Some Personal Thoughts on Self-Censorship

Jon Del Arroz is really hitting it out of the park this week (pun intended). His recent article on the national anthem controversy and baseball has really blown up, and he’s been receiving a lot of hate for it. Check out a Best Of compilation of those comments over on his site. I’d like toContinue reading “Some Personal Thoughts on Self-Censorship”

An Inside Look at the SJW Convergence in Science Fiction Publishing

Almost two months ago, author Jon Del Arroz wrote an article exposing an endemic anti-male bias in the publishing industry. For this, he was viciously attacked by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA). Not only was he attacked online, but a this spilled over into real life. Today, he released anotherContinue reading “An Inside Look at the SJW Convergence in Science Fiction Publishing”

The Problem of Social Justice Mobs in the Speculative Fiction World

As many of us who follow the news in the speculative fiction writing world are well aware of,  the problem of mobs of the perpetually offended attacking authors is a pervasive one. The targets of these attacks are not only those of us on the political right, but also even those who are ideologically inContinue reading “The Problem of Social Justice Mobs in the Speculative Fiction World”

Going Full Space Opera: The Galaxy Ascendant

There have been a couple of very interesting, and, for me, relevant articles made over the last day or so, on the topic of space opera. Of most relevance is a post by Bradford C. Walker, regarding what he is looking for when he ventures into the realm of space opera. Of particular note, isContinue reading “Going Full Space Opera: The Galaxy Ascendant”

No One Expects the SFWA Inquisition

There was a special Geek Gab episode today, and a bit of a different one, as it dealt with politics–albeit those within the science fiction and fantasy publishing world. Jon Del Arroz talks with Daddy Warpig on the attacks he has faced by SFWA and its SJW allies. This is an important watch for anyContinue reading “No One Expects the SFWA Inquisition”

Alien Lives Matter: Introducing the Burroughs Test

I was recently made aware of this excellent post over at SuperversiveSF by Nate Winchester (thanks to Rawle Nyanzi for bringing it to my attention.) In the article, Nate addresses the “current year” issue of “representation” in fiction, that being where people on the Left, primarily SJWs, make the “diversity” of a film’s cast aContinue reading “Alien Lives Matter: Introducing the Burroughs Test”

Writing Non-Human Characters Part 2: Pitfalls to Avoid

Now that I’ve hopefully made the case for writing non-human characters in the first place, we can move on to the actual creative process. And I figured best to get the negative parts of it out of the way first, hence pitfalls. I will preface this by saying that while the pitfalls I will discussContinue reading “Writing Non-Human Characters Part 2: Pitfalls to Avoid”

Book Review: For Steam and Country

This review’s been long in coming, but I’m finally getting to it. It’s always harder to do reviews when it’s been some time since I read the book, but I haven’t forgotten anything major. Full disclosure before I begin, I am friends with Jon del Arroz, the author of For Steam and Country. However, that didn’tContinue reading “Book Review: For Steam and Country”

Takeaways From the 2017 Dragon Awards

So, the Dragon Awards have come and gone, and I;m most definitely late to the after-awards discussion. However, I wanted to get a few thoughts it (and share a more comprehensive post on the main takeaways by Dragon Award nominee Richard Paolinelli.) The first, is that the Dragons have demonstrated that no one group canContinue reading “Takeaways From the 2017 Dragon Awards”

Clarity Over Cleverness, the Key to Fun Stories

I’d like to share an excellent post by Brian Niemeier, which itself is sharing and replying to another great article by Daddy Warpig over on the Castalia House blog. The gist of the longer article is encapsulated in Brian’s post. Clarity over cleverness. As Brian points out, the science fiction genre has fallen from beingContinue reading “Clarity Over Cleverness, the Key to Fun Stories”