Calling Indie Horror/Thriller Authors! #indieauthors #bookpromo #BadMoonOnTheRise

Michael Patrick Hicks:

Indie authors of the horror/thriller genre should check this out. Teri’s reviewed a few of my titles in the past, and is opening up a chance for free publicity throughout October.

Originally posted on Books & Such:

For the month of October, I’m planning a new series for Books & Such – one I hope todownload (5) continue yearly.  I’m calling it Bad Moon On The Rise – 31 Days of Thrills and Chills,  featuring one author per day, so if you’re an indie author of horror/thriller books, send me your info!  This is your chance for free publicity, to talk up your book, learn about other authors of the same genre, and hopefully sell some books.  Each post will contain any information you’d like to include, such as a book synopsis, author bio, contact links, buy links and a short interview.

I still have some openings, so email me at with your name and title of your book and I’ll send you an info sheet within the next week.

I’d appreciate any help in spreading the word about this – thanks in advance!

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Calling Indie Horror/Thriller Authors! #indieauthors #bookpromo #BadMoonOnTheRise

The Aftermath of Aftermath’s Aftermath

Star-Wars-Aftermath-header-700x300So things have been buzzing quite a bit over Chuck Wendig’s latest, a media tie-in novel to a small franchise you might have heard of called Star Wars: Aftermath.

I wrote a piece about some of the reactions floating around out there in the wake of this book’s Force Friday release on Sept. 4, and it seems to have been drawing a lot of eyeballs. WordPress tells me it’s getting lots of traffic and that my stats are booming. In fact, yesterday and today have been the two most-visited days this little blog has seen (if not ever, than at least in quite a very, very long time). And in these last two days, my post on Star Wars has become the most viewed post of the year on this blog. Crazy stuff, that.

Apparently getting mentioned by Chuck Wendig and The Mary Sue is a good way to generate traffic to a single entry on this blog. Not that I’m complaining. I’m happy for the visit, and maybe a few will stick around for more in the days, weeks, months, and years to come.

In a much less ego-centric fashion, though, the salient point to take away is that whatever protests were aimed at Aftermath have clearly failed. If the goal, either from rabid fans of the prior Star Wars Expanded Universe or rabid puppy/GamerGate types who loathe diversity in their science fiction, was to steer people away from this latest Star Wars novel, then it has seriously failed. If the goal was to shut down any interest in the title, then that, too, has failed.

The mob rule that 1-star reviewers had enjoyed over the weekend is slowly degrading as less divisive readers and fans weigh in. Over the last 24 hours reviews have doubled, and the 1-star reviews, which at the time of my writing yesterday had accounted for more than 50% of the book’s reviews, has now dropped to 40% and the title’s overall rating has increased from two stars to 2.7.

I suspect that the book’s ratings will increase as more people chime in. Soon, balance will be restored to the Force.

While any title is bound to have 1-star reviews, the velocity and ferocity with which they came is more than a little bit suspicious. So, I think that what we’re seeing now is an increase in level-headedness, an increase in honest reviews from those less invested in the old Expanded Universe, and the curious who were brought into the fold because of all the vitriol and attention brought to Aftermath by this anti-Disney, anti-New EU campaign (if that was, in fact, the leading cause behind all those initial 1-stars).

This whole campaign kerfluffle has also given the book a lot of attention at Amazon, as the curious click through to that book and buy it, increasing the book’s sales ranking, as noted by Mr. Wendig over at his blog:

Amazon algorithms are interested not in the quality of the reviews but rather the attention that the reviews and the book get. (Meaning, a passel of negative reviews actually elevates the book’s overall sales ranking. Which in turn garners it more sales. Amazon reps have been clear with me on this point: buyers buy books with reviews, period. Not good reviews, not bad reviews. But rather: quantity of reviews impress buyers to make purchases. So, leaving a ton of bad reviews actually increases the book’s sales.

If my own writing on this 1-star campaign yesterday is anything to go by, then many more readers will soon be discovering and purchasing Aftermath just to see what all the hubbub is. And that, of course, means that the campaign against the Expanded Universe and diversity in our fiction has, again, failed and failed miserably.

