In case you don't follow science fiction writing workshop scandals (and, c'mon, who doesn't?), author Gene Wolfe left the Odyssey Workshop this week when some students (unpublished writers) complained about his style of criticism. Locus has printed several letters by fellow authors supporting Mr. Wolfe. I applaude any public belittlement of those whose whine because their unwarrented self-esteem and tender sensibilities have been bruised by competent people who know what they're doing.
The Blogathon is happening today! Support your favorite participating blogger. Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has a page about the event, including a list of participants bringing donations to the fund. The most intriguing is Rob Callahan, who is writing a novel in reverse order, from last chapter to first.
Robot Stuff: here's some fun photos of the Robot Protest that took place at MIT earlier this year. This emotive robot head has been deemed 'too scary" for children. I've seen a lot of robot costumes in my day, but none as ambitious and well crafted as the 9 foot tall Mechawolf.
From The Jesus Museum: Many a madman has claimed that god spoke to him through a TV show. Now, the folks at the Entertainment Ministry show they may not have been crazy. And here's a hysterical site for a book on how to Escape the Trap of online pornography.
Yesterday's story about Stan Lee doing a cartoon based on Hugh Hefner and a cadre of superpowered bunnies got me thinking: We can infer from this that at some point, Lee and Hef were hanging out at the mansion surrounded by babes and brainstorming ideas. There isn't a geek or fanboy on the planet who wouldn't have bartered a healthy limb or beloved family member for a chance to be a fly on that wall. Personally I think a half hour show of these two elder statesmen of cool sitting around drinking and talking would be more fun than animated blondes.