Mike Glyer is a Scumbag, Part II: An Opinion Piece

So once again, I am the subject of an article on Vile 770 (Fandom’s Prolapsed Anus).  This article declared Larry Correia Lies About File 770. It is about how yesterday I was told Glyer-50-Hugos and his gang of morons were talking about me, one of them said I wasn’t a *real* gamer, so I decided to put up a fun post which was really more of a celebration of nerdery than anything else. We ended up having a bunch of subthreads talking about various games and hobbies, and fun was had by all.

Except for Mike Glyer, because he is a wretched slug.

Since Glyer still stalks my facebook page (which was surprising, considering how much I insulted him last time, you’d think he’d have learned) he arrived within minutes, squeeling that I was a liar, and no such comment had been made.

My response was that I didn’t particularly care. I’d been told that it had, since every time he chums the water with my name, his gang of psychos then say a bunch of crazy shit which I have to hear about for the next week. Since I despise that place (and I’m not a Chinese robot) I wasn’t going to bother looking.

And shortly thereafter Glyer had put up another article, including a part about how when I was called upon my brazen lies, I blamed it on my fans.

Oh no. Not even close. I accept full responsibility for calling Mike Glyer and his followers pieces of human garbage. Gladly. After the pain and fuckery that man’s manipulations have inflicted on me and my family, I’ll trumpet that from the rooftops.

If you would like to know why, read this link. https://monsterhunternation.com/2018/05/01/further-examples-of-why-in-my-opinion-mike-glyer-is-a-scumbag-and-file-770-is-evil/

Hate is a strong word. I don’t hate many things. But I hate File 770.

You know how they say “I wouldn’t piss on him if he was on fire”? If Mike Glyer was on fire, I’d want to piss on him, but I wouldn’t be able to, because blubber and compacted feces is highly flammable, so it wouldn’t be safe to approach such a tremendous blaze. Glyer is basically 400 pounds of old timey lamp oil in a skin sack. So I’d have to wait three days for the flames to die down, and then I’d piss on the ashen grease stain that remained.

If you hung Glyer from a tree and beat him like a piñata, instead of candy, he would bleed gravy and lies. Only you’d have to find a really sturdy tree branch, and you’d probably need a livestock hoist, so though satisfying, wouldn’t be worth the effort.

This is a man so inept that after bragging about how his web traffic was massive and superior to mine, posted a screen shot of his stats which showed that 97% of his hits were from Chinese bots. He quickly deleted it (as he does all embarrassing things once caught) but not before we got a screen shot. It was hilarious.

Since I previously warned him to keep my name off his shit page, let’s have some fun. Like a mangy dog, maybe if I throw enough rocks, it’ll finally run away.

As usual with a snake as disingenuous as Glyer, there’s layers to his bullshit. So let’s break this down. Bullet point time!

– First he brought me up in the article about Stackpole leaving GAMA. I’ve previously told him to keep my name out of his whore mouth, but he likes to pretend he’s a “journalist.” Only he’s got the honesty of Claas Relotius, the entitlement of Jim Acosta, and the back pimples of Rachel Maddow.

(For the record, I have no issues with Michael Stackpole. Every interaction I’ve ever had with him has been respectful and professional. Every interaction I’ve had with GAMA has been a clown car of inept cowardice. So between those two I know who I’m going to believe)

-Even though I was in no way involved with this latest scandal, Glyer knows damned  good and well that whenever he mentions my name it drives his followers nuts, and drives traffic for his pathetic click bait site. So he put my name in there. Of course, his followers immediately started talking shit about how this was my fault. Because basically everything that goes sideways in fandom is somehow my fault.

-Since I would rather fork out one of my eyes than read that shit show, I didn’t see any of this myself. You’ve got to understand, a man can only read so many baffling posts about what a horrific monster he is because mumble mumble reasons before he starts to tune out the crazy. But I’ve got fans who are masochists, and I first learned about this in the Monster Hunter International: Hunters Unite fan page, on a post about Stackpole leaving GAMA.

