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Harlan on the Hugo

Posted April 18, 2015 By John C Wright

No, he is not talking about Sad Puppies or Rapid Puppies. He is talking about the 1994 awards, which is roughly when the current Inner Ring of Morlocks started taking over. In other words, he is talking about the exact same people we are talking about, but he saw it coming way ahead of time, because he is an irate genius.

I do not share his politics, but I share his love of unvarnished truth. God bless Harlan Ellison, the Vox Day of his generation.

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I AM SPARTICUS! Stand with the Badgers, Write an Email

Posted April 18, 2015 By John C Wright

Support the Honey Badgers and join the #GamerGate email campaign against the sponsors of Calgary Expo. Send one email, just one to start

I read with dismay on Vox Day’s website.

The SJWs came for the Honey Badger Brigade yesterday:

Early this morning, Fan Expo Canada banned Honey Badger Brigade (HBB) from the Calgary Comics and Entertainment Expo (CalEx). Security staff approached the HBB booth, ordered us to leave, and refused to state the reason why unless Alison Tieman agreed to speak to them away from the other members of the group, without recording. They informed Alison that they had received complaints on social media, including 25 allegations of harassment. No evidence was presented, no request was made for information from HBB, and no specific incident was cited until further questions were asked of security.

Upon further questioning, security mentioned the Women in Comics panel discussion from the previous day, where Alison was given permission to speak. Alison spoke briefly in relation to a topic brought up by the panelists. Accusers, however, claimed that Alison derailed the conversation. Alison and myself were in attendance, and you can listen to Alison’s statement in the panel here on YouTube. You can hear Alison, myself and indeed the entire panel in the full discussion record.

As you will hear, there was no harassment. Expo staff and mob rule, in their crusade for ending harassment against women, harassed the Honey Badgers despite having no evidence of any policy violation.

This is what we are up against. This is why I will never back down, why I will never ever apologize for thinking, speaking, and writing freely. This is why I am the Leader of #GamerGate and why you should be too.

The real crime of the Honey Badger Brigade, for which they were successfully attacked, was not “reportedly disrupting panels”, but rather “associating with GamerGate”.
Several tweets from this morning suggested one of the exhibitors was proudly demonstrating banners and shirts for GamerGate. It was quickly revealed this was The Honey Badger Brigade…. Calgary Expo has been actively responding to comments and criticisms about its decision on Twitter, expressing it had no desire to allow a GamerGate-themed booth onto the show floor.

This is a cultural war, people. And if you’re not fighting it, you’re losing it.

Support the Honey Badgers and join the #GamerGate email campaign against the sponsors of Calgary Expo. Send one email, just one to start. I have. That’s all it takes… because we are legion.

Here is the contact info:
(Listed by name of company; email address; twitter account)
Cocobrooks;; @cocobrookspizza
Gaycalgary;; @gaycalgary
Space;; @SpaceChannel
Air Electronics;; ——–
x929 radio; gbrasil@; @X929
Squareup;; ——–
Vistek;; @Vistek
Dean Reeves;; ——–
Rue Morgue;; @RueMorgue

These don’t have public email. Use the contact form on the website

Summit Trucks; ; @Summit_Trucks
Air Miles; ; @AIRMILES
Bullseue Creative; ; @bullseyeseattle
ATB Financial;; ——-
Redd skull; ; @redd_skull

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Why We Fight

Posted April 18, 2015 By John C Wright

Sarah Hoyt holds forth her experience in the science fiction field, her conclusions, her resolve.

Remember as you read her words, this is the woman the Morlocks are trying to destroy. The fear she escaped is the fear into which our foes which all writers and readers to be bound.

The lack of interesting science fiction, the inability of writers to make a living, or win awards, the sheer boring dreck infecting the field is not an illusion produced by your nostalgia nor is it some unaccountable and inexplicable loss of talent and imagination in our field.

It is a by product of the selection process publishers use to publicize books, and the gaming of the systems used to grant awards by a small “Inner Ring” of friends who watch each other’s backs, enforce a political conformity of political correctness, and hate everything you love, including robust, entertaining, and well written science fiction.

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A Grocery List

Posted April 18, 2015 By John C Wright

A fan remarks:

“I would rather read Wright’s grocery list than any of the “literary” stuff in the genre now.”

