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Friday, September 02, 2016

Mailvox: so much worse

Castalia House exists because it is needed. Badly needed, it appears. A reader writes:
So I just read two stories from the latest issue of Analog magazine. I must tell you about them.

Story #1 is about a multi-racial research female scientist working for a white male research director. Her role model is a deceased multi-racial scientist who died in an experiment, famous, but whose death led to the current research director getting his job. She recreates the experiment and learns that the current research director rigged it to kill the heroic female multi-racial scientist so he could take her job.

Story #2 is about the CEO of a company who is married to his Chief Science Officer, who is a beautiful dark-skinned girl who beat up his bully in high school. He has IQ 140 but she has IQ 170. They develop brain-and-body augmentation technology and she becomes the first transhuman, better at everything than him in every way but she still loves him. But Christian extremists are outraged and terrorism ensues and they kill her, even though she is wonderful in all ways and a believer in non-violence. He has his own brain implanted in her cyborg body so they won't know they won, and then goes on a killing spree against the Christian leaders who urged on the violence. Yay for transhuman transgender women ending Christian violence.

All I can say is, it's so much worse than I thought.
This is exactly why Castalia exists. Consider these excerpts from the five most recent reviews of our latest novel, SWAN KNIGHT'S SON:

  • An excellent medieval fairy tale in the modern age.
  • Outstanding. I'm truly amazed.
  • Coming of age story written by of one of the greatest wordsmiths of our times. It is a story of a young man who doesn't fit into society because he is too morally upright for the decadence that infests modern society.
  • A masterpiece
  • A true knight battling the forces of evil, while discovering who he is on multiple levels

 Remember culture > politics. What we are fighting here is a cultural war for the soul of the West.

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101 Comments:

Blogger Happy Housewife September 02, 2016 1:13 PM  

"But Christian extremists are outraged and terrorism ensues and they kill her"

I think my eyes just rolled clear out of my head.

Anonymous a_peraspera September 02, 2016 1:15 PM  

"It appears?!?"

GAMMA TELL

Blogger Ben Cohen September 02, 2016 1:20 PM  

OT: I saw a chart on Vox's twitter about how the English are the most individualistic race. Since the Industrial Revolution started there can anyone point me to books that explain why it started in England in the mid-18th century? Thanks.

Blogger ghostfromplanetspook September 02, 2016 1:20 PM  

They may have quantity but we have quality on our side so its only a matter of time.

If you don't mind me asking Dark Lord, if there would be anyway to tape the upcoming Brainstorm with Mr. Wright? I'd be happy to pay for a copy and any interview between both of you to be honest.

Blogger Sagramore September 02, 2016 1:22 PM  

What an analog for Mary Sue?

Blogger kurt9 September 02, 2016 1:30 PM  

Now I am reminded why I'm content to read mostly spy/covert op novels on my Kindle (most of which are self-published) rather than SF.

Blogger YIH September 02, 2016 1:31 PM  

So I just read two stories from the latest issue of Analog magazine.
That still exists? Who knew?

Blogger Bard September 02, 2016 1:42 PM  

Listen Vox. It is absolutely needed. It is the only place that I currently make book purchases. There will always be room for a better version of dying industries. Keep at it. I appreciate all you do and want to say thank you. You have inspired me on my own projects.

Anonymous Laz September 02, 2016 1:46 PM  

@ghostfromplanetspook: We had quantity over quality against the Nazi's. How'd that work out for them?

OpenID crash September 02, 2016 1:46 PM  

The same Analog that brought us Captain Empirical ?

The same Analog that brought us stories that were little more than parodies of federal regulations preventing advancement. ?

The same Analog that always put the "Science" in science fiction ?

@7 obviously not

Blogger Sam Lively September 02, 2016 1:49 PM  

Story #2 sounds like a great parody.

Anonymous Philipp September 02, 2016 2:03 PM  

@3: Ben Cohen

David Landes' book "Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor" does a pretty good job explaining why the industrial revolution took place in Britain.

He does not cover the IQ angle tough.

Anonymous Elipe September 02, 2016 2:08 PM  

Christian extremists?

Oh noes, please no! They might actually pray for us! The horrors!

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 02, 2016 2:11 PM  

When did Stan Schmidt stop being editor? {Search} Ah, it was in 2012, just about 4 years back. I admit I quit reading ASF over 5 years back. I'd buy an issue at B&N and never finish reading it. So why bother?

https://www.analogsf.com/information/what_is_asf.shtml

Clearly ASF is as fully converged as IASFM, although I do not recognize any of the names above.

IMO Stan refused to allow Christians as characters in stories, although he was fully "diverse" in other ways, but he wasn't totally into Christian-hate. It would be interesting to ask him what he thinks of the new ASF bigotry.

The 'zine I'm reading now is Sci-Phi, it's not always as good as I'd like it, but I haven't seen any evidence of convergence yet.