-Unlike Glyer, I don’t have a history of deleting posts to hide evidence, so that thread is still there. In it you can see real time as my fans told me about the comments. It’s the usual stuff I’ve seen hundreds of times before. Larry ruins everything. Larry would have a writing career if only he were good and kept his mouth shut. So I’ve got no reason to disbelieve any of what the fans are telling me.

To give you an idea about this brain trust, one of his regulars is German SJW “book reviewer” Frau Cora Butthurt (I’ve called her Frau Butthurt for so many years I’ve forgotten how to spell her real name), who when critiquing a Mike Kupari sci-fi novel complained that the rocket ship on the cover looked too phallic… Mike’s golden response? “Bitch, take it up with Wernher Von Braun”.

-During this thread I was told that they’d said I wasn’t a *real* gamer (implying that GAMA shouldn’t have ever invited me to begin with). Since the mopes have spent the last ten years saying some variation of how I’m not a *real* writer, this did not seem at all far-fetched, and since it amused me, I decided to have some fun with it. https://www.facebook.com/larry.correia/posts/2640415289302717  (and fun was had by all but Glyer, because Wrongfun is not allowed in Fandom!)

Also, a look behind the scenes: As a former accountant I’m actually kind of a private man, but one reason I started putting up mansion construction pictures is that me continuing to have a successful career despite my haters best efforts to ruin it, really drives them nuts. 😀

-Glyer declared that no such claim was made within the sainted purity which is the comments section of File 666. Hurumph! Hurumph!  Sure, they were accusing me of many horrible things, but not that SPECIFICALLY. However, you must remember that:
A. I don’t care.
B. I trust Glyer less than gas station sushi, and he has a history of deleting comments.
C. I warned him to keep my name out of his whore mouth.
D. This event does not exist in a vacuum, but is rather a continuation of years of fuckery. I had no reason to doubt the claim, and we are way past the point where I owe File 666 even the tiniest courtesy.
E. Mike Glyer looks like what would happen if a low rent mall Santa made a baby with the sex offender registry.

That last one isn’t actually pertinent to this bullet point, but typing it made me laugh.

-Glyer then waddled back to his yeasty den and wrote an article about how I’m a lying liar who lies. That amuses me. Saying that I “blamed it on my fans” is kind of stupid. I love my fans. I blame them for nothing. I embrace my disdain for Mike Glyer. I own it. I dislike him as I dislike all things foul and cancerous. And unlike Glyer, I don’t delete damning evidence, so the original thread is there on the fan page. Since they monitor everything I post looking for wrongthink I know they can see it.

On that note, there’s like 8,000 people on the fan page, and my mods have to screen them with entrance questions. Because what happens is that troll accounts sneak in, and then post outlandish racist, sexist, homophobic bullshit, which they then screen cap before my mods can delete it and ban them. So that they can run back to Twitter and post those screenshots as “evidence” of me and my fan’s hatey hatemongery. And the mob at Vile 770 laps it up.

Yet some still wonder why I despise these people?  Oh, Correia, why are you so mean to these people. It’s obvious they ate lead paint chips growing up, but you are so mean to them! To you gentle souls who think I’m too cruel to Glyer and his ass muppets, you have no idea the shit they’ve stirred over the years.

-So either the comment I mocked existed on File 666 and was deleted, OR the fan was incorrect and the comment was from a thread on Reddit. Either way, Glyer shouldn’t have said my name three times in front of the mirror to summon me (I’m basically Candyman), and either way it gave me an excuse to have a fun conversation about a hobby I love. (plus anybody who follows me knows I’m a sucker for posting mini pics).

One amusing note, in a cursory scanning of a screen grab of Glyer’s most recent article, I noted that one of his complaints was that my post was long… As if this somehow demonstrates my unhinged madness. No, moron. I write for a living. Writing is what I do. I’m rather efficient at it. I wrote yesterday’s post on my phone (Glyer does not understand this concept for his thumbs are far too blubberous for such things), and only the first paragraph was about his dumb page. The rest was me reminiscing about spending way too much money on mini painting and remembering various games. I wrote this blog post on an actual keyboard in about 30 minutes while killing time waiting for the kids to get dressed for church.

