Vox says that SJWs always lie, and the puppy kickers are no exception but this is just plain stupid.
Never mind the Noah Ward voting and the usual crybabying, so typical of spoiled people who absolutely HAVE to have everything the way they want all the time the rest of it has no connection to the reality. Let’s look at some of the thing Mr. O’Neil says shall we.
I’ve explained my rationale elsewhere, and I won’t rehash all that again, but in short — regardless of how the voting goes, the Puppies have made it abundantly clear that their primary goal is to have their ballot accepted. Having the bulk of fandom acknowledge their ballot as legitimate, and having their nominees read and voted on, paves the way for future Hugo ballots to be decided the same way: through the Puppies aggressive form of slate voting, which I feel drowns out far too much worthy fiction in favor of the Puppies extremely narrow selection process (dictated almost entirely by two individuals).
Or to put it another way: Any slate in which Vox Day puts eleven works from his own tiny publishing house on the Hugo ballot — and nominates himself for two Hugos — will have a hard time convincing me that it is anything other than a naked Hugo grab, poorly masquerading as a reactionary literary movement.
First of all no Sad puppy nominated themselves for anything. The puppies made recommendations, just like everybody else did. Vox did recommend himself, but how is that different than what Scalzi has done or any number of other people including say, GRR Martin? For that matter what Tor books seems to have done for the last 20 years or so. How many entries has Tor managed to put on the ballot every year for the last 20. It’s easy to see the pattern, just look at the Hugo wiki and count. The puppy’s goal is get more people involved in the nominating process, not make it the property of a small group of cliqueish insiders. Finally using words like “reactionary” sort of says that it’s you, Mr. O’Neil and the rest of the puppy kickers who are trying to politicize the Hugos, not the puppies.
I’ve listened to lots of Puppies over the last few months, and made good faith efforts to understand their grievances (and they do have very real grievances). I’ve had it explained to me (many times) that my principled decision to vote “No Award” in the face of blatant slate voting, without reading all the nominees, is “a slap in the face” to the Puppies.
Libeling people in a media blitz, terrorizing authors to get them to withdraw their nominations and other such tactics does tend to create grievances, Mr. O’Neil. And you decision to vote ‘No Award” isn’t principled, it’s cowardly. You’re bending to the kickers because you’re afraid they won’t like you or send stuff to your website anymore. That they will sic the likes of “requires hate” on you. There’s no principle there, just following the mob.
I’m sorry to all those who feel that way — and I do understand that there are those who genuinely feel betrayed and hurt by my decision. But, as I’ve explained before, here’s the thing about principled actions: I’m called upon to do them, regardless of how they make you feel.
Saying sorry guys, but you won’t try to hurt me and those other guys will, doesn’t cut it. Here’s a cluebat Mr. O’Neil, once you give in to the mob you will never be allowed to have principles again. That’s the way totalitarianism works. You’ve just given up the chance to make your own choices.
One thing I would like to state publicly is that a huge portion of the criticism aimed at the Puppies over the last few months has focused on their so-called pro-male and pro-white agenda. As those who’ve taken the time to closely read the ballot have pointed out, there really isn’t any such thing. The Puppy ballot is actually fairly diverse, all things considered.
Of course it is. Because the pro-white, pro-male agenda only exists in the minds of the SJWs. It’s an artifact of their own delusions with no basis in reality. That doesn’t stop the SJWs from constantly repeating the lie.
The Puppies have reacted extremely negatively towards all the reactionary press aimed their way, and I don’t blame them. There’s plenty of legit reasons to critique them; we don’t need to start making crap up.
But the legit critiques tend to destroy the narrative. Better to lie Mr. O’Neil and make sure the narrative is maintained. the problem with a constant stream of lies is they become fairly obvious rather quickly.
The last few months has been a remarkably dynamic and exciting time for fandom. The Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies accomplished something absolutely incredible: joining together to make a resounding statement about the current state of science fiction awards, and forcing the entire industry to sit up and take notice. They have, without question, been the single largest story in fandom this year.
That’s because fandom had become moribund and more or less dead. It had become an ever shrinking clique of people who had forgotten that being a fan was supposed to be fun. Of course making everything political drains the fun out of it. Until the puppies came along, the literature of science fiction and it’s fandom was quietly going into oblivion.
Unfortunately, the subsequent discussion has been a Public Relations disaster for the Puppies. When the eyes of the world were upon them (and while they were admittedly being unfairly criticized by people who misunderstood what they were really about), the Puppies responded by relentlessly going on the attack, hurling bombs at “SJWs,” liberals, secret cartels controlling the Hugos, and (especially, and rather senselessly) Tor, the publisher that has tirelessly promoted and sold many of the authors they championed
Just so everybody’s clear about what really happened, here’s most of it.
Here’s my aggregation of just about everything else.
