PUN FUN: Shamelessly stolen from a reader who prefers to remain anonymous. "The gripping scifi of Heinlein, Clark, Bradbury, and Asimov, has given way to the griping scifi of Leckie, Heuvelte, Swirsky, and Chu."
Scalzi then claims that although certain unnamed people allegedly want him to run for the soon to be vacated seat, he is just too busy and and uninterested and stuff. He is so uninterested that he felt compelled to announce to the world that he's not interested.
THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE CHORFS: The Deseret News reports that according to Salt Lake Comic Con co-founder Bryan Brandenburg attendance at this year's just completed convention, only in its third year, "easily passed the convention's previous high of 120,000 guests..." Compare that to what the CHORFs have done to the once respected WorldCon.
INDIES PLUS: The Dirty Little Bookers union will put on the Speculative Fiction: Southeast convention (SF:SE) from Friday, September 25, through Sunday, September 27, 2015 at the Sheraton Orlando North in Maitland, Florida. Orson Scott Card, the author of the Ender's series, is a guest of honor.
"Paying someone to be your publisher is like hiring someone to take a vacation for you so you can stay home and work."
THE EVERYTHING CHANGE: Arizona State University (ASU) in partnership with the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, and various other pretentiously titled organizations, is sponsoring a Climate Fiction Short Story Contest. Stories should parrot current "global warming" and "climate change" orthodoxy to be considered for the $1000 grand prize, although exaggeration is encouraged. Online submissions are due by January 15, 2016.
Here's a quick tip: Be sure to escalate your story's rhetoric as much as possible, and subordinate story telling to pushing politically correct positions. You might even get a Hugo out of it later that way.
"I think calling it climate change is rather limiting. I would rather call it the everything change..."
-- Margaret Atwood
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