And To Think Authors Were Once Gullible Enough To Think These Bossy Assholes Mattered (and also, Dan Simmons is Awesome)

Here’s a fascinating demonstration of just how stupid and backwards the political gatekeepers in fiction really are.

This week author Dan Simmons wrote a post about Greta the Climate Scold, and because his opinion went against left wing orthodoxy, a bunch of virtue signalling morons threw a fit.

For those of you not familiar with Dan Simmons, I’ve said this before here, I think he is one of the most talented writers alive. My first exposure to him was Hyperion. I was in college, and dating Bridget. She was already a fan, couldn’t believe I hadn’t read it, and loaned me Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion. A week later I got Endymion and Rise of Endymion out of the library. They are amazing, big imagination, huge universe, crazy (multi)world building, stories.  They are considered classic works of sci-fi for a reason.

(I learned a lot about how to write big casts of interesting characters each doing their own thing while that was somehow connected to everybody else from Dan Simmons. Kassad and Ashok would probably get along really well)

Personally, I like Olympos and Illium even better. They have the most batshit crazy plot synopsis I’ve ever heard of. It’s the battle of Troy on Mars, with space gods, and post-apocalyptic Earth has dinosaurs and Jews menaced by killer Muslim robot pods and a giant brain thing, and monster characters from Shakespeare run a space station, as narrated by a reborn history teacher, and a robot from Jupiter who really loves to quote Proust… and Dan Simmons MAKES THIS ALL WORK.

Also, The Terror is just fantastic. It’s this moody, historical piece, where he makes being trapped in ice the most menacing thing ever, and then it gets really really weird. Then he’s got classics like Song of Kali, which is straight up scary ass horror, or Carrion Comfort (which Stephen King called one of the best three novels of the century).

So basically, Dan Simmons is really freaking good at his job. You might even say by the harshest standards of the literary snoots, he’s a *real* writer. They even used to give him Hugos back when those meant something.

Well, he used to be a *real* writer, but then Dan Simmons made the unpardonable sin of having public opinions that went against the mandatory left wing orthodoxy of publishing. After 9-11 he wrote a short story where a time traveler from the future comes to our time to warn us about an Islamic Caliphate… and the woke scolds declared that to be super bad islamophobia and totally unrealistic right wing hatemongery (even though it was basically ISIS’ mission statement a few years later)

Then this week, Dan Simmons had the audacity to have an opinion that was different that all good thinking, proper, authors should…. and thus he must be destroyed. What did he do this time? Unfortunately, like most reasonable adults, Dan Simmons was not impressed by a teenager throwing a rather impassioned tantrum about how if we don’t give government’s absolute control over everything right now, we’re all gonna die. Oh yeah, and we all stole her childhood.

Now, personally, my childhood was spent milking cows, so it wasn’t all that awesome to begin with, and we lived down the road from a SAC base that had dozens of Soviet nukes aimed at it for the inevitable upcoming End Of The World As We Know It and we still managed to be happy and hopeful… So I’m gonna go out on a limb and say Greta’s parents are really really shitty at their job.  And it’s really cruel to fuck over your kids like that, just so the wokescolds (who never actually change their lifestyles) can feel superior to you for not changing your lifestyles, per the commandments of their unimpeachable climate gods.

Oh yeah, and it’s the ultimate Motte and Bailey play, because they can put an uneducated teenager with no scientific creds at all in front of one of the biggest government bodies in the world to demand socialism now or else, and when you go LOL WUT they switch to We Just Want A Clean Environment Why Do You Hate Children. It’s total bullshit.

But that’s just my opinion. Dan Simmon’s opinion was actually far more diplomatic.

Anyways, as soon as this author said his badthink opinion, hordes of virtue signalling morons piled on to talk about what a horrible child hating monster this former elementary school teacher must be. There was lots of rage, and screaming, and lamenting how sad it was that he used to be talented, before he descended into hateful hatemongery, so on and so forth. Basically, the usual.

Of course after that, Fandom’s Prolapsed Anus (the shittiest gossip website ever, File 770) simply had to report on it. China Mike can never resist any opportunity to screw over an author’s career when given the chance. Their headline might as well have been AUTHOR GUILTY OF WRONGTHINK! GET YOUR FRESH OUTRAGE HERE.

http://archive.is/tNELI

Don’t worry. It’s an archive link so you don’t get File 770 cooties.

I’ve talked about File 770 before, and how China Mike Glyer is a wretched scumbag vulture made of pond slime and syphilis, but this post isn’t about him being a parasitic piece of shit who rejoices in sabotaging the reputation of any authors who get out of line. It’s about how bad these people are at it.