I’ve looked at just about every blog post about the Hugos this year and I’m hard pressed to find a relentless attack by anybody other than Vox. The clique that wanted to run SF into the ground were calling themselves SJWs and attaching themselves to the likes of the notorious Brianna Wu long before the puppies were ever even formed. The cartel was hardly a secret to anybody who cared to look. The concerted and concentrated attack that the puppy kickers produced in April and which I’ve fully documented was not a “misunderstanding” It was a deliberate attempt to silence and stifle the puppies and destroy the careers of any author or website that associated with the puppies. The relentless attack has come from the kickers in an attempt to destroy the puppies. They have failed.
As for a public relations disaster, the numbers tell a different story. Before the puppies got started the Hugos had become more or less irrelevant. The puppies changed that. The number of supporting memberships has more than doubled this year, which is a very good thing for Worldcon and SF in general. More importantly the puppies have achieved the main goal of making the sure that the great body of fandom knows that those supporting memberships are worth the price. The puppies have brought value to the Hugos again.
The kickers, on the other hand seem determined to destroy the Hugo Awards if they can’t own them outright and vote the awards to the “special people.” The number of blog posts with the attitude that this was “x’s” year and the puppies ruined it, or “y” wasn’t nominated because the bad puppies took the noms away was just ridiculous, especially when some of those blog posts were upset that “requires hate’ didn’t get her Campbell nom. “Requires hate?” Seriously people.
As for Tor, that wound was self inflicted. Yes Vox pulled the pin, but Irene Gallo made the bomb. Then left it on her desk for a month to fester and for somebody to find. At least Moshe Feder and Patrick Neilson Hayden had been more circumspect about purging their spews and setting up their facebook permissions to make it more difficult to link to what they were spewing. And using proxies like Scalzi and Damien from the Guardian to make sure the word got out without actually getting their hands dirty themselves. At least Scalzi was well paid for his efforts, I wonder what Damien and the rest of the crew at the Guardian are getting? Calling large number of your customers “unrepentantly racist and misogynist” while it’s something that SJWs do, is not something that you even think about doing. I’m sure that Gallo was only expressing the opinions of a large part of the Tor office, still it should not have been left to fester. The fact that is was only brought in SF heavyweights who heretofore had been staying out of it. The fact that this has been the biggest “public relations disaster” in the whole mess is big part of the story.
In short, four months ago the Puppies grabbed the microphone and stood on stage in front of the entire industry. They seized the genre by the throat, and had a golden opportunity to make their point. And instead, they simply proved that they had nothing of any real value to say.
It’s not for the kickers and their friends to determine that. It’s for fandom. From what I have been able to see, fandom has heard what the puppies have to say and found it valuable indeed. If nothing else the puppies have made it known far and wide that every fan can be part of the Hugo Award, not just a small clique of Worldcon insiders. The desire for good stories has also resonated across fandom. Frankly far too many of us, those that hadn’t already left science fiction for greener pastures are starting to care again and that can be nothing other than a good thing.
Today, the Sad Puppies are already seen as a spent force. Irrelevant, misguided, and not particularly very interesting.
If the puppies were a spent force why are the kickers and their friends in the media still putting out puppy kicking hit pieces. Look would anybody bother to publish hit pieces in the New Yorker for irrelevant people. For that matter, Mr. O’Neil, why are you posting long blog posts talking about “spent forces?” The mere fact that the piece and the rest were published says that the puppies are very relevant indeed.
But I don’t think so. I think the result will be quite the opposite, and the Puppies will be swept aside in a wave of NO AWARDs. When that happens, I’m sure there will be plenty of dark muttering about “next year.” But by then, the microphone will have been turned off, and the audience will be long gone. The Puppies are part of history; they just don’t know it.
So burning your own house down is a victory? Has no puppy kicker taken at least at least a second to think that what will happen if year after year, category by category, No Award kills the awards. Even if you win, you lose? Has nobody considered that all it takes to kill an award category is to have No Award awarded twice consecutively. That if Vox is your demon, giving him a weapon to yield comes under the heading of “not a good idea?” By creating multiple No Awards in a slate they are making No Award a legitimate tactic and creating a weapon that anybody can use. Apparently they can’t count and realize that all those new memberships this year translates into nominating votes next year. And that their nastiness this year has not made them a lot of friends.
The fact is that you can’t turn back time. The puppy kickers are going to have to live with the Hugos aren’t going to be their personal property again. Like it or not they are going to have to deal with the new reality. This is bigger than some little plastic rocketships. This is taking back the culture from those who will destroy it like spoiled children rather than allow any diversity of ideas. People are tired of being preached about every little thing, about having to accept garbage and say that it has any value. Of having to swallow the worst of deviancy. There comes a point where people say, “we have had enough and aren’t going to take it anymore.” Far too many of us have had enough of the puppy kickers, their constant preaching about the greatness of deviancy, and constant screams of “reactionary,” “racist,” “misogynist,” and all the other nastiness that they have been spewing out. The puppy kickers will have to live with the fact that far too much of fandom has had enough and isn’t going take it anymore.