JDA Books Presents a Year of #FearlessMen

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Men are shining in every genre of speculative fiction, and it is no longer enough to say “Men are here.” Instead, #FearlessMen everywhere are taking a stand to say “Men will thrive here.” Despite the efforts of companies like Tor Books to shut them out of the industry.

Beginning this summer, meet a new generation of #FearlessMen who are shaping new blockbuster worlds—and re-shaping our own. Highlighting major titles from bestselling authors Nick Cole, Robert Kroese, Richard Fox, Jon Del Arroz, Larry Correia, Mark Wandry, as well as titles from acclaimed and debut authors such as Yakov Merkin, Jon Mollison, Jason Cordova, John C. Wright, Brian Niemeier, Adam Lane Smith, and G.D. Stark. #FearlessMen will be a celebration encouraging fans to start a dialogue about men in publishing, their worlds, their voices, and their unique stories.

 

JDA Books’ handles across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will be using the hashtags #FearlessMen (and #FearlessFantasy and #FearlessSF) to promote excerpts, exclusive content, quizzes and giveaways beginning in May.  We’ll also be coordinating exclusive giveaways through our authors’ mailing lists.

The Aryshan Empire and Earth are on the brink of war!

The Stars Entwined is the first installment in an epic space opera series by multiple award-nominated science fiction writer, Jon Del Arroz. If you like Old Man’s War by John Scalzi or Rogue World by B.V. Larson, then you’ll love this epic adventure with action, intrigue, and an escalating interstellar war between galactic civilizations.

After several recent attacks along the border of Aryshan space, internal affairs agent Sean Barrows is brought to Palmer Station to ensure the Interplanetary Navy’s on the right track in their terrorism investigations. What he discovers could lead to the biggest war the galaxy has ever seen. Sean’s work leads him to his most dangerous assignment yet—into the heart of Aryshan territory as a spy.

Meanwhile, Aryshan Commander Tamar is being groomed by the Ruling Committee to one day assume leadership of her people. First, she needs to prove herself in warship command. As tensions increase with Earth, Tamar finds herself increasingly isolated as one of the few in opposition to the war. Her troubles deepen when she comes face to face with a new member of her crew, the most intriguing man she’s ever encountered.

Trapped 1300 years in the past, they have one mission: survive.

In the 23rd century, humanity has been hunted to the verge of extinction by an alien race. When an exploratory ship accidentally travels back in time to Viking age Scandinavia, the human race is given a second chance. Pursued by the power-hungry King Harald, the four surviving crew members join a ragtag band of Vikings as they pillage their way across Europe. It will take all their ingenuity, courage and technical know-how just to survive. But survival is only the beginning. To save humanity, they must somehow return to the stars.

Thus begins a decades-long effort to teach the Vikings to build a craft capable of reaching space—a ship that will come to be known as the Iron Dragon.

THE DREAM OF THE IRON DRAGON is the first installment in the IRON DRAGON trilogy. The sequel, THE DAWN OF THE IRON DRAGON, will be published in June 2018. The saga will conclude with THE VOYAGE OF THE IRON DRAGON in December 2018.

THE IRON DRAGON trilogy is being produced as part of the phenomenally successful SAGA OF THE IRON DRAGON Kickstarter, which raised over $10,000. Meticulously researched and packed with action, THE DREAM OF THE IRON DRAGON is a must for sci-fi and alternate history fans.

Dragon Award winner Brian Niemeier’s groundbreaking Soul Cycle reaches its startling conclusion in The Ophian Rising, the highly anticipated sequel to The Secret Kings.

The Zadokim healed the cosmos from the ravages of the Cataclysm, and the survivors made them kings. Now the Ophians, a ruthless insurgent movement, wage a vicious uprising against their immortal rulers’ two hundred year reign.

Xander and Astlin have transformed the desert world of Tharis into the hub of a flourishing trade empire. Their Nesshin subjects spread a new faith promising true freedom in another universe. But when Astlin seeks forbidden knowledge to resurrect her long-dead family, sinister forces exact a terrible price from those she loves.

