The Convergence of Science Fiction

YouTuber Max Kolbe recently had me on his show to explain how the SJW convergence of tradpub science fiction happened. Max is particularly interested in the sudden shift from stories that took the Christian worldview for granted to overtly atheistic, anti-religious works. We discussed how John W. Campbell ended the reign of the pulps and how the Futurians fomented a Marxist revolution in SF publishing.

The episode garnered a lot of praise. Listen in and learn how sinister forces relegated the once-dominant SFF genre to a cultural ghetto.

Max himself is an unabashed sci-fi fan from way back, and I couldn't help nodding along as he related how he drifted away from the genre about twenty years ago. He'd also been led to think of the post-1937 Campbell era as the "golden age" of SF and to regard everything that came before as trash.

The highlight of the episode for me was when Max looked over Gary Gygax's Appendix N--with which he was already familiar--and realized that most of the entries are a) not Campbellian and b) take Christianity--or at least some form of spirituality--for granted. It was an honor and a solemn duty to redpill a long-time SF fan on how the genre was purposefully hijacked by a clique of 50 New York editors.

But the tide has turned. Barnes & Noble is collapsing. The big New York publishers who rely on their paper distribution monopoly are hemorrhaging money. The ranks of indie authors who are writing fun stories that fans actually want to read are growing by the day.

I'm gladdened and humbled that SFF readers have singled out my highly unique Soul Cycle as an antidote to the failing gatekeepers' message fic. It's a pleasure to announce that I've retained world-class artist Marcelo Orsi Blanco to return and design the cover of the fourth and final SC book.

If you haven't read all three current Soul Cycle books, now's the time to get caught up for the award-winning series' mind-blowing conclusion!

The Soul Cycle


  1. Outstanding that all four books will feature the same cover artist. Marcelo Orsi Blanco captures the mood and tension of your books, and the coherent cover art will bind the books as a series. Well done, Brian!

    1. It's by design, brother. As soon as I saw Marcelo's cover for James Dashner's Death Cure, I knew he was meant to do the covers for the Soul Cycle.

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    3. Brian

      Voxday has a post about this reacting to news about how Diversity and Comics is being harassed by hanger on as well as some artists employed or comissioned by the comic book companies

      And Vox's take 8n the 3 archtypes of superheros

      In both posts many commentators have posted linked to other converged comics. I must say the comments are illuminating.

      I'm seriously wondering if English speaking comic book creators should publish in Quebec. At least they'll be left in peace where comics are still respected

    4. Xavier -

      Nah. Kill off the Big 2 and Mid 2 comic book companies by filling the void, just like with books. It'll be slow, but it'll be sure. Build FUN and they will come!

      Market your materials and communicate with your customers as if they were your employer (they are), and don't treat them as if they are your enemy (Marvel, DC -- whoopsis!).

      That faux pas on the Big 2's part will go a long way to destroying Marvel/DC from within -- too bad, they had a couple of nice companies there.

    5. Man of atom

      You know the market better than me :) i simply proposed a backup plan.
      Question if the companies go bankrupt who own the rights to the characters?
      And would some of the minor characters be available in the public domain?

  2. The market in the US probably is better than Canada due to their onerous hate speech restrictions.

    Bankruptcy of Marvel would leave the properties with Disney. If Disney spun off Marvel and didn't retain the properties in the sale, then Marvel would own the rights prior to bankruptcy.

    No doubt the Kirby Estate would attempt to collect one or more (such as Captain America and the Fantastic Four).

    The likelihood of the latter happening over the former is slim to none.

    Previously (1980s), Disney and monied Hollyweird interests pushed the US Copyright laws to 75 years plus the life of the author (in some cases). This is incredibly damaging to the whole of Public Domain works.

    This year is the first time in many years US Public Domain works should "unfreeze" and release materials into full-and-open use.

    Disney fears losing the Mickey Mouse copyright (among others), so I expect that they will attempt further tampering to keep it and continue to damage the rights of the Public to access materials that should have gone PD long ago.

    Another good reason for 'Disney delenda est'.

    1. I also wouldn't touch CN due to higher respective labour costs and taxes. But yes, you can lose your livelihood pretty easily over words in Canada these days.

  3. Man of atom
    thanks again. I hadn't if this change but unsurprising. It makes Gutenberg's job much tougher. Worse are 5hos creations that languish becausectge copyright holders are too lazy and top greedy to be reasonable.
    Reminds me of something I read of the successor company to RKO which has thousands of unpublished radio show scripts and ideas. Would it be nice if we could air or publish yhem

    1. The best way to prompt release of this material is to be part of successful Indie revolution in Media.

      Indie success means value of held works that are not available actually goes down not up. Build your success and make these guys sweat.

    2. Excellent point. I hadn't realized that unpublished works diminish in value if readers buy published stuff. Sorta like diamond when Russia and Canada started mining and selling their own diamonds.
      Got write publish

  4. Glad your getting the same guy. It drives me nuts when series change design partway through. It insults the earlier buyers, especially the OCD ones.