Declan Finn (Honor At Stake, The Pius Trilogy) has the wonderful RK ‘Shadowdancer’ Modena and her cohort David Chalmers. We’ll cover art (which Declan knows nothing about), censorship in gaming and game chat, as well as their upcoming collaboration on a new book. David Chalmers is a free software user, technician and gamer. RK Modena is an artist whose work is on sale (and quite beautiful). There will be Puppies, there will be video games, and there will be a specially brought in screener (in the form of Matthew Bowman)
From the opening monologue
A word on Honor At Stake, mostly because, well, it’s 48 hours to showtime, 48 hours to launch! Yes, Honor at Stake is coming out on Tuesday, and as it’s my own bloody radio show, I figured I should probably say something about it. It’s basically my attempt to make vampires not sparkly. And it’s my excuse to make Vatican Ninjas. Why? Because Vatican Ninjas are cool.
Also, strangely enough, it is classified as vampire romance, though technically it also passes for urban fantasy — it is vampires in New York, after all — or it could pass for YA, as I am told that the target audience is a few years younger than the main characters, and I’m dealing with freshmen in college. When I started, I figured it might be YA. Now … far as I’m concerned, it’s whatever genre will sell the best.
Now, news: Oliver Sacks is dead of cancer at age 82. He’ll be missed
Opening up the things that make me want to murder someone file, Strawpope Frank is back in the news. Apparently, the Ambassador to Vatican “expects” the Pope to say that Pope Francis will urge the US to open doors for immigrants. The closest we got was “show mercy.”
At this point, we had the awesomeness of Matthew Bowman comment on the topic.
On the other hand, the article states that the Vatican Ambassador “expects” the Pope to say this. Which sounds like an Obama crony saying “Hey! Media, the Pope’s coming to visit next month, this is how you’re going to report it! We’re going to tell you what he really means!”
Because, you know, Obama and Francis got along so VERY WELL after the whole Obamacare BS happened.
Dear Breitbart, I really like you folks, but STOP WITH THE CLICKBAIT.
Pardon me while I tear my hair out. Again. Oh, wait, sorry, I can’t get a grip on it, I still have my summer haircut, so it’s too short to get a grip on it.
An update on the Hugos front. Apparently, the further we get away from the Hugos, the more I hear. During the convention at which the Hugos were given out, editor and manager of Science fiction at Tor Books, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, was approached by Jagi Lamplighter Wright. Jagi, who we’ve had on this show, went to extend the olive branch to Hayden, who is one of the puppy kickers. Before Jagi could complete her first sentence, Pat hayden unleased a series of screaming and swearing before storming off. You can read the summary of the incident by Jagi’s husband JCW on his blog under the title “Smeagol Neilsen-Hayden.” According to Jagi herself, she believes that the incident was not as bad as John believed it to be, but there was screaming and swearing.
Fun fact: PNH is a Tor Editor. Jagi is a Tor writer. They are coworkers. I’m relatively certain that this falls under several variations of employee harassment and abuse. And, having met Jagi, it’s a good thing that PNH and I will never be in the same room. Come to think of it, I can rattle off a few people for whom I can tell PNH to avoid if he wants to avoid his insurance premiums going up.
Continuing with Sad Puppies, SP4 has started this week. Like Presidential elections, it starts the day after the last bout is over. And the opening volley of the CHORFs began immediately, with Mary Robinette Kowal declaring that Sarah Hoyt used a racist slur when she described the People’s Republic of China as “ChiComs.” Yes, Mary Three Names took a shorthand for “Chinese communists” as a racial slur.
When I asked her about it — yes, me personally — she described it as being political OR a racial slur. She offered to explain, I said “Sure, why not.” She then proceeded to tell me that she was pissed off with someone else on social media, and had to go talk a walk. That was Friday. By now, Mary Three names should have a theme of “And I will walk five hundred miles, and I will walk five hundred more”
But, yes, we can all probably guess that what Madam Kowal really means is that “ChiCom” is racist because she says it is. But we’ll never know for sure. Oh well.
Yes, that’s right, Mary Robinette Kowal had declared that the Portugeuese born Sarah Hoyt is a racist for using the term ChiCom. Because you know, ChiCom means all chinese and … oh, wait, no, it’s short for Chinese Communist. Distinguishing that from, oh, I don’t know, Taiwan? Chinese Catholics who would like to not be murdered?