With the Ophian threat engulfing the spheres and a primeval terror rising from its prison, Astlin must turn to a shiftless gambler, the outlaw squire of a fallen knight, and a mismatched pair of smugglers to escape the ghosts of her past and save all souls from eternal death. But can mortals succeed where even gods have failed?

The Earth is doomed. Humanity has a chance.

In the near future, an alien probe arrives on Earth with a pivotal mission—determine if humanity has what it takes to survive the impending invasion by a merciless armada.

The probe discovers Marc Ibarra, a young inventor, who holds the key to a daring gambit that could save a fraction of Earth’s population. Humanity’s only chance lies with Ibarra’s ability to keep a terrible secret and engineer the planet down the narrow path to survival.

Earth will need a fleet. One with a hidden purpose. One strong enough to fight a battle against annihilation.

The Ember War is the first installment in an epic military sci-fi series. If you like A Hymn Before Battle by John Ringo and The Last Starship by Vaughn Heppner, then you’ll love this explosive adventure with constant thrills and high stakes from cover to cover.

 

 

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What You Missed In #MisandryInPublishing Last Week Will Shock You

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Misandry in publishing is very real. It’s a women’s game, as I produced evidence with in science fiction, a genre with a false-perception that it’s the only man-controlled wing of publishing, last year. What happened when I called it out? The president of the lone trade guild in science fiction, SFWA, actively tried to destroy my career and life by going around to different friends and acquaintances to tell them not to associate with me. The whisper campaign she started made me lose my cover artist, and made me scramble as an independent author, and led to the harassment I’ve received by Worldcon 76 and people stalking me in real life. Simply asking a question as to fairness as a man will get you this treatment.

And we saw it again last week. Twitter erupted with this hashtag, something one wouldn’t expect to see, shooting into trending topics. What happened?

An author named David Kearns, someone with no following, with only one out of print published work from more than a decade ago, no real presence, no power in the industry, was submitting a novel to an agent, like any normal Jane-blow author.  Except he wasn’t a Jane, he was a Joe. And this posed a problem. He went on a rant on twitter, which he didn’t thread, so I’ll post up the highlights.

 

A woman, a professional with more power than David, was ranting that men couldn’t write descriptions of women properly. As a class. She was demonstrating her complete bias against the male sex in doing her job, something that interferes with these authors’ civil rights. And David called it out.

Like I said, he didn’t have much of a following, so how did this go viral? It wasn’t men being incensed about how they’re treated by female editors/agents/publishers. It was women in the industry who took this and launched an attack.

Professional agents and editors started swearing about him. They shunned him, they said nasty things about him and men. His mere act of questioning what was going on because an agent was TARGETING men, led to absolute crazy behavior in the industry. A couple highlights:

There are thousands more like this. Even some men joined in the attack.

I engaged a few of the professional agents attacking this poor fellow on here, as I am in all situations, a defender of independent publishers, and these agents similarly lost their collective minds on me. How could anyone defend what Dave was saying? He stepped outside the Narrative, which states women have a harder time getting published than men, and he proved a point without much emotion involved. It’s shocking to see how crazy these women — in actual positions of power in the industry — will go just to not allow some random guy (he didn’t tag any of them) not to have his opinion.

This is what happens in the publishing industry every time. Someone says something that’s factual, isn’t part of the establishment’s creed, and they get torched and destroyed. Every time. Artists and authors don’t feel free to produce the art they want, they’re forced to even produce content that appeases this outrage mob. One woman had to rewrite her book entirely because the mob went crazy on her before her book even came out. It delayed the novel for a year, and is out now–and the mob still isn’t happy, still calling her racist, still trying to destroy her career for merely writing a fantasy novel (I’ll review her book on the blog tomorrow).

It’s absolutely crazy the lengths these folk will go to to defend their false Narratives. No one is safe, but if we all speak out together in the way that they do it to us, we can start to make legitimate opinions and discourse something that can occur in the publishing industry again. We need your help to do it. If they can’t concentrate on a target, they can’t create the bully mob. Everyone must speak out so we can all have a voice, a brave voice like David Kearns.

If you like my free speech, you’ll probably like my novel about heroes who go against the grain in their society to try to make a difference. War is coming, and it’s nonsensical, but very few are even willing to question their superiors Can they make a difference before millions die? Find out in The Stars Entwined.

