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Sunday, August 21, 2016

McRapey opines

On the state of science fiction in 2016:
1. I'll write more about the Hugo tomorrow at home, but the general takeaway of this year's awards are as follows:

2. The winners this year were generally fantastic and point to the health and quality of the field. Some of the best SF/F ever is here now.

3. Once again, we see that quality wins out over slating for obtuse political purposes.

4. In the case of slating, Hugo voters are not stupid and can discern human shields and cynical attempts to ride on others' popularity.

5. The "puppies" in 2016 are the useful idiots of a minor racist who uses the Hugos as cheap advertising for his publishing house.

6. The Hugos and administrators should recognize point five and stop pretending this minor racist deserves being treated seriously.
As it is written, SJWs always lie.

More importantly, as per the Third Law of SJW, they always project. Think about point 5 in that regard. Now, whereever would a Tor Books author, particularly one notorious for having introduced public "award pimpage" to the various science fiction awards, have gotten the idea that someone, somewhere, might be using the Hugos as cheap advertising?

I'm certainly not. Castalia House is not making any attempt whatsoever to sell books to the decrepit denizens of Worldcon. We see no point in casting literary pearls before shoggoths.

It's also amusing to see that McRapey, who built his career on the false pretense of having the most popular blog in science fiction, should declare that the author of the most popular blog in science fiction and the lead editor of the fastest growing publisher in science fiction does not merit being treated seriously. For some reason, that matters to him. Very much.

And yet, it doesn't matter to me. It makes absolutely no difference whatsoever whether they take me seriously or not. My only concern is to continue finding very good authors and helping them publish excellent, best-selling books. Castalia House will succeed or fail on that basis, and barring a complete collapse of the global economy, on that basis alone.

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88 Comments:

Blogger Skyler the Weird August 21, 2016 6:48 PM  

When is his rewrite of DUNE coming out?

Anonymous Run DMC August 21, 2016 6:53 PM  

When is his rewrite of DUNE coming out?

My name is an illing word.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan August 21, 2016 7:07 PM  

How can a person of color be a "racist?" Unpossible

Blogger Sun Xhu August 21, 2016 7:09 PM  

Pink is a color.

Blogger Doom August 21, 2016 7:12 PM  

I thought it was a killing word? Ah, but you aren't me.

I just wish I could read faster. My wallet is good enough, for now. Just need read speed. I'm three books behind, and they look great (Cnt Alt Revolt, 4GW, and Loki's Child). While there are another... many (There will be war, dead six, many others)... that I would like to sample. Finally having a source of books I would rather read than piss on and... I pine for the three-book a week reading ability. Paper crack. And I really wanted to hate, or even dislike, so I could argue a bit, dissemble. That is my way, like or not.

Gah, I actually have to figure out your books, Vox. I've read some and not some, in and out of awareness and health... lost track. Good reads.

Blogger Dire Badger August 21, 2016 7:13 PM  

"The winners this year were generally fantastic and point to the health and quality of the field. Some of the best SF/F ever is here now."

Bullshit, This is the bottom of a long slide in SF since the 1970's. NOTHING today can hold a candle to the classic masters, although the only things that come even close are all classified as mil/sci/fic.

I have read virtually everything on the Hugo potentials, except butt invasion, and the majority of winners this year belong at the 'Romance/bodice ripper' convention down the street.

Anonymous glenintenn August 21, 2016 7:18 PM  

I hope I live to see the day when McRapey-styled rape-signalling-race-batists are served the justice they deserve... from the slum souplines they so desperately signal as the font of righteousness ...

Blogger eharmonica August 21, 2016 7:24 PM  

"Cat Pictures Please" among the best ever? It's a cute story about an AI that likes cat pictures.

"Binti" is about the rape of a young African girl by a space monster. But she's OK with it. Cuz Magic Dirt and space peace. Not kidding.

Anonymous Noah Ward August 21, 2016 7:25 PM  

Scalzi's point #4 is so funny, it's an example of SJW Rule #2 in action.

Just wait, next year I shall sweep more categories to myself.

Blogger VD August 21, 2016 7:28 PM  

"Binti" is about the rape of a young African girl by a space monster. But she's OK with it. Cuz Magic Dirt and space peace. Not kidding.

They do love rape, don't they.

Blogger JWM August 21, 2016 7:30 PM  

Social justice fiction is best fiction.