The Aftermath of Aftermath’s Aftermath

Star Wars: Aftermath And The Regressive Hate Machine


Update 9/6/2015, 4:51 p.m. EST: I was unaware of this, but saw a post on my FB timeline that was posted to Chuck Wendig’s page that there is apparently a Facebook group called The Alliance to Preserve The Expanded Universe that has launched a “raid” against this book, hence all the 1-star reviews cluttering up the Amazon product page. Chuck posted a link to this article from Oct. 2014, from Another posted a link to Del Ray’s official Star Wars Books page, which given a cursory glance seems to be crawling with The New Expanded Universe protesters (because that’s apparently a thing now).

Original post follows….

This is not a review. In fact, at the time of this writing, I’m only little more than a quarter into Star Wars: Aftermath. If you believe the Amazon reviews, though, quite a lot of other folks have read the book and the Petty Internet Hate Machine has been unleashed at full power against this title, with, at the moment, more than half of the reviews ranking this book at a 1-star.

Again, I haven’t finished the book yet. I stopped last night at Part Two and will be resuming my read through shortly. I’m enjoying it. A lot. I’m pretty sure that Chuck Wendig is incapable of writing a bad book, let alone a book so bad that the majority of its readers give it a 1-star review. I mean, shit, have you even read his Miriam Black trilogy? And if not, you should. Now. Go buy it. Start here.

Now, I was not a big fan of the previous iteration of the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Like a lot of others, I read and loved Timothy Zahn’s Grand Admiral Thrawn trilogy. I tried to read some of the stuff that followed, but was mostly unimpressed and found myself content to wait for the prequel trilogy, which I was disappointed with roughly 1/3 of. When Disney bought the rights to the Star Wars franchise and decided to reboot the Expanded Universe and start over from scratch, I was mostly ambivalent. I still have my battered copies of Zahn’s books and Disney has yet to confiscate them from me and burn them on my porch, a scenario that is highly unlikely to ever occur, so this maneuver to put their own unique corporate stamp on the Star Wars brand meant little to me. And like so many others, I am hotly anticipating Episode VII in December. But the books, I can mostly take ’em or leave ’em. Yet when Chuck Wendig was announced as the writer that would be tackling the post-Return of the Jedi narrative on the Journey To The Force Awakens, I was legitimately excited, particularly after having devoured his Heartland trilogy. Here was one of my favorite writer’s getting to spin his own story inside one of my favorite film franchises.

I’m reading the book currently, and I am still excited by it. I’m freaking ecstatic that this is going to be a trilogy and that are two more Wendig Star Wars books on the horizon. But these one-star reviews have thrown me for a bit of a loop. Point in fact, I seriously do not understand where most of them are coming from. Particularly in light of such positive reviews from sources like Sci-Fi Bulletin, OmnivoraciousNerdist, and Den of Greek. And yes, I know and understand fully well that people are entitled to their opinions. That’s great. But, and you knew there would be a ‘but’ here, I’m not sure that many of them have actually read the book. In fact, I’m fairly certain that most of them are part of a (likely disorganized, band-wagon) smear campaign at worst, or are just knee-jerk nerdrage at the least.

Most of the reviews have little in the way of actual content. There’s little discussion of what, exactly, is supposed to be bad about Aftermath, yet they are also very homogeneous in their opinion of what’s wrong with the book. The big target is Wendig’s writing style, which is third person present tense, a style that he’s honed over the majority of his work. Maybe I’m just cynical, but I’m surprised that this many reviewers have pinpointed this particular style as their main reason for hating the book. Meanwhile, others seem to be shitting all over this new title for the simple reason that it is not Timothy Zahn, or because it is now a Disney property, or because it’s not actually The Force Awakens itself (and more than a few seem to already be using this book as a scapegoat for why they think that movie, due out in December, will suck). Or simply because it’s a new Star Wars, and anything new is somehow a stain on their own personal memories of the Original Trilogy.

One reviewer writes:

This book is an abysmal, absolutely unreadable failure. Does the Walt Disney Corporation have editors?

