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Jared
London
Book loon. Occasional llama.
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Some very last-minute gifts for film nuts, futurists and fans of fuzzy animals. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pornokitsch
Thank you!
Diversity! (He digs himself deeper.) Well, that and I have my doubts about the winner. Arguably as a popular award, the only people that can't be blamed for the demographic makeup of any given BSFA shortlist would be the people on it.
That seems a very nice solution, all things considered. It was a very weird discussion - as you say, the argument seemed to be less over "we should do this" than "why do we have to follow the rules to do it?". Which was odd.
That's really interesting - and a nice way of putting together a con! Also seems to fit my interpretation of that particular new rule - a nice thing, but not something the BSFA can actually enforce.
Sharing one list would be awesome. Even if it had a little tickbox for which it was eligible for, or something. The list-making is a great thing, and now lots of people are doing it. There's something appealing about a single SUPERLIST. It is very nice that the awards admin gets to know about proposed awards changes in advance! On a BFA note, very interesting to see that some of the potential awards changes discussed on the forum were never even proposed. (Specifically thinking of renaming some of the awards.)
Hey, I was a 2013 nominee as well, I think. But I was specifically talking about the high-profile novel category. For those that aren't following the chat on Twitter, Ian and I have discovered a discrepency on the website: 4 nominations per person, per category: http://www.bsfa.co.uk/bsfa-awards/nominate-for-the-bsfa-awards/ 3 nominations per person, per category: http://www.bsfa.co.uk/suggest-items-for-bsfa-awards-2/ If someone has the Vector handy, it'd be good to know what the official (printed) word is...
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Keeping an eye on the World Fantasy, British Fantasy and British Science Fiction Awards. So you don't have to. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Pornokitsch
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Another round-up of the links that caught our eye (plus, where some of the Pornokitsch contributors have been hanging out... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Pornokitsch
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New reviews for Irregularity and The Book of the Dead. Plus the Stocking Stuffer is out! Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Jurassic London
Our 2014 publications and artwork. Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Jurassic London
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Pornokitsch
"A clever, vicious snake of a book" - Mahvesh on Monica Byrne's The Girl in the Road 10 books that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2014 at Pornokitsch
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New podcasts, signed books, poop and pizza. Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at Pornokitsch
Isn't it horrible?! Wrong on so many levels. Even if I do like imagining the "flashy allurements of the 'literary slums and grog-shops'". 'ello sailor, interested in some really dark YA?
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Not quite cabbages and kings - more... lettuces and duchesses. Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Pornokitsch
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We asked you for feedback about short fiction, our short fiction and what we could do better. You answered! We answer your answers! Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Pornokitsch
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A new survey of classic video games, and a new adaptation of a classic fantasy. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Pornokitsch
"I found the bit of this post about historical anachronism a little confusing because posing sexual equality & agency isn't necessarily anachronistic, and Jared even says it isn't by referencing 'We Have Always Fought'. " Sorry - that was unclear of me! Absolutely agency isn't anachronistic, and the points you make are terrific - thank you! My note was more that "anachronism" (note the sarcasm quotes) is often the excuse given in epic fantasy as the reason that women get kidnapped whilst men ride to war. Perhaps "anachronism" isn't the right term - more "selective realism"? The misguided belief you can't have women with agency (unrealistic) in a world with dragons (REAL). Etc. etc.
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Rumors include: a new Miéville collection, Waterstones (almost) making money, a new podcast. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Pornokitsch
Crazy, right? I think that goes back to the Profiler's weird 'relative difference' thing. Presumably 'reading' is compared to other 'hobbies and interests' and must overindex towards the 60+ crowd. Although I like the alternative - there's this massive overlooked genre (lit fic? erotica?!) that's read exclusively by centenarians.
Duly noted! I think the RH thing is going to keep on 'giving' for a while. RH was genuinely awful - either in passing or as a dedicated 'person of interest' - to a huge swathe of people, regardless of age, race, gender, sexuality, profession, interest, etc. And even with the extensive cataloguing that's been taking place recently, it still seems to me that the vast majority of those people are sitting this out. Either through choice (and who could blame them?) or because they're no longer involved in or paying attention to the SF/F community (and who could blame them for that, either?). I think the Wikipedia talk page is interesting purely because it highlights that SF/F's 'news' comes from sources that 'even' Wikipedia deems unreliable. And that goes to show both our own faulty 'sources' and our relative insignificance in the great scheme of things. CHEERING. Re: Medium and Sinclair (and good quote, fallible memory or not). I remember someone once explaining to me that there was even a group of ultra-conservative businessfolk that believed in global warming but also wanted to encourage it. Not because they wanted to cackle evilly and control the world's supply of water, but, worse yet, because as devout Christians (of a sort), they thought it was their duty to trigger the last days. That is, just for the record, the weirdest conspiracy theory I may have ever heard. But it makes a sort of sense - as in, the 'other side' isn't disgreeing with the facts of global warming - they're just using them to their own nefarious (and bonkers) end. Very odd.
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2014 on Everywhere Else at Pornokitsch
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Links that caught our eye... "Dementia is real horror. I see The Case of Charles Dexter Ward as a story... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at Pornokitsch
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Fantasy fans spend a lot of time keeping their birds away from their cake. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Pornokitsch