AtH FAQ and BBQ – Compiled by TXRed

AtH FAQ and BBQ – Compiled by TXRed


  • What’s AtH? According to Hoyt is Sarah Hoyt’s blog, where the Beautiful but Evil Space Princess™ muses, discusses, and argues with various and sundry Huns and Hoydens about life, the multiverse, and almost everything except those Things Skippy is Not Allowed to Do Anymore (see below)
  • Who’s Sarah Hoyt? Sarah A. Hoyt is an American who happened to be born in Portugal but got to the US as fast as she could. She’s an award wining author, wife, mother, servant to housecats, and blogger. She’s also the Evil but Beautiful Space Princess ™ in the Evil League of Evil ™, a group of author/bloggers dedicated to truth, justice, great writing, and shooting VileProg fish in their ideological barrel.
  • OK, I got that part. But what’s a Hun and Hoyden? The Huns (gents) and Hoydens (ladies), collectively called Hoyts Huns, are the core of readers who skip work, ah, take a few moments of the day to drop by, hurl puns, dodge carp, and solve the world’s problems by leaving it ruthlessly alone. The Huns welcome newcomers and passers by as long as you are not being an idiot or a troll. Spambots Sarah dismantles and uses the parts for other projects.
  • I’ve noticed some strange acronyms and terms that I can’t find on [searchengine]. As with many websites, AtH has abbreviations imported from the finest sources on the Web.

C4C – comment for comments, in order to get the thread via e-mail.

SJW – Social Justice Warrior, or Whiner, or Weenie, or Wacko. A person fixated on fighting perceived social ills and injustices, one who is determined to improve people’s lives even if it means making them miserable, oppressed, slaves of the benevolent agencies of the State. A proud supporter of Marxism “for the Children!”

GHH – Glittery Hoo-hah. Originally used to describe badly-written characters who used the magical power of their female anatomy to make men love them. Picked up to mean some third-wave feminists (womynists) who seem to believe that possessing estrogen and a vagina makes them both downtrodden victims and possessed of Grrrrl Power, which they inflict on everyone around them.

Grey Goo – depressing, often painfully literary message fiction that (usually but not always) bashes men, the free-market, traditions, humans in general, science and the human spirit. Why science fiction has been in the doldrums for the past 15 years or so (see Human Wave below)

RAH – Robert Anson Heinlein (PBUH) – American science fiction writer, his works are one of the major influences on Sarah and the Huns.

MGC – Mad Genius Club – a group blog by writers about writing and life, but mostly the writing life, publishing follies, and such.

Odd (as opposed to just odd) – those who march to a different drummer, tinker with things to make them better, boldly go where no man has gone before, and tend to be “That Uncle/ Aunt” at the family reunion.

VileProg – follower of the Progressive political movement, often a SJW of some form.

BBQ – proof that [deity] loves us and want us to be happy. Many Hun parties involve BBQ in some form, adult libations, really good coffee or tea, side-dishes, and trying to get the cthulumari to stay out of the boat.

To carp – the punishment for especially bad puns is to be hit with a carp launched from the carp cannon, carpbuchet, ICBCM, or thrown by Sarah. Thus the “I’ve been carped” shirts.

Raiding Party – Those Huns/Hoydens with guest post privileges, some of whom (Kilted Dave [Dave Pascoe], Kate Paulk, Cedar Sanderson, Amanda Green, Alma Boykin) do pretty-much-regular guest posts.

Baaad (as in “you are a Baaadd man/woman”) – giving Sarah story ideas, producing especially lousy (good-bad) puns, really good double entendres, and instigating fun mischief often leads to her announcing “You are a BAAAAAD man” or woman.

Human Wave – see below.

