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The Guardian’s Village Idiot Declares Another Career Ruined

I understand that congratulations are in order to John C. Wright. It has been brought to my attention that the Guardian’s Village Idiot, Damien Walter, has declared that John has ruined his career because of dangerous wrongthink.

Village Idiot

 

As I can personally attest to, that is worth moving up at least one rung on the Alphabetical List of Author Success http://monsterhunternation.com/2014/07/24/the-official-alphabetical-list-of-author-success/

Because nobody is quite as capable at prognosticating on the state of an author’s career as a talentless mope, whose total fiction portfolio consists of a handful of short stories with mediocre reviews and nonexistent sales, who can’t unwrap his angst against the patriarchy long enough to finish the novel the British government gave him a grant to write.

So, Damien, you declared John’s career ruined, but at least he isn’t on Book Welfare. Project much?

How long have you been working on that magnum opus of yours? It was two or three years ago you declared in your silly little newspaper that I had irreparably damaged my career due to all my imaginary homophobic statements your crowd sourced witch hunt never managed to find. Yet I’ve been collecting semiannual six figure royalty checks ever since. That has to suck for you.

If any of my regular readers would like to support John C. Wright in further ruining his career, here is an Amazon link to his latest book. Sure, he might not have the flourishing, dynamic career of the Guardian’s Village Idiot, and I’ve not read it yet, but the woman on the cover is super hot. Which I’m sure offends the hell out of SJWs somehow.

Iron Chamber of Memory
by John C. Wright
(Kindle)
IronChamber

So congratulations, John! Irreparably damaging your career is awesome.

 

It is kind of funny though, how they keep saying there is no political bias in publishing, while simultaneously declaring careers ruined because of people having the wrong politics.

If you are curious just how lopsided this industry is, check out this link that divides professions by political persuasion. http://verdantlabs.com/politics_of_professions/  Go down to the details, hit Expand All, and then check out Publishing, and specifically Book Publishing. I don’t know about their methodology, but basically in this Manhattan based industry the number of republicans is so small that it is statistically insignificant. But there is like totally no bias in this completely paved island echo chamber, and SJW pundits would never try to cow authors into falling in line with accepted group think with muttered threats against their careers! That’s crazy talk.

In related news I’ve not posted much about the Sad Puppies campaign this year, mostly because I’m retired from fighting Puppy Related Sadness. Kate volunteered to lead the charge this year, and it looks to me like she is doing a fine job. Of course, she didn’t do any of the things the Puppy Kickers feigned outrage over last time, and surprise, they’re still outraged. The Puppy noms were all collected in the open, transparent as could be, and the list of suggested works was bigger than the number of slots. (Despite me repeatedly telling everybody to not put Son of the Black Sword on there, it still made the list. Seriously, save your nomination for somebody who hasn’t vowed to turn them down.)

However, the Puppy Kickers are still coming up with new ways to be butt hurt over Wrongfans participating, because let’s face it, the truth is they’re a bunch of petty bullies who only care about rewarding cliques with the right politics, and their friends.

I wasn’t going to write anything about SP, but it has come to my attention that a new narrative has arisen amongst the mushy headed dope punditry of fandom, because they are always scrambling for something to get their collective panties in a bunch over. This time it is that Brad and I are cowards—and are probably misogynistic women haters too—because we abandoned poor female Kate to their mighty wrath.

Well, you’ll have to forgive Brad’s cowardice, because he has been deployed by the US Army to the Middle East for the last year, supporting missions against terrorists, but that’s nothing compared to the courage it takes to have a good fandom slapfight. (And really? Scared of what? There are only so many ways you guys can send out a press release alleging that somebody is a racist).

And you’ll have to forgive me too, because I thought I had made my point in 2014 that the system was biased, and I was done. Only Brad asked me to come back to help in 2015, so I did, and after the CHORFs proved my point for me far better than I ever could—wooden assholes and No Awarding the most deserving editor in the business—I said at the end of that I was done.

Why am I out? Mostly because it was a giant time suck, and I’ve got stuff to do. Unlike most of my detractors, I actually write books for a living. I wrote a novella worth of posts on SP in public, and another one worth of emails on the topic behind the scenes. Then there is the joy of spending an hour on the phone with reporters, so that they can quote one sentence from you, and then quote paragraphs from some dolt who knows jack about the topic but belongs to the right clique.

Honestly, in the time I spent on Sad Puppies, I probably could have gotten another book out the door. Plus in 2016 I’ve got my European research trip, I have a new business venture I’ve not talked about at all, I bought a big chunk of property, and mountain fortress compounds don’t build themselves. All that’s in addition to the three novels that are coming out this year, the short fiction collection I have to put together, and the MHI anthology I have to edit.

So I could either try to prove again the point that I’ve already proven, or I can get paid more. Hmmm…. Tough call.
I told Kate back in 2015 that I wasn’t going to be involved this year. So I can’t really have abandoned her if she knew I was never going to show up to begin with. Besides, Puppy Kickers, as far as abandoning the poor helpless women folk, Kate is tougher than all your men put together. So you dipsticks are just going to have to find a better narrative.

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Patrick Chester
Guest

Yeah, little Damien claimed the previous people who ran the Puppies are cowards. Which I guess means you and Brad.

However, he has an… interesting reaction to being tagged in tweets:
http://archive.is/cZ72k

I initially agreed (in my usual smartassed way) to this demand, but you know what? That’s now in the dust. I will tag him or quote him any way I feel like and if he’s going to get all pissy, there’s a block button he can use or he can go whinge to MiniTrust.

Wild Ape
Guest

He is protected on Twitter. What a first rate weasel!

Jusuchin (Military Otaku)
Guest
Jusuchin (Military Otaku)

“Besides, Puppy Kickers, as far as abandoning the poor helpless women folk, Kate is tougher than all your men put together. So you dipsticks are just going to have to find a better narrative.”

