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Thursday, December 24, 2015

You don't say

Chaos Horizon provides additional evidence of how the SF-SJWs guide their bloc vote:
A few weeks ago, the 2015 Tor.com Reviewers’ Choice list came out. Over the past several years, this has been an important list to track for several reasons. First, it gathers recommendations from 11 Tor.com critics, making it a collated list of its own. Second, it has been fairly well synced up to the Hugos and Nebulas, at least before the campaigning of last year. In 2013, they recommended Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice three times; it swept the Hugo and Nebula. Last year, Goblin Emperor was recommended 3 times; it scores Hugo and Nebula noms and that could very well have won the Hugo if not for the Puppies.
Tor Books has been an award-chasing publisher for decades. That fact that the Puppies have risen up to stop them from dominating the awards every year is why they changed the rules with E Pluribus Hugo. Patrick Nielsen Hayden and his little coterie calculated that as long as they can guarantee themselves a single nomination per category, they can muster enough muscle to win at the final round.

What Puppykickers quite willfully fail to understand is that in 2015, the Puppies, even the Rabid Puppies, engaged in less bloc-voting, in percentage terms, in 2015 than the SJWs did. In the past, the Tor-led SJWs didn't need to publish public lists because it was all a whisper campaign among a few dozen people; you could see references to it in every "I haven't read X yet, but I'm voting for it because I hear...." statement. You could also see the Nebula logrolling take place in the SFWA NAR every year, until it was hidden from the public; to Cat Rambo's credit, she has apparently made public what, if I recall correctly, John Scalzi was responsible for hiding.
Table 1: Correlation Between Top 6 (and Ties) of the 2014 Nebula Suggested Reading List and the Eventual 2014 Nebula Nominees

Novel: 4 out of 6, 67.7%
Novella: 6 out of 6, 100%
Novelette: 5 out of 6, 83.3%
Short Story: 6 out of 7, 85.7%

Total: 21/25, 84%
The Tor.com Reviewers' Choice has reinforced, and to a certain extent supplanted, the Tor whispering campaign; based on the way in which reviewers tend to chase the crowd, we can anticipate that the novels the SJWs will be pushing for the award season include:

Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Del Rey)
Ancillary Mercy by Anne Leckie (Orbit)
Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear (Tor)
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

It's all women, as one would expect, but surprisingly light on Tor-published books. One would assume the fifth book would be The Dark Forest, the sequel to The Three Body Problem, but there is very, very little SJW buzz about it. Perhaps the SJWs finally figured out that Cixin Liu is a man. Or perhaps it is perceived to have been tainted by the Puppies playing kingmaker last year. Who knows? These are not rational people.

We now also know why John Scalzi very publicly counted himself out in 2015; unlike last year, he is aware that neither Tor nor the SJWs are pushing his latest mediocrity for any awards. No doubt he's waiting for EPH, when Tor can again guarantee him a spot to make up for his declining popular support.

Now let's go and see what the top novels are in the 2015 SFWA Suggested Reading List. And note that I did not see these until AFTER reaching my conclusions based on the Tor.com reviewers' choices.
21     Uprooted     Novik, Naomi     Del Rey
17     The Grace of Kings     Liu, Ken     Saga Press 
16     Karen Memory     Bear, Elizabeth     Tor Books
15     Updraft     Wilde, Fran     Tor Books   
14     The Traitor Baru Cormorant   Dickinson, Seth  Tor Books
12     Ancillary Mercy     Leckie, Ann     Orbit
11     The Fifth Season     Jemisin, N. K.     Orbit   
Interesting, is it not? All four novels identified are there. After looking into the three previously unmentioned novels, I think it's likely that Seth Dickenson's debut novel will turn out to be the book that Tor is pushing in 2015. They badly need a new star now that Scalzi is running out of steam and they lost the HALO books; based on this review, Dickenson certainly appears to understand the Tor Game: "While I enjoyed The Traitor Baru Cormorant, and will read the second book in the series when it arrives, I felt at times I was being giving a sociology lecture by someone steeped in women's and LBGT studies and political economy."

