A lot of golden-age novels would be treated as novelettes and even novellas these days. Thanks to publishing industry & consumer pressures, anything below 900 pages becoming harder to shift! I used to be able to read a book in a day, no longer.
YA SF/F novels are still SF/F novels. I fully approve any writer who can write good YA stuff. Just because it's for youngsters doesn't mean it has to be bad.
We have sampled enough of so-called writing, thanks to his blog and no one should have any qualms abous his qualifications for his racism and unpleasantness. His Hugo nominated work, on the other hand, appears to be a solidly written pile of turd. Even then some might like it - there's no account for taste.
Funnily enough, Hugo has zero with the New York-based publishing industry since Hugo nominees are nominated by World Con attendees and voted by the next World Con attendees. Anyone who can spare some cash for a supporting membership can nominate and vote as they like.
If you were talking about the Nebula awards, however, you might have been right.
Especially at this age, publishing a book via Kindle is trivial and if a so-called "wrong type of person" writes a good book, he will be able to sell it, or made it read enough to be nominated. The award to related-work went to a fucking blog post, and rightly so, it was a well written article related to SF. Three of the stories who won were "printed" on Tor's web site.
Any idiot who can design a web site and gather enough readers who will like it and nominate it in the next World Con has the chance of winning the next Hugo, no conspiracy required.
The only shithole that has been expelled was done so because he used SFWA channels for his own racist propoganda. Until then he was still a member of the SWFA while being an active obnoxious asshole.
If you're attempting to say successful and best-seller writers like Scalzi and co. are "amateurs", I think youre more than deluded.
System is run by World Con attendees. You can join and take over with your rightwing friends, if you have the majority. Good luck.
But GOP has been telling everyone that people who follow the conservative view are richer, has better employment and more cash to spend on the capitalist system. Hence you would have thought that they would be able to afford to go to WorldCons or buy a way cheaper supporting membership and still be able to vote w/o attending the convention by person.
Hence, I can only conclude, you're talking out of your orifice usually used to expel brown smelly stuff.
it's just a personal call whether you think their version of the content is worth paying for
At $36 per article, which I've seen on several sites, I don't think a lot of people will bite.
you end up having no reliable sources
Communication is a basic human need and people like to communicate even if there's no monetary reward.
People also like to spread hoaxes, whether knowingly or unknowingly. That's why I specifically mentioned reliable sources, those "with a reputation for fact-checking and accuracy."
Plaintiff: We want to sue Monsanto before they sue us over cross pollination.
Judge: Can you prove they do that?
Plaintiff: Well, no
Should have said Monsanto v. Schmeiser.
Couchsurfing went from an ostensibly community-run (but really oligarchy-controlled) website to a private, Delware-registered and venture capitalist-funded corporation three years ago. To continue to call it Couchsurfing.org is disingenuous.
Yet you're posting this on Slashdot, which continues to operate from the
Which is why we use ad-blocker blocker blockers
Ad blockers that allow the ad to render and then cover it up exist, but they eliminate the bandwidth and CPU time savings of a normal ad blocker. Like normal ad display, a cover-up ad blocker slows down rendering, drains your device's battery (as its CPU has to come out of sleep mode more often), and runs up a higher data bill with your ISP compared to a normal ad blocker. And as I mentioned above, a cover-up ad blocker fails with interactive advertisements.
They can embed the whole site in a DRM-ed Flash or Silverlight wrapper
Which means your favorite general-purpose web search engine can't see it to index it. Of course, a site could provide just the title, author, and abstract without digital restrictions management and get those in the index, similarly to how Elsevier journals and WSJ.com present articles to anonymous visitors and to logged-in users whose subscription has lapsed.
In what universe is that my problem?
In the universe when you end up having no reliable sources to read about a particular topic because substantially all of them have either put up paywalls or gone out of business.