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2017 Hugo Award Finalists

TOR has up the list of 2017 Hugo finalists. Stranger Things is definitely my choice in the Best Dramatic Presentation category. Good storytelling, classic style science fiction, little 80’s injection and a little X-Files. What’s not to love?

The boldest entry by far is ALIEN STRIPPER BONED FROM BEHIND BY THE T-REX by Stix Hiscock.

I need a screen guard for my computer as I had a mouthful of coffee when I was reading this list and came to this title. This is much more brave and daring than last year’s SPACE RAPTOR BUTT INVASION by Dr. CHUCK TINGLE.

It is further play upon the Hugo nomination (and win? I can’t remember) of IF YOU WERE A DINOSAUR, MY LOVE by Rachel somebody or other a few years ago. A nomination (or win? can’t remember) that was wholly undeserved. By its nomination practically anything qualified to be nominated. And ALIEN STRIPPER BONED FROM BEHIND BY THE T-REX by Stix Hiscock is living proof!

I fear that by next year IF YOU WERE A DINOSAUR, MY LOVE by Rachel Swirsky will be too far in the past and a newer title should be played upon. I personally like my idea of playing on John Scalzi’s newest, THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE. Mine would be THE COLLAPSING COLON by PETER POLYP.

However, I have no idea of the quality of Scalzi’s novel, so I can’t in justice mock it.

Comment #15 in the comments section below on the TOR finalist link shows just what is wrong with a vast number of people in the field. I’ll reproduce the comment below.

Just realized:

Best Novel – One male, one transgender, and four female authors. That’s impressive!

Why is that impressive? According to this person the goal of the Hugo award is not to represent the best that the field has to offer in a single year, but the widest cross-section of possible “genders” “sexual orientations” and races.

WARNING WRONGTHINK AHEAD BE WARNED!

That sentiment is a sweltering heap of shit. I personally don’t care if every single nominee every single year was a regular at a San Fransisco bathhouse as long as the stories were the best stories out there. As an honest patron of all things science fiction and fantasy (and of anything else for that matter) I don’t care two donkey shitz about the author I read. I don’t care if you are male, female, gay, have an attraction to used jogger’s socks. I care about the story. If that resulted in year after year of all white males winning, so be it. If it resulted in all black females winning year after year, so be it. To actually know whether an author I am reading was once a man and is now a woman, is a level of detail that I am likely not to find out on my own.

That comment above is a declaration that the person is not interested in science fiction or fantasy, but in political ends. That person is not interested in the best story. What is impressive about one male, one transgender, and four female authors? What is inherent in that in relation to the quality of the stories? Can I judge, at all, the quality of the works from this sort of consensus line-up? What if they were all white males?

No! This is pure drivel. These are the same biased douchebags that get all in a snit if there are too many white males (or just males) in a category. How do you know that is a bad thing? Since there is no correlation between the sex of the author, orientation of the author, or the race of the author and the quality of a work, then it is simply racism, sexism, orientationalism, transgenderism – i.e., biased political correctness.


Page Publishing

I saw an ad for this company on television last night Page Publishing. It is, as far as I have read, a self-publishing house that will prepare your manuscript, distribute and market it digitally and hardcopy. Not that I have anything ready to go, but I thought I would have a look-see.

Seems to be a relatively new company. Going through its author testimonials most of the books were published within the last 12 months. I copy and pasted the author’s names into amazon to look up information on their works. All the books I looked up were in the #1,000,000 to 10,000,000 rank. I think that is close to selling zero copies. The reviews were pretty dubious as well. They looked like they were written up by family members or the author themselves. Third possibility the company pays someone next to nothing in Manila to write reviews. Almost all the reviews for these books (for the ones that had any, and even those that did were relatively few) were 5 stars.

5 stars? All five stars? What book gets all five stars?

It should go without saying that you could get a deal with Random house and end up with the same fate. That is where most writers end up – some go straight there and stay there.

What it is though, this Page Publishing is a hidden cost – not scam – but they are not very up front with the whole deal. You can order the FREE Author Submission Kit. That, my friend, I can guarantee you, is the last free thing you will get.

Take a look at all they offer without ever mentioning money. On the FAQ page, they have a question about how much the author will make for each digital sale. Page Publishing claims to only make 20 cents from each digital sale. After all that work?

A tie-in question. What about percentages on hardcopy sales? Shouldn’t there be a Continue reading