Usaian – a follower of the banned faith in the Earth Revolution series; Huns who pledge allegiance to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness and who believe that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that rights and power flow from the people to the state, and who generally agree that the state should be no larger than absolutely necessary. July 4 is the Usaian High Holy Day, to be honored with speeches, the reading of sacred texts, BBQ, picnics, and fireworks. Usaians may also follow a supplemental faith (religion), but many do not. See A Few Good Men, and Through Fire, along with the related short stories and blog posts, for more details.

Evil League of Evil – The secret organization of writers/bloggers who work tirelessly to corrupt popular culture by inspiring nobility, personal responsibility, and minding one’s own business. Led (as much as a herd of cats can be led) by Larry Correia (the International Lord of Hate), John C. Wright (Evil Lord of Evil) Vox Day (Supreme Dark Lord), and Sarah Hoyt (Beautiful but Evil Space Princess).

  • What does WordPress Delenda Est mean? WordPress must be destroyed, a phrase uttered by frustrated bloggers and commenters when the blogging software eats posts, eats comments, hides pictures, swallows attachments, and generally acts up. Most often uttered after WP upgrades and improves its software.
  • OK, I gotta ask. Who is Skippy and what’s he not allowed to do? Glad you asked. Skippy is that creative, problem-solving guy in the Army who is a bit too effective for his superior officers’ peace-of-mind. There is an ever-growing list of things Skippy is no longer allowed to do.

             In the interests of galactic peace, world harmony, and not restarting [insert armed conflict here], certain topics are off limits on this blog. If newcomers or impassioned regulars get close, Sarah or one of the senior Huns will issue a “hey gang, topic closed” warning. Ignoring the warning will get you disciplined or banned. Topics currently off limits include: theology, American Civil War, why Karl Marx was a good guy and his ideas are worth spreading, and whether American football or baseball is the real National Pastime (theology), and Mac vs. PC (see theology again).

Ad Hominem attacks will get you blocked faster than you can say boo. Disagree with our opinions, show up with data to support your argument, that’s fine. Personal insults are not.

Don’t shill your book every time you stop by. That’s what your blog/website/Twitter feed, Facebook are for.

{Group} supremacist comments or links are prohibited. Do not conflate race or gender with culture, for that way lies banning.

Unnecessary swearing is unnecessary. Try to keep it PG-13.

  • What’s wrong with theology? I see some of the Huns talking about religion all the time. Because the readers and followers of this blog range from Orthodox Jewish to Roman Catholic to Evangelical Protestant to Astaru and other forms of what is currently called pagan, to “Yes,” to Orthodox Atheist (as much as any Hun can be considered orthodox) and we try to all get along. If there are specific questions about certain facets of a religion, that’s one thing. Arguing theology is off limits. Bashing all religions (being an anti-theist) is also off the table.


  • Are comments moderated? Yes and no. If you include more than one web link, your post will go to moderation. Happens even to long-time Huns, so don’t take it personally. It’s just WordPress being WordPress. Sarah will moderate trolls, idiots, and egregiously rude twerps. It’s her house, her rules.
  • I followed a link about Human Wave books here. What’s Human Wave? Human-positive books that are fun to read and don’t beat you over the head with message. See this post, and this one, and this one. Human Wave is part of the Superversive movement in many ways. Human Wave authors include Sarah, Larry Correia, John C. Wright, L. Jagi Lamplighter, Kate Paulk, Robert Heinlein, Celia Hays, Alma Boykin, Sam Schall, Cedar Sanderson, Dave Pascoe, Amanda Green, Peter Grant, and others. Many are published by Baen Books, most are also indie or small-press.
  • I like this place. How can I support it? Buy Sarah’s books! Buy several, give them to friends, to strangers, donate them to your local Friends of the Library book sale, recommend them to your book club. Sarah writes science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, historical fantasy, historical mysteries, cozies, and other genres. Look for Sarah A. Hoyt, Sarah D’Almeida, or Elise Hyatt. There’s also a rumor that she wrote several of the Time-Life home repair and improvement books under a deep penname, but that’s strictly rumor. Buy shirts from her shop.   There’s also a donation button on the right
  • Who compiled this page? TXRed, with a lot of input from other Huns.
  • How do I get a cool picture instead of a monster? Aaannd what’s wrong with monsters? Go to Gravitar and set up an account with a log-in and picture, that’s the easiest way.
  • Where’s the party? In the interdimensional/transdimensional diner/bar/coffee house/reading room/shop/loading dock/observatory/film screening room/writers’ retreat/Martian flat-cat petting zoo. You’ll know when you find it.
  • OK, anything else I need to know? Let’s see. Don’t mess with the settings on the coffee maker or Jeff will get unhappy. He just got it reset after the last person dinked with it. If you bring beer to share, bring the good stuff. There’s a kosher BBQ rig and a non-kosher, so look carefully before you toss meat onto the grills out back – when in doubt, ask Jeff, Eamon, Bearcat, SPQR, Uncle Lars, Joel, or one of the other guys standing around the BBQ rigs. If the cat wants out, let him out. If he wants in, let him in. If he walks through the wall, don’t sweat it, he’s too young to know any better. Oh, and that door over there is the Door into Summer.

