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Thursday, March 23, 2017

We. Are. Amused.


Meanwhile, The Collapsing Empire on Kindle is falling while Corrosion: The Corroding Empire is climbing. 194 to 918 830 748 683 666. Make it happen. You know you want to see it happen. It's also telling that most of the 5-star reviews for Collapsing and all of the 1-star reviews for Corrosion are from people who haven't even pretended to read the book "reviewed". This is a good sign, as this kind of engagement is a certain sign that SF-SJWs have been successfully triggered.

Here is the thing: the more people that actually read Corrosion, the higher the good/bad review ratio will increase. The reverse is true for The Collapsing Empire. It's terrible and word from inside Tor Books is that everyone involved with the book knew it even before it was released.

Meanwhile, Allan Davis proposes a solution to solve the terrible problem of racism and discrimination and excessive white maleness in science fiction:
I propose a tax on science fiction novels, to level the playing field in the same fashion that carbon taxes are designed to punish those who use more resources than their fair share.

Call it the “Bergeron Tax.”

Those authors writing for any mainstream international science fiction publishers have obviously been profiting from this industry-wide discrimination, so the structure of the Bergeron Tax should be arranged like this:

For each novel the author has previously published (with one of the big mainstream publishers), add 10% to the cost of the book.

Add on 5% for each Hugo or Nebula award the author has already won.

If the author is white, add an additional 10%.

If the author is male, add another 10%.

Finally, if the author has a beard, add on an additional 5%.

The windfall proceeds from this tax should then be shared among authors and publishers who have not been part of this industry-wide and genre-wide discrimination.
I don't know. If you look at Tor's prices, it looks like they're already implementing this tax. $13 for a 300-page Kindle book would be a ripoff even if book was any good.

Also, on a completely unrelated subject, I'm delighted to announce that thanks to the Dread Ilk, we will have Dark Lords! Autaruch sent out the following notice to the backers of its latest kickstarter.
Thanks to all of our backers for the tremendous outpouring of support. Since we started we've seen huge contributions come in from our first Patron Diety-level backer, Jeff Binder, from five Emperor-level backers, and from a legion of backers that really, really want to see a a Dark Lord class (and, yes, it has been funded and will be added to the book).

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41 Comments:

Anonymous Steve March 23, 2017 5:18 AM  

John Scalzi Interplanetary Fruit Trade novel:

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Publication date: March 23, 2017
Publisher: Tor
Language: English
ASIN: B01JLZZ3R4
Amazon.com Sales Rank: 13343

Johan Kalsi Superior Sci Fi Story:

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Publication date: March 20, 2017
Publisher: Castalia House
Language: English
ASIN: B06XFQ24QC
Amazon.com Sales Rank: 918

Blogger Happy LP9 March 23, 2017 5:20 AM  

Amused. I cannot wait to read what Mr. Scalzi will reply or comment with, what is Tor thinking?

Anonymous 5343 Kinds of Deplorable March 23, 2017 5:25 AM  

If you're not winding us up, Steve, that would totally explain any panic going on ...

Blogger VD March 23, 2017 5:28 AM  

That's the UK Kindle rank, Steve. US Kindle rank is 174. Still, it's pretty bad UK sales for a book that is supposed to keep Tor Books afloat.

Anonymous Man of the Atom March 23, 2017 5:36 AM  

Outstanding on both fronts!

Congratulations to Vox and Kalsi/Seldon on "Corrosion"! Excellent read, and not what I expected from a "parody" book --"More Asimov than Asimov", indeed! Awaiting the next two books in the series.

Well done, Vox and all ELoE members, in support the "FOR THE DARK LORD" campaign in the ACKS pulp/heroic adventure Kickstarter. The t-shirt potential alone should be glorious, not to mention RPG play opportunities

Waiting for the coming salt that shall flow to cover the next century of my popcorn.

OpenID randkoch March 23, 2017 5:49 AM  

A tax on beards would be highly Islamophobic.

Blogger Ragin' Dave March 23, 2017 5:53 AM  

$13 for a friggin' KINDLE BOOK?

Fuck no, with cheese. That's highway robbery. For that price I can get three or four books from actual GOOD authors like Vox, John C. Wright and others.

Blogger Shimshon March 23, 2017 5:58 AM  

The Collapsing Empire is Scalzi's The Phantom Menace moment, only worse. I just want to know one thing. Which character is his Jar Jar Binks?

