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Saturday, August 08, 2015

Brainstorm Hugo Party 2015

Whether it's a Sad Puppy sweep or a series of rockets exploding on launch this year, you are invited to celebrate the 2015 Hugo Awards online with the Rabid Puppies, the Dread Ilk, the Vile Faceless Minions, and two-time 2015 Hugo nominee Vox Day on August 22nd at 11 PM EST.

I'll be announcing the other panelists in the next two weeks, but if you want to see our reaction to the results as they're announced, feel free to register and take part. This is an Open Brainstorm so everyone is welcome and it will cost you nothing. If this works correctly, it should even be possible to view the livestream through the webinar.

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32 Comments:

Blogger Michael Maier August 08, 2015 1:47 PM  

Dammit... I have no life but it's a sure bet if something cool is going to happen, I have another cool thing that is probably going to cause a schedule conflict.

Blogger Michael Maier August 08, 2015 1:48 PM  

Vox, this is on your link:
"Sat, Aug 8, 2015 11:00 PM - Sun, Aug 9, 2015 1:00 AM EDT"

Blogger IM2L844 August 08, 2015 2:18 PM  

This could break the internet. Throngs of SJWs will be tuning in, hoping to see Vox cry. They don't realize that even a worst case scenario will be cause for celebration. Heads, we win; tails, you lose.

Blogger VD August 08, 2015 2:25 PM  

Fixed, thanks. I set time, but not date. Registrations still valid.

Anonymous Steve August 08, 2015 2:47 PM  

Ouch, 4am UK time is a bit too deep in the wee hours for me.

Though my money's on a Puppy Power victory parade, ticker tape made out of SJW entrails, statues of the Nielsen Haydens being torn down, and such like.

OT - I've been reading "Awake In The Night Land".

And I haven't been able to sleep till long after my bedtime. And then I've been dreaming about the world John C. Wright wrote about. So haunting and strange.

It's that good. I can't put my Kindle down till my sight blurs with exhaustion. Last night I read till 3am even though I had to get up at 7am this morning.

And it was worth it.

In fact, "Awake In The Night Land" may be the best thing I've read since C.S. Lewis or Tolkien.

I read a lot of books. Most of them I enjoy, but often think to myself "I could do better", or "I could do just as well", or maybe "with a bit more practice and inspiration, I could write something almost as good."

That's not a criticism of the authors I usually read. They get my money because I like their work. I just think I can write a bit, too. And being the word-glutton that I am, I've read so many novels that it's now rare to find one that surprises me.

But John C. Wright?

Reading him is like watching Frank Sinatra sing. He's an artist, a master storyteller, and I can only admire his work.

Blogger JACIII August 08, 2015 3:27 PM  

I'm in. When was the last time the Dread Ilk gathered online? The Irrational Atheist publication??

Blogger Jack Ward August 08, 2015 3:33 PM  

@6 This will be special and fun. It will be the lurkers, the near-Ilk, the Ilk, the Dread Ilk, the VFM's, and of course, the Dark, Dark Lord of Evil Legions [or whatever].
Registered and looking to this one.

Anonymous Clint #47/#73 August 08, 2015 3:47 PM  

I registered. Won't be able to stay for all of it, but thought I might drop in for a bit...

Anonymous A Minion August 08, 2015 3:58 PM  

is there some way a deaf person could join the brainstorm and get something out of it?

Blogger Rantor August 08, 2015 4:02 PM  

@Steve, if you haven't read Wright's Golden Age, I'd recommend it next. From a library or used book store I guess... Completely different but very good.

Anonymous Rhys O'Reilly August 08, 2015 4:04 PM  

What a way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Registered.

Anonymous Rhys O'Reilly August 08, 2015 4:08 PM  

Vox, my confirmation page says:

Brainstorm Hugo Party

Sun, Aug 23, 2015 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Blogger VD August 08, 2015 4:38 PM  

Vox, my confirmation page says:

Check your time zone compared to EST. It's at 11 PM EST on August 22nd.

Anonymous Viidad August 08, 2015 4:42 PM  

This is awesome - thank you.

