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  1. In Topic: Steven Erikson to start writing Walk in Shadow

    Yesterday, 09:11 PM

    View PostAptorian, on 28 July 2020 - 09:27 AM, said:

    Oh dear, sounds like I won't like Walk in Shadow. I haven't read Fall of light but my takeaway from this write up is that he's sticking to his formula, which is all well and good. It's just not a story that matches the myths I built in my mind during the early books.

    By 'style' I think he's primarily referring to the prose style (Shakespearean influence, declamatory/oratorical, 'breath-phrase' organization, language a bit antiquated, bit like an 'epic poem' etc.) and scope/focus (inward rather than expansive), not high fantasy/low fantasy. I'd expect it to swerve towards high fantasy / epic myth at some point (hopefully...)....
  2. In Topic: Identity Politics

    01 August 2020 - 06:21 PM

    'George R.R. Martin Can Fuck Off Into the Sun, or: The 2020 Hugo Awards Ceremony (RageBlog Edition)

    [...] The host for this year's festivities was George R.R. Martin and he spent an awful lot of time talking about John W. Campbell, noted fascist and racist. Pretty sure that between Martin and Bob Silverberg, Campbell (noted fascist and racist!) was mentioned more than the aggregate of the folks being honored. I aged approximately 67 years during Silverberg's segment.

    We were treated to tales of how Martin is Just Like Us while he was broadcasting from the movie theater he owns for funsies. I lost count of how many times he mentioned that fandom used to be so much smaller that Worldcon was in a hotel and that there was a banquet with rubbery chicken (no one cares).

    Because it's such a goddamn fucking shame that fandom is so much larger and diverse than it was 50 fucking years ago. Because the people nominated for and winning awards aren't exclusively white and male.

    [...] Speaking of Jemisin, Martin made the decision to first mention her unprecedented accomplishment of winning the Best Novel three years in a row–no one else of any race or gender has ever accomplished a Best Novel hat trick–and then attempt to undermine it by talking at great length the time Heinlein won three Hugos in nine years,

    [...] What I haven't forgotten is this: George R.R. Martin repeatedly mispronounced the names of nominees and, in one case, a publication which was nominated. All the nominees were asked to provide pronunciations for their names in advance. The fact that Martin chose not to use that information is disgusting and racist as fuck, as without exception the names he mispronounced were Black and brown. He mispronounced FIYAH, a publication owned, edited, and written by Black people.

    This is thoroughly beyond the pale, especially since those segments were pre-recorded and CoNZealand could have asked him to re-do those segments and pronounce peoples' names correctly. Names are important. They have power.

    There was also a whole segment about the Oscar statuette and its crotch. It was gender essentialist and transphobic. It was so gross I don't even want to talk about it to be honest. CoNZealand tweeted a non-apology apology about it to people who were offended. I'm not particularly gender non-conforming, but if that segment made me feel gross and unwelcome, imagine how it made not only the trans and other gender non-conforming nominees feel, but also all those who were watching. It was a gigantic "fuck you, you're not welcome here."

    [...] CoNZealand has published an apology, in which they admit mistakes were made–including the decision to "provide an agnostic platform for all the participants, and […] not place restrictions on any speech or presentations." That was a very bad decision. Editing pre-recorded segments for clarity and length is not a restriction or any kind of censorship. It's professional.

    [...] Would Martin and Silverberg have felt as free to be gross racist misogynist transphobes if there had been a live audience to contend with? I suspect not.

    There was no need for Martin to put all the dolls he has of himself on display or to change his hat in every segment–he clearly put more thought into that schtick than he did into pronouncing people's names (I am never not going to be mad about that).'


    [edit: Just noticed this addendum by the author:

    'Multiple people have pointed out that it wasn’t only BIPOC folks who had their names mispronounced, plenty of white folks did, too. As someone whose name is often mispronounced, I can’t believe I didn’t mention that.

