The Israelites of old had a custom whereby — to stop the psychological consequences of sin — they put their sins onto a goat and drove it into the desert.
Of course it wasn’t fair to the poor goat, because it was just a dumb animal, driven into an inhospitable environment and if it survived long enough it probably became dinner for some wandering nomad.
I mean, PETA would be all over them, but it was a sophisticated way to save the community.
Fortunately for them the goat didn’t have access to the internet and its store of misbehavior that never goes away.
So, on Dave Pascoe’s (#3 auxiliary, backup adopted son) posts he had a throw away line. It’s early in the morning and I’ve only had half a cup of coffee and I’m not going to look for it just now, but if I recall it was something like “the accepted wisdom is that they’re thinking of making the worldcon attending membership the only one with a vote.” Of which there was a lot of talk in the wilds of March when the Puppy Punters were in a fever. No use looking of course, because they scrub regularly (which is why it’s a good idea in an argument with them to capture stuff, and why it’s a bad idea for them to leave comments on my blog.) Note he didn’t say there was a proposal for it or that it really went forward (though arguably the effect of Pluribus Hugo which is on the agenda for WC WILL make it harder not for agendas to make it but for anyone without an agenda to make it. It’s amazing isn’t it how their proposals always have the opposite of the effect they claim to want?)
Well, the puppy punters must be in a fever again (why it’s like full summer moon with them. I wonder why, don’t you?) because poor Dave got an invasion of trolls on that one in-passing line. And one of the trolls revealed the new party line. (Guys, seriously, if you’re going to train and aim trolls make sure they have more than two brain cells to rub together. Yes, I know how hard that is, because then they don’t buy your fifth hand pre-disgested pap “Oh, the puppies are neo nazis and extremists and reprehensible” say. But at least try not wind up the true idiots and send them off to reveal how you’re trying to turn the narrative. Just some friendly advice from a woman who owns her own piranha tank and scorpion pit.)
I had before been seeing pictures on facebook from people on the other side with a cutesy band saying “we are all sf” and from that I had deduced that “wrongfans” was all old and busted and the new hotness was “we are all SF” (the Kumbaya is implied.) And I’d raised an eyebrow, but we were doing the final push on the house, getting oldest son moved to his own place, trying to figure out where money comes from for younger boy’s upcoming tuition (not his fault, we borrowed from him to get the house ready. Yeah.) and I hadn’t paid much attention. [Update: I’m told in comments this is Lou Berger’s initiative and he means it. That’s fine. I have nothing against Lou who’s never done me any harm and seems like a nice guy, but a lot of the puppy-kickers are hiding behind it for their projection screen.]
Then the little troll that could left this nugget (and ran away, because that’s what most of the envoys of Fowl 770 (bock, bock, bock) do.)
We know who wants to drive people out of SFF and it sure isn’t the so-called SJW who you hate to much. It is YOU who wants to drive people out, anyone who want more variety and diversity in their fiction. No, not everyone wants to ‘tell a book by its cover’.
Now, the book by its cover thing is a reference to one of Brad Torgersen’s posts. I have no idea what Trolly Tomlin thought it meant, but it’s clear they had never read the post if they thought it meant driving people out of SFF.
The post is here, so read for yourself. Note that even after the illiberal establishment started its game of telephone with it Brad didn’t scrub it. Because we are not the illiberal establishment. And because his post is actually quite innocuous. He’s saying that for too long things presented themselves as science fiction that in fact weren’t. Note this isn’t all of the literary sf, but yeah, a significant amount of it, which is why I stopped reading SF for a while, and only started again when I could read comments on Amazon.
And for anyone who has an issue with his main point, you must be completely virgin of marketing. Yeah, we discuss a lot how to do covers in indie publishing, and sometimes even with our editors. For instance, I was worried the cover of A Few Good Men promised too much mil sf.
BUT whatever the troll believes what Brad’s post doesn’t say is that no one should write literary sf or message sf or whatever the heck sf you want to write. He just said that selling those under the branding of “just fun space opera” is wrong and will kill your readership. (And yeah, publishers still do that occasionally. Most publishers are very bad with covers, period.)
The important nugget in that eructation (yeah, it’s like opening an owl pellet to find out what they ate, isn’t it?) is We know who wants to drive people out of SFF and it sure isn’t the so-called SJW who you hate to much.
