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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-01-09 05:06
Subject: [links] Link salad from the fields of winter
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Troy CLE (the author at the center of the "fake publicist" story) responds to our thread about him on this blog — And you know what? I have got to give the guy mad props for standing up.

SF SIgnal does brain meld — "What is Science Fiction?" They had the New Guard redefine in the Old Guard. In which I am quoted.

Europa Polyglotta — Infoporn from the 1730s.

Mommy, where do servers come from? — This can't possibly be real, but wow is it funny.

"The Fallacy of Gray"goulo forwards this interesting essay on ambiguity and judgment.

Bush's effect on the New Hampshire primaries — Had a long talk with a Republican friend here in Nebraska yesterday, who is really disgusted with Bush, and supports McCain, largely on foreign policy (and specifically Iraq War) grounds. Which I find odd, because I perceive McCain as having aligned himself with Bush in this area.

US healthcare system at the bottom of a survey of performance in managing preventable deaths — Yep. The free market definitely takes care of you. If you happen to be an investment dollar. If you happen to be an uninsured person, well, look, over there! 9-11 changed everything!
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Brian Dolton
User: tchernabyelo
Date: 2008-01-09 13:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Regarding "Mommy...": It's certainly proving tricky to track down any of "Tom O'Connor PhD"'s pervious eighty-six books...
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User: hal_obrien
Date: 2008-01-09 14:17 (UTC)
Subject: Cross-reference
Clicking on "Tom O'Connor" as the listed author for Mommy... on Amazon yields this page.

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Andrew Trembley
User: bovil
Date: 2008-01-10 02:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Check out this page.

It's a real fake book (out-of-print marketing material), and it's a real product.
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User: hal_obrien
Date: 2008-01-09 14:13 (UTC)
Subject: Daddy, why can't you look up ISBNs?
Or, Amazon says it exists, although it's unavailable just now.
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Jim C. Hines: Vote Goblin in 2008
User: jimhines
Date: 2008-01-09 14:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Vote Goblin in 2008
I got an e-mail from Troy as well. I haven't checked out his own blog entry yet, but I get the sense that he's smart enough to turn this into some good publicity. I'm tempted to nominate him for office in SFWA ;-)
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Andrew Trembley
User: bovil
Date: 2008-01-10 02:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I was all ready to get my knickers in a twist about the "fake publicist."

Then I started thinking about what a publicist is. It's someone you're paying to say what you want people to hear that they wouldn't listen to if you said it yourself. Sure, you might also be paying to get access to the publicist's personal network, but you might not.

I'm sure someone will say (or has already said) that a publicist provides a bit of quality control; a book/author that's no good can't get a publicist. We're talking a paid consultant, though. Pay enough and you'll get one. You might not get a well-connected or well-respected publicist, but this incident shows up how little that matters.

What's the difference here? A "fake person" said what Troy wanted, not a "real person," but the message was the same. Troy's not out the money to a mouthpiece. That's about all.

It's more an exposé of some sectors of the publishing industry than a scandal about an author.
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Sean P. Fodera
User: delkytlar
Date: 2008-01-09 14:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Re Mommy: Nice little book. I hope they do "No, Virginia, Wireless Internet Can't Give You Brain Cancer" next.
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User: martang
Date: 2008-01-09 19:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
on "The Fallacy of Gray" - a guy that I work with that I respect a lot says that blog is very good in general and well worth reading on a regular basis. He knows Eli, the guy that posted that particular piece.
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