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Wars, Woes, Work

Life is impossibly busy right now. I am wrestling with the Son of Kong (that is, working on THE WINDS OF WINTER), trying to wrap up a final round of edits and revisions on the twenty-third Wild Cards book (HIGH STAKES), developing three new series concepts for HBO and Cinemax, hiring writers and directors for three short low-budget films I am hoping to produce based on some classic SF short stories (more on that in the months to come), making my way through the Hugo Packet to prepare to vote, looking forward to opening JURASSIC WORLD at the Cocteay and to hosting a ten-author special event for the release of Steve Stirling's new "Emberverse" anthology, THE CHANGE. In a week's time, we'll be flying off to Europe for long-planned appearances in Germany (Hamburg) and Sweden (Stockholm), en route to Archipelacon on the island of Aland, where I am to be the Guest of Honor...

In the midst of all this, wars old and new continue to rage all around me.

I had rather hoped that the Puppy Wars would have died down by now. Naive of me. Far from it, things keep getting worse. All the grisly details of this ongoing nastiness can be seen at FILE 770 over at http://file770.com/. ((Mike Glyer deserves the 2016 Best Fanzine Hugo for his even-handed and thorough coverage of Puppygate, linking to virtually everything posted on the subject anywhere on the internet)).

I want to single out the postings of Eric Flint. The latest, at http://www.ericflint.net/index.php/2015/06/09/a-response-to-brad-torgersen/ , is a devastating point-by-point deconstruction and refutation of the latest round of Puppystuff from Brad Torgersen. Flint says what I would have said, if I had the time or the energy, but he says it better than I ever could. ((I will be nominating him for a Hugo too. For Best Fan Writer)). His earlier posts on Puppygate are all worth reading too. He is a voice of reason in a sea of venom.

I will add one point. The emptiness of the Puppy arguments is indicated clearly by how much time they seem to spend in coming up with new insulting terms for those who oppose them. The facts are against them, logic is against them, history is against them, so they go for sneers and mocking names. First it was SJWs. Then CHORFs. The latest is "Puppy-kickers." Next week, no doubt, they will have something else. Reading all the blogs and comments that Glyer links to from FILE 770 has convinced me that anyone who starts throwing these terms around can pretty much be discounted; you will find no sense in what they say, only sneers and talking points.

Meanwhile, other wars are breaking out on other fronts, centered around the last few episodes of GAME OF THRONES. It is not my intention to get involved in those, nor to allow them to take over my blog and website, so please stop emailing me about them, or posting off-topic comments here on my Not A Blog. Wage those battles on Westeros, or Tower of the Hand, or Boiled Leather, or Winter Is Coming, or Watchers on the Walls. Anyplace that isn't here, actually.

Yes, I know that THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER named me "the third most powerful writer in Hollywood" last December. You would be surprised at how little that means. I cannot control what anyone else says or does, or make them stop saying or doing it, be it on the fannish or professional fronts. What I can control is what happens in my books, so I am going to return to that chapter I've been writing on THE WINDS OF WINTER now, thank you very much.


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Jun. 15th, 2015 02:23 pm (UTC)
Enjoy the trip to Europe! Do not finish the book too fast! Give the show viewers a chance to relish in their new found level footing with us book readers!! Now we can stew on the fate of our favorites for a few months, together!! ;)
Joseph Bloch
Jun. 15th, 2015 04:05 pm (UTC)
Please oh PLEASE let one of those projects be a Haviland Tuf project!
Jun. 15th, 2015 04:15 pm (UTC)
alas, no.
Jun. 16th, 2015 07:07 am (UTC)
Writing angry
I'm curious whether you are meaner to characters if writing angry, or does the submersion into writing make the rest of the world disappear?
Flavius Edmond Madalin Iosif
Jun. 16th, 2015 11:49 am (UTC)
Conventions in Hamburg and Stockholm?
Is there any posibility to still sign out for your appearences in Hamburg or Stockhom? I live in Copenhagen, precisely in the middle of the two locations, so it would be a shame to miss the opportunity.
Jun. 16th, 2015 04:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Conventions in Hamburg and Stockholm?
I think my appearances may all be sold out, but I do not know for certain. You would have to check with the organizers. I have a lot on my own plate, so I leave this stuff to others.
Jun. 16th, 2015 01:06 pm (UTC)
As the Koreans like to say ... Aja, aja, hwaiting!
(which means anything from "have strength" to "you can do it")
Jun. 16th, 2015 01:59 pm (UTC)
"And yet, it moves...."
Galileo, when forced to recant, said "And yet, it moves...." And you say, George, "It's all in Brad's head"? I don't think so. Nor do a huge number of science fiction readers. Larry Correia's original point has been abundantly proven. Repeatedly, in fact.

Edited at 2015-06-16 02:00 pm (UTC)
Jun. 16th, 2015 04:24 pm (UTC)
Re: "And yet, it moves...."
A huge number? I don't think so.

Correia's original point has not been proven at all. Just the reverse.

What has been proven is that if you act like an asshole, people will treat you like an asshole. You can't barge into the chess club, knock over all the boards, scatter the pieces, and expect to be given trophies and welcomed.
Mark Fershtadt
Jun. 16th, 2015 02:18 pm (UTC)
kmusser Send message to that user

Calvin Dodge
Jun. 16th, 2015 04:08 pm (UTC)
insulting terms
'The latest is "Puppy-kickers."'

Yes, "puppy-kickers" is SO much more offensive than "neo-Nazi".
Jun. 16th, 2015 04:22 pm (UTC)
Re: insulting terms
No one on the fannish side has ever kicked a puppy.

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