Blogger Jew613 March 23, 2017 6:00 AM  

Happy to do my part by getting a kindle copy of corrosion. Castalia House, making Science Fiction great again.

At the same time $13 for a hardcover for a book that's as mediocre as the collapsing empire would be a ripoff. Tor is currently digging their own grave.

Anonymous Man of the Atom March 23, 2017 6:01 AM  

Shimshon wrote:The Collapsing Empire is Scalzi's The Phantom Menace moment, only worse. I just want to know one thing. Which character is his Jar Jar Binks?

I vote for The "Empowered Feminist" Fruit Merchant.

Anonymous Boilerpl8 March 23, 2017 6:01 AM  

I'm looking forward to the dark lord class and illustration. An acquaintance of mine is a devout sjw and puppykicker and a huge fan of ACK. I relish the opportunity to inject some badfeelz into this system.

Blogger Benjamin Kraft March 23, 2017 6:14 AM  

@10. Seconded.

Blogger Benjamin Kraft March 23, 2017 6:15 AM  

But Jar Jar binks was better. At least he was awkwardly funny, even if it didn't really fit the story type too well.

Anonymous Man of the Atom March 23, 2017 6:27 AM  

TFW your rocket needs to travel at 7 miles per second and your space-speedometer says "3.14".

Blogger Cataline Sergius March 23, 2017 7:03 AM  

I don't know. If you look at Tor's prices, it looks like they're already implementing this tax. $13 for a 300-page Kindle book would be a ripoff even if book was any good.

They are still charging about that for Soda Pop Solider by Nick Cole and that is NOT a new book.

I heard Nick Cole's working on a sequel. Will Castalia be publishing it?

Anonymous Stephen J. March 23, 2017 7:25 AM  

"Finally, if the author has a beard, add on an additional 5%."

Huh, you could literally shave off your tax rate. But what if the author *is* a beard?

Blogger VD March 23, 2017 7:26 AM  

I heard Nick Cole's working on a sequel. Will Castalia be publishing it?

Yes.

Anonymous Roundtine March 23, 2017 7:30 AM  

Jar Jar also has fans who think he's a Sith lord using drunken fighting style.

Blogger Midnight Avenue J March 23, 2017 7:36 AM  

Yeah, $13 for a Kindle book is plain silly. I wouldn't pay $13 for most books anymore, but for third rate sci-fi like Scalzi, Never.

Ever wonder if the goal of 100% literacy is not necessarily a win-win?

Anonymous Cheshirych March 23, 2017 7:38 AM  

Also extremely anti orthodox christian. Anti jewish as well. I protest beard tax, its what progressives do. And they are evil. Dont be evil!

Blogger Silly But True March 23, 2017 8:06 AM  

The lesson here is that when a major scifi publisher's editor and rising author encounter a relatively new but mediocre scifi author who is on the cusp of breaking out as solid fantasy writer, that writer should be supported.

Instead the other side began sneak attacks to begin a war of their choosing.

So they forced us to fight that war. So we fight. Since they didn't ask before they began their stupid campaigns against their fellow authors and fans, their Unconditional Surrender are the terms to end what they began.

Blogger VD March 23, 2017 8:10 AM  

The lesson here is that when a major scifi publisher's editor and rising author encounter a relatively new but mediocre scifi author who is on the cusp of breaking out as solid fantasy writer, that writer should be supported.

Or at the very least, ignored. It's amazing how many people simply ignore the fact that Tor, PNH, and Scalzi not only started this, but fanned the flames every chance they could when they thought it would be harmful.

Delenda est. This will not end until Tor, PNH, and Scalzi are all dead.

Anonymous karsten March 23, 2017 8:19 AM  

Sorry if this has been mentioned before, but who did the cover for THE CORRODING EMPIRE?

Fantastic job, and legitimately leagues better than the cover of other sci-fi books with "the" and "empire" in the title.

Blogger Zeke OF Confettii March 23, 2017 8:41 AM  

ScaLd-zi is his own Jar-jar.

Blogger GAHCindy March 23, 2017 8:56 AM  

Hm. What if the wearer of the beard is a woman getting testosterone injections?

