Sunday, March 29, 2020

The Party Line

Tempest Bradford jump started the hate campaign against me, then Jim Hines jumped in. Bradford is Joe Goebbels to Nora Jemisin, who's basically turned the SFWA into her own self-promotion racket, just like Tor Books turned the Hugo awards into its own little scheme.

Hines is the same to John Scalzi, who is the single person the most responsible for the politicization of the SFWA. Most recently, Teresa Neilsen-Hayden jumped into the fray.

Neilsen-Hayden is the person who invented the party line against the Sad Puppies. In 2015 she started to attack the Pups a week before the Hugo nominations were announced. Nominees receive their notifications a week in advance, and when the "right" people didn't get their notifications, she realized what happened and went on the immediate attack.

Just because the party line is repeated over and over again doesn't make it true, and citing it doesn't make it a legitimate precedent.

Neilsen-Hayden repeated the lie that I swatted David Gerrold in 2015. Truth is, she invented that lie. Calling the police for protection because you are afraid of a lynch mob is not swatting, it's self-defense. Attacking me by repeating a Big Lie again still doesn't make it true.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

More on my write-in candidacy

The hate and vitriol directed towards me is very illuminating. My enemies must be tremendously privileged. Normal people, who have to work and scrape for a living, know that you often get into arguments and have to deal with disagreeable people.

Indeed, if you check into their background, you'll find many of the usual suspects either hold government jobs or work at universities. They are insulated from the real world.

Mike Glyer, who runs the web site File 770, used to be an auditor for the IRS (he's retired now).

These people act like being different and disagreeing with them is the worst crime imaginable. Also, because of their jobs they have all the time in the world to attack you on-line. It's not like they do anything for a living.

Chumps like me, who are self employed small business people, only have so much time to engage is this bullshit.

The pile-on instigated by Tempest Bradford, however, was so extreme that I thing it began to disgust some people. It's like the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution - even supporters are afraid they will eventually come after them.

The best way to understand it is to know they have combined the worst elements of both the Communist Party and the Nazi Party.

The old fashioned Communist Party under Joe Stalin in the Soviet Union had what was called the "Party Line". The government determined the narrative for all public events and subjects, and you had to repeat or follow it, or you would be arrested or persecuted.

There was even a term for this, "deviationism".

The SFWA is just an organization, a tool as it were, and it can be used for ill or good. It is not responsible as a group for the worst excesses of the politically correct gang.

They are small, tight-knit like-minded bunch who follow very closely the "Party Line" theory. They come up with a bullshit narrative and then enforce it. Stalin used to purge people or have them shot. The s-f crowd uses the blacklist.

The Nazis under Adolph Hitler followed the "Big Lie" theory of propaganda. Repeat the same story enough times and the people will believe it.

So what we have seen here, for the past ten or 15 years, is the usual suspects use the Big Lie and repeat the Party Line to oppress dissidents.

People have complained about some things I have done in the past, where the story is the Party Line repeated in the Big Lie echo chamber. At this point, the racket is wearing thin. Whether you succumb to these obviously ridiculous accusations is essentially an IQ test.

If you believe in these tall tales, you don't have much credibility yourself.

More of the same from the usual suspects

I’ve been a member of the SFWA off and on since 2006. I qualified as an associate member in 2005 after my story “A Rocket for the Republic” was published in Asimov’s Science Fiction. I had my third pro short story sale, “Great White Ship” in 2012 in Daily Science Fiction and qualified for full membership.

I say I’ve been a member off and on because there have been a couple of times I’ve let my membership lapse because money was tight.

I tried running for Vice President in 2013, but the hatred and animosity directed towards me was so great that I dropped my campaign after a week. I never said anything about quitting because I would have been mocked over that, too.

I thought to run for President last year, but I was told the rules now state that you cannot run as an officer unless you have been a director first, and you cannot run for a director unless you have been a member in good standing for at least two years. Because of a recent lapse in my dues, I was ineligible to run.

It seems as time goes by the rules for joining the clique running the SFWA racket get tighter and tighter.

This year I was eligible to run, but I didn’t bother. But when the ballot was sent to members, lo and behold, they didn’t even have enough candidates to fill all positions. There was only one name on the ballot for two two-year posts as a director at large.

I saw that, and reasoned, why not seek votes as a write-in? And so I did.

As would be expected, it took a very short time for the traditional lynch mob to attack, led by a no-talent political correctness enforcer named Tempest Bradford. For a week there, it was pretty wild.
Things seem to have calmed down. Voting remains open until April 14, but just about everything constructive as well as destructive has been said by now.