Yes, church. I obviously need it because I really struggle with the parts about mercy. Also, I swear a lot.

-Which brings us to this blog post this morning. I’ve not mentioned Glyer in quite some time. I’m happy not to talk about that foul slug. As I warned before, he needs to keep my name out of his whore mouth. It’s very simple. If he doesn’t want me to insult him, all he needs to do is not mention me on his shitty page.

Yet I know that he probably won’t, and this cycle will continue. Because I’m a former accountant he is a former tax collector, and like the snake and the mongoose, the two are eternal enemies… Only I guess he’d be like a really really goofy looking mongoose. With body odor. And dandruff. Who rides around on a mobility scooter with an oxygen tank. So basically the worst mongoose ever.

EDIT: Back from church and the plot thickens. As of right now I’ve got three people on the MHI fan page who still insist with 100% certainty that they saw that particular comment there, but when they went back to look it was gone. (this is why when dealing with snakes you always screen shot people!)

I have one person who read Vile 770 before my FB post who says he did not see the comment. However, he points out that since the very first thing I said yesterday was that I was going off of unverified 2nd hand accounts, Glyers post calling me a liar is still bullshit. 

People have asked me why I waste time on a scrub like this? My answer: Because the last time I horsewhipped China Mike it bought me about a year of relative peace and quiet.  Like after this:  https://monsterhunternation.com/2017/06/13/a-monster-hunter-nation-opinion-piece-mike-glyer-is-a-scumbag/ (yeah, above I only linked to the last time he was a lying sack of shit, not the first one, so here you go. This ones great) After that post he quit mentioning me as much for a while. It was pleasant. 

So when you’ve got a gaggle of dipshits who’ve lied their asses off about people you know for years, and they get all outraged because you put up a Facebook post that might be inaccurate (even though I’ve got 3 witnesses who still swear they saw it) of course you write a blog post! Anything less would be ungentlemanly. 

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113 thoughts on “Mike Glyer is a Scumbag, Part II: An Opinion Piece”

    1. Roll in the M880 recovery vehicle. It’s not a REAL tank but it can lift one, so Larry might like it.

      Oh, and Larry, a reminder… when you come to Texas for your signing, there’s a tank ranch out in Uvalde where you can drive and live fire an actual Sherman, a tank you might actually fit in.

      1. This being the Internet, and therefore corrections of inconsequential errors being mandatory, I feel obligated to point out that you mean an M88 Recovery Vehicle.
        The M880 was a ’70s Dodge pickup truck with a camouflage paint job.

      2. I used to do recovery missions in a M880, (Germany 1980s) we were issued M3a1s as our 16 didn’t fit well.

      3. The Brits might be able to loan us a BARV. It would be useful in the event that Glyer suffered a containment failure during the exercise.

        1. Larry is having too much fun with his clothes on. I am worried about him he might have a heart attack from laughing too much.

    2. At the hospital they weigh the sea-mammals on the pallet scale out back on the loading dock. Also, they ship them on the freight elevator, because the regular elevator is too small for the sea-mammal gurney.

      The usual hoist looks kind of like a hydraulic engine hoist painted white, with a sit-sling on it. But engine hoists top-out at about 500lbs, and they tip if the mammal gets frisky. I have seen those swapped out for an A frame hoist with a chainfall and an I-beam.

      Basically this, but beefier and painted white: https://www.princessauto.com/en/detail/1-ton-gantry-crane/A-p8303091e

      That seems to be the way a lot of hospitals are going these days. They use a 2 ton chainfall because the nurses can’t pull the hoist if its only a one ton. Insufficient gearing, y’know. And the small electric winches, they tend to burn out.

