A Polite Retreat from Combat

Posted May 2, 2016 By John C Wright

Mr. George R.R. Martin here (http://grrm.livejournal.com/485124.html) has taken the time out of his busy writing schedule to rebut my comment where I rebuked him for characterizing the Sad Puppies reading list of last year as ‘right-wing’ and ‘weak’, a statement published in the Guardian newspaper.

My reply, humbly enough, was that my work was unweak enough to have sold at least one example to him. He responds by chiding me for being insufficiently humble: as if making a sale to George R.R. Martin were not indeed a matter for pride.

He and I (or so I thought) had an agreement to smooth over our puppy-related sadness.

In the spirit of that agreement, I plead nolo contendere to his allegations, in the hope that if I say nothing but this in reply, he will return to his writing, and tell me and his other fans the final fate of Westeros.

The years fly like autumn leaves, and life too short for such fare. Winter is coming.

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Delenda Est

Posted May 2, 2016 By John C Wright

No comment. The thing speaks for itself.

The University of Southern California cancelled its planned “Legends of the Games” event after the lone female participant signaled that she wouldn’t be able to attend. Administrators made the determination that an all-male panel was unacceptable, and killed the event—a mere four hours before it was supposed to start… The panel would have included Jeffrey Kaplan of Blizzard, Brandon Beck of Riot Games, and David Stohl of Infinity Ward.

Nevertheless, Tracy Fullerton—Director of USC Games—believes her decision to cancel the event puts USC “on the right side of history,”

http://reason.com/blog/2016/04/29/usc-cancelled-an-awesome-video-game-pane

In other news,

Last year I interviewed Kori Rae, Pixar producer and lesbian, and asked when we’ll see a gay Pixar character. She replied: “The answer is, I don’t know if there’ll be a gay character. I hope so, I really hope we get to a place were we can do that.”

With growing numbers of LGBT families across the world, aren’t we are already at that place? The children interviewed for the Team Angelica short film Kids of Gay Parents Speak Out don’t think their families are strange for being LGBT; but in order for other kids to realise that non-heteronormative families are as “normal” as any other, gay parents need to be given cultural and social visibility. Which means we need LGBT families to feature in ads, kids’ books, Disney/Pixar movies – everywhere we see heterosexual parents.

There is a little bit of jabberwocky speech in there, something about non-heteronormative social visibility, which I may need to translate: they want your children to see so many perverts presented as heroes and heroines, that no role model of a happy and normal family will exist any longer in any young mind, and no example of a happy and normal male-female relation, no man happy with his masculinity, and no female happy in her femininity.

This is part of a decades-old movement among feminist queer intellectuals inspired by communism, to break down the family structure in America and the West.

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John will be discussing Iron Chamber of Memories with Declan Finn of Catholic Geek Radio in…about half an hour. (7pm EST)

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New Warriors FTW!

Posted April 30, 2016 By John C Wright

Nate Winchester comments on my affection for the New Warriors from Marvel Comics:

New Warriors? Man your tastes really ARE plebeian. ;) (said with all the fondness and love I can muster)

Plebeian? I’ll say. NEW WARRIORS are the most starchy, idea-free, second-hand collection of Z-list supers ever. I achieve the state of a paragon of bad taste by liking them.

Night Thrasher is a badass cut-rate Bruce Wayne ripoff on a razor-sharp bulletproof skateboard. Except if Alfred were a crazed Vietnamese extradimensional witch who wants to eat his soul.

I can hardly explain my fascination with this trainwreck of a bland, unimaginative superteam of fourth-rate third-stringers. Except that I have a fondness for the overlooked lesser gods of any pantheon. (This is why, in my stories, one is more likely to meet Phobos or Eros, Iris or Glaucon, than Apollo or Venus.)

Namorita is female Namor the Submariner. Firestar is female Human Torch. Speedball is Bouncing Boy, except not as fat. Nova, the Human Rocket, is the Green Lantern in a dumb helmet except without the power ring. Marvel Boy is male Marvel Girl, except later they gave him the lamest most on-the-nose name for a super ever, Justice.

And not one of them has a backstory, or an innate human drama, a love interest, dependent NPC, or even an ability to quarrel with the ever-lovin’ blue-eyed Thing, even half as engaging as the originals of whom they are cheapest possible knock offs.

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We Also Call Them Morlocks

Posted April 29, 2016 By John C Wright

I used to be a newspaperman and newspaper editor, so I know the business, and I understand the pressure newspapermen are under to lie, and lie, and lie again.

