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Liu Cixin to Sci Fi: Drop Dead

Posted December 1, 2015 By John C Wright

Within the same fortnight that David Hartwell announced that the World Fantasy Award trophy would no longer be a bust of Lovecraft, but instead be the head of someone whose sole qualification to represent all of fantasy literature is her skin color, Liu Cixin, the first chinaman ever to win a Hugo Award has publicly spit in the face of those of us who voted for him.

He was interviewed in the Global Times. The statements are so graceless and so ungrateful, that I am studying his hands carefully to see if his fingers are crossed, a sign soldiers videoed by the enemy are supposed to make to show they are speaking under duress.

GT: Some Chinese fans have said they want to band together to vote on the World Science Fiction website next year. What’s your opinion on this?

Liu: That’s the best way to destroy The Three-Body Trilogy. And not just this sci-fi work, but also the reputation of Chinese sci-fi fans. The entire number of voters for the Hugo Awards is only around 5,000. That means it is easily influenced by malicious voting. Organizing 2,000 people to each spend $14 is not hard, but I am strongly against such misbehavior. If that really does happen, I will follow the example of Marko Kloos, who withdrew from the shortlist after discovering the “Rabid Puppies” had asked voters to support him.

GT: Many fans believe that even if The Three-Body Problem had benefited from the “puppies,” it still was deserving of a Hugo Award. Do you agree?

Liu: Deserving is one thing, getting the award is another thing. Many votes went to The Three-Body Problem after Marko Kloos withdrew. That’s something I didn’t want to see. But The Three-Body Problem still would have had a chance to win by a slim margin of a few votes [without the “puppies”].

After the awards, some critics used this – the support right-wing organizations like the “puppies” gave The Three-Body Problem – as an excuse to criticize the win. That frustrated me. The “puppies” severely harmed the credibility of the Hugo Awards. I feel both happy and “unfortunate” to have won this year.

I realize, my dear readers, that if you read THREE BODY PROBLEM, and weighed its merits, and in your honest judgment you thought it was the best SF novel of the year, your judgment does not matter because you are not the correct sort of people to have opinions.

Even though your opinion in this one case agreed with our Leftist insect Overlords, the mere fact that the opinion was your taints it.

You are wrongfans.

Your love of science fiction is insufficient to make you a real science fiction fan unless you also hold a wide and ever changing list of political opinions on topics unrelated to science fiction, to science, or to reality.

It seems our votes were malicious on the grounds that we are right-wing, and that when my fans ponied up forty bucks to vote for me, you were not doing this because you like my work, but only out of the terrible and dark hatred in your hearts against… well, I am not sure against whom you have so much hatred. Who is the Victim of the Week again, this Week? Eastasians? Oceanians? (Someone should ask Wendell the Manatee around to check).

I note our malicious votes were still counted, however.

And all this time, I thought we Sad Puppies were merely sick and tired of mindnumbingly dull novels about mind-swapping genderless AI’s in space rocketing straight to the highest echelons of science fiction’s critical acclaim, and that we wanted to rescue stories that were actually worth reading rise from the ashes of brainmeltingly absurd uber-leftist ideological cliques and bask in the glory of the coveted Hugo Award.

Hmmm. One would think that if this were our motive, we would have said so from the beginning. Oh, wait a minute. We did.
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Batman v Vader

Posted November 30, 2015 By John C Wright

Since the production values on this fanmade film are better than all the science fiction films I saw in my youth, including FORBIDDEN PLANET, I would say that we live in the golden age of science fiction.

Skip to about 0.30 to see the action.

And this, of course, if my favorite type of science fiction, pure quill which pulp space opera of that kitchen-sink style that pits a 1930s Depression-era man of mystery against the psionic cyborg dark lord of the Sith.

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Wiser Than God

Posted November 29, 2015 By John C Wright

My Thanksgiving EveryJoe article discusses the political, economic, and religious meaning of the holiday, and discusses why Political Correctness is set to obliterate Thanksgiving much more so than Christmas

When is the last time you saw a Pilgrim or an Indian?

