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.

 

New Release Book: War Demons by Russell Newquist

I meant to blog about this on Wednesday but with how crazy this week has been, I didn’t quite get around to it. For those new here from the SFWA Anti-Male Writer controversy or #ComicGate, I try to make sure to keep people up date on fun fiction that’s politics-free in the market, as the most important thing we can do outside of calling out the massive ethics problems in the entertainment industry, is to support people who don’t hate us, who write fun, action-adventure like we keep demanding.

Russell Newquist hit that spot with War Demons.

I almost never read Urban Fantasy as a genre. It’s known by the Dresden Files or Monster Hunter or October Daye, but for some reason I just love Steampunk or Space as a setting a bit more than a modern environment. Maybe it’s my PTSD from having read Spider-Man’s One More Day arc that i just can’t read modern supernatural fiction anymore.

But this story follows a soldier with some PTSD, who’s not sure if the problems he’s having adjusting back from his trip from Afghanistan are in his own head — until the world goes crazy with demons, zombies, and so much off the wall action it never lets up.

I received an early copy of this, and already left my review (and my blurb). So if this kind of story appeals to you, check it out:

https://www.amazon.com/War-Demons-Fantasy-Thriller-Prodigal-ebook/dp/B075NZDP8S

#ComicsGate Escalates To The Mainstream Media

We all saw the horrific actions of industry professionals looking like they were going so far as to attempt to goad Diversity & Comics into a crime, like it was some bad 80s movie, and while we can laugh at the spectacle of it, it’s a crazy scary trend for comics and all fandom. They’re escalating things to levels never before, as their blackballing has gotten the industry into huge financial trouble at this point. Now they’re doing things like this, and advocating authors like me be banned from fandom & conventions.  However, this level of escalation looks terrible to the onlooker. It’s so close to political violence that it’s been picked up by PJ Media. They interviewed both me and Diversity & Comics yesterday:

https://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2017/09/21/secret-facebook-page-reveals-marvel-dc-comics-writers-conspiring-harass-comic-con-conservatives/

In #ComicsGate it’s not that the ride never ends. It’s the High School never ends.

Comic Review: Bloodshot: Salvation #1

Bloodshot is a character from Valiant Comics who is kind of like a cross between Punisher and Wolverine. An experiment from a secret military organization, Bloodshot is infused with nanites that make him a killing machine and give him regeneration powers.
This book continues with the feel of Bloodshot: Reborn, much more than the crazy/zany epic Bloodshot USA mini-series that directly preceded it. I would recommend reading both (no need for the 2012 Bloodshot series which doesn’t really have the same feel) before getting into this. Bloodshot has a baby and him and his girl Magic are on the run, trying to live normal lives. There’s a project omen happening from the evil government mooks and Magic’s father is a weird creepy dude who’s calling and saying awful things to her. It went back and forth between now and a “soon” when baby bloodshot is a bit older, an interesting way of doing things, will have to see how that develops.Characters great. I love it all. I didn’t love the fighting between Magic/Bloodshot but these are messed up characters so it’s fitting with the way they are. I kinda want my heroes a little more heroic when it comes to home life, but that’s a personal preference. Though nothing BAD happened, there were points where it made me uncomfortable. But… that’s a testament to how much I care about the characters, so maybe it’s a plus.

Pacing was a bit slower than the last Bloodshot series. Bloodshot: Reborn did open with pacing like this, but part of it felt like it moved a little more quickly. Maybe it’s the now/soon vs. the way the Reborn plot had an FBI element to it that was intriguing. I’m ready for a return to real action after that introspective run, however. Bloodshot USA really pushed the action and it got me itching for it. I’d dock a couple points here on that level

I’m a -bit- worried about political signalling. It’s not all that bad but there’s mentions of racial killings, the bad father is of course a church leader of some sort (was clarified with cult but still ehhh…). Nothing really bothersome like we see from Marvel but I hope it doesn’t mean the books’s going there in the future. Lemire did say in an interview with Newsarama that he meant to go further, but dialed it back in later drafts. I think that was a smart choice if that’s the case. We need less political nonsense in comics. As it is, no points docked but I’m paying attention on that level because I think there were 3 lines of it — one or two is easy to glance over once it’s three it’s a pattern, something I pick up when I’m editing as a writer.

The art is fabulous. I love the style. Love Lewis LaRosa. This is top notch and it’s where Valiant books have been standing out above Marvel/DC lately. Nothing negative there. There’s a bit much on the talking heads back and forth layout wise but I think that’s a script issue getting back to the pacing more than anything to do with the artist.

