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A shout-out in support of Brianna Wu, and other news that isn’t as disenheartening

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SPECIAL BRIANNA SPACEKAT WU SUPPORT SECTION

As you may know, Frank Wu was one of the first people I contacted when I had obtained the trademarks for Amazing Stories.  I knew he was a huge Frank R. Paul fan – and an award winning science fiction artist.  I commissioned him to create an artistic homage to FRP’s first cover for Amazing Stories (April, 1926) and Frank came thru splendidly.  His rendering graces the cover of Amazing Stories’ 88th Anniversary Issue.

With so many interests in common, it is therefore no surprise that I’ve become friends with Frank and, quite naturally, with his wife Brianna.  She is a tall, fierce drink of water who I had the pleasure of being empaneled with at last year’s Boskone.  She is also a successful game designer and outspoken supporter of women in gaming.

Now she is being attacked by elements within the gaming community who espouse views that suggest that women ought not to design games, should not speak about designing games, should not review games, should not play games or, seemingly, do anything other than bring their mates  a sandwich when called for.

Those same elements – or a subset of them – have engaged in very sophisticated online attacks including ‘doxxing’ (outing personal information online) and seem to have a ready strategy when the attacked protest:  they provide so-called documentation that proves that their target is responsible for the attack themselves, usually claimed as being for publicity or attention, or as a way to undermine the opposing side’s argument(s).

Brianna received serious, credible, death threats the other day in a manner that suggested that those making the threats were capable of carrying them out.  Brianna and Frank have contacted the police and the FBI and have taken up temporary lodging in a place other than their home as a result.

All because Briannia was outspoken and effective in her support of giving greater voice to women in the gaming industry and in support of diminishing and eliminating the misogyny that seems to run rampant through certain clades of the gaming community.

Brianna is a friend of mine and I take this situation personally.

Brianna has many other friends and I know, from the online chatter, that they take this personally also.

It is unconscionable to use these kinds of attacks to advance an argument – any kind of argument.  It is completely unacceptable. These methods border on conspiracy (if not cross the line):  for Brianna’s sake – and for everyone else in the gaming community – I hope that the investigation leads to arrest and conviction, as it seems that only that kind of action will curtail the anonymous BS.

I completely support Brianna as a human being worthy of respect.  No other justification for my support is needed.

Revolution 60, Brianna’s game.

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BRIANNA UPDATE:  I forgot to mention that Brianna is giving a presentation at NY Comic Con today.  So much for trying to shut her up with threats.  Like I said – strong and fierce.

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Just a little note to tell you that my new (very) short story, Shimmer, is out on Amazon now for $0.99. It’s a completely self-contained little vignette, very short (just a few pages) but one of the stories I’ve always liked the most but never put out there. So now I am. It’s from the world of Atopia, but you don’t need to have read it to read this. Very light bedtime reading…
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