The Last Crusade: the Majesty of Truth

Posted March 12, 2017 By John C Wright

A former column lists the nine principles held by all men of good will, for which the Last Crusade takes up the cross.

We hold to the majesty of truth; the impartiality of reason; the objectivity of reality. We believe in the authority of virtue; the verity of beauty; the dignity of man; the equality of the law; the glory of patriots; and all the foregoing we hold steadfastly, for we are fast held in the love of Christ.

In a word, the Crusader stands for truth, reason, sanity; for virtue, beauty, dignity; we revere equal justice under law; we salute the flag and kiss the cross.

All nine principles are necessary to preserve the soul of Western Civilization.

Each of the nine principle is held in dispute or held in contempt by a modern heresy whose names are Legion: postmodernism, socialism, political correctness, social justice, tolerance, diversity, Leftism, Gnosticism, nihilism, untruth, barbarism, identity politics, antilife, Morlockery. Use whatever name fancy suggests, since none fit the truth of the matter.  In this column, it is called only the Enemy, for it has no being in and of itself. It exists only to drain, to hinder, oppose and destroy the host that gives it life.

The Enemy is not merely a political movement, albeit is cloaked as one. It is a world-view; an ersatz religion; a dark dogma that reaches to every aspect of life and makes an absolute demand for absolute conformity. It is like a religion, but opposite to it.

It is an Anti-religion.

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Rational and Magical Thinking

Posted March 10, 2017 By John C Wright

Here is the difference between arguing with a rational atheist and arguing with a Leftist: suppose for the sake of argument that you penned a column describing the psychology of Leftism as involving a neurotic (if not deliberate) confusion between symbol and object, commonly known as “magical thinking.”

Magical thinking is thinking where the believers believes that manipulating a symbol manipulates reality. By this definition, anyone who hopes to remove race hatred from among men by changing the words used by one race to refer to another is engaging in magical thinking.

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Heinlein and the Space Babes

Posted March 9, 2017 By John C Wright

Heinlein’s babes always struck me as at least having a sketchy personality (usually of a fiercely independent redhead eager to hop in bed) but not enough to take them out of the Playboy eye candy category.

Please note that this never happened in his juveniles — that editrix Alice Dalgliesh he seemed to carp about so much kept him on the straight and narrow, and built up the fame for him to allow him to write his clunkers like NUMBER OF THE BEAST and the books thereafter.

His female characters in most of his juveniles, even minor characters only briefly onstage, seemed no less realistic than his male characters. If the memory of my far vanished youth serves, PODKAYNE OF MARS may have been the first science fiction book I ever read with a female protagonist. She seemed to have at least as much personality as the guy from BETWEEN PLANETS or SPACE CADET, whose names I cannot recall, or even Juan Rico from STARSHIP TROOPERS.

But when he went from writing juveniles to writing seniles something happened.

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Space Princess Art, Part 4: Planet Stories

Posted March 9, 2017 By John C Wright

Today’s installment concentrates on Planet Stories, which, in my humble opinion, had the most well drawn covers (but not necessarily the best — that honor goes to Astounding Stories).

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Pulp Dames v Playboy Bunnies

Posted March 9, 2017 By John C Wright

I have been posting some images from my collection of pulp covers of late, in honor of the ongoing renaissance of pulp.

The pulp renaissance is part of a long overdue rediscovery in the related genres of space opera, boy’s SF, superversive SF, Sad Puppy SF, and all the genres rebelling against the gooey gray postrational postliterate politically correct orthodoxy drenching and smothering the field currently.

The rebels have the spirit of pioneers eager to discover for their generation the principles of sound story telling. Odd as it sounds to call an archaeologist a trailblazer, the term in this case is apt: the things brought to light are new to this generation.  Their like has not been seen before, not by their eyes.

We often hear complaints by the uninformed that women in the pulp days were portrayed of women as trophies, damsels in distress, or eye candy in the pulps, and nothing but.

Whether the idea is valid or not that seeing a shapely astronaut menaced by moon-men or shapely reporter girl abducted by the Wax Museum Murder Ape diminishes the esteem in which gentlemen regard ladies (or, for that matter, spunky gun molls), the idea that pulps portrayed this “and nothing but” is not valid.

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Space Princess Art, Part 3: The Dames Strike Back!

Posted March 8, 2017 By John C Wright

This is installment three, which features a lot of dames with guns, or with knives, axes, whips, cutlasses, bagpipes, magic bolts, and, in one case, I think she is shooting the monster with her face.

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Superluminary, Episode 43 Sakurai’s Object

Posted March 8, 2017 By John C Wright

Superluminary, Episode 43 Sakurai’s Object, is posted on Patreon:

Episode 43 Sakurai’s Object

In this exciting episode, the Lords of Creation pass from battle to battle, hounded by death and disaster.

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Jonathan del Aroz has done us the honor of adding his own words to the Last Crusade:
http://delarroz.com/?p=605

Last week, I popped into a gas station’s mini-mart and had a short conversation with the employee there. He was a really friendly older gentleman with an accent I couldn’t place, and I didn’t ask where he hailed from. We talked family, work, life, and it came away a positive conversation despite what probably were vast differences between us.

What I thought on the way out of there was, when he asked what was up with me, why didn’t I tell him I was on my way to church?

It’s a subconscious thing, but our society via media, the government, schooling has drilled into us for now 2-3 generations that our faith is something that should not be touched in public, not to be discussed in public, not to be displayed in public. We’re told we will be shunned if we do so, and as a result of that, the culture has self-fulfilled that prophecy by becoming more and more hostile to the concept of faith. I feel like I’m doing something taboo even writing about it here, but after thought and prayer, I feel compelled that it’s more necessary than ever to be discussing the good news.

And it’s so necessary because it DOES feel taboo.

Read the whole thing: Public Displays of Christianity

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Space Princess Art, Part 2: Thugs Grabbing Dames!

Posted March 7, 2017 By John C Wright

This is installment two, which features a lot of thugs, toughs, and ne’er-do-wells grabbing dames. Perhaps we will see dames with guns in a later installment valiantly defending themselves.
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Space Princess Art, Part 1

Posted March 6, 2017 By John C Wright

As part of the ongoing Pulp Revolution and Space Princess Literary Movement, it behooves us to take a moment and pause to admire the art of some of these pulp covers. Their like is not seen today.

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