Happy International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day!

Remember the little ‘splosion I linked to a while back, where the vice president of SFWA called a bunch of people some highly insulting names for having posted their work for free on the Internet, claiming they were somehow stabbing the industry as a whole in the back by doing so? One of those names was “pixel-stained technopeasant wretch.” Because SF/F writers are a snarky bunch, and because a lot of us think Dr. Hendrix is wrong wrong wrongitty wrong about such things, Jo Walton (papersky) has adopted that phrase for the first-ever International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day, i.e. today.

So today, you may read good stories all over the Internet, because many writers are answering her call to post works of professional-quality fiction on their websites for free.

My contribution? “Calling into Silence”, my Asimov Award story from a few years back. I chose to post that one for three reasons:

1) I can’t post stories I’m trying to sell if I actually want to sell them, which I admittedly do;
2) I don’t want to inflict on you guys stories I gave up trying to sell, or never tried to sell at all;
3) this story gives me a neat opportunity to mess around with font colors for effect. (I almost messed around with fonts, too, but the color adjustments ate enough of my time yesterday that we’ll leave it as it stands.)

I may post something else later today, too, but for now, that will do.

And if you want to read more pro-quality fiction posted in honor of this day, check out papersky‘s roundup over here.

0 Responses to “Happy International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day!”

  1. sapphohestia

    I like your icon. 🙂

    And thanks for posting your story – Information wants to be free!

    • Marie Brennan

      I’m not a big fan of the “information wants to be free” doctrine, honestly — but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with people choosing to make it free. Or, in this case, to make stories free; I also don’t buy the reduction of artistic efforts to “information.”

  2. unforth

    What a neat idea! I wish I wasn’t so swamped today….hopefully people will leave stuff up for more than a day. 🙂

  3. sartorias

    That is coming in as white print against black, which is fairly swift migraine fodder for my eyes–have you a version that is black on white? (Though I believe I’ve already read this one, and liked it a whole lot, in the magazine.)

    • Marie Brennan

      The story was never printed in the physical magazine, but it was posted on the website as a part of the award, and it’s still up there if you know where to find it. That one should be more readable for you, though it won’t have anything fancy done with font colors later on in the story.

      (I’m preparing to redesign my website color scheme; I happen to like white on black, but I know other people don’t.)

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