      All this industrial hardware is because you do not want to be the one that dropped the 600lb sea-mammal on the way to the extra-large CAT scaner. Safety first!

    1. Aye. I have said before that there are no (or at least precious few) I might wish to kill (re: few – time or the nation’s military always seems to get them first…), but there are so many I will take downright unseemly pleasure in outliving.

  1. “That last one isn’t actually pertinent to this bullet point, but typing it made me laugh.”

    And reading it made me laugh.

  2. Glad I’d swallowed my gulp of iced tea BEFORE reading the “Glyer looks like a low-rent Mall Santa made a baby with the sex offender registry” line. I expect the wailing and gnashing of teeth from the short-bus crowd over at Glyer’s hate page is EPIC.

  3. Not a real writer.
    Not a real gamer.

    Had a NYT best-selling book series made into a RPG.

    Congrats on being “not real” and I hope your family continues to be “not really” successful.

  4. Glyer’s inability to learn a lesson puts me in mind of Kipling’s The Gods of the Copybook Headings:

    “And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire.”

    Isn’t Glyer tired of being burned yet?

    1. I suspect Glyer’s one of those trolls who feeds on attention, but isn’t ready for the sort of response he gets from Larry so giving him that sort of attention can have hilarious results. 😀

      1. I’m sure he’ll read this post, get outraged, claim victimhood to get pats on the back from the Vile Bunch, and pull the same crap again in six months when he needs the clicks.

    2. I love that poem.

      Too bad the people who need to read it most won’t, and couldn’t understand it even if they did.

      -Ogre (No, not that one. Or that one. The *other* one.)

  5. Consider that Glyer might be masochistic and gets a thrill from being beaten like a pinata. I mean, he keeps coming back, which certainly suggests positive reinforcement from something that most people would consider a negative.

  6. Near as I can tell they didn’t delete the comments, they deleted the entire article about stackpole and gama. Redirected to the article about why you weren’t invited to origins. My bloody phone browser auto-refreshes when you visit a stale tab, I had been hoping to screen shot the whole thing.

    Does anyone know how to turn that auto refresh off?

  7. > but he likes to pretend he’s a “journalist.” Only he’s got the
    > honesty of Claas Relotius, the entitlement of Jim Acosta,
    > and the back pimples of Rachel Maddow.

    So you’re saying he IS a journalist?

    Also, how did you get to see the back of Rachel Maddow, or to phrase it better, what in Gods Name did you do to be punished by being in the room with that woman in *ANY* state of undress?

    Furthermore why did you no look away, have you no fear of being turned to stone?

  8. > Only I guess he’d be like a really really goofy looking mongoose. With body odor. And dandruff. Who rides around on a mobility scooter with an oxygen tank. So basically the worst mongoose ever.

    That genuinely made me laugh out loud.

    Me, I’m just waiting for the day when one of Glyer’s little mob of soy-infused special-needs checkists twigs to the fact that Glyer is himself an old white heterosexual man and decides to collect his scalp.

    He’s gotta know that’s coming eventually. Yes, he’s stupid, but he can’t be that stupid. Can he?

    1. “Yes, he’s stupid, but he can’t be that stupid. Can he?”

      Sure he can. Never underestimate the power of stupidity.

  9. Don’t worry about the gutter language, Larry.

    As long as you avoid actual blasphemy ( using the Lord’s name as a curse, damning people, ect. ), I think you are fine. Talk to your people at your stake about it.

  10. I prefer to think of myself as less of a masochist and more as someone who likes a good demonstration of bananapants crazy and absurd bullshit.

    But maybe I’m just deluding myself…

  11. I wonder if anyone managed to grab a screen shots of said posts before they were deleted. When ever dealing with people like him you should always take screenshots.

    1. It doesn’t matter if you have screen shots. The thing you have to finally accept with this bunch is that you could have video and a fucking blood sample, cheek swab and a chunk of his skin with his IRS bar-code tattoo on it, it would make no difference.