This is a pretty straight-forward scare tactic that gets repeated by a number of the one-star reviewers, attempting to frighten readers away by saying it’s impenetrable thanks to shoddy editing and typos galore. Yet similar refrains from other reviewers provide no examples to back up their complaint, and I’m not finding anything particularly egregious. One reviewer claimed to have made it through a whopping three pages before giving up. So, please, if you haven’t bought this yet, use Amazon’s Look Inside feature and see if it’s up to snuff for you. But also realize that every book has errors, typos, misspelling that even a team of editors sometimes miss. Some big, some small. That’s just the way it is. Not every single story is flawless. But this critique from the rebel band of 1-star reviewers is just flat out incorrect in its presumptive scope. I’m not finding many egregious errors at all, and am finding the book to be highly readable. Again, it’s a quibble, my opinion versus theirs. Or perhaps they think the writing style itself is the failure, which is also incorrect. But, for here, I’ll presume they mean merely poor line edits. My own personal standard is that if it’s as poorly edited as Vince Flynn’s American Assassin was, then the editors deserved to be excoriated. That book was riddled with mistakes, typos, and in at least one memorable instance, the switching of two characters mid-scene yet separated by entire continents. Frankly, Aftermath has not set off any of my editing alarm bells, and if there are any mistakes (and, honestly, odds are there are a few) then the story has been rolling along well enough that I’ve completely and utterly overlooked them.

Many seem to have a problem with Wendig’s narrative style of third person present tense (one reviewer even mistakenly calls this first person and claims it reads like a blog entry. It doesn’t.), or eagerly chalk this up as nothing more than ‘fan fiction,’ as if that’s somehow a bad thing. Again, maybe it’s a quibble, but a licensed property paying an author to write a canon story is hardly fan fiction. I know many are using it as an insult here, but if this is fan fiction, then so was the original Expanded Universe, starting with Timothy Zahn himself. We can get all philosophical about how any piece of writing could be fan fiction, but I don’t want to get too digressive here.

Then, as we go through page after page of one-star reviewers, we get closer to the original words of warning. Finally, we maybe get to the actual meat of the issue here, and perhaps why there have been so many one-star reviews that all sound alike and hit on so many of the same notes without providing any supporting evidence.

Dennis, whose only previous product review on Amazon was a 1-star review for all three platforms in which Mass Effect 3 appeared more than three years ago, writes:

It’s a propaganda piece by a SJW progressive intent on sending a message about his brand of politics.

While Georgio opines:

it seems that either him or Disney are using the Star Wars property to push a political agenda…that of diversity. This book includes 3 gay characters that feel so forced into the story. Disney is stuffing diversity down our throats and it’s taking me out of my suspension of believe because it feels forced. I myself am a minority but when I read star Wars I don’t want to be thinking about racial consciousness or sexual idenitity. I also don’t like the inclusion of so many gay charcters becuase my personal opinion is that homosexuality is not normal; sodomy is not normal and I am tired of the liberal media trying to make me accept this lifestyle.

That damn diversity. Next thing you’ll know, they’ll retcon the OT so Lando is a black guy and might even have him blow up the Death Star instead of one of the white heroes.

This issue of diversity as a political issue is one that confounds me. Writing characters that are diverse isn’t some crazy political reactionary thingamajig. Representing the world as it actually is should not be whacko political rehtoric. The world, the real world, is radically diverse, but hey, screw you evolution for being so damn political and shoving diversity down our throat, what with all those different kinds of flora and fauna and people.

And, again, this is still Star Wars, so there’s actually no sodomy to be found here. Not a single blow job, rim job, anal penetrative act, or human/non-human love fest to be had. Actually, there’s no sex at all, gay, straight, or otherwise. Maybe Georgio has been reading different fan fiction. I will admit at this point, though, that I’m more than a bit shocked that Wendig hasn’t lobbed in a few “fucks” yet, so he was either remarkably constrained or did have editors who were right on the ball.

Even Fox News contributor Allen West (I know, I know, say no more, just bear with me here) has chimed in with his blog post, Wow: New “Star Wars” character shows how FAR America has fallen.

Yes, folks, that’s right. The Star Wars universe has dared to become representative of reality and feature a cast of diverse characters! AMERICA HAS FALLEN! BAHWAHWHAHAHAHA!

But, no. Just no.


What a fucking feat that would be! That’s a twofer of the highest order! He should get a medal, or a carbonite statue in his honor, or maybe a cheeseburger named after him.

