Eugie Foster (eugie) wrote,
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Lesbian Zombie Parsec Award nomination and controversy

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" ( 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!

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 is actually a satirical site. Alas, I'm still not controversial.]

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