August 25, 2015
Just don't give them any of your money!
That's what you do to people who rely on your cash for their living ... but for some reason feel the need to piss all over you if you have different opinions.
You may have read about the nonsense at this year's Hugo Awards. Check out Larry Correia's take on it all if you want to get caught up. Basically, science fiction has been hijacked by those of similar mind to college campus nuts who go out of their way to label anyone who disagrees with them as "racist, sexist, homophobic, etc." All in the name of "diversity," you see.
Scifi author John Scalzi is one of these nuts, unfortunately. Scalzi jumped onto the scifi map with the awesome Old Man's War a decade ago, and while his tale borrows heavily from greats Robert Heinlein (Starship Troopers) and Joe Haldeman (The Forever War), he makes his own mark.
Unfortunately, his subsequent stories went downhill from there. As did Scalzi's relationship with approximately half of his audience due to his smug, I-know-better-than-you elitist style of "progressivism."
Scalzi is currently at it on Twitter, natch, pointing to all the "right" articles about the recent Hugo mess, and swarmily denigrating those who differ.
One article to which Scalzi links is sadly funny. Seriously, who freakin' cares about the gender/race/sexual orientation of a writer ... as long as the story is damn good?? Not to mention, what has stopped women, minorities and/or gays from entering the field ... if their tales are good ones?
Oh, but guys like Scalzi care. There are now, it seems, gender/race/sexual orientation quotas for science fiction quality. And if you disagree, "[fill in '-ist' epithet]."
John has his latest book out set in the Old Man's War universe, titled The End of All Things. But y'know what? Despite having read (bought) all the previous entries in the series, I'll be skipping this one. Because why should I give my money to a person who openly sh**s on people for (honest) political and cultural disagreements? He's the same as comicbooks guys Dan Slott, Ron Marz, Mark Waid, Gail Simone, and Kurt Busiek.
Posted by Hube at August 25, 2015 11:24 AM
There needs to be a new term coined - selfist. A person who decries how society has stopped certain groups from entering their respective field but has done nothing to step aside and provide said denounced groups their position
Yep. And apparently Scalzi comes from a comfy background.
Larry Niven, one of my fave scifi writers, also came from privilege (he wrote in one of his books that he was a trust fund kid due to a relative's oil fortune); however, he's not out there excoriating anyone and everyone who doesn't conform to his views.
I've always disliked Scalzi because he's an a-hole who denigrates everyone with disagrees with him. I also think he's a mediocre at best writer.
Scalzi was a one-hit wonder as an author. I do kind of wonder what somebody like Samuel R. Delany makes of all this--as a gay black man he pissed everybody off for years with his admiration for, and defense of, Robert Heinlein. I'd also be interested in a Barry Malzberg take; never really liked his writing but loved his criticism.
This set of links (I eventually stopped reading because I was nauseous) proves exactly what I thought about the Hugos way back when (c. 1960) they passed up Algys Burgys's "Rogue Moon" because a lot of people didn't like his politics. They are NOT a reliable guide to the best in the genre in any year.
"They are NOT a reliable guide to the best in the genre in any year."
Very true, Steve. I mean, when crap like "Ancillary Justice' and "Redshirts" wins, you know it's not a true indicator of the best in the genre.
And Delany doesn't much- if any crediblity with me, considering that he's a supporter of NAMBLA and said that the Sad Puppies campaign was "racist."
"Scalzi was a one-hit wonder as an author."
I never thought he was anything special. Old Man's War ripped off Starship Troopers, and Redshirts was poorly written Star Trek fanfiction.
"And apparently Scalzi comes from a comfy background."
He does indeed. The high school he attended, the Webb Schools, costs about $51,515 in tuition for boarding students and $36,635 for day students. Not exactly the place an ordinary Joe could afford to attend.
Plus, Scalzi is currently demonizing writer Sarah Hoyt and calling her "stupid" because she mentioned her Mensa card. Ironic, since Scalzi himself likes to throw around his philosophy degree as if it means anything.
It's ironic that many of these liberal loons who complain about "privilege...." come from pretty wealthy backgrounds themselves.