For your delectation, here is what the internet remembers, despite all the scrubbings, backtracking and finger pointing.
After Sad Puppies suggested books, with such, you know, right wing firebreathers as Kevin J. Anderson and Jim Butcher, got on the ballot, we found out we were “right wing” and “only political” and we’d totally killed the Hugos.
See this collage of gems:
We were just wrongfans, having wrongfun, I guess.
Entertainment weakly started out by telling us that we’d taken over the awards to drive off different races, women and gays (man, is I doing it wrong, given I’m a woman, Latin and probably have more gay fans than Misty Lackey, if a completely different kind.) Entertainment weakly — see above — backtracked because their lawyers pointed out what they did was libel.
This didn’t stop a lot of newspapers, including The Grauniad from reprinting the same
crap pap as recently as this month. They just name no names and cover their &sses a little better.
And of course, on the other side it’s still gospel. If you’re rooting for The Dark Between The Stars or Skin Game to win the Hugos (my #1 and #2 selection respectively) then you’re racist, sexist and misogynist.
Because nothing counts to them but the scoring of points and maligning of people who DARED defy TOR’s death lock on the sacred Hugo, they’re capable of telling us Brad Torgersen married a black woman BECAUSE he’s racist. And that defending himself from their completely out of the blue charges of racism by showing a picture of his family is straight up racism. Because nothing says “I hate your race” as choosing to make your entire genetic investment in a member of it, I guess.
The translation on this is “you’re racist, and if you prove you aren’t, then you’re racist.” Lovely stuff. Every totalitarian in history would be proud of it.
And here is someone who was at the time one of TOR’s prominent editors laying out cogent reasons why we’re bad:
“Hey I say they’re liars. That is a fact that matters.” Or something. Note that The Dark Between The Stars was published by Tor. Just such professional behavior.
And if you’re black and a Sad Puppies supporter? Why, you racist person you. (Eh. Welcome my friend. I’m apparently racist too. As is Larry.)
And then there was this which is…
The “vulnerable woman?” You’d think it was some poor writer trying to make a living and being demonized FOR BEING ON THE BALLOT because some wrongfans liked her? You’d be wrong. It would be a Tor employee promoting one of her employers books (and demonizing another in the process.)
Yep. Accuse people of heinous stuff, and when they defend themselves post teh kitteh pictures. Yeah.
And you know, when you get called on it, and you issue an apology of the “I’m sorry you were offended” kind, your supporters will act like you’re Saint Joan of Arc of something. I give you the SF establishment, ladies and gentlemen PURE acceptance, loving kindness AND marketing savvy. Why would we “hate so much” the Social Justice Warriors (and don’t come crying to me. You were bragging about that name and giving it to yourselves. There’s even a game about being an SJW. Until we tied it to what it means.) who are doing such a splendid job in the major houses in our field?
And after dire warnings from David Gerrold to Brad and Larry, because you know, they dared suggest people read and nominate Anderson and Butcher if they like them, we get people telling Baen to stop supporting Larry.
That, ladies and gentlemen is the president of SFWA, the professional organization that purports to represent all of us.
Correction, apparently Hines is NOT SFWA president, just Hines.
The Toni thing they refer to?
This one, on this blog.
I’d seen it as a post in Toni’s conference and asked to post it, because in it Toni Weisskopf, my publisher and (I’d very much like it at least) my friend, talked about how fandom used to be more unified, how we all came in the same way back then, through the same authors/same media, an artifact of the distribution of entertainment then. And how now we come in in such varied means that we need to find a way to talk to each other and still be fandom.
Unfortunately what Toni said didn’t fit the narrative. So it had to be twisted.
And as with Brad’s piece on covers, the game of telephone begun.
The inclusive other side tells Gamer Gate (who wasn’t involved till they started rubbing the GG lamp, except of course for those who are both gamers and readers of SF, like… most of the younger generation, say, and who supported gamer gate because they believed in journalism being above board. Of course.) they’re not welcome.
Ms. Wu doesn’t want your kind around here. Even if you were not around here, except as individuals who game and read SF. And of course, you’re racist, sexist, misogynist and anti-gay and don’t you dare dispute their narrative because that just proves it.
The great minds of Damien Walter and Arthur Chu discuss our problematic behavior.
Because all smart people should shut up and follow the narrative. Racist, misogynist, sexist, remember. Even if you’re not and nominated women and minorities for the ballot.
