/Tag: fandom

Oh, Worldcon, no.

… Worldcon sweetie what are you doing?

FWIW the only SMOF-y conspiracy theory I’ve ever heard about Worldcon is that there’s a SEKRET CABAL of people in the US who rig the host bid vote to make sure any non-US con is immediately followed by a US-hosted one intentionally crafted to be small scale/only for the Worldcon old-guard. I’d never really put much stock into that (because lawlz conspiracy theories), but man the current concom seems to be working damn hard to try and convince me it’s true…

2018-09-10T14:55:42+00:0023rd July, 2018|Tags: fandom, sff, worldcon|

Using “pure” as a positive adjective to describe things really is insidiously awful and needs to stop, like, yesterday.

2018-07-09T07:53:29+00:007th July, 2018|Tags: culture, fandom|

Continuum XIV!

I’m back! I survived!

So this is my third Continuum in four years, and even in that short time the con has changed quite a bit… for the better. The programming this year was especially excellent, moving into more meaty takes on topics and the “Deep Dive” stream, which was basically two twenty-minute single-person presentations back-to-back, followed by a Q&A.

For panels this year I decided to combine my habit of sketching during the talking with my general desire to take notes/livetweet. I’m not entirely sure the end results are legible in any way, but I’ve included them below, with advanced apologies to all the panelists I attempted to draw…


2018-06-26T13:50:10+00:0012th June, 2018|Tags: cons, continuum, continuum 14, fandom, sff, xp|

What is up with all the AO3 concern trolling on Tumblr recently?

2018-05-14T14:32:52+00:0010th May, 2018|Tags: fandom, tumblr|


Doing that fannish tropes bracket and… yeah. I have A Type, apparently.1

  1. Although, ironically, Reylo is about the only enemies-to-lovers/redemption-arc pairing I’m not into. So, like. Go figure, I guess. ^
2018-04-18T08:14:15+00:004th April, 2018|Tags: fandom, pop culture|

Heiney Sue.

Once he was established as the grandmaster of SF, and someone everyone else in the field looked up to, all Heinlein’s worst aspects came to the fore, and his books tended to consist of long speeches by middle-aged male writer characters called things like Hobert A Beinlein, explaining why capitalist libertarianism is the single best political system, why incest is a good thing not a bad one like you think, and why red-headed young women should have sex with older science fiction writers, with the other characters then commenting on how wise, clever, and sexually attractive these older writers are.

Andrew Hickey on inserts.

Also known as: Why I Never Want To Hear Anyone Whining About “Mary Sues” Written By Teenage Girls Every Again.

2017-09-04T12:25:35+00:0020th January, 2018|Tags: fandom, pop culture, sff, writing|

Good friends, good fandom.

Joining cult-like groups happens for a reason. Good people may not see what goes on behind a false front. Casual involvement can only have the positive side. Lonely people who may not have a place in other groups can be manipulated by smooth talk. Outcasts who have earned consequences for bad behavior can find enabling from organizers who recruit them. They can feel more important by dragging others down.

Ruining things and making battle is the opposite of creative fandom. It can be important to confront bad faith and dishonesty and demand better.  It can also be important to listen and give space to people questioning involvement. Nobody needs friends picked for them – it’s just good to let them know that they don’t need a cult for that.  The whole fandom has plenty of better friends everywhere.

Picking better friends isn’t “policing”.

Patch O’Furr on making better spaces.

The whole article is about the work the furry community has been doing to combat the alt-fur brigade, and is an interesting read. The key take-homes are, I think, 1) to create zero-tolerance environments for hate groups and other toxic edgelords, and 2) to allow honestly repentant individuals the opportunity to disassociate from said groups and reintegrate back into the community.

2018-11-26T08:07:21+00:0015th November, 2017|Tags: culture, fandom|

The worst night.

Want to know why these folks [libertarians, et al.] think creativity goes away when people’s needs are fulfilled?

They think the motive is specifically profit.

Peter Coffin on creativity.

Yes, this is in response to The Last Night (that so-called cyberpunk videogame that purports Universal Basic Income as the killer of all creative output), but it’s pretty much the best summation I’ve seen of why this argument is straight-up grade-A bullshit.

For the record (and the thing you’re not “supposed” to admit): I make no significant income off my novels.1 About the only commercial benefit I get from them is that they make cons tax deductible work trips. I still write, however, because, well. I always have. And I enjoy it, so I always will. The reason I don’t write more is that I need a 40-hour-a-week day job to support myself.

See also this post, which talks about creativity and capitalism from a fannish perspective.

  1. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy them; you totally should! ^
2018-05-01T10:19:45+00:0018th October, 2017|Tags: economics, fandom, pop culture, publishing|

I survived #Conflux13!

(With apologies to Cat Sparks, for stealing some of her beautiful photos, and Leife Shallcross, for the drinks photo, which was much more aesthetic than the one I took.) (more…)

2018-11-26T08:07:32+00:003rd October, 2017|Tags: conflux, conflux 13, cons, fandom, sff, xp|

The green peg.

On making friends when you’re the new person at a con.

I’m a deep introvert and incredibly shy, which manifests as a kind of aloof standoffishness. Nonetheless, even I managed to accrue a circle of Con Friends, mostly thanks to being adopted by more gregarious networkers (shoutout Alex and Elizabeth). Being passive about it–with the exception of joining the local spec fic writer’s club–it took maybe two or three cons to happen, starting from a baseline of “knowing no one”. So, yeah. If you’ve never been to cons before, breaking into “the scene” is damn intimidating. But, in general, people are nice, and most of the “aloofness” is a manifestation of the exact same feelings of anxiety and shyness you’re probably having.1 So… show up, and be patient.

Incidentally, at the last Continuum I was at, they has a system of color-coded pegs you could clip to your lanyard to show how open you were to approach from new people. Pretty much the only color I saw people take was the green “come talk to me” peg. I didn’t have a peg myself, for a variety of reasons, but I’m kinda interested to know how they worked out for people…

  1. I’ve had conversations with people that were basically “OMG I was, like, so intimidated you seemed so cool and you knew everyone and I was scared to talk to you!” from both sides, so… y’know. ^
2017-08-21T08:08:45+00:0022nd September, 2017|Tags: cons, fandom, xp|