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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Thinking the Forbidden Thoughts

From the Conservative-Libertarian Fiction Alliance:

Jason Rennie, editor at Superversive Press, has just announced the publication of Forbidden Thoughts, an anthology of short fiction stories and non-fiction articles. The book features an introduction by the great Milo Yiannopoulos and stories and articles by an impressive roster of heavy hitters in the right-minded sci fi world. Featured authors include John C. Wright, L. Jagi Lamplighter, Nick Cole, Larry Correia, Brad Torgersen, Brian Niemeier, Sarah Hoyt, and Vox Day.

Nick Cole gives a hint of what to expect:

A bunch of us malcontents got together and wrote some stories that are fairly reactionary to the PC agenda driven oatmeal currently drowning the SciFi market like a psychotic butler holding a wicked child under the water in the scum laden fountain of the creepy haunted mansion of the deranged old aunt with some weird ideas about “right” and “wrong.”

We had A LOT of fun.

Yes.  I took a few shots at some luminaries. Writers have been doing that forever.  It’s okay.  They can take it.  They’re in the “in crowd.”

My contribution is from the QUANTUM MORTIS universe. It's a short story called "Amazon Gambit", and while it doesn't involve MCID or Graven Tower, I expect fans of the late Joel Rosenberg will recognize it for the tribute that it is meant to be.

Given the lineup, it should be interesting to discover whose stories are the favorites. The idea, as I understood it, was to come up with an idea that would be ruled out-of-bounds by the SF-SJWs and mainstream gatekeepers. I am quietly confident that mine will be considered one of the more appalling contributions to the collection.

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Blogger mike mike January 04, 2017 11:39 AM  

You had me at Milo.

Anonymous karsten January 04, 2017 11:42 AM  

Only on Kindle, or will it come out in PPB as well?

Blogger VD January 04, 2017 11:55 AM  

Don't ask me. We didn't publish it.

Blogger Ben Zwycky January 04, 2017 11:59 AM  

The paperback version is being finalized as we speak, and should be out within a week or so, maybe sooner.

Anonymous BadThink655321 January 04, 2017 11:59 AM  

Now if you could just convince Ellison to finish Dangerous Visions. Maybe a little competition is what he needs.

Blogger Eric Mueller January 04, 2017 12:02 PM  

Like I need yet another book... I bought it anyway. Looking forward to reading it.

Blogger chris January 04, 2017 12:02 PM  

Jordan Peterson on the Metaphysics of Pepe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ixc9i1G7eew

Blogger pyrrhus January 04, 2017 12:04 PM  

Bought it, looks like a lot of fun!

Blogger The Kurgan January 04, 2017 12:06 PM  

I got it yesterday.
The introduction alone is hilarious and worth the price.

Blogger The Other Robot January 04, 2017 12:16 PM  

OK, if it is forbidden then I have to have it.

Anonymous fop January 04, 2017 12:19 PM  

No gay space dinosaurs?

Blogger The Other Robot January 04, 2017 12:21 PM  

Wow. It even has something by Kratman!

Anonymous Nathan January 04, 2017 12:21 PM  

Sold. Nick Cole's story was vicious. Do you like you sacred cows skewered or cremated?

Blogger Noah B The MacroAggressor January 04, 2017 12:24 PM  

@11 Gay space dinosaurs discover Jesus, successfully complete conversion therapy, have lots of little baby dinos and travel the galaxy spreading the word of Christ.

Anonymous Jon Bromfield January 04, 2017 12:24 PM  

What a lineup! How could any sane person resist? Just bought for my Kindle.

Anonymous Smile Of The Shadow January 04, 2017 12:25 PM  

"I am quietly confident that mine will be considered one of the more appalling contributions to the collection."

I refuse to believe this. You're usually so careful about ensuring no one could possibly be offended.

Anonymous John Scalzi Unfinished Asimov Project (fake review the whole thing at amazon!) January 04, 2017 12:26 PM  

"Daddy, Daddy! Wake up, wake up Daddy, wake up!”

Chicago College rhetorician Jack Scarzi shot bolt upright from his bed, his corpulently muscled chest barreled over with sweat.

“T--Tra--Trantor. Shit. I’m sti-- I’m still, only on--on”

“Daddy, you’ve been writing again in your sleep,” perkily admonished his concernedly grinning, ginger haired deep-voiced daughter.