JWM

Blogger Desillusionerad August 21, 2016 7:37 PM  

Anyone else bugged by the poor formatting of his list? It should read:
"I'll write more about the Hugo tomorrow at home, but the general takeaway of this year's awards are as follows:

1. The winners this year were..."

Oh well, expecting an author to know how a Colon works is after all to much these days.

Blogger Skyler the Weird August 21, 2016 7:39 PM  

McRapey's version will cross over with Frozen. It will be called Blistered. Young African Caladanian Paula Altlefties claims her Destiny and as she ascends the highest dune and breaks into song.

A worm moves over the sand tonight Fremyn riding on it's back...
I rule over this Desert kingdom I'm the Kwisatz Haderach....
Let it flow. Let it flow Let the spice flow near and far. Let it flow let it flow I've beaten your Sardaukar!....
I don't care what the Sisters say....I rule over Dune, the sand never bothered me anyway.

Anonymous Red Comet August 21, 2016 7:39 PM  

#2 is pure delusion. Falling sales figures aside, one look at convention photos will tell you all about the "health" of sci-fi/fantasy fandom.

Nothing but geezers, the morbidly obese, and assorted freaks. They look more like the walking dead than the zombies. You couldn't squeeze enough dignity out of that place to fill a baby's sippy cup.

Anonymous damntull August 21, 2016 7:42 PM  

Are you trying to sell books to the readers of this blog?

Blogger eharmonica August 21, 2016 7:46 PM  

@13 And then Paul will fall to the ground as if struck, and whisper "You Harkonnen bastard, you've killed my son..."

Blogger Cataline Sergius August 21, 2016 7:47 PM  

Scalzi must be really feeling his oats.

He actually hinted strongly at Vox's actual existence as an individual, instead of his usual "one of my critics" shtick.

Although he seems to remain convinced that if he types, "Vox Day," three times in front of his computer. The Supreme Dark Lord will appear behind him.

Anonymous Longtime Lurker August 21, 2016 7:47 PM  

Said the minor SJW to his adoring self-reflection in the Twitter pool.. .

Blogger Dave August 21, 2016 7:50 PM  

I was also bugged by the formatting but not to[o] much.

Anonymous Alsos August 21, 2016 7:53 PM  

"Some of the best SF/F ever is here now...quality wins out..."

He didn't read Cat Pictures Please, did he?

I don't think it's as bad as Swirsky's dino-revenge-porn story (it's actual science fiction, and it doesn't have that annoying structure). If anything, it is utterly unremarkable as fiction - it would never have occurred to me to nominate it for anything, any more than I'd think to nominate an unremarkable hot-dog for a culinary award. It is emphatically NOT among the "best SF/F ever".

I think what won it votes was the SJW content (white-knighting mentally ill women, drawing an anti-gay conservative minister out of the closet), and cats. Fantasy is one thing, but I've never understood why there's such a fascination with cats in SF. Are these writers so addled by their toxoplasmosis infections that they can't see how cliche and twee and embarrassing it is to gush over cats the way they do?

Blogger Bard August 21, 2016 8:02 PM  

5. That one guy whose blog I totally don't read. Yeah, him. What is his name again? I can't remember because he is like totally not on my radar.
What a sloshing mangina.

Blogger Cataline Sergius August 21, 2016 8:04 PM  

Their Victory Parade is as tedious as it is routine. Even they aren't taking it all that seriously. The Tweet volume alone demonstrates that.

I strongly suspect they are secretly very, very worried about what comes in two weeks when the first Dragon awards are announced.

What happens if the "best of Science Fiction and Fantasy" doesn't even get third place in the much more popular and high viz Dragons?

Scalzi was so worried about it he hit the silk early. His laughable excuse was that he was making room for other authors.

He is acting like he has been winning Dragon Awards for decades and his "I love me" shelf is literally sagging under their weight.

Attention John Scalzi, no one has ever won a Dragon Award before.

Like ever.

Blogger Bard August 21, 2016 8:05 PM  

What qualifies one as a major vs. minor racist anyway?

Blogger Bard August 21, 2016 8:08 PM  

"His publishing house". It must absolutely drive him fucking crazy that you are not only an author, but actually own a publishing house. Why doesn't he own one? Let's ask him.