      The truth is not a defense. Because “its not the nature of the evidence that’s important, its the seriousness of the charge.” Rush Limbaugh, quoting some DemocRat blowhard that accidentally said the truth.

      1. In this case, the charge would be at least 100lb of low explosive (say, ANFO with an M6 electric cap for a detonator) that will self-tamp. This generates maximum velocity away as one gelid unit, without spraying nasty little bits everywhere.

        I’m assuming that Wendell had already issued a blanket statement for the sea mammals, including the now extinct Stellar’s Sea Cow, emphatically denying any possible family connection.

  12. I am always in awe of the level of complexity that your brain functions! I would love to get you, Tim and Conner talking guns. It would truly be SPECTACULAR! And yeah, sometimes I have to work on my language too. You aren’t alone on that one big guy:)

  13. G-liar’s sychophants sure do like to gargle his testis on his page….

    Yes, try to sleep with THAT image in your heads tonight.

    I. Dare. You.


  14. John Ward of GAMA did not have his contract renewed. His wife’s contract was terminated.

    There were a lot of problems with GAMA in the last 18 months: the invitation/disinvitation debacle with Larry; GAMA board member getting into an altercation with security at GENCON and getting his membership revoked (he apologized and took the blame within 24 hours), a serious physical sexual assault on a female at Origins (if the offender was sanctioned no announcement was ever made).

    The GAMA board became dysfunctional and could not conduct ordinary business. Stackpole resigned his GAMA emeritas board position in disgust. Stackpole gave his reasons publically, which had nothing to do with Larry personally and honestly little to do with the Larry Origins invitation debacle.

    I’m a gamer, run RPGs at a bunch of Cons, attend Origins annually, and have buddies who are members of GAMA. GAMA has had a bad 18 months, little of which had to do with the “Larry invitation debacle.”

    1. There is a “rational explanation” to Glyers’ behavior.

      His site posts predominantly are about humdrum things like the Esoteric Order of Dagon’s Fantasy Art Award for Bangladesh and endless reports about Worldcon. No problem with this, some people really want to know every bit of minutiae about Dr. Who, short SF fiction, and the latest trailer release for any superhero movie. More power to them because the internet is a big place. [I love minutiae about the Call of Cthulhu RPG, so sue me].

      But he revels in stirring the shit because it drives his site traffic. He lists his most viewed posts of the month and annually. Guess what, posts with some sort of controversy drive his site traffic.

      Glyer also personally helps stir the shit. For example, a short fiction track chair at DragonCon got fired for violating DragonCon policy in an attempt to remove John Ringo. Right on cue, Glyer found nobodies who published stuff almost nobody reads (self-published mostly) who had “publicly announced they would not be attending DragonCon” who had once been a member of a panel at DragonCon that maybe had 30 attendees and he was the least memorable person on the panel. But Glyer plays it up in hopes to drive his site traffic.

  15. Re: ‘You know how they say “I wouldn’t piss on him if he was on fire”?’

    I prefer to say “if I saw him fall overboard, I wouldn’t throw him a life preserver.”

    That’s for people I strongly dislike. For people I genuinely think the planet would be better off without, I add, “Instead, I’d dump a barrel of chum on top of him.”

  16. I used to be that sort of masochist but then I realised it was *really* bad for my mental health so I stopped.

    It’s kinda like the joke about the guy who goes to the doc complaining about how it hurts so bad when he hits himself in the head with a hammer.

    I honestly think the worst thing you can say about Glyer is that he has to live with being Glyer.

    BTW: I’m back on FB. Sent you a friends request, it’s in the shortened version of my “real” name.

    -Ogre (No, not that one. Or that one. The *other* one.)

  17. That faggot again…

    You do get the very worst of humanity messing with you.

    If I get elected president-for-life, he’s going on a helicopter ride.

  18. I’m actually glad I didn’t have popcorn while reading this because I’d have choked on it while laughing.

  19. Here’s Hugo-winning blogger Mike Glyer using African-American dialect to mock Larry a few days ago, when this all began: “Well, you know Correia “din do nuffin” as usual.” I only bring this up because it’s the sort of thing that would be used against one of us in a heartbeat if we did it.