Next year I want everyone to please nominate Compost Everything.

It's sold as non-fiction; however, the meta-narrative on Dinky The Worm and my subsequent psychological trauma after his loss is definitely High Fantasy, if not science fiction.

Blogger Zeke OF Confettii August 08, 2015 5:21 PM  

#396 here, Rantor. I stumbled upon The Golden Age and its following volumes in a county library. I thought the damn genre was toast.
One good thing about s misspent life was being able to tell John st LibertyCon.

Blogger automatthew August 08, 2015 5:22 PM  

I still get a thrill everytime Vox calls me "dear".

Blogger dlw August 08, 2015 5:22 PM  

No matter how the ballots fall, the Puppies still win.

And they'll be back the next year. And the next. Forever.

"Will no one rid us of these rabid Puppies?"

[crickets]

Blogger Nate August 08, 2015 5:24 PM  

***ahem***

my idea by the way.

I am the Number One VFM for a reason.

Blogger automatthew August 08, 2015 5:25 PM  

Shake that booty, Nate.

Blogger Nate August 08, 2015 5:25 PM  

we need drinking games. Tequila shots for No Award and bourbon for Puppies winners.

Blogger automatthew August 08, 2015 5:27 PM  

No matter how the ballots fall, the Puppies still win.

Because we are actually having fun. We love life. We are not trembling in apprehension at the outcome of the Hugos, because God's in his heaven, and all will soon be right with the world. Until then, we have the joy of the hunt.

Blogger automatthew August 08, 2015 5:28 PM  

Scotch for every time the camera focuses on a tranny.

Blogger Nate August 08, 2015 5:34 PM  

we should also drink for any use of the words "nuance" or "problematic"

Blogger JACIII August 08, 2015 6:10 PM  

@22 There will be no scotch in the drinking game.

Anonymous Steve August 08, 2015 6:32 PM  

Rantor - thank you, I'll read that one next.

Still blown away by Awake in the Night Land, and shall therefore continue my fanboyish gushing about it:

I used to have a series of connected dreams when I was a boy. In the first one, he sun went out - it just clinked and blew like a faulty lightbulb. Ever after, the world of my dreamscape was lit only by the sickly orange haze of the odd lonely streetlamp, making the snow that would never melt glitter like oases of garnet surrounded by unending night.

Awake in the Night Land reminds me of a grown up's version of that dream, albeit rendered as epic fantasy and populated with richly textured characters and incredible places and uncanny monsters so artfully described that I could almost feel the hot, vile breath of an abhuman on the back of my neck while reading about them.

It also reminds me of C.S. Lewis' Dark Tower and Alasdair Grey's Lanark.

I'm going to make sure my kids read it when they're old enough. It's the sort of book you want to share.

Blogger Nate August 08, 2015 8:47 PM  

Steve... have you finished it yet?

Anonymous Book_Girl August 08, 2015 10:35 PM  

Because we are actually having fun. We love life. We are not trembling in apprehension at the outcome of the Hugos, because God's in his heaven, and all will soon be right with the world. Until then, we have the joy of the hunt.

This. And they all said, "Amen."

Blogger Flannel Avenger August 08, 2015 11:20 PM  

18. Nate August 08, 2015 5:24 PM

***ahem***

my idea by the way.

I am the Number One VFM for a reason.


Do tell...

Blogger RobertDWood August 09, 2015 7:24 AM  

I just finished this trilogy today. If he never wrote anything else in his life, the Golden Age alone would qualify Wright as a master of the English language. Rarest still, the master with a conviction of hope that resonates deep in the soul.
Deeds of renown without peer my friends.

Blogger RobertDWood August 09, 2015 7:26 AM  

Dinky the diver! Champion of the vermiculture yet to come!

Anonymous Steve August 09, 2015 9:17 AM  

Nate - Almost!

Hoping it doesn't turn out to all be a dream.

Blogger Nate August 09, 2015 10:03 AM  

"Nate - Almost!

Hoping it doesn't turn out to all be a dream."

Fear not.

I envy you.

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