Seth Dickinson, we are told, "is the author of THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT and more than a dozen short stories. During his time in the social sciences, he worked on cocoa farming in Ghana, political rumor control, and simulations built to study racial bias in police shootings. He wrote much of the lore and flavor for Bungie Studios' smash hit DESTINY. If he were an animal, he would be a cockatoo."

Yeah, about that... "Destiny’s initial release was met with a chorus of ‘meh’.  It wasn’t a bad game, but it was hampered by a damp squib of a main storyline."

In any event, Mr. Dickenson sounds like an ideal standard bearer for Tor Books for the next few years. Regardless, I won't be reading The Traitor Baru Cormorant, because BOYCOTT TOR BOOKS.

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78 Comments:

Blogger Mint December 24, 2015 5:21 AM  

*Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie

Blogger Scuzzaman December 24, 2015 5:38 AM  

"If he were an animal, he would be a cockatoo."

Well, that settles it. I MUST buy this book.

Anonymous Dystopia Max December 24, 2015 5:40 AM  

"He wrote much of the lore and flavor for Bungie Studios' smash hit DESTINY"

hahahahahahahaha

Blogger VD December 24, 2015 5:44 AM  

Well, that settles it. I MUST buy this book.

How whimsical he is! He's obviously not trying at all, so if he fails, it doesn't matter.

Blogger Festus December 24, 2015 6:10 AM  

It's all just a big coincidence.

The question occurs, given that both the failing TOR and SJW games communication distribution streams flowed through review-whores, what will they eventually attempt to replace it with? The review-whores are their megaphones, their cloak of respectability. GG has torn the mask off the game reviewer scum and the puppies has revealed TOR's machinations, so will they rely on "There's a sucker born every minute" and right that pony into the ground or come up with something else dishonest?

Oh, wait..

Rule 1.
Rule 2.

Blogger Steve, the Dark Ninja of Mockery December 24, 2015 6:11 AM  

Seth Dickinson, we are told, "is the author of THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT and more than a dozen short stories. During his time in the social sciences, he worked on cocoa farming in Ghana, political rumor control, and simulations built to study racial bias in police shootings. He wrote much of the lore and flavor for Bungie Studios' smash hit DESTINY. If he were an animal, he would be a cockatoo."

PunchableShitLibFace.jpg

Blogger Emmett Fitz-Hume December 24, 2015 6:22 AM  

"He wrote much of the lore and flavor for Bungie Studios' smash hit DESTINY. "

That's why that game sucked!?

Blogger Festus December 24, 2015 6:31 AM  

VD,
Whimsical,on psychotropic drugs Man oh man being on Twitter with any kind of depression is dangerously like Russian roulette. You click the wrong link and oof, it's on you) and I'd bet willing to break a few eggs.

political rumor control

Anonymous kfg December 24, 2015 6:48 AM  

@5:

I would hardly be the first person to raise the inquiry, but under the circumstances I feel reflexively compelled to do so again:

WTF happened to the Danes?

Blogger Steve, the Dark Ninja of Mockery December 24, 2015 6:57 AM  

Festus - yes, it seems Mr. Dickinson's parents raised a delicate little flower:

I've heard people of all descriptions say how hard it is to be challenged constantly on your authority to be yourself — and write about it.

Uh, ok.

The essential function of a lot of prejudice is to waste time proving you're real. Let's not do that to each other as writers and readers.

You wot, mate?

You guyyyyyys please do not operate on a principle of 'everyone's straight until proven otherwise.' This is an awful way to treat people.

We should treat everybody as a possible homosexual till proven otherwise.

Blogger Emmett Fitz-Hume December 24, 2015 7:05 AM  

"You guyyyyyys please do not operate on a principle of 'everyone's straight until proven otherwise.' This is an awful way to treat people.

We should treat everybody as a possible homosexual till proven otherwise."

