Did you see what Amazon did to Vox Day? It’s an outrage!
Vox once posted a Hugo Delenda Est meme of mine on his blog, so I owe him my eternal gratitude and loyalty. John Scalzi once wasted a few hours of my time by tricking me into reading Old Man’s War, so I owe him a lifetime of enmity.
Seriously, that book blows chunks.
Anyway, the Secret King and tricksy hobbit won a tremendous victory by tricking Amazon into banning a second book. As with last time, I expect a flurry of parodies expressly written to poke fun of Scalzi and cash in on the furor. And when it comes to predicting somebody will do the sort of thing that I do, my track record is perfect.
The Prolapsing Empire is a Hugo Award worthy short story – about 6,500 words – featuring blunt force political message draped with a thin veneer of sci-fi trappings. It’s a genuine tale about the fall of an Empire and how sometimes it just takes one incompetent dolt to expose a corrupt system to enough people to inspire the dominoes to start to fall. One man like Scalzi over-reaching for Hugo’s can inspire a revolt in publishing that encourages a revolt in video games that inspires a revolt in the electorate that results in the God-Emperor ascending to the Cherry Blossom Throne.
I hope you enjoy this short sci-fi satire delivered with Terry Pratchett levels of subtlety. Smart asses like you will probably even appreciate the multi-tiered satire inherent in my unashamedly ripping off a ripoff artist. I half-hope somebody rips me off – it’s satire all the way down!