“I--I . . .” The brilliant young writer, blogger, activist, and academic pulled together his faculties, trying to concentrate on his surroundings.

He was at home, in his spacious manse on the fruity Northern Plains. Outside, his immaculate lawn gleamed emerald in the cisnormative sunshine. Much further away, people suffered unjustly, and that was wrong; but here, right now, he was a wealthy, successful, highly courted writer of success, and his proudly muscled daughter was needfully attending to him.

“I think you’ve been working too hard,” saucily snarked the ginger-raven minx.

“Yes, maybe I have,” he agreed patiently. “But this Asimov book-- the deadline-- my advance?”

“Daddy, do those things really mean anything? I mean, in the big cosmic ecumenical scheme where we are all one and there is no truth except there is no truth and a nonbinary multiracial post-white utopia is inevitable?”

“Of course not,” he lied boyishly. “But I have to think of the Hugos. Colored people who can’t command the finesse of my snark are depending upon me to outwit that unvetted and feted asshole Vox.”

His daughter patted his manfully curving pecs platonically. “I know you will. I believe in you!”
But something troubled the savvy, critically thinking man. There was something in all this that lacked nuance. It was as if, suddenly, a cloud had passed across his lawn, and all the emerald gleaming expanse had curdled into something gangrenous and awful and sinister.

“Wh--who are you, again?” he asked bemusedly.

The stoutly biceped figure beside him raked a nail across his mannishly determined chest, and a voice, not quite the voice he’d heard before, spoke from a face studded with suddenly otherworldly and imposterful eyes.

“Something is very wrong here. Someone is in great danger!”

Blogger Ostar January 04, 2017 12:44 PM  

So - it's like 'Dangerous Visions', except that the original 'Dangerous Visions' writers still alive would consider this book actually Dangerous?

Blogger GK Chesterton January 04, 2017 12:53 PM  

The only reason I haven't bought this already is I evidently changed my Amazon password.

Anonymous Coal Fired Brisket January 04, 2017 12:54 PM  

I was disappointed to find "If you were a hamburger my love" wasn't written by Vox.

Blogger Doomfinger January 04, 2017 12:57 PM  

Vampire owned and operated abortion clinic!

Blogger The Other Robot January 04, 2017 12:59 PM  

What a pity they did not publish it on 12/31/2016!

Anonymous Brian Janson January 04, 2017 1:01 PM  

Is there any merit to this other than shock/troll value? Judging from the sample Cole story, this thing feels forced and cringy. Not to mention the fact that he based the names of certain characters on certain well known SFF authors.

Blogger James Dixon January 04, 2017 1:03 PM  

Sigh, another book to add to the list to be bought eventually, when I have more money to spend. :(

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright January 04, 2017 1:05 PM  

I enjoyed your story very much, Vox, but I was puzzled at first as to why it was a forbidden thought, because it seemed quite reasonable...if a bit Machiavellian, perhaps.

Then I remembered what modern people think on the subject. Lol. I think you are right that it will be quite objectionably to the SJW crowd.

;-)

Blogger James Dixon January 04, 2017 1:07 PM  

> Is there any merit to this other than shock/troll value?

You say that as if trolling the SJW's of SF&F were a bad thing.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright January 04, 2017 1:08 PM  

@23 Each of the stories are very different. Some are shocking. Some are thought provoking. Some are touching. They are quite different in mood.

Something there for everyone...except the SJWs. ;-P

Blogger VD January 04, 2017 1:21 PM  

Judging from the sample Cole story, this thing feels forced and cringy. Not to mention the fact that he based the names of certain characters on certain well known SFF authors.

Why on Earth would you think all of these diverse authors have written stories just like Nick Cole? My approach, for one, has literally nothing in common with his.

Blogger VD January 04, 2017 1:22 PM  

Then I remembered what modern people think on the subject. Lol. I think you are right that it will be quite objectionably to the SJW crowd.

They would hate hate hate it even if it wasn't written by me.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright January 04, 2017 1:24 PM  

@29 -- yes indeed! The very idea of it will make their skin crawl.

Blogger Salt January 04, 2017 1:37 PM  

VD wrote:They would hate hate hate it even if it wasn't written by me.

Secretly I think many SJWs long for such - opportunity - to serve.

