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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 07:05 am (UTC)
Re: Which way the venom flows

>CHORF and Puppy-kicker may seem offensive to some, but they are >attempts to refine the conversation while not letting the >bad-spirited, badly-behaving actors off the hook.

CHORF and Puppy-kicker don't "seem offensive to some," they ARE offensive, and deliberately so. That's why you guys made them up, to offend and insult, not to "refine the conversation."

And the bad-spirited, badly-behaving actors are mostly Puppies and Puppy supporters. Okay, not all of them. Maybe three-quarters or more, at least.

>And to be blunt about it, George, some of the folks on "your" >side have been very, very bad-spirited, and made it their >personal business to be fantastically terrible to not just >myself, not just Larry Correia, but to all of Puppydom.

So you assert. Whatever terrible things these unnamed people have been doing, they are doing in secret, I guess, since I have not seen any evidence of such... beyond intemperate words, which all sides are guilty by now. On the other hand, the terrible things the Puppies are doing are all right out there on the internet, for all the world to see.

>And as Tom Doherty discovered, Puppydom also includes respected >colleagues and authors with decades of investment in this field. >As well as a heap-load of readers. You know, those people who >pay us money for the crazy shit we make up and pull out of our >heads?

You know, one thing I have learned about internet wars is that the mobs are seldom really as big as they appear. I wonder about this "heap-load" of readers. How big a heap? How many?

When all is said and done, I think more readers will be rallying to the defense of Tor against the Puppy attacks than are presently attacking the company and calling for boycotts. Time will tell, I guess. I would like to think that honor and common decency will prevail in the end.

>I'd love to see things dialed down, but the bulk of the dialing >has to come from your "side" and to be honest, I am not really >sure the fans (aka: customers!) who've been tarred with the >anti-Puppy brush, are feeling terribly pleased at the moment.

The fans are not the ones calling for boycotts, howling for apologies, trying to cost people their jobs. Those are Puppies. We are not the ones who screwed up the Hugo ballot. We are not the ones who come up with a fresh epithet every week.

If you really HONESTLY want to dial things down, how about you start by banishing those ugly terms "CHORF" and "Puppy-kicker" from your own blog and your own posts.

>This was never a top-down effort, it was always grass-roots. >Larry, myself, Sad Puppies, we gave faces and a name to a >sentiment that's been there for many years. Among the >readership. Among people who were tired of being treated like >they were second-class citizens, either because of their Fandom >pedigrees, or because of their Fandom tastes and interests, or >because they were professionals deemed to be "cut-rate" in the >back-room conversations amongst other pros.

Except, as I have pointed out repeatedly during our previous exchanges, none of that actually happened. You and Larry were both welcomed into the SF field with open arms and nominated for major awards. No, you did not win... but Eric Flint has dealt with that very thoroughly in his latest. No one is entitled to an award. You were nominated for a Hugo, a Nebula, and a Campbell in the same year... and from that, you take the lesson that you were being treated as a "second class citizen" and deemed to be "cut rate." C'mon, Brad. Really.


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