Yes. Castalia House is needed.

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 02, 2016 2:12 PM  

@10

The same Analog that always put the "Science" in science fiction ?


That was then. This is now.

Anonymous cheddarman September 02, 2016 2:13 PM  

I am reading a Castalia House book, "Loki's Child." It is also a hilariously excellent book. I will post a review of it on amazon when i finish it.

I also read 4 books by Nick Cole, all of them are excellent reads. Four haunting books set in the time after the collapse of the world as we know it, but full of hope as people fight to survive and rebuild. You cant find good books like this any more in the main stream publishing houses, as they are servants of mediocrity, among other things.

Keep up the great work, Castalia House!

Blogger James Dixon September 02, 2016 2:14 PM  

> He has IQ 140 but she has IQ 170.

Well, I know of one real life case that's pretty close to that. :)

Blogger J A Baker September 02, 2016 2:15 PM  

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Anonymous Cheddarman September 02, 2016 2:15 PM  

The SJWs remind me more and more of the Soviets and their bad art.

Blogger ace September 02, 2016 2:16 PM  

In the taxonomy of bad sci-fi for girls and omegas, I'll still take romance in space over tribalist revenge fantasy in space.

Anonymous Farnswords September 02, 2016 2:16 PM  

Stories of good and evil are what form and fine-tune the conscience, an organ like any other that can be malnourished, deformed, atrophied, etc. But when the conscience is strong and healthy, flushed with history and fiction that affirm real moral and spiritual battles, it is an unstoppable force. To emphasize the point, imagine the dearth in our culture if neither Tolkien nor Lewis had published any work. Secular people usually don't even realize that much of their draw to these stories is the affirmation that they have discarded, that evil exists and it must be opposed by the good.

I watched a film on Netflix recently that caught my eye, "Chuck Norris vs. Communism." When 80's American action movies finally leaked into Romania, the people were absolutely insatiable and risked their lives to watch Rambo and Top Gun, even though every voice was dubbed over by an absurdly high-pitched Romanian girl in some back room with a cheap microphone. My favorite part about that was that every single curse word was dubbed over in Romanian as "go to Hell!"

The point is that Castalia House serves this purpose in our Leftist saturated culture of fiction, and I agree that its popularity will skyrocket as the other publishers continue to produce work utterly insufficient to feed the conscience.

Blogger J A Baker September 02, 2016 2:18 PM  

I just visited that Analog site. The sample story on the home page took a jab at Britain for leaving the EU.

And the protagonist is a princess who is mad at her boyfriend, but she's not your stereo typical princess, oh no, in fact she's always the smartest person in the room wherever she goes.

Oh man you just can't make this crap up. I stopped reading contemporary fiction years ago. If this story is a a repesentation of where SF/F then I am confident I'm not missing out on anything.

It's all self congratulatory nonsense, and I won't have any part in it.

Blogger Cataline Sergius September 02, 2016 2:19 PM  

I tried to come up with joke about "Astounding Tales" but it was just too depressing.

This was John W. Campbell's magazine. This was genesis. Sure Amazing Stories existed and has better PR thanks to an awful anthology series. But Astounding Tales created American Science Fiction.

It's tragic but it's hardly a surprise.

Name one winner of the John W. Campbell award in the last twenty years that would have been hired on by John W. Campbell.

Blogger ghostfromplanetspook September 02, 2016 2:28 PM  

I wouldn't use a nazi metaphors, personally, id go for an Aztec vs Spaniard metaphor.
They have weapons that don't do shit against our armor (name calling).
They hail from a death worshiping death cult that's holding good people (readers) hostage.
They routinely sacrifice good writers to their gods (political correctness/whimsy) in a vain attempt to stop the world from ending
They also have an insatiable bloodlust (in the case of the sjw against the white man) and delight in bloodsport

Also the nazis are overused and everytime I read their name my eyes glaze over.

Blogger Bullitt315 September 02, 2016 2:28 PM  

I'll have to buy a few more books. Read the missionaries and enjoyed it.

Slightly off toptic but is the man in the high castle any good? The idea intrigues me but it also seems like it could go south pretty fast

Anonymous VFM0265 September 02, 2016 2:29 PM  

Just like Bard said above, it IS needed. I too now only purchase books by Castalia House-published authors. Thank you to Vox, Marrku & everyone else, including these wonderful authors, for starting and continuing this venture. Looking forward to Big Fork, too! (I will now return to reading Somewither pt.1 of The Unwithering Realm, by the esteemed Mr. John C. Wright).

Anonymous Holmwood September 02, 2016 2:29 PM  

Philipp wrote:@3: Ben Cohen

David Landes' book "Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor" does a pretty good job explaining why the industrial revolution took place in Britain.

He does not cover the IQ angle tough.