Blogger ZaijiaN August 21, 2016 8:10 PM  

Skyler the Weird wrote:McRapey's version will cross over with Frozen. It will be called Blistered. Young African Caladanian Paula Altlefties claims her Destiny and as she ascends the highest dune and breaks into song.

A worm moves over the sand tonight Fremyn riding on it's back...

I rule over this Desert kingdom I'm the Kwisatz Haderach....

Let it flow. Let it flow Let the spice flow near and far. Let it flow let it flow I've beaten your Sardaukar!....

I don't care what the Sisters say....I rule over Dune, the sand never bothered me anyway.


Sonuvacrap now this song is going to stick in my head for awhile...

Great adaptation though, the Herbert family would be proud.

Blogger VD August 21, 2016 8:13 PM  

Are you trying to sell books to the readers of this blog?

Yes, certainly.

Blogger buwaya puti August 21, 2016 8:16 PM  

Commenting as a fellow who does not agree with you on certain important matters - this blog is definitely effective, you have sold me many books over the last two years, and most are quite good or better. I look forward to your new projects.

Anonymous Wyrd August 21, 2016 8:21 PM  

I thought it was a killing word? Ah, but you aren't me.

And how can this be? For he is the Kwisatz Haderach!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8-eiBqri0U

Blogger VD August 21, 2016 8:24 PM  

Commenting as a fellow who does not agree with you on certain important matters - this blog is definitely effective, you have sold me many books over the last two years, and most are quite good or better.

I appreciate your saying that. If it makes you feel any better, you should know that most of our authors don't agree with me on more than a few matters.

Here is the thing about Castalia House: I don't aspire to be a gatekeeper and I don't see our authors as propagandists for my ideological perspectives. As long as they're not SJWs, or writing Pink SF, we'll consider it.

Blogger Austin Ballast August 21, 2016 8:36 PM  

most of our authors don't agree with me on more than a few matters

It was interesting to hear that last night.

John Wright sounds much younger than I had imagined him BTW.

Blogger Lazarus August 21, 2016 8:42 PM  

Bard wrote:What qualifies one as a major vs. minor racist anyway?

Minor racists have a claim to color status. Major racists are all WHITE.

The most virulent Black racist for instance, is a minor racist because he is merely reacting to the major racism of WHITE PEOPLE.

Blogger Lazarus August 21, 2016 8:45 PM  

Scalzi writing style = Toxic Smarm.

Methinks that needs to be another award category.

Anonymous Frankenstein McBadperson August 21, 2016 8:50 PM  

@13 -- never, ever make fun of Frozen, the best thing in this ludicrous culture for years. Except of course for Adventure Time. And Castalia House, for sheer cojones.

That said... is Scalzi _really_ skedded to do a rewrite of Dune?

That will be interesting. I'm not a deep scholar of SF, but mostly I find the ideas amazing and the writing awful. The 'gom jabbar' scene in Dune is the only truly well-written scene I can think of in the SF canon. (Granted my reading in it is not broad. And there are parts of the brilliant 'Mote in God's Eye' that don't make me puke. Why isn't that thing a damn movie?!)

It will literally be a test of Scalzi as a writer to see how he handles the gom jabbar. I can't see how he could improve it, only make it worse (look at Peter Jackson's laughable remake of the amazing King Kong.)




Blogger VD August 21, 2016 8:55 PM  

No, Scalzi isn't rewriting Dune. He's not that foolish, at least I don't think so. He's rewriting Foundation.

Anonymous Bowman August 21, 2016 8:56 PM  

"We are dying because we refuse reality so we must refuse reality even more !"
SJW world / collectivist West is suicidal.
Let's grab the popcorn.

OpenID tmdfos August 21, 2016 9:04 PM  

His idea of superior quality writing is insane. Although some might have been decent in a way (cat pictures) none of them were excellent and if they are still trying to say that the Hugo goes to "the best" the SJWs are truely blind and I can see why they are so scared of puppies of any type.

Just a silly observation: I went to Dr. Pournelle's book signing and got their late and his line went out and around the signing area. As late as it went it must have been the longest line there and I noticed a few of them. I actually felt a little sorry for some of the people at those signing tables who had no one to sign for. But Scalzi was seated next JP at the same table. Though his line was of a decent length, it really showed his true mid-tier writer status that I got their late and his line was long he got done before the time limit. JP was very gracious and stayed over and signed for evenone then in line when the time limit was up which was another 20+ minutes I would judge.