Overall, solid start. I’m definitely interested in more though part of that is trusting Lemire to wow me like he did in Bloodshot: Reborn.

8/10

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.

Star Trek: Discovery Trying Too Hard To Virtue Signal

This is going to be a disaster. Everyone sees this from everything they release. Even with their marketing efforts they are so far off the mark and insulting to fans by their attempts to make this show a pure identity politics showcase that they flat lie to journalists:

How Sonequa Martin-Green became the first black lead of Star Trek: ‘My casting says that the sky is the limit for all of us

I am afraid to read the rest of this article. Maybe they think that non-star trek fans won’t know the difference? Or maybe ST:D’s producers and marketing team thinks “they all look alike.”

Update: If you think it’s just a headline typo, the direct quote from the actress herself who clearly has never bothered to watch star trek even in her research for the role: “So having me as the first black lead of a Star Trek, just blasts that into a million pieces.”

SFWA President Appears To Break Org Rules In Escalating Feud With Hispanic Author

It was an interesting day to say the least yesterday, as I couldn’t have anticipated SFWA President Cat Rambo threatening a lawsuit over my ask for her to appear as a guest on my youtube show. As I discussed on my periscope, my thought was to talk RPGs and writing — since we both are vocal RPG lovers and could drill down the benefits and drawbacks of using that in our fiction. I clearly said no politics, but Ms. Rambo decided to double down on the political.

Which she’s been doing ever since I came out with my deep journalism on the recent science fiction industry, detailing the very real discrimination against stories written by men. The Pink Mafia or Mean Girls crowd as it’s called has several magazines and anthologies every month that openly advertise their preference of female-written stories, often citing “intersectional feminism” in their submissions requirements. It should be obvious with those in place, what the results would be upon a look into the industry. However, the mere mention of affirmative action on behalf of female writers is enough to send some off the deep end. A discussion on the topic can’t even be had.

When my article came out, I sent it to Ms. Rambo, as she’s in a position of power in the industry as the President of the Science Fiction Writers Of America, and the numbers of published stories by females being so much higher than ones published by males (when the magazines all say there are FAR greater submissions by males) is troubling, as it appears very difficult to get published as a male in the industry — let alone a white one. Instead of having an honest dialogue, Ms. Rambo returned a comment trolling me by calling my extremely hard work “alt-numbers” via an email back. She wrote a second email a few minutes later saying she went through my twitter and is now dismissing ME as a troll — right after she trolled me. As if that very frightening gaslighting wasn’t enough, she then took to twitter to try to discredit my article.

She made a tweet that seems innocuous, and would be were it not for her position of power relative to a humble new indie author, and then what she did with it. Unfortunately, what she did merits removal from the SFWA organization under their rules.

Above is her tweet, which lists a number of markets for short stories. the intention to say that I didn’t put together an accurate sample size of the markets in order to discredit me. Instead of talking to me, saying “add in these markets” (I put in all of the monthly magazines that take open submissions that I could think of), she took her one-sided feud with me to twitter to try to lambast me. This was not the discussion I had in mind certainly, and i would have been happy to add more markets to the analysis.

But the real problem is she then took to the SFWA account — the official Science Fiction Writers of America Twitter, which saves its posts for very real science fiction topics and assistance for authors, to use it to retweet her post to discredit me. She took her personal feud, of which the context matters, and used their main account to try to harm an independent author’s career.

This is a disaster for SFWA’s public relations. What it does is signals that independent free thinking authors are going to be shut down by an organization that labels itself for all Science Fiction writers if they dare step outside the political narratives that a few loud voices have. It says independent authors are not welcome, but more importantly men, whites, and conservatives are not welcome either.

This is where it gets even more political, unless SFWA acts and is consistent with their own rules. Author Vox Day was kicked out of the organization several years ago over this very thing. SFWA actually publicly removed him for using their twitter account for a feud with another author. When asked about it, Vox said, “Actually, it’s worse than that. I didn’t use or have access to @sfwa. I merely used @SFWAauthors.”

If Vox can be removed for using @SFWAAuthors in such a matter, surely using the main account to try to belittle and hurt the career an independent author is worse. I’ve reached out to SFWA’s vice president, Erin M. Hartsorn for comment, but she has yet to reply on this topic.

I’m certain SFWA’s rules that apply to one of their authors will certainly apply to their president. After all, they’re for all Science Fiction writers. It’s not just a political organization, right?  If they fail to take action, the thin veil of the extreme politics controlling science fiction may fall off completely.