Release the Virgins!

Many bloggers have donate buttons so you can support their work and help them pay the fees to the web host. Not me.

I just ask you to buy my books.  It’s a win-win! I get another book sale and you get to not only keep reading my blog, but have fun with a new book!

My latest — coming only a month after my last novel “Big Stick” — is an anthology I edited which contains stories from some of the top writers in science fiction and fantasy!

The idea was simple: Each story had to contain the phrase “release the virgins.” We even had a humorous short promotional video made which features all of the writers (and me)!

Look at this great lineup of stories:

“Valedictory” by Lawrence Watt-Evans
“Sidekicked” by Hildy Silverman
“Command Decision” by Steve Miller
“Are You There, Cthulhu? It’s Me, Judy” by Beth W. Patterson
“Innocence Lost” by Gail Z. Martin
“How Mose Saved the Virgins of Old New York” by Allen M. Steele
“The Fires of Rome” by Jody Lynn Nye
“Salvage” by Shariann Lewitt
“The Midwinter of Our Discontent” by Keith R.A. DeCandido
“Coming Attractions” by Daniel M. Kimmel
“Cracking the Vault” by Matt Bechtel
“The Coffee Corps” by Alex Shvartsman
“The Vestals of Midnight” by Sharon Lee
“Paradisiacal Protocols” by Gordon Linzner
“Brass Tacks” by Cecilia Tan
“Old Spirits” by Brian Trent
“The Running of the Drones” by Patrick Thomas
“Dangerous Virgins” by David Gerrold

It’s available in hard cover, paperback, kindle or nook versions!  Upon its release, it even made the top 10 for “science fiction anthologies” on Amazon.

So grab a copy yourself and release the virgins!

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The New Congress

New Democrats in Congress include:

  1. About 50% women
  2. People of all races
  3. The first Native American women ever elected to Congress
  4. The first LGBTQ representatives ever elected from several states
  5. The first Muslim women
  6. The first refugee
  7. The first openly bisexual Senator
  8. The first member of Congress of South American descent
  9. The first Latinas ever elected from Texas

New Republican Congress members include:

  1. White people (and only one woman)

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Idiots: “Both parties are the same!”

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Democrats: Stop the Damn Fighting!

I’m already sick of these damn Bernie Bots and Russian trolls trying to divide us. “Why Bernie supporters should crush Beto supporters” says one article. There’s another article saying why liberals should abandon Hillary. It’s written by a right-wing columnist, and liberals are sharing it. Really? You want to take advice from these people?

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When progressives fight it’s exactly what the Republicans want.

NO. NO CRUSHING OTHER DEMOCRATS.  And yes, I know that Bernie isn’t really a Democrat but it does us absolutely no good to trash him, either.

When discussing potential candidates, there are two big questions:

1. Who do I like best?

2. Who do I think can win?

These are often not the same person.  I’ve been voting in Democratic primaries since 1976 and the only time the candidate I wanted in the primary got the nomination was with Obama. And in every single case, the person who was nominated was still better than the Republican candidate.

Demanding perfection and turning on anyone who isn’t on your side 100% means you are destroying the candidate who is only on your side 75% of the time. And then the Republican who is on your side 0% of the time wins.

Stop demonizing the candidates who aren’t perfect in your eyes. There is absolutely nothing wrong with saying “We have many good candidates, but I prefer X.”

Stop doing the job of Republicans and Russian trolls.

Best and Worst Animated Films of 2018

Back when I was young, I was happy to see even one new animated film a year. Now there’s practically one a week.

In the 80s, I started a magazine called “Animato!” that later grew quite large and popular. I got to meet and interview great animators like Chuck Jones and Ralph Bakshi but later sold the magazine, and it went on to even bigger successes until the internet killed all magazines.51MKTRQpAhL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

So I’m still an animation fan, but it’s basically impossible to see all the films and all the animated TV shows these days unless you’re a full-time animator or animation historian, I guess.

There were some really great films this year I did get to catch, though.

These days, with so much CGI, we can debate what an “animated film” even is, but generally the accepted definition is that the main characters must be animated — not just the monsters or effects. (And “motion capture” doesn’t count.)

So here’s the end-of-the-year list of best and worst animated films (based on their Rotten Tomatoes score).  It only includes films that actually were released to theaters and had at least five reviews in order to get a Rotten Tomatoes score. (Lots of bad films go directly to DVD or cable.) Ties are broken by number of reviews.

  1. Paddington 2 (100%)
  2. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (97%)
  3. Incredibles 2 (94%)
  4. Teen Titans Go to the Movies (91%)
  5. Mirai (91%)
  6. Isle of Dogs (89%)
  7. Ralph Breaks the Internet (89%)
  8. Mary and the Witches’ Flower (87%)
  9. Sgt. Stubby (86%)
  10. Early Man (81%)
  11. Liz and the Blue Bird (78%)
  12. Smallfoot (75%)
  13. Peter Rabbit (64%)
  14. Hotel Transylvania 3 (59%)
  15. The Grinch (57%)
  16. Sherlock Gnomes (27%)
  17. Monster Family (10%)