Virtue Signaling at its Worst: Punishing People for Things out of Their Control

So amid everything else going on in the world right now, there was one story I was completely unaware of until yesterday, when Rev says desu on Youtube, who covers internet news/drama, especially when it’s relevant to anime & similar things, made a video about it. Watch it below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHr7qyLaKg0 Apparently, there either are orContinue reading “Virtue Signaling at its Worst: Punishing People for Things out of Their Control”

A Tale of Plagiarism on Amazon

So a couple weeks ago, I did something I do every couple months over on Amazon, and searched “Miklos Horthy” in books. The reason I do this is partially for ego reasons (as some of you may know, I’ve published my Master’s thesis on Miklos Horthy, and, as one of the only in-print English booksContinue reading “A Tale of Plagiarism on Amazon”

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”