Apr. 30th, 2015

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First draft of complete rewrite of short story Stephanie's Getting Her Brain Done, now retitled Keeping Mum. Done in stolen moments between working on the Blakes 7 book. :)
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I am aghast to discover that I never announced here the publication of Liberating Earth - the all-women Faction Paradox anthology I edited for Obverse Books. Behold the beauteous cover:



I edited the collection for small press Obverse Books, contributing a linking story which deals with the anthology's premise: two Cousins from Faction Paradox, manipulators of space, time, and magic, who compete in creating alternative universes in which the human race are not the Earth's dominant species. I'm extremely pleased with the resulting stories and their very varied settings and styles, and especially proud to have got some of the writers into print for the first time.

The anthology is available from Obverse Books as a beautiful little hardback, and as an electronic book too.

(Ye gods, what else have I overlooked in all the chaos?)
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The Hugos. Blog postings I've found particularly helpful in understanding what's going on:

The Psychology of Hugo Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies

Guided by the Beauty of Their Weapons: An Analysis of Theodore Beale and his Supporters by Phil Sandifer. Long, hard, and satisfying. I learned much.

Also see: the remarkable short-short story If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love by Rachel Swirsky. Brief, beautiful, beautifully structured. Hugo nominee last year. Loathed by Puppies, making it automatically worth a look. Not everyone's cup of tea, of course - but then, what is?

(There has, of course, always been a conspiracy to ruin art.)

Current events:

Mahatma Gandhi, Baltimore, and the Myth of Nonviolence: "What happens if 12.6% of the population, a disproportionate number of whom are unemployed or incarcerated or have minimum-wage jobs in which they're easily replaced, try to duplicate a tactic that worked for an overpowering majority? Not a great deal, unfortunately."

Police Killings Picked Up Where Lynching Left Off: "... it's estimated that two or three blacks were lynched each week in the American South during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Compare that to conservative reports from the FBI that, in the seven years between 2005 and 2012, a white officer used deadly force against a black person almost two times every week."

ETA: Commentary from David Simon, police reporter and creator of Homicide: Life on the Street and The Wire: 'There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show' and Baltimore's Anguish. See also this report from Marci Tarrant Johnson, a habeas corpus lawyer working to get arrested protesters out of Baltimore's jails.

This one connects to the Puppy psychology piece linked to above. In Ferguson and Beyond, Punishing Humanity: "... white men have experienced a relative loss of status. And they now have more rivals for desirable positions. Add to that the fact that they may find themselves surpassed by those they tacitly expected to be in social positions beneath them, and we have a recipe for resentment and the desire to regain dominance."

Whatever you thought of SBS presenter Scott McIntyre's angry Anzac Day tweets, I'm grateful to him for opening my eyes to an unhappy piece of Australian history: sexual assaults on Japanese women by the British Commonwealth Occupation Force.

Homeless Diggers reveal Australia's double standards

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