 

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Robert A. Heinlein Is J.K. Rowling

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…at least to the right-libertarian crowd.

You can’t go through a single conversation about books, science fiction, anything without Heinlein being invoked as if he’s some kind of deity, or as if his future history is somehow prophecy (even though it was kinda poorly strung together later as a retcon to make them all in the same universe).  You see his books talked about in almost the same fashion as SJW millennials do with… yes, Harry Potter.

Yes, the average right-libertarian’s facebook page looks almost like the sign above when it comes to Robert A. Heinlein. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress proves government should get out of our lives! In both cases, I gotta tell people — it’s not real.

While Heinlein’s work tends to have a bit more political philosophy in it than Harry Potter, in both instances they are taken to extremes for “the cause” which just cause onlookers to eye roll because it’s yet another instance of the same thing being repeated. And it glosses over that Heinlein’s obsession with free-sex relationships in later books gets borderline on downright creepy. You don’t usually hear those being championed in these circles.

Whether you’re a Harry Potter’d millennial or a right-libertarian Heinlein obsessee, the solution remains the same: read another book.

Edgar Rice Burroughs and Poul Anderson often present better archetypes for living. As was mentioned on Twitter today, ERB’s Mars/Venus stories amount to a young strapping man exploring and working hard, and he topples evil dictatorships by just his sheer willingness to fight. We don’t have that anymore, and it’s something you can’t really find in protagonists in Heinlein books. Anderson presents positive aspects of military service and loyalty in his Fire Time or Young Flandry series, and gives some awesome Deus Vult In Space action in The High Crusade. But these books never get referenced in terms of policy, debate, or anything else. Why not?

The breadth of reading is what stretches our imaginations and will enable us to come up with better, more creative solutions than the same talking points regurgitated about a couple of authors. Let’s develop some new references so we don’t look like dated millennials.

If you find me amusing or heck are even offended, another book you could check out is my The Stars Entwined, just out a couple of weeks ago to positive reviews. It tackles themes of loyalty, love, war, and what it means to be human. Kinda like a lot of Heinlein books. Check it out here.

 

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The Happy Frogs Hugo Awards Slate Is Creating Waves At File 770

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Like clockwork, the crazies at File 770 went hard on attacking me, Christianity, everything the last couple of days and this morning as they saw the OFFICIAL Happy Frogs Hugos slate.  Being on the Happy Frogs slate is honestly a greater honor than the Hugo Awards themselves, so I know most of the writers are thrilled to be on there.

What’s funny is they really couldn’t say anything about the Happy Frogs slate, because the slate itself is so steeped in the identity politics that they agree with (to be fair, all the other nominees are too), that, much like my extremely highly reviewed books, they can’t knock the content. All they can do is move into tangential attacks.

And bizarrely enough, they moved to attacking both Christianity and me for proclaiming Christianity. It was brazen anti-Christian nastiness on display with this crowd, which ties into Worldcon’s shameful banning of me, as all of this is related.

This entire world for these people is all based on identity. Identity is first, everything else is second. Since I’m “wrong identity” — creating incredible cognitive dissonance for them as not only a Hispanic, but a Trump supporting one– they have to do everything they can to try to invalidate what I say. It invariably twists my words to mean something completely different than what I ever said.

Note Worldcon. When they were called out on the fact that they treated me differently than others on the left, holding me to different standards in violation of my civil rights because of my identity. They were caught in the act and immediately backpedaled based on someone’s finding on social media that said that i would have a camera on me in case someone tried to attack me or frame me for a crime (as Wolrdcon was made aware that there were dangers and refused to reply). It was a peaceful way of handling threats to my safety, but they twisted that without ever talking to me to mean I was planning on running around shoving cameras in people’s faces. It doesn’t make any sense given the context of my statement, and they had to outright lie in order to try to make me look like a villain. They did this because they had my identity: Trump supporter = evil, and then in their minds, they couldn’t grasp that there would be a threat to my physical safety (even though there is), so they had to twist it in order to keep their narrative in their head. After all, in their heads, they’re “punching Nazis”, and are superheroes for banning me. It’s been very ugly since the 2016 election where this group has consistently dehumanized folk.