77 thoughts on “AtH FAQ and BBQ – Compiled by TXRed

      1. Well Sarah, some of us get the posts via email and don’t always visit here to see the header. [Smile]

  1. to Astaru and other forms

    Astaru? Is that a fertility goddess for kangaroos? Maybe Dave or CuteLilDrow could check that for us….

  2. I’m sure Asatru is what was intended.

    It was intended as a joke: Astaru = Astarte for kangaroos. I figured we’d need a native Aussie (or a resident) to tell us if that was a thing. 😉

      1. Since ‘roos run everywhere, if figures they’d be tough; people used to say if a ham was tough it must have been the foot the hog scratched with.

          1. I had roo meatballs with dinner tonite. Got them 3 weeks ago at a Boy Scout function (perk of kitchen staff–leftovers). Also had frog legs. Big hopper and little hopper, right down MY hopper.

  3. Some of us work very hard to get a carp. Or called a baaaaaaad man. Or the dread double threat, getting both for one post.

  4. It’s Uncle Lar, pronounced lair, not Lars. I’m Deutsch not Svenska. And, no, I did not steal the idea from Uncle Timmy.
    Here’s the back story. Many years ago I met a single mother with two small children. We dated for several years. The kids had a dad (sort of kind of) so they started calling me Uncle Larry. We later married and I wound up raising the ungrateful whelps and it’s me they call on father’s day.
    Anyhoo, when this whole interweb thing came about I needed a catchy screen name, and Uncle Larry seemed a bit pretentious so I shortened it to Uncle Lar, or in full form Kindly old Uncle Lar, protector of kittens, puppies, and small children of any species. I’m also really good with sharp knives so it’s my job to dismember that whole suckling pig in the smoker. Did you know that there are a few choice bits that never seem to make it out to the dinner table? Let me know and I’ll save you a taste.

  5. I’m terribly late, I know, but i must ask, re:
    “If you bring beer to share, bring the good stuff.”
    Just how is “the good stuff” defined here? I know it can vary wildly – and sometimes my personal rule of “Does it have a neon sign? Yes? Then get something else.” doesn’t cut it.

  6. Just read “The Master’s Voice” in the new ANALOG. Set on Mars, on a boy’s 7th birthday, he becomes a citizen, hears a recording of the Master’s voice, and at night his dad takes him topside to see the stars, points out Earth, recites a poem. Boy asks why they call it green when clearly Earth is blue. Confirms my suspicio that RAH is “The Master”.

    1. Good read, wasn’t it? 🙂 I’d almost given up on Analog – this year it has been thin.

      I need to pull out my copy of Rolling Stones and see if Dad’s name was mentioned. ((Don’t tell me wrong universe, I’ve met Gay Deceiver, I know that such things can be corrected with a small step to the side.))

