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Saturday, August 13, 2016

A few thoughts on Worldcon

MidAmericaCon II is approaching, and as one could expect in a world where we're waiting to learn if "Space Raptor Butt Invasion" is a Hugo Award-winning short story, things are getting weird. First, someone had the bright idea of a caption contest. Below is The Alt Right DM's entry.

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Meanwhile, MidAmericaCon II had a big announcement yesterday, and by the sounds of it, McRapey is VERY excited.

John Scalzi @scalzi
The @HugoAwards will have GENDER FREE BATHROOMS! Can't wait to spend all day in there listening to the sexy ladies going tinkle!"

Unfortunately, Jim "McCreepy" Hines could not be reached for comment, as we are informed that he was already out at Radio Shack purchasing portable recording equipment.

It's a peculiar sort of convention that sees its bathroom policy as a major selling point, whatever that policy might be. But what was either the most amusing thing, or the most tragic thing, depending upon your perspective and how cruel your sense of humor happens to be, was NK Jemisin coming out and admitting that she knows she's nothing more than science fiction's affirmative-action pet. It's a modestly profitable gig, to be sure, but not one that lends itself to much in the way of self-respect.
Throughout the Sad and Rabid Puppies saga, in which some readers protested progressive themes in sci-fi, Jemisin has been an outspoken voice advocating for diversity in science fiction. (Read her musings on "reactionary assholes" in the interview she did with the WIRED Book Club for more on that.) But too often, she has also found herself unwillingly cast in another role: the token non-white writer.

Ever since a report from magazine Fireside Fiction called out a lack of diversity in sci-fi on July 26, Jemisin has received six invitations to contribute to anthologies or magazines—and she's leery of being one of the few go-to names when panicked editors scramble to be more inclusive. And in a tweetstorm this afternoon (below), Jemisin placed the onus on the markets, not aspiring authors, to make writers of color welcome. "The front gates are still shut, see," she wrote. "You're just letting a few more exceptions in the side door." Jemisin may have broken into the world of science fiction, but for other writers to do the same, those gatekeepers need to open those doors wide.
Jemisin didn't break into the world of science fiction. She's the token African-American. She's a diversity totem. She was picked up at a kennel for Peeple of Kolor Who Dont Rite Good, brought home, and is now proudly displayed to anyone who visits or even even happens to walk past outside.

"See, we got DIVERSITY!"

And she's been defecating on the bed and the carpets, and urinating on the legs of the homeowners, ever since.

"After I read that book I realized two things: a) that Heinlein was racist as *fuck*, and b) most of science fiction fandom was too."
- NK Jemisin

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Anonymous 5343 August 13, 2016 5:07 AM  

Wait ... does that make Jemisin a ... puppy?

Anonymous That Would Be Telling August 13, 2016 5:16 AM  

And no surprise, it's decided to be a victim disarmament zone", despite that not being compelled in any way by Missouri law.

On the other hand, unlike Washington State, it is a one party consent state for recording audio, just be discrete about it. It would be delicious to get at least audio recordings of the various bad actors in the community on the post-convention record, that way their claims of perfectly nice behavior can be falsified. I've this $19 device with good results in times past.

Anonymous Frankenstein McBadperson August 13, 2016 5:19 AM  

This just gets sillier and sillier. Someone had better tell the Lakers that diversity is their strength. I can't wait to see all those 5 foot tall overweight diabetic Mexicans playing on the squad. And I can't wait for all those ghetto computer geniuses at MIT. Eventually. Someday. If we just have an open mind about these things.

Back when I was a stage director, I worked a lot with certain black actors, because they were THE BEST actors. Other black actors I didn't work with, because THEY SUCKED.

Grow the f!ck up. Slavery ended more than 150 years ago. Christ on a crutch. Russians had it worse than you ever did, and yet somehow they were the first into outer space. Where's the Botswana Mars landing? Oh, that's right, they forgot.

Anonymous DK August 13, 2016 5:24 AM  

McRapey should now also be called McCreepy. Does he not have any social sensibilities at all? I bet he'll be spending a lot of time in the bathroom doing "his thing" while listening to the women go tinkle.

No, on second thought, McPervy fits him better!

Blogger S. Thermite August 13, 2016 5:41 AM  

@DK
I believe the handle McCreepy as already been assigned is the cross-dressing, slut-shaming writer of Goblin Quest, whom I used to work with in an IT department long ago back when only his short stories had been published and he was doing crisis rape counselling. I believe one of the first places to carry his first novel was a feminist bookstore (anyone remember that skit with Steve Buscemi in Portlandia?) called "Everybody Reads" (play on "Everybody Poops", get it?). Can't make this sh...poop up.