My son brought home from school a project he had made in arts and crafts showing a smiling Mayflower Pilgrim with a buckle on his hat, and I realized, thunderstruck, that I had not seen any Thanksgiving decorations in the public square or shopping markets, schools or streets since the turn of the millennium. Instead, Christmas music begins to play on my local radio station immediately after the Eve of the Feast of All Souls.

Thanksgiving is nearly a perfect holiday, since by rights it combines the awesome and uplifting act of humiliating oneself to God in thanks for the bounties and blessings poured onto this nation by Providence, with the tradition of gathering the family and clan together in a feast of sumptuous proportions, a feast meant to remind us of the wealth the hard work of our fathers created for us, and to remind us of the hard-won liberty and wise laws protecting our rights to enjoy that wealth and worship that God.

Thanksgiving sums up the three greatest blessings of America. Our political system is a voluntary mutual compact of limited and equal government enshrining individual rights; our economic system is a free market protecting individual property; and our religious heritage is one of the liberty of the individual conscience, a principle found in only faith in the world.

The 3 Cs of America are Constitutionalism, Capitalism, and Christianity. At Thanksgiving, we give thanks for all three at once.

Or we once did.

The first foreshadowing of the Constitutional form of government on this continent was the Mayflower Compact. How is it remembered and honored?

I looked up two textbooks to see. The first was Triumph of the American Nation, published in 1986. If you read this textbook, this is the Mayflower Compact you remember. It is a purely political document with no mention of the central purpose of the pilgrimage (ellipses in the original):

We whose names are underwritten, …having undertaken … a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do … solemnly and in the presence of God, and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic for our better ordering, and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.

Keep in mind this was a deliberately pro-American textbook written in the days when Political Correctness was just getting started.

By way of contrast, my son’s textbook McDougal Littell The Americans, published in 2003, mentions the Mayflower Compact only in a sidebar, where it is described in two paragraphs, one of which says the Compact was written in response to the Pilgrim fear that the non-Pilgrims aboard the vessel would challenge their authority.

The textbook quotes but a dozen words from the charter, in this sentence:

The Mayflower Compact stated that the purpose of their government in America would be to frame “just and equal laws…for the general good of the colony.” Laws approved by the majority would be binding on Pilgrim and non-Pilgrim alike.

So if you read this more modern textbook, you remember the Mayflower Compact as something born of the fear of the Pilgrim’s losing their authority over the non-Pilgrims, and using the document to set the minority under their control. So it is not even a political document any more, merely a political sleight of hand.

Political Correctness is a new religion as well as being a new political and economic system. It is alien to the American character in every way, but most especially because there is no room, in a worldview where everyone is a helpless victim or a ruthless oppressor, for the emotion of gratitude.

There will be no further giving thanks for anyone to anything once Political Correctness completes the spread of its choking darkness over our land, kills all hope, halts all industries, destroys all wealth, shatters all laws, burns all churches, reduces all art to rubbish, all men to eunuch and all words to jabberwocky.

There is no room in postmodern history showing peaceful cooperation between races, no room for decorations showing Pilgrims and Indians together. There is no room for gratitude toward an Indian for saving our ancestors, hence us.

We are not allowed to call them Indians, nor to show admiration for them, wear Halloween costumes or put up decorations depicting them, or name our ball teams after them.

We are not allowed to express any emotion toward these native peoples on whose generosity in the early days – (the Indian wars were much later) – the survival of our ancestors depended, except that contempt mingled with pity which the sole emotion Political Correctness allows toward the weak. Hatred is the only emotion allowed toward everyone else.

There is no room for Thanksgiving in the PC reaches of desolation occupying the land once called America.

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Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends and fans!

Posted November 26, 2015 By John C Wright
Thanksgiving Peanut styel

Hello, Folks. Jagi, here, shanghaiing John’s blog once again.
This time, I just wanted to say thank you to all of you for your incredible generosity and for making our summer a miracle instead of time of poverty.