I look around at all of the shitlib SJWs and think, "Yeah. I'm on board with this."

Blogger VD December 24, 2015 7:05 AM  

We should treat everybody as a possible homosexual till proven otherwise.

What FABULOUS world that would be!

Blogger Chris Nelson December 24, 2015 7:31 AM  

"That's why that game sucked!? "

The masses don't play games or watch films for quality story telling.

Anonymous Anonymous December 24, 2015 7:34 AM  

My fav SF as a child was written by scientists - they turned theory into thrilling fiction.

It's depressing to see how far it's fallen.

Anonymous Weak December 24, 2015 7:52 AM  

Dickenson seems too good to be true. It seems more like one of the Ilk doing a parody of a pink-SF writer than a real person. Or maybe he's consciously taking the SJW act to 11 in order to get published and publicized.

He just seems too shameless about it. But then, when did SJW's ever care about authenticity?

Blogger Festus December 24, 2015 7:56 AM  

Has scalzi met his replacement?

Blogger Michael Maier December 24, 2015 8:05 AM  

Allow me to play the part of Nate for moment...

"That's why that game sucked!? "

You ignrent faggot.... You're tu stoopid to understand how aweomse Dstiny is. It's the deepest, most awesomeest Christian alligory ever written.

DO YOU EVEN LORE?

Blogger Michael Maier December 24, 2015 8:06 AM  

Destiny is lame... I wish it wasn't. I bought an XBox 1 for nothing.

Hell, I stupidly bought TAKEN KING on sale, almost 2 months ago. And I haven't even opened it.

Blogger Festus December 24, 2015 8:08 AM  

@14 It just off the charts virtue signalling.

Anonymous Mr. Rational December 24, 2015 8:29 AM  

@13 You and me both.

Anonymous Stephen J. December 24, 2015 8:30 AM  

I looked at the listing on Amazon, and the "about the book" blurb raves were provided by a startlingly familiar list of names: Kameron Hurley, John Chu, Aliette de Bodard, Rachel Swirsky, Chuck Wendig, Ellen Kushner... If I wasn't already convinced of the inbred nature of the award-assignment machine, that would have done it.

The sad thing is that the basic plot -- member of a conquered people becomes an agent of the conquerors to try to bring them down from within, facing the moral costs of doing so -- sounds like a good story, if the SJ proselytizing wasn't there. But I have enough good stories to read that don't bash me over the head with messages first (or require me to support libel-harboring publishers).

Blogger Student in Blue December 24, 2015 8:36 AM  

@16. Michael Maier

Nah, he'll say something about how cool the guns are and how it's really a great game, missing the point of the OP.

Or at least he'll be tempted to before reading comments.

Blogger Student in Blue December 24, 2015 8:38 AM  

@VD
They badly need a new star now that Scalzi is running out of steam and they lost the HALO books; based on this review, Dickenson certainly appears to understand the Tor Game:

It'll certainly be fun trolling TOR fans with how they're supporting YET ANOTHER WHITE MALE as their frontrunner after Scalzi. How very progressive of them.

Anonymous Instasetting December 24, 2015 8:42 AM  

Its easy to uphold the boycott as I had not heard of any of those books.

OTOH, I've been much enjoying Russian Litrpg by Magic Dome publishers and others. Good fun, and sometimes surprisingly deep.

Blogger Dave December 24, 2015 8:45 AM  

Michael just say his name three times much more effective.

Stevil that can't be the fellow. Like S in B says his skin is too light pinkish white. Perhaps he suffers from hypopigmentation.

Blogger doug whiddon December 24, 2015 8:55 AM  

I didn't realize the SJW's had taken the Nebula as well. We really need to get more people involved in the Hugo's this year. See if we can stir up the Gamergaters to help.

Blogger Cataline Sergius December 24, 2015 9:01 AM  

@25 doug whiddon

You are either very new here or extremely sarcastic.

