In Case You Missed These Fabulous Opportunities To Give Phil Money


I mean, this is all in posts sitting not far below this one on the site, but hey, those posts went up the weekend after Christmas and were easy to miss, so here we are again.

First off, Guided by the Beauty of Their Weapons, my sprawling anthology about science fiction in 2015, from the Sad Puppies to the anthropocene extinction to Kabbalsitic enlightenment at the hands of Doctor Who, is out. Here's the US link, here's the UK link, here's the Smashwords link. I genuinely think this is my best book ever, and encourage you to buy it. And if you've got it, please consider leaving a review, as those sorts of things are important. 

Second, the annual sale on my back catalogue is going on until January 2nd. Details on that are in this post.

Finally, just so that there's some content, this essay on Donald Trump, white supremacy, and Adele's "Hello" is the best piece of criticism I've read this week, and you should totally check it out.

Back... probably this evening actually with comics reviews, just based on how my day is likely to be shaped. 

Oh, hell, let's make it an honorary waffling post: how was Christmas? (Whether you celebrated it or not.)


David Brain 5 years, 1 month ago

Thank you for that link - it articulates the seductiveness of unthinking tribalism excellently. (I was marginally disconcerted by the use of "liberalism" several times when I was expecting it to say "conservative" but that's presumably because of coming from the UK/European political background.)
The case that Trump is being successful because he's not challenging people is, of course, one of the most disturbing ideas in politics. Anyone who has engaged in even the mildest form of political activism understands this - other people are often willing to listen, and maybe even to engage, but if it requires them to actually think, or, worse, to change their behaviour, then they back off in a hurry.

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Pôl 5 years, 1 month ago

Off topic, but have you officially suspended the Weird Kitties project? I was enjoying the "hey maybe think about reading this" book lists.

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Elizabeth Sandifer 5 years, 1 month ago

Yeah, it wasn't getting enough submissions to be sustainable, alas.

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Al Martorano 5 years, 1 month ago

Great read. Glad I'm not the only one who noticed Adele's "Hello" sounds like it was something from the 70's dusted off and re-gifted. I've been visiting the Eruditorum Press site almost every day for months now and I always come away with a new perspective, idea or interpretation I'd never entertained before. Thanks, Phil (and the rest of the gang!) Also, can we expect an Eruditorum post on "Lego Dimensions?" I don't know if it has a place in the ongoing narrative of Doctor Who, except perhaps as a fun little footnote or a commentary on the nature of the show's interplay with the culture at large during the Capaldi era (which seems to exist on a strange knives edge of massive international success and a palpable anxiety, at least in fandom, of the era driving away the not-we's.) I'd love to hear what you think of the Doctor appearing in TBS rap videos with Batman and Chris Pratt...

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Elizabeth Sandifer 5 years, 1 month ago

Well, I did get it for Christmas, so it's at least possible.

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