More on the Hugos from a Dark, Dark Place

In light of the discussion that’s ensued here and elsewhere in response to my essay on the current situation with the Hugo awards (see below), I decided to make a few more comments.
There are two points I want to make, the first in the way of a clarification.

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Discussion rules

I can see it’s time I need to establish some rules for the ongoing discussion/debate on my essay (see below) on the current ruckus over the Hugo Awards.

Rule One. Do not come into my web site and call me a liar or stupid or dishonest or any other derogatory term. You’re welcome to disagree with me, but do so in a civil manner. There is no warning for this rule violation, because it’s so obvious it shouldn’t need one.

So, whoever the jackass is who goes by the monicker of “rollory”—a pseudonym, naturally—you’re out of here. The technical term is banned, I believe. I’m willing to suffer fools up to a point, but I’m not willing to suffer assholes.

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Some comments on the Hugos and other SF awards

I’ve been doing my best to stay away from the current ruckus over the Hugo Awards, but it’s now spread widely enough that it’s spilled onto my Facebook page, and it’s bound to splatter on me elsewhere as well. It’s also been brought to my attention that Breitbart’s very well-trafficked web site—never famous for the accuracy of its so-called “reporting”—has me listed as one of the supposedly downtrodden conservative and/or libertarian authors oppressed by the SF establishment. Given my lifelong advocacy of socialism—and I was no armchair Marxist either, but committed twenty-five years of my life to being an activist in the industrial trade unions—I find that quite amusing.

So I decided it was time to toss in my two cents worth. Well… if we calculate words as being worth eight cents apiece, my five hundred and eighty dollars worth. (Not quite, but I’m an author so I’m rounding the word count up. To do otherwise would get me drummed out of the Scribbler Corps.)

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Change of Venue for 1632 con

After it became clear that we wouldn’t be holding the 1632 series minicon at Contemporal this year, we approached LibertyCon and they’ve agreed to host us.  LibertyCon is a longstanding and very popular SF convention in Chattanooga that I’ve attended a number of times, including as MC and (IIRC) Guest of Honor.  This year, David Weber and David Drake will be attending LibertyCon also.

LibertyCon is being held this year on the weekend of June 26-28.  Here’s the URL, for those of you who are interested: http://www.libertycon.org

 

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Eric Flint Newsletter – 13 MARCH 2015

I’ve discussed my publication schedule with Baen Books and here’s how it looks now:

1636: The Cardinal Virtues will be coming out in July, 2015.

1635: A Parcel of Rogues will be coming out in January, 2016

Ring of Fire IV will be coming out in May, 2016
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1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 19

1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 19

Terrye Jo had an idea what Christina wanted to say, but didn’t know what they called it in the seventeenth century.

“Sensitive,” the duchess finally decided.

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1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 18

1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 18

Chapter 10

March, 1636

Turin

Just after Twelfth Night, Monsieur Gaston and his entourage had departed the Castello del Valentino. The duke and duchess were relieved — at least in private — and life returned to normal.

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1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 17

1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 17

PART II: THE VIRTUE OF FORTITUDE

A noble and steady purpose of mind

Chapter 9

March, 1636

Lyon, France

It had taken all winter to sort them out.

When Sherrilyn Maddox first arrived at Marshal Turenne’s headquarters, she expected to find an army camp — men in tents or barracks, with the marshal himself living rough with his troops. She had heard of his common touch . . . all the way from Marseilles, in fact: the men in her escort had made a great display of it.

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1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 16

1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 16

The priory had a large open courtyard, flanked by four passageways, with solid walls on one side and plain, solid pillars on the other, ending in doors leading to other parts of the complex. Inside was a square area forty or so feet across where the sisters had planted flowers and herbs. There was a single stone bench in the middle; as they approached, she saw a modestly-dressed man patiently sitting and waiting. He was middle-aged, with a carefully trimmed beard and moustache. There was a gray skullcap on his head (as opposed to the pointed, peaked Judenhut that she’d sometimes seen in Marseilles). But from his looks he might have been Estuban Miro’s cousin.

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1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 15

1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 15

Chapter 8                               

Marseilles

Sherrilyn had come to Marseilles with an introduction arranged by Estuban Miro to a Jewish doctor, Bonnel de Lattès. She’d gotten some nasty looks from some of the men in the Jewish Quarter — imagine, a single woman without escort! — but Bonnel had received her very kindly, and sent her and a bundle of medicines to Pont de Garde. There the priory had welcomed her, quizzed her on up-time — everyone seemed to still do that, even four years after the Ring of Fire — and gave her personal space. Apparently the Jewish doctor was well-regarded among the religious, having practiced some real medicine there over time.

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1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 14

1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 14

“Ah,” De la Mothe said. “That is a name I know.” He looked at Valbelle, and then stepped over to the bench and sat near the up-timer. Lefferts was a well-known trouble maker, who had made the acquaintance of the cardinal and had been tied to all kinds of mischief since the Ring of Fire. From what he heard, there were even young bravos in the Italian cities who styled themselves after him — lefferti, they called themselves.

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1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 13

1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 13

Chapter 7

Marseilles, Provence

“Now that is a view.”

Philippe de la Mothe-Houdancourt, Governor of Bellegarde, leaned on the rampart of Florentine limestone that comprised the sea-facing wall of Notre-Dame de la Garde, basilica and fortress of Marseilles, and took a deep draught of sea air. From up here, a few hundred feet above the sprawl and stink of the city, the air was clear and the sky was deep blue. The sun sparkled on the Mediterranean Sea . . . and somewhere beyond to the west, over the horizon, was Spain.

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