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Lesbian Zombie Parsec Award nomination and controversy

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basletum dropped me an email this morning that made me go squee. The Escape Pod podcast of "My Friend is a Lesbian Zombie" has been nominated for a Parsec Award in the Best Speculative Fiction Story (short form) category.

Congrats also go out to the fabulous jackzodiac for his nominations in both the Best Speculative Fiction Story (long form) and Best Audio Drama categories for Mister Adventure.

And it's been brought to my (belated*) attention that "Lesbian Zombie" has been targeted by Shelley the Republican in "Podcasts Part 2: Science Fiction or Satanic Fiction?" (and there's a mirror site here). She singles both Escape Pod and my story out for her special brand of frothing censure.


Re: Escape Pod:
'It turns out there is a lot wrong with this series: This podcast is nothing short of depraved filth. It’s [sic] content is frequently outlandish. Their stories have resolutions which are often amoral and deliberately designed to evoke messages contrary to the teachings of Christ.'


Re: "My Friend is a Lesbian Zombie":
'For example the episode entitled “My Friend is a Lesbian Zombie” is a prurient exploration of the occult, and homosexuality. These are both practices offensive to God.'


Re: Escape Pod, "My Friend is a Lesbian Zombie," and science fiction in general:
'This disturbing story is typical of the unsettling themes embraced by the perverse “science-fiction” authors. Eager for the next fix, science fiction dealers know that they have to provide ever more disturbing “fixes” in order to keep their drug-addicted reader’s attention. This “Escape Pod” is actually the start of a slippery-slope towards eternal damnation.'


It goes without saying, or perhaps it doesn't, since I'm saying it, but Shelly the Republican is also of the opinion that science fiction and science fiction writers are all evil, eeeviiiiil. Interestingly, she and/or her followers seem to consider fantasy to be even worse.

I posted a reply to the post, but as Shelley seems to be prone to censoring feedback, I'm not expecting it to appear or linger for long. So herein my serious and thoughtful rejoinder:


Hi Shelley,

I'm the author of "My Friend is a Lesbian Zombie," and I want to thank you for the publicity, censure, and amusement you've provided. As a science fiction writer, proud of my craft and profession, I'm delighted whenever something I pen elicits a response, positive or negative, because it means I'm doing something right.

If you're looking for more fuel in your anti-podcasting and anti-science fiction rant, consider listening to Escape Pod's "The Life and Times of Penguin" (http://www.escapepod.info/2005/09/01/ep017-the-life-and-times-of-penguin). I wrote that one as well, an homage to the wonderful and controversial classic by Voltaire, CANDIDE. I think you'll hate that one too.

Enjoy! And keep up the vitriol!

Love,
Eugie Foster
Science Fiction AND Fantasy Writer



*This apparently aired in May, so I'm a bit bummed that I only caught wind of it recently. [Edit: secritcrush and sfeley have enlightened me to the fact that shelleytherepublican.com is actually a satirical site. Alas, I'm still not controversial.]
I'm feeling:
amused amused
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On June 10th, 2006 01:34 pm (UTC), secritcrush commented:
You do know that's a satire site, right?
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On June 10th, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Is it? Aww, pook.
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On June 10th, 2006 01:55 pm (UTC), dream_wind commented:
AHHHH! I'm going to Hell! Oh, well, I can think of worse people than your lovely self to have as company, because that's where you're going too.

Is that site a satire, or is she for real? People like that frighten me.
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On June 10th, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
It's right on the line, isn't it? But it seems from their Terms of Service (buried in section 4 with the word "satirical" disguised as "satırıcal"), that it is indeed a satire. Drat.

The scary thing is that I have no trouble believing people can express that sort of sentiment for real, because I've heard similarly rabid statements written in complete sincerity.
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On June 10th, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC), pabba commented:
You forgot to mention to her how you'll be eating her soul while you hang out in the fiery underworld below. Ya know, with all those genre writers.

That's insane. Sheesh, but bad publicity is good publicity. I love that story of yours though I do enjoy "Penguin" a bit more. :)
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On June 10th, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I remain amused (and a little confused) that "Lesbian Zombie," a fluffy bit of story written with no agenda or theme, seems to have gotten the most notice of anything I've written.
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On June 10th, 2006 02:21 pm (UTC), harmonyfb commented:
Enjoy! And keep up the vitriol!

::laughing:: You win. Best Fundie Response, EVER.

Notice, though, that she finds them morally repugnant, but she keeps reading them.
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On June 10th, 2006 02:36 pm (UTC), jackzodiac commented:
I guess she would love my Interview with the AntiChrist story I am doing then for the escape pod... if they pick it up I am going to have to make sure she listens to it...

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On June 10th, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC), ecmyers commented:
"My Best Friend is a Lesbian Zombie" is a terrific story and I loved the Escape Pod presentation. Congrats!
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On June 10th, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thank you!
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On June 10th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC), reddherring1955 commented:
Well done! I'll see you in hell. :)
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On June 10th, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Yay! I'm thinking hell is underrated . . .
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On June 10th, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC), sfeley commented:
You should know -- the Shelley the Republican blog is a parody site. The guy running it is actually a friend of Escape Pod. I was fooled by it for a while too... More details in my intro to this episode.

Great work on the award nomination, BTW! It's a fun piece.
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On June 10th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Hee! Yeah, secritcrush alerted me to the satirical nature of the site after I posted this entry. Ah well, I'm still beneath the notice of the true loons. It'll give me something to aspire to .
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On June 10th, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC), faerie_writer commented:
"This “Escape Pod” is actually the start of a slippery-slope towards eternal damnation.'"

Sign me up!
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On June 10th, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Yay! More denizens to populate the depths of fiery damnation!
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On June 10th, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC), neo_prodigy commented:
ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!

congrats on the nomination. and in regards to shelley the evil republican, i think you handled her with the utmost class and respect.

also, i'd be curious as to what her thoughts are on both tolkien and c.s. lewis?

after all they were two fantasy/science fiction writers who were also christians.
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On June 10th, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC), puskunk commented:
You rock, Eugie!
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On June 10th, 2006 05:45 pm (UTC), basletum commented:
Thankfully, shelleytherepublican.com is a satire site; however...
It certainly brings back memories of what a certain "pastor" told me. Being as young as I was back then, I felt pretty crushed. But knowing what I know today, my reply would be more along the lines of, "I can't go to Hell. Satan's too afraid I'll take over. MWAHAHAHAHA!"

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On June 10th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC), bevlovesbooks commented:
OMFG, Eugie. That was hilarious. It's not any less funny that it's a satire site. I was going to say wOOt! free publicity! But alas, not so. Funny nonetheless.

How do you feel about slaving away at the panelist/author grindstone at D*C this year? I've got a few panels for which you would be perfect.
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On June 10th, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
"How do you feel about slaving away at the panelist/author grindstone at D*C this year? "

I'd love to! Your track is always beaucoup fun, and I'm delighted you want me back. Definitely count me in!
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On June 11th, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC), yansmom commented:
LOL! What a fun story, Eugie, and congrats on the nomination! Woot!
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