Blogger Cataline Sergius August 13, 2016 5:42 AM  

The @HugoAwards will have GENDER FREE BATHROOMS! Can't wait to spend all day in there listening to the sexy ladies going tinkle!"

That's right women of WorldCon. Every time you walk in the restroom to go number one you will be greeted by a short fat balding man in a dress, trembling in excitement and waiting to escort you to your stall. Breathing about how sexy you are.

One that has written an essay on much he loves rape.

And guess what? You can't ask him to leave, it's his right to be there.

Blogger J A Baker August 13, 2016 5:49 AM  

I have a dream that one day sci-fi writers will not be judged by the content of their writing but by the color of their skin! I have seen the promised land, and it has gender free bathrooms, glory glory hole a lul ya!

Blogger S. Thermite August 13, 2016 5:55 AM  

"Excuse me ladies, but can one of you help me lift something heavy? No, seriously...my daughter lifts more than me and I'm Scalzied-out from swinging my banhammer plush mowing my huge lawn"

Anonymous Icicle August 13, 2016 5:57 AM  

She was picked up at a kennel for Peeple of Kolor Who Don't Rite Good, brought home, and is now proudly displayed to anyone who visits or even even happens to walk past outside.

Let's send her to South Korea.

Anonymous PETA Pet August 13, 2016 5:59 AM  

I'M SO FUCKING TRIGGERED RIGHT NOW

Anonymous KitF August 13, 2016 6:00 AM  

Even the most aggressive trannies would blench at being quite so blatant at their perving on real women in public bathrooms, opting for the 'oh we're just there to pee like the real girls, honest (simper, simper). That Scalzi person appears to have less self-control than an incontinent baboon. And the thought of something like that drooling and fiddling in the next cubicle or outside the door makes me nauseous, which is hard to achieve in these days of rage-inducing collective madness.

Blogger Bob Loblaw August 13, 2016 6:00 AM  

That's right women of WorldCon. Every time you walk in the restroom to go number one you will be greeted by a short fat balding man in a dress, trembling in excitement and waiting to escort you to your stall. Breathing about how sexy you are.

As if you could fit anyone else in the restroom with a Woman of WorldCon.

Blogger L' Aristokrato August 13, 2016 6:14 AM  

One 'racissss' >>> All Dindus!

Anonymous Shut up rabbit August 13, 2016 6:16 AM  

Imagine anyone not-on-the-left (TM) publically proclaiming their urolagniac desires, there would be outrage. Any degeneracy is permitted (nay, encouraged) if you adhere to the narrative.

I suppose its better than the pedophilia but its still disgusting.

Anonymous Frankenstein McBadperson August 13, 2016 6:16 AM  

What is with all this crazy psycho obsessive business about using the bathroom? Isn't that kind of a bland, negligible necessity? Just something you gotta do from time to time, as a form of boring maintenance? I hate Freud, but maybe he's on to something here. Lawd help us if Freud is actually right about something.

Blogger J A Baker August 13, 2016 6:23 AM  

There just has be a way to force people to diversify their bookshelves.

Anonymous Steve August 13, 2016 6:41 AM  

And in a tweetstorm this afternoon (below), Jemisin placed the onus on the markets, not aspiring authors, to make writers of color welcome.

Affirmative Action isn't a thing in Great Britain, but one thing I've noticed is that American beneficiaries of this peculiar institution rarely, if ever, seem to be grateful.

So Miss Jemisin went on a Twitterrant complaining that she received lots of invites to submit her writing to anthologies.

Eh, wot?

Well, apparently she's salty that other dark-skinned SFF writers didn't receive the same amount of special treatment.

See:

Decolonization asks, "What are you (markets) doing wrong that black ppl don't want to submit stories to you? Fix *that* first."

Markets are to blame for black literacy rates and black folks' general lack of interest in writing science fiction. Damn you, capitalism!

In fact, I'm about to start asking markets that send me invites who's black and nbPoC on their staff. Please be prepared to answer.

Take THAT, editors who thought it'd be a good idea to work with NK Jemisin. Sullen black woman is going to teach you the error of your ways.

Blogger James Dixon August 13, 2016 6:44 AM  

> The @HugoAwards will have GENDER FREE BATHROOMS!

You know, I don't think that phrase means what he thinks it means.

Anonymous Juan Delcano August 13, 2016 6:45 AM  

So there I am, on the Worldcon 75 website looking at three astounding losers on the front page and a message stating something to the effect of 25 rooms were donated to "assist people of color / non-white people" attending the convention.

