So what’s going on with the Romance Writers of America?

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In case anyone has missed the complete disaster Tingle is writing about, it came to a head in late December, 2019. Here’s a quick summary: After some back and forth about Sue Grimshaw, an acquisitions editor at Suzan Tisdale’s Glenfinnan Publishing with alleged conservative views, Courtney Milan, a Chinese-American romance writer, past board member of RWA, ethics committee chair and diversity activist, made racism charges on Twitter about Grimshaw, Tisdale, Glenfinnan Publishing, and Tisdale’s employee Kathryn Lynne Davis. In particular, Milan called Davis’ book Somewhere Lies the Moon (originally published in 1999) a “f–king racist mess.”

Tisdale and Davis approached RWA management and were encouraged to file ethics complaints against Milan. Apparently a new ethics committee was convened to consider the charges, and the organization then suspended Milan and banned her from holding future leadership positions. The problem was that many took this as shady dealings to get rid of a minority author who functioned as a diversity gadfly. There were mass resignations from the board and the previous ethics committee. The past president resigned, and the new president was forced out.

The RWA documents on the case were posted to Twitter, which meant the whole thing played out in the most public way. Quickly backing up, the RWA revoked the suspension, reinstated Milan, cancelled the RITA awards, and announced they were hiring a law firm to “to conduct an audit of the process and these events to provide a clear report of the facts.”

The notable thing about this is how quickly it went out of control. Milan posted, “The notion of the submissive Chinese woman is a racist stereotype which fuels higher rates of violence against women.” Davis insisted the comments were “cyberbullying” and complained that they cost her a publishing contract. Grimshaw lost an editing job because of the Twitter campaign. Tisdale insisted that Davis’ book was historically accurate, and only needed minor editing to update it and meet the current standard for politically correct. Tisdale and Davis both called Milan’s comments “unprofessional conduct,” but later expressed surprise at the RWA’s actions, saying all they really wanted was an apology. By January 10, Milan was calling the affair a white supremacist backlash.

I’ve just published a couple of blogs addressing activist behavior that’s apparently calculated to create a backlash and provide a larger platform. Milan might have had this in mind, or this might be a case of mean girl bullying, or it might be a case of young writers going after the old guard. Whatever, once made, I think the claims about racism deserve real consideration. So what are the important points here? First, was Milan justified in attacking Grimshaw as a gatekeeper with alleged conservative views and Tisdale for employing her? Next, was Milan justified in complaining about an old historical novel that portrays 19th century Chinese women as submissive? Next, is this a historical behavior that really needs to be erased to create a more equitable society now? And because Milan claims this is so, is she justified in making profane charges of racism in a public forum without regard for the effects on other professionals’ careers?

On the other hand, was the ethics complaint justified? Were Tisdale and Davis right that Milan’s behavior was unprofessional? Did she target Grimshaw, Tisdale and Glenfinnan Publishing unjustly for issues they had no control over? And last, was the RWA’s over-the-top response justified in any way?

The end result is that Tisdale and Davis are backpedaling in interviews, trying to blame the RWA for encouraging them to file complaints about a minority writer who called them racists, while Milan is reinstated. Meanwhile, the RWA seems to be in ruins, oozing black, cancerous slime, if you can believe Chuck Tingle.

This is a fairly major breakdown, similar to what has recently affected the traditional form of the SFWA, except more so. According to Jemisin, “The only way to enact change in such a system is to destabilize it — unfreeze it.” Presumably, Milan has now destabilized the RWA organization. Can it be rebuilt along more diverse lines?

