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It is Pixel Stained Technopeasant Wretch Day.

The reason for it, if you don't know it, is some fight within the SFWA (Science Fiction Writers of America, I think, though the A could easily stand for association). As you can see, the SFWA means a whole lot to me. Anyhow, the day is a reaction against writers who put their work online to be read for free being called scabs, or something similar. Look: I don't care. What some guy in an organisation I don't give a shit about thinks means nothing to me. However, the day is about putting fiction online for free, to advertise work, and sell some things, or at least that's how I view it, and I'm all good for a bit of free fiction, and pimptastic action.

So:

theleeharveyoswaldband - from Polyphony Six, edited by Deborah Layne and Jay Lake

'theleeharveyoswaldband' is a piece about music, the internet, and the bad things people do. Heh. I've always wanted to say that. Anyhow, the whole story is there in a PDF, so you can download it and read it later, should you not wish to read it straight away (I have no idea how long it will stay up, so I recommend this). As always, there's also an excerpt of 26Lies on the page, and you can read that, as well. There are also stories from Polyphony Three, Four, Five, and the collections, The River Knows its Own and The Beast of Love. Lots of stuff, in other words.

While you're there, sampling stuff for free, you might also want to consider that the Wheatland Press Sale is still going on.

Special Offer Available From Now (March 30) through April 30, 2007:

Buy any title with a cover price of $19.95 and get any other title free. Just place the order for the first title as usual and list your choice of a free title in the comments box on the Paypal form.

If you don\'t like to use PayPal, then you can send me a check with a note enclosed telling me which titles you\'d like.

Got questions about this? Email me at: inquiries@wheatlandpress.com


So, what are you waiting for? Do the links and read the free shit. Buy some books if you dig it.

Link for more freebies.

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kaolinfire
Apr. 24th, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
However, the day is about putting fiction online for free, to advertise work, and sell some things, or at least that's how I view it, and I'm all good for a bit of free fiction, and pimptastic action.

Hear, hear. :)
nballingrud
Apr. 24th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
Dude, these writers' organizations ... I don't know. I've never been a part of SFWA so I don't know how they run, but I was involved with the Horror Writers Association for about a year and that was long enough to decide it had nothing of value to offer.
benpeek
Apr. 24th, 2007 03:17 am (UTC)
i'm kinda down on all organisations, y'know? they've got a place in the form of unions and shit, where workplace issues arise, but this other stuff... doesn't hold an attraction at all. it's like social club you pay to get a badge for.
ataxi
Apr. 24th, 2007 05:28 am (UTC)
Er, no
The phrase "pixel-stained technopeasant wretch" got me interested so I tracked down the original rant against "scabs" (here for anyone looking).

Wow.

It's not so much that artists bargaining collectively is of necessity a bad idea. Sure, it'd be bloody hard to implement unless the art you were talking about was so formulaic that any one piece could replace any other on a per-volume basis (wait, we're talking about SF&F here aren't we? Not out of the question then).

It's more the cojones / blindness / stupidity required to flatly announce to any group of artists that their work has interchangeable intrinsic value and that ethics dictate their rights over its distribution to be determined collectively, not individually, and expect that said announcement could, would and should fly.
benpeek
Apr. 24th, 2007 05:40 am (UTC)
Re: Er, no
yeah, it's impressive, huh? i figure it's mostly caused by a generation/technology gap, but given that i just don't care what goes on in the SFWA, i have no real desire to argue it. besides, lots of other people got on the wagon. there's a letter from the guy a week or so ago, i think, where he admits he used the term 'scabs' wrong, and said that he'd likely just committed some kind of public suicide.

books are strange business, though. it's the only industry i know where doing it yourself is actively frowned upon. music, comics, tailoring, painting... it's not considered a 'vanity' to go out there and print and promote and sell your own work. to be in charge ofit, you know? but in the book world, such a stance has been so ridiculed and subjected that it's fit only for the complete trash, now. those other forms have their trash, of course, but the idea of do-it-yourself authorship has long been an actively frowned on thing.

which may or may not have anything to do with today. i just sorta went on a little tangent there.
ataxi
Apr. 24th, 2007 05:47 am (UTC)
Re: Er, no
Yeah, I cbf arguing it either. It's boring and I don't care. Things. People. Do.

Your point, which could almost be brutally reduced to "vanity = indie", is a goodie.
benpeek
Apr. 24th, 2007 05:52 am (UTC)
Re: Er, no
yeah, i like it too. every now and then i think about writing on it, but i never do. though every now and then i think about what it would like to have a solid bit of fame, and to turn around and go independent, so i would be in charge of everything. maybe i'll get the chance. who knows.
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