Back in 2015 and thereafter there was a titanic struggle to liberate science fiction and fantasy books from the iron grip of the social justice school of fiction writing that controlled the publishing and awards for writing in these genres. You can read about these things here.
Vox Day has a publishing firm called Castalia House and he has attempted to promote authors who practice old time science fiction and fantasy story writing. Mutiny in Space is published by Castalia House and is the first volume in the author, Rod Walker’s “The Thousand Worlds” series.
In the description on the back cover of the paperback edition Castalia House explicitly states that Mutiny in Space is written in the style of Robert A Heinlein’s series of books for young adults (or juveniles, as they were described in the old days). Now Heinlein wrote some really excellent fiction back in his day. Here’s a link to my thoughts on his writing. In a nutshell if someone were to successfully write science fiction in the style of Heinlein’s juveniles, I would think these stories would be very sought after. So I bought Mutiny in Space intending to see if it lived up to this representation.
I’ll cut to the chase. It does. Now I don’t mean it reads exactly like Heinlein. In fact, far from it. Rod Walker has different characters and different plots and a different voice. There are similarities in the universe that he has built. The way that his interstellar drive works approximates the multi-jump method used by Heinlein in his book “Starman Jones.” And the emphasis on technical skills among his heroes as opposed to the dependence on rhetorical ability among his villains is also reminiscent of Heinlein’s style. And the pairing of a father figure and an orphaned young man is also familiar to Heinlein readers.
The story is the adventure of sixteen-year-old Nikolai Rovio leaving his unhappy life on New Chicago for the promise of a new life as a technician on an interstellar freighter the Rusalka. But the unsettled politics of New Chicago aren’t left behind when he boards his ship and he quickly learns that trouble can find you even after you stop looking for it.
I won’t dig into the plot details. The book is short by today’s standards, about 180 pages. But that is actually very much like the length of Heinlein’s juveniles. It isn’t deathless prose but it is a straight up adventure story very much in the tradition of the older style of science fiction from the nineteen thirties, forties and fifties. I can recommend this book for a young reader or anyone who like the old style of science fiction that I grew up on.
provides the details on how Antifa assassinated Jay Danielson, and
details the command structure and techniques that Antifa uses to fight its war.
The details on the Danielson hit are illuminating and indicate that conspiracy to commit murder should be on the FBI’s agenda for taking down Antifa and BLM. That’s a RICO offense and would give the feds the justification for taking away all those billions that the gutless corporate types have handed over to BLM in the last few months.
Vox was the leader of the Rabid Puppies starting back five years ago and he still enjoys watching the Pink Sci-Fi mafia shrieking whenever one of the actual successful sf&f writers (like in this case, George R. R. Martin of Game of Thrones fame) doesn’t grovel low enough at the altar of intersectional fiction writing for their liking. Apparently he mispronounced one of the unpronounceable fake names that transgender people make up and because of that he’s a racist transphobe and might not get invited back to the Hugos again! Oh the horror.
Vox copied the funnier parts of the shriek. I’m still a big fan of all things Sad/Rabid Puppy and always enjoy watching the crazies attack each other with great joy. If you remember the fun back then check it out for the laughs.
The purpose of the article is a book review of Rutger Bregman’s “Humankind. A Hopeful History” by an anthropologist named CR Hallpike. But in refuting Bregman’s theory on how different types of human societies interact he points out the fact that regardless of whether you look at primitive hunter gatherers or modern western populations people distinguish between in group behavior and out group, us versus them.
Vox is touting Dr. Hallpike’s latest book, Darwinism, Dogma, and Cultural Evolution, which I think will be published by Vox Day’s Castalia House imprint. Seems like an interesting read. I may pick it up. Anyway, the essay is long but highly interesting to a non-anthropologist such as myself.
I’m not much of a sociologist but the outline sounds plausible. The cycle runs for 80 – 90 years and supposedly would describe the last two hundred and fifty years of American history if the author is to be believed. Just throwing it out there if you like that sort of thing.
Hat tip to Vox Day for excerpting an exciting article by Sara Carter. It seems another Google insider has handed over almost a thousand pages of documents to the DOJ exposing how the company’s algorithms discriminate against conservative entities. This directly contradicts testimony made in front of Congress by Google upper management. Apparently Project Veritas is going to reveal the former insider’s identity today. Things are definitely moving in the right direction. I wonder if there is any limit on the size of the fine that can be levied against Google. ONE TRILLION DOLLARS !!!!! sounds about right. Full disclosure, I was holding my pinky at the corner of my mouth as I typed that. Eat your heart out Dr. Evil.
Seriously, it doesn’t appear that the DOJ is going to need much more evidence to move forward. It’s a matter of whether they have the will. We shall see.
Israel Folau was a star of the Australian Rugby league. But his comments about his christian beliefs on homosexuality got him fired from his team and when he set up a crowdfunding effort to contest the firing in court, GoFundMe cancelled the account after it received over $500,000.
Folau is a Polynesian (Tongan) raised in a christian family and his biblical beliefs about the immorality of abnormal sexual practices have clashed with the LGBTQ mafia that more and more ruthlessly attempts to silence any voices that won’t burn a pinch of incense to the Caesar of our time. Kudos to Vox for highlighting this story from “Down Under.”
After you’ve read enough sexbot articles on Drudge maybe switch to something interesting
It seems that the only thing that prevented the changes was that the African delegates were unafraid to say that these changes did not reflect the Christian message. Unexpected consequences of the left’s favorite buzz words diversity and globalism.