On File 770 yesterday, it was a similar thing. My slate exists… and somehow my slate is tied into Christianity? I don’t understand what that has to do with a group nominated for science fiction awards, but they kept at it. One commenter even made up a statement claiming I “proclaim how great a Christian I am”, which I can’t find my ever having done. I put up a tweet this morning proclaiming myself a terrible sinner to clarify the record.

But this was invented because my slate got to the folk on this website that much. They care that much about my having a slate, that they don’t even care about the content of it because of identity. To justify the cognitive dissonance, they go directly to spinning into something completely irrelevant to the topic, because they HAVE to hate whatever I say.

Shockingly, Mike Glyer, the purveyor of the site, was the voice of reason. He called out his contributor JJ directly for making bigoted remarks about Christians, as JJ is wont to do. “I’m sorry that you think making people around you miserable is some kind of patriotic duty.” — A pretty savage statement. One wouldn’t expect Mike to go that harsh on this. I’m very impressed that he took a stand for what’s right here.  I wish he’d do so more regularly, as he likes to stir up this kind of abject hate pretty often on the blog. If that’s happening in this instance and annoys you, why not turn the blog into something different? Mike, I challenge you to do so. Stop the echo chamber hate brigade. You can make File 770 better than this (and about science fiction instead of identity politics). It starts here.

But anyway, vote Happy Frogs! It’s so important that this slate of nominees win. Important enough that it’s got the hate brigade on full tilt.

I have a story about someone pushing fighting and war at all costs, and the dangers that it presents when someone goes that far. It’s called The Stars Entwined, and it’s got a better review score than John Scalzi’s hugo nominated Collapsing Empire. Readers love it, and with protagonists who stand up for what’s right in the face of that kind of danger, you’ll probably relate if you’re a fan of this blog. Check it out.  

 

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Civil Rights Aren’t Just For Groups Of People You Like

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The entire concept of civil rights is that they apply to groups of people you might be uncomfortable with over their identity. It’s a civil right because it’s a right that is due every human. “This doesn’t apply to x group” goes against the very essence of what civil rights really are.

In an effort to attack me last night, commenters on the hate website File 770 have shown that they will literally say anything just to take an opposite stance of me. One stated:

“Attending a public event in a bar is not at all related to “cviil” [sic] rights” 

I think Rosa Parks would disagree with you here.

The entire civil rights movement in the 1960s was because blacks were forced into separate restaurants, separate schools, made to sit separately from whites, made to drink from different fountains than whites, etc. A black man couldn’t walk into a white bar without getting harassed and removed, similarly.

Being able to go to a public event at a public bar is very much a civil right, as is attending a conference (i.e. worldcon) that is open to the public. It doesn’t matter if you like the group who wants to attend, in fact, if you like them and there’s no issue for them, there is certainly no civil right at stake there because they are an accepted group.

Civil rights are necessary to uphold for unaccepted groups. The outcasts. The people who you are not comfortable around because of their identity. The whole necessary factor about that is to remove the identity from the equation legally, so that we all can come together as Americans. We all bleed the same red blood, after all.  And that goes for you, File 770 commenter, as well as anyone who identifies as conservative-libertarian. They have the same rights to assemble in places open to the public as you do. Especially in California where our laws are a lot stricter in that regard, in an effort to put a stop to the kind of bigotry displayed from the File 770 commenter above.

My fight is for what’s right, for diversity, and for inclusivity. We’ve seen how conventions act in the past toward conservative-libertarians. They can get kicked out of conventions under false pretenses. They can threaten to frame people for crimes. They can ban conservative-libertarians over associations with other conservative friends. Or they can get pre-banned for being concerned about their own safety. People on the left don’t have to fear this sort of harassment from convention staff and members, which is why the civil rights need to be applied to people on the right.

Conventions need to take extra steps toward the safety of conservatives, and need to tell authors who are in the minority identity “we have your back if someone is going to harass you.” A lot of conservatives have given up conventions all together because they don’t want to have to deal with the harassment, the scorn, and the inhuman treatment from the in crowd, like is on full display at File 770. This is what this is all about. And this is what I will continue to push for until Worldcon does the right and legal thing.

