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Here's another essay about the Hugo Awards and whether science fiction is devolving into social justice stories. 

Devolving?  Really?  The genre that began with Mary Wallstonecraft  Shelley's scathing condemnation of a protagonist who was everything society lauded and also an imbecilic dick?  The genre where Gene Roddenberry cast his bridge crew with all the colors?  The genre that has, basically, made a profession out of screaming "NOT THAT DOOR!" at society and occasionally giving us a Tomorrowland-esque vision of awesome the future could be if humanity would only pull its head out of its ass?

Shut.  The fuck.  Up.
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Here is a detailed analysis of some proposed changes to the Hugo Award rules as regards nomination and voting.  The intent is to discourage a repetition of slate voting which the sad/rabid puppies used to tamper with this year's voting.  Looks like there's some potential for improvement.

What annoys me is that a small number of people have caused problems for a large number of people, and disrupted an established award, just to promote their own limited agenda.  Seriously, if you want to bark up some group of writers or works, you should really just launch a new award for that.  This is why we have thematic awards like the Tiptree, Lambda, Chesley, Pegasus, etc.  It's why I looked at early crowdfunding and put up the Rose & Bay Awards because at the time most others banned or were hostile to crowdfunded works and I didn't want to wait around for someone else to start one.  Trying to hijack an existing, general award to promote a narrow theme is not just rude, it's lazy.
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... are in, with commentary on implications. The sad and rabid puppies have been whacked on the nose with a newspaper, and hopefully will not piddle on the carpet again.
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This is the freebie for the August 2015 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "personal time" square in my 8-1-15 card for the As You Like It Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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New Verses

Aug. 12th, 2015 06:01 pm
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The general fund poll is now finished.  "That Basic, Wrenching Emotion" is now complete.  See how Danso and his family deal with Amada's breakup.  "These Tiny Little Steps" has 13 new verses.  Victor continues to be a good doctor, a desperate parent, and a terrible patient.
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This poem came out of the August 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] tresta. It also fills the "curtainfic" square in my 6-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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Here's an interesting article about agender and other nonbinary characters.  As mentioned, most are aliens.

Check my QUILTBAG list for some of mine, human and otherwise.
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This poem is spillover from the July 21, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Rhodielady_47. It also fills the "measures" square in my 5-18-15 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

Warning: This poem contains some harsh language, warped perceptions, and inadequate coping skills on the part of various people. When Sam the Gardener moves into Supply Base Bounty 3D3N, Router learns the fundamental truth about neurovariant people -- "If you've met one person on the spectrum, you've met one person on the spectrum." Sam has very different needs compared to Backup, and that is just going to be awkward for everyone until they figure out how to adapt.

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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] lone_cat , there are two new verses in "These Tiny Little Steps."  Victor is not about to take this distressing news lying down.

Victor is sometimes kind of an ass.
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 ... as unearthed by Nalo Hopkinson.  She's one of those writers who likes to do serious research for her F&SF novels.

I would like to add: the perception of stupidity, laziness, and clumsiness is not an accident or a random stereotype.  It is a misinterpretation  of the tactics for survival and resistance by slaves against their owners.  If the master thinks you're rebelling, you'll be punished or killed.  But if you can make them think you're unable  to do better, they're surprisingly easy to fool and will let you alone.  So slaves quite frequently wasted resources, broke or lost tools, dragged their feet, let the livestock out, stole food, and generally did everything they could, as discreetly as possible, to make the masters' lives less pleasant.  

Those strategies linger in poor communities today.  Why bust your ass when all the benefit of your labor gets creamed off for the benefit of people who hate you?  You'll never be permitted to earn more than subsistence wages, so you might as well do that with as little effort as you can possibly get away with.  Where there is no reward for harder work, you get passive resistance.

So when you read my writing about the slave descended cultures of the Americas and Caribbean, you can see many of the same roots.  It's often there in the language, the personal and community dynamics, the food, and especially the ways people deal with problems.  Each place is unique, with its own local culture -- Jamaica is different from Cuba and from New Orleans.  They're related through the common experiences of colonialism and slavery, yet distinct in local resources and historic events.  The diversity is beautiful.  As that plays out in my storytelling, you can see how people from different cultures might handle things like superpowers (Haiti is one of the bottom-ten countries for soups) or getting kidnapped by alien slavers (in which various black folks used their family lore to devise survival strategies).

Silkpunk

Jul. 21st, 2015 11:20 am
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So there's a genre called silkpunk, inspired by historic Asian technology.  Fascinating.

I've written a handful of explicitly Asian series: The Origami Mage relies primarily on paper magic.  Kung Fu Robots is more like wuxia SF.  Lacquerware is Edopunk.
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This is the freebie for the July 2015 Crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexconall and [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "silence" square in my 5-18-15 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the project [community profile] nineforthenebulasheart.

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This is the freebie for the July 2015 Muse Fusion, inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ellenmillion. It also fills the "Wild Card: Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Creatures" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. It belongs to the Torn World project.

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The Torn World Muse Fusion for July 2015 is now open!  Come give us prompts, or claim some for your own inspiration.  You don't have to be a member to play, although it does make things easier.  New to Torn World?  Start Here for readers or for creators


What I Have Written

"To Ride Death" is today's freebie.
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This poem came out of the July 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user My_partner_doug. It also fills the "mutation" square in my 6-1-15 card for the June Relationship Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.

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This poem came out of the July 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "yardwork or gardening" square in my 4-20-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest, and the "space travel" square for my Wordsmith Bingo card. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Space Traders thread of the series An Army of One. It is the third in a triptych of poems about splicing together a trade loop from the Orion side through the Lacuna to the Carinan side; begin with "Who Is Devoid of the Power" and "Hacking Perceptions."

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