On that point, the French famously derided the British as a nation of shopkeepers. While [government-forced, progressive] eugenics is rightly derided (by progressives no less!) as horrific, the sort of voluntary eugenics of Britain with education, growth, class structure, and downward social mobility are interesting to note.

Simply put, the rich and intelligent had more surviving children than the poor and stupid. Moreover, Protestantism kept the genes of intelligent clergymen alive, and legally so.

The intelligent and poor daughter of a genteelly poor vicar was an acceptable mate for the Earl's second son in a way that the seemingly similar social class wealthy actress (little better than a reality show star of today) was not.

Landes is an excellent on point answer to your (Ben Cohen's) question, though is weaker in recent history. I'd also recommend secondarily and for interesting background, historians like Paul Johnson -- say his Birth of the Modern or History of the 20th Century.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr September 02, 2016 2:30 PM  

One other failing of SJW-SF...no creativity. Just the same tired Leftist tropes and insults, over and over again.

Which you cannot accuse ANY Castalia author of. They have the professional pride to come up with something novel (or at least a major variation on the theme).

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr September 02, 2016 2:36 PM  

@3 Ben Cohen:

Part of it may well be the seafaring heritage. If you think about it, the really innovative cultures tend to be maritime - the sea demands adaptability and initiative if you want to stay alive, and rewards problem-solving. We may think of a sailing ship as quaint, but in 1800, it was the apex of technology, crewed by highly trained experts.

Culture matters.

Blogger JaimeInTexas September 02, 2016 2:55 PM  

It was not just the technology. The tech was a side effect. It was discipline, training, education in military methods.

OpenID randkoch September 02, 2016 2:56 PM  

The SF powers-that-be are ahead of you folks.

This very subject was recently discussed by various short-SF editors at MidAmericaCon. The panel was led by none other than Dave Truesdale.

Everyone, other than those who are no longer members, decided there was nothing to worry about.

Blogger Mad Dyeda Jørgen September 02, 2016 2:57 PM  

Frankly, I could not come up with ideas more trite and tedious if I tried. They sound like the deformed offspring of a forbidden union between the Sci-Fi Channel and Oxygen.

Blogger ghostfromplanetspook September 02, 2016 3:21 PM  

That's true.

Blogger Matthew September 02, 2016 3:25 PM  

James Dixon wrote:> He has IQ 140 but she has IQ 170.

Well, I know of one real life case that's pretty close to that. :)


Roll Tide.

Blogger Ingot9455 September 02, 2016 3:25 PM  

The funny thing about story #2 is that it still takes a white male to take the initiative and secure a righteous violent revenge even if he has to do it in a female black cyborg body.

Anonymous Ain September 02, 2016 3:27 PM  

"Story #2 is about the CEO of a company who is married to his Chief Science Officer, who is a beautiful dark-skinned girl who beat up his bully in high school. He has IQ 140 but she has IQ 170. They develop brain-and-body augmentation technology and she becomes the first transhuman, better at everything than him in every way but she still loves him. But Christian extremists are outraged and terrorism ensues and they kill her, even though she is wonderful in all ways and a believer in non-violence. He has his own brain implanted in her cyborg body so they won't know they won, and then goes on a killing spree against the Christian leaders who urged on the violence. Yay for transhuman transgender women ending Christian violence."

Transhumanism and the singularity are holy grails to the NWO. The biggest reason science fiction has gone off the rails so thoroughly into pink SF is because it's used as a vehicle of propaganda. Its gate keepers are handlers and make sure the message goes out.

Satan lied to Eve that she "surely wouldn't die." He continues this lie today. They believe that through genetic modification, hybridism, cybernetics, and nano machines, they will become immortal. They really do believe they're going to be gods.

Anonymous Jon Bromfield September 02, 2016 3:31 PM  

I once bought a stack of old ASIMOV'S SF magazines (1987 to 1989) I found in a used book store. I brought them with me when I next went out on my sailboat. Every one ended up, half read, in the Pacific.

The rot started a long time ago. I believe ASIMOV'S circulation used to be over 100,000 each issue. Now I think it's about 7,000. Still, Sheila Williams continues her reign of error into its thirteenth year.

Blogger VoodooJock September 02, 2016 3:50 PM  

Vogons. The lot of them.

Anonymous Mr. Rational September 02, 2016 3:58 PM  

I quit reading Analog some time ago, as I just ran out of time for it.  I had dreams of being published there, though.

So much for that.

Blogger OldFan September 02, 2016 4:05 PM  

I used to have every copy of Analog stretching back almost 10 years, then almost imperceptibly, the quality of the stories dropped and it was no longer worth reading. 5 years ago, stuck at an airport, I tried to read an issue of it. It had gone from boring to horrible, filled with noxious characters and toxic ideologies.

SJWs corrupt everything they touch. But it is not enough to just bemoan the passing of Analog, we have to find new alternatives that give us the same insights, the same sense of wonder, and the same joy of discovery.

