Fandom, you are the gift that keeps on giving. Truly.
- There’s been more discussion about that terrible article by Felicity Savage at Amazing Stories:
- Amazing Stories Continues to be anti-Amazing by Alix Heintzman
- Silvia Moreno-Garcia has a trio of fantastic posts: Why are People Angry, Says Amazing Stories, Attack of the POC Pod People, and In Which I’m a Potty Mouth.
- #KKKSpecFic is a collection of tweets from @yeloson.
- Concern trolling and “gratuitous diversity” from N.K. Jemisin.
- Con Harassment: How to Help
- DragonCon Co-Founder Ed Kramer Pleads Guilty Sentenced And only gets house arrest. Grrrrr.
- Aki-con’s Sexual Assault Case
- Jim C. Hines posts a SF/F Convention Harassment Policy Starter Kit which is fantastic resource although it makes me sad that the work other people–mostly women and POC–have been doing around this issue doesn’t seem to count until a man validates it. (It goes without saying, I hope, that I know this is a bug and not a feature of Hines speaking up about these issues.)
- Daniel José Older has an incredibly moving and important essay in the new issue of Apex Magazine: Another World Waits: Towards an Anti-Oppressive SFF.
- Black Gate posts a fond reminiscence of Jim Frenkel’s career as an editor…all without mentioning that he is a serial sexual harasser. This is how harassment is minimized and erased and it’s not okay.
- Then this all gets a bit muddled because in the midst of this, there were new leaks from the SMOF mailing list. Then Jim C. Hines posted about being a recruiter of POC and then I got distracted by some other stuff and my dayjob.
In summary, I think this tweet from Genevieve Valentine basically sums up this week in the SF/F community:
Oh, the SF community, where the Venn diagram of catching up on news and wanting to light things on fire is a circle.
— Genevieve Valentine (@GLValentine) December 4, 2013
- Sarah at Bookworm Blues could use a little financial help.
- Don’t Co-Opt My Disorder for Your Plot Device: a Rant.
- Slavery and Sleepy Hollow: A Revisionist Revolution
- For Nearly Two Decades the Nuclear Launch Code at all Minuteman Silos in the United States Was 00000000
- Femininity as a technology: some thoughts on hyperemployment
- The Power of a Pronoun
- On meritocracy
- Indelible Ink: The Deep History of Tattoo Removal
- On Smarm
- The Humanity & reality behind #StrugglePlates
- What exactly happened to Detroit?
- Class Navigation: On Being Poor
- Cultural stories in the mass market
- More tales of Kicktrolling emerge—and why it’s destructive
- Luxury Shopping, from the Other Side of the Register
- Minneapolis professor Shannon Gibney: Reprimanded for talking about racism.
- Quantified Breakup
- A simple explanation of how money moves around the banking system
- Surveillance as a Business Model
- An average NFL game: more than 100 commercials and just 11 minutes of play
- Is this the world’s oldest toilet? Scientists unearth 220-million-year-old dinosaur latrine … along with giant pile of prehistoric poop I admire their dedication to using the word poop throughout this article.
- Presenting political argument on Twitter, and the “prestige economy”
- If all stories were written like science fiction stories
On a much more serious note, Nelson Mandela died yesterday. Anything I could say would be trite, so I’ll let his legacy speak for itself. And I’ll close with this amazing image from next week’s issue of The New Yorker.