From the Pen of Larry Correia

Posted July 21, 2015 By John C Wright

A public service announcement (http://monsterhunternation.com/2015/07/20/sad-puppies-update-dont-forget-to-vote/)

For once I agree with GRRM. Everybody should vote. The deadline is coming up fast.

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jul/20/george-rr-martin-hugo-awards-vote-game-of-thrones-science-fiction?CMP=share_btn_fb

Since we wrote a novella worth of giant blog posts back and forth, GRRM knows damned good and well the Sad Puppies campaign wasn’t motivated by racism or sexism, but that doesn’t stop him from casually tossing the “neo-nazi” accusation out there… but you should believe him when he says there was like totally never any political bias in the system.

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Great Books and Genre Books

Posted July 17, 2015 By John C Wright

Below is a reprint of several columns first printed in this space in 2007, with minor changes.

As much as it pains me to say it, my reluctant conclusion is that there is no great Science Fiction literature.

Now, before you get out your crying bags, fanboys, keep in mind that the standard for being a Great Book is extremely, absurdly high. It is the best of the best of the best. There is no Western that makes the cut for being a Great Book; no mystery novel; no horror novel (unless we stretch a point to include HAMLET, because it has a ghost scene). One might even argue that no romance novel that makes the cut, not even GONE WITH THE WIND, and that is a damn fine novel. Genre writing does not reach the stratospheric heights of Homer, Virgil, Dante, Shakespeare, and Goethe.

Still, it does not sit well. Let us look further, to see if this unpleasant conclusion can be defended, or if there is some exception or escape from it. For this let us break the question into parts.

  • First, what makes a Great Book great?
  • Second, what makes a Great Idea?
  • Third, what makes Great Literature Great?
  • Finally, what makes Good Science Fiction Good?

This final question is of most interest to me (as one might expect, being a science fiction writer) so it also needs to be broken down further:

  • What is Science Fiction?
  • How does Science Fiction differ from Great Literature?
  • Does Science Fiction have a universal, timeless, eternal appeal?
  • Is the Best SF good enough to be Great?

Let us examine each of these questions in order.

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Wright on Brainstorm

Posted July 14, 2015 By John C Wright

Announcement:

Please register for Brainstorm with John C. Wright on Jul 16, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5586859741601403906

This is an Open Brainstorm session with 5x Hugo nominee John C. Wright

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

The event can host to 500 people; there are already 60 people registered.

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More Reviewer Praise for SOMEWHITHER

Posted July 14, 2015 By John C Wright

From the pen of Russel Newquist

http://russellnewquist.com/2015/07/somewhither-book-review/

I don’t recall the exact scene described here from the book – although it’s very possible that he was, in fact, describing several scenes in the book mashed into one description. But the short version of my review is this: the book is exactly as awesome as that description makes it sound. In other words, if that description is right up your alley, you will love this book. If that description doesn’t do it for you… this is not the book for you.

Fortunately I am right smack in the target audience of this book, to the point that when I read that post I showed it to my wife and said, “I’m buying this book the day it comes out.” I didn’t quite make that, because they stealth released it on me last week. But when I realized on Sunday afternoon that it was out, I literally turned off the show that I was watching, ordered it, and started reading.

The opening chapter of this book was amazing, and can be read for free on Mr. Wright’s blog. If you enjoy that… well, you’re going to get a lot more of it. This book is a giant blast of crazy, and in the best possible way. I recommend it highly.

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Reviewer Praise for SOMEWHITHER

Posted July 14, 2015 By John C Wright

From the pen of Benjamin Wheeler.

Read the whole thing here: https://millennialking.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/review-somewhither-by-john-c-wright/

This book is almost the perfect book. I want the deep philosophical questions, the damsels in distress, the sword fights. I was getting frustrated when Ilya was having trouble getting through the various troubles in his way. Not in the bad way, but rather, just a sort of ‘Come oooonnn, maaaann!” sorta deal. Towards the end, especially at the Fated Weapons Armory, he starts to get it, and the book improves greatly in terms of the Main Character department.

A great read, a great thinking piece and great villains in one package to benefit of all. We are not slaves when we do good! So buy the book!