@26 That's why I don't sign up for VFM status. Particularly VD's support of general democracy and soccer. But he's got a supporter anyhow since there is more to agree with and he's willing to say the hard things/truths that the cuckservatives won't touch and to hell with the consequences. And of course he helps to get cool books published.

Blogger Ragin' Dave August 21, 2016 9:06 PM  

When I read anything Scalzi writes on his blog, I see a someone who is such a little bitch his balls are made of pussy.

I shit out things with more integrity and testosterone than Scalzi on a regular basis. The only thing he's good for is an example of what not to be in life.

Blogger The Other Robot August 21, 2016 9:12 PM  

I have purchased many CH books and will keep on doing so while ever they produce stuff I want to read.

If they manage to publish MOAR KRATMAN I will be very happy.

Blogger Bard August 21, 2016 9:13 PM  

Hia balls are made of pussy...I am literally still laughing out loud as I type this. Holy shit that is hilarious.

Anonymous Raptor disrespect from behind August 21, 2016 9:28 PM  

Lazarus wrote:Bard wrote:What qualifies one as a major vs. minor racist anyway?

Minor racists have a claim to color status. Major racists are all WHITE.

The most virulent Black racist for instance, is a minor racist because he is merely reacting to the major racism of WHITE PEOPLE.


I've always thought that was kind of funny, because people who have traveled to majority non-white countries know racism exists by other races.

Asian media has "horribly racist" (by modern american standards) depictions of blacks. The chinese government charges non-chinese more money to access national musuems. Japanese businesses discriminate against non-japanese (even other asians), and the government is largely anti-immigrant (even to ethnic japanese). I've been pulled over for bicycling while white. Its their culture and country, they can do what they want, but I'm not a "victim", I'm a guest in their culture.

Anonymous VFM #6306 August 21, 2016 9:31 PM  

Asimov already rewrote Foundation. It was called Foundation's Edge. It sucked.

McRapey couldn't redux Star Trek without making it an unfinished romance, kind of a bad send up of the Notebook.

Anonymous Frankenstein McBadperson August 21, 2016 9:37 PM  

"He's not that foolish, at least I don't think so. He's rewriting Foundation."

Well SOMEBODY has got to rewrite Foundation, I just wish it weren't him. Somebody un-stupid should rewrite Foundation. It's a fantastically brilliant idea, and also one of the most unreadable books I've ever seen. When I was in seventh grade, a teacher saw me reading Dune and Cat's Cradle, and gave me a copy of Foundation, thinking I'd like it. I read the summary on the back cover and thought, Hey, this sounds awesome. Then I tried reading it, and literally threw it out a window.

You're in good company with Dr. Pournelle, VD. So, WHY THE HELL ISN'T THE MOTE IN GODS EYE a damn movie?!?1111

Same with Cat's Cradle, but you aren't answerable for that.

Anonymous andon August 21, 2016 9:38 PM  

Its their culture and country, they can do what they want, but I'm not a "victim", I'm a guest in their culture.

that's the way I feel too

Blogger Orville August 21, 2016 9:39 PM  

I just saw his working tile, "Harry Seldon, Sleepless in Trantor".

Anonymous Adam August 21, 2016 9:53 PM  

Why is he rewriting anything? Here I was thinking movie reboots were cancer..

Anonymous LastRedoubt August 21, 2016 9:54 PM  

@Frankenstein McBadperson

Because they'd fuck it up. A movie where genetics, like most Niven aliens, and evolution MATTER as to how their personalities work?

The day I realized one of the very first Mercenary stories was the Nika revolt was a great day for me.

Anonymous Frankenstein McBadperson August 21, 2016 10:03 PM  

My copy of "Molloy" by Beckett has its spine broken because I threw it against a wall about 17 times before I finally understood what he was getting at. I've since bought other copies, but I always kept that one as a reminder.

Oscar Wilde, OTOH, I never threw against a wall. He had me from "Eating again?"

Blogger Harsh August 21, 2016 10:09 PM  

I take offense at point #5. Vox is most definitely a major racist.

Blogger Harsh August 21, 2016 10:11 PM  

Scalzi's next book is about a human raised by Martian lesbians of color. It's called Weirdo in a Weird Land

Blogger EscapeVelocity August 21, 2016 10:23 PM  

Foundation is a cautionary tale about Social Engineering by Academics who think they know better than everyone else. LOL!