Blogger Phillip George December 24, 2015 9:03 AM  

Proof of heterosexuality.

Greenwich Mean Time. There's really no other standard. UTCers are all suspect.

A full moon on GMT Christ Mass day would be something. Apparently GMT 11.11 is the perfect full moon. If that doesn't mean something in witch craft masonic circles I'll be amazed.

Vox, if Cultural genocide has to go ahead it has to include watches and calendars. Remember Napoleon tried the metric week. Failed. UTC was a back door to genocide. Mind wipes.

Why is this important. It is how you tell time. When the Royal Society built an Observatory it was to get everyone on the planet to agree with an absolute astronomical truth. Such thinking has to be done away with. Hence revise revise revise. The pinnacle of man's endeavours to reach for the sky was "an embarrassment".

JeSuis...............

Blogger CM December 24, 2015 9:05 AM  


It'll certainly be fun trolling TOR fans with how they're supporting YET ANOTHER WHITE MALE as their frontrunner after Scalzi. How very progressive of them.


Got into a discussion with a TrueFan on FB discussing a meme on Shelley as evidence that women should always have a place in SFF. He kept twisting it to women represented in the stories. So Sarah Hoyt doesn't count as diversity unless she writes about diversity in her stories.

Storytelling diversity > authorship diversity.

Anonymous aegis-1080 December 24, 2015 9:06 AM  

OT:

So, the progs of a certain persuasion already noticed that the Internet is opposing them:

https://archive.is/TH1aa

Even with Facebook, most of the comments are against Mr.((Bernstein)). Trump seized on the counter-culture of our age, and is likely that he rides it to the White House.

Anonymous That Would Be Telling December 24, 2015 9:10 AM  

@25 doug whiddon:

I didn't realize the SJW's had taken the Nebula as well.

As I recall, our host being on the 2004 Nebula jury is what prompted the entirely unprovoked attack on him by Patrick Nielsen Hayden (and read Scazli's comments, which start out defending Vox!), the start of an unremitting campaign which as noted this year created the Vox Day!!! that now lives rent free in CHORF brains. Who knew that SJW virtue signaling (a polite way to refer to raw hate) could have such dire results?

Blogger Skylark Thibedeau December 24, 2015 9:13 AM  

member of a conquered people becomes an agent of the conquerors to try to bring them down from within, facing the moral costs of doing so --

Isn't that the plot of "Red Rising" and "Golden Son" too?

Anonymous Sensei December 24, 2015 9:22 AM  

The Grace of Kings was a really interesting book. A grand story, not without flaws (it came too close to YA fiction at times for my taste) but it was the first English fantasy book I've read that was set in a fictional universe yet let Western readers experience it from what was basically a Chinese perspective.

Anonymous Dave Gerrold's Cabana Boy December 24, 2015 9:22 AM  

"PunchableShitLibFace.jpg"

Damn, he looks like David Cross' red-haired step cousin.

++punchable

Blogger Alexandru December 24, 2015 9:36 AM  

None of those books even look remotely interesting. Vox, what do you think about Tor.com's announcement that they are now indefinitely closed to short story submissions. They are becoming even more inbred and closeminded in my opinion.

Anonymous VFM #0410 December 24, 2015 9:37 AM  

@5: PunchableShitLibFace.jpg

There are times I think the entire SJW push to bigger and more intrusive government is driven by survival instinct. They know that, were government small and distant, they'd get punched in the face repeatedly for their smugness and dishonesty.

Blogger Cataline Sergius December 24, 2015 9:38 AM  

They badly need a new star now that Scalzi is running out of steam and they lost the HALO books; based on this review, Dickenson certainly appears to understand the Tor Game:

A medium talent SF scribbler but brilliant at self promotion and successfully surfs the ever morphing waves of SJW politics. We shall call him Mini-Scalzi

You're right, Vox. PNH must have been making a series of awkward trips to the bathroom when he found out about this guy.

Admittedly, PNH would probably be better off finding someone with actual talent...who...he...could...