Voting as a Rabid Puppy is fun, but at what point do I walk away and say "I'm not supporting this SJW crap?" I've reached it now. The Hugos are a joke on fire; let the SJWs play in the embers.

Now, voting for the First Annual Pournelle award in various categories: that I'm up for. I can think of quite a few authors worthy of a Jerry.

Blogger Cataline Sergius August 13, 2016 6:49 AM  

John Scalzi @scalzi
The @HugoAwards will have GENDER FREE BATHROOMS! Can't wait to spend all day in there listening to the sexy ladies going tinkle!"


Scalzi is an Omega sociopath who only pretends to be a Gamma.

Blogger JaimeInTexas August 13, 2016 6:54 AM  

A bitch.

Anonymous Alice De Goon August 13, 2016 7:10 AM  

I've never understood the push for gender-free bathrooms. Don't people realize the reason bathrooms were assigned to gender in the first place was to allow women to enter the public sphere without fear of harassment? All it's going to take are a few years of "gender-free" bathrooms (and a few years of pervs, heavy breathers, stall masturbators, and loiterers) for people to realize why they kept men out of the women's biffy in the first place. By the way, where are the men's urinals going to go in a gender-free bathroom? Don't tell me men will just be able to stand there and whip out their cranks in front of grandmothers and 6 year old girls? WTF are these people thinking?

...Oh right...these people are perverted SJWs. Exposing innocent children to the crooked diseased cranks of corpulent "progressive" fiction authors is a feature, not a bug of the gender free bathroom push.

Blogger ChickenChicken Sweep August 13, 2016 7:12 AM  

who's black and nbPoC on their staff

What the flin-flarn filthy heck is "nbPoC"? Is that a genetic marker for "so stupid one almost thinks they're one is smart"?

Also, amending "as fuck" (or "asf") to any statement is now as edgy and clever as the average sorority girl's tattoo.

Anonymous Frankenstein McBadperson August 13, 2016 7:21 AM  

Is it possible for an entire culture to die of sheer silliness? I'm starting to think so.

Y'all have absolutely NO idea how hard the Chinese are laffing at us. And planning accordingly.

Anonymous Takin' a Look August 13, 2016 7:22 AM  

John Scalzi @scalzi
The @HugoAwards will have GENDER FREE BATHROOMS! Can't wait to spend all day in there listening to the sexy ladies going tinkle!"

I don't use Twatter, is this Vox mocking Scalzi? Because if that's actually the real deal....holee-FUK.

Anonymous Be Not Afraid August 13, 2016 7:25 AM  

Scalzi should have learned from his "I am a rapist" screed that you don't supply your enemies with the stakes they'll hammer into your cold, undead heart. What a creepy thing for him to write. I don't take my kids into Target anymore, and I certainly wouldn't take them to a convention with Scalzi anymore, even if his comment was in jest. I expect we'll be seeing that quote here for many years to come.

Second thought: "tinkle"... "Tingle".... Hmmmmmmm, the awards ceremony might be more entertaining than we'd guessed...

Blogger Rusty Fife August 13, 2016 7:26 AM  

Alice De Goon wrote:Don't people realize the reason bathrooms were assigned to gender in the first place was to allow women to enter the public sphere without fear of harassment?

There only appear to bo 3 reasons:
1. They are too ugly to get attention any other way.
2. They are the pervs.
3. They don't want women in public without a man.

Since 1&2 are obvious; it is probaly #3 just because they hate poor people and want them to suffer.

Anonymous The Next Big Thing August 13, 2016 7:31 AM  

is WALL FREE BATHROOMS!.

In the darkest corners of social media, hushed discussions are earnestly taking place: "Tweeting and writing about gender free bathrooms just isn't enough. How are we to fully display our tolerance and commitment to equality with the architectural barriers, partitions, and walls that enclose and divide our bathrooms? We must break down those walls!"

Blogger Basta Con La Droga August 13, 2016 7:32 AM  

Jamisin is a fully fledged lunatic. She sees racism everywhere. She goes to Austalia, and is scared of racist Aussies for no reason whatsoever; she flies to Italy, sees an Ethiopian woman being thrown off a bus (because she didn't buy the ticket)... "The Italians are racist!". She's an utter basket case, loony bin material.

Blogger Dave August 13, 2016 7:42 AM  

She goes to Austalia

Why so racist to "r". It was only trying to take its rightful place between "t" and "a". And really, who can blame it?

Blogger Matt August 13, 2016 7:57 AM  

There's nothing sexy about hearing a woman rip farts while breaking the sound barrier with her pias stream.