Blogger praetorian March 23, 2017 8:59 AM  

Delenda est. This will not end until Tor, PNH, and Scalzi are all dead.

feels good man

OT: the (white, male) kids are alt-right, pearl clutching edition:

https://altright.com/2017/03/21/yesterdays-radicalism-is-todays-mainstream/

Anonymous Viiidad March 23, 2017 8:59 AM  

Benjamin Kraft wrote:But Jar Jar binks was better. At least he was awkwardly funny, even if it didn't really fit the story type too well.

He wasn't even awkwardly funny. That thing was an abomination.

Blogger seeingsights March 23, 2017 9:10 AM  

I noticed that SJWs, the Deep State, and globalists over play their hand. A SJW employee at Amazon tried to prevent the sale of The Corroding Empire. Yet the ensuing controversy probably is helping sales for Castalia House. A former British spy submits a bogus dossier on Trump, with the consequence being not what the Deep State intended--increased skepticism on the Russian influence on Trump narrative. The European globalists let in all these worthless migrants which caused a counter-reaction which will hasten the doom of the European Union. We live in interesting times.

Blogger MisesMat March 23, 2017 9:29 AM  

Just checked. "Corrosion" Is at 757 and "COllapsing" is at 765!

#StillNotTiredOfWinng.

Blogger Mish in Utah March 23, 2017 9:52 AM  

I had sworn off buying new until I'd caught up on back log, but like others I am so amused by the show that I bought Corrosion in response. I'm halfway through it and recommend it highly. Don't think this is just a slapped together parody. Corrosion is a very good book that I have only put down once....to write this message.

Blogger Ron March 23, 2017 9:55 AM  

@Viiidad

Not only that, in the second episode the evil bastard is directly responsible for giving Palpatine "emergency powers" that were used to destroy the republic.

Jar Jar was the second Sith all along!

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright March 23, 2017 9:55 AM  

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Blogger Allan Davis March 23, 2017 10:07 AM  

My apologies for offending, milady Wright.

My intent was to refer to the story, not necessarily the character; I would lay odds that most of the SJWs infesting the SF community nowadays have not even heard of the story, let alone read it. The majority of "we need more x in sf" strikes me as "hobble the good to make room for the other"--right in line with the world in Bergeron.

I first read Harrison Bergeron in school, years ago; it's one of those stories that's always stuck with me.

...and I don't know about anyone else, but I assume that any article with the words "modest proposal" is likely satire of some kind...*grin*

-=ad=-

Blogger Mr.MantraMan March 23, 2017 10:20 AM  

The Diversity don't need no stinkin books by some fairy assed white bitch.

IMO Corroding is a really good book, any book that inspires me to think is well worth the money.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright March 23, 2017 10:33 AM  

Lol Got upstairs and realized this was a parody.

I should have known...no one who was serious about this would have been so witty.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright March 23, 2017 10:42 AM  

@33 It's okay, Sir. Your article is hilarious! I just went by it really quickly and thought you were serious.

Once I realized it was a parody, I clicked through and saw the words A Modest Proposal and started laughing out loud.

Very well done. My hat off to you!

Anonymous Ilk#10,191 March 23, 2017 12:48 PM  

Heh... On Kobo Canada, Scalzi's latest is in second place behind a 2.5 year old indie novel in a couple of subcategories

Blogger James Dixon March 23, 2017 1:26 PM  

> I'm delighted to announce that thanks to the Dread Ilk, we will have Dark Lords!

Excellent. My limited funds will not be needed then.

> ...but I assume that any article with the words "modest proposal" is likely satire of some kind.

That's normally a safe working assumption.

Blogger SirHamster March 23, 2017 2:47 PM  

Also, on a completely unrelated subject, I'm delighted to announce that thanks to the Dread Ilk, we will have Dark Lords!

Only took a day to raise $1K. I think I saw the kickstarter goal advance $800+ in the few hours after your blogpost, wish I thought to track it more precisely.

Anonymous Shut up rabbit March 23, 2017 5:41 PM  

randkoch wrote:A tax on beards would be highly Islamophobic.

muzzies can't read

Blogger Thurston Pilgrim March 23, 2017 7:10 PM  

Wow Allan Davis, never thought I'd meet a person who actually cheered on the actions of the Handicapper General...
Meanwhile, a real-life Harrison Bergeron is alive and well in our timeline by the alias of Barron Trump.

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