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Sunday, January 04, 2015

For consideration 2014

And the fun is about to begin again! Here are my Hugo-eligible works published in 2014:

NOVEL 

QUANTUM MORTIS: A Mind Programmed, Castalia House (with Jean & Jeff Sutton)

SHORT STORY

"The Logfile", The Altar of Hate, Castalia House
"A Reliable Source", Riding the Red Horse, Castalia House
"Tell it to the Dead", Riding the Red Horse, Castalia House (with Steve Rzasa)

BEST RELATED WORK

"What is Pink SF/F", June 12, 2014, Vox Popoli


If you want to get in on the action, you can join Sasquan 2015 here. I tend to suspect $40 for two years of voting rights will provide even more entertainment bang for your buck than it did last year. Also, note that you can buy two memberships, so long as the second one is marked "Guest of X".

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Blogger JACIII January 04, 2015 8:32 AM  

It is surprising there has been implemented a "no Vox" rule aka "eligible for nomination" list.

Anonymous zen0 January 04, 2015 9:15 AM  

> It is surprising there has been implemented a "no Vox" rule aka "eligible for nomination" list.

You don't need such things in a voting system. All you need to do is mess with the rules, preferable right before the voting starts so there is no time for an objection to have any effect.

Anonymous VD January 04, 2015 9:26 AM  

I don't think the Worldcon committees have any interest whatsoever in messing with the rules simply to address me, Larry, or anyone else. The LonCon people were entirely professional and performed their responsibilities in an unbiased manner. I expect the Sasquan people will do the same.

They seem to understand, as the more vocal rabbits do not, that no threat posed by me is as great as them overreacting to it. Having them rule me, or anyone else, ineligible would be a more significant result than actually winning an award. If I win an award, so what? Hundreds of people have won them, many objectively more deplorable than me. But to force them to destroy the integrity of their own system?

Now THAT would be an accomplishment. I did it with SFWA. The Worldcon people don't seem quite as stupid and short-sighted.

Anonymous Croaker January 04, 2015 9:39 AM  

Will you be able to get Larry to carry you again this time?

Blogger wrf3 January 04, 2015 9:40 AM  

Do we ever really force someone to destroy their integrity? Or do we just expose that they never had it to begin with?

Anonymous VD January 04, 2015 9:54 AM  

Will you be able to get Larry to carry you again this time?

Did you forget that last year wasn't the first year of Sad Puppies?

Do we ever really force someone to destroy their integrity? Or do we just expose that they never had it to begin with

Probably the latter, actually. More to the point, we give them the choice to demonstrate it or cast it away.

Blogger Josh January 04, 2015 10:34 AM  

Aren't you also eligible for best editor?

Blogger Franz Lionheart January 04, 2015 10:48 AM  

Did you forget that last year wasn't the first year of Sad Puppies?

I'm looking forward to SP3. I still have my supporting membership from LonCon. Should be good fun again.

I actually contemplated buying a single day ticket, getting on the tube and visiting the con on the Saturday. But I decided against it on the day. London is such a hassle to travel across; I couldn't justify spending half a weekend on that. If you live in SW London and commute daily into the City, you will know exactly what I mean: LonCon happened in the East, so it feels easier actually go to Heathrow and hop on a plane to, idk, Frankfurt, then to travel across town.

Also I'm not sure what one gets out of actually physically being there at a con. Now, to get the chance to listen to Vox's acceptance speech; I surely would have paid money and taken the inconvenience of the tube for that. And I would have paid for a couple beers after. Well I guess 6 of 5 prevented that, it was just a year or two too early.

That reminds me... OT, except for me - regarding London events... I need to get my tickets for the Snooker Masters...

Anonymous VD January 04, 2015 10:50 AM  

Aren't you also eligible for best editor?

Yes, both long-form and short-form. But I'm just listing eligible works.

Blogger Franz Lionheart January 04, 2015 10:51 AM  

Aren't you also eligible for best editor?

