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.
*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.]
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 "satÄ±rÄ±cal"), 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.
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. :)
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.
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.
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!"
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.