Blogger Quartermain January 04, 2017 1:37 PM  

Beavis and Butthead watch the 2017 resolutions for White Guys.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS-mTRspbyU

Anonymous Rejected submission January 04, 2017 1:48 PM  

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by Megyn Kelly


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"Beginning in 10 seconds." Megyn wondered briefly if she had remembered to change Eddie's diaper. "Whatever" she said under her breath. "This'll just take a minute."

THE END.



Anonymous jakob January 04, 2017 1:48 PM  

If publisher was a bit more subtle with the names of those involved, I can imagine some SJWs being tricked into buying this based on that cover design and blurb stories being so DANGEROUS and TRANSGRESSIVE and whatever they love to pretend their own fiction is like. Oh what delicious screaming user reviews could've been posted...

OpenID kylekiernan January 04, 2017 1:49 PM  

I'll Kindle it on the Rosenberg tribute alone.
Sounds interesting.

Blogger Brian Niemeier January 04, 2017 2:02 PM  

Can testify to the grave offenses against SJW pieties in Vox's story. I laughed maniacally at the end.

Blogger sysadmn January 04, 2017 2:03 PM  

@18 My thoughts exactly - Dangerous Visions and Again, Dangerous Visions, only the definitions of normal and counterculture have flipped. 40+ years later, maybe they could publish The Last Dangerous Visions and pay the authors.

https://infogalactic.com/info/The_Last_Dangerous_Visions

Anonymous An Extremely Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than A Basket Of Twenty Deplorable Cents January 04, 2017 2:04 PM  

This looks to be a great collection. It should be named Dangerous Visions. Then we could see how much chili Harlan "rebel" Ellison has left.

Blogger Brian Niemeier January 04, 2017 2:11 PM  

Suggestion: if you plan to buy Milo's book, doing so via his Amazon author link on Forbidden Thoughts' Contributors page should help get FT into the "Also Boughts" for Dangerous.

Same goes for books by other major contributors like Larry, Nick, and Vox.

Anonymous jakob January 04, 2017 2:12 PM  

An Extremely Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than A Basket Of Twenty Deplorable Cents wrote:It should be named Dangerous Visions. Then we could see how much chili Harlan "rebel" Ellison has left.

Eh, if he was younger, you can bet that this anthology's name and presentation would already be enough for a lawsuit. That was his chief activity after all, suing stuff.

Anonymous Galactic Starfleets of Deplorable Spartacus January 04, 2017 2:14 PM  

VD wrote:Then I remembered what modern people think on the subject. Lol. I think you are right that it will be quite objectionably to the SJW crowd.

They would hate hate hate it even if it wasn't written by me.


You already closed the deal at "I am quietly confident that mine will be considered one of the more appalling contributions to the collection."

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright January 04, 2017 2:16 PM  

Harlan kindly did not sue John for putting him in a story as a drunk. Funny thing about the scene was, in the story, John and Harlan were both drunk...and in real life, neither of them drink.

Blogger Roger G2 January 04, 2017 2:30 PM  

Out of bounds with the SJW sf/f gatekeepers? The very names writing in the anthology are enough for that.
SJW's will be universally appalled alright.
You guys could've written the cleanest, most politically neutral work ever written and it would be boycotted, slandered, no-platformed, etc. before it even saw the light of day.

Blogger Eric Mueller January 04, 2017 2:36 PM  

I had a few minutes, so I figured I'd open the book in Kindle Cloud Reader and check it out.

Do not read this book at work, especially if you work in a cube farm. I couldn't get through Milo's introduction without snickering and getting strange looks.

Blogger Jason January 04, 2017 2:36 PM  

Paper is coming and if ot sells well audible too.

Anonymous VFM0265 January 04, 2017 2:40 PM  

Eric Mueller, Sir that is wise advice, thank you. Just ordered my copy. Thanks for the heads up, Vox.

Blogger wired216 January 04, 2017 2:44 PM  

3/4 of the way through it. Cannot recommend enough. I did skip to Vox's story I admit.

Anonymous BiigGayKoranBurner January 04, 2017 3:26 PM  

"Oy Vey Forbidden thoughts my favorite was "I Identify As a Service Dog Owner." By BGS

Its fine to pass a law to let wig wearing men in little girls bathrooms but don't try to enforce the ADA in gay bars.

http://takimag.com/article/doggie_in_the_gay_bar_a_christmas_tail_david_cole/print

Blogger John Wright January 04, 2017 3:43 PM  

@23
"Is there any merit to this other than shock/troll value?"