If you appreciate my fight for civil rights, check out my book, The Stars Entwined. It’s about individuals standing up for what’s right in the face of an epic galactic war between civilizations. It’s available here.

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PRESS RELEASE: A Step Forward For Civil Rights In Fandom

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March 31, 2018

San Jose, CA

For Immediate Release:

Today was a step forward for the cviil rights of conservative-libertarians in SF/F, as Jon Del Arroz attended the Hugo Award Nomination ceremony without harassment from the Worldcon 2018 staff. It proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Del Arroz is 1. not disruptive at Worldcon events — or any convention, as his FogCon appearance proved and 2. that the discrimination he faces from them was for reasons other than his being a danger to any guests, as WorldCon staff themselves does not believe him to be an issue at their events.

The Worldcon Staff was uninviting — a nearly all white group — not seeming to want to have a prominent Hispanic author in their presence. It is something we will have to overcome in fandom together in time.

Hopefully this leads to them reviewing their shameful action on January 4th of this year, in their unprecedented banning and defamation of a popular author in SF/F, and they will apologize in due course. The amount of bullying Del Arroz has suffered because of them and the hate website File 770 has been horrendous, but nevertheless, he persisted.

“Fresh off the heels of my successful new space opera, The Stars Entwined, I am eager to attend more conventions and enjoy science fiction together,” Del Arroz said.

Jon Del Arroz is the Leading Hispanic voice in science fiction, a cvil rights activist, a multi-award nominated author and journalist. His steampunk novel, For Steam And Country, is a #2 Amazon Bestseller in the steampunk category. His space opera, The Stars Entwined, was just released this last week. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children. 

Read my new book, The Stars Entwined! Great fun, diverse space opera that can appeal to everyone.
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Hugo Awards Finalists Announcement – Tomorrow

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I will be attending the Hugo Awards Finalists Announcement tomorrow in my capacity as a science fiction writer and journalist. Happy to sign books for any who attend.

The announcement will be at the 7 Stars Bar & Grill, located at 398 S. Bascom Ave, San Jose, California at 12:00 PM Pacific Time.  Hope to see you there!

Worldcon has asked me not to livestream the event as the nominees won’t be listed on their official channel until 1 PM, and of course I will abide by their reasonable wishes — though I will probably give a before and after action report on my Periscope.

In the meantime, while you’re waiting, check out The Stars Entwined, my new space opera that has everyone comparing it to Babylon 5!

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I Watched The Premiere of Roseanne, And Here’s What I Thought

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In this image released by ABC, Roseanne Barr, left, and John Goodman appear in a scene from the reboot of “Roseanne,” premiering on Tuesday at 8 p.m. EST. (Adam Rose/ABC via AP)

Usually I stick to geek culture topics on the blog, as that’s what my readers through views have told me they care about, but, nothing in the last 24 hours has quite captured the general entertainment news media like Roseanne.

The relaunch of the show garnered a 5.2 share of the 18-49 demographic, which Deadline reports Hollywood as “soul-searching” because of it. Talk about melodramatic. And of course, when they dig into the demographics, they see that, much like the election in 2016, audiences from “flyover states” tuned in en masse where they had tuned out before.

To me, it’s very simple. Normal people want a quality of their entertainment that isn’t dark and nihilistic. It’s why movies are down, it’s why most TV is down despite elites rumbling about quality being higher than ever before. Look at comedy the last few years. Because of the social justice police, they’ve moved everything to “dark” comedies, where there’s really no laughter. Gone are the days where The Office or Arrested Development could mock whatever they want, because the outrage brigade would come down on them like they do any other piece of culture and try to not only destroy the show, but destroy the lives of those making the show.

Roseanne, for better or worse, is part of that generation of 90s “I don’t give a f***” attitude where it comes across in the show. And this opening episode for the relaunch let us know that from the first several minutes. We were presented with awkward fat/old people sex, political topics were hit, hot button social topics were addressed, all without a care in the world or reverence for anything.

We see Rosanne in a typical sitcom make up. She lives in this house with Dan, and her daughters, despite being 40-50 themselves, still live there, complete with grandchildren.  It’s ridiculous, there’s a laugh track, it’s not intelligent humor, it’s just set up and joke. And the pace of the jokes through the first episode are frantic. There is never a moment you’re left without laughing.

