every award show on TV is hollow and empty, because they're put together by mainstream suits who use these ceremonies -- and I use that term loosely -- to bestow (empty) awards upon themselves and advertise their products. You may as well just create your own little plaque or statuette and have someone hand it to you. Cue congratulatory speech. It's all phoney.

Anonymous WaterBoy April 22, 2014 2:35 PM  

Josh: "Scalzi has been strangely mature about this whole thing."

Well, Vox was the only nominee he referred to as a racist, sexist, homophobic dipshit...if you want to call that mature.

On the other hand, he also called himself a racist, sexist, homophobic rapist, so there is that.

Blogger Mick Erickson April 23, 2014 6:41 PM  

I love the "Wheel of Time". I'm a total "Wheel Head", I like Vox's stuff too. And Larry's. I know there's a huge number of people who HATE the Wheel, but I ain't one of 'em. I do hate Scalzi so I guess that counts for something.

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