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Here's an essay about what it's like to be a conservative in F&SF

Yeah so, I have some conservative friends.  Mostly my politics lean liberal, but on some issues, my stance aligns with conservatives (although I rarely hold it for the same reasons as others).  That essay?  Is the kind of thing that contributed to me not going back to WisCon, because I don't like when people pick on my friends.  I want fandom and publishing to be inclusive.  If they're not, then I get pissy and don't want to go to those parties.  I mean if I wanted to do the clique thing I would hang out with mundanes. :/

The instigating topic, awards ... meh.  I haven't been impressed with Hugos and Nebulas.  Rhysling, Lambda, and Tiptree are more likely to have something with higher literary merit in my observation.  But it's easy for people to get into arguments over awards, and I'm just not into the drama llama race.  I would rather read books than pick fights over them.
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You can now read the novella "Salvaging" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer in full, if you were waiting for the end of it.  The story features an assassin from Terramagne stumbling into Schrodinger's Heroes.  Begin with Part 1, end with Part 26, or visit the Index.  

New Verses

Mar. 28th, 2015 01:25 am
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Thanks to a donation from Stephen Laird, we had an audience poll.  There are 8 new verses in "Often Buried Deep."   Astin picks up asteroid gems.  There are 10 new verses in "Settled." Aidan checks to make sure that Danso is okay, and explains some of what happened with his talent.

And Ng_moonmoth just finished "Often Buried Deep" so you can read the rest of that now.  Astin, Spalling, and V conclude their latest round of trade and enjoy each other's company.
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Beautiful music.  See, this is why crowdfunding is so awesome.  MOAR GOODEEZ for everyone!
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Here's an essay about hidden disabilities in speculative fiction and real life. It makes some interesting points about people's assumptions and different levels of ability.

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Here's an article about (mostly problematic) representations of Native Americans in speculative fiction. Well, yeah, that's what you get if you read only or mostly wasicu history books. If you grow up on Naya Nuki and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee ...

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LJ user Ng_moonmoth has written two pieces of demifiction based on my poem "Too Much Energy."  They do come with warnings, but if you read the source poem which inspired them, you'll probably be okay.

"News Bulletin: The Massacre of Cascabel" -- This gives an early glimpse of Carinan reactions to a major event in the war, which involved Spalling.  

"The Conscience of the War" -- Here is the beginning of the turnaround, poignantly portrayed in a war poem.


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This is the freebie for the March 2015 Creative Jam. It was prompted by [personal profile] ellenmillion and belongs to the Torn World project.


"Sequential Science"


The earth trembles and shakes,
and the barriers collapse.

The barriers collapse, and
the earth trembles and shakes.

The scientists argue heatedly
over which of these things is true.

Sequential science is a field
fraught with contentions.

Mariyalena straightens her robe,
decks her notes, and steps into the fray.

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This poem came out of the November 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "innocent" square in my 10-6-13 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the March 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl reaching the $200 goal. It belongs to the series Starfather, which you can find via the Serial Poetry page.

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This poem came out of the March 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] balsamandash, [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] ellenmillion, and LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "planet destruction" square in my 11-25-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the V & Spalling thread of the series An Army of One.

Special thanks to Ng_moonmoth for extensive assistance in developing the social and technological aspects of this setting as a whole, along with particular attention to the Alta Familia structure and the history of both V and Spalling.  You can now read the demifiction "News Bulletin:  The Massacre of Cascabel" and "The Conscience of the War" about the original incident.  (These are direct links that skip past the cutline.  Warnings are similar to those for this poem, plus a whole lot of additional social wrangling.)

WARNING: This poem features some extremely intense scenes due to the characters having survived appalling pasts. The current environment is safe and supportive, but the referred events definitely are not. The warnings are spoilers; highlight to read. Here come more details about why Spalling and V are kind of messed up. During military service, Spalling initiated a surgical strike that turned into a MASS casualty event, contributing to severe PTSD, survivor guilt, suicidal ideation, hypervigilance, difficulty sleeping, and nightmares. Growing up, V suffered extreme emotional neglect and psychological abuse from terrible parents. As already established, V also spent time on the street and has some social damage from that. Both V and Spalling are getting better, but this is just a really rough day for them. If these topics are touchy for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read.

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This is the freebie for today's fishbowl, prompted by [personal profile] alexseanchai.

Warning: This poem contains partial nudity and the end of the world.

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Leonard Nimoy has passed away.  He lived long, and prospered.  He both was and was not Spock.  But while everyone knows that role, I have another favorite too: he also starred in Brave New World, where it was utterly delightful to see him frisking around advising the other characters to be happy and have lots of promiscuous sex.

He taught us a lot about logic and emotion; more crucially still, the need to balance both in order to live well.  Along with the rest of the Star Trek teamfamily, he taught us about tolerance -- not just of others, but of ourselves.  He showed us glimpses, not just of one future, but of many futures.  In doing these things, he left an imprint that will last as long as our culture does.

So I'm sorry he's left us -- though he has left quite a lot to us -- and I'm really going to miss that man.  But on the other side...


Leonard Nimoy looks at the enormous mob burgeoning around The Great Con in the Sky.  Two cloud buses have arrived simultaneously.  One of them disgorges a flock of angels -- is that Metatron? -- while the other lets out a stream of tzadikim.  On the front lawn, a circle of Summerlanders are spit-roasting an entire ox.

Leonard shakes his head and sneaks around back in search of an open window.  Just as he is closing the window behind himself, a soft sound makes him whirl around.  "Gene!" he cries gladly.

"Hello, old friend," says Gene Roddenberry as they hug.  "Sorry about the crush out front.  People are excited to see you."

Leonard raises an eyebrow.  "Coming in the back way was a logical ruse," he says.  "But what are you  doing here?"

"Waiting for you," Gene replies.  "Since you made your peace with old Spock, I figured you'd take the logical route.  Come on, I'll show you where we stashed the secret Green Room.  If we hurry, we can get there before Isaac Asimov eats all the cookies."

Grinning, Leonard drapes a long arm over Gene's shoulders and says, "Lead the way."

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 Thanks to a donation from Ng_moonmoth, you can start on the first 33 verses of "Often Buried Deep."  It belongs to the series An Army of One and follows Astin's new trade route, so you can see how the different parts of the Lacuna are starting to connect with each other.
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 [personal profile] mdlbear has written a lovely poem, "Round Dance - 2138," based on my prompt.  Enjoy a description of lunar mining, along with a discussion of AI art.
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This poem is spillover from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "orphans" square in my 11-25-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

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This poem is spillover from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and LJ user Kelkyag. It also fills the "parenthood" square in my 12-30-15 card for the Rites of Passage Fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to The Steamsmith series.

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 ... here's a cute video of some things that would happen.  I've also seen some longer documentaries and books on this topic, very useful for anyone writing apocalyptic science fiction.
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This poem is from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chordatesrock, [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] librarygeek, [personal profile] siliconshaman, LJ users Rhodielady_47, Kelkyag, Ng_moonmoth, Anthony and Shirley Barrette. It has been sponsored by Anthony and Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to The Blueshift Troupers project.

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