  7. I saw “The Martian” last night at our local 2nd-run theater. Found it very Heinleinian in that “well, DAMN, this is a setback; now, what can I do to fix it” and our hero proceeds to inventory his resources and put them to use.

  8. I’m afraid I don’t recall reading any of your works but I want to now simply because of your definitions for SJW and BBQ. It turns out I have “Darkship Thieves” from one of my Baen Bundles so will insert that on the reading stack as my very next book — unless someone thinks there’s a better example I should start with. I tend to like SF from the likes of RAH, Asimov, Poul Anderson, Sturgeon, Pournelle, Ringo, and Weber or fantasy from the likes of JRRT (of course!) or Asprin although I enjoyed Janet Morris’ “Hell” contributing world anthologies and the first 15 or so Xanth books.

      1. Thanks, finished it the other day. Good read. The protaganist reminded somewhat of Podkayne (apart from the enhanced abilities). My electronic library says I have at least one other title by you so I’ll have to push that further up the queue …

          1. Turns out it’s Draw One in the Dark but I have quite a few other books in the queue. Looking forward to it though as I see it’s one of the ones based here in Colorado.

  9. Turns out it’s Draw One in the Dark. Looking forward to it as it’s one of the ones based here in Colorado but I have quite a few others in the queue …

  10. I was fortunate to have grown up on RAH when he was still among us, Asimov, Omni Magazine, Niven/Pournelle (“Think of it as evolution on action” is a common epithet hurled at the TV in our home), and I am very happy to find “new-to-me” authors in the same vein. Baen has been a godsend with the demise of the local indie bookstores, and my big complaint is “so much to read, so little time”. Read “Draw One in the Dark” in the Free Library, and just bought “Darkship Thieves”, with the hope to get to it after I get done with the annual “Render unto Caesar” ordeal. Thank you for making a helluva lot of sense in your essays!

  11. I still haven’t figured out how you get “Skippy” out of “Specialist Schwarz.”

    I have done a number of things that Skippy isn’t allowed to do any more. But then I was in the Air Force, not the Army.

    1. Nicknames come from different, yea, even (or especially) from ODD sources, Something he did, or someone thought he did, or misinterpreted (perhaps deliberately) what he did, or was done to. I have a string of descriptions behind my name, which I have carefully concealed in a mayonnaise jar buried where I, and I alone, know the location of.

  12. I followed the trail from a tweet to this blog and thought I’d leave a quick note. Love the positive and snarky attitude! I also grew up reading Heinlein, Asimov and any other hard SciFi author’s book/magazine I could find. I love and I write fun and funny SciFi adventures. I have a writers blog and 6 books to date. I’m definitely a newbie, still trying to get better with every story. It looks like your ‘Darkship Thieves’ is a book I have to pick up! Good to meet you.
    I’ve been writing on the side since I published ‘Genome the novel’ in 2005. Now that I’m retired I’m having a ball concentration on my writing and talking to other writers.
    Best of luck!

  13. Would love to read more Daring Finds Mysteries. My sister and I adore E. He reminds us not only of our kids but my grandson. I can just imagine Dyse and Cas with a future daughter named Cassie and twin boys Nicky and Benny. maybe continue the story with a Victorian dressed mystery because of the clothing rental for the wedding? Cosies are really big now. Just wanted you to know we enjoyed your series.

  14. “Do not conflate race or gender with culture, for that way lies banning.”

    I have to say that I would prefer to have “gender” changed to “sex.” It needs to be reaffirmed that “sex” has a proper and necessary use to identify a biologically determinate trait; talking about “gender” seems to concede the preferred usage of people who believe that identity is entirely subjective.

    1. Sure, me too. The main reason I didn’t use it, here?
      Some of the guys have awful senses of humor. “Conflating sex?” With this crowd. That would be enough for a certain Wallaby to derail comments for THREE days. Minimum.

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