So what was the result of all these has-beens, never-weres, and virtue signalling assholes dog piling this author for having an incorrect opinion?

 

Yep. A book that came out THIRTY YEARS AGO shot to number one.

This is good, because it’s a really good series,and the more new people who get to read it, the better. But more importantly it shows just how powerless the wokescolds are.

In ye olde tymes most authors still believed that the monolithic, left-wing, mean girls table of publishing and fandom could actually harm their livelihood. The bullies were very much “Hey, nice career you’ve got there, be a real shame if something bad were to happen to it.” And authors fell in line.

So conservative, libertarian, or hell, anybody to the right of Mao basically had to keep their mouths shut because they were scared of getting articles written about they by wretched shitheels like China Mike, Cameldung Frapington, or Frau Butthurt, proclaiming Author X is a Bad Person And Should Be Shunned.  Then the authors would see the internet lynch mob of wokescolds sharing those articles getting out their torches and pitchforks, get scared, and then debase themselves by apologizing even though they’d done nothing wrong.

Thankfully those days are coming to an end.  Rather than being a career threatening bludgeon like they used to be, the wokescolds are so annoying and obnoxious that fans actually go out of their way to thwart them. If a wokescold starts screaming than an author is guilty of badthink, the fans take that as a sign it is probably pretty good, and go check it out.

The only places these people still have power is where people grant it to them, meaning they are also members of the Church of Unrelenting Bossiness and  need to ritually flog themselves to remove theirs sins, or they are the poor authors who are stuck at publishing houses where their editors are members of the church.

As for the rest of us, we can now safely laugh at these idiots, and go on writing whatever we feel like.

Seriously though, check out Ilium and Olympos. They’re nuts. Dan Simmons is a bad ass.

 

 


Edited to add: If you’re a fan of WrongThink and great fiction, here’s a link to the paperback -Jack

Another Example of Why Facebook is the Abusive Trailer Park Husband of the Internet

This has just gotten silly.

Check the date. That comment was from a month and a half ago.  Basically if you ever attract the attention of an unscrupulous jackass, they can simply go through all your old posts and report everything as hate speech. Then Facebook, being a bunch of morons, will automatically, unthinkingly, reflexively block you.

I’ve been banned from Facebook a bunch of times now.  I believe that comment was me complaining about their dippy censorship (and was when I started investigating MeWe, because I really was tired of FB’s Junior Orwellian bullhsit) where anything a conservative or libertarian says Violates Community Standards and needs Snopes to fact check it, but anything a progressive or a socialist says is just great, even when they are literally threatening to murder you.

A month after I posted that comment above, I caught my first Facebook ban for hate speech, My crime? Pretending to be from one imaginary country of proud (but genocidal) sandwich makers, and insulting another imaginary country.  http://monsterhunternation.com/2019/08/13/another-example-why-facebook-is-super-dumb/

It was obviously the stupid Facebook bots, but my fans had a lot of fun with it.

But then, I caught another 3 day ban immediately after, and this is where our story starts to get nefarious:  http://monsterhunternation.com/2019/08/16/banned-again-facebook-gets-even-dumber-part-iii-the-saga-continues/

Because that one wasn’t bots with dumb code, that was a bunch of prog scumbags realizing that if they report my posts to Facebook, I just get auto blocked. We’ve even got screen shots of them bragging about it.

So I’ve been catching FB bans ever since, always for goofy crap. I got a 3 day ban last week. Why?  For talking about a scumbag  (Mike Glyer) who was pirating another author (said scumbag happens to own the same scumbag website where we got the last screen cap of them bragging about reporting me).

And the ban wasn’t even for the mean post where I actually insulted the pirate scumbag a bunch:

http://monsterhunternation.com/2019/09/16/another-example-why-i-think-mike-glyer-is-a-simpering-feculent-and-his-shitty-gossip-column-website-file-770-is-the-prolapsed-anus-of-fandom/

Oh no. That would make at least a little bit of sense. The ban was for a brief post the day before, where I tagged the author who was getting pirated to ask him for more info.  Pirating authors? Not a problem. Standing up to the scumbag doing the pirating? Violation of community standards.

And then today. Because apparently saying Facebook is Orwellian, will cause them to act Orwellian. Because hate speech? Or something. Hell if I know.

Basically what it comes down to is that if you ever come to the attention of scumbags, they can silence you on Facebook just by reporting all your posts. It doesn’t matter how innocuous the posts are, Facebook is stupid. I highly doubt any thinking humans ever actually look at any of this stuff.  Meanwhile, you can recruit child brides for ISIS terrorists while chanting death to the Jews, and Facebook says that’s totally cool. So it’s a teensy bit lopsided in its application.

