Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Catholic Geek: Superbowl Edition

The Catholic Geek: Superbowl Edition

Host Declan Finn once against tackles a broadcast all by himself by completely ignoring the Superbowl, but does stop to make fun of Liz Bourke of Tor, Marvel's tv shows, and deliver some news about Deadpool, the Hugos, and maybe even do a reading from his work. Again.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Set To Kill, Chapter 5

Welcome to more pieces and parts of my upcoming novel Set To Kill.  I'm already on page 56, but the is was a slow week.  Sorry about that.

If you don't remember what Set To Kill is, it's the sequel to my novel It Was Only On Stun.

Thursday, the day before WyvernCon
Sean Ryan finished the SWATting of Colonel Bradley, then looked at Matthew Kovach like the man had grown three heads. “What the hell is this?” he demanded, handing the author back his iPad.
More or less what happened,” Kovach said.
Come on, this is so unbelievable, no one has land mines—”
Bradley cleared his throat. “I do.”
Sean's head whipped around so fast, whiplash was not out of the question. “Really? How much of this was real?”
I don't have any bloodstained crosses,” he said casually. “And I didn't force the SWAT team to undergo training. And I certainly don't act like that around my wife.”
Bradley's phone rang and he immediately answered it. He hopped up and marched off to the side, the last words he heard from him were “Hey, honey. How are you, pumpkin?” in a voice so sweet, he sounded like someone else.
Sean blinked as though he'd been slapped. “Huh. Well, I guess there can be a lot more truth in fiction than I thought.”
Just wait until you see my books,” Kovach said.
Sean frowned, “I'm almost afraid to ask.” He looked back to the authors. “Now, all of you people have been SWATted?”
Everybody nodded, even the two on laptops.
Now, did anyone actually die during any of these? Obviously, none of you did, but were there casualties?”
The author on the laptop, in the kilt, laughed. “I only had a few of them bruised. My kids play rough.”
Sean blinked, opened his mouth, and he saw Declan Finn already scrolling through his iPad to find that writeup. “I don't think I want to know just now. Though I must ask, your name, sir?”
Jessie James.”
Of course you are. “Your parents sure they wanted Jessie? Not William or Henry?”
Like I haven't heard that one –” James stopped and looked up from his computer for a moment, still typing without looking at the screen. “Okay, I haven't actually heard that one before. They usually ask where my brother Frank is.”
Glad I can oblige.” He looked over the others. “Anyone other casualties?”
One of the others, who looked like Freddy Mercury (only straight), with mustache and slicked-back black hair, chuckled. “Only scrapes and bruises.”
Even I survived mine,” Kovach joked. His smile faded. “But, seriously, Sean, the SMURFs have pulled out all of the stops trying to sabotage the livelihoods of everyone here. Check out Amazon sometime, and see how many one-star reviews out and out state that it's because the author is a Puppy backer, and you'll see that this has been a concerted effort. It's a little annoying at this point.” The author smiled. “Let's just say I'm happy that I've kept my temper in check.”
Sean nodded. He'd seen a few of the bodies Kovach had left behind. “Gotcha.” He looked back to the others. “I have to ask, then – why didn't a single one of you ask WyvernCon for more security? Let's say this is all true, that none of you, and none of your fans, made even the slightest threat against the smuts –”
SMURFs,” a chorus corrected him.
“—then why did only one side ask for help?”
Gary Castelo laughed, once more seeming like the ghost of Christmas Present. “I own a gun range. Figure it out.” He nodded to Kovach. “You read his write up of Bradley's SWATting experience. Do the math.”
The one Sean labeled as “Freddie Mercury” said, “I'm Werner Y. Jefferson. In addition to being an author, I'm a gunsmith, and I make my own swords. As Gary says, do the math.”
Jessie James didn't even look up from the laptop. “Yeah, don't even start with me. Someone else can go.”
Rachel Hartley reached under her chair and brought out a tactical umbrella, with a solid iron core. “I'm good with this.”
But in all honesty,” Omar Gunderson said, “We don't need it. These guys are, at best, keyboard commados. Sure, sic a SWAT team on us via 9-1-1? Not a problem. But you've met the leaderships of some of our … antagonists?”
Gary chuckled. “Mild annoyances?”
Omar shrugged. “Sure. Like it or not, we're not in a place where they can come and get us. Even if they call a SWAT team on us again here, in Atlanta, there's no way that they would get past the front desk. It's hard to SWT someone in a hotel, you know?”
And let's face it, there's no way in Hell they'd take us on one-on-one,” Kovach said. “Unless they have some psycho foot soldiers around, of course. Heh. But let's face it, what are the odds of that?”

That's when someone coming up the Hyatt's back stairs and wheeled on the patio with a gun.

Monday, February 1, 2016

LIstening to Puppy Kickers

So, last week, Liz bourke saw my article....

Okay, I found her Twitter account and I deliberately tagged her in EVERY fisk and dissection I've done of her articles. (a whole three, brought up last time).

Her response?

