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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. 15th, 2015 01:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Which way the venom flows
Which of the Puppies are clueless?

Well there's Wright who doesn't seem entirely conscious of his own words most of the time, there's Kratman whose entire contribution to anything seems to be shouting "FIGHT ME IRL!" in any forum where he's not yet banned for trying to escalate everything into a physical fight, there's the weird collection of puppy commentators who think that the hugos are an industry award, don't seem to realise that a book published by Tor was on the slate they voted for, don't understand there's a difference between the nomination part of the hugo awards and the awards proper, don't understand how non-first-past-the-post voting systems work, etc...

Should they be considered clueless just because of their lack of a clue about anything they're talking about? Probably, if words are to have any meaning.

Is it me?

Oh of course not you Brad! Never YOU, you can't be clueless because, according to the way you tell it, you never said anything. Instead there is always someone else speaking while your lips move, a woman came up with "chorf", someone else came up with the slate, and it was the other slate that did anything anyway, everyone else was mean but you! Poor innocent Brad Torgersen; The Carcer of Fandom, Doer of Nothing.

The readers?

What readers are you talking about? The mythical ones who felt that Kevin J Anderson was one of the best writers this year? Sure, let's call them clueless, but let's also call them day-glo pink unicorn jugglers while we're at it, let's get creative. It's not like the qualities possessed by fictional entities matters.

Edited at 2015-06-15 04:31 pm (UTC)


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