How funny you should mention that! I happen to have my grocery list right here.

Items to pick up:

  • A pound of Apples, despite that this mortal fruit is the one whose taste brought all our woe in paradise;
  • A sack of flour, child of an unworthy grain, those firstfruits offered by the first murderer and his first victim, his brother, which horrid fratricide to this day we repeat;
  • Four heads of Lettuce, which the antediluvians ate, meat being forbidden to them.
  • A pounds of Beef, eaten by humans for the first time under the gracious light of a rainbow, wonder unadored ere then.
  • A rack of Lamb, eaten when the angel of death passed over the chosen seed of Abraham
  • Remember to get some lunchmeat for the kids.
  • A quart of Milk and a jar of Honey — to remind us of a great promise.
  • And, finally, remember to get a loaf of bread and a bottle of wine, to remind us of the one and only time the blood of the divine was shed on this dark and morbid globe we call the earth.
  • Fried fish, as was eaten by the shores of the sea on Easter Sunday, as Peter was asked three times whom he loved.
  • Also, a package of turkey, justly renowned as the humblest meat from the stupidest bird eaten with prayers of thanksgiving by the Pilgrim fathers who bless and planted this nation, whose harvest was the freest and greatest people Earth has ever known: under socialism, you could not nip down to the store and buy these things, or any things, since socialism spends human blood and purchases nothing but misery and want.
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Good Thing Popular Science is Fair and Objective!

Posted April 18, 2015 By John C Wright

Another obscure Internet journal declares their loyalties and hoists the pink flag of Libel for Social Justice.

One would think they would be imaginative enough to invent new libels.

The hack, a Mr Mike VanHelder, writes:

Recent nominee John C. Wright is a long-time professional writer, but he is perhaps better known for his views on LGBT activists and allies, who he has called “disgusting, limp, soulless sacks of filth” and other, less-printable slurs (Wright has recently deleted the “sacks of filth” post from his blog, but the Internet never forgets).

Here is the full text of the letter Mr VanHelder fails to quote:

Dear Mr DiMartino and Mr Konietzko,

I admire your creative effort tremendously. I watched your shows, bought your merchandize, and supported and lauded you. I made your work a part of my imagination and a part of my life, and introduced your show to my children.

And this is how you repay loyalty and affection?

A children’s show, of all places, is where you decided to place an ad for a sexual aberration; you pervert your story telling skills to the cause of propaganda and political correctness.

You sold your integrity out to the liberal establishment. In a craven fashion you deflect criticism by slandering and condemning any who object to your treason.

You were not content to leave the matter ambiguous, no, but had publicly to announce that you hate your audience, our way of life, our virtues, values, and religion.

From all the fans everywhere worldwide let me say what we are all feeling:

Mr DiMartino and Mr Konietzko: You are disgusting, limp, soulless sacks of filth. You have earned the contempt and hatred of all decent human beings forever, and we will do all we can to smash the filthy phallic idol of sodomy you bow and serve and worship. Contempt, because you struck from behind, cravenly; and hatred, because you serve a cloud of morally-retarded mental smog called Political Correctness, which is another word for hating everything good and bright and decent and sane in life.

I have no hatred in my heart for any man’s politics, policies, or faith, any more than I have hatred for termites; but once they start undermining my house where I live, it is time to exterminate them.

Got that? I insulted two men who richly deserved it, two men turned on by fantasies of lesbian oriental teenagers getting it on, but neither man himself a homosexual.

I insulted them for luring me into trusting them and repaying my trust with a craven, cowardly betrayal, and for the ghastly dishonesty with which they thereafter comported themselves in public.

I insulted them for insulting me.

This, in the minds of the honesty-challenged writer Mr VanHelder, constitutes me calling all lesbians, gays, bisexuals, whateversexuals, and their heterosexual allies and activists by the same names.

But none of these people ever betrayed me, targeted my children, or lied about me. Why would I upbraid them?

The other slurs, as you see, were also strictly printable, containing no swear words nor blasphemies: Unless you think calling someone a termite or an idolater is too shocking for delicate Victorian ears.