And we also need to get JCW in there. Isn't the excellent clarity-ppossessed Transhuman and. Subhuman eligible?

Anonymous Nathan January 04, 2015 11:28 AM  

RE: JCW, Judge of Ages and some of the stories of Book of Feasts and Seasons are eligible. Shame that Awake in the Night Land isn't.

So what's likely to be the SJW dah-ling for this year's Hugos?

Blogger bob k. mando January 04, 2015 11:55 AM  

something we wouldn't read, except that it's one of the nominees.

Spokane is an interesting town. cheek by jowl with Coeur d'Alene Idaho. the US 12 run into Missoula is also beautiful.

Anonymous Harsh January 04, 2015 11:58 AM  

Will you be able to get Larry to carry you again this time?

More importantly, who's the better shot?

Anonymous Harsh January 04, 2015 12:03 PM  

So what's likely to be the SJW dah-ling for this year's Hugos?

Misunderstood transgender cyborg defies society and falls in love with an anthropomorphic squirrel from the wrong side of the tracks and realizes her dream of becoming a space grrl ranger.

Anonymous Sensei January 04, 2015 12:12 PM  

QUANTUM MORTIS: A Mind Programmed, Castalia House (with Jean & Jeff Sutton)

I expect the fact that the majority of the content is tweaks of the original material to be "discovered" with "righteous indignation" and paraded as evidence that Vox is trying to take credit for someone else's work.

Anonymous Nathan January 04, 2015 12:46 PM  

On a less snarky note, is short-form the right category for editors of anthology? Because Sci Phi Journal and Riding the Red Horse deserve nominations.

OpenID malcolmthecynic January 04, 2015 1:14 PM  

I say we band together and nominate "Queen of the Tyrant Lizards" for the best short story award. Just give the SFWA a big middle finger for their story.

Blogger grendel January 04, 2015 1:23 PM  

I'd buy a ticket to see the Vox vs Larry vs Rolf vs Tomkrat vs MZed shooting contest. All proceeds payable to the man/machine unity research project.

Blogger bob k. mando January 04, 2015 1:36 PM  

Harsh January 04, 2015 12:03 PM
an anthropomorphic squirrel from the wrong side of the tracks and realizes her dream of becoming a space grrl ranger.




Squirrel Girl always wins.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squirrel_Girl


grendel January 04, 2015 1:23 PM
I'd buy a ticket to see the Vox vs Larry vs Rolf vs Tomkrat vs MZed shooting contest.



see, given the new WA state gun laws, that's the kind of thing that you'd have to drive over to Idaho to do.

Anonymous Daniel January 04, 2015 2:26 PM  

I expect the fact that the majority of the content is tweaks of the original material to be "discovered" with "righteous indignation" and paraded as evidence that Vox is trying to take credit for someone else's work.

Nope. They rarely even come close to a legitimate criticism. They make something up because they - unlike Patton - never bother to read the enemy's work...much less understand it.

Besides, Move Under Ground was nominated for a bunch of awards when it came out, so...precedent. The mashup format is well-established.

What they'll have to do instead is say that it isn't as well-written and clever as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies...or that Mind Programmed is - ha! - hopelessly derivative.

They absolutely faceplanted on the best possible critique of Opera. They'll double down on Quantum, because if they do as you suggest, they'll have to admit they were lying about Opera (i.e. that Day cain't rite gud.)

OpenID thetroll January 04, 2015 4:29 PM  

> I tend to suspect $40 for two years of voting rights will provide even more entertainment bang for your buck than it did last year.

Remember everyone, the rabbiting that Vox being on the ballot wasn't as bad as it could be, having everyone's favourite LTC Messr. Kratman would be the unbearable Rabbit Apocalypse?

Well, let's fix that. Heh.