Review of by “Not Pounded by Romance Wranglers of America: The Endless Cosmic Void” by Chuck Tingle

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Since the meltdown of the Romance Writers of America over racism charges is trending, I should probably take this opportunity to make another comment on author bullying. No surprise; I’ve been beaten to the punch by the ever-ready Chuck Tingle, so I’ll preface my remarks with a review of his story. His newest release is now available on Amazon, adding to a fairly extensive bibliography. For anyone who is unfamiliar with Chuck Tingle, he normally writes witty porn and crashed into prominence with a Hugo nomination in 2016 for Space Raptor Butt Invasion, a novel about an over-sexed dinosaur and an exotic dancer. Tingle seemed to be thrilled by his Hugo nomination and responded with Slammed in the Butt by My Hugo Award Nomination. Lately he seems to be leaning to satire and has produced several non-sexual adventures. As part of the promotion for this e-book release, Tingle put up a website for Romance Wranglers of America.

Gorblin Crimble has been writing romance novels with some success, but he’s starting to feel burned out. For support in getting through his next novel, he joins a local writers’ group. The first meeting goes well, and Gorblin makes friends with Amber, who suggests he should also apply to the larger romance writers’ organization Romance Wranglers of America. Their headquarters is only a short distance away, and Amber drives Gorblin there in her car. On the way, the two of them bond and start to wonder if they might be characters in a Chuck Tingle story. On arriving at the headquarters, they see a humanoid dinosaur stumbling away from the building, covered with a yukky tar-like substance. The building itself looks to have been infected with a black, cancerous growth that sticks out of huge cracks in the façade. It breathes softly like a horrific, living thing; pools of black ooze drip onto the sidewalk, and the whole place stinks like burning. They are greeted by a man named Demon, who explains the black ooze is a “remodel” project. Can Gorblin and Amber escape before they become infected?

Okay, so Tingle makes his points with a sledgehammer. This doesn’t have a lot of depth, characterization or world-building, but its strong points are timing and social commentary. Gorblin and Amber are both nice people, as are the other writers in the small group. They write about love and relationships. They’re very welcoming, and some are even fans of Gorblin’s work. However, on a greater scale, the Wranglers are tarred black and oozing cancerous sludge. They’re administered by a demon, and it smells like the place is burning down.

Three and a half stars.

So how did the Rabid Puppies do in the Hugo nominations?

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Am back but disorganized. While I was busy vacationing, the Hugo finalists for this year were announced, containing many of the expected works. Aside from that, I’m sure everyone is dying to know how Vox Day did against the new E Pluribus Hugo system that was installed last year to block slate voting. Day apparently analyzed the system and, in response, modified his recommendations from a full slate to (mostly) a single work in each category. This seems to have been a successful strategy, as his recommendations made the finalist list in ten categories, including the Campbell Award. If not for the declines/ineligible, he’d have made three more. Below are the 2017 finalists. I’ve marked the Rabid Puppies choices in bold.

This list of works received enough votes to be finalists, but were either ineligible or declined:

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form): Game of Thrones: “The Winds of Winter”

Best Professional Artist: Tomek Radziewicz

Best Professional Artist: JiHun Lee

Best Semiprozine: Lightspeed Magazine

Best Fanzine: File 770

On to the 2017 Hugo finalists:

Best Novel

All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor Books / Titan Books)

A Closed and Common Orbit, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager US)

Death’s End, by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu (Tor Books / Head of Zeus)

Ninefox Gambit, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris Books)

The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit Books)

Too Like the Lightning, by Ada Palmer (Tor Books)

Best Novella

The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle (Tor.com publishing)

The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, by Kij Johnson (Tor.com publishing)

Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com publishing)

Penric and the Shaman, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Spectrum Literary Agency)

A Taste of Honey, by Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com publishing)

This Census-Taker, by China Miéville (Del Rey / Picador)

Best Novelette

“Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rex”, by Stix Hiscock (self-published)

“The Art of Space Travel”, by Nina Allan (Tor.com , July 2016)

“The Jewel and Her Lapidary”, by Fran Wilde (Tor.com publishing, May 2016)

“The Tomato Thief”, by Ursula Vernon (Apex Magazine, January 2016)

“Touring with the Alien”, by Carolyn Ives Gilman (Clarkesworld Magazine, April 2016)

“You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay”, by Alyssa Wong (Uncanny Magazine, May 2016)

