An update on The Yanthus Prime Job and other stuff in the works

December 13, 2016 Rob 4

A quick update about what I’m working on: My Pepper Melange novella, The Yanthus Prime Job, is now available on Kindle. At 59 pages, it’s a steal at $.99. Find out how buxom bounty hunter Pepper Melange, first introduced in Starship Grifters, got her start! Pepper Melange, a bartender on the backwater planet Yanthus Prime, has sworn she’d never go back to her life of crime. But when she finds herself in debt to the Ursa Minor Mafia, she decides […]

The Curious Case of Chelsea Cain, Part 2: Narrative Trumps Facts

October 28, 2016 Rob 5

Who needs facts? We’ve got a narrative to push! On Wednesday I published a post about the circumstances surrounding writer Chelsea Cain’s departure from Twitter. The prevailing narrative at that time was that Cain had been chased off Twitter by harassment from an army of misogynistic trolls. I dug into the matter a bit and found no evidence of any sort of harassment or abuse. Since then, there have been a few developments. First, someone finally managed to produce a […]

The Curious Case of Chelsea Cain

October 27, 2016 Rob 13

When Social Justice Warriors don’t have a problem to complain about, they create one. Late Wednesday evening I got on Twitter to find several people I follow tweeting their support for a comic book writer named Chelsea Cain. Cain is the author of the recently canceled Marvel comic book Mockingbird. I learned from these tweets that Cain had deactivated her Twitter account in response to harassment from “misogynist trolls.” Curious, I decided to look into the matter to see what kind […]

WorldCon goes full CHORF, bans panelist for wrongthink

August 23, 2016 Rob 17

The CHORFs running WorldCon have really outdone themselves this time. I’m not going to get into the whole Sad Puppies/Rabid Puppies/Hugo Awards thing, but suffice it to say that there’s been a long-running controversy in the “scifi community” (I use quotes because it’s really more a clique composed of elitists in the industry and their hangers-on) about the deleterious effect of political correctness on the Hugo Awards and on the quality of science fiction in general. One man who has strong […]

Last chance to win a Kindle fire loaded with great scifi books!

May 16, 2016 Rob 0

So here’s something exciting: I’m giving away a Kindle Fire loaded with ten awesome scifi books. That’s right, one lucky winner is going to get a brand new Amazon Kindle Fire, plus a whole bunch of awesome reading material, absolutely free. No catches or gimmicks, just an awesome prize. But don’t delay, because the giveaway ends tomorrow afternoon. Enter now by clicking here now! This is your chance to win books by Marcus Sakey, Blake Crouch, Robert Kroese (that’s me) […]

Good? Bad? I’m the guy with the gun.

May 2, 2016 Rob 3

The response to my maiden post on BadNovelist.com was surprisingly strong–and positive. Those of you who don’t follow me on Facebook or Twitter probably don’t really understand what I was talking about or why this is such a big deal to me, so let me give a little background. I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with politics. On one hand, I’m a huge believer in individual freedom. On the other hand, “politics” as we know it is largely […]

John Scalzi: The Neville Chamberlain of Science Fiction

April 27, 2016 Rob 3

Virtue Signaler-in-Chief John Scalzi has urped some treacle onto the pages of the L.A. Times, which can only mean one thing: Hugo Award season is upon us again! As you may know, the Hugo Awards were once the most prestigious award in science fiction. Lately, however, they’ve become something of a dumpster fire thanks to the efforts of certain cliquish, holier-than-thou, obnoxious, reactionary fanatics (also known as CHORFs) who first tried to turn the Hugos into a showcase for boring, politically correct […]

I’m a bad novelist

April 20, 2016 Rob 11

“I need a new domain name,” I said to my friend Erin. “SFAuthor.net is boring.” “I think you should just use your name,” she said to me. “Your name is your brand. You have robertkroese.com, don’t you?” “Yeah,” I said. “But my name is too hard to spell and pronounce.” “How do you pronounce your name?” she asked. “RAH-bert,” I said. “Don’t be an ass.” “It’s pronounced KROO-zee.” “Seriously?” “Yeah. It’s terrible. And I want something with character. Back when I […]

Burning down the house: SJWs wreck the Hugos

August 24, 2015 Rob 41

I’m really supposed to be finishing up a book, but I’ve been putting off doing a post about this whole Sad Puppies/Hugo Awards deal for a while now, and if I don’t do it now, I probably never will. I doubt there are many people waiting for yet another blog post on this issue, but I occasionally get questions from people wondering what this whole kerfuffle is about, so here’s my take. First, a bit of background: The Hugo Awards […]