BY HIS COCKLE HAT AND STAFF by John C. Wright:

1.

There are much easier ways than killing yourself.

We have all heard the endless argument about the best method of insertion, and I know the advantages of taking over your self's life in the new world. You have his clothing and his money, for one thing, not to mention opposable thumbs, and you can start to bend history back into the right direction, the way things should have gone had Hell never broken the world, nor Mesmer.

But consider the disadvantages.

2.
I am ashamed to admit that, at first, the idea that I was a sleepwalker amused me. It was the kind of thing one reads in romances by Wells or Wiene, but never sees in life. In our peaceful and unexciting world, the idea of being a somnambulist seemed so … exotic.
The first time was when I woke up at midnight, roused by the barking of a dog right outside my dressing room window, to find myself on my feet, facing the full length looking glass. I was barefoot, but otherwise completely dressed in trousers, waistcoat, jacket and tie. But the tie had been tied improperly. A polite knock came at the door.
"Come!"
"Just me, sir. Be there anything you needed, sir?"
It was my valet, Roberts, blinking and yawning.
"Why are you awake at this ghastly hour?" for the church steeple of Saint Anne's was ringing midnight, coming across the waters of Lake Quinsigamond. "Good God! Why am I?"
"That, I cannot say, sir. I heard you moving about."
"Moving?"
"In the wine cellar, up the back stair, down the servant's hall, front hall, kitchen, pantry. You do know that the boards creak more loudly when you tiptoe? If you don't mind my saying, sir."
"Why was I tiptoeing? It's my house!" This house had stood here in Regatta Point Park since my grandfather fled to America with all his wealth, changing his name from von Wardszawaschwig-Glücksburg to Ward and left all the dynastic insanity and warfare of Europe far behind. There have been three wars in Europe since then, in 1912, in 1939, and again in 1985 when the last Czar fell and the Kaiser of Greater Germany claimed all the Russian lands as his; but American was involved in none of them.
"You woke Mrs. Ferris, too, but she, kind soul, will say naught. She heard the drawers opening and shutting in the library. Your desk drawers. And then the sound of rattling the roll top, as if you'd forgotten where you'd put the key. I thought I would ask?"
"Well, if you find an answer, Roberts, by damn, tell me. I was asleep in bed. I was dreaming about a world where I lived in a grey box that shouted at me all the time—" It had sounded a lot more sensible when I was asleep.
That was not the last episode of sleepwalking, nor the worst.
The worse was when I was absent for a two days in March. The servants reported that I rose as normal, spoke as normal, but instead of going to the Tool and Die, told Roberts that I was visiting relatives, summoned a hansom, and vanished. I woke up, remembering none of this and thinking it was March 27th on the 30th.
The hansom was an automatic, and, since this is not Germany, the company keeps no trip record in the autodriver.
The last episode — that I recall — was when I woke this time properly dressed, at the Grafton train station, with a ticket to Rhode Island in my hand. The station was an echoing and empty cathedral around me, and I felt like a ghost. Evidently I was waiting to catch the midnight train.
So, it was no longer exotic or quaint to be afflicted, but frightening.

Blogger Joshua M Young January 04, 2017 3:57 PM  

Brian Janson wrote:Is there any merit to this other than shock/troll value? Judging from the sample Cole story, this thing feels forced and cringy. Not to mention the fact that he based the names of certain characters on certain well known SFF authors.
I haven't read most of the other stories yet, but I can tell you that I deliberately set out to write about insane PC craziness without making it dystopic or satirical. I don't know how well that worked, given that it's innate to the content, but one of the other authors compared my story to Jack Vance. So no. not all for shock value.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright January 04, 2017 3:59 PM  

@48
Fascinating article. Thanks!

Blogger Dave January 04, 2017 4:46 PM  

L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright wrote:
@48 Fascinating article. Thanks!

This is fascinating as well; I didn't recognize A.M. Freeman from the list of authors. Your blogpost (see below) neatly gave the answer I was seeking; this being her first published piece. Awesome, can't wait to read it.

