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August 15th, 2013

from rom-com to SF

I just submitted a science fiction short story to Asimov's Science Fiction. Twenty years after giving up writing SF due to life and other writing commitments, I'm back in the game.

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Straight Talk on Gay Marriage

 

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK

 

 

            The other day I was telling someone the issue of gay marriage had become too politicized, which is true. However, all issues have become too politicized, including politics.

 

            I used to be against gay marriage, for one simple reason: Haven’t gays been punished enough?

 

            I also used to have a little photo of a white-clad bride, with the caption, “Why do I have to get married? I didn’t do anything wrong!”

 

            You gay people out there, you know who you are: What are you thinking? You have a readymade excuse to avoid marriage: It’s illegal! Commitment phobia? No problem: “Oh, sorry, dear – my idea of expanding my dating pool never included meeting everyone in cellblock B.”

 

            But I no longer make such anti-marriage jokes, because … well, because now I’m married.

 

            On the other hand, I’m a humor columnist, and it’s my job to make fun of stuff, and things.

 

            On the third hand, I’ve looked into both sides and I understand their arguments, and their feelings on the issue. Can I make fun of people, even when I find their arguments persuasive and understandable?

 

            Yes.

           

 

My tweets

  • Thu, 06:49: Submitted a story to Asimov's Science Fiction. After giving up writing SF due to life and other writing commitments, I'm back in the game.
  • Thu, 09:23: Straight Talk on Gay Marriage: http://t.co/8mmVhu1Ebl “Why do I have to get married? I didn’t do anything wrong!”

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