Nerd Life Eight: Sperg War Now!
Opening thoughts: The possible rise of Overedgy SF
Most if not all social, cultural or political movements tend to take the form of a youthful rebellion to what the previous generation held as their standard; an over-correction to the errors that generation made or a panicked attempt to avoid a repeat of a recent tragedy. French Humanism for example came about as a direct result of the French Wars of Religion and the horror that resulted from christian fighting christian over small matters of heresy.
So what will be the reaction to the curse that is Pink Slime Science Fiction? The obvious answer would be some form of self-consciously anti-SJW science fiction. The Pulp Revolution does contain some elements of this as “Write whatever the fuck you want, hombre. Just don’t make it boring.” is in fact quite opposite an mantra from anything Tor books would choose to associate with. The problem here is that new movements tend to overreact when the pendulum swings. So what I expect to see is something I for the lack of a better term am, dubbing Overedgy SF; where offending and mocking the progressive gatekeepers of the previous era is front and center.
Now we are already seeing quite a bit of this but its mostly limited to what are clearly parody stories but if an Overedgy SF movement actually begins in earnest we can expect to see some fairly serious works purposely offend and directly attack the progressive sacred cows at every beat. Instead of virtue signalling these authors will be vice signalling. Sadly this too will be a form of message fiction and detrimental to storytelling but we should as least see some better dialogue than your typical John Scalzi novel.
Even if authors don’t want to be shitlords there is going to be a temptation to work in offensive or questionable content that the author wasn’t originally going to go anywhere near simply to kick the SJW gatekeepers while they are down. Every action in nerd culture produces an equal and opposite (if slightly more autistic) reaction and the CHORFs have had their cold clammy hands on the vitals of Speculative fiction for far too long for fiction lovers to simply let them walk away unscathed.
So expect we’ll see a five to ten year literary wave of Overedgy SF before it gets boring and played out. While it should an absolute blast to read after the creative drought of the last few decades it is important to note that Overedgy books are not likely to age well.
And what will I do? Not sure? While there is no way I can keep politics out of my writing I decided a long time ago that is would be best to let the reader make the judgement call and not simply preach right and wrong to them… that said I never expected to write a chapter about throwing Communists out of a helicopter and yet here we are.
Interestingly the rest of the book will probably be quite apolitical but this does fit into the bipolar madness that is the Beautiful Terror.
Anyway on to our main program.
New comics news site run by Nate Winchester.
Right now he’s mostly doing daily video links and summaries but that’s a start. He also did a review of Defenders S1 a few days back. Again it’s a start.
And here’s an article by the same Nate Winchester making a plea to storytellers to keep politics out of their stories.
Full Metal Hope [5mins]
Take two of the best moves of all time and blend together. Simply too awesome for words.
And speaking of Star Wars…
So it appears that circumbinary planets do exist. Must make for some weird orbital mechanics.
Wargaming tactics: Skimishers 101 [8 min]
Decided to throw this one in as I didn’t have anything for the tabletop constituent. Also a good apolitical channel for anyone who’s into Battletech or Warhammer 40K.
Five reasons why Zeon lost the One Year War. [7 min]
All makes sense. Mind you I’ve only watched the original series once.
The final part of The Mixed GM’s six part retrospective on Solomon Kane
The most awesome-est thing ever. (Old Jeffro post)
A strange treasure unearthed from the deepest darkest monster filled catacombs.
Bradford Walker on the fighting-man; the most basic hero archetype there is.
Nordic Folk Music — Heimdall
Perfect for mead and chill.
Imperia by Antti Martikainen
Okay you had me at EPIC SPACE WAR MUSIC. Add this to your writing playlist. Trust on this one fam.
Rawle Nyanzi explains the appeal of ‘action girls’ in fiction.
-Men like hot chicks.
-Men like violent entertainment.
-Why not combine the two?
Also there is the videogame aspect in that if a gamer has to stare at a character’s butt for hours at a time it helps if that butt belongs to a hot chick rather than a fat hairy dude in a fedora. (Author inserts are never good.)
Jimfear138 preaches the gospel truth about what makes a good Sci-fi movie
Insensitivity readers might just be a growth industry; especially if I’m right about the rise of Overedgy science fiction. You just can’t think of ways to offend everybody without an ever bigger Shitlord watching your back and pointing out missed opportunities to drive the knife in just a little deeper.
Jews Vs Nazis beer pong?
Where can we find the rules for this game? Cuz it sounds awesome; especially the beer part.
Wait? This happened OFF CAMPUS? And how much are your parents paying for this…?
This sounds like very good news. A much more promising future than putting windmills in soyfields to power our iSlavecollars.
You will see mentions of thorium reactors in the Breyland stories as it’s one of the few neearhorizon technologies that I’m actually excited about. Big game changer and a lot closer than practical fusion.
and will that I fear I’ve rambled enough for one night.