Best line in the whole piece.

Francis Ney
Guest

Dipsticks?

Objection! Witness is stating facts not in evidence!

Knuckle Dragger
Guest

I think it’s pretty evident myself…

Joral
Guest

Is-a, not has-a.

Georgfelis
Guest

Overruled. It is obvious to this court that this man has no dipstick. You may continue. (snerk)

S1AL
Guest

Personal result from last year’s Hugo shenanigans: I bought the entire Dresden Files, and figured out that the nitwits who’ve been giving the awards out for the last two decades are a bunch of hypocrites who think that style is the single most important element of fiction.

Also, I get to laugh at Damien Walter every three months or so. Yay.

CombtMissionary
Guest

I’m only sad that Larry didn’t Fisk Walter today, but I understand that he has to be slaving away to provide us more top-notch entertainment!

Besides, I bet Wendell will need a smoking jacket to wear, scotch to drink, and a cat to stroke while in conference with the ILOH about plans to further disrupt rracial and economic equality.

Smoking jackets ain’t cheap, I hear.

Zsuzsa
Guest

“I understand that he has to be slaving away to provide us more top-notch entertainment!”

Objection! Reading Larry Fisking Walter IS top-notch entertainment. It’s better than the scene in Serenity where the crew opens the door to see River standing on top of a pile of Reaver corpses.

Dan Lane
Guest

Objection to the objection! Larry, scurrilous D List author he is, does not GET PAID for his excellent fiskings. Books written pay real money to buy tanks and volcano fortresses and things that go boom and “research” trips to Europe…

Zsuzsa
Guest

What, you’re saying that just because Larry is an author means that he needs to prioritize the writing that makes him money? That’s crazy talk! I’ve learned from award-winning writers that authors create solely to encourage social justice, and any consideration of things as vulgar as making money is unworthy of a True Artist.

(Though I have to imagine that a book called “The Collected Fiskings of Larry Correia” would sell pretty well. Admittedly, there might be copyright issues with the Fisked work, but I’d reserve my copy on Amazon as soon as it came out)!

Bibliotheca Servare
Guest

Seconded! 😀

Bibliotheca Servare
Guest

Huh…that was supposed to be a reply to Zsuzsa on “the collected fiskings of Larry Correia” …WordPress delenda est!

Jeff Weimer
Guest

Speaking of tanks, I hear there is a Gen-yew-wine Sherman for sale. Larry *may* already be interested.

Farley
Guest

I think he’s selling it himself because they didn’t offer enough on it for the trade-in.

expendable henchman
Guest

Larry’s shoulders are waaay too broad to fit through the hatch of a Sherman. If he didn’t vaseline his nipples, he’d lose them.

Them WWII tankers were small.

ByantineGeneral
Guest

I love Larry, but… brain bleach!

Sam L.
Guest

When I see a smoking jacket, I throw water on it. Puts it right out.

"lee n. field"
Guest

Ha! Well. Clickied through, and ended up buying a different John C. Wright novel.

Alan
Guest

I like the idea of a mountain fortress compound. Seems like it would be a great setting for a book.

Mark
Guest

http://www.amazon.com/Kildar-Paladin-Shadows-Book-2-ebook/dp/B00APAHZL2?ie=UTF8&keywords=ringo%20kildar&qid=1458689177&ref_=sr_1_1_twi_kin_2&sr=8-1

Definitely NOT SAFE for work or children. Or adults for that matter, but it does have a mountain fortress compound in it.

KnuckleDragger
Guest

I was thinking about that one myself. I just hope Larry has good sites for the mortar pits.

Mark
Guest

Will he have enough women around to serve the guns?

ravenshrike
Guest

Not just a mountain fortress compound though as he basically owns the entire valley minus the twon itself. Until Correia makes A list he can only dream of the Kildar compound

expendable henchman
Guest

“Oh, John Ringo, NO!”

Scott
Guest

I voted in the Hugos last year, and am doing nominations this year. (Of course, I must not be a Sad Puppy because some of my nominations are not on Kate Paulk’s list) I’m not expecting things to improve this year, and to be honest I don’t really care. I’m pretty much done with the Hugos at this point. Let them have their silly award decided by hundreds of votes. I’ll vote with my wallet and have fun reading instead.

Shawna
Guest

Ditto that.

Farley
Guest

Hundreds? Until last year it was decided by dozens. At best. And those were the more heavily-voted categories.

Khazlek
Guest

No,

The popular categories typically do get hundreds of votes. The least popular categories have been decided by a couple dozen in the past, but with luck, Puppy efforts will push that number over 50.

FrancisT
Guest

Damien has to make stupid noises on twitter because the Grauniad apparently hired a Ros person to take over his village idiot clickbait column. This Ros persons says its better for an author to starve than go indy

BTW I’d be happy to provide assistance for your European research trip if you’re planning on going to places I know about.

Old NFO
Guest

Well said, and bought John’s latest book. And Kate will be fine. It will be interesting to see how the CHORFS try to tear her down…

The Phantom
Guest

“It will be interesting to see how the CHORFS try to tear her down…”

Hasn’t been so far. They’re just making shit up at this point.

James May
Guest

“Don’t you think it would be hypocritical of me to let my work get a boost from a group I spent such much time decrying last year?” – Cat Valente

Glyer’s Pathological Liars keep asking you for that quote. So give it to them.

The Phantom
Guest

Why would I bother providing proof? Last time I provided acres of proof for an argument they called me a liar anyway. You know I’m not, and I know I’m not, that’s good enough.

But thanks for the help. I appreciate it. 🙂

snelson134
Guest

My favorite so far is accusing her and Sarah Hoyt of running a “male supremacist group.”

If the PKs brains were anti-matter, the explosion wouldn’t blow a gnat’s nose.