While, technically, one can call two hetero men lusting after teen lesbian characters they introduce without warning into a children’s cartoon and sneaking antinomian, and antichristian messages into wholesome family entertainment  “LGBT activists and allies” one cannot call such a technicality honest.

Mr VanHelder selected his words carefully enough to create the impression exactly opposite the truth, like the man in the old joke who says his dog does not bite, never mentioning the the dog by his heel is not his.

As for the idea that an author of my standing, working for ten years with the largest and most prestigious publishing house in science fiction, with nomination for a Nebula under my belt, and now a record number of Hugo nominations — that the most famous thing I ever wrote was six words taken out of context in an unpublished letter dated last December to Mr DiMartino and Mr Konietzko is beyond false and beyond ludicrous.

I suppose someone, somewhere, is gullible enough to fall for so transparent a lie, but of what value could deceiving such a helpless naif turn out to be?

Or maybe he means it. Maybe he thinks more people read his column that have ever read my books? If so, that is a delusional thought. Mr VanHelder severely overestimates his power of propaganda, if he thinks his lies are more famous than my stories.

Nor was the post taking Mr Mr DiMartino and Mr Konietzko to task deleted. I merely redirected the link to put in its place my true feeling about homosexuals, so that voles looking for juicy bits of gossip on which to feed their anger and rage would be taken unawares.

  • I believe, profess, and unambiguously support the view that homosexuals must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.

  • I believe, profess, and unambiguously support the view that every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.

  • I believe, profess, and unambiguously support the view that These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

However, those who think it right and just, a holy crusade, and a way of sticking to The Man, to offer a drunk a drink, and hand him the car keys to drive, and urge him to his destruction, knowing he is afflicted — such a vile, pitiless, foolish and ghastly hypocrites as this are guilty of something far worse than pride, and will answer a far sterner judge than I for the crime. The pity and respect I owe and show homosexuals struggling with their perversion I do not owe to those who undermine that struggle, or belittle it.

I do not hate homosexuals Mr VanHelder. I hate the lies you serve, the falsehoods to whom you bow the knee.

I hate your lies because I love the truth, and hate the injustice of seeing homosexuals and other innocent people hurt by your false narrative. It is not a difficult stance to understand, misrepresent it how you will.

Note that there is no link proffered by Mr VanHelder, no attribution, no facts. Nothing about me at all, in fact. He is describing the horrible strawman Mr Wright, the one eyed one horned flying purple people eater.

Ah, but I am a Little Satan. The Great Satan is Vox Day:

Big winner Vox Day is an outspoken white supremacist and campaigner against women’s education and suffrage, who is on the record as supporting the Taliban’s attempt to assassinate Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousifazi, finding it “scientifically justifiable.”

The fact that the Puppies have courted assistance from the anti-feminist GamerGate movement is another strike against their claims of political neutrality. The extent of the collaboration between the two groups is difficult to quantify….

On it goes in like vein. And they will simply get away with such libels, as have all the others.

This is your press, ladies and gentlemen. They act this way because the indifferent permit it, while the wicked reward it.

Mr VanHelder, with shocking insouciance, insolence, and tone deafness to the irony, concludes with this paragraph:

For most of its history, science fiction fandom was sheltered from the worst aspects of the increasingly polarized political climate. Trufans, safe in their bubble, were wholly unprepared for this kind of culture war. Can traditional science fiction fandom repel the invaders and return to the benign, anarchic status quo, or will they have to adopt the tactics of their enemy in order to survive, losing a part of themselves in the process?

Please write and ask for this man to be fired.

He is a terrible journalist. And since I am a journalist, and since I know whores to be more honest than most journalists, for him to be on the trailing edge of the Bell curve is even more damning.

Mr VanHelder cannot even do his libels credibly. How hard can it be to defame Vox Day? He cannot even do that right.

Here is the contact information for Popular Science magazine:

Popular Science
2 Park Ave., 9th Floor
New York, NY 10016

And here is the contact form for the Bonnier Corp, their parent company:

Please write and ask for this man to be fired.

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Hugo Nominated Stories & Essay — Free

Posted April 17, 2015 By John C Wright

For a limited time, my publisher, as a courtesy to all Hugo participants, is offering all my Hugo-nominated short fiction works for download, as well as an essay from Transhuman and Subhuman, included in this special Castalia House release:

Included in the nominations are

The beautiful cover art is by Kirk DouPonce of DogEared Design.

