Nice of you to come! Welcome to my permanent home on the web. Feel free to read my posts, and I’ve got a game here if you’re interested. I’ve also got a short story which has been accepted by the Sci Phi Journal; my story says that full automation will lead to legalized murder.
My social media followers are listed here, with their blogs. I also have a permanent open thread.
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The Face in the Frost
by John Bellairs
Originally published by Macmillan (1969)
Republished by Open Road Media (2014)
The wizard Prospero goes on a journey alongside his friend Roger Bacon. While on this journey, Roger Bacon is killed, and Prospero goes through the South Kingdom, looking for a way to bring him back to life.
Welcome to the disaster area known as The Face in the Frost.
UPDATE: @kukuruyo’s account has been restored; it was suspended due to a so-called “pornographic header,” which he has now replaced. It may be visited here.
In what has become a distressingly common trend, the Hugo-nominated artist @kukuruyo (who drew my logo) has been suspended from Twitter, with no reason given nor a date for unsuspension. As we all know, he has often mocked social justice warriors and he strongly supports free expression — and naturally, Twitter didn’t like that, so they punished him.
In a message on Patreon, he wrote:
My twitter account has been suspended. I’ve not been told why, and there’s no date for my unsuspension, so i’m guessing it’s permanent. I’ve sent a message to see wtf has happened, since i’ve not broken their rules.
See here for what to do in the wake of Twitter’s suspensions of non-SJWs.
The High Crusade
by Poul Anderson
Originally published by Doubleday (1960)
Republished by Baen Books (2010)
Among medieval Englishmen, aliens land, their towering spacecraft dwarfing primitive works. Men watch transfixed as a blue creature steps out, bearing weapons that incinerate men with casual ease. They have come to conquer, and England — no, all Earth — would lay prostrate before them, their lands surrendered and their people devastated.
But that’s not what happened.
Instead, brave English knights stormed the ship with sword, bow, and axe, and they slew all but one of the blue-skinned fiends. Led by Sir Roger de Tourneville, the knights forced the alien to operate the ship for them. They loaded up the entire population of the town of Ansby and thought they would fly to France and then to the Holy Land, but the alien deceives them, and the people of Ansby are taken to a planet in the alien empire. But the Englishmen remain undeterred, and they steel themselves for a battle unlike any they had ever faced.
I just learned that WordPress pages don’t have comment threads, so here’s the true open thread right here; talk amongst yourselves, and sorry for any inconvenience.
Daytime Renegade and I review the film Suicide Squad, the true Ghostbusters remake (
Zuul The Enchantress is in it.)
Also, stay a while and read my Appendix N Review Series. It’s spoiler-free, and you’ll find great reads.
The Broken Sword
by Poul Anderson
Originally published by Abelard-Schuman (1954)
Republished by Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (2014)
Hark! Gather ye, youths and lasses, for a fierce tale of Skafloc, stolen from his fair mother’s arms by warrior elves, and Valgard, Skafloc’s vile twin born of elf and troll blood. Where Skafloc becomes an honored swordsman in service to elf earl Imric, Valgard becomes a bloodthirsty berserker, slaying all who dare to oppose him. War brews between the races of troll and elf, and Valgard leaves his human family behind to serve the trolls. As sword and axe carve their savage design across all the lands of Faerie, Skafloc and Valgard edge ever closer to a fated clash of steel and blood, with naught but hatred for one another.
For this is the saga of The Broken Sword!
Three Hearts and Three Lions
by Poul Anderson
Originally published by Doubleday (1961)
Republished by Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (2015)
In the 1940s, Danish native Holger Carlsen left an idyllic life in the United States to fight the Nazi forces that rampaged through his old country. In the midst of a heated battle, he is spirited away to a mystical realm that resembles the European Middle Ages, but with a twist: the magic and monsters of legend are real, and they threaten to overwhelm human society. Holger is given not only armor, a sword, and a horse, but the fighting and riding skills of a knight — and mysterious memories that haunted him at every turn. It turns out that Holger is a hero foretold to aid humanity in a great struggle against the chaotic, inhuman forces of the Middle World, and he has no idea how he would fill such big shoes.
The tabletop role-playing game that started it all.
Through my reading of the Castalia House blog and other blogs, one name kept coming up whenever the history of sci-fi and fantasy was mentioned: Appendix N. Apparently, this was a list of works and authors that inspired Gary Gygax when he created the first version of the Dungeons and Dragons tabletop roleplaying game. It is said to be a good survey of the fantasy genre as it existed in the 1960s and 1970s.
That got me curious.
Twitter and free speech do not mix.
Breitbart journalist Milo Yiannopoulos’s permanent ban from Twitter has sparked many discussions about free speech in the age of social media. Whistleblower website Wikileaks has threatened to create an alternative to Twitter to counter the “feudal justice” of their selective enforcement policies, and others have mentioned similar ideas due to both Twitter and Facebook’s lock on the social media market as a whole.
But while such plans are laudable and understandable, they are also very expensive and would take a long time to bear fruit. On top of that, technical and userbase hurdles won’t be the only issues; forces hostile to free expression would try to sabotage the service just as they did with Voat (a site meant to be a Reddit alternative) when they targeted Voat’s payment processors and web hosts.
Fortunately, there is a thing we can do right now to counter Twitter and Facebook’s draconian policies, and it doesn’t involve e-mailing advertisers or executives who won’t listen anyway. We can link each other’s blogs, and have open threads on those blogs.
My short story, The Teenage Girl’s Robot Army, has been accepted for publication by the Sci Phi Journal. As a result, I had to take the story down.
The story talks about what would happen to the sanctity of life if robots replaced human workers entirely. Since human life would have negative economic value, murder would become more acceptable in society.
Once the relevant Sci Phi Journal issue is published, I will make an announcement on this site.