To be clear, the "stupid" in my comment in no way references Gene Wolfe, who is a wonderful writer (and to whom I, as president of SFWA, was pleased to give the organization's Grand Master award). posted to MetaFilter by jscalziat 10:35 AM on August 18, 2014
Re: withdrawing from awards consideration:
It happens with reasonable frequency. After I won the Fan Writer Hugo in 2008, as part of my acceptance speech I explicitly asked people to not to nominate the next year (as context, the previous winner of the award had won it 19 years in a row). The person who won it the year after me did the same, as did Jim C. Hines when he won it in 2012. David Hartwell withdrew himself for consideration for Best Long Form Editor after three... [more] posted to MetaFilter by jscalziat 11:50 AM on August 18, 2014
Give each other days off for a little solo time and develop a network of sitters (or couples in a similar situation) so the two parents can see a movie, or sit in a library or a coffee shop or whatever together.
After our daughter was born our friends assumed that they would never see us again, but we did the "one stays home, one goes out thing," so that each of us would still have adult human contact. Our friends were honestly amazed that... [more] posted to MetaFilter by jscalziat 1:40 PM on June 22, 2014
I don't see this being of much benefit for picky eaters. I don't like jalapenos on my nachos, or onions on my cheeseburgers, for example. Unless there's a way to note that on the tablet -- or to ask for substitutions, etc -- then my customer satisfaction is going to go way down. posted to MetaFilter by jscalziat 7:52 AM on June 21, 2014
I did a phone interview once with Barry Levinson that was that sort of monosyllabic unhelpfulness; I cut it short after a few minutes and then called the publicist and told her I wouldn't be running the interview. She wasn't happy about it but didn't blame me; apparently Levinson had been cranky to interviewers all day. To be fair, he was doing interviews for Jimmy Hollywood, which was terrible, so I guess he had reason to be cranky. posted to MetaFilter by jscalziat 9:32 AM on May 15, 2014
The "Heinlein couldn't win a Hugo today" argument is predicated on the idea that Robert Heinlein, a man who rather famously and successfully tuned his career to escape the poorly-paid ghetto of pulps by tuning his works to "the slicks" -- magazines like Collier's and The Saturday Evening Post -- would be writing the same books today as he did in the 40s, 50s and 60s. Which is, in my not uninformed... [more] posted to MetaFilter by jscalziat 10:49 AM on May 9, 2014
Yeah, no. I've written exclusively on computers since I was fourteen. I can't imagine not writing on a computer; indeed, the idea of writing on a typewriter fills me with dread. There are so many things about my process that are native to writing on a computer that writing on a typewriter would be excessively detrimental. I mean, shit. The idea of... [more] posted to MetaFilter by jscalziat 7:07 PM on May 8, 2014
I'm in the "Bull Durham" camp, I gotta say. Great dialogue, fantastic characters, hell of an interesting story.
"Field of Dreams," on the other hand, just never did anything for me. It's not a bad film by any means, and has good individual moments, but at the end of the day it never seemed anything more than a nice little bit of wish fulfillment for dudes and their dads, and I guess maybe I don't have that relationship with my dad or something.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by jscalziat 2:59 AM on April 22, 2014
"jscalzi or cstross would be in a better position to answer that however."
Depends on the work and particular circumstances. I suspect the nomination helped Old Man's War a bit in sales, as I was a debut author and the first in a couple of decades to be nominated for Best Novel and the Campbell at the same time. I don't think it helped Redshirts much because that book was already... [more] posted to MetaFilter by jscalziat 4:46 PM on April 19, 2014
Ancillary Justice has been nominated for just about every award it is possible for it to qualify for, so at this point the Hugo nod is just more momentum behind it.
(Disclosure: I blurbed AJ, know Ann Leckie and served with her on the SFWA board, and gave her her first professional sale, so I have considerable bias here.) posted to MetaFilter by jscalziat 4:57 PM on April 19, 2014
The essay you note is written by Kameron Hurley. It was hosted by Moher, however. posted to MetaFilter by jscalziat 8:28 PM on April 19, 2014
I don't care what any of you say, I fucking love Pacific Rim. After that fight that ended in the stadium, I turned to my wife and said, "this is just the best movie ever." I could watch it a hundred times in a row. It's totally getting my vote. posted to MetaFilter by jscalziat 8:59 AM on April 20, 2014
"The popularity contest nature of the hugos is why I prefer the nebulas."
Speaking as someone who intimately knows the process by which Nebulas are voted, this statement amuses me.
Functionally speaking the primary difference between the two awards is the voting pool.
From a personal point of view, I will note that there are years where I've found the Hugo to be a better reflection of what I consider quality... [more] posted to MetaFilter by jscalziat 5:35 AM on April 21, 2014
Is he attending? He's not in the member database as far as I can see. For various reasons I will be deeply surprised if he attends.