It’s the Heckler’s Veto, only even more anonymous.  If you give a powerless chickenshit the ability to silence people they don’t like, without risk or repercussions, they’re  gonna use that power. It’s also a really good example of how Red Flag laws will inevitably be abused.

Like I said when I first started catching all these bans, I figure my days on Facebook are numbered. When mini painting posts are now Hate Speech, and pictures of my dog are Bullying. It is only a matter of time until I catch a perma-ban.

Now, I could do that silly thing where people make up fake EH accounts, but screw that. Facebook makes money off of me and my fans. I’m not going to reward them by working around their obnoxious bullshit, so that they can continue to mine our data.

The sad thing is that I spent years building up a fan base there. I’ve got one of the biggest and best (and actually functioning!) author fan pages on the internet.  And during most of that time, Facebook wasn’t too stupid.  It was bearably obnoxious.

But the stupid is becoming increasingly aggressive.  Now people want to leave, but they feel stuck. I’m not alone in this. Most content creators are in the same boat. We congregated our people there because it was convenient and then we became complacent. Now they think they own us, and can do whatever they want with impunity, because content creators don’t want to move away from where their fans are. So the abusive trailer park husband makes leaving hard, because he doesn’t hit you all the time, and he used to love you, and somebody needs to think of the kids.

I’m sure I’ve made a lot of sales off of Facebook.  Heck, my Book Bombs, most of the traffic for those comes from Facebook shares. And those are usually (by orders of magnitude) the biggest sales days of those authors’ careers.

So we stay in the abusive relationship with the incoherent alcoholic who occasionally beats us,  because of inertia.  And that’s just sad.

I’ve been transitioning more of my stuff over to MeWe. We’ve got a couple thousand people in the fan page over there now. But again, the sucky part of that is abandoning  a decade of community building and content. People don’t want to leave.

Here’s the thing though, the way things are going, you aren’t going to have a choice.  People like me are getting hit right now because the nail that sticks up has to be nailed down. I’m only a minor notable. (seriously, writer is like the lowest form of celebrity, right below Instagram gun bunny). But if random scumbags can control our ability to speak, it’s only a matter of time before they do it to everybody else.

So Facebook can either get its crap together, or let the Heckler’s Veto become their defacto working model. However, since Facebook is a giant evil megacorporation that only cares about prying into your life to sell your info to advertisers and to influence elections, good luck with that.

It’s a free market, Facebook is free to suck all they want, and we are free to leave once they become unbearable.

September Update Post

Okay, lots of stuff going on this month.

Usually I link to my blog posts on Facebook, but I’ll just have to count on you guys to share this one for me because I caught another 72 ban.

It wasn’t even for my last blog post where I once again point out that Mike Glyer is a scumbag parasite shit weasel. It was for a brief post the night before, after Jesse told me the idiots were talking about me on File 770 again, I tagged Richard Fox, and asked for the details of Glyer pirating him. All I said was “Glyer needs to learn to keep my name out of his whore mouth”.

Boom.  Reported for hate speech. 😀

These people are very predictable.  As I’ve said before the biggest difference between the right and the left in America is that the left wants to silence everyone who disagrees. The right wants the left to keep talking so you can see how crazy they are.

On that note, if you haven’t yet, read through the comments of the last blog post. The only reason I haven’t banned the extremely unctuous Canyonero Featherduster yet is whenever he shows up to debate (in a place where he can’t later go back and edit his comments) he is a wonderful display of just how full of shit his side is.  Rule #1 of Internet Debate, you don’t do it for your opponent, you do it to sway the audience.  His worm tongue nature shows how scummy they are far better my blog post ever could.

EDIT: I just realized what today is! But apparently at File 770, every day is Talk Like a Pirate Day! 😀 

So, now onto the update:

Book Stuff 

I’ve got two releases coming up soon, both of which I’ll put up their own Amazon preorder post shorty.

Invisible Wars is the omnibus collection of all three Dead Six novels (Dead Six, Swords of Exodus, and Alliance of Shadows) that I wrote with Mike Kupari. It will be out October 1st.

That series is my least known work, I think mostly because they get stuck in with the thrillers all by themselves, instead of with the rest of my stuff over in sci-fi and fantasy. But they are really good. Think thieves vs. mercenaries fighting each other in the shadows in a 3rd world country that is melting down into a military coup. And the series just gets crazier from there.

I write one character (Lorenzo) and Mike writes another (Valentine) and it’s these two poor bastards on opposing sides, trying to kill each other, because they are both pawns of these gigantic global conspiracies. We had a lot of fun with it too. Basically Lorenzo works for the organization that is every right wing conspiracy nut’s worst nightmare, and Valentine works for the organization that is every left wing conspiracy nut’s worst nightmare… Only if you’ve been watching the news for the last few years, we got way too much stuff right, so maybe those guys aren’t nuts after all.  😀

Target Rich Environment 2 will be out December 3rd. This is the second volume of my collected short stories, and has quite possibly the best cover ever due to the presence of the Lovely Mrs. Correia in a fur bikini.

