Star Trek: Discovery – It’s About Hating You

We’ve seen how their marketing campaign led, with hailing virtue signalling and making claims that weren’t true to say how ‘diverse’ they were, to being straight forward that the villainous Klingons — who in no way resemble Klingons — were simply Trump supporters in disguise.

With the show getting terrible reviews from people who actually watched (and hailed by critics who aren’t in touch with audience demands), it seems things can’t get worse for the highly-divisive show.

After the release, however, the cast decided to make it more political, by posting selfies “taking a knee” — in a bizarre online “activism” apparently trying to get accolades from instagram fans, and signal that anyone who loves America should not watch the show.

One of the actors doubled down today, according to the Washington Times, by spewing names about Trump supporters who watch the show.

The message is clear to Americans: If you love America, don’t watch this show. They don’t want you. It’s time to tune out and definitely ignore CBS All Access.

 

Update:  An observation on Discovery: The Klingons start out by being “xenophobic” about the Federation, mentioning how even contact with them will destroy the Empire.

Federation immediately goes out in space suit and slaughters a warrior exploring. Then she goes back and tries to fire upon the Klingon ship immediately. So basically… the Klingons were right. The Federation is extremely dangerous and their multiculturalistic borderline religious fanaticism and zealotry towards bringing everyone into a single government probably will destroy the empire and their rich culture.

Maybe I’ll just watch this show after all and cheer for the Klingons who have a right to exist and have their own identities without being harassed by the Federation.

Storyhack #1 Out Today – Featuring A New Short Story By Me

This has been in the works for a long time, and I’m quite excited to see Bryce Beattie’s Storyhack come to fruition. In the storied tradition of great magazines like Cirsova and Astounding Frontiers, Storyhack promotes making science fiction fun again, focusing on both genres: Action and Adventure.

Their first issue features the first Weird West story I’ve written since working for the Doomtown: Reloaded card game in the Deadlands universe. “Taking Control” is about a thief who’s getting a bit too old for the gun-and-run game, and is looking for a better way to make a living. I know my readers will find some magic in the solution to her problems:

https://www.amazon.com/StoryHack-Action-Adventure-Issue-1-ebook/dp/B075TVYBH2/

It also features stories by some fantastic writers who are up and coming in the field. Jay Barnson, Julie Frost and John M. Olsen among them. A phenomenal line up.

If you’re into identity politics and all that: this is a story about an aging female protagonist by a Hispanic author. Wow! Talk about exciting identity. So diverse!

Yes, there’s every reason to buy this magazine no matter who you are :). Check it out!

Warriors Superstar Steph Curry To Right: Don’t Watch The NBA

Yesterday, in a team meeting, Steph Curry made a flippant comment about the White House visit for the NBA Champions, stating that if it were up to him, the discussion would be short, implying he would never go to the White House. The comment is yet another in a long line of powerful entertainment virtue signalers making politics out of everything, destroying every nice moment and tradition in our culture from fiction awards ceremonies, to this.

As such a prominent figure in entertainment, Steph Curry has a bigger responsibility however than most. When people like John Scalzi spout off, they look foolish, but they’re talking to a small group of adult followers. Curry, when he speaks, speaks to millions of kids everywhere.

What he just did to these kids is give an example that someone can and should stick a middle finger to the White House or to anyone they disagree with, even when it’s not a political situation. What it says to kids is it’s personal, and we should all act like bullies when we can.

While it encourages more nonsense and people’s behavior to get even more divisive and toxic, what he doesn’t realize is the trickledown effect. At the point he does this, the kids see other people they disagree with — people not in a position of power or authority like Mr. Trump — but say a random blogger like me. They then take that as license to stalk my family and try to ruin my life, even though I’m just some guy. The psychological effect on kids is what then creates the riots in the streets of people burning down universities like Berkeley because they dared let someone speak for an hour.