Anonymous VFM #6306 August 21, 2016 10:25 PM  

Adam, rewrites are what Scalzi does. They are all he does.

He did Heinlein, H. Beam Piper, PKD, Star Trek and then a really pathetic Crichton. Asimov makes sense; he is running out of astroturf.

Blogger Jose August 21, 2016 10:26 PM  

Asimov's Foundation already has central planning (the conflict in the series is about who does the central planning), extreme environmentalism (Foundation and Earth), better living through obedience to an enlightened class (depending on the book that class is: the encyclopedists/Foundation, the Second Foundationers, Daneel the God-robot, Gaia), and other "subtle" intimations that marxism-leninism is the system of choice for the future.

(It's important to separate Asimov's Foundation from the three novels by Bear, Brin, and Benford in the Foundation series but very anti-Foundation canon.)

So Scalzi's job will be to change genders of players, add an evil player called "Tonald Drump," and some such? Why is it taking that long? No Heinlein book to crib from?

Sorry, that was low. He didn't crib Old Man War from Starship Troopers. He cribbed it from a Reader's Digest summary of the Quick Reads Notes on Starship Troopers.

At least Asimov could both write and do the science. For all their foibles, he and AC Clarke could get the science right when they put their mind to it. Scalzi is one of these modern people who "love" science as long as they don't actually have to learn any.

JCS

Blogger Ken Prescott August 21, 2016 10:30 PM  

I have realized that the last Hugo award winning novel I've actually read before reading Three-Body Problem (and that was on Vox Day's recommendation, not because it won a Hugo) was Ender's Game, and that's because it was on the Marine Corps required reading list for Corporals. I have been meaning to read The Diamond Age for about twenty years, I just haven't gotten around to it. (20 years ago I was newly married, finishing my degree, and working 50 hours a week as a rent-a-cop. Since then, I've been dealing with attention deficit--OOH, SHINY!)

Blogger Ken Prescott August 21, 2016 10:31 PM  

@2, I see what you did there

Anonymous Frankenstein McBadperson August 21, 2016 10:37 PM  

"At least Asimov could both write and do the science."

The science I'll grant (not being a scientist, how would I know?), but as for writing....

You're joking, right? Please tell me you're joking. Or maybe just deaf, that's an acceptable excuse too.


Blogger ace August 21, 2016 10:58 PM  

I always enjoyed Asimov's writing. I devoured the Foundation series as a youth, so he must've done something right.

Blogger Tiago Paolini August 21, 2016 11:04 PM  

Austin Ballast wrote: John Wright sounds much younger than I had imagined him BTW.

I made a similar comment on John's blog a while ago, and he replied me that he also gets surprised when listening to his own voice. He also said that he thinks that his voice sounds young because he neither smoke nor drink.

Anonymous Frankenstein McBadperson August 21, 2016 11:19 PM  

@55 -- well I'll certainly admit that the central premises of the Foundation series are excellent, even mind-blowing. Maybe that's what kept you enthralled, I'd say so myself. But if you think that's good writing, or even legible writing, then perhaps you've never read actual good writing. But he had a great idea and he had to get it done SOMEhow, so there you go, and I respect him for that. Even PKD was nearly always a lousy prose stylist, but a mesmerizing thinker and storyteller, and his bad prose was interesting in a weird way, like Kathy Acker was interesting in a weird way. God grants indulgences.

Cue the Earl of Lemongrab shrieking "Unacceptable! Unacceptaaaaable!" in that wonderfully shrill, unbearable voice. Was that Tom Kenny, or somebody else?

Blogger Lazarus August 21, 2016 11:22 PM  

I made a similar comment on John's blog a while ago, and he replied me that he also gets surprised when listening to his own voice.

This happens to everyone. It is probably a function of the reverb chamber created by the sinus cavities that deceive the speaker.

Blogger John Wright August 22, 2016 12:22 AM  

@41
"Well SOMEBODY has got to rewrite Foundation"

The man's name is Donald Kingsbury. The novel is called PSYCHOHISTORICAL CRISIS. It is something of a libertarian's view of what would really happen if such as Asimov's thought experiment were played out.

A shorter, tighter, version of the same story under the name 'Historical Crisis' appeared in an anthology called FAR FUTURES Gregory Benford, ed.