Best Short Story

“The City Born Great”, by N. K. Jemisin (Tor.com, September 2016)

“A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers”, by Alyssa Wong (Tor.com, March 2016)

“Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies”, by Brooke Bolander (Uncanny Magazine, November 2016)

“Seasons of Glass and Iron”, by Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, Saga Press)

“That Game We Played During the War”, by Carrie Vaughn (Tor.com, March 2016)

“An Unimaginable Light”, by John C. Wright (God, Robot, Castalia House)

Best Related Work

The Geek Feminist Revolution, by Kameron Hurley (Tor Books)

The Princess Diarist, by Carrie Fisher (Blue Rider Press)

Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg, by Robert Silverberg and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro (Fairwood)

The View From the Cheap Seats, by Neil Gaiman (William Morrow / Harper Collins)

The Women of Harry Potter posts, by Sarah Gailey (Tor.com)

Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer)

Best Graphic Story

Black Panther, Volume 1: A Nation Under Our Feet, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze (Marvel)

Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening, written by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image)

Ms. Marvel, Volume 5: Super Famous, written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa (Marvel)

Paper Girls, Volume 1, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher (Image)

Saga, Volume 6, illustrated by Fiona Staples, written by Brian K. Vaughan, lettered by Fonografiks (Image)

The Vision, Volume 1: Little Worse Than A Man, written by Tom King, illustrated by Gabriel Hernandez Walta (Marvel)

Rabid Puppies – no recommendation in this category

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

Arrival, screenplay by Eric Heisserer based on a short story by Ted Chiang, directed by Denis Villeneuve (21 Laps Entertainment/FilmNation Entertainment/Lava Bear Films)

Deadpool, screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick, directed by Tim Miller (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Marvel Entertainment/Kinberg Genre/The Donners’ Company/TSG Entertainment)

Ghostbusters, screenplay by Katie Dippold & Paul Feig, directed by Paul Feig (Columbia Pictures/LStar Capital/Village Roadshow Pictures/Pascal Pictures/Feigco Entertainment/Ghostcorps/The Montecito Picture Company)

Hidden Figures, screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, directed by Theodore Melfi (Fox 2000 Pictures/Chernin Entertainment/Levantine Films/TSG Entertainment)

Rogue One, screenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, directed by Gareth Edwards (Lucasfilm/Allison Shearmur Productions/Black Hangar Studios/Stereo D/Walt Disney Pictures)

Stranger Things, Season One, created by the Duffer Brothers (21 Laps Entertainment/Monkey Massacre)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

Black Mirror: “San Junipero”, written by Charlie Brooker, directed by Owen Harris (House of Tomorrow)

Doctor Who: “The Return of Doctor Mysterio”, written by Steven Moffat, directed by Ed Bazalgette (BBC Cymru Wales)

The Expanse: “Leviathan Wakes”, written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, directed by Terry McDonough (SyFy)

Game of Thrones: “Battle of the Bastards”, written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, directed by Miguel Sapochnik (HBO)

Game of Thrones: “The Door”, written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, directed by Jack Bender (HBO)

Splendor & Misery [album], by Clipping (Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes)

Best Editor, Short Form

John Joseph Adams

Neil Clarke

Ellen Datlow

Jonathan Strahan

Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas

Sheila Williams

Best Editor, Long Form

Vox Day

Sheila E. Gilbert

Liz Gorinsky

Devi Pillai

Miriam Weinberg

Navah Wolfe

Best Professional Artist

Galen Dara

Julie Dillon

Chris McGrath

Victo Ngai

John Picacio

Sana Takeda

Best Semiprozine

Beneath Ceaseless Skies, editor-in-chief and publisher Scott H. Andrews

Cirsova Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine, edited by P. Alexander

GigaNotoSaurus, edited by Rashida J. Smith

Strange Horizons, edited by Niall Harrison, Catherine Krahe, Vajra Chandrasekera, Vanessa Rose Phin, Li Chua, Aishwarya Subramanian, Tim Moore, Anaea Lay, and the Strange Horizons staff

Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, Julia Rios, and podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky

The Book Smugglers, edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James

Rabid Puppies – no recommendation in this category

Best Fanzine

Journey Planet, edited by James Bacon, Chris Garcia, Esther MacCallum-Stewart, Helena Nash, Errick Nunnally, Pádraig Ó Méalóid, Chuck Serface, and Erin Underwood

Lady Business, edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan

nerds of a feather, flock together, edited by The G, Vance Kotrla, and Joe Sherry

Rocket Stack Rank, edited by Greg Hullender and Eric Wong

SF Bluestocking, edited by Bridget McKinney

Best Fancast

The Coode Street Podcast, presented by Gary K. Wolfe and Jonathan Strahan

Ditch Diggers, presented by Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace

Fangirl Happy Hour, presented by Ana Grilo and Renay Williams

Galactic Suburbia, presented by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce and Tansy Rayner Roberts, produced by Andrew Finch

The Rageaholic, presented by RazörFist

Tea and Jeopardy, presented by Emma Newman with Peter Newman

 Best Fan Writer

Mike Glyer

Jeffro Johnson

Natalie Luhrs

Foz Meadows

Abigail Nussbaum

Chuck Tingle

Best Fan Artist

Ninni Aalto

Alex Garner

Vesa Lehtimäki

Likhain (M. Sereno)

Spring Schoenhuth

Mansik Yang

 Best Series

The Craft Sequence, by Max Gladstone (Tor Books)

The Expanse, by James S.A. Corey (Orbit US / Orbit UK)

The October Daye Books, by Seanan McGuire (DAW / Corsair)

The Peter Grant / Rivers of London series, by Ben Aaronovitch (Gollancz / Del Rey / DAW / Subterranean)

The Temeraire series, by Naomi Novik (Del Rey / Harper Voyager UK)

The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Sarah Gailey (1st year of eligibility)

Mulrooney (1st year of eligibility)

Malka Older (2nd year of eligibility)

Ada Palmer (1st year of eligibility)

Laurie Penny (2nd year of eligibility)

Kelly Robson (2nd year of eligibility)

Vox Day at the Locus Awards

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A little while back, I did a comparison of Vox Day’s recommendations for the Locus Awards with what ended up as finalists. For anyone interested in reviewing that post, you can find it here.

While I’ve been busy with other things, the Locus Awards have happened, so now I can have a look at how Vox Day, as supreme leader of the Rabid Puppies, actually scored.

Of his recommendations, the following came in as winners:
Best SF novel: None
Best Fantasy novel: Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Best YA book: The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett
First novel: The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
Best novella: Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds
Best novelette: None
Best short story: None

This is Day’s first foray into the Locus Awards, and it’s difficult to see what influence he might have had with his recommendations. It’s possible these four choices were destined to win anyway, or it’s possible the Rabid Puppy voting block pushed some of them over the line. Clearly the size of their block wasn’t big enough to push anything really unusual over, for example Chuck Tingle’s “Space Raptor Butt Invasion.” For anyone who missed it, here were Day’s recommendations:

