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Wars, Woes, Work

Life is impossibly busy right now. I am wrestling with the Son of Kong (that is, working on THE WINDS OF WINTER), trying to wrap up a final round of edits and revisions on the twenty-third Wild Cards book (HIGH STAKES), developing three new series concepts for HBO and Cinemax, hiring writers and directors for three short low-budget films I am hoping to produce based on some classic SF short stories (more on that in the months to come), making my way through the Hugo Packet to prepare to vote, looking forward to opening JURASSIC WORLD at the Cocteay and to hosting a ten-author special event for the release of Steve Stirling's new "Emberverse" anthology, THE CHANGE. In a week's time, we'll be flying off to Europe for long-planned appearances in Germany (Hamburg) and Sweden (Stockholm), en route to Archipelacon on the island of Aland, where I am to be the Guest of Honor...

In the midst of all this, wars old and new continue to rage all around me.

I had rather hoped that the Puppy Wars would have died down by now. Naive of me. Far from it, things keep getting worse. All the grisly details of this ongoing nastiness can be seen at FILE 770 over at http://file770.com/. ((Mike Glyer deserves the 2016 Best Fanzine Hugo for his even-handed and thorough coverage of Puppygate, linking to virtually everything posted on the subject anywhere on the internet)).

I want to single out the postings of Eric Flint. The latest, at http://www.ericflint.net/index.php/2015/06/09/a-response-to-brad-torgersen/ , is a devastating point-by-point deconstruction and refutation of the latest round of Puppystuff from Brad Torgersen. Flint says what I would have said, if I had the time or the energy, but he says it better than I ever could. ((I will be nominating him for a Hugo too. For Best Fan Writer)). His earlier posts on Puppygate are all worth reading too. He is a voice of reason in a sea of venom.

I will add one point. The emptiness of the Puppy arguments is indicated clearly by how much time they seem to spend in coming up with new insulting terms for those who oppose them. The facts are against them, logic is against them, history is against them, so they go for sneers and mocking names. First it was SJWs. Then CHORFs. The latest is "Puppy-kickers." Next week, no doubt, they will have something else. Reading all the blogs and comments that Glyer links to from FILE 770 has convinced me that anyone who starts throwing these terms around can pretty much be discounted; you will find no sense in what they say, only sneers and talking points.

Meanwhile, other wars are breaking out on other fronts, centered around the last few episodes of GAME OF THRONES. It is not my intention to get involved in those, nor to allow them to take over my blog and website, so please stop emailing me about them, or posting off-topic comments here on my Not A Blog. Wage those battles on Westeros, or Tower of the Hand, or Boiled Leather, or Winter Is Coming, or Watchers on the Walls. Anyplace that isn't here, actually.

Yes, I know that THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER named me "the third most powerful writer in Hollywood" last December. You would be surprised at how little that means. I cannot control what anyone else says or does, or make them stop saying or doing it, be it on the fannish or professional fronts. What I can control is what happens in my books, so I am going to return to that chapter I've been writing on THE WINDS OF WINTER now, thank you very much.


Jun. 13th, 2015 07:02 am (UTC)
Re: Which way the venom flows

>Eric Flint's a friend of mine, and I trust him on most things. >But he's not immune from getting it wrong. I think his criticism >has been better then most, because he's tried to be fair-minded. >But he's also gotten a few things out of whack.

I disagree, obviously. I think Flint is dead on, and you have gotten LOTS of things out of whack.

>CHORF came about because the SMOFs who are supporting Sad >Puppies didn't want to be lumped in with the hysterical crowd >calling Sad Puppies a lot of terrible stuff.

So you have said before. Do you really think that excuses anything? What you are saying here translates as, "Some of the fans who work tirelessly behind the scenes to put on worldcon and other conventions objected to us attacking them, so I invented a new derogatory epithet so I could continue my attacks."

>Puppy-kicker was suggested to me by a female member of the Sad >Puppies 3 slate who was tired of seeing anti-Puppy ad hominem >attacks. So, I adopted Puppy-kicker as a means of referring to >people who are in it for the sake of personal vendetta, or who >can't seem to stop themselves from being nasty churls at a >personal level, against everything and everyone Puppy-related.

Again, this excuses nothing. "My latest offensive epithet was suggested a female member of the slate who was tired...," etc. What does it matter that she was female? And she was tired of ad hominem attacks? Yeah, so am I. So are lots of people. On both sides, I am sure.

Yet even as you accuse the other side of being "nasty churls," you engage in ad hominem attacks yourself IN THE SAME SENTENCE. Nasty churls? Really? Really? I know you are not Vox Day, but you have read the stuff he writes, I must assume. You have presumably read the comments James May is putting up... well, everywhere. How about John C. Wright? Have you read his blog? And you and this unnamed female who coined "Puppy-Kicker" have the gall to complain about nasty churls on the fannish side?

Look around the kennel, Brad. You want to see some nasty churls? They are all around you, wearing Puppy collars and baying for fannish blood.

If you really want more civility, how about deleting some of the uglier posts from your blog. That would be a start. You guys keep throwing gasoline on the fire, then bitching about how high the flames are going.


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