Daily Archives: June 11, 2008

Bouncy Bouncy E-Mails

So, my e-mail account looks to be bouncing mail at the moment; I’m looking into it. In the meantime, if there’s something really important you want to e-mail me about, use my alternate e-mail address at “scalzi@gmail.com.” Update: fixed. Turns out I had 40,000 e-mails on the server, and I hadn’t cleared it out since last June. Oops. My host provider didn’t have an easy way of clearing the clot of mails, so I just deleted the account and then set it up again ten seconds later. Now I have a nice clean account that accepts mail again. Go ahead, send me an e-mail and see for yourself!

No, really, send me an e-mail. I want to check to make sure everything’s working.

Update, 11:14pm: Okay, seems to be working fine. You don’t have to send any more e-mails (unless you have another reason for doing so, that is). Thanks, everyone!

The Collective Wisdom of Whatever

Hey look, guys: We all get namechecked in a high school valedictorian speech (the actual speech begins at about 1:15):

That’s very sweet.

The entry she’s talking about, incidentally, is here. Just in case you missed it.

No School Like The Old School

My personal computer is all tricked out with multicore processors and shiny graphics cards in SLI configuration — and the kid is playing Pong. And doesn’t quite get why I laughed when I saw what she was playing. She won the game, though, so that’s all right.

In other news, less than a full day into her summer vacation, and Athena tells me she’s already bored out of her skull. Fortunately, day camp starts next week. All the arts and crafts and swimming she can possibly handle. I feel a little envious, really. All I get to do this summer is write.

No Longer New

SFSignal’s “Mind Meld” piece this week asks various SF/F notables to list tomorrow’s big names in the genre, which results in a bit of a mess as folks rack their brains to come up with new names. I’m not on the list; my name comes up a couple of times, but in the context of “but he doesn’t count as new anymore.” The irony here is that some of the names that are on thefinal, aggregated list as tomorrow’s new names, like Cory Doctorow and Jay Lake and Elizabeth Bear, have all been publishing professionally in the genre longer than I have, evidenced by the fact they all won their Campbell Awards for Best New Writer before I did, two years ago. I think people forget that Old Man’s War is only three years old as a published book, and that I had no appreciable profile in science fiction before that. This isn’t a complaint that I should still be seen as new and hot (and pretty!), since I agree at this point that the “rising star” spotlight should go to other people. I just think it’s interesting.

In any event, there are some excellent names tossed about in the list, and I’m personally delighted that someone (Niall Harrison, to be precise) named Rachel Swirsky as a name to watch. I had the honor of being the first editor to publish her professionally, in the Subterranean Magazine issue I guest-edited (a pdf of which you will find here), and everything of hers I’ve read since has pretty much knocked me on my ass. If you haven’t read her yet, you should correct that.

Campbells and Sturgeons, Oh My

The finalist lists for this year’s Campbell Award for best sf/f novel (as opposed to the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, which is a separate award) and the Sturgeon Award for best sf/f short fiction are up, and both contain lots of folks I know. Which makes me happy, because in this regard, I try to be the anti-Morrissey:

Yes, this might have just been an excuse to post a Morrissey video. Sue me.

Impeachment Rears Its Ineffectual Head Yet Again

My pal Burns! asks me, in e-mail:

I thought sure you’d have something to say about the Congressman from your great state of Ohio, Dennis Kucinich, bringing his impeachment resolution before the House yesterday.  He read for nearly five hours yesterday, and apparently they read the whole thing again earlier tonight.

Of course, nothing will come of it.

Thoughts?

I don’t really have thoughts on it, for two reasons:

1. As Burns! correctly notes, nothing will come of it, since the Democratic leadership in the house wants nothing to do with it, and there aren’t enough rank and file members who want anything to do with it, either;

2. Independent of this, while one can argue whether Bush deserves to be impeached or not, I think doing so would be a waste of time and effort and political oxygen, and this is a subject I’ve been fairly consistent on over the years. Also, you know. There’s no way I would endorse impeaching Bush without impeaching Cheney first, since the second Cheney gets his dead and soulless hands on the nuclear football, he’s going to throw a tight spiral of ICBMs right at the heart of Tehran. And then, well. Then it all gets really messy.

Since I don’t think impeachment is a good idea personally, and since I don’t see how it gets any traction in the House (much less the Senate, which would have to try Bush, and in which there would not be the required majority to convict, so again what’s the point), when Kucinich brought up his impeachment resolution, I didn’t think much of it. It’s nice for him that he made a stand and has been consistent to his principles, but otherwise, eh. I know half of the blogosphere is going nuts for it, but one half of the blogosphere is always going nuts about something, and while I give the half credit for going nuts over something more substantive than, say, what Rachel Ray is wearing, at the end of the day it’s not going to amount for much.

I’ve said it before, and it’s worth saying again: Whether people believe George Bush should be impeached, he won’t be, and it’s time to accept that fact and be done with it. You’re wasting your time on fantasy, and on a fantasy that in the real world would be messy and ugly and not worth the effort. If you genuinely believe that Bush has damaged the country, spend that time and energy you would sink hooting for his impeachment into doing something actually useful, which is to say, electing people into government who would work with a will to reverse the damage. That would be something worth hooting about, and thinking about, and doing.