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An Outbreak of Peace

Posted April 17, 2015 By John C Wright

I read a most interesting post today on the ongoing tempest in a teapot of the Hugo Awards:

This is a dialog between two members on opposite sides of the issue who, by treating each other with civility, suddenly discovered that peace broke out all along their front, and troopers in the trenches started singing Christmas hymns together, and exchanging gifts across the barbed wire and corpse littered no man’s land.

The two are riffing off a blog post by Sad Puppies 3 captain Brad Torgersen, in which identifies tribalism as the mechanism behind the enmity, or, at least, behind the high passions driving the enmity. This is why they refer to the two sides as ‘tribes.’

An excerpt:

Floris: To get to that point, I think it’s essential that all Tribes acknowledge their own responsibility for the whole fracas, tone down their rhetoric, and enter a dialogue about the things that they do see as positive in the other. Find common ground, explore the similarities in their opinions and objectives, and work from there. A bit like you and I are doing, assuming for the sake of argument that you’re more of a Puppies fan, and simplifying matters by sticking myself in the WorldCon tribe (both of which are probably major simplifications, if not errors). There are clearly Tribes in specfic fandom that reflect the socio-political Tribes in the world at large, but I expect that bottom-line, fans have more in common than these bickering sub-Tribes think, and that the tribe of specfic fans has more to unite than to divide them.

Keranih: Yes, yes, yes, this – Fans are My People. I reserve the right to be very cranky at other Fans, but still. Team Fandom!

Floris: LOL!


Floris: To get to this point, I think it’s essential that all Tribes acknowledge their own responsibility for the whole fracas, tone down their rhetoric, and enter a dialogue about the things that they do see as positive in the other.

Keranih: Yes. And I say again – we didn’t get to this level of vitriol overnight. We’re not going to fix it tonight. But we do need to start, and we need to acknowledge up front that it is going to be a long process with compromise, hurt feelings, and stop, I am too pissed off to talk to you any more right now from both (all? yes, ALL) sides. We need to be willing to invest the time and be willing to accept temporary deadlocks in order to get to the best solution.

I concur with the peacemakers, and urge my fellow fans to whom science fiction is beloved and for whom the Hugos still recall an echo of dignity to adopt a less belligerent posture.

Remove or silence those among you who see science fiction as a tool of social engineering and to whom entertainment is subordinate to political correctness, and I will break my saber over my knee and throw the shards in the sea.

Here are my terms: Halt the libels and lies and keep a civil tongue in your mouth, and there will be peace.

I offer no concessions in return because I have none to offer. When you and yours leveled the accusation that I was a White Supremacist Misogynist Hatemonger you knew it was false, as did every honest onlooker.

I could ask Brad Togersen’s wife to squint her eyes and grit her teeth and make herself Caucasian by an effort of will, but she lacks the power to do so. Nor can Larry Correia make himself non-Portuguese to please you. Nor can Sarah Hoyt by alchemy become a male. Nor can Vox Day cease being a racist because he is not one. You cannot even quote one unedited line of his writing to support the accusation.

Nor can I cease being a one horned one eye flying purple people eater for the very simple reason that I am not one now. I cannot become less of something I am not by any means, real or theoretical.

Nor can I unbaptize myself as a Christian: the chrism, being invisible, is ineradicable.

You and yours, however, can and may cease leveling false accusations at me at any time you wish, merely by ceasing to level them.

As I said, I concur with the peacemakers, but I predict the warmakers have the right of it.

I predict that the politically correct would far rather destroy what little meaning the Hugos retain than surrender the greasy pleasure of calling Vox Day a racist.

Give up slander? It is their only hobby. Give up the power to police thoughts and ruin careers? Give up on the Two Minute Hate? Give up the dream of trampling a human face forever?

It is the only distraction that fills their inward void.

The thought policemen will not exit the dim and comfy thought-prison of political correctness. One might as well ask the dotty old spinster to surrender her dozen cats.

I proffer the olive branch, knowing full well none will hear and answer. I do this only to demonstrate to undecided onlookers which side seeks peace.