(*Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha wheez...wheez Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha *)

Sorry, sorry (*wipes eyes*). Anyway he does need a new star. Obviously he's not cutting ties to Scalzi, PNH is over invested in the guy but Scalzi isn't bringing in new any new readers either.

The HALO books must have hurt. That was a nice steady, reliable cash cow, that got sent to the slaughter house. I wonder how he blew that one?

Anonymous That Would Be Telling December 24, 2015 9:57 AM  

@32 Sensei:

The Grace of Kings was a really interesting book. A grand story, not without flaws (it came too close to YA fiction at times for my taste) but it was the first English fantasy book I've read that was set in a fictional universe yet let Western readers experience it from what was basically a Chinese perspective.

Let it never be said that CHORF awards don't have signaling value. When I read on that book's Amazon page that "Ken Liu has won the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards and been a finalist for the Sturgeon and the Locus Awards." the interest you sparked with your praise dies a swift death, which will likely remain the case unless I see some credible detailed reviews.

On the other hand, this Amazon one star "Nowhere near enough female characters!" review of the first 70 pages of a 641 page book is encouraging.

In truth, most of the other 1 star reviews complain that it's a very thinly disguised rehash of the orthodox account of the Chu-Han wars, which is not such a problem for those of us not intimately familiar with them. Of course, since they happened around 200 BC, there won't be a surfeit of girrrl power characters, for shame.

Blogger Cataline Sergius December 24, 2015 10:13 AM  

I can't think of anything out there TOR can replace HALO with.

Star Wars is owned by Disney and they have their own House. Pocket Books has had Star Trek since 1979, they seem to know how to take care of a franchise.

There other franchises out there, sure but nothing with that kind of marketing muscle behind it. HALO was unique in that regard, Microsoft didn't want to get into the dead business.

Blogger The Other Robot December 24, 2015 10:47 AM  

If I were nominating works next year, I think I would nominate in appropriate categories):

Safe Space as Rape Room: Science Fiction Culture and Childhood’s End
There Will Be War, Vol X
SJWs always Lie
Flashpoint Titan by Cheah Kai Wai
Anything else I can think of, perhaps one of Deitmar Wehr's books.

For no particular reason of course.

Blogger VD December 24, 2015 11:00 AM  

There Will Be War Vol. X would be eligible in Best Related Work because it contains non-fiction. Jerry Pournelle is eligible for Best Editor (short form). And the fiction stories it contains are eligible in the appropriate categories.

I shall be making my recommendations, which are, as it is well known, in no way a direct order by the Supreme Dark Lord of the Evil Legion of Evil to his Vile Faceless Minions, the Dread Ilk, the Rabid Puppies, or anyone else, in due course.

Anonymous Minion #0172 December 24, 2015 11:12 AM  

Why would Tor NOT push Scalzi's scribblings no matter how undeserving? They dumped a big wad of potential Writers of Color advances cash on him. Aren't they smart enough to protect their investment? Or do they realize they'd be throwing good money after bad?

Blogger VD December 24, 2015 11:16 AM  

Why would Tor NOT push Scalzi's scribblings no matter how undeserving?

There are only five slots. They can't take all five, and his entry is not one that even his most rabid SJW supporters could seriously argue for.

Blogger Dave December 24, 2015 11:26 AM  

@The Other Robot

That is a fine list I say, for no particular reason.

Blogger Were-Puppy December 24, 2015 11:31 AM  

@4 Festus

OT: But if you're related to this Festus I want your autograph!

Blogger Were-Puppy December 24, 2015 11:32 AM  

@9 Steve, the Dark Ninja of Mockery

I've heard people of all descriptions say how hard it is to be challenged constantly on your authority to be yourself — and write about it.
--

Whaa? It's like this joker has internalized the lessons from Kermit about how it's not easy being green.

Blogger Were-Puppy December 24, 2015 11:34 AM  

@9 Steve, the Dark Ninja of Mockery

We should treat everybody as a possible homosexual till proven otherwise.