Apparently, Castalia House is where to find them.

Blogger eharmonica September 02, 2016 4:09 PM  

@35: "The funny thing about story #2 is that it still takes a white male to take the initiative and secure a righteous violent revenge even if he has to do it in a female black cyborg body."

@35: Did you read "Binti"? (SPOILER ALERT!) The space-monster rapist makes space-peace at space-Harvard communicating via the underage, African girl that he raped.

OpenID randkoch September 02, 2016 4:10 PM  

39:

I had dreams of being published there, though.

I had such dreams, too. Kindle changed that.

Technology dropped a lot of barriers.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash September 02, 2016 4:14 PM  

VoodooJock wrote:Vogons. The lot of them.
This x1000
we really need to start doing this. Instead of "converged SF" or CHORF, Vogon is the correct adjective. As in
"N. K. Jemison is a leading light of Vogon Science Fiction"
"John Scalzi is the most successful of this generation's Vogon writers."

Blogger Cataline Sergius September 02, 2016 4:15 PM  

He has IQ 140 but she has IQ 170.

Just so I'm clear on this point.

An IQ of 170 and she's supposed to be a super genius?

Okay smarter than the average bear to be sure but she's not even comfortably out of Dolph Lundgren range.

Anonymous BGKB September 02, 2016 4:30 PM  

Her role model is a deceased multi-racial scientist who died in an experiment, famous, but whose death led to the current research director getting his job

We need another idiot affirmative action token, this one couldn't just sit at a desk and watch porn all day & Darwined himself. Hey lets get a black-hispanic female, she might watch telenovelas all-day

a beautiful dark-skinned girl who beat up his bully ...she is wonderful in all ways and a believer in non-violence... then goes on a killing spree against the Christian leaders

Something doesn't fit in this Mary Sue's description.

He has IQ 140 but she has IQ 170...Well, I know of one real life case that's pretty close to that. :)

But neither of them are dark skinned.

that evil exists and it must be opposed by the good.

The current Hollywood producers don't want people knowing evil can be defeated for some reason.

a princess who is mad at her boyfriend, but she's not your stereo typical princess, oh no, in fact she's always the smartest person in the room wherever she goes.

There is a problem in the sewer system near the hadron collider that no one knows how to fix except for Princess Mary Sue

Blogger clk September 02, 2016 4:37 PM  

I read ASF all through the late 70' and 80's .. it was because of columns like The Alternative View by Stine that I became an engineer... I lost them all in a flood back in the late 1980's .... I have always wished that someone would republish the old analogs in some type of compilation etc (any maybe its out there already IDK) -- I do keep watching to see if a collection of them goes on sale on ebay...

Blogger haus frau September 02, 2016 4:38 PM  

"They develop brain-and-body augmentation technology and she becomes the first transhuman, better at everything than him in every way but she still loves him. "

I'm guessing the author is a woman? Which makes me wonder, what on earth she thought her Mary Sue would be attracted to in that man? It's difficult for me to imagine how a woman would craft a Mary Sue who didn't have the type of man she would be attracted to.

Anonymous BGKB September 02, 2016 4:44 PM  

It's difficult for me to imagine how a woman would craft a Mary Sue who didn't have the type of man she would be attracted to.

At the end of the story he is a man without a penis. So this would be her perfect man

http://time.com/4475634/trans-man-pregnancy-evan/

Blogger Yvonne Lorenzo September 02, 2016 4:45 PM  

My thanks to Vox and the Castalia House team to providing alternatives to SJW and/or Cultural Marxist "literature." I think that's the best strategy to defeating them. And I've discovered writers and excellent books I wouldn't have known of previously. Count me as someone who stopped reading mass market SF and fantasy--even remaindered copies--years ago.

Blogger tweell September 02, 2016 4:47 PM  

My blind uncle maintained a subscription with Analog and Asimov's so he could read them when his eyes were fixed. When he died, I threw them into the recycling bin, and do so with the new issues. I've kept the Analogs from the '40's through the '70's.

Anonymous cheddarman September 02, 2016 4:49 PM  

@3 Ben Cohen

Shalom, Ben,

you should ask yourself "what about England made it a fertile ground for the industrial revolution to begin."

The people: A mixture of Germanic and Celtic people groups mixed together for about 1000 years to form a relatively "homogenized" people

The Culture: The forms of Protestant Christianity practiced in Britain at that time helped create a climate of social stability, with strong property rights, "biblical" money backed by gold and silver, and an atmosphere of relatively free intellectual inquiry.


Blogger Harold September 02, 2016 4:59 PM  

Looks like I'm not missing anything by having let my Analog subscription expire ten years ago. After 30 years of subscribing.

Blogger Dave September 02, 2016 5:07 PM  

Yes, Castalia House definitely needs to exist. Quality writers, and very reasonable book prices. Thank you, Vox!