Mike
Guest

Kate’s decision to asterisk the dissenting nominees is brilliant. The best part is that they can’t complain about it, because asterisks aren’t offensive, doncha know?

John Van Stry
Guest

I have to admit it is tempting to volunteer to run the next one, just for all the free press! I think it’s safe to say that people have realized that the puppy authors are the ones who know how to write the good stuff.

Synova
Guest

Someone (or someones) need to run the next one. Perseverance isn’t particularly exciting, but anything worth doing is worth the inevitable slog. And at least no one has to slog alone and no one has to slog forever. I hope you do consider it.

Bugmaster
Guest

“Readers don’t need to be your audience. Readers are over.”
Kek.

Randy Powell
Guest

I find it interesting that these folks cannot let anything go. They must keep pharmaceutical companies manufacturing anti-anxiety meds in business.

James May
Guest

They can’t. Their entire affirmative action/diversity movement is based on a lie about the history of SFF they will not let go of. You take that away, and it’s addiction to racial/sexual defamation that lie is based on, and this entire intersectional radical feminist cult in SFF dries up and disappears without a trace. They have hung every single asset they own on their irrational suspicions of any move a white straight male makes in a culture where they are a majority demographic. They will sing about “disadvantaged groups,” “structural inequality” and the “marginalized” to their graves.

C.S.Gilmore
Guest

Damien never seems to learn, o well. Maybe someday I will be so successful as to warrant his declaring my career ruined. Got to get my butt sat down and some good writing finished for that to happen. 🙂

TRX
Guest

“You’re not here for the hunting, are you?”

Damien probably gets far more clicks out of a Larry fisk than months’ worth of his usual drivel.

Khazlek
Guest

The list should have a level for “career declared ruined by Guardian’s Village Idiot”

Book
Guest

Last Year: OMG, SAD PUPPIES IS SO SEXIST, IT’S ONLY MEN RUNNING SAD PUPPIES.

This Year: OMG, SAD PUPPIES IS SO SEXIST, IT’S ONLY WOMEN RUNNING SAD PUPPIES.

Everything is sexist. No matter what happens: sexism.

Joe in PNG
Guest

Yep- they want you to play Lucyball while they move the goalpost.
I also love the part where previously, they condemn us for ideological lockstep by only nominating white, conservative men; now they condemn us for nominating non conservative, non-white, and “other” authors “against their will”.

Book
Guest

Oh yea. I’d forgotten about the temper tantrum because we’re recommending books they like to read.

Last Year: THE SAD PUPPIES ARE ILLITERATE HACKS BECAUSE THEY DON’T LIKE THE BOOKS WE LIKE.

This Year: HOW DARE THE SAD PUPPIES LIKE THE BOOKS WE LIKE WITHOUT OUR PERMISSION.

Christopher M. Chupik
Guest
Christopher M. Chupik

Apparently we included those books because it’s our new strategy to use them for “legitimacy”.

No, really.

Doug Loss
Guest

I suggest that we own up to it: “Yes, we are reading, liking, and recommending the works of various SJW-appeasing writers solely in order to destroy their livelihoods by increasing their sales to the wrong sort of readers.” Seriously, do they think this sort of action on their part can possibly accrue to their benefit?

WATYF
Guest

I’ve read Wright’s latest book. It is mind-bending and excellent. Well worth the read.

TallDave
Guest

John’s Golden Age series is the finest piece of literature extant today.

Someday, someone will probably write something better, that’s the great thing about sci-fi, but so far I have not seen anything close.

Somewhither was by far the best book written this year. Seveneves will probably win, and I’m as big a NS fan as anyone but come on, we’re all going to die in two years but we’re still observing the atmospheric test ban treaty instead of increasing our lifting capacity 100x? That was too hard to swallow.

RightWingProf
Guest

Damien dissing an author pretty much ensures I’ll enjoy him/her. It’s almost like Science.

TallDave
Guest

Oh. and thank God you haven’t fallen for Trump’s ridiculous con, and neither has Utah. Once again, the Mormons are doing America proud.

James May
Guest
Why not just rename the Hugos the “Tiptree-LAMBDA-Allies Award”? That would bring home the fact most of the world’s population of genetic colonialist misfits are de facto ineligible and they’d stop knocking on the wrong door in the hopes of being thrown a bone. The term “genderblindness” is so dripping with irony it needs flying buttresses and an army of blind bee-keepers to keep it afloat. “Only one award went to a white male…” – Miss Genderblindness, 2014, SFWA member “Not a single white man won an award tonight.” – Mr. Raceblindness, 2014, SFWA member “If your first reaction to… Read more »
Jeff Duntemann
Guest

Her nickname, after all, is Kate the Impaler. Somehow I suspect she’ll come out on top without even scuffing her shoes.

Christopher M. Chupik
Guest
Christopher M. Chupik

Over at Vile, she’s “the Impala”. I don’t think that’s quite as insulting as they seem to think it is. 😉

Edward Willett
Guest

They’ve clearly never watched Supernatural.

Christopher M. Chupik
Guest
Christopher M. Chupik

I notice how the initial response was cautiously positive . . . and within three days it had degenerated into comparisons to ISIS and Stormfront.

It didn’t immediately degenerate. I guess that’s progress, of a sort.

Alan S.
Guest

Floggings will just have to continue until morale improves. ;D

BobtheRegisterredFool
Guest
BobtheRegisterredFool

In fairness, I am an asshole.

Patrick Chester
Guest

Well, it likely took that long for instructions to be downloaded from the Hivemind.

Christopher M. Chupik
Guest
Christopher M. Chupik

I really wish Damien would declare my career ruined.

Doctor Locketopus
Guest

Yeah, it’s quite amusing. I remember last year Fozzy Bear (or whatever that person’s name is) was giving NYT-bestsellig Larry advice on how to increase his readership, when her most popular book has a sales rank of 45 million (or something like that).