---
I already do that if it's a lefty :P

Blogger Were-Puppy December 24, 2015 11:37 AM  

@22 Student in Blue

It'll certainly be fun trolling TOR fans with how they're supporting YET ANOTHER WHITE MALE as their frontrunner after Scalzi. How very progressive of them.
---

He's going to have to appease them before hand by wearing a constant man bun, and trying out a variety of dresses at a BLM protest.

Blogger Dave December 24, 2015 11:40 AM  

I already do that if it's a lefty :P

Not sure that is a reliable indicator. Plenty of fabulous persons are right-handed.

Anonymous Kudos The Lexecutioner December 24, 2015 11:42 AM  

@5 Steve, the Dark Ninja of Mockery

Hmmm, Seth Rogen Beard(TM), Hipster Douchebag Glasses(TM) ...

Punchable, indeed.

Blogger Were-Puppy December 24, 2015 11:57 AM  

@39 The Other Robot

Anything else I can think of, perhaps one of Deitmar Wehr's books.

---

Kung Fury should be nominated

Blogger The Kurgan December 24, 2015 12:08 PM  

I submit this for the Hugo's 2016:

http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A133140011%2Cp_27%3AThe%20Twin%20Red%20Shadows%20of%20Justice

Anonymous LurkingPuppy December 24, 2015 12:13 PM  

@37: When I read on that book's Amazon page that "Ken Liu has won the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards and been a finalist for the Sturgeon and the Locus Awards." the interest you sparked with your praise dies a swift death, which will likely remain the case unless I see some credible detailed reviews.

Ken Liu translated ‘The Three-Body Problem’, and his short story ‘Effect and Cause’ (published in ‘The Best of Galaxy's Edge 2013-2014’, which so far consists mostly of crud) is rather good.

Blogger Nate December 24, 2015 12:15 PM  

"Nah, he'll say something about how cool the guns are and how it's really a great game, missing the point of the OP.

Or at least he'll be tempted to before reading comments."

Its christmas eve. I have 5 kids. Do you really think I have time to care about what Vox thinks about a game he's never played... or what some idiot Kotaku (or kotoku equivilent), much less Maier?

I have some bad news for you.

The only reason I even know this thread happened is someone in the Dread Ilk Group posted a link to it and said "Hey nate look ."

I'm not that surprised that Maier doesn't like Destiny though.

The game after all is designed to be played with your friends.

Anonymous LurkingPuppy December 24, 2015 12:31 PM  

@39: Flashpoint Titan by Cheah Kai Wai

Indeed. That was my favorite of the new stories in TWBW 10 too.

For no particular reason of course.

Is it because they're really, really good?


@40: And the fiction stories it contains are eligible in the appropriate categories.

Only the fiction stories that list 2015 as their copyright date.


And I hope CH's series of blog posts on pedophiles in SF will be collected into a book-like object before the end of the year; otherwise, it'll be hard to reference the whole series as a ‘related work’ now that what seems to be part 4 is out with a different title.

Blogger Midknight December 24, 2015 1:05 PM  

And the recommended reading list over at Ars Technica had only two Authors I was remotely interested in in the whole long list - Stephenson, and the "Three body problem" series.

It's disheartening - I remember when they actually used to have interesting articles and something of a pro-freedom attitude. Now? SJW reading lists, "duping" the proles for their own health is good, and how to talk to "science deniers"

Anonymous Minion #0172 December 24, 2015 1:06 PM  

"There are only five slots...."

Makes sense; but if the Chinless Wonder's next book is a dud, Tor's legal team is gonna be taking a damn serious look at the "out" clauses in Scalzi's contracts.

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx December 24, 2015 1:07 PM  

Brought to you at great sacrifice, a Scalzi sampler, less his cat pix, etc. (does he secretly want to retire as a cat translady?):

Our Little Errand Boy:
John Scalzi ‏@scalzi 3h3 hours ago
Today Krissy is making dinner for a dozen people. I am the errand boy. This is an appropriate division of responsibilities.