The main conflict is in that there’s her sister Jackie who has become one of those pussy hat wearing crazies, and so she’s dead to Roseanne. Rossanne’s even made a shrine to her sister and wrote an obituary. While over the top, it makes us laugh because we all have seen the divide over politics in our own extended families. Where Roseanne differentiates from other shows, is they don’t just knock the right/conservatives/Christians — she mocks everyone. The Hillary supporter takes it a little harder than the Trump supporter, but not by a lot. The show highlights the ridiculous attitudes of both sides–and therefore, even in it’s “I don’t give a f***” attitude, it kind of feels safe for everyone to watch. They’re clear they don’t care who they’re offending, and in that, the show is therefore completely non-offensive.

It’s not a show for conservative values. As I mentioned, there’s sex jokes, there’s a surrogate mother storyline where they very poignantly say “she can do whatever she wants with her own body” and everyone–including the Trump supporters–agree. One of the grandchildren decides to dress like a girl (who they claim is 9 and making these decisions… which is a bit unrealistic without pushing from parents in that direction), and the conclusion is “well we’re family so we’ve got your back.”  That won’t sit well with a few folk, but that message to be honest is a good one (gotta love your kids no matter what!), even if the parenting aspect is missing. It makes sense with the characters that the parenting aspect is missing, however, because the group is dysfunctional.

What I found is that over the hour-long premier, I got a little bored of it during the 2nd half. I think sitcoms shouldn’t really be that long, especially ones set up like this where it’s all in one location in the house.  But overall, I was amused and laughed a lot. It’s not brilliant, but it is entertaining and didn’t piss me off as I didn’t feel like I was being lectured to to be politically correct. It wasn’t dark. No one was really presented as villainous as a class or group, and you know, it just went for light-hearted fun.

We need more of this, and I hope it is a shock to the Hollywood system. Nihilism is indeed pointless and dreary, and as Roseanne said in her prayer in the episode, “Thank you God for making America great again!” It’s a big step in the right direction for culture, and I’ll continue to watch and support this even if it’s not perfect, but because it’s not treating me like I’m a child to be lectured to.

If you like my thoughts on Roseanne, you’ll probably like my produced culture which I think is the next level better. Support people who don’t hate you making new art, like my new book, The Stars Entwined. Check it out.  

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Why Disney Can’t Make A Good Star Wars Film To Save Their Soul

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Disney just can’t do Star Wars. They don’t understand it. And there’s a big reason why—they’re a soulless monolithic corporation trying to recapture nostalgia in a property that is really about intense spirituality. You can’t create spirituality if you have none.

Star Wars really fell off my radar after The Last Jedi, which I found not only to be a bad movie, but an insult to everything that Star Wars was. On the spirituality front, the whole message was a slap in the face to the religious, the spiritual. No matter what you do, evil will rise anyway, it’s pointless. You will fail. Nothing you do matters. Nihilism.  Those were everything we got not just from the movie universe all around, but from Luke Skywalker, who as a character in prior films, was all about being wide-eyed and child-like in his thirst for enlightenment and the spiritual. It’s a big 180 to the point where it doesn’t’ make sense from a character perspective, and that’s a big reason why the film comes across as such garbage. I know they technically explain it in the interactions with Kylo Ren in the past, but it’s thin, and Luke’s not shown as being very heroic in the past example either—he pretty much lies about the encounter. It’s all very messy, and anti-spiritual.

And the problem is you have an entire Hollywood who doesn’t understand spirituality. Nor do they understand religion. They act like the imperial officers who mock Lord Vader in the first film, calling it superstition, a hokey religion, etc. Vader just responds through action. Look at the power of faith. He says by choking them with nothing other than the force.

While Disney doesn’t understand faith from a business-side, the directors and their nihilism come at it from an even worse vantage, as mentioned before. The combination is a complete train wreck when it’s dealing with mythology. The Force Awakens sucked the soul out of the series, and The Last Jedi took that soul out back and beat it in an alley and left it for dead.  It’s frankly a worse mishandling of the properties than the prequels ever were.