You literally could not make up a parody of these people that is more ridiculous than their own statements.

Brian McGoldrick
Guest

Interesting political breakdown list in that link in there.
Novelists: 82 Socialists/Communists to 18 Republicans

Christopher M. Chupik
Guest
Christopher M. Chupik

There’s no bias! That’s perfectly normal! Conspiracy theories!

/moonbat off

Jim Gorcz
Guest

I just ruined John’s career by one more sales. I already have a few of his books, have to move those to the reading short list.

KnuckleDragger
Guest

Yep, I just got a couple of books to help him further destroy his career.

anonme
Guest

>The Guardian’s Village Idiot Declares Another Career Ruined

This implies they have only one. I’d argue their entire staff consists of village idiots.

Zsuzsa
Guest

Don’t be so close-minded. I believe they also have some city idiots, a couple of suburban neighborhood idiots, a whole stable full of cosmopolitan internationalist idiots…

anonme
Guest

And if the puppies do well again, I imagine they are going to have a great deal of town drunks.

Aaron Wood
Guest

The state of John’s career, by his own account: 2 books accepted for publication by Tor, 2 being published by Castalia House, and 5 more under contract. This, apparently, is a ‘ruined career’.

Anonymous Coward
Guest

But … but … Damien has published a 62-page book … er … pamphlet and has a Grauniad column. Therefore we must bow to his expertise on this matter.

Brian Niemeier
Guest

“I understand that congratulations are in order to John C. Wright.”

Must be a day ending in “y” 🙂

James May
Guest
In a few short years the Hugos, like the Nebulas, have become a symbol of striking literary failure. As a perfect reflection of that, the dynamic duo of Tor will be the Guest of Honors at the next WorldCon. My understanding of what an good editor does is to feel the pulse of their own literary community, act as a talent scout and, finding that talent, cultivate it and a relationship with the writer. Having let so many mega-blockbuster genre writers slip through their fingers in their own backyard as it were, Tor has routinely shown they don’t even understand… Read more »
The Phantom
Guest

“In a few short years the Hugos, like the Nebulas, have become a symbol of striking literary failure.”

James, please. The Hugos and Nebulas have been a ‘symbol of striking literary failure’ for ages. Since the mid 1980’s at the very least.

These days it has gone far beyond that, now they’re a full-blown hate group.

James May
Guest
I would say this: if you took the non-fiction writings of the 30 people bounced out of the Hugo nominations last year (some of whom are in the Long List anthology) by the Rabid Puppies and redacted the race and sex of the people they so obsessively go after, there is no doubt in my mind they would qualify as a hate group. But they skate away because it is open season on whites, men and heterosexuals. Sad Puppies is a reaction to that anti-white, anti-male feminist movement which has existed in force in SFF since 2009. People against the… Read more »
gbm
Guest

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/03/17/the-guardian-cuts-250-jobs-and-considers-first-compulsory-redund/
“The Guardian’s Village Idiot” might better be polishing up that old curriculum vitae.

James May
Guest
I’m leaving this little info dump because it tears out the foundations of the entire SocJus movement in SF: In 1955, of the top 40 magazines in America by circulation, the combined sales of magazines aimed at women (16 titles) was about 56 million per issue. From that same top 40, the combined sales per issue of magazines aimed at men (8 titles) was about 13.7 million per issue. The other 16 titles were general interest. The leaders there and also leading overall was Reader’s Digest at 10.2 million and Life at 5.7. The top 5 women’s individual titles ranged… Read more »
The Phantom
Guest

James, I shall have to insist that you stop clouding the issue with facts.

James May
Guest
I’ll tell you what: you start throwing those stats around the internet and convention panels and you’ll tear the guts out of this sociopathic affirmative action movement. “sci-fi and fantasy have always been a very white, very straight, very heteronormative, male political project. A very colonial project… . By not publishing black authors, by not publishing books about black people, that’s become the message by default. Whiteness being the default has been the message.” – Daniel Jose Older That’s the creepy racist who helped lead the charge to get Lovecraft’s statue put out to pasture. Idiots like him must think… Read more »
The Phantom
Guest

I always go with the “external reality check” myself. They hate it. Ask them, “If what you say is true, wouldn’t we expect to see X?” Which of course we don’t see. The favorite being “If guns cause crime, why is there more crime where there are less guns?”

None of this makes any difference of course, they rage on regardless. Mental illness and a vested interest in the thing being argued is a powerful double whammy.

George Kirby
Guest
And in related news, the Secret Service has put the kibosh on those wanting to carry at the Republican National Convention. Bunches of red… staters, had signed position to allow themselves the self defense gun of choice. The only signature that counted however, was the one that signed Title 18 United States Code Sections 3056 and 1752. Secret Service told ABC… “Only authorized law enforcement personnel working in conjunction with the Secret Service for a particular event may carry a firearm inside of the protected site. The Secret Service works closely with our local law enforcement partners in each state… Read more »
Christopher M. Chupik
Guest
Christopher M. Chupik
I find Steve Davidson’s fact-free ranting at Vile quite amusing: “steve davidson on March 23, 2016 at 5:34 am said: @Jim Henley: not that they would have listened anyway, but immediately upon the announcement of SPIV, it was suggested to Paulk et al that they take a break, let things settle out, work with the community to craft a true recommendation list that would serve the legitimate purpose of bringing attention to (presumed by them) over-looked works/creators and drop the us-vs-them, we’re a separate group from fandom rhetoric. This was done by many. It was a prescription that reflected fannish… Read more »
Doug Loss
Guest

And when he says “being a part of the process” he clearly means “shutup and do as your told by your betters.” Yeah, no.