Best SF Novel
1 Golden Son, Pierce Brown (Del Rey)
2 Seveneves, Neal Stephenson (Morrow)
3 Somewhither, John C. Wright (Castalia House)
4 Agent of the Imperium, Marc Miller, (Far Future)
5 A Borrowed Man, Gene Wolfe (Tor)
Best Fantasy Novel
1 Son of the Black Sword, Larry Correia (Baen)
2 The Aeronaut’s Windlass, Jim Butcher (Roc)
3 Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)
4 The Buried Giant, Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf)
5. A Net of Dawn and Bones, C. Chancy (Amazon Digital Services)
Best YA Book
1 Half a War, Joe Abercrombie (Del Rey; Harper Voyager UK)
2 Half the World, Joe Abercrombie (Del Rey)
3 The Shepherd’s Crown, Terry Pratchett (Harper; Doubleday UK)
Best First Novel
1 Agent of the Imperium, Marc Miller (Far Future)
2 Sorcerer to the Crown, Zen Cho (Ace; Macmillan UK)
3 The Grace of Kings, Ken Liu (Saga)
4 Signal to Noise, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Solaris)
5 The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, Natasha Pulley (Bloomsbury)
Best Novella
1 Fear of the Unknown and Self-Loathing in Hollywood, Nick Cole (Tales of Tinfoil)
2 Penric’s Demon, Lois McMaster Bujold (Spectrum)
3 Perfect State, Brandon Sanderson (Dragonsteel Entertainment)
4 Teaching the Dog to Read, Jonathan Carroll (Subterranean)
5 Slow Bullets, Alastair Reynolds (Tachyon Publications)
Best Novelette
1 Flashpoint: Titan, Cheah Kai Wai, There Will Be War Vol. X (Castalia House)
2 Folding Beijing, Hao Jingfang (Uncanny Magazine)
3 What Price Humanity?, David VanDyke, There Will Be War Vol. X (Castalia House)
4 Hyperspace Demons, Jonathan Moeller (Castalia House)
5 Obits, Stephen King, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams (Scribner)
Best Short Story
1 Space Raptor Butt Invasion, Chuck Tingle (Amazon Digital Services)
2 Seven Kill Tiger, Charles Shao, There Will Be War Vol. X (Castalia House)
3 If You Were an Award, My Love, Juan Tabo and S. Harris (Vox Popoli)
4 The Commuter, Thomas Mays (Amazon Digital Services)
5 Asymmetrical Warfare, S. R. Algernon (Nature Nr. 519)

For more of Vox Day’s Locus Recommendations, check here.

Diversity and the Puppies’ lists

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I’m seeing a lot of comments again this year that the goal of the Sad/Rabid Puppies is to end diversity in the Hugo awards. I’m well into reading the material and writing reviews, and I have to say I don’t see this happening in the results of their recommendations.

I’ve had a look at the list of Puppy recommendations below. When you combine the two lists, the Sad Puppies (SP) and Rabid Puppies (RP) recommended all the 2016 Hugo finalists except The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemison. Of course, going from appearances is always chancy (especially in the case of parodies), but it appears to me like there’s reasonable diversity in these lists. It looks like two Hispanic names, four Jewish names, an African name and four Asian names in the list of fiction authors. There are 12 women as authors and a variety of characters represented, including gays, women, Africans and Asians. Even if you just look at the Rabid Puppy list, there’s diversity. See below. The titles in bold went on to become finalists, giving us three women and two men in the novel category, two women and three men in the novella category, two women and three men in the novelette category and one woman and four men (assuming Harris is male) in the short story category (Oops, low diversity there, but we’ve got Chuck Tingle!).

This isn’t an all-female sweep like the Nebulas, but given that the Puppies are supposed to be shutting out minorities and advancing mainly the cause of white men, the result is sort of a head-scratcher. Maybe we should just accept that they want a different type of fiction? No question about what it is. After wading through some of this, I’m feeling a little glutted on mil fic.

BEST NOVEL
Seveneves: A Novel, Neal Stephenson (SP/RP)
The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass, Jim Butcher (SP/RP)
Uprooted, Naomi Novik (SP)
Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie (SP)
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemison (Not recommended by any Puppies)
Golden Son, Pierce Brown (RP)
Agent of the Imperium, Marc Miller (RP)
Somewhither, John C. Wright (SP/RP)
Honor At Stake, Declan Finn (SP)
A Long Time Until Now, Michael Z Williamson (SP)
Son of the Black Sword, Larry Correia (SP)
Strands of Sorrow, John Ringo (SP)
Nethereal, Brian Niemeier (SP)

