It is the bane of every writer’s existence to have to put up with trolls. Even one of my all-time favorites – Edgar Allan Poe – had to tolerate the existence of a troll. (Only they called themselves “critics” back then.)
Unfortunately, I’ve got one attached to me that I lovingly refer to as ChinaMike. China Mike runs a website that purports to detail the latest news in a sci-fi/fantasy. In truth, he’s a sewage-sucking punk that makes the Hollywood Gossip Columnists of the 30s & 40s look like Edward R. Murrow.
ChinaMike – called that because the great Larry Correia exposed ChinaMike’s website as being propped up by traffic from Chinese Web Bots that made up 92% of his website’s visitors – decided I needed to be destroyed because I had the nerve to send a free book to a ComicCon in Wisconsin as part of a free giveaway for attendees after the Con’s Guests of Honor bailed out at the last minute.
I even tried to bury the hatchet with him – sent him a free copy of my book too – and he quickly called me a liar. Apparently, he recently added a “little weasel” (e-mailed to my friend Oscar who pointed out the flaw in ChinaMike’s attack) to the list of insults he wants to hurl my way.
For the most part, I’ve moved on. But not ChinaMike. Give a look at a screenshot from his website (no links to that haven of vile scumbaggery):
First, he’s a fucking liar. I don’t want to be mentioned in the sewer pit he calls a website and never did. I’ve never once asked him to mention me, feature a book or an award on this sewer pit of a website. I just wanted him to stop slandering my name. If my name never again appears on his crap site it will be too soon.
Second, not too long ago this website had a Monsters theme, including a Frankenstein-inspired logo. When I was about to release the Del Rio series, I decided to change to a more generic theme for the site.
In transitioning the pages, one line was deleted by mistake from the Awards pages. That line stated: “2017 Nebula Award nominee (non-finalist)”. When ChinaMike saw it was gone, he jumped all-in and started spewing the lies again – as you can see in the screenshot above.
I’ve returned the deleted line to the Awards page since it seems to have triggered my troll so badly. But even if I had chosen to leave it off, so what, ChinaMike?
FACT: Escaping Infinity received multiple nominations from SFWA members for Best Sci-Fi Novel. Thus making it a nominee.
FACT: It did NOT receive enough nominations to make it to the Finalist stage – it did so for the 2017 Dragon Awards I might add – and I have so noted on the page and in the ad I recently re-ran that it was a nominee (non-finalist).
FACT: Escaping Infinity is a 2017 Nebula Nominee (non-finalist).
Here is the ad that Lyin’ Mike got his panties in a twist over:
I have not misled anyone.
But you, shitposter, have and I am fed up with you.
Do not ever again link to my website, screen capture my website or attempt to archive my website. Do not ever print my name, or refer to anything I have ever written or will write in the future, ever again. You are not a journalist. You have no 1st Amendment protections here. If you ever slander me again I will sue you straight into bankruptcy court by the end of the week.