And frankly, I’ll only be satisfied when the Hugos are recognized as the laughable awards that are passed around from friend to friend within an increasingly small circle of nearly-scenescent, self-important “fannish” nebbishes.

jic
Guest

“I’ll only be satisfied when the Hugos are recognized as the laughable awards that are passed around from friend to friend within an increasingly small circle of nearly-scenescent, self-important “fannish” nebbishes.”

Good news: that’s pretty much now.

L. Jagi Lamplighter (Wright)
Guest
L. Jagi Lamplighter (Wright)

That is totally outrageous. Don’t they understand that there is a huge group of people involved?

TRX
Guest

No. They see “all of us” vs. either some vague “them” or specific individuals. Numbers don’t enter into it.

James May
Guest
Notice how their narrative always depends on the idea the Puppies movement came out of nowhere. They just ignore the sudden 2009 onset of this cult of feminist witchhunting which to this day preaches daily racial incitement and incitement to hate men based on lies about the history of SFF. Who created us vs. them? Did I do that when the culture shifted under my feet from a genre motivated by art, profit and fun to a welfare operation of insane post-structuralist feminist queer theory about “disadvantaged groups” and oppressive gender binaries? They have used these lies to launch a… Read more »
Farley
Guest

Davidson’s prescription is “Let us tell you what to do. Or else I will taunt you poorly some more.”

Yeah, no sale.

Feather Blade
Guest

That righ’ there is some wooorld class projection, yup.

Brian Niemeier
Guest
Based on your accurate observation, let’s translate Davidson’s jeremiad. “Sad Puppies was supposed to be a fluke! I’m freaking out over the fact that it’s not going away!” “SP nominees and supporters are a separate group from fandom whose opinions are illegitimate.” “The Puppy list is valued and respected by more people than I thought possible. This freaks me out even more!” “We have rejected all of SP’s calls for peace and reconciliation. Our default tactic of trying to shame and ostracize them isn’t working because we missed the little detail that you can’t outgroup people you’ve already expelled from… Read more »
Mr. Meow-Meow
Guest

If Hector Lavoe was a fossilized neckbeard driven into submission by radical lesbians, then Davidson would be the King of Salsa.

Curtis
Guest

Standing aside to let the Hugos by. I voted last year but I won’t even bother to nominate this year. Truth be told, I have only read 2 new books this year and that’s not enough to move me to vote for them. Jim Butcher and Andy Weir will do well enough without my vote since they already have my money.
I love the asterisks. Poetic is what that is.

Richard
Guest

I would like to thank you for having the respect for your fans to take your job seriously. I appreciate that I can count on you producing great books every year. I’ve stopped reading authors who don’t seem to respect the fact they do “owe” fans something for our loyalty. To have the audiobooks of MHI and if they were on tape they’d be worn out. Looking forward to the leather bound editions you mentioned a few days ago.

Charles
Guest

Bought the Wright book just because. Looking forward to it.

James May
Guest

When’s the “Men Destroy Romance” Kickstarter coming out? Down with female elitism!

Oh, wait. I don’t give a shit what millions of innocent women do who are harming no one.

Murgy
Guest

“…innocent women…” Hah! Three more trips to the bathroom together, and they’re taking over the world!

(The above is a *joke*: disclaimer noted for the humor-impaired.)

Lokidude
Guest

How many mountains does the idiot own?

TRX
Guest

But a tiny walk-up flat in London is *much* better than owning a mountain fortress in Oowaw or whatever filthy colonial hole Larry lives in.

And besides, if Larry was a real author he wouldn’t have to grub about like some common tradesman; the government would pay him for his services, like it does for real authors.

Tim H
Guest

Given London’s ridiculous London property prices at the moment, a walk-up flat in London probably costs as much as a mountain fortress in the US.

snelson134
Guest

Unless London like NYC has rent control.

richard mcenroe
Guest

Larry’s being less than candid with us about the new home. He actually managed to find the only extinct volcano in Utah and is looking at lair designs as we speak…

James May
Guest

Here’s the feminist reaction to the bad old days of Ozzie and Harriet when women’s magazines outsold mens’ 5 to 1:

“Ahm not revyouing any wyhte men an ah got dis hyar Keekstarter calld ‘Wimmen Deestroy Syfy’ cuz grrl power is murginalazed like all geet owt. Men ar prix. Next cum ‘Kweers Deestroy Fantazy’ cuz cizhet skum are prix tu. Colored of peeple ar next on dis hyar leest and we got ‘PeeOhCee Deestroy Horror’ cuz whytes are prix an not all ghosts is whyte. Go fux selves whyte ciz skums doods.”

James May
Guest
OH! LOOK AT THE STRUCTURAL INEQUALITY OF MISOGYNY AND PATRIARCHY! “For most of its life as a Crowell-Collier magazine, Woman’s Home Companion was the editorial product of Gertrude Battles Lane, who joined its staff at $18 a week in 1903 and who was earning $52,000 a year and was a vice president and director of the company when she died in 1941. Miss Lane spent her last $10 to get from Boston, where she had been a stenographer for a publishing house and spare-time editor of a small magazine, to New York, where she found work as household editor of… Read more »
Alan S.
Guest

Assembling a lengthy volume of biographies of ‘Females Feminists Can’t Find, Understand, -or- Respect’ would seem printworthy to me.

The entire idea of Abigail Adams as a Founding Father would cause panic attacks and a growth-business in ‘Safe Space Rentals’.

James May
Guest
Feminists find and unfind women in history as suits whatever they’re arguing at that particular moment. Listening to them, history is so flexible it has no meaning. They are addicted to the idea men purposefully devalued or excluded women from SFF; it is their precious, and thing they base all their whining on. But we know commercial media has run on demographics carefully analyzed by ad agencies and companies for a hundred years now. Such groups exist and they tend to be massively askew when it comes to particular hobbies and interests. The idea Latino males age 13-20 choosing not… Read more »
James May
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Plus Lane didn’t call her own readers “shitlords.”