    Don’t worry, Glyer: It’s archived for posterity.


    1. Unfortunately, I’m the person who initially defended Larry on 770 on the GAMA debacle. Yep – I posted the factual information about Larry being a gamer, a gamer draw, and his fans among gamers. Your screen capture is my trying to reason with idiots. I should have known better.

      I have repented. I no longer read any 770 comments. I read the newsfeed because about once a week something is posted that I find amusing. But no more posts and I’ve stopped reading the comments.

      I’ve also blocked Glyer from emailing me.

      Life is too short to have personal interactions with nasty people who enjoy stirring the shit.

  20. Wow. How can anyone live like that scandalizing people for…what? Increased traffic? Noteriety? Geez what an utterly squandered life.

    If Frau Cora is miffed by Mike’s phallic rocket; she’ll have a nervous breakdown when she sees Elon Musk’s new retrorocket for Space X.

    Some people are best ignored when living and forgotten when dead.


  21. As a teacher, I appreciate repetition to drive home a lesson. The lesson of the day is apparently that Glyer has a whore’s mouth.


  22. Oh by the way, since I know all the idiots comb this site looking for outrage, I should say hi to floppy and China Mike. [waving]

    Still got nothing going on, eh boys? Bwhaha! Maybe you should try writing some science fiction for a change, instead of acting like little bitches.

    1. I’m assuming that Continuous Formication has weighed in on the subject in his typically disingenuous fashion?

  23. Glyer’s chickenshit trick with comments is to block your effective rebuttals to his flying monkeys’ asinine arguments, making it look like you have none. He’s what you get crossing a skunk with a weasel.

  24. I look at Glyer and I think of Bob Pogo from F is for Family. Only with more sweaty tit pits. Seriously the pic of him that popped up on Google was just uncomfortable. Like barehanded guiding my step dad into my mom as a last request level of discomfort

    1. Sadly, probably won’t even be that. Glyer and his appendages will keep stirring the pot whenever they need the clicks.

  25. “Your not a real writer”?

    Scratches his head.

    Funny, but my copy of “Target Rich Environment” clearly has the name Larry Correia on it. So do all nine of my Monster Hunter books. (including the 3 co-written with John Ringo. I wonder how Glyer explains Ringo co-writing anything with a non-real writer?)

    Where’s that “Cant’ fix stupid” meme when you need it? LOL.

    1. The fact that he co-wrote books with John Ringo proves he’s not a Real Writer, as far as Glyer and co. are concerned.

  26. Heh, if he’d ever bothered to read your books he might have come across the scene where Owen quotes Nietzsche – and reminisces about how he learned the quote from a video game. It isn’t mentioned in the passage, but that game was Baldur’s Gate.

    Anyone who’s played Baldur’s Gate is a gamer, period, end of story. 😉

    1. Should have noted: Yes, it’s a CRPG, but it’s not exactly Call of Duty, either. The Infinity Engine Games were about as close as you could get to a fairly streamlined single-player D&D experience.

      1. Hell, I still play BG sometimes. I think it still holds up rather well, particularly modded versions, since their modding community is still somewhat active.

    2. Yep. I played the hell out of Baldur’s Gate, and Shadows of Amn. In fact, when I played Forgotten Realms, my character, a thief named Ozzie was from there. And later on that character would turn into Lorenzo in Dead Six.

    3. My siblings played it. There was a character whose voice lines made me want to break the speakers though, her voice was just so goddamned obnoxious. So I never did, to my dismay because I wanted to play it. (For the record, I had a similar dislike for Aang’s voice so I never watched Avatar the Last Airbender, no matter how fun and well crafted the story and supporting characters were.)

      I suppose I should just turn off the voice… but you lose quite a bit muting things.

    4. Never mind the long running stories from an L5R tabletop game, ‘Gritty Cop Show’ game recaps, Infinity game recaps (RPG & miniature battles), Warmachine and other miniature painting discussions….

