You know You Are In A War When the Other Side Lobs Artillery Fire At You

Chuck Gannon posted on Larry’s blog, asking for civility.

That would have been nice in February if the other side had tried that. Unfortunately the goals of the people that we now know as the puppy kickers did not choose civility, they chose the tactic of personal destruction, lies and smears right form the start. IN every media outlet that would publish the press releases.  I wrote a post about it back in April.

There is all is, most or less as it happened.  civil discourse was never on the puppy kickers’ menu of choices.  Heavy bombardment of tar and smear, was.  The puppies, on the other hand, tried civility, kept most of the real nastiness they were blasted with private and tried reason as the stuff just weirder and weirder.

I mean seriously, how do you call a man married to a black woman for 20 years a racist?  But they did, even after the family photos. The racist taunt was only the beginning.  The puppy kickers regurgitated all sorts of stuff about what the puppies were without eve actually quoting something the puppies said.  Which is strange considering just how much the puppies blogged about what was going on.  Including me. I think we were pretty clear as to what we were about, but somehow the puppy kickers were too busy trying to destroy the puppies to listen.

As for Eric Flint’s “reasoned” discourse, I have a rather different take on that.  That being that Eric has been more than a little bit of a jerk to his friend Brad publically during the whole imbroglio.  Not to mention insulting the late Jim Baen when I posted about him earlier this year.

This post has the details.

If it were one time, I could understand it, but Eric continued to act like a true jerk, even as Brad was editing the stuff while preparing for deployment. The douchery was becoming world class.

Followed by a great piece on how to not understand the issue.

The way I see it is how can Eric turn around and look his friends in the face after all the stuff that’s happened.  What can he say to Toni after this, to Tim Bolgeo, who gave his minicon a place at Libertycon, to Brad after hanging out with the puppy kickers.  I know that I’ve lost a lot of respect for Eric over this.

Of course the true stupidity is Tor books making this all personal.

Irene Gallo managed to piss off large chunks of the SF community with her stupid and pointless remarks.  Which she still hasn’t apologized for.  And Tor itself doesn’t seem to understand that calling the readers Nazis is not a truly good thing.  The remark though, is part and parcel of what we’ve been seeing all along from the puppy kickers.

Perhaps the biggest piece of arrogance on the part of the puppy kickers, the biggest turd in the punch bowl of the whole thing is that puppy kicker seem to believe that the Hugo Awards and SF in general are their personal property and fiefdom.  They are willing to go to any lengths to demonstrate this including buying a bunch of sock puppet votes and creating the fiasco that we saw at Sasquan. The whole artillery barrage started because the “right” people were not nominated, as if nominations were something they dispensed and the rest of fandom had nothing to do with it.  Then they started that stupid childish Noah Ward campaign with websites and everything.

The fact is that they felt compelled to act like total jerks throughout and then blamed the puppies for the fact that they felt compelled to act like jerks.

That childish “No Award” tactic did more than anything else to ruin the reputation in SF where it mattered, anybody who might want to become a SF fan.  If the kids don’t get pulled in what’s SF’s Future?

I think that one problem we, the generation of fans that grew up in the 1970’s have is that by and large we don’t see what’s happened.  We were lucky to grow up in a time when SF was freely available and diverse.  When publishers were willing to take chances and keep stuff in print.  Where authors like Poul Anderson had entire shelves to go through.  when SF specialty stores existed.  We don’t really realize that that’s all changed.

For all that ‘s bad about the 1970’s you could put together an Appendix N from stuff in your library or from the public library.  The stuff out there in paperback was that diverse.  The problem is that by and large that’s gone, the victim of changed tax laws, push marketing, chain stores and aggressive tie in publishing.  What’s replaced it is a bland pile of grey mush and  the stuff that gets run though editorial boards that are graduates of the Ivy Covered Snob Factories all of which are indoctrinated in a culture that is at odds with what people actually want.

The powers that be have had every opportunity to act in a civil manner, to create some sort of dialog.  Surely they see the numbers if even outsiders like myself see them.  Haven’t they noticed the declining cons, the empty shelves?  But it seems as if they’ve lost touch with what SF is supposed to be about.  They’ve become so wrapped up in “social justince” and saving the world that they’ve forgotten that the reason for all this is to provide readable entertainment.  And the only discourse they seem to be able to have with people who disagree is attack and personal destruction.  That’s the reason for war.

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