Blogger David August 13, 2016 8:10 AM  

I actually read one of the works of N. K. Jemisin. "The Awakened Kingdom". Perhaps the worst thing I have ever read, but I pushed through it to the end. Mine is the only 1 star review on Amazon. Only 23 reviews total, so the thing wasn't exactly a best seller.

Blogger Skylark Thibedeau August 13, 2016 8:21 AM  

Where is the Diversity in Readership. Kinda hard to write for an audience that's not interested.

OpenID denektenorsk August 13, 2016 8:22 AM  

As Johnny has reliably informed us you don't get to write mean, hateful things and then take them back by shouting "satire"! It was back when Roosh V was rounding up women by the hundreds and endlessly and ceaslessly raping them on private property if memory serves.

So, I hope someone will alert security to this pervert who plans to listen to wymen of no determinant gender "tinkle".


Blogger Mr.MantraMan August 13, 2016 8:41 AM  

Women ruin everything and they will finish off the Hugos in short order. My bet in the office pool is that safe space for women tinklers will be the next petty cause, petty issues that is what women do and little else.

Blogger The Other Robot August 13, 2016 8:51 AM  

Make Science Fiction Great Again.

Get rid of Pink SF!

Anonymous Minion 0172 August 13, 2016 8:59 AM  

"Affirmative Action isn't a thing in Great Britain, but one thing I've noticed is that American beneficiaries of this peculiar institution rarely, if ever, seem to be grateful."

Unfortunately, it is human nature to despise one's benefactor. Which is why 50 years of AA has produced only raging resentment among minorities.

Blogger Lovekraft August 13, 2016 9:04 AM  

These people need true PURPOSE in their lives. Debating which is better, Superman or Batman, Star Wars or Star Trek is a trend begun in the 1970s. America lost Vietnam. Canada and other Western nations sold out to diversity. Manufacturing gutted, 1980s gloss and glitter, 90s Eminem wiggering, the list goes on of how Western Men have been attacked.

So I pity these people on some level. But there comes a point when they either open their eyes, or continue the navel-gazing childishness.

But have faith. The ruler of This World, the deceiver, has a predictable playbook, predictable tactics and results. Nothing to fear. Mock Satan and his works. They are nothing.

Anonymous BGKB August 13, 2016 9:34 AM  

Why would parents let someone molest a 3yo girl in front of them? Sounds more like a single mom.

John Scalzi...Can't wait to spend all day in there listening to the sexy ladies going tinkle!"

Did Scalzi really tweet this? At well attended conventions women often have a line for the bathroom.

Wait ... does that make Jemisin a ... puppy? A feral cat that doesn't know how to use litterboxes

Even the most aggressive trannies would blench at being quite so blatant at their perving

Both San Fran and NYC solved the problem by decriminalizing public defecation, so the streets are gender neutral

able to stand there and whip out their cranks in front of grandmothers and 6 year old girls? WTF are these people thinking?

They are used to having trough urinals with mirrors over top of them.

to the effect of 25 rooms were donated to "assist people of color / non-white people" attending the convention

Since non Asian minorities are too stupid and lazy to get ID for VOTER ID they will have extra people there to vote for them. Are they still doing scholarships for memberships?

What the flin-flarn filthy heck is "nbPoC"? Non Binary Person of Crime. A tranny crack whore

Blogger Zimri August 13, 2016 9:38 AM  

The tweet doesn't exist anymore. Guessing the quote is fake because if it was real, Vox would have screenshot and pasted it.

Blogger VD August 13, 2016 9:43 AM  

I think the real joke is that one legitimately can't be sure that Scalzi actually tweeted that or not.

Blogger Bard August 13, 2016 9:47 AM  

Can a Shebolith tinkle?

Anonymous That Would Be Telling August 13, 2016 9:50 AM  

@40 Zimri:

I sincerely hope not. Nothing caused me to permanently lose more respect for our host than his editing of a set of NK Jemisin Tweets, as it turned out, and presenting them as what she actually said.

Yeah, it was an effective rhetorical technique, and presented a truth at a higher level, but this level of dialectical dishonesty is a big step too far for me; among other things it means anything of his I want to quote has to be double checked for literal truth first.

At worst, it can be interpreted as lying, and I came very close to "spamming" our host because I do that with all liars, but he's too damned effective at what he does for that. I view it as entirely unnecessary, but I'm not someone fighting it out in the public square like he is, so I withhold judgement on that.

Blogger Bard August 13, 2016 9:51 AM  

What shape are you special snowflake?