But yes. In a field that features Mary Robinette Kowal, Aliette de Bodard and Ted Chiang, all with good stories, he probably shouldn't get his hopes up.
"The cynical part of me thinks they probably had the 'response' planned before they even filmed the original ad."
You don't have to be cynical to think that Honey Maid's ad firm was not aware that showing same-sex couples would arouse the public wrath of bigots. Nor is it cynical to be prepared for the inevitable public bigotry. What might be cynical is if they created the first set of ads only so they could do... [more] posted to MetaFilter by jscalziat 5:15 AM on April 4, 2014
I met Sara Watkins on this year's JoCo cruise. She was delightful and gave what's generally acknowledged as the best performance on the boat this year. Went home, bought all her solo work, the Nickel Creek "best of," and pre-ordered this new album. It's a great thing to hear someone new to you and realize that they already have a bunch of stuff out. posted to MetaFilter by jscalziat 7:10 AM on March 25, 2014
Uh, I should note that Sean Watkins was also on the boat and accompanied Sara on several songs. He was of course very good, too. posted to MetaFilter by jscalziat 7:25 AM on March 25, 2014
"so you'll have to take my word for it that 'The Gambler' was awesome."
Can confirm. Source: Me. posted to MetaFilter by jscalziat 8:59 AM on March 25, 2014
"You can't understand modern milSF without understanding Haldeman."
If modern milSF includes Old Man's War, you can, since I didn't read Haldeman until well after I wrote that novel. I was aware of it; I hadn't read it.
Which brings up a point I think is not often brought up in these discussions, which is that the people who write in genre... [more] posted to MetaFilter by jscalziat 7:05 AM on March 21, 2014
"I think it's a little unseemly to be self-servingly thumping about how dispensable great works of your genre are in a public forum."
Just because I (or anyone else) doesn't read them doesn't mean they aren't good, Aught (although they might not be, depending on one's tastes) or that they shouldn't be acknowledged as classics in the genre. It does mean that they are not required either to... [more] posted to MetaFilter by jscalziat 7:19 AM on March 21, 2014
"You don't need to read the Forever War to write or enjoy milSF. You do if you want to understand it."
But again, not necessarily, if the modern milSF has no real point of contact with the Haldeman -- and trying to infer a contact there when it doesn't exist won't lead to understanding, merely to assertions about the field that have no basis in fact.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by jscalziat 8:32 AM on March 21, 2014
"jscalzi: You hadn't read Haldeman, but had you read Starship Troopers?"
As noted in the thread, yes. Nor was this is a stealth influence, as I took pains to thank Heinlein in the OMW acknowledgements.
"And yet. Old Man's War is clearly a product of that tradition. You've obviously either read Asimov and Heinlein, or you've read books by... [more] posted to MetaFilter by jscalziat 12:44 PM on March 21, 2014
"Third prize is you're fired. Out of an electromagnetic catapult formerly used to export wheat from the Moon to the Earth."
I love you. That is all. posted to MetaFilter by jscalziat 7:58 PM on March 21, 2014
I started writing on computers -- the first Mac came out my Freshman year of high school -- and the idea of writing anything longer than a short poem by hand fills me with existential terror. I just can't imagine how people do it.
But, to the point of Harlan Ellison, what works works, and you'd be foolish to do what doesn't work for you. So if longhand works, use longhand. If a typewriter works, use a typewriter. Right now, I use a computer and Word or Google Docs.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by jscalziat 7:22 AM on February 21, 2014
Ms. Crabapple is an average artist and an average writer who happens to also be a very attractive, free-spirited young woman. Remove the sex appeal from the package and all of a sudden the emperor has no clothes.
I don't think you've put quite enough dismissively sexist contempt into your comment, gertzedek. The asshole curator in her opening sentence still has you beat, although not by much.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by jscalziat 3:09 PM on January 27, 2014
My Song Got Played On Pandora 1 Million Times and All I Got Was $16.89, Less Than What I Make From a Single T-Shirt Sale! -- From David Lowery, formerly of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker.
If you want to support a musician, actually buy their albums. Spotify and Pandora ain't gonna cut it.
My personal rule of thumb is that if I listen to an album (or a significant chunk of it) more than three times on a streaming service, then that means I like... [more] posted to MetaFilter by jscalziat 7:28 PM on January 26, 2014
Also an actual expert doesn't mind being challenged, because they actually have the answers, and can back them up.
Actual experts mind being challenged when they have the answers and can back them up, and the person they are having the discussion with ignore that points to plow ahead anyway, reasserting their points as if the expert had said nothing at all, certain in the knowledge that they just keep talking eventually they will... [more] posted to MetaFilter by jscalziat 8:57 AM on January 25, 2014
IT IS TERRIBLE and all the people who write it should feel terrible. "Back to word school with you!" I'd say! "Come back when you can verbinate and nounify like a grownupian!" posted to MetaFilter by jscalziat 4:52 AM on November 29, 2013