America is fine. America hasn’t fallen. The nation is still chugging along and filled with white people, black people, Latinos, Asians, Arabs, Canadian Hispanics running for US President, men, women, Donal Trump, LGBT, pansexual, asexual, and straight people. Dare I say, Star Wars is starting to look a little more…familiar. A little more realistic. A little more representative.

The cast of Star Wars: Aftermath is not Luke, Leia, and Han Solo. Many are upset by this. People are, in fact, downright pissed off that Wendig had the balls to write a Star Wars book that features all-new characters (a bold and daring maneuver last seen in the likes of the video-game series Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic), in which the primary protagonist is a woman. In fact, the primary Imperial antagonist is also a woman. There’s a bounty hunter who is also a woman. And the ex-Imperial Loyalty Officer that features heavily in the narrative is…gasp!…homosexual.


Or not, really.

By the way, why are the bigoted homophobes constantly going on and on about having things shoved down their throats? Is this like a wishful thinking sort of thing? Doth thou protest too much?

The one-star campaign against Star Wars: Aftermath is starting to reek of Angry Puppy flopsweat, with a dash of tart, mealy GamerGater tears.

And there’s only one thing that’s certain in such instances – when these groups, and people like Allen West, get vocal against something, you can generally presume that thing is actually pretty darn decent and worthwhile.

So, maybe, instead of copying bullet points from other one-star reviews and jumping on the band wagon, you could, I dunno, actually read the book and bring an informed opinion to the table? Just a thought.

If that’s too difficult, here’s a a quick and very heavily-loaded and unsubtle list, written by a guy who has read a full 27% of his Kindle edition of Aftermath, to determine if Aftermath is or is not for you.

  • Are you willing to experience a Star Wars story that does not feature Luke, Han, and Leia?
  • Do you like Chuck Wendig?
  • Did you bother to read the book’s description in order to make an informed decision as a consumer with purchasing power and the ability to govern yourself and make decisions on your own?
  • Are you OK with stories that feature a cast of diverse characters from a non-homogenous background with varying life experiences, and science fiction that has some measure of commonality with the actual real world?
  • Are you fine with reading the first book in a new trilogy?
  • Do you hate, loathe, despise all things Disney? Does my mention of Disney cause you to suddenly breakout into hives and foaming at the mouth?
  • Do you love Star Wars yet inexplicably hate all things Star Wars?
  • Do you love Star Wars but dislike anything new being introduced beyond the films or what you already know from the previous and now defunct Expanded Universe?
  • Do you already hate Star Wars: The Force Awakens even though you haven’t seen it yet?
  • Are you willing to read a brand new post-Return of the Jedi novel that is not written by Timothy Zahn, does not feature Grand Admiral Thrawn, and has nothing to do with the now-defunct Expanded Universe?
  • Does a novel written in third person present tense bother you? Can you even identify third person present tense?
  • Do you believe that it is impossible for women to be capable in their duties, to be both a soldier and a mother, possess agency, and that they have no business being seen, heard, or written about?
  • Are you troubled by the fact that the day may be saved by characters that do not conform to hetero-normative standards?
  • Are you troubled by the fact that non-white, non-male characters may be able to save the galaxy?
  • Like Allen West, do you, too, hate “‘art’ that wants to change our traditional values”? Do you even understand the basic function of art?
  • Do you refer to homosexuals as “the gays” and believe that they are the sole force responsible for eroding American “family values” while at the same time supporting Bible thumpers who molest children, join Ashley Madison and routinely have extramarital affairs, get divorced multiple times, and routinely hold everyone to a system of highly flexible double standards?
  • Were the “good old days” an era in which equality didn’t exist and Jim Crow laws are something you miss with all your heart?

Depending on your answers to the above, you may wish to avoid Star Wars: Aftermath. Or, conversely, you might decide this one is right up your alley and give it a shot. I only suggest that if you do read this book, you approach it with an open mind and then decide if you liked it or not.

Star Wars: Aftermath And The Regressive Hate Machine

99c Sale – All My Titles On Sale This Week Only

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I will be running a Kindle Countdown promotion on both Convergence and Emergence this week.

Beginning today, Mon., Aug. 31, and running until Friday, Sept. 4, you can get both of my science fiction cyberpunk titles, collectively known as the DRMR series, for only 99c each. This offer is good in both the US and UK stores.

