New Story on DailySF

My short short story, Ten Things You’ll Only Get If You’re A 50s Kid is currently on the front page of , and in the inboxes of its email subscribers. If you’re reading this from tomorrow onwards, it’s archived here.

No, I’m not doing an Iain M Banks with the middle name thing — I honestly don’t remember why I typed my middle name when doing the submission form.

Anti-Fascist Podcasting

I was invited on a podcast last night by Jack Graham, the blogger who does Shabogan Graffiti, the Marxist Doctor Who blog.

The subject was the Sad and Rabid Puppy slates, the neofascist scum who’ve taken over the Hugos, and whose droppings I keep having to clean up from my comments section (as they can’t read, none of them have noticed the post saying that their comments won’t be approved, and given the way they write, I don’t even have to read more than the first sentence or two, or sometimes just their name, before deleting the rest unread, but there are a LOT of them at the moment).

Here’s the podcast (description Jack’s). It was recorded between midnight and 2AM last night, after a long and stressful day, and I’ve not listened to it since and don’t remember much of what I said, so please don’t take anything I say as being the final word on anything. I undoubtedly made mistakes both factual and logical, and unlike with a blog post there’s no way to rewrite it if I did. Just think of it as a chat between friends in a bar, rather than an attempt at something definitive.

(Also, it being me, Jack, and Phil talking, there are rather long sections on the analogy between postmodernism and poststructuralism and how it relates to modernism and structuralism, I remember that, and Holly says I woke her up shouting “the Futurians were Trotskyists!” so there’s something about that, too. It’s a wide-ranging discussion).

All of which said, there’s one thing I remember for certain, which is that the conclusion from all three of us was “fuck Fascism”. As the first and last word on the subject, that’s pretty reasonable.

A Marxist, a postmodernist and liberal walk into a bar… and form a united front. Join Jack Graham, Phil Sandifer and the superb Andrew Hickey for an unexpected emergency Shabcast on the subject of the recent fascist incursion on the Hugo Awards nominations.

Why Batman Links Will Change Your Life

I can already see this clickbait-headings thing was a terrible, terrible idea. Still, I said I’d give it a week…
This week’s Batposts are on two fairly awful stories. Over on Patreon, for those lovely lovely people who like giving me money, my look at False-Face’s only appearance, while on Mindless Ones, for the poor, the stingy, and the not-interested-enough-to pay-for-my-ramblings alike, there’s my look at the second Riddler story.

New Batposts Up on Patreon and Mindless Ones

Over on Patreon, for those wonderful individuals who are clearly the greatest that humanity has to offer, my take on the Mad Hatter’s first TV appearance, and the 60s counterculture.

Meanwhile, for those filthy wretches who don’t even think I deserve paying for typing up some nonsense about old TV shows, an older essay on Mr Freeze’s first appearance is up on Mindless Ones.

And for those of you who think it’s not funny to keep repeating the same joke about how horrible people who don’t give me free money are, and who want to whinge about me repeating that joke, a reminder that this *is* the Batman TV series we’re talking about, and repeating the same jokes over and over and over is part of the point. Next thing someone will be complaining that they don’t understand the rules of Mornington Crescent…

New Batposts up on Patreon and Mindless Ones

A few days late, because I took a week off non-work writing to rest my hands after a particularly vicious bout of RSI. Over on Patreon, the most wonderful, delightful, people in the world (those who pay me $1 a month or more) get to read my thoughts on A Riddle A Day Keeps The Riddler Away (not one of the more interesting episodes to talk about…), while on Mindless Ones, the scum who don’t even think I’m worth half the price of a small latte a month can read what I wrote a month ago about the first Joker story

New Batman Posts Up

Over on my Patreon, a post about the fifth Batman ’66 story, Zelda The Great/A Death Worse Than Fate, for those who support my writing financially.
Meanwhile, for those who don’t like my spendthrift habit of paying my mortgage and buying a new pair of glasses, here’s the free version of a post from a month ago, on the second Batman episode, over on Mindless Ones.

New Batman On Screen Posts Up

On my Patreon, the wonderful, generous, people who like giving me money can find out what I think about Fine Feathered Finks/The Penguin’s a Jinx!, episodes three and four of the Batman 1966 TV series, while cheapskates can go to the Mindless Ones site, where I talk about the 1943 Batman serial.
But seriously, me talking about the 1943 serial is *SO* November 24th 2014. All the cool kids want to find out my thoughts on the Penguin…