      I mean, they can’t even use the ultra-nerdy “he only plays the mainstream games” card.

  27. Speaking of Ringo, is it just me, or is his line “get woke, go broke” becoming more and more self-evident nowadays? That is, scumbags trying to mask their antics as social justice crusades are getting their comeuppance ever more often. There was the Xhale City incident from last month (vape store salesman goes bananas at client, gets fired); the #MeNeither case from last week (former employee goes wannabe whistleblower against former employer’s wife, gets fired by new employer); and now the new Gillette ad (preaches about “toxic masculinity”, stirs up a hornet’s nest, company resorts to Orwellian purging of negative responses).

    Essentially, the loons are not only seeing a backlash, but one styled after their own methods – career endangerment, boycotts, and mass ostracizing. I reckon they never really counted on something like this – that is, someone else playing by the same rules. The same goes for Mike Glyer, what with shutting up for a while after getting fisked the first time… before an inevitable relapse, but that’s bipedal cancer for you, never done until it’s done.

    At any rate, here’s to “unreal” writers, “unreal” gamers (also Unreal gamers, but that’s neither here nor there), and to scumbags continuing to get what they’ve had coming.

  28. Found your books at Lock and Load in 2014, and am hooked. Specifically the audible titles though I own many in print as well. Heck I may eben remember meeting you a ling time ago in Logan. To make a long story short, those clowns wouldn’t know success if all they had to do what beat their way out of a wet paper sack to get it.

    Keep up the good work sir. May your enemies feel the wrath of extreme ibs and gum disease… or at least well written and strongly worded blog posts.

  29. Horsewhipping lying snakes on the internet can be very satisfying. I had an opportunity to do that around 15+ years ago when I found out a sociopathic former friend of my husband was impersonating him online, and directing traffic to my stepdaughter’s blog (she was maybe 19 at the time and was freaking out about it). What started as me fast-roping into a nasty forum (anybody remember F-d Company?) to divert the trolls away from the 19 year old (the “trolls” turned out to be normies who just hated the sociopath), which they politely did, became me going postal on the sociopath and outing him with the subtlety of a flame-thrower. Two or three little truth grenades and I got the heck out then watched the inmates turn on Mr. Sociopath from a safe distance. They followed him to several different web sites and never let him live it down. For a couple of years I’d get an occasional message from one of the original participants to let me know of a new misdeed from Le Sociopath, but I no longer cared. My work was done. 😀

  30. In any social setting and subculture there will inevitably, and sadly, be people absolutely DETERMINED to live down to a negative stereotype.

    Sadly, this includes the internet, only squared.

    The phrase used to be said of arguing with newspaper editors “Don’t start a war of words with somebody who buys ink by the barrel.”

    In this case I think Mr. Glyer should take to heart the variation “Don’t start a war of words with somebody who makes a good living with them, especially if you are only semi-literate.”

    1. I might add: “Don’t start a war of words, when all your experience in that regard exists solely within your own heavily moderated echo chamber.”

      Around the web, it’s become painfully obvious that the various scumbags and loons that style themselves as fandom representatives and gatekeepers – from overly obsessed fans to actual published authors – can only function within those forums and online communities that are kept entirely in line with their personal views. That is, where they can always sic the mods on anyone daring to disagree with them. Outside such safe spaces, however, it’s a totally different ballgame, where they can’t simply de-platform anyone with opposing views and better structured arguments.

      And yeah, it’s rather unfortunate that such loudmouths are commonly misinterpreted to represent the bulk of the fandom, let alone the overall reader/viewer-base of a given author or franchise. Not that their attitude doesn’t put-off a lot of potential fans. For instance, comics have been struggling for decades to gain more readers, chiefly because the bigwigs always fear displeasing the small but vocal bunch of trufans™ that would complain for any change that makes the industry more accessible. I’d really hate to see the fallout if something like that were to happen to sci-fi and fantasy in general.

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