If you haven’t already, you can also pick up both of my short stories, Consumption and Revolver, as well. These are normally 99c anyway, but why not get the entire MPH library to date for a whopping grand total of $3.96 in one go-round?

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Today’s SCOTUS Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

American HumanistThe Supreme Court of the United States made a pretty big decision on marriage equality today, in a 5-4 vote supporting same-sex marriage.

Naturally, I have a few attendant thoughts on this, which I’ve posted on my private Facebook page, but which I will copy here nevertheless just in case my thoughts weren’t already more eloquently and better served in the above image from American Humanist Association quoting the majority opinion from today’s ruling. So, here’s my take on things.

  • “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
    -Declaration of Independence. July 4, 1776.

    Nice to see that 239 years later, we are getting closer and closer, one step at a time, to making these words all the more honest and applicable to all.

  • Bonus points on yesterday and today’s SCOTUS rulings: the 2016 GOP candidates continue to dig themselves further and deeper into the realm of irrelevancy, spouting nonsense that puts them farther afield of the fringe contingent, the conspiracy-minded goofs who call themselves Truthers with nary a trace of irony, and the insane asylum inmates that periodically gather for their silly Tea Parties.

    The more they bitch, moan, whine, and complain, the more clearer that progress is, in fact, being made, and maybe, just maybe, one day we’ll actually achieve the ideal of American Exceptionalism that they so often wistfully refer to with misty eyes averted toward a halycon, bygone day, even while they try to work harder and harder, and in ever smaller numbers, to destroy, tamper, and bury it outright.

Today’s SCOTUS Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

Social Justice Warrior Pride And Why We Fight

SJWForgive me, but the following post may be a bit on the rambling side as I unpack some of the cognitive perturbation that kicked off my weekend.

Friday evening, just as we were closing shop, I got into a conversation with a fellow co-worker, who ended up dragging in a third-party with a penchant for the…well, let’s just say obscene for now. What followed was about twenty minutes of after-hours conversation, and some of the most ignorant, depraved, and bigoted nonsense I’d ever directly heard in my life. I’m usually lucky enough to have this kind of toxic hate speech kept at arms length and encountered only by news purveyors recounting the latest indignities of Fox & Friends or Glenn Beck types. What third-party guy had to say, though, might put even those folks to shame with the kind of stuff that makes you wonder what happened to this person to make them so freaking scarred and awful. The kind of conversation that makes you glad that, at least even on your worst, most cynical day, you’re still not that bad.

I cannot transcribe the full conversation, nor how we even got onto the subject, but somehow the third-party guy made it all about his slash-and-burn rhetoric against “the gays” and their “agenda.” This followed on the foot heels of Thursday’s news that, here in Michigan, our Republican governor signed the RFRA For Adoption bill, which allows adoptions agencies to discriminate against would-be parents on the basis of religious beliefs and to deny same-sex couples trying to adopt. To say that this third-party was in favor of this action would be putting it mildly.

He hates that gay people can parade around openly in society and that he has to watch them kiss or hold hands. He argues that gays should absolutely not be allowed to adopt, because they’ll brainwash children into being gay or molest them, and that homosexuality is a choice, despite pretty much all research on genetic and epigenetic factors that influence sexuality. I made the mistake of asking him why this is different than allowing African-Americans to adopt, another segment of our society that is often marginalized and discriminated against.

More often that not, when this question is posed you get a lot of side-stepping and equivocating and protestations that “it’s just not the same!” Even though it totally is the same because bigotry is bigotry, plain and simple. So, I was a bit taken aback when the third-party’s hatred of blacks let spew, and how abolishing slavery was a mistake, how he wishes his ancestors had been wealthy enough to have slaves, and how “they all” are nothing but savages. Blacks and Africa led to AIDs, he said, which then led to the homosexual community deliberately poisoning the blood supplies in the US with AIDs so that straight people would get infected and, thus, forced to give a shit about this disease. His argument was not only revolting, but amazingly complex in terms of sheer lunacy and fringe conspiracy, as if there’s some kind of gay Illuminati plotting a hostile world-takeover. He argued, though, that the only time he’d be compelled to give a shit about gay people is if there were a bounty on their heads so he could hunt them down.

