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Martha Wells

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I had municipal jury duty yesterday, but all three cases they had scheduled were postponed or dismissed, due to 1) witness not showing up, 2) defendant not showing up, 3) defendant changing their mind about wanting a jury trial. I did miss my aerobics class, which was kind of a pain, because I missed a couple of classes last week due to the holiday.

And I got some good news yesterday, which I'll talk about as soon as it's all finalized.

I'm so close to being done with the first draft of Emilie and the Sky World, I can taste it. Maybe today.

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Next two appearances:

* Friday July 26, 2013. I'll be signing Emilie and the Hollow World at Murder by the Book, at 6:30 pm in Houston, Texas, with Joy Preble (The Sweet Dead Life), Mary Lindsey (Ashes on the Waves), and P.J. Hoover (Solstice). The store does do mail order, so if you want a signed book, you can call and order one.

* August 29-September 2, 2013. I'll be at LoneStarCon 3, the World Science Fiction Convention, in San Antonio, Texas. I'm really looking forward to this one; the Riverwalk is a wonderful site for a convention. (And if you're going, and you aren't from somewhere where you're used to 100-plus temps and very intense sun, seriously consider bringing a hat and sun block. The Riverwalk is mostly shaded and cooler than street level, but if you're doing any other tourist stuff outside it or walking around the city, a floppy camp hat that you can keep rolled up in your bag and pull out when you need it can really prevent a lot of sun-related problems. I'll be bringing one and I was born here.)


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Why I'm not going to see Ender's Game: Tolerance For Intolerance: Boycotting Ender's Game
Still, what OSC supports isn't just him being a jerk: like I said, this is some high-octaine toxicity. This isn't just him being anti-gay marriage. It's him making troubling assertions about homosexuality. It's him supporting that with his money. It's him being an active political figure and fighting against human rights with his voice, his art, and his money.

I think this is the most important point, and one of the commenters, benjb, makes it again:

Orson Scott Card uses his money and his influence for bigotry.

It's not just a case of "this book has a hidden message of homophobia" (IMHO, it doesn't). But in a very real dollars and cents case, the money you spend on movie tickets can trickle down into anti-gay causes.

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thanks for the warning both re Enders Game (indeed a jerk!) and also the heat in TX in high summer. If I had the money to visit USA twice in a year (ha!) I might be tempted to get to World Con, but that heat would be too much for me, even well prepared. That's very good advice re the type of sun hat you need... speaking as an Aussie who's left the hot mainland for the cool island of Tasmania!

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