If heaven is gracious, all my predictions will prove hollow.

I pray it so! I would rather be in the good opinion of men like George RR Martin and Charles Stross, men whose writing I admire and whose success is unquestioned, than continue to receive their unearned and unexpected sneers and slights. Mr Scalzi, to my knowledge, holds no enmity toward me, and I certainly hold none toward him. I find him likeable, and a writer of solid, if modest, accomplishment.

Mike Glyer seems a reasonable man. He might prove me wrong, and accept peace.

As for Mr Damian Walter of the Guardian, he is not a writer, not a part of science fiction, and scholarly opinion is divided as to whether he is part of the human race. I seek nothing from him and accept nothing from him. Let the earth swallow him at a gulp that he may vanish without an outcry.

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One More

Posted April 16, 2015 By John C Wright

This one from the Libertarian site:

To no one’s surprise, the people who idolize reason and liberty are on the side of the science fiction guys weary, bored and annoyed with the yammering and sneering of the self-anointed thought-police, trying so desperately to police the thoughts of people smarter than they.

One of the most charming compliments I have received of late came from one I assume to be a libertarian or near-libertarian:

To paraphrase the sainted Ayn…

“Laugh at John C. Wright and hold John Scalzi as a great science fiction writer. You’ve destroyed science fiction. Build Rachel Swirsky and you’ve destroyed fantasy. Hail the Toad of Tor and you’ve destroyed book editing. Glorify John C. Hines and you’ve destroyed masculinity. Don’t set out to raze all shrines – you’ll frighten men, Enshrine mediocrity – and the shrines are razed.

One of the funnier quips I have heard recently also came from someone I suspect is a nonconformist:

First they came for Vox Day, but I did not say anything, because Vox Day was an asshole, and I was not.

Then, I didn’t say anything because he was so busy bitch-slapping them and I was laughing so hard that I couldn’t stop. So, that turned out well.

Allow me to state before the ears of the world that I salute libertarians and see them as allies.

To be sure, once the Pope and his army of Ape Clones, Ghosts, Vampire Samurai and Jesuit Dacoits takes over the world using the secret, Martian war-machinery buried under the Vatican since the Triassic period (when the Martian invaders exterminated the dinosaurs but were wiped out by smallpox) we Catholics will burn all libertarians at the stake as heretics, and then eat their burnt flesh in a horrific cannibal orgy. And we never read the Bible.

But until D-Day and H-Hour, the libertarians are kind enough to let all civilized men the heck alone and leave us in peace, and I would be honored to share a foxhole with any of them during these culture wars.

No libertarian ever donned the condescending mantle of thought policeman in dealing with me, and no leftwing has ever failed to do so.

The Lefties want to control our minds, destroy our minds, destroy our lives, and die, and the Libertarians want to live and let live, to leave us alone and to be left alone. Life and death. The choice is that stark. I choose life.

So, to all libertarians wherever you are, let me say this: I do not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death the right of the Inquisition to torture you into a bogus forced confession for saying it, before turning you over to the secular arm for a slow and barbaric public burning.

But then again, the Inquisition will let you call women ‘bossy’ and permit you to use the word ‘Black’ rather than ‘People of Color’ and allow you to applaud rather than using ‘jazz hands’ so our sadistic and vicious repression is better than their sadistic and vicious repression. At least we have written rules. And you can keep your money and own businesses under our pitiless iron scepter. Think of us as Lawful Evil rather than Chaotic Evil.

NOTE TO THE HUMOR IMPAIRED: Just kidding! The foregoing paragraphs are a jest!

(The Martians were wiped out by the clap, not smallpox, but I thought it inappropriate as a subject matter to put on a family friendly blog.)

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SJWs = Marketing Genius!

Posted April 16, 2015 By John C Wright

The previous round of false reviews and graffiti led to increased sales for my books previously targeted by these exemplars of courteous inclusiveness and civility whose sole motive is their nonpartisan love of the science fiction genre. I trust my readers will respond again in the same way.