I’ve been in a bit of a daze following all of this. As I said before, I’ve never come face to face with somebody so noxious and poisoned that they should probably have “hazardous waste” tattooed around their mouth. I knew he had some outlandish ideas and odd political stances (he’s an evolution-denier and a 9/11 Truther, but thankfully neither topics come up this time around), but to inadvertently get lost in such a swamp of toxicity was overwhelming.

I needed to try and reclaim some measure of sanity, and this third-party was a solid reminder of why social justice and education is so damn important. So, I’m chipping in to Jennifer Foehner Wells (@Jenthulhu on Twitter) campaign to raise money to benefit Books For Africa. After this third-party guy ranted on and on about how atrocious the birthplace of humanity was and is, Jennifer’s campaign seems like as good a way as any to mentally recover and do something good for those less fortunate than me.

If you’re willing and able to join the cause, you can order your SJW Pride tee right over here. All proceeds raised are going directly to Books For Africa.

front-bigAs Jennifer writes on her blog, this t-shirt, designed by Sandra G. (@peppermintesse on Twitter),

really conveys the sentiment that people who care about equal representation in fiction for all:

genders/gender identities/races/ethnicities/shapes/sizes

–human or alien–

are not villains but superheroes!

I spent hours researching charities that benefit children and emphasize books and literacy. The one I chose not only perfectly ticks off every box, but serves at the highest level. You can rest assured that Charity Navigator, the top vetting site for charities, gives this organization 5-stars on all levels, including financial transparency. 99.1% of this charity’s total expenses are spent on the programs and services it delivers.

The words “social justice” are used, in some circles, rather disparagingly, particularly in terms of media that strives to be inclusive and representative of the world we live in. In fact, social justice is something that we should not only strive for, but demand. Social justice is what ended slavery, it’s what gave women the right to vote and to have autonomy over their own bodies and medical decisions. As with any progressive movement, there are vocal, and oftentimes nasty, detractors. People like this third-party guy was a rude reminder of exactly why social justice is necessary, particularly in terms of combating and winning against sheer ignorance.

Here’s the thing – I’m a firm believer that education is the best way to destroy ignorance. Books are key to this. Knowledge is power, not fear-mongering and blind hate, and we cannot give in to those toxic, sad, rabid members of our society who would seek to destroy and usurp progress all in the name of petty bigotry.

I try every day to be a good person, to my family, to my society, to this one-and-only world that we live in. I hope that whatever I leave behind on Earth when my days are done, that it is at least a little bit more positive than when I came into it. If I can help an animal in need, if I can help, somehow, for children in our pathetic and overly-swamped adoption agencies make their way into a loving family — regardless of gender or orientation — or to simply raise my soon-to-arrive child well and instill her or him with values and moral fortitude to carry on improving things, then at least I can die well.

Books are how we progress and communicate and disseminate information. It’s not the only way, but it is still instrumental. This is where we record our history, and it’s a part of the human legacy. They should speak about us, and the human condition — all humans, not just a few, and not only the minorities among us, but all of us. They are vital, and they must spread. They must make their way into the hands of those less fortunate. Books are one of the first places that education begins, and educating the world — not just America, but the entire global society — is of supreme importance, particularly in those impoverished nations. Third-party guy may not give a shit about them, but we ignore them at our own detriment.

Remember this old aphorism: A rising tide lifts all boats.

And since I can hear some of you bemoaning about giving money to a project that supports books for Africa when we have problems here at home, problems like the RFRA acts and discrimination against LGBTQ communities at the hands of our very own government, I’ll also be giving money to Freedom From Religion Foundation in an effort to help combat the incursion of religion into American politics, which I see as the epicenter to many of these problems and uphold the constitutional separation of church and state.

It should be noted, too, that American-branded, religiously-fueled hate isn’t merely an issue confined to the borders of the US, but has also become a large export into Africa by figures such as Scott Lively, who helped engineer Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill, so all the more reason to send books to those desiring education and agency of their own. In light of the growing anti-gay legislation in Africa, the Ugandan Academy of Science was a part of a panel formed by the Academy of Science South Africa to study the research compiled on same-sex orientation, resulting in the release of a report on the heritable nature of sexual orientation. More on this at IFLS, and well worth the read.

Hopefully I’ve helped somebody today. And hopefully you can, too. Charity is good for you. But it can also be a hell of a lot better for others.

Social Justice Warrior Pride And Why We Fight