Anonymous Frankenstein McBadperson August 22, 2016 12:24 AM  

Completely OT (apologies) but this is just a treat for your readers. A magnificent rendition in multiple languages of the great Disney/Bob Lopez/Kristen Anderson/John Lasseter song "Let It Go" in all-Romance languages. I could write a book about the intensity and complexity (both emotional and musical) of this song, but I won't bore you here. Just listen, and wake up.

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=youtube+frozen+let+it+go+42&&view=detail&mid=CA3388F8EEF40C9845E1CA3388F8EEF40C9845E1&rvsmid=5BFB359DF42087327D545BFB359DF42087327D54&fsscr=0&FORM=VDFSRV

I studied Latin (everyone should study Latin!) and French as a kid, and as a consequence I can read Spanish just by triangulating, but Portuguese and Italian have mutated so much I have a hard time. (I can read an Italian newspaper occasionally, but it's not so great.)

But this version of the song is cool because it puts you in mind of the solidarity of European linguistics. I know a bit of German, too, but that is outside the ken of this. So is English, my favorite language. Anyway enjoy. It's interesting that the most popular song in the world, the national anthem of little girls worldwide, is about anger, frustration, hatred, and eventually liberation and a (compromised) form of relief. Lasseter rules okay.

Blogger Dire Badger August 22, 2016 12:36 AM  

#32- Brainwashing successful. Frozen was absolute Crap. Anti-male propaganda corruption of one of the greatest fairy tales of our time.
Even the songs were utterly forgettable.

Anonymous Frankenstein McBadperson August 22, 2016 12:46 AM  

La tristesse, l'angloisse et la peur
M'ont quitte depuis longtemps!
Je veux voir ce que je peux faire
De cette magie pleine de mysteres

If that's not lovely I don't know what could be.

Anonymous Frankenstein McBadperson August 22, 2016 12:49 AM  

@61 -- your official retard badge is available at the front gate.

Run! Get it! Get it now!

Blogger The Other Robot August 22, 2016 12:57 AM  

The Clintons send someone to deal with any October surprise from Wikileaks?

Blogger residentMoron August 22, 2016 1:44 AM  

So racism is minor now, according to McRapist? Is that an admission of guilt? Sounds like it. For sure if an AltRight figure said something like that the Twitterati outrage would be peaking over 9,000!

Blogger Tom Kratman August 22, 2016 1:47 AM  

TOR:

Making _fairly_ decent progress on a novella for inclusion in RTRH II. Note, however, that its very near future, not sci fi, and something of an exploration of 4GW turned on those westerners - especially academics - who have, under the guise of "international humanitarian law," helped the enemy engage in 4GW.

Blogger epobirs August 22, 2016 1:50 AM  

I'm reminded of the classic cartoon showing a studio executive on the phone: "But Frank, Alan Dean Foster does all of our novelizations!"

Anonymous Hapax Legomenon August 22, 2016 2:52 AM  

Scalzi can't really screw up Star Trek worse than J.J. Abrams has. Or most of the movies.

Blogger Leo Little Book in Shenzhen August 22, 2016 3:08 AM  

Clearly Scalzi fears the word "small".

Blogger Pseudotsuga August 22, 2016 3:19 AM  

Scalzi : "Some of the best SF/F ever is here now."
Redshirts (Scalzi's Hugo "winner") is included in that list? Surely Scalzi has set the bar low. What next? A story about a woman's revenge fantasy as she turns into a dinosaur? Boy howdy, that was one top quality story that will stand up to comparison with anything those old racists like Asiniven or Burromov or LeBradbury ever wrote.

Anonymous Sprinrad's Agent August 22, 2016 3:32 AM  

2. The winners this year were generally fantastic and point to the health and quality of the field. Some of the best SF/F ever is here now.

Over the weekend, I re-read "Downward to the Earth" by Robert Silverberg (one of the first SF novels I ever read as a boy), which was nominated for but did not win a Locus Award in 1971. The winner of the best novel that year was "Ringworld" by Larry Niven.

I'd be hard pressed to say which of them is the better novel. But I do know that both of them are several orders of magnitude better than "The Fifth Season" and "Binti". On writing quality, plot and theme (and by whatever other criteria you want to judge them), Silverberg and Niven of 45 years ago were light years ahead of Cory Doctorow's "two women of colour" Hugo winners this year.

