Perry Brass: Blocked by the Impregnable Fortress of Facebook, or How Much Does Facebook Hate Books?

Ideas about art, life, and the American Way of Loneliness

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My Facebook page is “no longer available.” This means that my 2,200 Facebook friends will have to go someplace else to find out about my books, and what I am doing as a writer. I learned 2 weeks ago that I have been permanently “blocked” from Facebook. Why, frankly, I have no idea except that it must have to do with the books I write and publish that have been banned “forever” from being advertised on Facebook because of their titles and possibly their covers—namely, The Manly Art of Seduction and the follow-up book The Manly Pursuit of Desire and Love. Both of these books are available on Amazon. The Manly Art of Seduction has gotten great reviews, was an Amazon bestseller in several categories, received a Gold Medal IPPY award and other awards, and is now available as an audio book on Audible.com, and in Portuguese. It…

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2016 Hugo Finalists

Lela E. Buis

Here are the 2016 finalists. Looks like the Puppies have had a strong influence again. More analysis later.

BEST NOVEL (3695 ballots)

Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher (Roc)
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
Seveneves: A Novel by Neal Stephenson (William Morrow)
Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Del Rey)
BEST NOVELLA (2416 ballots)

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com)
The Builders by Daniel Polansky (Tor.com)
Penric’s Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold (Spectrum)
Perfect State by Brandon Sanderson (Dragonsteel Entertainment)
Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds (Tachyon)
BEST NOVELETTE (1975 ballots)

“And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead” by Brooke Bolander (Lightspeed, Feb2015)
“Flashpoint: Titan” by CHEAH Kai Wai (There Will Be War Volume X, Castalia House)
“Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang, trans. Ken Liu (Uncanny Magazine, Jan-Feb 2015)
“Obits” by Stephen King (The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Scribner)
“What…

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Through Dangers Untold and Hardships Unnumbered

Rhys Ford

file9841262998453I’m going to be honest here.

I’m tired.

I’m tired of fighting.

I’m tired of struggling to ensure rights are respected, tired of the battle against a tsunami of hatred and loathing and ignorance. I’m worn out.

You see, I’ve been fighting this battle since I was about twelve, almost thirteen. I can tell you the exact moment when it struck me that it was wrong to deny someone the right to love another human being because they are the same gender.

It was the day my father said something about one of my friends… a fourteen year old boy. A scrawny, happy, smiling fourteen year old boy named Stewart.

He said, “I hope that fucking faggot dies. I hope someone kicks his ass and he fucking dies.”

A fourteen year old boy.

My father was a police officer at the time, untouchable, arrogant, and armed. He is a…

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Totalitarianism, File 770 and suppression of ideas

Lela E. Buis

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We like to think that we’ve gotten past all that. This is the US/UK/Europe, after all, founded on principles of freedom. We’re not in any danger of falling under the sway of totalitarian regimes. We have a free and open culture, where immigrants and minorities are welcomed and valued. We have Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Expression safely ensconced in the US Constitution, which means the government can’t legally suppress what we think or what we say. But will that really protect us?

One of the arguments at File770 was that Freedom of Expression meant that public opinion would take care of racist/subversive ideas, shaming and ostracizing anyone who questions public policy on racial or ethnic lines, for example. The premise was that it’s fine to attack people and lobby for their removal on the basis of assumptions about their views because this will publicize and emphasize that some…

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Advanced Review: Caged Jaye by Lynn Kelling

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5stars

Caged Jaye by Lynn Kelling

Series: Arctic Absolution

Release: April 12, 2016

Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing

Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Erotica

Story Page: Caged Jaye

Summary:

It’s Jaye Larson’s nineteenth birthday, and all he wants is to spend time with his boyfriend, Kris, and his mother — the people he loves most, who make life worth living. But faced with his mother’s demons, the imperfections of his relationship with Kris, and dangerous, homophobic strangers, one by one, all of Jaye’s dreams are soon derailed. Plunging into a waking nightmare, shortly after going to bed alone, Jaye wakes in an alley, pinned down by two men with slow, bloody rape and murder in mind. It’s just the start of Jaye’s fight for his life, and his sanity, as time and time again, he’s forced to make impossible choices to survive, no matter what it costs.

Review:

Caged Jaye is the prequel to Arctic…

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Review: 14 by Peter Clines

Kelly Jensen

14Mysteries of the ages! Apocalypses! Steampunk doomsday devices! Tentacles!

14 is definitely my favourite of Peter Clines’s books—and I almost didn’t read it. I found a copy at the library sale a couple of years ago, shortly after I read The Junkie Quatrain. I’d liked Clines’ take on zombies and had enjoyed his characters. They fairly leapt off the page and though the stories were short, there was an incredible depth to them, as if I was reading about people I knew, or had known.

Earlier this year I was offered a copy of The Fold to read for review. Snapped it up, read it, loved it, reviewed it. 14 continued to languish on my TBR bookcase, largely ignored. Although the cover had first caught my attention, it also sort of put me off. It looked like a horror novel and I don’t really read horror.

Ex-Heroes was…

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Sci-Fi Sunday Features 10/25/15

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Today,  Sci-Fi Sunday for Oct Twenty-fifth, we have two related items. First we begin with the feature, “State of the Union” a proof of concept currently in production to be a feature film. In the proof, we follow a President of the United States delivering what may be the last ever State of the Union address under fire and under heavy retreat at the hands of unknown force. Then, a group of young Millenials find out that the future isn’t going to be anything like they expected. State of the Union is written and directed by Bruce Branit and produced by Lucamax Pictures. It’s fun and exciting and I am certainly looking forward to the release of the film. You will too… see for yourself!

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In a related feature, in the Fun and Funnies section, we have “Big Red Bow,” a wonderful spot written, directed and produced by the same team. The spot was released in 2014, and quickly went viral. Big Red Bow plays like just about any and every holiday car commercial, but with a delightful sci-fi twist at the end. Trust me, you won’t have a bad feeling about it! Check it out.

As always, please be sure to use the menu to check out all of the foundation materials and past editions. Riftworld Chronicles and 5th Passenger are particular favorites of mine. The “Support Your Sci-fi” segment of Sci-Fi Sunday is a pet project of mine. Let’s help these guys get these stories made! If you know of any media that you’d like to share or contribute, particularly crowd-funded films,features and series, please write to me here. Please remember to include any links, credits and, (if you have them) any contact information for the authors, producers and other professionals behind the feature you’d like to see.

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Your friend, Jonah
Jonah Bergan is the author of “Off-World