Anonymous BGKB September 02, 2016 5:09 PM  

More from the ANALog Princess Mary Sue story

"“Yes, that’s my emotion tag. It’s so much easier than trying to describe someone in words, or give them a rating out of ten. Feelings don’t lie.”

“I suppose it might help us pick out the more worthwhile chaps from the hordes we have to meet,” Rose said. “I hate getting it wrong.” Her muscles tensed at the memory of her recent breakup.

Helena said, “Eventually this’ll be part of the standard augments—just another overlay. When you walk into a crowded room, you’ll be able to instantly spot all the assholes, and avoid them.”

“Bias is the whole point. If he treated you badly—if he genuinely treated you badly, and you’re not just upset because he broke up with you—then that warning needs to be out there. For the benefit of all womankind!” Helena gave her a pleading look. “Just be honest.”

Blogger Harold September 02, 2016 5:11 PM  

Simply put, the rich and intelligent had more surviving children than the poor and stupid. Moreover, Protestantism kept the genes of intelligent clergymen alive, and legally so.

I'm part Irish, along with part of the rest of Great Britain with German and French mixed in. Missed Ireland on my navy sponsored world tours. Had a merchant sailor uncle who was there several times. He didn't like it there. He said the problem with Ireland was the best and brightest either became priests and didn't reproduce or they emigrated to the United States, leaving the stupid and dull ones behind to have kids. From reading discussions here, looks like he may be right about the source of Irish troubles.

Anonymous Be Not Afraid September 02, 2016 5:18 PM  

@54
Thank goodness I had a glass of wine next to me to dull the pain of reading that. Not sure dinner's much of an option anymore, though.

Blogger buwaya puti September 02, 2016 5:56 PM  

These are awful, and funny in their own way. Still, SJW-ism is not new in Analog, even back in Ben Bovas day, when he published a lot of left-wing "socially conscious" stuff, a lot of it very bad. Back then it was mainly race, "urban issues", antiwar, etc. Consider Haldemans "Forever War", one of the better of this sort, that Bova ran as a serial.
Iirc he may also have run McIntyres "Dreamsnake", a true piece of awful.

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Blogger Quadko September 02, 2016 6:11 PM  

@3 "industrial revolution in England book" Try some of Rodney Stark's later books, esp. "How the West was Won".

"But Christian extremists are outraged and terrorism ensues and they kill her"
But I'm sure the entire Muslim population tried to stop them and support her.

I swear recently I read that first story recently in an old sci-fi collection, but sans the racist/religionist bigotry and just being about astronomers in a university.

Blogger Mark Butterworth September 02, 2016 6:34 PM  

Stories I've read on Sci-Phi Journal are pretty good. Give them a try.

(Disclaimer - one of my stories, "Hello, Hell" will be published on the subscription side this month on the 16th.)

Blogger ChickenChicken Sweep September 02, 2016 6:38 PM  

When you walk into a crowded room, you’ll be able to instantly spot all the assholes, and avoid them.

Write that, or variants of it, twenty thousand times, and still you will never overcome the asshole attraction that is programmed into your reptile mind. Sorry, Mary Sues.

Blogger buwaya puti September 02, 2016 6:49 PM  

Yes, Bova did run the novella version of "Dreamsnake", "Of Mist, and Grass and Sand" back in 73-74. My memory is not yet that faulty. So it goes back a long way.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash September 02, 2016 6:49 PM  

ChickenChicken Sweep wrote:When you walk into a crowded room, you’ll be able to instantly spot all the assholes, and avoid them.

Write that, or variants of it, twenty thousand times, and still you will never overcome the asshole attraction that is programmed into your reptile mind. Sorry, Mary Sues.


Personally, I look forward to the day that idiots with goo-goo goggles can have my face annotated with "Badthinker, Catholic, possible Racist".
If I'm tagged with "Racist, anti-Semite, anti-Muslim, misogynist, alt-righter, radical nationalist. Avoid at all cost!" so much the better.

Anonymous Lazarus North September 02, 2016 6:57 PM  

Ben Cohen wrote:OT: I saw a chart on Vox's twitter about how the English are the most individualistic race. Since the Industrial Revolution started there can anyone point me to books that explain why it started in England in the mid-18th century? Thanks.

Try Andrew Fraser's book The WASP Question. He locates the roots of Anglo-Saxon individualism (lack of ethno-centrism) in the voluntary social structure of the war-bands that conquered the remains of Roman Britain. Perhaps the industrial revolution is a better explanation, but if I recall he doesn't really focus on that.

Anonymous Steve September 02, 2016 6:58 PM  

I just visited that Analog site. The sample story on the home page took a jab at Britain for leaving the EU.

Blimey, so it does:

Their table was flanked by American and Chinese diplomats—as the only nations that had landed astronauts on the Moon, they’d insisted on special status at these negotiations. The British delegation, such as it was, sat nowhere near the top table. After leaving the European Union, Britain had become an irrelevance in world politics. This made the U.K. an ideal venue for international conferences: neutral and insignificant, but with plenty of pageantry.

