Walking the Glory Road

During the long, long break, I re-read Glory Road. And, again, by way of caveat, there is no particular reason – other than sheer whimsy – I chose this particular title off of my Heinlein shelf.

Glory Road, for the uninitiated (or those who need a refresher), concerns the journey of a hero, E.C. “Oscar” Gordon as he reclaims an item of power* for a very important woman, Star, who ...Read More
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More RAH rereading

Since Citizen of the Galaxy held up so well, I reread The Star Beast over the weekend. IMO, the years have been less kind to this tale.

[Warning: spoilers ahead.]
John Thomas — the most recent iteration in a series of John Thomases — was left Lummox, the titular star beast, by his father. Who was left the beast by his father. And so on, back at least a
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Same song, another verse

When the 2007 Hugo ballot was released, there was a hailstorm of commentary about the lack of women on the list. I’m not sure how much the situation has changed in the genre (not much, imho) but I think it’s interesting that a very similar controversy is swirling around the “legit” literature circles right now. Clearly, this keeps happening because women can’t write their collective way out of a damp ...Read More

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No one wants a pity Hugo

During the WSFS Business Meeting at Anticipation, blogger yonmei floated a proposal intended to get more women on the Hugo ballot. Yonmei’s plan, which has been called the “Joanna Russ Amendment” stated that, in the event of an all-male final ballot, the next highest woman would be moved up into the slate of nominees.*

The amendment didn’t pass — a good thing because it would have created more issues than ...Read More
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