SFWA Doubles Down

To the surprise of exactly no one, SFWA (an organization which supports a terrorist organization–you can read more about that here), SFWA is doubling down on its recist policy that gives black authors–and only black authors–free registration to its convention and waiving their membership fees. They first announced this back in June. The Board ofContinue reading “SFWA Doubles Down”

Wizards of the Coast Can Go To Hell

I guess the title makes things pretty clear from the outset, doesn’t it? As a company, Wizards of the Coast is dead to me. It’s been coming for a while now, but around last week was where it all solidified, and I’ve determined to no longer buy any sealed product from them. (With maybe aContinue reading “Wizards of the Coast Can Go To Hell”

Being “Apolitical” is not a Virtue

A little while ago, David V. Stewart made a solid blog post about the concept of being “apolitical,” and I had something to add to it. Namely, beware people who use their alleged “apolitical” nature as a virtue. You see, as David pointed out in his post, being truly Apolitical is all-but impossible. Just theContinue reading “Being “Apolitical” is not a Virtue”

The Left’s War on Right-Wing Indie Creators Escalates… Again

Well, it’s happened once again. A right-wing author deplatformed due to the actions of the Left, in a clear attempt to hurt his career. This isn’t the first such occurrence for Jon Del Arroz, the #1 bestselling leading Hispanic voice in science fiction, but it deserves no less attention. (Full disclosure, I am friends withContinue reading “The Left’s War on Right-Wing Indie Creators Escalates… Again”

Why the Latest “Outrage” Doesn’t Outrage Me

I’m going to preface this by saying that this is not the blog post I wanted to write today. No, I had something much more fun in mind, something related to something I enjoy talking about (writing and Star Wars, to put it in brief.) Later this week, we get back to talking about funContinue reading “Why the Latest “Outrage” Doesn’t Outrage Me”

The Day I Paid My Respects at the Grave of an Antisemite

Yes, that title is arguably clickbait, but it’s better termed provocative, as it’s completely true. This post will partially be about why I decided to visit the grave of Admiral Miklos Horthy, who served as Hungary’s regent from 1920 to 1944. However, more important will be what that why means. For the benefit of anyone readingContinue reading “The Day I Paid My Respects at the Grave of an Antisemite”

At What Point has the Line Been Irrevocably Crossed? (Part 2: The Assault on Jeremy Hambly)

The wider Culture War has been raging for some time now, but, as of late, it really seems to me that several lines have been crossed, and the future seems headed to a dark place due to that. The attack aimed at an author from within a published comic was bad enough, but physical assaultContinue reading “At What Point has the Line Been Irrevocably Crossed? (Part 2: The Assault on Jeremy Hambly)”

The Three Weeks: A Time of Mourning–but Also Pride

A few days ago, with the Fast of the 17th of Tammuz, the period of the Jewish year known as the Three Weeks began. Technically lasting 22 days most of the time (23 this year because fasts that fall on Saturday [Shabbat] are pushed off to Sunday, this is a sad period, during with weContinue reading “The Three Weeks: A Time of Mourning–but Also Pride”

Bringing Back Dueling in the 21st Century: A Primer

It’s time to bring back dueling, in a limited fashion. There, I said it. This is not a popular opinion, I am sure, but in my opinion, it is something sorely needed today, as an answer to the toxic online culture where outright lies and defamation of character is all too common. First, let’s talkContinue reading “Bringing Back Dueling in the 21st Century: A Primer”

Fiction Must Be Designed to Entertain, and You Must Support Those on Your Side

A couple quick posts I want to spotlight and discuss a bit, as I have some time to actually write a blog post this week. First, is a post from back in December, by Bradford C. Walker, (yes, I’m behind on things; being in the army here in Israel does that) on something that oughtContinue reading “Fiction Must Be Designed to Entertain, and You Must Support Those on Your Side”