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Catholic Geek: Honor at Stake and Sad Puppies Bite Back 01/31 by We Built That Network | Books Podcasts

The Catholic Geek: Honor at Stake and Sad Puppies Bite Back 01/31 by We Built That Network | Books Podcasts:

Host Declan Finn flies solo for the first time-- deliberately-- in this prerecorded episode. Sorry folks, no chat room or call ins tonight. During tonight's broadcast, Finn will discuss the latest in Sad Puppies and the Hugos, and do select readings from his Sad Puppy nominated works, Sad Puppies Bite Back and Honor at Stake.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Hugo Nominations upcoming (also, Amaranthe - Razorblade)

Item the first.

Hugo nominations start around Feb 5.  So, get your licks in now at, and tell them about your favorite author(s) in science fiction and fantasy from 2015.  Don't forget that this includes categories like film, fanzines (like blogs) best fan writing and best related work (like Sad Puppies Bite Back could be), novels, etc.

No, I'm not subtle. I'll stop. I promise ... right after I'm told that I didn't even get a Hugo nomination. Then I'll stop. Honest.

Though, right now, I'm still wrapping my brain around getting looked at twice for Best Novel in SP4 -- heck, I knew SPBB would be a contender, but Honor At Stake? Not so much.

Anyway, be warned.....

There be Puppy Kickers ahead.....

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Fisking Tor's Racist Counter

Liz Bourke is my favorite punching bag at Tor.  Why? Because she is such a tool, it's not even funny.

I've gone a few rounds with her before, on women in military science fiction, and on strong women characters.  The short version is that she never learns.

And then there's this piece of stupid.
There’s a counter in my head. Imagine a tiny recording demon, making marks in its ledger, constantly alert.
Yes, but he's not an accountant, otherwise your economic theory would be better.
There’s a counter in my head, and I can’t turn it off.
When it goes off, will your head explode?
It counts women present in a narrative. It counts people who aren’t men. It counts queer representation. It counts—although somewhat less strictly, due to the blinkers of its upbringing—the presence of people who aren’t white, or who aren’t able-bodied. It counts up roles. It compares and contrasts roles. It counts incidences where things follow a trend, and where they diverge. It recognises patterns. Dead women. Sexual objects. Motivating objects. Objectified. Tragic queerness. Queerness-as-a-phase. Women sidelined. Elided. Present but only significant for how they relate to a white able-bodied cisgender man.
And I'm certain that your random emphasis of words doesn't at all help.

If you're only reading books with white male protagonists ... maybe you should read some Baen books. Sarah Hoyt, Larry Correia, or John Ringo's Princess of Wands. I find Kratman's Amazon Legion an interesting concept for women in military scifi.

How about a nice Honor Harrington?

Hey! I got it! You should watch Ender's Game, because there were multiple Indian and Muslim characters in that one, and as we all know, those two make up 2 billion people on planet Earth. Go what Ender's Game.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Sad Puppy Best novel is....

So, someone did a breakdown of how the Sad Puppy 4 counts are going thus far.

Right now, best novel looks like this.

Now, it's one thing to be in the top ten, which is surprising enough -- and for which I thank my enthusiastic fan base, I'm seriously shocked -- but it's another thing to be in the top five.

And no, for those of you wondering, I'm not being out Correia or Ringo because I'm better than they are, but because they've stated that they don't want a Hugo, and would reject one if offered. So, count on their readers knowing that and thinking "Nah, I'm not going to bother them."

I'm not shocked that I beat Ancillary Mercy because, well, Ann Leckie is enjoyed by the Puppy Kicker crowd, and I suspect that some of them figured "Hey, we can manipulate the Puppies! Yaaaay."  I may be wrong, but most of my friends and acquaintances couldn't get through her books. Just listen to any of my radio shows with Tom Knighton.

While I have not read Nethereal, and cannot comment on it, I am shocked that I'm above Jim Butcher.

It occurs to me as I write this that I'm even shocked that I'm on the same list as Ringo, Correia, Butcher, Wright, Stephenson and Williamson.

Heck, I'm surprised I'm even allowed on this list.

Welcome to science fiction, truly, the great equalizer.  Huh.

Oh well, here's where the fun starts. If this keeps up, I'll be marked for slander and libel all over the internet.  So, please, by all means, anyone who hasn't voted yet, please do feel free to cast a vote for me.

Because as I've said before to the Puppy Kickers...

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Catholic Geek: Chasing Freedom 01/24 by We Built That Network | Books Podcasts

The Catholic Geek: Chasing Freedom 01/24 by We Built That Network | Books Podcasts:

Host Declan Finn has Marina Fontaine discussing her dystopian novel 'Chasing Freedom.' At long last, a dystopia that's not depressing.

Marina Fontaine is an immigrant from the former Soviet Union, a proud American and an unrepentant book addict. Because of her background, Marina especially appreciates an opportunity to discover, share and support pro-freedom art in all its forms. She is a co-founder of Conservative-Libertarian Fiction Alliance group on Facebook, runs Small Government Book Fan Club on Goodreads and has a blog on Liberty Island. Marina lives in New Jersey with her very supportive husband, three children and four guinea pigs, working as an accountant by day and an aspiring writer by night.