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It’s unbelievable how dishonest and destructive SFWA is as an organization toward both readers and authors alike. Over the years, we’ve detailed on the blog their lack of standards for entry to the organization, their abject lies about minority authors, their troubles with pedophilia — and now they’re taking another step in their point and shriek mob tactics: targeting disabled readers.
There’s a website called the Internet Archive, which is a non-profit organization specializing in creating a free library — universal access to all knowledge — a noble endeavor to give the people the chance to be educated through reading. It’s got a treasure trove of knowledge, almost every ancient text under the sun, plus a ton of public domain works from the early 1900s which would be considered “problematic” for publishers to get out there today. The archive works with various libraries for ebook lending programs and the like also, really the library of the future today.
SFWA, an organization which is anti-literature and anti-free thought, of course has a history of rabble rousing about this site. Instead of actually helping authors, they work to remove sources where people actually read where they don’t control the content — thought police in action.
They attacked the Internet Archive in 2018, but started again yesterday claiming the Internet Archive was “pirating” Chuck Wendig’s work.
Wendig — who has attacked your favorite Hispanic author unprovoked on social media — went ballistic on social media, documented here:
Chuck Wendig: Capitalism is bad unless its "muh books."
He has 12 total downloads on the Internet Archive Library. pic.twitter.com/moT68yMNIA
— Dataracer (@Dataracer117) March 30, 2020
Their President Mary Robinette Kowal also joined in the fray attacking the archive, spending her time as president chasing windmills like this rather than actually doing anything to help authors in these times.
What’s ridiculous about this whole situation, and puts even more egg on SFWA’s face for this, is the internet archive is NOT pirating Wendig’s work. The Library of Congress uses the site in a library capacity — and they have a program for disabled people to be able to get access to literature. There is an encrypted code someone needs to have access through the Library of Congress to obtain Wendig’s work through this site.
So Wendig is attacking libraries as “piracy.”
12 disabled people downloaded his book through the program. Wendig and SFWA do not want disabled people to be able to legally have access to fiction, apparently.
It’s also important to note that SFWA place politics with who they “defend” in such instances. Award-winning and highly regarded author Richard Fox had a legitimate piracy complaint in 2019, where the hate website, File 770, launched an attack on Fox and tried to distribute his work for free from their website. SFWA was largely silent on the matter. Kowal did not make twitter posts about it. Fox is a member in good standing of SFWA. So why wouldn’t they protect him from a legitimate piracy case?
It’s all outrage mob of the week — SFWA hates authors who are productive, hates disabled people, hates minorities. Their track record is clear. This organization is a complete disaster and has absolutely no purpose other than to harass and troll.
My new science fiction Colony Launch is available for pre-order. It’s a story of building a noble future, getting away from the troublemakers like SFWA, bringing out the best in humanity for a new future — just like Science Fiction was always meant to be. Pre-order here and enjoy great sci-fi.
If you watch my youtube streams, you’d know I had to move houses this week in the middle of this nutty pandemic.
It was a rather stressful ordeal. I kept my family away from the new house and the movers while I coordinated everything, unpacked most of the items myself, disinfected the entire house with Lysol and clorox, made sure it’s safe for the week.
…only to find the new house has a gas leak. Joy!
Now heat and everything is shut down, family is still not here, I’m trying to handle this. Yikes.
It killed my writing schedule and energy to do anything creative, but I was able to get a couple of formatting things done.
One, Flying Sparks Four, Five and Six (which comprise volume 2 for those who supported the crowdfunds) are now out as single issues on Amazon for Kindle. I’ve made the series available this way for folk who don’t want to spend big chunks at once. There will be print versions available later as I’m able to get them formatted.
Finally, and much more exciting, Colony Launch, my new science fiction novel, is available for download. As the title suggests, it’s about launching a new colony in the future, dealing with all of the bureaucratic hurdles the government puts in place, with all of the deep characterization you’d expect from my work. You can pre-order it here.
I’ll hopefully get back to writing soon with some pretty cool announcements. There’s a lot coming down the pipeline so thanks for your patience!
Corona is having profound consequences across the nation, but one of the least talked about will be comic shops.