Duster-off-of-Hugos-Past:
John Scalzi ‏@scalzi Dec 22
Just dusted my Hugos while I was on the phone with my agent talking about a book deal. You may punch me in the face now.

The Fabulous and Fascinating:
John Scalzi ‏@scalzi Dec 21
I Just Ate a Burrito of Ground Sirloin, Bacon and Cheese and I'm Basically Made Entirely of Animal Fats Right Now: The John Scalzi Story

Scalzi, Amazon Book Burner and Internet Comment Censor:
Charlie Stross @cstross
@scalzi burns in daylight. Fact! And I have NEVER successfully fed him garlic. FACT!

(Stross poses on twitter with his significant-other cat and is also loaded up with cat pix. wtf??)

I throw this in so you, Dear Reader, may appreciate the sacrifices I have endured on your behalf:
John Scalzi ‏@scalzi Dec 21
Fun fact: Not only are the Scamperbeasts adorable, they also generate 17 times their weight in poop each day

John Scalzi ‏@scalzi Dec 20
Fun fact: I am currently muting 1,584 people, nearly all of whom are feckless shitholes of some description or another. Good riddance!
Ryan Lackey@octal
@scalzi Why mute when you can block?
John Scalzi ‏@scalzi Dec 20
Because people usually don't know they're muted and I enjoy the mental image of these jerks yelling at a wall.

kee doke...

Anonymous The other robot December 24, 2015 1:18 PM  

Seen in the Linux kernel: d_genocide!

Where is the outrage?

Blogger VD December 24, 2015 1:48 PM  

Fun fact: I am currently muting 1,584 people, nearly all of whom are feckless shitholes of some description or another. Good riddance!

The funny thing about Scalzi muting people is that he then goes and searches out their tweets about him anyhow.

Blogger Dave December 24, 2015 2:03 PM  

Be careful Spartacus don't get too close to the sun.

Blogger Cataline Sergius December 24, 2015 2:05 PM  

The funny thing about Scalzi muting people is that he then goes and searches out their tweets about him anyhow.

Must be his friendly echo chamber. OOOOhh I can't believe what XXXX just said about you John!! How can you stand it?

OpenID Jack Amok December 24, 2015 2:07 PM  

Destiny is okay as a game, but I just can't get over the crappy jump animation. The story, however, is retarded even by game narrative standards.

First, it gathers recommendations from 11 Tor.com critics...

11 Tor.com criticis? Vox, Mr and Mrs. Wright, Larry, Brad, Sarah, Kate... who are the other 4? English is a funny language sometimes.

But syntax parsing errors aside, isn't it a bit... odd that a publishing house would engage in "critical reviews" this way? Even if Tor wasn't staffed by a bunch of nest-feathering parasites with priggish tastes, you'd want to be a bit skeptical.

Blogger Geir Balderson December 24, 2015 2:18 PM  

"...now that Scalzi is running out of steam.."

Scalzi needs to pull up his knickers and play the Bruce Jenner card. Time for John to become Johanna! It is the only solution for him to be recognized as a leader in Fantasy again! And then, maybe, he will be able to start bench-pressing again with vigor!

Blogger Dave December 24, 2015 2:30 PM  

So Jack, have you not heard of the Critics' Choice Awards?

Anonymous LurkingPuppy December 24, 2015 2:34 PM  

I would suggest the following additional nominees:

* Novella: ‘Hyperspace Demons’ by Jonathan Moeller

* Editor, Short Form: Jason Rennie (‘Sci Phi Journal’)

* Related Work: John C. Wright's blog post about elves

* Graphic Story: Tempest in a Teardrop's sub-story about invading Vox Day's castle; also as many other sub-stories of that and other allied web comics as are needed to pack the category

* Fan Writers: Vox Day; Jeffro Johnson; Steve, the Dark Ninja of Mockery; John C. Wright (if he'll accept the nomination); the Daniel who is writing the pedos-in-SF-fandom series

* Novel: ‘Somewhither’ by John C. Wright (of course); ‘Back from the Dead’ by Rolf Nelson (I haven't gotten to ‘Nethereal’ yet)

But I won't claim that the Hugo awards are worthy of any of the above, especially after this year's Sasquan Bugger trophy.