I can't wait for the volcanic eruptions of butthurt when Trump is sworn in.

Blogger psychegram September 02, 2016 7:14 PM  

This is very sad. When I was a teenager back in the 90s I spent innumerable hours reading Analog and Asimov's, both the new issues (I had a subscription) and back issues from the 80s I obtained from a large trove found at a used bookstore. Seeing what were once the flagship publications for hard SF reduced to propaganda organs for the SJW white genocide cult is beyond depressing. So far beyond that it transmutes from black melancholy to cold fury. SJWs Delenda Est.

Blogger Were-Puppy September 02, 2016 7:32 PM  

@54 BGKB

More from the ANALog Princess Mary Sue story
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That is some pathetic crap to be going under the umbrella of SF.

Blogger en_forcer September 02, 2016 7:37 PM  

I can only hope that those two stories (and others like them) fail so badly that their writers give up writing and go back to their day job. And the publisher tanks too.

Blogger Feather Blade September 02, 2016 8:05 PM  

J A Baker wrote:And the protagonist is a princess who is mad at her boyfriend, but she's not your stereo typical princess, oh no, in fact she's always the smartest person in the room wherever she goes.

I'm pretty sure that is the stereotypical princess anymore. After all, all princesses know kung fu.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash September 02, 2016 8:49 PM  

Feather Blade wrote:I'm pretty sure that is the stereotypical princess anymore. After all, all princesses know kung fu.
The stereotypical princess now is Black Widow, not Snow White.
She exists to beat up and humiliate men several times her size and strength, show off her indelibly sexy ass, and to talk about herself endlessly.

Blogger The Other Robot September 02, 2016 9:04 PM  

Some faggots are more equal than others.

ABC's Terry Moran doesn't like the Dangerous Faggot.

I think he misspelled his name a long time ago.

Blogger residentMoron September 02, 2016 9:16 PM  

"she's not your stereo typical princess"

Breast cancer post-op?

Blogger residentMoron September 02, 2016 9:21 PM  

@71 The Other Robot

"a rising tide of hate and abuse in social media"

The Moran concern troll is concerned.

Narrative dissent = hate and abuse.

Actual hate and abuse in service of the narrative is noble self-sacrifice. Like the Obama supporter who pleaded with me to consider how he nobly sacrificed himself by making those oh so difficult decisions on who lives and dies, "for us", and to sympathise instead of condemn.

Fucking hell. How did we come to this? When a grown man, allegedly a hard-nosed, street-smart, political commentator, cries blatant crocodile tears over nothing, and not only fully expects to be taken seriously by his audience, but largely IS taken seriously by them.

Fucking hell.

Anonymous The English Outpatient September 02, 2016 9:21 PM  

Story #2 is about the CEO of a company who is married to his Chief Science Officer, who is a beautiful dark-skinned girl who beat up his bully in high school.

Why is this the dreamgirl fantasy of so many goonfiction authors?

Blogger Mastermind September 02, 2016 9:35 PM  

"Story #2 is about the CEO of a company who is married to his Chief Science Officer, who is a beautiful dark-skinned girl who beat up his bully in high school. He has IQ 140 but she has IQ 170. They develop brain-and-body augmentation technology and she becomes the first transhuman, better at everything than him in every way but she still loves him. But Christian extremists are outraged and terrorism ensues and they kill her, even though she is wonderful in all ways and a believer in non-violence. He has his own brain implanted in her cyborg body so they won't know they won, and then goes on a killing spree against the Christian leaders who urged on the violence. Yay for transhuman transgender women ending Christian violence."

She's a supergenius with a technologically augmented body but she still gets killed by Christian normies. She then
needs a (dumber) man to do the job she couldn't do. Perfect. Even in their fantasies leftards are losers and unintentionally telling us what should be pretty obvious: if it weren't for the mostly white male cucks doing the mule labor for them they would live in caves struggling to rediscover fire.

Anonymous CitizenOutkast September 02, 2016 9:43 PM  

VD, or if anyone knows his opinion of this: I'm trying to expose a conservative site to Castalia House, pointing out how SJW crap is on the rise at the major book publishers, and that there is a "man" alternative. My question is, do you mind if I post articles like this there, so they can see the difference? Having those two "stories" described is just too perfect.

Anonymous Kalel666 September 02, 2016 9:44 PM  

I just reviewed my choice for the Kindle First program. 6 choices, 5 of them by women authors, with the usual bullshit plots full of feelings and grrl power. Pass.

Blogger Jon M September 02, 2016 9:58 PM  

"The biggest reason science fiction has gone off the rails so thoroughly into pink SF is because it's used as a vehicle of propaganda."