And that’s frightening. That’s what it does to the next generation. What am I going to do for my kids who are huge warriors fans at this point? Never turn that on again. They don’t need to see that, they don’t need to be influenced by that behavior. Curry hates anyone on the right to the point he won’t even go to an honor and shake someone’s hand. By proxy, he hates me too.

I wish just once, one of these entertainers would do the right thing. To step up and stop the nonsense, to say they want everyone to be able to watch them perform. I do that regularly. I love all of my readers left and right, even the ones who get a bit nasty to me sometimes. I’m happy you’re here reading and i appreciate it.  It’s past time to end the hate. People are trying to injure folk. People are trying to hurt people’s families. No good is coming of doing what Steph Curry does. Stop it.

The Limit To My Patience

I had a commenter just now look up information about my 8 year old son and start ranting about me. It’s the only comment I’ve deleted in recent memory. There is a line, you harassing my children is it. If you post stuff like that I will get your IP and I will send it to the police. I am not okay with your pedophilia creepiness on my blog or anywhere else. Last warning.

 

My Policy On Reaching Out

I’ve come under so many attacks as of late it feels like it never ends. This is what happens when you expose problems in industries via journalism. I may have bitten a bit more off than I can chew by pointing out the terrible problems in Science Fiction AND in comics, but they both are so similar in both their content, and the way the industries have shaped themselves that it is one battle.

Here’s the deal though. Unlike the SJWs and their bigotry, I don’t hate anyone over politics. I think that’s what gets them so mad to begin with because they WANT me to be the literally Hitler they have in the movie of their minds. Here’s how I always ALWAYS will do things:

  1. I will do my journalism. I will ask questions. This is part of my career. There are no harm in questions. When people treat me respectfully, I do the same, and I support them just for that small act at this point. Look at my interview with Neil Clarke of Clarkesworld. He has every reason to act like many in the field have toward me, but he was a stand up guy. I now subscribe and give his magazine money monthly, and I’ve implored my readers to do the same.
  2. If I get attacked, I will respond.I get attacked regularly either because I asked journalistic questions somewhere, and then these people find me and torch me on the internet, or I ask directly because I’m trying to obtain a direct source’s information for an article. What invariably happens is when a person responds uncivilly and tries to dehumanize me for my journalism, is that I hit back. Then that person runs off and acts like I attacked them. That’s disingenuous. I recommend you don’t do that. It’d be better not to signal the attack to me in the first place, but honestly,
  3. I will try to reach out and seek to forgive. This is where I differ from a lot of people in my position who have, to be honest, become pretty jaded from this kind of treatment they receive. I believe this is the right, Christian thing to do. This is the spot where no one who’s attacked me has once showed me an ounce of human decency. This is where I’m the most disappointed. In my most recent incident, I was threatened with a lawsuit for doing this.
  4. Barring that, I will expose the corruption in the industry. I’m not talking about no name indie authors here, or readers, or even random drive-by commenters who just torch me regularly on here. You see them. I laugh those off. When I’m in these positions I’m dealing with someone in a position of power in the industry, someone who holds a lot of cred and sway, someone who can influence careers. When these people attack independent authors, it needs to be known, it needs to be vocal. You’d be best not to let it get to this point because let’s be honest — when it does, it builds my platform and credibility with readers, and it harms yours. That’s the only result. I don’t want it to get to here. I want step 3 to happen and all of us to be friends. That is my goal in life. Not one person has ever attempted to reach across the aisle and make this happen since I’ve come on the scene. Every time another person can’t treat me like a human, it makes it harder for me to do step 3.You are signalling that you want war when you do something horrific to me, and I’m not afraid to give that.

Step 3 is always available if you’ll stop attacking me and my friends. Again, I don’t hate you. I don’t hate your politics. You hate me, and my friends, to such a level that it’s very crazy bigotry, it’s terribly hurtful, and it’s wrong — with recent ones it’s bordering on illegal. There’s blackballing and defamation going on in levels never seen in entertainment, across all media. I want to work it out. I want to heal this. But you need to take that step to take my hand.