Blogger Markku January 04, 2015 5:52 PM  

Well, the thing is, A Mind Programmed actually is the one time when the word "derivative" applies perfectly. I can see the amusement in having them had cry wolf on "derivative" so many times that the one time when it actually IS precisely that, nobody takes them seriously.

But still, I wouldn't get behind that plan. I mean, Opera was the genuine item. This is purely trolling. If the organization being trolled was SFWA, then fine - they deserve it. But WorldCon doesn't, at least judging by their behavior so far.

Blogger grendel January 04, 2015 5:54 PM  

Lol. Kratman for best editor?

Bob, you're right about the WA gun foolishness. Maybe we could get Joe to run it as a side match at Boomershoot.

Blogger Markku January 04, 2015 6:02 PM  

Mind you, the word "derivative" is not a criticism in this case. It is made clear to the prospective customer, in what sense and to what degree the work is derivative before he makes the purchase. If the customer has not read the original, then it's not going to matter to him.

But is this really Vox's book, more so than it is Suttons'? I would say no.

Anonymous Daniel January 04, 2015 7:03 PM  

Well, the thing is, A Mind Programmed actually is the one time when the word "derivative" applies perfectly.

I know. That's why I'm fairly confident they won't be attacking it on those grounds. It isn't triggery enough. They'll make something up based off of not reading it.

As to whether it is trolling: no way is it trolling. Mind Programmed is better than The Martian. Way better, and the Martian is fine-to-good. QM:MP is definitely Hugo worthy, especially if Jane Austen vs. Zombies is Stoker-worthy (don't know if was ever nominated, but Move Under Ground was.)

Blogger Markku January 04, 2015 7:13 PM  

There is no question about it being an excellent book. But my question is, would the proper recipient of the honor be Vox, or the Suttons? I'd say that at the very least this question is ambiguous enough that I think it's iffy. It's giving the SJW's an opportunity to ACTUALLY be right about something regarding Vox's literature.

Blogger Markku January 04, 2015 7:19 PM  

Many people have commented that it's actually the best in the series, and I definitely agree. The story is just tight. AMD, to me, feels like a sandbox RPG. AMP is a well-crafted, plot-driven RPG.

There is no fluff in the story.

Blogger Markku January 04, 2015 7:26 PM  

Also, being the one who is ultimately financially responsible for the company, I would be remiss not to mention my fear that this will bring the war to the Sutton estate, who most assuredly didn't sign up for THIS. They gave us the go-ahead with the story, no strings attached. No royalties demanded.

Sure, it's the SJW's who bring it. My hands are as clean as Pontius Pilates' EVER were. But I knew what would happen, and that is how I thanked them? Gee, I don't know about that.

Anonymous VD January 04, 2015 8:02 PM  

Don't worry about it. QM:AMP won't be nominated. I merely mentioned it for the sake of accuracy before someone asked me about it.

Anonymous Holmwood January 04, 2015 10:47 PM  

But my question is, would the proper recipient of the honor be Vox, or the Suttons?
@Markku Hasn't that been answered in 2013 if not before? John Scalzi won for Redshirts; Gene Roddenberry did not.

Anonymous Daniel January 05, 2015 1:39 AM  

Vox, or the Suttons?

All three. If it is eligible, I think it would be very nice for the Sutton family to be finally recognized for their relative's unsung contributions to the genre.

Now, I think Jefferson should be more recognized for Apollo at Go! just because of its educational side effects on young male readers, but as far as story goes, AMP is really an amazing evolution. Vox rightly gave its forerunner The Programmed Man four stars.

The joint effort very truly may be the best of the year.

Now, if any of the heirs were to take any grief at all for such an honor, I will muster an extremely unpleasant counterattack and blot such sin from the planet. It sounds like I won't have to on a technicality (i.e. Larry's got something eligible for that slot.) But the rabbits will get a very fair warning that going after Jefferson an Jean Sutton for any reason is "HOT - Don't Touch".

And rabbits make a very distinct noise when they find themselves burning.

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