I am increasingly of the belief that this is just plain wrong. It isn't that pink SF is a vehicle of propaganda, it's that it is a vehicle of propaganda for False Gods.

The best tales are also propaganda, but they serve Truth. Lord of the Rings and Narnia are the go-to examples of this, but deeper down the Appendix N and new pulp rabbit hole you go, the more you realize that the works that stand the test of time are those that value the dear things in life, bravery, honor, truth, actual justice, and so on.

These works that we've been fed are built on a foundation of lies, and men of good character reject them even if they don't fully understand why. It may take a while, but like a one of those optical illusions, your back brain rebels and rejects what your eyes are trying to feed it.

No matter how great the writing, if it serves up lies and ideas that just ain't so, then the story will still sound hollow and empty.

Anonymous BGKB September 02, 2016 10:12 PM  

Affirmative Action Groid vs Bodycam http://www.thedailysheeple.com/cant-make-this-up-cop-caught-stealing-pot-from-police-dept-on-his-own-body-cam_092016

Merkel sees light, of 1000 torches & pitchforks http://www.unz.com/isteve/politician-pivots-on-deportation/

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 02, 2016 10:27 PM  

Sow Merkel probably pivots too late. AfG is poised to start winning small elections, so no matter what she does, she's behind the people.

Blogger Johnny September 02, 2016 10:45 PM  

I wonder how they stay in business writing this crap. The market for it can't be that big.

Blogger John Wright September 02, 2016 11:12 PM  

At one time, I was such a fan of Analog, that I could have been called a worshipper.

Does anyone recall the scene in THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW where, in the dead world of Charn, the nephew comes across a line of the memorials statues of kings and queens?

"Both the men and women looked kind and wise, and they seemed to come of a handsome race. But after the children had gone a few steps down the room they came to faces that looked a little different. These were very solemn faces. ... When they had gone a little further, they found themselves among faces they didn’t like: this was about the middle of the room. The faces here looked very strong and proud and happy, but they looked cruel. A little further on they looked crueller. Further on again, they were still cruel but they no longer looked happy. They were even despairing faces: as if the people they belonged to had done dreadful things and also suffered dreadful things..."

That is what happened to me, looking at Analog.

I had let my subscription lapse, but I still had good memories of Analog, goodwill and respect they the magazine had earned.

All trace of it was swept out of my mind as if by a new broom in one moment.

Analog printed its 1000th cover:
http://www.scifiwright.com/2015/05/analogs-one-thousandth-cover/

The original January 1930 cover showed an aeronaut fending off a bug monster with manly fisticuffs from a cowering cavegirl. First cover of the first issue.

The June 2015 cover, ish 1000, showed an spacegirl fending off a bug monster with Amazonian yet poorly-drawn slender-wristed blow from a dull-faced cavehunk.

This gem appeared in the Editorial page of the magazine.

“You may notice that there’s one big difference between this cover and the original–there’s no cowering cave-woman being protected by a two-fisted adventurer; this time, she’s more than capable of handling the bug on her own.

"Taking the things that work without being beholden to the things that don’t is about as Futurist a concept as there is."

Hmmm. Menfolk defending womenfolk does not work? Futurist = PC BS? I am not sure I agree with that equation.

In the case of the magician's nephew, the evil queen that destroyed the dead world is depicted thus:

"The last figure of all was the most interesting - a woman even more richly dressed than the others, very tall (but every figure in that room was taller than the people of our world), with a look of such fierceness and pride that it took your breath away. Yet she was beautiful too."

Here the analogy fails. If the kings and queens of Astounding and Analog magazine were propped up in thrones as in the Hall of Images in the desolate world of Charn, it would look like HG Wells' conception of the far future, as the race devolved from men to halfhumans, to orcs, to morlocks. The final seat would be occupied by some bloated slug of smug, self-satisfied nonsense, whose blind and glowing eyes attract clouds of midges, and whose limp and flabbed tongues, slick with drool, are draped over the gelatinous body, and throne, and the dust of the floor, too weak to move: a sight to inspire horror and disgust.

And let it be labeled 'Futurist'.

You stick to what works, O futurist! Your job is selling magazines. How is sneering unreality lectures talking down to your customers working when it comes to sales?

Good grief! If I were not John C Wright, I would buy a John C Wright book out of protest right here and now!

I wish Larry Correia were a Castalia House author.

Anonymous Mark McSherry September 02, 2016 11:28 PM  

Analog Science Fiction/ Science Fact had good work by Sean McMullen, Joe Pitkin, Bill Johnson, Marissa Lingen, Alec Nevala-Lee, Martin L. Shoemaker, K. J. Zimring, and others. Analog registered a 5.4 percent loss in overall circulation, down to 20,356 from 2014’ s 24,709. There were 20,356 subscriptions, down from 2014’ s 21,456; of this total, 14,301 were print subscriptions, while 6,040 were digital subscriptions. Newsstand sales were down slightly to 3,019 from 2014’ s 3,253. Sell-through dropped to 37 percent from 41 percent. New editor Trevor Quachri completed his second full year as editor. 2015 marked the magazine’s eighty-fifth anniversary, and it published its thousandth issue, making it the longest continually running SF magazine.