Blogger Skylark Thibedeau December 24, 2015 2:42 PM  

They reccomended 'Seveneves'? That was not one of Stephenson's better offerings. Part one was a total info dump on where he thinks space exploration is going. Part two was too short and had the usual quick and unsatisfying ending.

Blogger The Other Robot December 24, 2015 3:58 PM  

Seen on a job ad for a Very Special Software Engineer:

Comfortable working in a multinational environment and understands how to leverage cultural diversity.

Perhaps it would suit Scalzi in his waning years.

PS, I might have misspelled one word in the position.

Blogger The Deuce December 24, 2015 4:27 PM  

Very relevant fun fact: Bungie recently invited Anita Sarkeesian over to give their employees a speech.

And Bungie, like Tor, has lost Halo and with it the ability to make anything new that is good.

Social Justice Convergence strikes again.

OpenID Jack Amok December 24, 2015 5:08 PM  

So Jack, have you not heard of the Critics' Choice Awards?

Yeah, I have, but I'm perplexed as to what an award presented by a critics association has to do with one particular publisher aggregating critics covering their industry. It would be like The 20th Century Fox Movie Awards.

Of course, it's not like Disney has encouraged ESPN shows to push the new Star Wars movie their studios made or anything...

OpenID Jack Amok December 24, 2015 5:17 PM  

Huh, I wonder how well Sarkeesianism goes with mis-managed schedules, old school game studio death marches, and treating testers like third class citizens.

Anonymous Flyover Resident December 24, 2015 6:24 PM  

So, if Seth Dickinson were an animal he'd be a cockatoo, with a cloaca rather than a penis?

That sounds about right.

Blogger Dave December 24, 2015 6:38 PM  

@Jack "has to do with one particular publisher aggregating critics covering their industry"

It's called the 2015 Tor.com Reviewers' Choice List. Would you call it the Tor.com Reviewers' Choice if it wasn't Tor.com contributors? I don't believe Vox or Larry or the others you listed contribute to Tor.com.

OpenID Jack Amok December 24, 2015 7:38 PM  

It's called the 2015 Tor.com Reviewers' Choice List. Would you call it the Tor.com Reviewers' Choice if it wasn't Tor.com contributors? I don't believe Vox or Larry or the others you listed contribute to Tor.com.

Bah Humbug, I'm just not getting through to you Dave. But tonight's not the time for either of us to worry about that.

Merry Christmas

Anonymous Malwyn's apprentice December 24, 2015 10:48 PM  

@33, @38, @53: Ken Liu & Grace of Kings ---

$10.99 for an eBook? Not happening any time soon. I really like epic fantasy, and tossing several cultures/historical events into a blender is kinda fun, but I'll wait until this goes on sale. I've gotten pretty spoiled with new eBook releases @ $5.99 or less ...

Blogger Michael Maier December 24, 2015 10:58 PM  

Nate.............. God bless you and yours.

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx December 25, 2015 3:24 AM  

60. VD
Fun fact: I am currently muting 1,584 people, nearly all of whom are feckless shitholes of some description or another. Good riddance!- Scalzi 451

The funny thing about Scalzi muting people is that he then goes and searches out their tweets about him anyhow.

Offered without proof
for proof is unneeded.

An artillery battery,
off there in the fog,
ranged and waiting
for its moment to speak.

Blogger Gerry Tork December 26, 2015 12:37 AM  

The funny thing about Scalzi muting people is that he then goes and searches out their tweets about him anyhow.

Does he call the police to have them arrested for harassment? That'sounds what happened to Greg Elliott in Toronto.

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