One thing that’s occurred to me as a result of this is to reactivate this blog for my many fans. The attacks on my humanly existence by the Khmer Rouge wing of science fiction has only generated sympathy and more friends for me.

Sunday, February 02, 2020

Upcoming convention

My next convention – and my first one for year – is Anachroncon Feb. 14-16 in Atlanta. Here is my schedule of panels:

Friday 4:00 p.m.  How Much Editing is Enough?

Saturday 12 p.m.  Using the Hero’s Journey to Make Stories Work

Saturday 1 p.m. Alternate Universe Creation

Saturday 4 p.m. Pantsing or Plotting? What Works For You?

Saturday 5 p.m. Hit or Myth? What Makes Good Story?

Sunday 12 p.m. Plot, Plot, Plot! The Importance of Actually Telling a Story

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Problems with the email

We've taken a break at Sirius Science Fiction, with the most recent story published December 28, because of a strange technical problem that arose with the email.

Some of you may recall I recently asked how many of you use Juno for your email. I had a reason. Sirius S-F uses an old Juno email address of mine for its submissions. The email address goes back to the 1990s, but it seemed to work fine, and not being very active I thought it would be a good one to use for the slush pile.

However, a couple of months ago, it developed a strange problem. It would freeze after one action. In other words, if you took any action - open an email, delete emails, go to an inbox - you got only one chance. You couldn't take two actions in a row - the program would freeze. You'd have to go out and in again.

That obviously made working the submission emails very, very difficult, and that's the main reason I took the break. I was pretty much in a quandary about what to do, except migrate submissions to a different email. But then what could I do the submissions I already have on hand?

However, in the past week or so the problem seems to have righted itself, and it seems I can use the email normally now, so we will start reading the slush pile again and publishing original fiction.

Our next story, the first one for 2020, will be "14 Candles" by Michael Murphy. I will post here when it is published.

Saturday, November 02, 2019

Sirius Science Fiction is alive and doing well

Since restarting this fall, Sirius Science Fiction has been doing well and has published five original short stories. We published five this spring before taking a hiatus for health reasons (my wife Patricia got real sick in June and took weeks to recover; I also had bouts of illness.)

But since Oct. 4 we have published:

"Cafe Bueno" by Kevin Folliard

"The Drifter and Mr. Cronkite" by F.M. Scott

"The Lung-Ma's Tests" by Susan MacDonald

"Space - A Fishy Tale" by John Taloni

and this week, "Second Time Around" by John Leahy.

Two are alternate - or secret - history, and two more traditional science fition. I don't know how to classify "Second Time Around".

We have been getting submissions from around the world. John Leahy is the first publication from overseas, he lives in Ireland.

Submissions are always open at , and we pay $25 per story.

Here is the link to the page.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Off into history

Alicia Alonso, legendary Cuban ballet dancer, died Thursday, aged 98.

Alonso was one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century. Her personal reputation foundered in mid-century because of her support of Fidel Castro and the Cuban Communist Revolution.

Alonso suffered most of her life with very poor eyesight, and was essentially blind for many decades. My personal theory is that she is the model for the image of The Blind Ballerina.

Our society has many of these kind of cartoonish folk images - one of the best known is having a man wearing only a barrel to indicate he's lost all his money.

One common image of the stereotyped gypsy, and in fact Michael Swanwick explored the idea of how these kinds of images are created in a story published in 2000, "The Raggle Taggle Gypsy-O".

Years ago, when I was just just starting out, I had a thought - what if you suspect YOU are one of these tropes? This led to my story, "Won't You Come Home, Bill Buckley", where a rising author attends a reception and meets both Buckley and Alonso.

Buckley is the model for the erudite and cultured reactionary. When someone snaps a photo of the three people together - Buckley, Alsonso and the author - she learns something she probably wishes she didn't know.

Another thing that contributed to the story is that in 1984 I took a date to a performance of The Village Light Opera Group in New York. During the intermission of "The Yeoman of the Guard", I met Isaac Asimov.

While we exchanged pleasantries in the lobby, someone walked up and took our photo.

"Is that a friend of yours?" asked Asimov.

"Never saw her before in my life," I replied.

I wish to hell I knew who took the picture, I would give so much to see it today. I had no idea at the time I would write science fiction - my first pro publication was 21 years in the future.

Well, "Won't You Come Home, Bill Buckley" was published in 2005 by Bewildering Stories and it is still archived on-line. Here's the link. It's one of my lesser-known works. Hope you enjoy it!

The Party Line

Tempest Bradford jump started the hate campaign against me, then Jim Hines jumped in. Bradford is Joe Goebbels to Nora Jemisin, who's ba...