God bless you all!

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Open Gates

Posted November 26, 2015 By John C Wright

Unfortunately I cannot embed or link to the video. The Powers That Be are taking steps to keep you from seeing it.

This was deliberately edited to create a certain emotional effect. Do not assume the news and other sources trying to create the opposite effect are not edited as deliberately.

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The Brilliant Ages

Posted November 25, 2015 By John C Wright

The Dark Ages have a bad reputation.

But, in many ways, the feudal system, with one universal Church and many local kings and barons maintaining the folk law, tied to subjects and vassals by personal oaths of loyalty, with neither the slave markets of the ancient world, the theocratic sultanates, ancestor worship, or caste systems of the Near and Far East, nor with the plutocracies, state-syndicates, and socialisms of modern Europe, achieved something unheard-of in the ancient world and forgotten in the modern:

It achieved maturity. It achieved something never achieved before or since: a form of civilization fitted to the human condition, high and low, male and female, spiritual and temporal. It achieved the modern world without the more notorious evils and drawbacks of the modern world.

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A Kind Letter and a Progress Report

Posted November 24, 2015 By John C Wright

This is the second nicest letter a patron has every sent me. The first was too personal and too deeply moving to share, but the reader here (my boss, same as you) gave me permission to share this pat on the back.

Mr. Wright,

I have written you before in praise of your work, and you were kind enough to respond in like fashion (namely, the comment section of Vox Day’s website) that such acknowledgement has some significance to you. I am writing in a somewhat more direct fashion to again express my thanks, both in general for many an enjoyable hour reading your words, but in specific for your story “The Parliament of Beasts and Birds.”

As of the opening of this missive I have not even finished the story, but was already moved both to tears and a burning need to acknowledge a master’s work: in no author not named Tolkien, Wolfe, or Lewis, had I ever read something so moving! The story is written with the names and heritage of the West, of Eve, Cain, and Tubal-Cain, with the accents of Classical civilization and the sonorous diction of a craftsman who both knows and loves our great language: these alone would be enough to endear it to me. But I confess, when I reached the apotheosis of the animals (what else to call it when these loyal creatures become like unto us, which are as gods to them) and the angelic explanation, complete with the prayers of Sts. Roch and Eligius, I wept.

You see, I have an old dog whom I love. My wife used to remark that if he had opposable thumbs, he would not only be able to drive, but smarter than most of the human drivers on the road. We got him at her request, almost 12 years ago when we were little more than newlyweds.

And only now am I coming to understand that when he passes, I may well take it harder than she.

He has been our loyal companion and guarded our home through every one of my many absences: deployment, exercise, school, and university. Because he wards the house and guides the pack (we have other dogs, and they generally defer to him. It’s an odd dynamic), I have slept soundly for over a decade. He watched over my daughter when she was born and shared our concern as her development showed signs of going awry. I feel that he mourns her autism as much as or more than we, and believe he shares our joy at her ongoing healing in his own tired and aged way. When I reach my eternal reward and am issued my arms and Brasso kit (SOMEONE has to keep the Pearly Gates and His throne sparkling, and Marines are good for cleaning and polishing as well as guarding Heaven’s streets) and inquiring after my family, I will echo St. Roch’s prayer.

And while I know that irrational beasts are said to be soulless, I cannot but think that the Almighty, in all His mercy, would not forever sunder us from our closest companions.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for putting these same thoughts into words and frame more eloquent than I could ever hope to achieve. May the Lord bless and keep you and yours, and may your muse be ever present!

With great respect and thanks,

[Name withheld]

P.S. On a side note, please don’t keep us waiting overlong on Nowhither: I’ve just finished my second read-through of Somewhither and am eager for more!

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The Four C’s

Posted November 20, 2015 By John C Wright

I am as agog and aghast as all honest onlookers, psychopathologists, and men of good will at the inability of the Progressives to perceive even the slightest thistledown-weight of danger from the blood-sopped cave-dwelling death-cultists of Mohammed, who have been at war with Christianity since the days of Mohammed, and whose Holy Book, the Al Koran, commands in no uncertain terms that all infidels be converted at swordpoint or slain or enslaved.