Some, as did I, resist the temptation.

Others, many others, very many others indeed, not only give into the temptation to dwell in falsehoods, but bathe in falsehood, dive into it, drink it, anoint themselves in it, baptize themselves in it, breathe it in, absorb it through every skin pore, mainline it, insert it as a suppository, and perform unnatural sexual acts with it, and in all other ways regard falsehood as a holy calling, and deception a sacrament.

However, even so, the true shocking nature of the falsehood, the insolence of it, the recklessness, the sheer magnitude of it, cannot truly be felt except to one, like me, who has been on the receiving end.

It is astonishing to hear newspapermen who have never made the slightest effort to contact you, who neither interview you nor quote anything you say, nor offer the slightest scintilla of evidence, reporting your innermost thoughts and motivations hidden in the most secret chamber of your heart, and to discover that your motives are the opposite of everything you have said, thought and did your whole life. Astonishing.

Here is a roundup of some links of various media outlets who decided that their honesty, integrity and sacred honor were worth selling in return for the questionable gratification involved in spreading an untruth so unlikely to be believed.

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Political Correctness is Neither from Mars nor Veus

Posted April 28, 2016 By John C Wright

I myself grow rather weary of watching shows or reading books from a foreign culture, where fornication is considered lawful and admirable, sexual perversion laudable, and there are no families to be seen. No one goes to Church, no women are feminine, and no men are masculine.

That culture is political correctness — but it is more foreign to me, and more offensive, than reading traditional Japanese novels or watching Chinese historical dramas where polygamy and suicide are regarded as normal. At least the Chinese dramas show a proper respect for motherhood and family duties. They are peopled with real, if pagan, people, whose emotions and motives make sense to me.

I will be reading merrily along in what I think is some perfectly ordinary adventure story or science fiction yarn, when suddenly a minor character, such a policeman, will announce that he has a husband. No one around him reacts as if he is a sick pervert or a crazypants. Because in crazypantsland male is female and female is male.

Or the characters will time travel to ancient Mesopotamia or the Jurassic, but the narration will give the date in terms of a calendar called ‘B.C.E.’ which is a calendars whose only purpose is to tweak the nose of Christians, and call them evil for daring to make a scientific calendar that coordinates between earthly seasons and astronomical motions.

Whereas in a Chinese costume drama, a mother who is worried that he son is too deeply in love with his first wife, and therefore too distracted to serve the Emperor, will arrange to marry him to a concubine, so as to dilute that love. She selects as the concubine the first wife’s best friend, that way they are more likely to find domestic harmony with their mutual husband. The son throws himself on a sword in front of the Dowager Empress to prove his love for the first wife, but he never disobeys his mother.

These are all non-Western and non-Christian but perfectly understandable expressions of perfectly understandable human emotions.

On the other hand, when in a cop show, the cop’s partner decides to fornicate with the cop’s daughter, the true depth of emotion is displayed when the partner kneels and offers the daughter a box from a jewelry store. Inside is not a ring — fooled ya!–but a key. He is offering to move his gear into her apartment, to make the fornication and the eventual break easily to manage logistically.

The cop, instead of drawing his sidearm and blowing the brains out of the man who is frelling his daughter outside of wedlock, merely looks mildly grumpy and says the situation is ‘weird’ but he is glad is his daughter is seeking happiness in shallow copulation with an unmarried man who has only moderate affection for her.

These are not human emotions. A Martian, perhaps, would look upon the reproductive antics of his daughter, and hopes that she will raise his grandchildren as bastard in a single-mother home with no father, almost certain to be beaten or killed by one of her serial live-in lovers, but no real father from our planet, not one worthy of the than, hopes this.

The creatures in politically correct films and stories have a stiff and unconvincing range of emotions: characters designated good guys are tolerant, and designated bad guys are intolerant, everyone is self-centered but not selfish, and they all refer to friends as family members.

It is like watching dead-eyed manikins being moved in awkward jerky motions through human poses, and hearing slightly flat and oddly-spaced words issuing from frozen, half-smiling lips.

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Comment Overheard on Another Blog

Posted April 27, 2016 By John C Wright

I read this with great interest.

Comment by gxg dated April 27, 2016 2:50 PM

http://voxday.blogspot.com/2016/04/why-theyre-terrified.html#c3061587443693767064

I know I’ve alluded to this before, but as a successful indie romance novelist, I can say from experience that there’s a noticeable difference between indie-published stories and what comes out of trad publishers.

