Attack Of The Chinese Bot Trolls

Born in Turlock, California in 1964, Richard Paolinelli began his writing career as a freelance writer in 1984 in Odessa, TX and gained his first fiction credit serving as the lead writer for the first two issues of the Elite Comics sci-fi/fantasy series, Seadragon.

Sounds like the title of my latest sci-fi novel, doesn’t it? Sadly, it isn’t.

article-kxlppupxmz-1462627888What it is basically is a one-line explanation of what I and several other writers have been putting up with. In my case for about the last year but even longer for others. I won’t speak for them, they’ve been more than capable of handling themselves against these keyboard commandos.

In my case, I’m still trying to figure out the horrendous crime I committed that made these no-life, Pop-Tart eaters. Yes, in case you haven’t figured it out by now, I have a very low opinion of these trolls.

From what I can tell, I landed on their radar because I gave away a free copy of my book to a Comic Con in Wisconsin. Yeah, I’m an evil bastard,. The nerve of me, giving away a free copy of my book. Who the hell do I think I am anyway?

These folks were up in arms with the Con over an issue related to the Con’s guests of honor. These three authors withdrew from their planned appearance at the Con about a week before it was scheduled to open, leaving the Con with no big-name guests as one week simply wasn’t enough time to get replacements lined up.

I make now, and made none then, any determination on who was right or wrong on the issue. It was between the two parties and since I had no knowledge of who had actually done what, I wasn’t taking sides.

But when a fellow author suggested a few of us put together a bundle of our books to be given to the attendees – the fans of sci-fi/fantasy – who were being made to suffer for something they had nothing to do with, I thought that was a