Scalzi is a liar. And what's more, he knows it.

Anonymous Frankenstein McBadperson August 22, 2016 3:38 AM  

This is just a charming thing which most of you probably don't know... apologies for going OT but people were arguing Frozen earlier.

On the main Disney lot, which most of you have probably never seen, there's a sort of gallery or Walk of Fame which is dedicated entirely not to famous people, but to obscure storyboard artists, screenwriters, voice artists, character and background designers, those sorts of folks. It's very touching.

Come on, y'all know perfectly well that "Pinocchio" is a terrifying masterpiece but you have no idea who did it, do you. The phrase "Termite Terrace" is probably gibberish to you.

Just thought I'd let ya know, don't know entirely why.

Anonymous Shut up rabbit August 22, 2016 5:07 AM  

7. Chocolate rations to be increased from thirty grammes to twenty
8. 2 + 2 = 5
9. We've always been at war with Eastasia

Anonymous SciVo August 22, 2016 7:08 AM  

Lazarus wrote:This happens to everyone. It is probably a function of the reverb chamber created by the sinus cavities that deceive the speaker.

I thought it was the bone conductance of your voice to your ear, preferentially transmitting lower frequencies and also coming from a different direction, for a greater sense of resonance. My voice is awesome -- as long as I don't listen to a recording.

Blogger Jack Ward August 22, 2016 10:43 AM  

@67 Tom Kratman>
Sounds good, Col. When do you think the next 'Peace' novel? Looking forward that.

@42 Loved the Foundation series; the originals. His later additions not so much. Read those originals several times over the years.

Blogger flyingtiger August 22, 2016 11:00 AM  

What's wrong with using the Hugos as cheap advertising for your publishing house? Tor books does the same.

Anonymous VFM #6306 August 22, 2016 11:16 AM  

Hapax Legomenon wrote:Scalzi can't really screw up Star Trek worse than J.J. Abrams has. Or most of the movies.

Oh really? Which "coda" of the three was your favorite from Redshirts?

Anonymous GreyS August 22, 2016 12:06 PM  

and barring a complete collapse of the global economy...

Yet it's not CH who has to worry much about the global economy. TOR employees and authors should be very worried. TOR is a sub of Macmillan which is owned by German company Holtzbrinck and Germany has a rocky economic future ahead. When the German banks start having more problems, companies like Holtzbrink will too and they will likely start cutting back on their less-productive units. Looking at the way TOR is run how could anyone have confidence they would avoid the Zweihander?

Conversely, CH is nimble enough to survive quite a bit of rough water.

Blogger EscapeVelocity August 22, 2016 12:43 PM  

Flash Gordon should have won the award, not Pinocchio

Blogger tublecane August 22, 2016 1:19 PM  

@20-I don't know what it is with cats, but it's not exactly new. As I kid I found them on covers of Heinlein and Piers Anthony books.

Blogger Geir Balderson August 22, 2016 1:41 PM  

McRapey, is the caricature of the snarky weak villain that always, always, meets his end at the end. I had hopes he might wake up someday, but naww,,ain't gonna happen. How can he possibly think he is on the right side of History?

I look forward to a cage match between he and Vox someday. Settle it once and for all?

Blogger Raziel Walker August 22, 2016 1:42 PM  

Shame that Scalzi and friends would deny a man awards because he has different viewpoints.

Blogger EscapeVelocity August 22, 2016 1:50 PM  

Flash Gordon should have won the award, not Pinocchio

Blogger EscapeVelocity August 22, 2016 1:51 PM  

Foundation is a cautionary tale about Social Engineering by Academics who think they know better than everyone else. LOL!

Blogger Lucas August 22, 2016 3:30 PM  

"My only concern is to continue finding very good authors and helping them publish excellent, best-selling books.

And that is why you win and they don't.

Anonymous KitF August 22, 2016 5:50 PM  

@51.
Adam, rewrites are what Scalzi does.... He did Heinlein, H. Beam Piper, PKD, Star Trek and then a really pathetic Crichton.

Scalzi rewrote Dick? I'm not an enormous SF devotee, but some writers are just, well, not to be messed with. And certainly not by a hack.

Blogger Dire Badger August 23, 2016 1:52 AM  

#64- SJW's always Project.

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