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik
And some more “love” from Vile: “Aaron on March 23, 2016 at 7:56 pm said: Referring to me as a “Puppy Kicker” says more about you than it does about me. Everything one needs to know about why people don’t want to be associated with the Pups is right there in that sentence. There isn’t a secret cabal that will glower if people don’t disassociate from the Pups fast enough. Finn makes clear (although he does so inadvertently) in his own post why people don’t want to be associated with the Pups: They are almost all assholes. Finn is an… Read more »
Doug Loss
Guest

So, he basically lies constantly. So what’s new?

60guilders
Guest

As has been mentioned elsewhere, does John Scalzi own a mountain?

Patrick Chester
Guest

“Aaron on March 23, 2016 at 7:56 pm said:

Referring to me as a “Puppy Kicker” says more about you than it does about me.

Judging from the part quoted after that, it says the person who called poor Aaron a “Puppy Kicker” is rather observant.

James May
Guest
That dude is a straight up liar. He and a couple others artificially started Alistair Reynolds’ career in 2000 with his first novel. That way they could claim Reynold’s career as “proof” the Puppies were wrong, since it fits in with some imaginary Puppy timeline they made up of when things went to hell. The problem is that Reynolds’ career starts 10 years before that. He made his rep on his short stories. No one says the careers of C.L. Moore or Ray Bradbury begins with their first novels. The other problem is that if their timeline is accurate, where… Read more »
60guilders
Guest

“Scalzi’s career was built on the mighty shoulders of K. Tempest Bradford and N.K. Jemisin.”

Much as I hate to say it, you’re being unfair to Scalzi, here.
His career was built on Heinlein and Roddenberry fanfic.

Chris L
Guest

^This exactly^

TRX
Guest

> all assholes

There ought to be an appropriate clip from Spaceballs somewhere…

Brian Niemeier
Guest

Hey MHN, now it’s your turn!

Apply the CHORF Projection Filter to the irrational screed above. Extra points if you ID the emotional panic button that triggered it.

Brad R. Torgersen
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Kip Drordy (aka: Aaron Pound) continues to be a font of projection. Larry is “minor league” eh? I’m a fringe player? Kip needs to tell one of his teeth-gnashing Pravda 770 associates — who is an editor at Wikipedia — to go erase me from the list of notables at the Analog magazine article. A list that also includes Vernor Vinge, Kevin J. Anderson, Arthur C. Clarke, Orson Scott Card, and so many more. If that’s being a fringe player, I’m certainly in august “fringe” company. No worries, though. Kip has his echo chamber. As long as Pravda 770 regurgitates… Read more »
Diane K. Brendan
Guest

Well now. I guess I’m going to have to further damage Wright’s writing career. Off to Amazon I go!

elwood p. dowd
Guest

I was wondering why ol’ Demian’s tweets are now protected. Alas, I’ll have to do without his pearls of wisdom for the present. Maybe with protected tweets he’ll actually finish that novel the UK government paid him to write?

Christopher M. Chupik
Guest
Christopher M. Chupik

“Maybe with protected tweets he’ll actually finish that novel the UK government paid him to write?”

Any decade now . . .

Radioactive
Guest

Don’t rush the poor boy…it’s tough getting out of those footy pajamas.

Joe in PNG
Guest

It’s also tough having to constantly go back and re-edit one’s work every time you find out we have always been at war with Eastasia.

Zsuzsa
Guest

That is an issue, especially when you’re writing a fashionable victim narrative. See the recent flaps over “The Vagina Monologues.” It was a fashionable victim narrative, then the victimization in question went out of fashion (you’re only writing about women with vaginas? TRANSPHOBIC!), and now it’s heresy.

Really, Damien’s strategy of “Just never finish the thing” seems like it might be the right one for this sort of thing.

ames MayJ
Guest

Dameyen is whyte normative ciz scum patriarky.

Patrick Chester
Guest

Hm. On the #SadPuppies hashtag someone’s been tweeting images of sad puppies with Damien tagged. I’m guessing he hasn’t figured out how to mute or block people. Too complex for him.

Tim H
Guest

He’s manage to block me, even though I’ve never had a single negative interaction with him on Twitter. I just assumed he was using Arthur Chu’s ridiculous blocklist

CR Williams
Guest

Dang. I wish I could have my career ruined like that.

joe doakes
Guest

I wish my career could be as “ruined” as yours! As Tevye says of riches: “May God smite me with it, and may I never recover.”

Semiba
Guest
Well, this needs to be documented so that outsiders involved in the Hugo process have an idea of what at least a signigicant, vocal selection of Worldcon members want and think regarding the awards. Cross-posted to Mad Genius Club. From the comments of the File770 Pixel Scroll dated 3/22/16: ——- ***On the Subject of What the Hugos Mean*** Andrew M: The Hugos represent a particular community – literary convention fandom – which is only a subset of the wider community of people who are in any way actively fannish, which is itself a subset of the yet wider community of… Read more »
Brad R. Torgersen
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Thing about the Pravda 770 crew (and Damien Walter) is they don’t understand how this really works. You don’t “prove” somebody is irrelevant by chattering nastily about them in a semi-regular fashion. You literally forget about them, and don’t bring them up, or talk about them, even in passing. Not a week goes by that Pravda 770 hasn’t been bashing Sad Puppies, going on 13 months. Steve Davidson is obsessed with Sad Puppies. Mewling jock-sniffers like Aaron Pound are also obsessed with Sad Puppies. They don’t think Sad Puppies doesn’t matter. Sad Puppies matters so much to them, we drive… Read more »
Doug Loss
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It occurred to me that the Sad Puppies ongoing destruction of the Hugos (this is, after all, what’s happening) should only be the first step. Here’s what I posted on Sarah Hoyt’s blog: “I think it’s important for us to acknowledge the fear of those [authors] still beholden (at least in their minds) to the lords and ladies of establishment publishing. But acknowledging that fear doesn’t mean we should become enablers of that fear. If anything, we need to perform interventions, to help them to overcome the fear. And that’s what the Puppy movement should be about. Revealing the Hugos… Read more »
James May
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This is the first time in history the SFWA, Hugos and a publisher – Tor – have been actively hate by fans. This is the first time in history a publishing associate – TorCom – as well as KKK-like ‘zines like Lightspeed, Strange Horizons and Uncanny have shown either an active disdain or even outright hatred of large swaths of fandom. There has never been anything even remotely like this in the history of the genre, and you can thank this anti-white, man-phobic queer feminism for it. It is the most paranoid, hateful and dishonest culture of people I have… Read more »
jic
Guest

