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Monday

We had a situation this weekend where I kept smelling gas in the kitchen, just a little bit. After overcoming that whole "I'm just imagining it and if I call someone about it I'll be made to feel stupid and all but called/actually called a silly little girl" we called an appliance place and on their advice called the emergency gas company number, and it turned out it was an emergency. There's a leak in in the hose and valve connected to the stove, so that's turned off now and I need to call the appliance place again today to see if I can get the hose etc replaced.

Then we found out the gas company didn't get the hot water heater turned on right when they suddenly decided to install a new meter, so we had to get them to come out and do that, so there was no hot water for a while.

So that was the weekend, small yay.


Fan art

Some lovely fan art of The Element of Fire by punkranger

Links

* The stories I wanted to read by Aliette de Bodard
Aliette writes about reading SF/F as she was growing up: There’s a lot of books in my reading that feature China, or some representation of the Far East–I read them all like I read invented worlds, because the China they depict is so out of touch with my family stories (I won’t say my family stories are all positive! Vietnam has… a complicated relationship with China)–surely they have to be about some kind of fictional China/Far East that doesn’t exist. They speak of martial arts and inscrutable, passive people awaiting to be saved; of some fount of mystical wisdom that awaits the traveller. I think fake!China must be some kind of faraway land invented by writers, because it cannot possibly be the real thing.

* Women in SFF Month Readers Recommendation Giveaway

* Right-Wing Trolls Hijack SciFi Oscars by Arthur Chu
This is about the Hugo awards situation, which I find really depressing. I have a voting membership this year, and I'm going to vote "no award" on every category.

* Talk with me about being a fan of SF and F by Mary Robinette Kowal
This is also about the Hugo awards

Novella rec

Introducing Midnight's Silence and a new series by T. Frohock

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I totally get where you're coming from re Hugos, and I was at Loncon last year and can vote, too - however I'd ask you to please reconsider regarding the few nominations that got through despite the puppy slate, like The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (Sarah Monette) or Julie Dillon for best artist.

Edited at 2015-04-13 05:16 pm (UTC)

I also loved the Goblin Emperor and bought a voting membership so I could vote because reading everything that's been going on... well I hate to see the innocent punished with the guilty. :::Shrug::: and I know that it, at least is a very good book.

ETA: I'm also very happy your house didn't blow up, gas leaks are scary.

Edited at 2015-04-13 06:56 pm (UTC)

There are links for those folks who want to selectively no award of what works/categories are more or less dominated by the SP/RP slates. (Graphic Novel has only SP pick, and Fan Artist has none.) I know a few people are considering the No Award blanket, just to show they are sufficiently disgusted with the nomination process that they won't vote at all, rather than simply voting any slated work below No Award. (That and IIRC, one can only do a Retro-Hugo in 50 years if no Hugos are given out, not if some categories are not awarded.)

It's frustrating, because I have two* reasons why I am unhappy: the fact this teleports voices like Day and Wright's to prominence and that nomination slates, while not against the letter of the rules, violate the spirit of the Hugo Awards as I understand them. (Namely, that I want the nominations to be as broad as possible over specfic, and letting even sub-genres I like dominate the nomination is dismaying.)

* Three if you count that I read some of the SP stuff last year, and it was Not My Thing. If I didn't know the politics coming in, that suggests that this year's ballot would have me majorly disappointed.

I am so glad you found the source of the gas and it was fixed fast.

I can see both sides. I have a close friend who's up for a Hugo for Best Fan Writing (Laura Mixon). I'd love to see her get a Hugo. On the other hand, I can understand the argument that a message needs to be sent that this year's process is unacceptable. It's also not fair for those works that would have made the ballot but were blocked by rigging the nominations. As such even the good pieces up for nomination now have an unfair advantage as their real competition were kept off the ballot.

If I were running things I'd cancel this year's Hugos, modify the rules to make the rigging much harder, and next year have Hugo's for that year and this year both.

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