The Corruption of the Hugo Awards Nominations Process

Monday, 6 April 2015

In short: a bunch of rightwing SF/F writers and fans colluded to stack the Hugo Award nominations with their own candidates, effectively excluding better works — and they invited Gamergaters to join them in their quest.

[Note: lots of late edits]
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Judith Griggs, plagiarist and copyright infringer

Friday, 5 November 2010

I have to leave for work soon so I’m going to keep this short and sweet: Judith Griggs, editor of ad-supported magazine Cooks Source, has been lifting material from web sites and using it without permission. When approached by an aggrieved author who requested an apology and a nominal payment to be made to Columbia School of Journalism, Griggs replied:

But honestly Monica, the web is considered “public domain” and you should be happy we just didn’t “lift” your whole article and put someone else’s name on it! It happens a lot, clearly more than you are aware of, especially on college campuses, and the workplace. If you took offence and are unhappy, I am sorry, but you as a professional should know that the article we used written by you was in very bad need of editing, and is much better now than was originally. Now it will work well for your portfolio. For that reason, I have a bit of a difficult time with your requests for monetary gain, albeit for such a fine (and very wealthy!) institution. We put some time into rewrites, you should compensate me! I never charge young writers for advice or rewriting poorly written pieces, and have many who write for me… ALWAYS for free!”

And all hell broke loose.

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Jennifer Rardin (1965-2010)

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Photo by Cindy Pringle

Jennifer Diana Rardin (28 April 1965 – 20 September 2010)

It was with no little dismay that I discovered this evening (via Smart Bitches, Trashy Books) that author Jennifer Rardin had died suddenly on 20th September.

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Carrie Vaughn @ Galaxy Books, 19th Sept 2010

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Carrie Vaughn

Urban fantasy author and creator of the Kitty Norville series Carrie Vaughn had a signing at Galaxy today, and I was there with a few books bought specially for the session (unfortunately you can’t get your e-book collection autographed) and prior permission to hang around and take an excessive number of photographs.

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Charles Stross, Karen Miller and Kate Elliott @ Galaxy, 26 August 2010

Friday, 27 August 2010

Before the signing: Kate Elliott, Charles Stross and Karen Miller

When Worldcon comes to Australia, it brings with it all sorts of interesting and wonderful people, opportunities and things. And if you can’t make it to the convention in Melbourne, sometimes the attendees make a side trip (to Sydney, yay!) to do a signing in your favourite bookshop.

Yesterday, Galaxy Bookshop was graced by the presence of Charles Stross, Kate Elliott and Karen Miller.

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Nalini Singh at Galaxy Bookshop, 15 Aug 2010

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Nalini Singh

Paranormal romance/urban fantasy writer Nalini Singh took some time off from the Romance Writers of Australia conference this weekend to visit the Galaxy Bookshop in Sydney and sign books for her fans.

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The Beast Lord’s Ebook

Tuesday, 13 July 2010


Ilona AndrewsKate Daniels series is written from, well, the POV of Kate Daniels. Kate has frequent (snarky, violent) encounters with Curran, the Beast Lord or leader of the Atlanta shapeshifters. So what does he really think of her?

Gordon Andrews occasionally writes scenes from Curran’s POV containing gems like this:

What could possibly cause a cat, a wolf, a hyena, and a middle-aged medmage honey badger to risk my wrath? I couldn’t figure out the what or the why, but I had a damn good idea of the who. Kate Daniels, professional fuck-up.

Kate short-circuits my brain. In my head we always have these clear coherent exchanges, but once we meet, what comes out it is, “Kate, do what I say or I’ll kill you.” Her default reply is, “Fuck you!” and we go downhill from there.

and occasionally posts them on the blog.

And Ilona has just announced that the first volume of the collected posts: is now available as free downloads on Smashwords.

Multiple formats are available: HTML (for online reading), Javascript (for online reading), Mobipocket/Kindle, epub, Sony LRF, Palm, and plaintext.

Like I said: Sweeeet!

Oh, and thanks, Ilona and Gordon. 😉