“Sad Puppies ongoing destruction of the Hugos (this is, after all, what’s happening)”

I don’t agree with you on that point, because the Hugos were already destroying themselves. SPI and II were just pointing that out, and SPIII was an attempt to save them. Despite the fact that I voted in SPIII, I really don’t think that they are worth saving. Let the worthless charade fade into ever more deserved obscurity with the rest of ‘mainstream’ sf&f publishing and fandom, and the “mean girls” take care of themselves.

Randy P.
Guest

The Hugos are already dead. *Cue Fist of the North Star meme*

The three camps are only voting on which way they want the remaining years to be spent on doing. The kickers want to make sure that when they die no one will remember the thing at all, the Sads want the last remaining years to be spent with a wider selection of material, and the Rabids want to get it over with and bring it to its natural end point.

At least the last two are willing to get it over with.

James May
Guest
Probably the most single amazing thing about this whole story is the millions of words that have been written back and forth over several years about an equally amazing bald-faced lie: that people, especially women, were excluded from SF as if it was some Jim Crow to keep out non-whites and gay folks. Nothing even remotely like that occurred, and yet it is taken as faith by social justice crusaders as actual history and has been used to power their entire movement. The people most angry about the history of SF are the people who know the least about it.… Read more »
Brian McGoldrick
Guest
I was wondering who the N.K. Jemisin that keeps getting mentioned is. I had to look her up on Wikipedia, where the cover pictures of a couple of her books looks familiar but the descriptions don’t even ring the slightest bell. More an more, I see books from the big publishers that utterly fail to make an impression on me at the bookstore. I look at them and just get a meh feeling about them and forget them again. I guess she must be one of the slew of Nebula/Hugo nominated/winning authors that have books that didn’t even make enough… Read more »
James May
Guest

If there’s a person more viciously anti-white in SFF than Jemisin, I don’t know who it would be. She’s made a career of it. Her prose is brutally bad. If she were a white male with her level of talent, she would be self-pubbing. She is a product of the welfare-affirmative action movement in SFF.

jic
Guest
“In the past 10-15 years, It’s reached the point where if a book says Hugo/Nebula winner, I don’t even look past that point because I’ve been so underwhelmed and bored by every one I’ve read.” At the moment, The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi is my ‘work’ book (I tend to read two novels at a time, one at home and one during breaks at work), and I’m about 80 pages in. It’s so unbelievably tedious that I found myself reading one of those stupid celebrity gossip mags full of reality TV stars I’ve never heard of instead. I almost… Read more »
TRX
Guest

Unfortunately Gibson’s later stuff was.

I can’t fault him too much for it. I’ve encountered a lot of writers whose early work *rocked*, and then they settled down into a later career of “meh.”

It’s like they have something bottled up inside, and once they write it out, they’re empty.

But at least Gibson *has* some decent stuff to point to; that’s more than most of his detractors can muster.

jic
Guest

I never read a Gibson book more recent than Virtual Light, so I didn’t know the quality declined. At which point did he start going downhill?

Brian Niemeier
Guest

For me it was Pattern Recognition.

jic
Guest

So, everything he’s written this century? That’s sort of depressing.

nick flandrey
Guest

It’s got one neat idea in it, the use of clockwork to store energy. Which they have to do because of “armwave.” The brutal rape scene in the bar where the windup girl works sticks in my head and I read the book when it came out. That is some trash you really don’t need in your brain. And then it all ends with some eco nonsense I can barely remember but made me mad when I read it. Give it up now. Save yourself from the mental rape.

nick

jic
Guest

I already gave up, when I go back to work next week I’ll be reading Tales of the Dying Earth by Jack Vance. I only stuck with Windup Girl as long as I did because I didn’t want to drop the book before the title character even showed up. That, and I was waiting for him to write something which would make the technological state of his world make sense, but life is too short.

TRX
Guest

I was never as impressed by The Dying Earth as some people were; I like almost all of Vance’s stuff, but I’d rate his best work as the Tschai series, then the Demon Princes.

Vance’s offbeat sense of humor manifests in most of his work, but if you’re not in tune with that I imagine he’d seem a bit dry and wordy.

Wild Ape
Guest

I miss the fisking. I know it is a distraction from the writing but…..I really like the fisking.

trx
Guest

Larry’s Mob name is now Larry “The Fisker” Correia.

James May
Guest
The source of this divide in SFF and also the Puppies is this feminist “diversity” scam based on the fake idea whites, men and heterosexuals have somehow schemed to keep SFF to themselves. In 100 years of SFF, no such mechanism of exclusion has ever existed. The sole determinant of the demographic shape of SFF has been and will continue to be the reading tastes of the American public. That is a pie-chart which shapes itself and which no one can socially engineer. The Hugos is infested with perpetrators of this scam, whether from naivete or race and sex-hatred. Of… Read more »
elwood p. dowd`
Guest

Doubtless I’m too late to the party for anyone else to notice, but this has to be the funniest thing I’ve seen today:

https://twitter.com/damiengwalter/status/714087172995883009

The cult of PRODUCTIVITY is strong enough. We don’t need to be more productive, we need to learn how to stop obsessively DOING.