There’s already so few of them, and they’re struggling to pay rent in many cases. This quarantine was already responsible for at least one closure of a long time store in California, but news that even the remaining ones won’t get product from the sole distributor of Marvel/DC came yesterday.
“Product distributed by Diamond and slated for an on-sale date of April 1st or later will not be shipped to retailers until further notice. For the time being, however, we have been able to develop procedures with our teams at the distribution center in Olive Branch, MS to safely continue fulfillment of direct ship reorders for the retailers who are able to receive new product and need it to service their customers.”
This creates a precarious situation for those who were attempting to do curbside or delivery comics during the crisis, meaning shops won’t even be able to get new books — which make up the vast majority of their sales.
We’re going to see a complete collapse of the comic model. In some ways, this means Marvel/DC won’t be able to flood stands anymore and crowd out indies, but it’s a sad state for local businesses as well.
There’s not much that can be done about it. But the amount of specialty shops that will go under because of this will make Diamond and its current monopoly something which won’t be viable for much longer. The question has to be asked: how many shops need to be open to sustain these companies?
For better or worse, we’re going to start to see a big change in the comic industry. As I’ve been putting all of my books for kindle on Amazon, I’m prepared for this as an indie, but many aren’t. I’ve already heard from a few long-time professionals who are too old and ill-equipped to transition to a new market they consider their own careers to be over.
What do you think’s going to happen?
You can get my Clockwork Dancer #1 through amazon in print and Kindle editions, a great book no comic shops carried anyway, but became a #1 Bestseller regardless. Check it out here.
It’s come to my attention that the group of pedophile supporters formerly a science fiction professional organization is having an election for their board.
The best part of all of this is their organization has become such a shit show under Mary Robinette’s nonsense — they didn’t have enough people filing for the elections to fill the positions. It’s hilarious. No one wants to take responsibility for the decline of what once was a prestigious honor, what once had meaning of being a professional, and now comes down to a club of folk who golf clap for kiddie diddling deviancy and shame victims of pedophilia within sci-fi.
They’ve had to resort to asking people to write in names in order to fill the positions (what does a SFWA board even do? It’s apparent they don’t help any writers in any capacity).
What’s interesting is one good man actually put in for the position — Lou Antonelli. He might be a glutton for punishment, because his mere announcement — as a MEMBER of SFWA — has caused other folk to viciously lash out at him on social media. Saying horrible, defamatory things to try to tarnish his reputation.
This is spurred by extremist Jim C. Hines — who has a long history of harassing and trolling conservative and libertarian authors. When an author like such gets into any position of notice within the mainstream industry, no matter how small, Hines makes sure to spend his days going all out to libel and harm the person in question. He’s severely mentally ill at best — and yet SFWA not only allows this behavior, but apparently condones it as he’s still an active member after all of these horrible things he’s done to other authors.
For a group called ‘science fiction writers of america’, they sure seem more about attacking their own members than doing anything for writers. Last year, several great writers who were also members were nominated for their awards, and SFWA’s board and prominent members ran a smear campaign against those members — including trying to attack a revered veteran and incredible writer Jonathan Brazee.
The organization has fallen so badly, no one respects it at this juncture.
Perhaps we can get a miracle with Lou Antonelli, however, and he can get in and enact some change and make the group great again, make it something which is writer-focused, not child-porn focused. Lou’s an amazing writer, he’s had his head in the game and in markets for decades, and has run a small business himself.
If SFWA wants to survive at all as an author’s guild, members should write in Lou Antonelli for board.
It takes a strong man to take a strong stand in these troubled times. Which is the lesson of Justified: Saga of the NanoTemplar. It’s the science fiction with great morals and heroes which has been lacking for a long time. Start your adventure today and read. Deus vult!
My great pal David V. Stewart put together a nice collection of stories for FREE for folk to read on quarantine. It’s got a lot of great stuff which I have read personally and enjoyed, as well as a short story by me: “A Song of I.C.E. and Fire” which has notbeen released anywhere but to Patreon subscribers. So go check it out.
And I’d also like to mention a good promotion from my merch guys at Crypto Fashion. They are struggling right now because conventions are a LOT of their business so they need some love on the retail end. You might want to stock up on things like T-shirts and the like for the summer in case supply lines break down anyway. I have some great ones in my store here.
Stay safe out there all!