But that perspective doesn’t understand Star Wars at all.

What brought this to my attention was a tweet by author, Scott Lynch, who is a very solid writer, but definitely comes from the dark-fantasy nihilism perspective, one that very much isn’t Star Wars. Someone mentioned “If you strike me down, I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine” being an iconic line, but didn’t pay off—a person who doesn’t understand spiritualism. Lynch’s analysis is this (source, twitter):

I think it did, but you have to bear with me for a moment here. When Obi-Wan says this (IMHO), he’s not talking about anything he’s going to do himself. He’s not even talking about becoming a Force ghost and an afterlife tour guide/apologist. He’s talking about Luke, and he’s maneuvering himself quite specifically so that Luke will have a clear view of everything when Obi-Wan lowers his guard, closes his eyes, and gets cut down by Vader. Note the meaningful sideways glance before he gives in.

Let’s dissect this. One, he is talking about becoming a Force ghost, though putting it in accurate humanistic terms like that is missing the point of what he’s really becoming there. He is attaining pure enlightenment, becoming one with the force, or one with God as you will.  His concerns are not about Luke beating up Vader in a human sense. Those things are below enlightenment, below anything Obi-Wan or any Jedi is trying to accomplish. It’s off the mark because it ignores spirituality and religion as important to the movie’s messaging and subtext, which is because those aspects of life are not understood by Mr. Lynch.

It’s very similar to how Rian Johnson approaches these subjects, and it misses the point so far that it creates films that just feel completely wrong in the context of the originals.  Obi-Wan is not concerned about being an afterlife tour guide/apologist, this is true. He is becoming more powerful than ever because he’s removing his temporary earthly shell. If one can’t understand that basic premise of religion, of ascending, of complete transformation and glorification, one can’t understand the soul of what makes stories like the original Star Wars so great and resonate with so many.

The Guardian put out an article today saying there’s red flags on the new Han Solo movie. I could have told you that from the minute one was announced, because though Han plays the skeptic in the film, he deep down understands truth and righteousness, and comes to admit that to himself over the course of the trilogy – through the help of Luke and Leia guiding him and forcing him to reconcile that with himself. It’s a beautiful arc, but a new movie making him devoid of that spirituality is going to only end in disappointment, unless the people producing the film have a very real come to Jesus moment themselves.

If you like my perspective on character and story, you’ll probably like my books. Check out The Stars Entwined, a space opera that has characters who will grip you throughout the story.

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Image Comics CFO’s Thin Defense Of Attacking Christians

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On Sunday, the CFO and one of the original founders of Image Comics, Erik Larsen, posted a tweet mocking Christians. It was duly reported by Bounding Into Comics as something egregious and insensitive to the religious — especially done on Palm Sunday.  Many people on Twitter were offended by the tweet, and Erik Larsen joined in the fray himself to defend his insensitive remarks.

There’s been a curious silence by Image Comics, who is already under fire because one of their creators was trying to harass a veteran by trying to stir up rumors about his discharge (which was an honorable one), going so far as to state she wished that he had died during his tour of duty. It appears there is a problem at the company with an extremist group trying to attack different classes of citizens.

Several comic fans posited — if he had made an image mocking Mohammed during Ramadan, what would the comic companies and media react?

Larsen’s response was rather unkind to those who were offended:

Larsen hasn’t openly attacked Christianity in his comic, but he has placed President Trump in a villainous role in his Savage Dragon comic, creating an outcry among conservatives last year who saw Larsen’s “heroes” attacking the president in a quite literal fashion.

His defense of his actions rings thin to commenters on the matter, who very rightly see this as an anti-Christian middle finger on social media, on top of the toxic politics that’s appearing in his and other Image books. There appears to be a culture problem at the company where they can’t focus on making fun comic content — but they’re constantly signaling what fans they don’t want, and turning readers away because of their extreme views.

Readers also note that prominent conservatives are never allowed to shrug off anything they say as “just a joke”. Why should it be different for left-wing creators who show their intense bigotry through offensive commentary?

Calls to boycott Image Comics are now sprouting up across the internet. We will follow this story and report if real apology comes down from Larsen or the company, or if there will be any change within Image Comics related to these events.

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