For one thing, in indie-books, the guys are much more likely to be actual guys. They fight. They’re protective. They will actively seek justice (and not through the courts) if someone wrongs them or their loved ones.

It’s not just on price that indie-publishers are killing it. It’s on the fact that there’s a noticeable trend away from left-wing virtue signaling. I once read a trad-published vampire romance where the hot vampire drove a Prius. A Prius…?

My author fan page is a good example of something else: My readers are, for the most part, not SJW types. They’re mostly married, and from what they post, happily so. They praise their husbands and brag about how wonderful they are. They post pix of their kids and talk about how much they enjoy spending time with them. If they post about the Target bathroom controversy, they’re more likely to side with girls exposed to wieners over confused dudes dressed up as chicks.

Before indie publishing, 99% of all books had to go through coastal left-wing gate-keepers who, to this day, don’t even realized how out of touch they are from Mainstream America.

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Albeit not a romance fan (we Vulcans only go into heat once every seven years) I am fascinated by the inverse proportion between political correctness and real romance with the kind of real men real women find worthy of daydreaming about.

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Reviewer Praise from the Informed Reviewer

Posted April 27, 2016 By John C Wright

Best.. Review … Ever …

Rarely, very rarely, in the life of a writer, does he come across a book review by a critic who actually “gets” the point of the book he wrote.

 

I reprint the whole thing:

REVIEW: Iron Chamber of Memory by John C. Wright

Monday , 25, April 2016
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Rabid Puppies Sweep Hugo Nominations

Posted April 27, 2016 By John C Wright

Here is a press release from my publisher and Supreme Dark Lord of the Evil Legion of Evil Authors, our own Mr. Theodore “VOX  DAYYYYY” Beale, announcing what promises to be the first of many triumphs:

RABID PUPPIES
Make the 2016 Hugos Great

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Much to the surprise of the social justice warriors in the science fiction community, who believed stern disapproval and a record voter turnout would suffice to leash the Rabid Puppies, the nominations for the 2016 Hugo Awards were once more dominated by the corybantic canines. 64 of the Supreme Dark Lord’s 81 recommendations made the 2016 shortlist, an increase of 6 from last year’s 58 finalists.

“I’m not even remotely surprised to learn that the Rabid Puppies did so well,” said Vox Day, as he mopped his brow with the flayed skin of an SJW after an arduous night of celebrating his fourth and fifth nominations. “For over 20 years, the mainstream science-fiction publishers have been trying to pass off romance in space and left-wing diversity lectures as science fiction. Support for the Puppies is a popular reaction to mediocrities and absurdities being presented as the very best that the field has to offer.”

Many of the finalists were delighted by the news. Chuck Tingle, author of “Space Raptor Butt Invasion”, nominated for Best Short Story, tweeted: “understand #HUGOAWARDS nominate Space Raptor Butt Invasion as best book ever. This PROVES that we exhist in the first layer of tingleverse!”

Others were less pleased. Tor Books author David Barnett declared in The Guardian: “The Hugo awards, once the watchword of quality in the SFF world, appear to have been utterly derailed for the second year running.”

Some of the more notable Hugo Award finalists include:

  • Moira Greyland’s account of her childhood abuse at the hands of her mother, the award-winning science fiction writer Marion Zimmer Bradley, nominated in Best Related Work.
  • SF great Jerry Pournelle, whose groundbreaking There Will Be War series returned after a 25-year absence due to the end of the Cold War, nominated in Best Editor, Short Form.
  • “Space Raptor Butt Invasion” by Chuck Tingle, a sensuous space romance that is a tribute to true diversity in science fiction, nominated in Best Short Story.
  • SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police, the political philosophy bestseller by Vox Day, nominated in Best Related Work.
  • My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic, Season 5, Episodes 1-2, “The Cutie Map”, nominated in Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.

The official list of the finalists in all 16 categories, including the 2016 Campbell Award for Best New Writer, can be found here:  http://www.thehugoawards.org/hugo-history/2016-hugo-awards/

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Asking the Japanese about Whitewashing Anime

Posted April 26, 2016 By John C Wright

Social Justice Warriors with too much time on their hands have decided to raise a stink about Hollywood hiring persons of the wrong and inferior race to portray member of the Master Race.

I found this highly enlightening interview. This is what people from a nation who are not crazy sound like when you talk to them about race.
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