Blogger Nate August 13, 2016 9:51 AM  

John Scalzi @scalzi
The @HugoAwards will have GENDER FREE BATHROOMS! Can't wait to spend all day in there listening to the sexy ladies going tinkle!



Ya normally we shout "blown cover as cover!" as a joke... but John Scalzi is a Rapist is looking more and more like a documentary.

Blogger Nate August 13, 2016 9:54 AM  

if it is a fake tweet.. I would just like to applaud the use of the word "tinkle". That's brilliant.

Blogger Bard August 13, 2016 10:00 AM  

Nate,
It is not brilliant.
See 43) "Nothing caused me to permanently lose more respect for our host than his editing of a set of NK Jemisin Tweets".
There is literally NOTHING, not one single thing in all of creation that leads to disrespect faster than altering a perverts Tweet, a half savage Tweet, a racist Tweet, etc. Get with the times man.

Blogger tz August 13, 2016 10:01 AM  

So they are going to close down the nice hotel restrooms and bring in porta-potty-s?

Blogger Jeff Weimer August 13, 2016 10:05 AM  

I just *knew* Jemison was talking about Farnham's Freehold.

Blogger Orville August 13, 2016 10:08 AM  

So I walk by the convention center on days that are not steam baths. I was out and about during Planet Comicon a few months ago and the streets were thick with freaks. Even saw a Wookie.

I'll make an effort to do a walk by this week.

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Anonymous That Would Be Telling August 13, 2016 10:15 AM  

@47 Bard:

There is literally NOTHING, not one single thing in all of creation that leads to disrespect faster than than lying.

Fixed it for you.

I mean, it's right there in the Ten Commandments, "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour."

If expecting honesty from someone like our host makes me a special snowflake, so be it.

The only question is, how do we score this, lie or allowable rhetoric? That we "legitimately can't be sure that Scalzi actually tweeted that or not" is very telling, is it not?

Anonymous BGKB August 13, 2016 10:16 AM  

Stockton, California Mayor Anthony Silva arrested for lewd conduct with minors. And, almost predictably, we learn that Silva is a member of former Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns (now part of the “Everytown For Gun Safety” group.) http://www.recordnet.com/article/20160804/NEWS/160809870

Blogger Stephen Ward August 13, 2016 10:25 AM  

I wasn't able to find the tweet (checked from 08-08 through 08-13 on 08-13)

@51 that would be telling - that means its either fake, or was deleted. If it was real, I figure Vox is practiced enough to screenshot the thing before he posts about it.

Time will tell, either way.

Blogger Nate August 13, 2016 10:35 AM  

Vox

Is the scalzi tweet fake or not?

Blogger residentMoron August 13, 2016 10:38 AM  

Cognitive dissonance sure is a savage bitch.

Anonymous Satan's Hamster August 13, 2016 10:38 AM  

"Affirmative Action isn't a thing in Great Britain, but one thing I've noticed is that American beneficiaries of this peculiar institution rarely, if ever, seem to be grateful."

Affirmative Action is a RACIST! left-wing policy that says 'blacks are not good enough at X to qualify legitimately, so they must be given X to make GoodFeelz'. So, when a black person gets X, whether it's a job, or a published story, or whatever, they know they don't deserve it, and they only got it because of RACIST!S and the colour of their skin. And it infuriates them. No-one likes to be told 'I'm giving you X BECAUSE you don't deserve it.'

It's even worse for blacks who legitimately would have got whatever they got without RACIST! Affirmative Action. Anyone who sees a black doctor doesn't think 'there's someone who'll be able to fix my problem', they think 'Affirmative Action hire' and look for a doctor of a different colour.

The only thing Affirmative Action really achieves is to increase the number of votes for RACIST! Democrats.

Anyway, back more on topic, I'm guessing SF readers will soon have quotas too, and be forced to read books by black women writers to prove they're not RACIST. Because the sick bastards won't do it unless they're forced to.

Blogger VD August 13, 2016 10:53 AM  

Is the scalzi tweet fake or not?

Oh, Sweet Saint Darwin on a cross... it's worse than I ever imagined.

Anonymous Wyrd August 13, 2016 10:59 AM  

Chuck Tingle vs. Voxman and The Bad Dogs Blues:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1H-TaBUshQ

Blogger flyingtiger August 13, 2016 11:07 AM  

Scarlzi's comments are a joke, right? Or is it a misprint or a hoax? Even he cannot be that crazy.

Blogger Matthew August 13, 2016 11:17 AM  

VD wrote:it's worse than I ever imagined.

It's plausible that Scalzi would say this kind of thing in an unfunny attempt to mock the idea that trannies would use women's bathrooms for this purpose.

