For the next few days, I have to step away from the computer to attend to a family obligation. In the meantime, allow me to direct you to a few interesting blog posts from the last week:
The Judgment of Solomon, Brad Torgersen
"The way you prove to the world that you love a thing, is to see the thing preserved. Maybe it winds up in the hands of somebody you don’t think deserves it, or because you don’t like how the thing got there in the first place. But declaring, “Cut it in half,” reveals a jealous possessiveness that belies any love that may be felt."
A Response to George R. R. Martin from the Author Who Started Sad Puppies, Larry Correia
"When one of the most successful authors on the planet takes the time to talk about something you did, I figure that deserves an in depth response." And an in-depth response is exactly what Larry provides. Why? Because Martin isn't a rage nozzle; he has cred, and he's level-headed.
Were They Contacted? Brad Torgersen
In which Brad responds to an irrelevant question about a non-issue. "If people have to conform to your expectations or your litmus tests before you will accept them, no, you are not inclusive and loving and embracing in the way you think you are. You are loving and inclusive and embracing as long as the newcomers speak and talk and think and have fun just like you."
The Architecture of Fear, Sarah Hoyt
"I must beseech you, consider, please that you are not alone. Consider that the sound and fury, the threats, the people pushing you to do things against your will and conscience because you’re so scared of them might be less than the full crowd. It might be just a small mouse, full of him/herself, roaring up a storm. Consider that the decent people who disagree with all this bs might actually be in the vast majority but not know it because none of you dares speak."
Flaming Rage Nozzles of Tolerance, Brad Torgersen
"I consider it the duty of Science Fiction and Fantasy fans, authors, and editors, to be anti-authoritarian. Even to include (or especially to include?) benevolent authoritarianism. The cuddly pink fluffy cudgel of political correctness must be opposed by men and women with courage, and the conviction of their free-minded principles. Now is the time for this field — more than any other genre in the literary arts — to demonstrate that it is dangerous. To the commissars. To the flaming rage nozzles of tolerance. To the people who believe the ends justify the means."
Nostradumbass and Madame Bugblatterfatski, Dave Freer
Dave has some questions -- and I have to admit, I share the suspicions expressed in this post. Somebody on the other side almost certainly has a direct line to the mainstream media; that's why I argued on Monday that the anti-Puppies are the privileged power-brokers in this whole affair.
Social Justice Bullies: The Authoritarianism of Millennial Social Justice
"The fact of the matter is, this particular brand of millennial social justice advocacy is destructive to academia, intellectual honesty, and true critical thinking and open mindedness. We see it already having a profound impact on the way universities act and how they approach curriculum." This article doesn't discuss SFF specifically, but it is still highly relevant.
Fan Writers, Cedar Sanderson
If you are a Hugo voter, you'll find this post remarkably helpful, as Cedar has taken it upon herself to collect representative writing samples for each fan writer on the 2015 short list. Go, read, and judge for yourself.