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SFWA has been quite the embattled organization. The Science Fiction Writers of America have tarnished the great name of their writers’ guild over the last several years, refusing admission to popular authors over political affiliation, targeting their own members when their awards received nominations their leadership didn’t like, and of course a famous incident where their former president, Cat Rambo, defended a known pedophile for their actions against their victim.
It’s been an absolute travesty, but this is the end result of social justice taking its hold and wringing the neck of sanity until there is none left.
Yesterday, SFWA’s former communications director, Jaym Gates, attacked the venerable Mike Resnick, one of sci-fi’s most awarded and highly-regarded authors with a nasty post on her facebook page, attempting to demean his legacy with unsubstantiated attacks of “sexism” and ‘harassment” much like these types always do for attention, bizarrely rambling about “white men”. The full post is here:
Insane ramblings at best, malicious at worst as Resnick passed away after a long battle with health problems this last week, and his widow just put up a GoFundme to try to cover some of the medical expenses which she’d incurred and inherited over the last year. Tragic.
But everything she speaks to is also complete nonsense. Resnick never did anything other than to say SFWA shouldn’t be playing identity politics with their club — their intention is supposed to be to FURTHER the careers of professional authors and provide a network for each other.
As SFWA’s usefulness has declined in the internet age, they’ve been reaching out and causing controversy in an attempt to stay relevant, but fewer and fewer members of the professional community are active within the club as they’re more prone to spend their resources working for nonsense like this, than to actually help authors.
Gates herself has a long history of harassing male authors. Last year, she targeted another fan-favorite and award winner, John Ringo, false-flagging him for harassment with unsubstantiated claims and actually getting him removed as a guest from a convention because of her loud protests, when it turned out he didn’t do anything of the sort, and when she was pressed for details, she stated the only thing he did was say something that triggered her while he was on a panel.
She’s attempted to ruin the lives of authors, and it seems the reason she pushes against them is identity — she picks white, male targets in order to try to make a name for herself among identarian terrorists.
This woman obviously has problems interacting in normal society, and that SFWA puts people like this in leadership positions speaks volumes of the organization.
Mike Resnick is owed a direct apology officially from SFWA for the way he’s been treated by their extremist agitators within the club. It would be the right and stand up thing to do to make sure we can celebrate the life of this man who did so much for the community, and worked so hard by being one of the most prolific authors of our time, a true inspiration.
If you liked Resnick’s work, check out Justified: Saga of the NanoTemplar. His style and work ethic were an inspiration to me, and I’m glad I got to meet and shake his hand last year at LibertyCon before he passed.
Via Amazon, the 3rd volume of the greatest comics series of all time by Grand Master of Comics Writing Tom DeFalco and astounding artists Pat Olliffe and Ron Frenz will be hitting stands.
According to the site, this collects issues #33-50 of the series, with a release date of August 11th, 2020.
The only collected editions so far of Spider-Girl come in the form of small “Digests” with the last edition, Volume 12, collecting up through issue #72. The series, however, famously hit 100 issues — almost unheard of for a spinoff character — due to its popularity with fans and constant letter-writing campaigns by the Spider-Girl faithful.
Amidst even more letter writing, the series was relaunched as Amazing Spider-Girl and Spectacular Spider-Girl respectively, both of which did not last nearly as long, and concluded with shorts which only appeared online and finally a “The End” issue.
I’m hoping the Marvel complete collections will COMPLETE Spider-Girl and not be canceled midway through. They seem to be coming out annually, and at this rate of amount of issues in a volume, we will need 4-5 more volumes to 100% complete the series (depending on if they put in the crossover MC2 Universe events in), which means the series would be fully collected in 2024 or 2025. So far they have not collected the tie-in miniseries of Darkdevil and The Buzz in these Complete Collections which revealed crucial character elements of recurring characters in the Spider-Girl universe.
I’ll also note that amazon has a $44.95 price tag for this collection, up from the prior two volumes at $39.99. WIll this be a new normal for Marvel collected prices?
The image on amazon which you can preorder the book here:
Not sure if this will be the cover art but no logo or title has been placed on here yet.
If you watch my YouTube or see me talk on social media, you know I don’t read a lot of modern comics, but spend most of my reading time on the silver age Marvel material.
Thankfully, Marvel has put these out in easy to digest collections of about 25 issues each in the form of the Epic Collections.
The books don’t all come out in order, so there’s no pressure to start from anywhere, but they focus on getting the Stan Lee stuff out and then interesting runs which haven’t been collected elsewhere. So you can get a wide breadth of reading of superhero material from when it was great, before EVENT FEVER took over everything and made a jumbled mess where the books can’t really tell their own stories that have any meaning anymore.
I’ve really enjoyed them so far, to the point where I only have 7 left to purchase to be 100% up to date on the line. Going through and reading has been a joy this last year so I just want to share a bit of the information.
Some of the books ARE out of print, which makes it a little difficult, but Marvel has stated that at least the Book 1s will always be reprinted, allowing folk to come in and check things out.
My highest recommendation so far:
Really good stuff and of course there’s a lot to explore and a lot for everyone.
If you like the old school vibe of comic and the way that individual issues told their own story while building something bigger, you’ll enjoy Flying Sparks. I aimed to recapture that feel of the silver age through the 1980s, and readers say I captured it. Start with issue 1 available on Amazon now.
I’m very sad to have to report that Mike Resnick, one of science fiction and fantasy’s great modern pulp writers, has passed.
He’d been struggling with his health for awhile, and there was a gofundme posted to raise money since he missed most of last year’s writing due to his health complications, but no doubt he is one of the greatest influences on the genre today.
I stumbled across Mike Resnick with his weird west series about a decade ago, which was fantastic. Not only was he a great writer, he was a wonderful editor, bringing back pulp sensibilities to short fiction with his Galaxy’s Edge magazine, which published a lot of friends of mine.
I got to meet him briefly at LibertyCon, and was very honored to be able to shake his hand.
If you go look at his catalogue, he is an inspiration with how hard of a worker her was, and how much he was able to output. I hope his family is well and will pray for them during these times, and also urge everyone else to as well.
We’re pushing out Flying Sparks as single issues if you haven’t seen it, just got #3 out on Kindle and am working on setting the series up on amazon.
The purpose of this rerelease experiment is to give people lower price point options to get in on the series, with each issue at $2.99 so folk don’t feel like they have to break the bank all at once to start reading. Lets you pace at your own leisure and budget. #3 went live on Kindle yesterday.
You’ll notice issue #1 has a print option also. I’m working on these for issues 2 and 3 as well but we’re having some formatting issues so bear with us on that front.
This is the best indie superhero book out there, and one of the very few to get this far in — so far counting the #0 and Meta-Man Special, we have 11 full issues of the Flying Sparks story and universe. I’m not sure any other books have done that in recent years outside of Image Comics. Check it out now if you haven’t already.