BEST NOVELLA
Penric’s Demon, Lois McMaster Bujold (SP/RP)
Perfect State, Brandon Sanderson (SP/RP)
The Builders, Daniel Polansky (SP/RP)
Slow Bullets, Alastair Reynolds (SP/RP)
Binti, Nnedi Okorafor (SP)
The End of All Things 1: The Life of the Mind, John Scalzi (SP)
Speak Easy, Catherynne M Valente (SP)

BEST NOVELETTE
Flashpoint: Titan, Cheah Kai Wai (RP)
Folding Beijing, Hao Jingfang (SP/RP)
What Price Humanity?, David VanDyke (RP)
Obits, Stephen King (SP/RP)
And You Shall Know Her by The Trail Of Dead, Brooke Bolander (SP)
Hyperspace Demons, Jonathan Moeller (RP)
Pure Attentions, T R Dillon (SP)
If I Had No Head and My Eyes Were Floating Way Up In the Air, Clifford D Simak (SP)
Our Lady of the Open Road, Sarah Pinsker (SP)

BEST SHORT STORY
Asymmetrical Warfare, S. R. Algernon (SP/RP)
Seven Kill Tiger, Charles Shao (RP)
Cat Pictures Please by Naomi Kritzer (SP)
If You Were an Award, My Love, Juan Tabo and S. Harris (RP)
Space Raptor Butt Invasion, Chuck Tingle (RP)
The Commuter, Thomas Mays (RP) (Withdrawn)
Tuesdays With Molakesh The Destroyer, Megan Grey (SP)
Today I am Paul, Martin L Shoemaker (SP)
… And I Show You How Deep the Rabbit Hole Goes, Scott Alexander (SP)
Damage, David Levine (SP)
A Flat Effect, Eric Flint (SP)
Daedelus, Niall Burke (SP)
Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers, Alyssa Wong (SP)
I am Graalnak of the Vroon Empire, Destroyer of Galaxies, Supreme Overlord of the Planet Earth. Ask Me Anything, Laura Pearlman (SP)

Review of Space Raptor Butt Invasion by Chuck Tingle

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I’m going to do reviews for a while, so will get back to the bios later on. This short story is one of the Hugo finalists from the Rabid Puppies’ recommendations, self-published by Chuck Tingle through Amazon. A word of warning for potential readers: It’s gay erotica.

It’s the future, and Earth is under pressure to find other habitable worlds. Astronauts Lance and Pike are stationed on the planet Zorbus where they are monitoring an automated Terraforming operation. Pike is recalled and the shuttle picks him up, leaving Lance alone at the station until a replacement comes.

The shuttle has hardly disappeared when Lance sees someone else in a spacesuit near the Terraforming station. Concerned that it’s a hallucination, he goes back to his quarters; however, his rest is interrupted by knocking at the door. He opens it to admit Orion, a velociraptor who tells him dinosaurs didn’t die out on Earth, only went to the stars. Orion sticks around and eventually Lance starts to wonder what sex with him would be like. They have sex.

Tingle is competent as a writer and this is a well-constructed story. I’m not going to downgrade it because it’s erotica, but still that means it doesn’t have much in the way of thought-provoking elements. Tingle does get extra points for his witty responses about the Hugos. I can’t pin anything down, but this nomination seems to have elements of parody aimed at Rachel Swirsky’s “If You Were a Dinosaur My Love.” Minor editing errors. Three stars.

Art Credit: Orion battle spaceship by Cronus Caelestis.

Rabid Puppies 2016: Best Novelette recommendations

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These recommendations are announced on Vox Day’s site Vox Popoli:

“Flashpoint: Titan”, Kai Wai Cheah
“Folding Beijing”, Hao Jingfang
“What Price Humanity?”, David VanDyke
“Space Raptor Butt Invasion”, Chuck Tingle
“Obits”, Stephen King

I’m pleased to see Stephen King on there, as he’s one of those people writing on the fringes that’s normally ignored. I did a quick check and found he won a Hugo Award for Best Related Work in 1982 with Dance Macabre. He was also nominated for Best Dramatic Presentation for Carrie in 1977 but didn’t win.

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