I kid you not.  But even without the cover it’s a collection of a bunch of really fun stories from my various universes and some belonging to other IPs. It has Agent Franks teaming up with Joe Ledger, stories from Aliens, and Predator (but not Aliens & Predator!), a Warmachine novella, more MHI, more Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, more Grimnoir, one of my first short stories ever Son of Fire, Son of Thunder, AND TOM STRANGER 2: A MURDER OF MANATEES.

The eARC for TRE2 is available from Baen right now: https://www.baen.com/target-rich-environment-volume-2-earc.html

On the writing front, my deadline for Destroyer of Worlds is October 31st. I am working on that currently. This is the 3rd book in the Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, and picks up a few months after the end of House of Assassins. It is bad ass.

Then I need to do a short story for the Libertycon Anthology that Baen just announced, in honor of the amazing Uncle Timmy Bolgeo, who was a great guy.

After DoW is done I will be turning all of my attention to the sci-fi collaboration with John Brown. John, being a professional, has been done with his first part and waiting patiently for me to do my thing. Building a house, moving, and fixing the old house to sell it has put me several months behind where I should be for the year.  But John is a good dude, super talented, and I am really excited to dive into this one (think space pirates who specialize in stealing giant fighting robots).

After that I’ve got a really cool top secret project that I can’t tell any of you about. 😀

I’ve got another collaboration pending too, and that’s the Steve Diamond, dark fantasy, WW1 eastern front with fairy tale magic project.

After that I’m not sure which project I will be working on, but I’ve got a giant pile of contracts to fill. (basically when my contract pile starts getting low, Toni calls, and says, hey Larry, what else are you excited about?) There is lots more MHI, more Forgotten Warrior, and another whole Grimnoir trilogy (starting in 1954, Bombshell in Noir Fatale and Tokyo Raider in TRE2 are previews of that one)

Related to Book Stuff 

The new Savage Worlds MHI RPG is ALMOST DONE! Yay! Everybody involved in that has been getting the update emails, so you know where we are at. Very soon you should have the books in hand. I’ve got my proof copy. It looks phenomenal. And the Savage Worlds Kickstarter is fulfilling now, so I just got my core book from them a little while ago.

Vault Books still has some of the leatherbound, numbered, Hard Magics available. They are working on Spellbound now. It is truly the best looking book I have ever seen. I sold a bunch of them at Salt Lake ComicCon last week because everybody who touched the demo copy wanted one… until they saw that really fancy books cost more than the regular books. 😀

Personal Stuff – Krasnovian Waffle Hound Edition

Having just gone through a very busy period of life, with building, moving, and selling houses, we said, life is starting to calm down again… I KNOW. LET’S GET A PUPPY.

Sure, I know it has been three years of chaos, buying a big chunk of land, developing it, roads, wells, miles of trenches, and then building a gigantic friggin’ house, and then moving all our crap, and then fixing up the old house, you know what would be really amazing? Sleep deprivation. 

He is Faust, the Krasnovian Waffle Hound. At 8 weeks old, he is 3 pounds of vicious Krasnovian fury, born and bred to hunt down Pinelanders. But until he finds any Pinelanders, he spends his time waking up at really weird hours of the night needing to go outside to poop, and attacking our shoes.

If you’ve seen the pics and videos I’ve put on Facebook (at least when I’m not banned because telling the truth about China Mike is “hate speech”) Faust is adorable. Luckily he is even adorable enough to make up for the fact that potty training a puppy is a giant pain in the ass.  And last night he actually slept from 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM, which is most uninterrupted sleep I or Bridget have gotten in the last two weeks, which was AMAZING.

How his name came about is kind of funny. My youngest son really wanted a German Shepherd. This dog is a mutt. Meaning his dad is a poodle, and his mom was an Australian Shepherd. So we told my son that the Shepherd part of Shepherdoodle, meant GERMAN Shepherd (obviously). So when we got him, my boy insisted that he needed a proper German name. Which made us list off all of the proper German names we knew for the ride home, such as Blitzkrieg, Rammstein, Luchs, Murder Turtle, Hetzer (gonna Hetz), Klaus, Fritz, etc. When older son threw out Panzerfaust, that kind of stuck, and got shortened down to Faust.

So now I have a 3 pound puppy whose name means Armor Fist.  Hopefully he will continue letting me sleep, because I’ve got books to write.