I see the following notice from my publisher. The words below are his:

… two more people have responded to Glenn Hauman’s call for posting fake reviews on Amazon. Jeromy Stone has posted a fake review of Mr. Wright’s AWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND, of all things:

One Star
By jeromy stone on April 15, 2015
Format: Hardcover

You know the drill. Report for Abuse and Inappropriate Content. The more strongly we respond to these attacks, the more likely it is that Amazon will eventually step in and do something serious about it.


on April 15, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Wow. Call me underwhelmed. If you like purple prose, this is the book for you. Bad writing plus bad editing makes for a bad book. Don’t waste your money on this dog.

As phangirl is a fan of Jim C. Hines, I ask Mr. Hines to make a statement to his readers concerning his opinion of posting fake one-star reviews of other authors’ works on Amazon. I have no doubt that Mr. Hines opposes the practice, out of sheer common sense if nothing else, and I hope that he will see fit to tell phangirl and his other fans to cease and desist such antics.

I’m contacting Amazon today to ask them to investigate Glenn Hauman’s call for fake reviews. It is readily apparent that his malicious attempt to harm Castalia House’s business is having real and material effects on our book reviews and I note there is legal precedent in the UK addressing compensation for such activities. My personal opinion is that Amazon should not permit authors who post fake reviews or encourage others to do so to sell their books on Amazon. It will be interesting to learn Amazon’s opinion of the matter, considering that they recently sued some companies that provide fake reviews.

And another:

One wag adds wryly

So just so we have this straight,

There is no campaign, no conspiracy. Just some guy connected to two publishing houses who is also a reader at Making Light, telling his audience to make sure to ‘review’ Rabid Puppies and ‘game Amazon’.

But there’s no slate, no whispers, no sir, everything is just fine.

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No, Virginia, There is no Stare Decisis

Posted April 16, 2015 By John C Wright

My story ‘Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus’ was disqualified by Mr John Lorentz and Miss Ruth Sachter in the name of the Sasquan Hugo Administrators, on the grounds that a first draft of the story was put out on my blog for my readers as a Christmas gift eight days before the beginning of 2014.

I did politely question the decision on the grounds that this case did not differ materially from a parallel case, where Mr Scalzi’s  OLD MAN’S WAR was posted to his blog in 2006 but was granted an award in 2013.

The reply I received was this:

John,In retrospect, “Old Man’s War” probably should not have been allowed on the ballot in 2006.But things weren’t as clear-cut when he first posted the novel on his web site in 2002.  I was able to attend more Worldcons in the early 2000’s than I have in recent years, and I remember there being a lot of discussion during the business meetings during those years as people tried to define what was meant by “published” (we were coming out of the years when only only way to distribute stories or books was by printing them on paper).

They finally settled on that it meaning whenever the text was presented to the public, whether it was on a web site, in an e-book or printed on paper.

Now, with many stories and articles being nominated that came from online magazines or sites like and, there’s no question that web publishing is a major means of publishing.  So posting a work on a public web site is treated as equivalent to printing it in a magazine.

I sincerely believe that a situation such as Old Man’s War won’t happen again–as long as the Hugo Administrators are aware of the initial publication.  (Since the Hugo Administrators change from year to year, I can’t guarantee that to be the case.  But if a future administrator reverted back to how Old Man’s War was treated, I’d certainly disagree with that action and I think most other people would, also.)

I hope that helps clarify the situation.  The Hugo administrators each year are only human, and we all make the occasional mistakes.  But we try to do our best in interpreting the rules clearly and impartially.
John Lorentz
Sasquan Hugo Administrator

This response, in my mind, raised more questions than it allayed, and so I wrote a second time, but have so far received no further answer.

I suppose the answer came when I stumbled across Mr Mike Glyers’ 770 blog, where the announcement of the decision was made.

N.B.: Mr Glyer has been nominated for 50 Hugo awards in his career.

Now, I did not think it proper to speak to Mr Scalzi himself on the matter, since he has no power to influence the Hugo judges, nor was he privy to the note sent me, and if there was any further written record of the decision or the reasoning involved in my case, it was not shown me.

But it seems someone did ask him, apparently in a fashion to which he takes  exception. In reply, Mr Scalzi holds forth his legal opinion as to why the two cases differ.

N.B.: Mr Scalzi has been nominated for 9 Hugo Awards in his career.

I invite your comments. Is his legal reasoning sound?

The words below are his

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