Dozois, Gardner. The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Third Annual Collection . St. Martin's Press. Kindle Edition.

Blogger residentMoron September 03, 2016 12:07 AM  

"If I were not John C Wright, I would buy a John C Wright book out of protest right here and now!"

Let me help you with that, John.

What will you recommend?

(I already own Somewhither, Iron Chamber, Awake In the Night Lands, Swan Knight's Son.)

I've heard of this Eschaton Sequence, but never been able to find book 1. Would that do?

Anonymous Alsos September 03, 2016 1:18 AM  

I gave up on Analog after 25 years as a subscriber after reading "Hominids". I think I only read a handful of issues the last 7-8 years I subscribed. Every story had become so predictable and so heavy-handed with Progressive themes.

They've been lying from day one about SF not being monopolized by the left. There's no way anyone can read Analog between say 1998 and 2008 and not see the same things the Puppies criticisms refer to WRT the Hugos, etc., in an earlier form.

OpenID malcolmthecynic September 03, 2016 1:28 AM  

@84

"The Book of Feasts and Seasons". "Pale Realms of Shade" alone is worth the price of the whole collection.

OpenID malcolmthecynic September 03, 2016 1:52 AM  

Alternatively, "God, Robot". John only has one story in it but the concept of theobots was his idea, and the book has been very well reviewed.

Blogger John Wright September 03, 2016 2:07 AM  

Count to a Trillion is the first book of the eschaton sequence.

Anonymous Ellipsis Lacuna September 03, 2016 3:38 AM  

Culturally speaking, sometimes I feel as if the '20s will be my decade.

Blogger VD September 03, 2016 3:57 AM  

My question is, do you mind if I post articles like this there, so they can see the difference? Having those two "stories" described is just too perfect.

No, go ahead and do that.

Blogger D. G. D. Davidson September 03, 2016 4:49 AM  

@69
I'm pretty sure that is the stereotypical princess anymore. After all, all princesses know kung fu.

This is true, and it's most distressing to me. See, I actually like action girl stories. But the whole point of the action girl is that she runs contrary to expectations.

When every girl is an action girl, then none of them are.

Blogger Gunnar Thalweg September 03, 2016 6:50 AM  

I am commenting on the original post and haven't read the other comments (yet).

The stories the mailer is criticizing happen for a very specific reason and it's this: Most writers went to college for English, and English studies are drenched in critical theory, and any text studied according to critical theory will be subject to race, class and gender analysis, as well as a host of other, new intersectional analyses.

It's difficult to explain how thoroughly this quenches the creative imagination. But if you want to see how it plays out, look at the descriptions of the two stories here.

The women have to beat the men at literally everything -- otherwise, the story is about the oppression of women by men. Same with multi-race, disability, anti-Christian, etc.

What I have never understood is why anyone bought into critical theory and didn't recognize it immediately as whack-job conspiracy theorizing ... but there it is.

Every story becomes an allegory about social relations and the individual is, for all intents and purposes, denied.

Blogger Ken Prescott September 03, 2016 8:15 AM  

If I write an action girl, her preferred martial art is Gun Fu.

Blogger residentMoron September 03, 2016 11:25 AM  

OK, just bought Count to a Trillion.

Thanks John and malcolm.

Blogger John Wright September 03, 2016 12:25 PM  

@94
Thank you! Tell me what you think once you've read it.

Blogger advancedatheist September 03, 2016 3:16 PM  

J.L. Forrest's story about the transhumanists basically rips off "The Transhumanist Wager," by Zoltan Istvan.

Anonymous CitizenOutkast September 03, 2016 3:33 PM  

VD wrote:No, go ahead and do that.

Ok, thanks, did. Will continue to do so as things pop up.

Blogger Alexandru September 03, 2016 10:18 PM  

I have a digital subscription to both Analog and Asimov on my kindle. I read both of these turd pieces a week or so ago when the latest issue came out. I felt embarrassed finishing them. I enjoy short fiction and wish there was a monthly magazine I could get delivered to my Kindle that had decent fun scifi.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright September 04, 2016 12:08 AM  

@98

Sci Phi Journal is available on Kindle. It has some rather good stories. Definitely, nothing like what has been described above.

Blogger residentMoron September 04, 2016 4:18 AM  

@95 John Wright

Will do. I'm still reading Loki's Child but you're next on my list.

Blogger Dirk Manly September 04, 2016 12:11 PM  

@19

"The SJWs remind me more and more of the Soviets and their bad art."

Well, of course, the (((same people))) are/were at the head of each.

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