Blogger pdwalker August 13, 2016 11:21 AM  

Two comments

1/ I cannot tell parody from the real anymore. Is Scalzi's tweet real? I waded through his nauseating Twitter feed and did not find it.

2/ I think VD was generous and gives her the benefit of the doubt when he called Jemisin a "half-savage"

Anonymous The Next Big Thing August 13, 2016 11:26 AM  


is not going to be telling.

I am.

Blogger pdwalker August 13, 2016 11:27 AM  

@41 VD

Busted. You got me. Because that really is written in the style of how he'd write if he wrote it.

Blogger The Other Robot August 13, 2016 11:27 AM  

We need a new item on the agenda at Worldcon:

Replacing the phallic Hugo Awards with something more welcoming, like a vagina!

Blogger Leo Little Book in Shenzhen August 13, 2016 11:28 AM  

Scalzi is an Omega sociopath who only pretends to be a Gamma.

No, Adam Lanza was a homosexual omega sociopath. There's a difference.

Scalzi would never write that tweet, even as parody, because it would result in expulsion from the warren. The rape parody was his 2 Minutes of Hate against jocks.

Anonymous Bz August 13, 2016 11:53 AM  

And here I thought "Hogg" Delany was the token.

Blogger Were-Puppy August 13, 2016 11:54 AM  

John Scalzi @scalzi
The @HugoAwards will have GENDER FREE BATHROOMS! Can't wait to spend all day in there listening to the sexy ladies going tinkle!"
--

This guy is so stupid to tweet something like this when entries in the awards are shining the light on pervs, pedos, etc.

It's like he's shining a light on himself yelling "ME TOO"

Blogger Were-Puppy August 13, 2016 12:04 PM  

@41 VD
I think the real joke is that one legitimately can't be sure that Scalzi actually tweeted that or not.
---

Heh you got me if that was a bogus tweet!

Blogger JWM in SD August 13, 2016 12:06 PM  

"Women ruin everything and they will finish off the Hugos in short order. My bet in the office pool is that safe space for women tinklers will be the next petty cause, petty issues that is what women do and little else."

I've been wondering about that kind of thing myself. Here is where I think that it ends up going before people realize how stupid this idea is. Women will get upset about the creepers and there will a number publicized incidents that occur and get blasted by the MSM into the public consciousness. As a reaction, SJW's will demand that the gender free bathrooms largely be for women and only allow men in during designated periods of time. Businesses will be forced to cut costs and all but eliminate Men's rooms. Men, get ready to hold it for really long periods of time.

Just a prediction....

Blogger Were-Puppy August 13, 2016 12:06 PM  

@50 Orville
So I walk by the convention center on days that are not steam baths. I was out and about during Planet Comicon a few months ago and the streets were thick with freaks. Even saw a Wookie.
---

I don't know of there is anything that can match the epic Dragoncon parade - if you haven't seen it, google it

Blogger Were-Puppy August 13, 2016 12:12 PM  

J. Jonah Jemisen, editor of the Daily Narrative

Anonymous Avalanche August 13, 2016 12:20 PM  

@28 "We must break down those walls!"

Like in PRISONS!

Anonymous Avalanche August 13, 2016 12:22 PM  

@39 "Both San Fran and NYC solved the problem by decriminalizing public defecation, so the streets are gender neutral"

And STINKY!

Blogger 4499 August 13, 2016 12:24 PM  

I found this excerpt on Goodreads. It's from the novel, "Jet Galaxy" by Ink Jemima. Enjoy.


“Here the keys. Start the spaceship and fly my ass outta here,” Space Queen Buniqua said to her new pilot, Linoleus, Jr. “Hurry up! The club open in a few and I gots to get my drank on.”

Linoleus, Jr. tried the key in the ignition. The engine cranked weakly but wouldn’t turn over. “I think the battery dead.”

“You gots some jumper cables? Get the jumper cables out.”

“Where they at?”

“Shit, I ‘on’t know! They a gas station over there. Aks can you borrow some.”

Linoleus. Jr. got out of the spaceship and walked over to the station. He came back a few minutes later. Space Queen Buniqua rolled down her window. “He say they don’t loan no cables out, but they gots some fo’ sale. So I aks how much, an’ he say sixteen dollars. So I say I only gots nine dollars and a Zippo lighter, is that enough? An’ he aks do the Zippo work? And I say yeah it work. So he say lemme see. So I try to light it but it won’t catch, cause it need a flint. So he say if the Zippo work he take nine dollars and the Zippo, but the Zippo don’t work.”

