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The Inferior 4+1 is a Livejournal community maintained by Paul, lizhand, Paul Witcover, lucius-t and ljgoldstein.

Recent posts:

  • New Blogger! August 30, 2015
    I'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, 2015
    I take a gander at a new story collection:
  • Late Thoughts about the Hugos August 26, 2015
    On 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, 2015
    Here are two panels I was on.
  • New Review at LOCUS ONLINE August 21, 2015
    I take a gander at Wesley Chu's 4th novel:
  • New Review at the B&NR August 20, 2015
    You know those 2 early novels by Murakami...

(Originally posted at The Inferior 4+1, November 25th 2012)

The year was 1965, and I was eleven years old and in love with THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. I had read the paperbacks that accompanied the series, and even subscribed to the digest magazine of the same name. So, naturally, I thought I could write my own adventure starring my heroes.

I laboriously typed up the tale, and bound it with cardboard and cellophane tape (now yellowed flakes). The first jpeg shows the little cover flap with blurb designed to lure readers into the tale.

I might have shown it to my best friend Stephen Antoniou, who was equally besotted with the show, but certainly it never passed through many hands. Almost fifty years old, it remains as my one and only foray into fanfic. My first “published” work?

If you click on the images, you can read some of the text, if you’re so inclined.