Random Thoughts: Default Characters, Manly Men, Slumping Sales, and Hipster Welfare
April 25, 2015
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Charles Akins wants to know what your default is when you read a character in a book that isn’t really specified.
Mine is an amalgam of John Carter, Conan, and Dumarest. It’s awesome!
Tom Knighton wants to know if we can name some some of our favorite works that aren’t about manly men doing manly things in manly ways.
I’m trying to think what I like that’s outside of the scope of Conan of Cimmeria, John Carter of Mars, and Dumarest of Terra and I’m having a real hard time. I’m willing to broaden my horizens occasionally by reading about Cugel the Clever, I guess.
Oh wait, I remember liking one book that wasn’t about a Manly Man. It was about this child prodigy military genius that wiped out a huge armada of alien space ships and saved the earth.
You know, other than that… I can’t really think of anything.
You want to know why science fiction sales are slumping? It’s because you can’t get stuff like “Incident on Ath” at Barnes & Nobel. I mean just look at it! Even if the books are all perfectly fine taken out of context, I’d read all 17 novels before this one just to maximize the savory awesomeness of everything about it.
I posted the following poll up on Google+:
True or False ? — Patreon is hipster welfare, a naked embrace of internet panhandling for losers that can’t make it in the open market.
Only 11% of the respondents voted true, but that shouldn’t be surprising– given who’s on my feed, a good many of the people participating actually have rpg-related Patreons themselves!