“Do he sell flints? He sell cigarettes, right? See if he sell flints.”

Linoleus, Jr. walked back over to the gas station. Soon he came back out carrying a paper bag. “I gots some flints, but now I ain’t got nine dollars no more. I only gots seven dollars and some change. You got any money on you?”

“Niya I look like a fuckin’ bank to you? Is that it? Am I a ATM now? Shit. Get back in the car, fool, and put a new flint in the fuckin’ Zippo. Lemme see what I can find.”

Space Queen Buniqua checked her purse. “Do he take plastic? Prolly not from a POC, huh? Raciss honky. Look, check the console, see if there any change in there.”

Linoleus, Jr. had used a dime to remove the flint screw and spring assembly from the bottom of the lighter, and with the new flint inserted, was putting it back together. “He ain’t no white boy, he a Mexican.” He finished its assembly and tested it. “Lookie here, it workin’! We in business now!”

“Turn it off, ‘fore it run out of fluid or some shit. He a Mexican? Raciss wetback. I said check the damn console, see there any change in there!”

Linoleus, Jr. rooted around in the console. “Hell, they all kinda change in here! We rich! Aight, I be back.”

He got out of the spaceship and ran across the street carrying a handful of change. He returned a few minutes later carrying a set of jumper cables. “Now we cookin’! Just gotta wait for another spaceship to drive past here.” Linoleus, Jr. popped the hood and stood by the side on the road, holding the jumper cables.

The Space Queen lit up a Kool, blew smoke out the window, and thought for a minute. Then she frowned. “Yo, Linoleus! Do he sell batteries?”

Blogger The Kurgan August 13, 2016 12:31 PM  

VD,
Don't prioritise tactics over strategy. Just saying.

Blogger Leo Little Book in Shenzhen August 13, 2016 12:38 PM  

NB - I'm not sure what the difference should be between a psychopath and a sociopath.

OP: SJWs always double down. Sigmas never stop. There can be only one (ending).

Anonymous George of the Jungle August 13, 2016 12:44 PM  

Because the left always doubles-down on its insanity, ultimately laws will be passed prohibiting straight white males from using any public restrooms.

Blogger The Other Robot August 13, 2016 1:01 PM  

@74: I think you misspelled 'bidness'

Anyway, you/they should submit it for a Hugo next year.

Blogger Noah B August 13, 2016 1:12 PM  

Whether or not that scalzi tweet is real or not, this one is:

"I WAS BEING SARCASTIC" is the new "It was just a joke."

Along with him celebrating baby killing.

Blogger Jack Aubrey August 13, 2016 1:16 PM  

I checked with Dan Rather and he told me the tweet was "Fake, but accurate."

Anonymous VFM #6306 August 13, 2016 2:10 PM  

John Scalzi ‏@scalzi
Interesting fact I just realized: In the last two years, I've had more video games released (two) than novels (one). Huh.

Anonymous Steve August 13, 2016 2:16 PM  

4499 - Lool!

Blogger Bard August 13, 2016 4:18 PM  

TWBT
Please don't fix my posts. That is akin to changing a tweet which is tantamount to lying. There is nothing I find more offensive. See how that works?

Blogger Thucydides August 13, 2016 5:04 PM  

N.K Who?

I am not familiar with the name, and based on the comments of the individual, I'm not going to make any effort to become familiar with their work either.

Anonymous That Would Be Telling August 13, 2016 5:25 PM  

@83 Bard:

TWBT
Please don't fix my posts. That is akin to changing a tweet which is tantamount to lying.


Utter rot, my decorations made it crystal clear which words were yours and which were mine.

There is nothing I find more offensive. See how that works?

No, that's not how it works, because my "fix" showed how you, to be charitable, completely missed the point I was making. And so you continue to do.

Anonymous SciVo August 13, 2016 5:44 PM  

Steve wrote:Affirmative Action isn't a thing in Great Britain, but one thing I've noticed is that American beneficiaries of this peculiar institution rarely, if ever, seem to be grateful.

An in-kind gift to the genuinely needy (e.g. food to the hungry, clothes to the naked) is the best form of immediate charity, and second-best overall (after helping them help themselves). Welfare and Affirmative Action are soul-killing, and no one is grateful for what must either be an entitlement or an insult.

Open racism would be not only more honest, but also kinder than assuming that the color of their skin means they can't make it on their own. What could be more gratifying than to win the business of someone who clearly would rather deal with anyone else? What could be less gratifying than to be given the business of someone who thinks he's being forced to do you a favor?