    [...] My deepest apologies to Nibedita Sen for misspelling her name. It has been corrected.']
  3. In Topic: The USA politics thread -

    01 August 2020 - 05:09 PM

    'Trump [...] suggested the election should be postponed and insisted that it be called on election night, "not days, months, or even years later!"

    But while Trump can't move the election, he's doing everything he can to discredit its results and make it as hard as possible to vote by mail, even as his rhetoric has made mail voting a much more popular option for Democrats than Republicans.

    That's created a toxic situation where Democrats are increasingly likely to vote by mail in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, while Trump and the GOP dig in against reforms that could help states' and counties' rickety and underfunded voting systems avoid disaster on Election Day. And it means in a close election, local failures in mail voting and U.S. Postal Service snafus could easily trigger a national crisis.

    It will take days or weeks for a number of states to count up their ballots and determine who's won in close contests. That's normal — states that regularly vote by mail in large numbers, like Arizona and California, always take weeks to count their ballots. But there are just more states doing it this year, which gives Trump the chance to lie that the election is being rigged against him.'
  4. In Topic: The USA politics thread -

    01 August 2020 - 04:31 PM

    'Postal Service may close offices, cut service ahead of election

    Manchin, union leader demand explanation from new postmaster, who seeks "operational pivot"

    The U.S. Postal Service is considering closing post offices across the country, sparking concerns ahead of an anticipated surge of mail-in ballots in the 2020 elections, U.S. Sen Joe Manchin and a union leader said Wednesday.

    [...] The possible cutbacks come as DeJoy, a major donor to President Donald Trump who took control of the agency last month, moves to eliminate overtime for hundreds of thousands of postal workers, potentially causing a delay in mail deliveries.'

  5. In Topic: The USA politics thread -

    30 July 2020 - 05:22 PM

    View PostQuickTidal, on 30 July 2020 - 05:01 PM, said:

    View PostLady Bliss, on 30 July 2020 - 04:54 PM, said:

    I still wouldn't be surprised if they come up with something. He's already setting the stage for martial law. The constitution and laws are only effective if he is held to them, and so far, he really hasn't been.

    I think the Lynch pin will be if the military branches obey him/bow to him instead of the office...or if they don't. DeVos' brother's little private army that Trump's been sending into places like Portland, isn't enough to stand against the entire US military...

    You can't stage a coup without the military, and I don't think Trump has them.

    I really don't think Trump has them.

    How many would he need (to try)?...

    Hopefully Trump's physical cowardice will save the country... but if he thinks there's a good chance he'll go to prison if he loses the election, he could be desperate.

    'According to a Military Times survey conducted last fall, 50 percent of active-service military hold an unfavorable view of the president, compared to only 37 percent when he was elected. Officers especially disfavor him, with only a third indicating approval.'


    That was before news of the Russian bounties....

    'Speculation about whether the military could be asked to play a role in events following the 2020 presidential vote has intensified in the wake of the Pentagon's involvement in the government's response to demonstrations against racism and police brutality.

    "If the president is willing to thrust the military leadership into so damaging a set of circumstances during the protests, just imagine what he would be willing to do if he wants to prevent an electoral outcome that would be damaging to him," said Kori Schake, director of foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. "So yes, they should be absolutely worried about it."

    [...] Nevertheless experts said they are most worried about a handful of hypothetical situations, including a scenario in which Trump might refuse to concede victory to Biden, or a legal challenge to the outcome might remain unresolved by Inauguration Day, prompting him to assert presidential authority beyond Jan. 20.

    In that scenario, experts hypothesized, the White House might call on the military to protect the president or, more likely, respond to potential protests on "law and order" grounds, possibly leading the president to follow through with earlier threats to send active-duty troops to American cities or take control of state-commanded National Guard members.'


    Trial balloons converging... baby steps across them slowly over-leaping the lines of boiling frogs, shifting the Overton horizons....


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    14 Aug 2019 - 21:23
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    14 Aug 2019 - 07:51
    Damn, dude. Where the heck are you???
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