Things got so bad the poor darlings formed the “Just us” league to keep out wrong fans having wrong fun.
Because the narrative tells you those Sad Puppies who nominated such Storm Troopers as KJA and JB will be out to punch you or something.
Which brings up “I’ll walk with you.”
I like Vonda and read her long before I came here. And I’m sure all she’s heard is the game of telephone in her circles, the same nonsense that convinced the dim bulb Irene Gallo that we’re all “right wing extremists.” I’m just going to say she’s trying to be nice, and the reprehensible people in this equation are the ones who so “Othered” Sad Puppies as to convince her we’re some kind of bigots.
People created false blogs so as to inflame the matter and, of course, carry the narrative. This one pretends to be the Sad Puppies blog. (We don’t have a blog because we’re a true grass roots movement, something the other side seems to have trouble understanding.) Risible, of course, but it’s easy to point people who haven’t seen anything real about Sad Puppies at it and then say “see, this is what they are.” It is also horribly evil and othering and hateful and all those things the other side says WE are, but never mind.
Narrative uber allas.
And the narrative goes on.
Thank heavens the same doesn’t hold for Marxist take over schemes, or science fiction might have been in a dive since the seventies when it comes to sales and popularity. Oh, wait.
And if you know, horrible right wingers, like Butcher and Anderson and, oh, half of that ballot that were suggested by Sad Puppies actually get in?
Why you must start a site to No Award them.
And you must give them one star reviews based solely on WHO WROTE THE BOOK and the fact you don’t like some of their beliefs (or what you’ve been told their beliefs were.)
You must do this with great pride.
You must defend the practice.
[That boycott, btw, was not approved of or promulgated by either Brad, Larry (or myself.) And the “Scoundrel” that started calling for it is a war veteran of a war against neo-fascism who took offense to being lumped with Neo-Fascists because he likes books like Butcher’s and Anderson’s and others with no EXPLICIT (all books have an implicit) message.
That’s my friend Peter Grant, and though we disagreed on the need for or feasibility of a boycott, I’d say of his offense-taking what my grandmother used to say “Those who aren’t justly offended when insulted have no honor.”]
And if people were suggested by people whose politics you don’t like it’s perfectly permissible and shows how smart and caring you are to make fun of WORKS YOU HAVEN’T READ:
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I’m voting on the Hugos so I’m reading most of the stories (I won’t read anything by Vox Day, or Patriarchy Press).
Because that’s what librarians are supposed to do. Keep you from reading things they don’t agree with. I’m starting to think these people don’t GET how to do their jobs. It’s as if they were saying “I always wear a condom while teaching.”
But there is no political color line in science fiction.
NO one is calling for specific message fiction from a specific side. (Well, no one on their side. We are racist/sexist/misogynist… you know the drill.)
The people who support Sad Puppies are, as another commenter sent from Vile 770 put it (I can’t remember if I approved that one. There were so many) “just jealous and write mediocre fiction.) Politics is only involved on our side, when we nominate such supporters of racism and sexism as… Oh, never mind. You get it.
Why, we’re practically child rapers. Standing up against us is a “moral stand.”
And no one tried to start a rumor about a science fiction writer and destroy his character. (Despite there being no one who saw this imaginary event.)
The narrative goes on, and the author of the latest Teh Grauniad hit piece talks about Nazis in the 2015 Hugo.
(Yes, that’s the full Godwin, there guys. You never go the full Godwin.)
You know, THESE Nazis:
And the SJWs are not the ones pushing people out. Even if they won’t vote for you if you get recommended by the wrong people.
No, and Mary must be on our side, because clearly we’d be the ones making death threats and sending hate mail, right?
Because the other side is all welcoming and inclusive. All you have to do is make sure your stories don’t support
child rapists nazis non-socialist views which at any rate would be such a break with the revolutionary mission of science fiction that it wouldn’t be science fiction at all.
There’s only one solution for today’s problems, and we know it’s based on
a larger state, policing of thoughts and Marx and the gospel of social justice. All the rest is just wrong fans having wrong fun.
If they must create a narrative that we’re racist, sexist, homophobic? Why they had to burn the
village genre in order to save it.
If they didn’t do that, then people like Kevin J. Anderson and Jim Butcher might win the Hugo. And that would be too horrible to contemplate, as the above links show.
“We are all science fiction” indeed. Provided we take care to support the right causes, of course.
Drops the mic.*