The behavior of the Ishmaelites has not changed since the Bronze Age by an iota. Adopting Mohammedanism did not improve their character: they are the same Edomite and sons of Agog seen in the Bible, the deadly and unrelenting enemy of the Chosen People.

But to the Progressives, these troglodytes are the victims, not the aggressors, and their actions are the fault of Western powers: the fault, in short, of  Western economic and political, racial and religious institutions: Capitalism, Constitutional conservatism, Caucasians and Christians.

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Muslim Rape or Xenophobia

Posted November 20, 2015 By John C Wright

Three Muslims who brutally raped a 14-year old girl in Norway:

The incident happened on the night of July 30 when the three men accosted the girl on a commuter train before also molesting her in a farm house and at an apartment in Oslo.

During her ordeal, the girl was raped both orally and anally before being forced to take drugs. According to reports, the abuse, which lasted for hours, was so horrific that at one point the girl expressed a desire to take her own life to end the suffering.

The girl suffered “severe mental damage” and PTSD as a result of the incident, missed a year of school and is still struggling to deal with what happened.

The three men, 18-year-old Bile Mohamed Elmi, 21-year-old Abdirizak Nur Ali and 21-year-old Mohamed Abdirisak Mohamed, were initially charged with gang rape, which carries a maximum sentence of 21 years.

However, prosecutor Cecilie Schloss Møller insisted there wasn’t enough evidence and the three men were convicted of sexual contact with a child under 16 years of age, which carries a lighter sentence.


The article states that one man was given community service and no jail time at all. My observation is simple: if the Progressive government of Norway wanted to deter rape, surely they would punish rape? If they punish rape not with death by hanging, not with jail, but with ludicrously light sentences, the only reasonable conclusion that that they do not wish to deter it.

The article continues:

In Norway, almost half of all rapes committed in Oslo in 2011 were carried out by individuals of African, Middle Eastern or Asian origin, despite the fact that Muslim immigrants only represent 1.5-2 per cent of the population.

In addition, 100 per cent of aggravated rapes involving physical violence were committed by individuals of African, Middle Eastern or Asian origin [Muslims].

Leftist political leaders responded to the figures by absolving “traumatized asylum seekers” of blame and instead pointed fingers at police for encouraging “xenophobia and prejudice” merely for reporting the statistics.

The only conclusion is that stopping rape is not anywhere within the Progressive purview. Stopping xenophobia, however, is.

Xenophobia is the mental disease of having an irrational fear of strangers. However, it is the longstanding tradition of Muslims, enshrined in Shariah Law, to punish girls for being girls by raping them, and to punish rape victims for being rape victims by killing them. To fear and hate such grotesque and satanic violations of one’s mothers, wives, sisters and daughters is hardly irrational, it is paramount duty.

The Progressives are actively hindering that duty. We do we continue to tolerate that they should exist at all, much less govern us?

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Superversive: Roads to Heaven and Hell

Posted November 19, 2015 By John C Wright

Superversive has an essay by S. Dorman, author of Fantastic Travelogue: Mark Twain and CS Lewis Talk Things Over in the Hereafter.

Without a guide, how is one to get from the city of destruction to the celestial city?  During the Middle Ages pilgrims traveled on foot (or hoof).  In John Bunyan’s work, Christian conversed with Apollyon, out of whose “belly came fire and smoke,” and whose look conveyed disdain.  But his intermittent guide was The Evangelist.  Modern characters traveled by comet or a train.. Nathaniel Hawthorne used the template of John Bunyan’s footsore progress to send himself comfortably toward his own celestial destination on the railroad…Sixty years after Hawthorne’s train ride, Mark Twain sent his first person character to heaven aboard a comet cum steamship…In C.S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce conveyance from hell to heaven is a flying bus. …

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