- Letters to Tiptree September 1, 2015Letters to Tiptree, edited by Alisa Krasnostein, and Alexandra Pierce, should be out now, or very soon. I have a contribution there, and I enjoyed reading the letters by other people a lot. It really reminds you how amazing and groundbreaking Alice Sheldon was, and also, more depressingly, how women writers are still facing the same issues so many years later. (There's a recent article where a woman writes about how much more successful she was using a male name than a female one when querying editors -- 48 years after Tiptree took her marmalade pseudonym.) If you want a taste of the anthology, two of the letters, from Nicola Griffith and Brit Mandelo, are online. There's also a selection of letters between Tiptree and Ursula Le Guin, and Tiptree and Joanna Russ, some critical essays and biography and a history of the Tiptree Award -- it's really just a wonderful book. I especially liked the Tiptree-Le Guin correspondence, which includes some of the letters published in F&SF a while back and some different ones. They're funny and wise and erudite and enthusiastic, filled with discussions of feminism and science fiction and just, well, humanity. "Don't know Liz Lynn, she wrote me too. Sounded nice, & earnest, & young," Le Guin wrote, which cracked me up because Lizzie is in the generation just above mine and I always thought of her as an Elder, though not all that elder. And I'm mildly ashamed to admit this, but I even enjoyed the gossip -- who Tiptree told her secret to, who they told, even when they were requested not to… Why don't people write like that any more??? Yeah, yeah, email, I know.
- New Blogger! August 30, 2015I'm excited to let you all know that we're getting a new blogger here. My friend Michaela Roessner will be joining us and start posting soon. If you don't know Michaela, she's a fellow Brazen Hussy, a Campbell and Crawford Award winner, a visual artist, a black belt in Aikido, and a fantastic cook. She's written four novels and many short stories and she teaches writing at Western State Colorado University and Gotham Writers' Workshop. She's so busy and productive, in fact, that whenever I think about everything she's done and is doing I feel a great urge to go somewhere and lie down.
- New Review at LOCUS ONLINE August 29, 2015I take a gander at a new story collection: http://www.locusmag.com/Reviews/2015/08/paul-di-filippo-reviews-c-s-e-cooney/
- Late Thoughts about the Hugos August 26, 2015On the whole I think it was the best possible outcome. Voting for No Award isn't optimal, of course, but if the nominees are terrible that's the only logical choice. I probably would have cheered when No Award was announced in the Puppy-dominated categories, out of a pent-up sense of relief, but on reflection I can see where it might not have been a polite thing to do. I've been there, losing awards, and it doesn't feel great.* I can only imagine how much worse it would feel if people were applauding the fact that you didn't win.One thing that bothers me is the new Puppy talking point, that we all voted against the slates without reading the nominees, that we voted not for the stories but because we wanted to send a message. It bothers me, of course, because I did read the nominees, and furthermore I showed my work here, discussing, sometimes at length, why I thought they weren't very good. I guess it's easier to make up a reason people voted against something than admitting you just picked some bad stories. (My favorite is Sarah Hoyt, who says that "Chicoms" voted for The Three-Body Problem without reading it, because it was from China. I'm old enough to remember when "Chicom" was a word people used unironically for Chinese Communists, but is that really a thing these days? I honestly first read it as Chicon, and I wondered why people at a Chicago convention would all want to vote for The Three-Body Problem.)Finally, I recently learned that the word for "leash" in Spanish is "correa." There's a joke there, but damned if I can find it.* Yes, even though it's an honor to be nominated.
- Panels at Necronomicon August 25, 2015Here are two panels I was on.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lbT-sDGOh4https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9uNQca37ww
- New Review at LOCUS ONLINE August 21, 2015I take a gander at Wesley Chu's 4th novel:http://www.locusmag.com/Reviews/2015/08/paul-di-filippo-reviews-wesley-chu/