Anonymous SciVo August 13, 2016 6:28 PM  

The Other Robot wrote:We need a new item on the agenda at Worldcon:

Replacing the phallic Hugo Awards with something more welcoming, like a vagina!


Now that would show inclusive spirit!

Leo Little Book in Shenzhen wrote:NB - I'm not sure what the difference should be between a psychopath and a sociopath.

As a layperson, I reduce it to the difference between a shallow & tempestuous pond, and an opaque & frozen pond. Of the two, I think that the latter is more likely to have a hologram projecting normality (since the former is hard to control).

The psychopath will kill you because he was "upset" and that covers everything from mild annoyance to blind rage; the sociopath will kill you because his soul is a silent attic full of cobwebs and broken dolls, and your red necksmile looks pretty.

I don't know if that's accurate for the technical definitions, but it's a useful distinction that works for me.

Anonymous Steve August 13, 2016 7:02 PM  

Open racism would be not only more honest, but also kinder than assuming that the color of their skin means they can't make it on their own.

Yeah. I get the sense that higher IQ blacks are more prone to depression and neuroses too.

So Jemisin is obsessed with racism everywhere and the Obamas, who have been VIP guests on a gilded Affirmative Action elevator all their lives, seem to think of themselves as somehow being victims.

I had a look at Jemisin's books on Amazon and they all boast a confetti-stream of award nominations. But the sales ranks are weak for a "name" author. A THRONE OF BONES, published nearly 3 years ago, is still spanking Jemisin's last big novel from 12 months ago, and ATOB's Amazon page doesn't boast any awards.

I think that's because Jemisin's books look boring. Boring as fuck. Even the covers are boring. I read some of the excerpts and she's not a bad writer, she's just dull.

I'm guessing she's one of those people who thinks credentials are what matter - apple-polishing bullshit like going to writers' workshops and whatnot. But they don't matter. All that matters is if you can tell a story entertaining enough to persuade people to pay money to read it.

No wonder she resents Heinlein. Even his later self-indulgent hippy-dippy stuff was never tedious.

Blogger residentMoron August 13, 2016 7:44 PM  

Sexy ladies.

At a WorldCon.

What the fuck is wrong with you people?

Blogger dfordoom August 13, 2016 8:41 PM  

Jemisin placed the onus on the markets, not aspiring authors, to make writers of color welcome.

Maybe we need to find ways to force people to buy books by writers of color. Maybe a quota system - if you buy a book by a white writer you have to buy a book by a non-white author as well.

That's the problem with the marketplace. It's so unfair. It discriminates against writers whose books no-one wants to read. That has to change.

Blogger dfordoom August 13, 2016 9:06 PM  

@69. JWM in SD

Women will get upset about the creepers and there will a number publicized incidents that occur and get blasted by the MSM into the public consciousness.

There will be incidents but they won't be publicised. The MSM won't make any mention of them. Because women are at the bottom of the SJW victim totem pole. Any woman foolish enough to report such an incident would be torn to pieces by the MSM.

And if you're a white woman don't even think about complaining - you don't count for anything any more.

Blogger EscapeVelocity August 13, 2016 9:50 PM  

N.K. Jemisin is the Black Mammy of Science Fiction.

Blogger Were-Puppy August 13, 2016 10:32 PM  

@74 4499

I found this excerpt on Goodreads. It's from the novel, "Jet Galaxy" by Ink Jemima. Enjoy.
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I was almost expecting Chinkeneesha to show up in that story!

Anonymous Mr. Rational August 13, 2016 10:41 PM  

EscapeVelocity wrote:N.K. Jemisin is the Black Mammy of Science Fiction.

Aunt Jemisin social justice fiction.  Can someone photoshop her pic on an appropriate consumer product?

Anonymous Spinrad's Agent August 14, 2016 2:46 AM  

NK Jemisin is a case study in hubris.

Anonymous Shut up rabbit August 15, 2016 11:31 AM  

dfordoom wrote:Maybe a quota system - if you buy a book by a white writer you have to buy a book by a non-white author as well.

If your cis-white-male privileges allows you to buy two books it must be two books by AOCs (authors of color) or the same one twice if you can't find two to make up for the historical legacy of not buying POC books back when most of them were illiterate (along with most people), checkmate shitlord!

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit August 16, 2016 2:18 AM  

The one N.K. Jameson book I attempted to read three times, is unreadable. Sleaze-to-shock that was tired by 1970. Lame world-building. Tiresome charactersm. No plot.

That & MHI are the reason I joined the Campaign to End Puppy-related Sadness. The latter was ignored by the reviewers, the former pushed at me relentlessly.

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