There is one other delightful story that goes with this volume. Last summer, as we often do, we spent a week in Chincoteague. Our teen writer fan (some of you may have seen the victory dance she did when John won Dragon Award), asked if she and her family could join us, so we and the Freeman family spent a wonderful week together.

As I arrived on Chincoteague, I got an email from Jason informing me that he had read a submission by April, and it was really chilling. He thought it would work for Forbidden Thoughts. So, when April walked into the house we were renting for the week, I got to inform her that her first published piece would be in an anthology with John and I!


http://superversivesf.com/2017/01/04/first-thoughts-on-forbidden-thoughts/

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright January 04, 2017 4:50 PM  

@52 You are welcome, Dave. A. M. Freeman's written some excellent blog posts, but she's only 18, so this is her first professional sale.

Anonymous BBGKB January 04, 2017 4:50 PM  

Fascinating article. Thanks!

If you know anyone that has a seeing eye dog or service dog you could have them go to one then sue. Weeknights would be slower if you don't want to run into people.

OT:more forbidden thoughts, What kind of cake would you bake for Ginsburg and the Wise Latrina?

http://survivalcache.com/5-poisonous-plant-families-the-survivalist-should-know/

Anonymous 5343 Kinds of Deplorable January 04, 2017 6:54 PM  

I'm about five stories in. This compilation is excellent. Definitely worth the (very small) investment.

Anonymous 5343 Kinds of Deplorable January 04, 2017 6:58 PM  

Also, Vox, you should probably correct the misspellings of Brian's and Larry's names in the original post just for the sake of accuracy.

That is NOT gamma.

Blogger Dave January 04, 2017 7:11 PM  

You're a crafty one, Vox. Easy Company, indeed.

Blogger VD January 04, 2017 7:29 PM  

That is NOT gamma.

No worries. Fixed.

Blogger Eric Mueller January 04, 2017 7:52 PM  

Just finished "The World Gone By". Very good story. Can't wait to get to Vox's "most disturbing" story.

I hope they continue on with more of these books. I'd love to read Milo's lesbian android story.

Anonymous 5343 Kinds of Deplorable January 04, 2017 8:05 PM  

David Hallquist's offering is epic. I don't even know who he is, but it's a great, great short story.

Anonymous 5343 Kinds of Deplorable January 04, 2017 8:08 PM  

No worries. Fixed.

Why we love you.

Blogger Sagramore January 04, 2017 8:12 PM  

I have to find my Kindle in my pile first.

@33 HAR HAR HAR

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr January 04, 2017 8:47 PM  

I'm about halfway through. Very impressive. Classic SF made the reader think...often about some uncomfortable things. This book has a lot of stories of that sort, some of which are all too plausible. I won't go into details, buy the blasted thing. No Bucks, No Buck Rogers (the First Law of Flight Test).

Blogger bearspaw January 04, 2017 9:25 PM  

@23 Dude please. The psychedelic 60's style cover art is worth the price of admission.

Blogger Brian Niemeier January 04, 2017 10:28 PM  

@5343 Kinds of Deplorable

Nice catch. Thanks!

Re: David Hallquist, he's been published in Sci Phi Journal. I had the pleasure of reading an early draft of the novel he's working on a while back. Epic is definitely the word I'd use for it. He's definitely one to watch.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash January 04, 2017 11:45 PM  

Very nice collection.
I particularly liked At the Edge of Detachment by AM Freeman. When I read it, I thought it was a howl of rage from the Millenial generation. If she really is only 18, she has a huge future ahead of her. Simply amazing.
And Vox' story reminded me of Harry Harrison at the top of his game. Pure golden-age sci-fi humor at it's best. I genuinely loved it, and just bought Quantum Mortis on the strength of it.

Blogger Ingot9455 January 05, 2017 9:34 AM  

I am only in the beginning third, but let me say that this collection hearkens back to the great social commentary SF of my childhood. Timeless, in that it is truthful in its skewering and totally irreverent of current made up social norms.

Blogger Shimshon January 05, 2017 11:55 AM  

Bought. Enjoying so far. Only bummed it's not DRM-free.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright January 05, 2017 1:37 PM  

@66 - I agree. Edge of Detachment was editor Jason Rennie's pick for "most disturbing."

@67 - That was my response as well... that it reminded me of the great SF anthologies of my youth.

Blogger Ben Zwycky January 09, 2017 4:09 AM  

The paperback version is out now.

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