PS. Should Castalia House put out a hardcover as they did with Awake in the Night Land, I would buy it in an Instant!

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Compared to Eating a 2000-year-old Man

Posted July 10, 2015 By John C Wright

Since my last column was one of vexation, I thought I must say a word of admiration as well. I thought this was the cutest thing I have come across in quite a while, and surprisingly profound.

This is from the pen of one Laura McAlister, who described herself as a Catholic, writer, tea-drinker, evangelist, Austenite, feminist and aspiring countess.

http://www.lauramcalister.com/2013/07/16/should-i-veil-a-debate-between-me-my-brain/

 

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Should I Veil? A Debate Between Me & My Brain

The following is a completely accurate transcript of the conversation between me and my brain…

Brain: Hey Laura

Me: Hey there brain, what’s up? You come to trouble me about something again?

B: I was just wondering, do you veil for Mass? Like, do cover your head before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament?

M: Um, I wear like a berety/beanie thingy… sometimes, mostly when I go to the Latin Mass. That counts right?

B: Totally, but do you wear it out of reverence for Christ or because it’s the middle of winter and you’re so cold you’d wear a balaclava if you could?

M: … Mainly because it’s cold? I don’t know… Honestly, I haven’t decided…

B: Well, I think you should wear a veil at Mass. It’s a beautiful, traditional Catholic devotion for women that expresses reverence for God, specifically in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. What’s not to love?

M: Me wear a veil? You have got to be kidding me.

B: Nope, entirely serious.

M: But I can’t wear one of those. It’s just so weird!

B: Laura, you’re at Mass…. You’re already eating a 2,000 year old man who is also fully God under the form of a thin wheaten wafer… On the weirdness scale of 1 to Eucharist, veiling is averaging – at most – a 2½. Plus, it’s so pretty!

The rest is here: http://www.lauramcalister.com/2013/07/16/should-i-veil-a-debate-between-me-my-brain/

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How to Ruin Batgirl

Posted July 9, 2015 By John C Wright

I did not read the original comic on which this is based, so perhaps the original in not this toxic, but here is the motion-comic version of BATGIRL YEAR ONE:

http://www.animetoon.eu/watch-batgirl-year-one-motion-comics

You can also find it on YouTube.

But don’t bother. This is the worst Batgirl of all time. This does for Batgirl when the film version of STARSHIP TROOPERS did for mobile infantry.

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A Note on the Last Entry

Posted July 8, 2015 By John C Wright

Those of you who are wondering why anyone makes anime music videos about cutie-pie schoolgirls in afterschool tank battles simply do not understand the intricacies of Japanese pop culture, or American fanboyism of Japanese pop culture, known as Yankyotaku. Rather than explain, allow me to post more embedded links:

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The Future Did Not Arrive

Posted July 8, 2015 By John C Wright

“The future did not arrive” is the opening line of COUNT TO A TRILLION, a story that starts in a post-atomic-war Texas where there is no electricity and no running water, and the Space Age is a dream of the past. My protagonist, Menelaus Montrose, happens across an interactive cartoon called ‘Asymptote’ which is old school sciffy, based on the optimistic assumptions of STAR TREK and the transhumanist movement. But he wonders why there are no flying cars, and, for that matter, no cars. The tale us a story of longsuffering patience enduring over eons, and hope over despair.

Well, Menelaus would have changed his tune had he known about THIS!!!! Modern science finally does something right!

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SOMEWHITHER is here!

Posted July 6, 2015 By John C Wright

It is finally here, dearest beloved readers!

EPUB and Kindle formats. No DRM. 590 pages.

Somewhither cover RC8

Best cover ever. I am very grateful to the artist, Mr Humphries, whose page you can see here http://j-humphries.deviantart.com/

In lieu of posting the real and honest description of the book over which my publisher, with acute eye and furrowed brow, so long slaved, let me instead merely quote myself from some mailbag questions I answered concerning the classification of the book, asked by a concerned reader, who perhaps was more concerned when he heard how freakishly odd this book was.

Keep in mind that the description below is entirely bogus, but the real book is almost something like this. You can read the serious announcement of what the real book is like by clicking through the links above.

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