The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

The Hugo Awards Are Dead; Long Live The Dragons!

— by Wombat-socho First, the obligatory commentary on the just-concluded Worldcon, which will be diminishing in importance from here on out with the advent of the Dragon Awards, from our Supreme Dark Lord and the International Lord of Hate. All I have to say is that I’m glad I didn’t waste $50 on a supporting […]

He’s Not Hunter S. Thompson, But He’ll Do Just Fine

— by Wombat-socho Don Surber was kind enough to send me a galley copy of his Trump The Press. thus demonstrating that in some cases, friendship does outweigh political differences. I have to say, while I am none too enthusiastic about Donald Trump, Don’s book is a marvelous thumb in the eye of the punditry […]

From Balticon to the EDC

— by Wombat-socho So over the Memorial Day weekend I packed my bags and flew to Baltimore for Balticon 50, which was celebrating its 50th anniversary by inviting back all its former Guests of Honor, headlined by some guy who’s famous for writing a lot of medieval rape scenes. Frankly, I was more interested in […]

The White Donkey and Other Tales of War

— by Wombat-socho Most of you who are interested in the Marines, or military humor period, are probably familiar with Max Uriarte’s webcomic Terminal Lance. Well, Max had a Kickstarter a while back so he could devote all his waking hours not spent on the webcomic, hookers, and booze to his magnum opus, The White […]

Space Opera, Skulduggery, and a Stray Draftsman

— by Wombat-socho The end of tax season ate most the time I usually devote to reading, so it’s only been in the last couple of weeks that I’ve actually had any time to fire up the Kindle or thumb through a book off my (not nearly numerous enough) shelves. Finished Vaughn Heppner’s The Lost […]

Death, Destruction, and the Dragon Awards

— by Wombat-socho I am probably the last person to find out that Dragon*Con, probably the largest non-comics convention in fandom, has finally bestirred itself and created its own set of awards – the Dragon Awards. This has been greeted with much glee by Sad and Rabid Puppies alike, with Declann Finn going so far […]

“Open Up Your Hate And Let It Flow Into Me”

— by Wombat-socho Or, Not Long Before The End With a little more than a week to go before MidAmericon II closes up nominations for the Hugo, both the Kindly Ones in charge of running Sad Puppies 4 and Our Supreme Dark Lord have prepared lists for your consideration. Predictably, there’s been a rush of […]

Spring Training

— by Wombat-socho The worst part about being in the tax mines this year has been having an inordinate amount of time on my hands, since the office I’m working in here in Las Vegas is nowhere near as busy as the former home office in Alexandria, Virginia. Looked at another way, I’m losing a […]

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