James May
Guest

Yeah, Walter. When you’re old you’ll always remember and cherish that time you didn’t climb Agung Volcano, learn Indonesian or get off the disability dole. The good ol’ days of ennui and wi-fi hotspots for Twitter. Plus there’s the naps.

richard mcenroe
Guest

To be fair, the high point of Brit SF was ‘your plastic pal that’s fun to BE with,’ not ‘to DO with,’ so Damien might actually have a valid if derivative point, at least within the bound of his provincial little islet.

James May
Guest
“Bonnie McDaniel on March 27, 2016 at 11:04 am said: when we’re all sitting around the SJW salon, sipping our herbal tea, we can casually dig out a copy of our latest bit of virtue-signalling fodder for the other SJWs to note as they casually judge us and our reading choices as we all discuss ways of taking down the successful MilSF writers. “According to Resident Privileged Penis Hysteric James May, we’re all worshipping the Secret Radical Lesbian Feminist Cabal that has taken over the SFF world (and by implication, the wider world) in the past three years” * This… Read more »
Scott Malcomson
Guest

Damien Walter is at it again, I see. -:)

Beryl J. Turner III
Guest
Hi Larry. First time reading, first time posting. So, I’ve crawled out of the “eskarthi-dor” that I’ve been hiding in for several years, and I’m now updated on the debacle that fandom has become. I was involved in Chicago fandom from the late 80s to 2008. I got into it because I wanted to be part of a community that reveled in the things that I also enjoyed. I got out because I became tired of ugly fannish politics souring those very things that I loved, not to mention the other issues surrounding being an African American SF/Fantasy fan. I… Read more »
Jon Kanders
Guest

The amount of whining white privileged conservatives are capable of is truly amazing.

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik

Thank you for your insightful commentary. (eyeroll)

Beryl J. Turner III
Guest
Uh…I’m an African American semi-liberal and I find a lot of what’s going on with all of the SJW counter-culture to be more of a hindrance toward equality than anything to date. There’s nothing wrong with diversity but it has to come naturally. You can’t shame or scare (the countless personal attacks that are a common tactic within the SJW playbook) people into following your viewpoint. In fact, the SJWs are becoming that which they claim to loathe…how ironic is that? Or do I have to bring up the latest example of “cry-bullying;” the physical assault on the San Francisco… Read more »
Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik

Amen to that.

James May
Guest
The irony here is that it is the exaggerated, poorly researched or even hysterical lies of people like Walter and other feminists which has shown how perfectly justified the Puppy movement was. Don’t be surprised how much those supporting feminism want to obsess over and draw Puppies into useless talk about “slates” rather than talk about what caused those “slates” in the first place. The reason for that is that’s where feminists get killed every time. We have unpacked these feminist grievances and lies one by one and shown them to be nothing more than an empty front for an… Read more »
James May
Guest
And right on cue File 101 collates its own Hugo noms for us. To no one’s surprise, it’s the same approximately 80% feminist shithole the Hugos themselves have recently reflected. There’s no need for a slate in a congregation, or even individual names. As long as its ideology is featured, the names are interchangeable and rotate from year to year. And it’s always the same names: Dillon, Jemisin, Leckie, Wong, Strange Horizons, Meadows, de Bodard… It’s like a merry-go-round where virtue-signaling trumps art. Wave the little red book and you’re in. Talent and creativity get vacuumed up and pumped out… Read more »
Tim H
Guest

Walters is at it again. He seems to be going full Fredric Wertham in this one….

http://archive.is/8qnDZ

Brian McGoldrick
Guest

That moron needs to grow a pair of balls and pretend to man-up.

Oh wait, maybe, he already had them cut off to fulfill his fantasy of being a real non-white female lesbian instead of an LGBT wannabe non-white female the lesbians wouldn’t touch because he still had his atrophied man-parts.

Christopher M. Chupik
Guest
Christopher M. Chupik

He wants to get in GamerGate’s crosshairs? Fine by me. 🙂

Christopher M. Chupik
Guest
Christopher M. Chupik

It doesn’t get much better than this: Requires Hate ragging on Damien.

https://twitter.com/benjanun_s/status/722337798766759936

The best part?

“Bee Sriduangkaew @benjanun_s · Apr 19

in any case, the only thing impeding damien g walter’s fiction writing ‘career’ is damien g walter”

James May
Guest

Walter and Nick Mamatas have a strange fascination for mentally ill racist lesbians. I think they call it masochistic sadism. In fact you have an entire community bowing and scraping to these idiots. I just saw a photo of Liz Bourke of Tor and I found it amazing and self-explanatory.

http://thebooksmugglers.com/2016/04/announcing-editors-speculative-fiction-2016-call-submissions.html

Tim H
Guest

Those two deserve one another, don’t they?

Old Cannonballs
Guest

It’s got to be able to get better than this. I looked at Bee Sriduangkaew’s Twitter page and was forcibly struck by the realization that receiving hate from her could conceivably be a badge of honor (unless perhaps it’s hate for failing to be a sufficiently authentic practitioner of those arts which for centuries were considered deserving of being rewarded by stoning).

Hanson
Guest
A little late perhaps, but Damien Walter pisses off even female science fiction writers like Eleanor Arnason: http://www.womeninsciencefiction.com/?p=357 “What Are We, Chopped Liver? The English paper The Guardian has a columnist who covers science fiction and fantasy. It’s good, I guess, to get that kind of attention from a major newspaper. But the columnist, Damien Walter, has a limited knowledge of the field. Recently, he did a column with a headline that said, “2014: The Year that Science Fiction Woke Up to Diversity.” The column goes on to argue that last year was when SF finally discovered women and people… Read more »
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