The membership window for this year’s Worldcon with Hugo voting rights is closing soon, but membership for next year – and a planned Barfly/Evil Legion of Evil invasion (of the fun kind) is in the works, what with next year being in Kansas City and quite a few Baen authors being reasonably close.
The ELOE’s Cuddly Token Liberal (aka the light blue Care Bear with a bleeding heart on his tummy… and a flamethrower) Brad Torgerson is coordinating Sad Puppies Three, complete with awesome logo from a Barfly, and explains the whole membership thing way better than my broken brain can do right now (fighting a virus, the day job is in uber-intense mode, and then I got home this afternoon and had to shovel the – steep – driveway so my husband had a decent chance of being able to drive up it. Seriously. An inch makes getting up the drive an adventure. Ze brain, she has given up ze ghost).
Predictably, this is giving the usual suspects a sad face, and possibly severe heartburn as well. One “gentleman” on Facebook took Brad and his friends to task for “politicizing” the Worldcon by planning a major Barfly gathering and indulging in a little anticipatory schadenfreude (I need to upgrade my spellcheck. It wants to replace that word with Scheherazade) over the prospect of Social Justice Whiner angst because every con with a Barfly Suite discovers that the Barfly Suite is way more popular than many other events. Including, not infrequently, the official con suite (the Barfly Suite is better run, has better food, and damn good alcohol as well as good company and interesting conversations where you don’t have to worry about keeping your mouth shut lest you say something politically incorrect), panels and signings attended by guests of honor (when said guest of honor is not a Baen author), and of course, the authors themselves often drop by.
Said “gentleman” included this gem in his allegedly unbiased commentary: “The only agendas I see “from the left”, is a desire for equal opportunity” – which plants him firmly in Social Justice Whiner territory, right alongside his argument that it’s doubleplus ungood for non-left-ish authors and fans to plan to gather at a convention, open their space to anyone who wishes to attend and gloat a bit because they know from experience their gatherings are popular, but it’s perfectly okay for the likes of Wiscon to slice and dice their attendees so fine it’s a wonder the special-snowflake-only designations aren’t down to single people – and to refuse entry to anyone who doesn’t fit that particular special-snowflake-only designation (which leads me to wonder – what if you fit two of three? Three of four? I mean, if the “safe space” is for Asian lesbian transgender born-males, would a straight Asian male be able to enter? He does meet three of the four criteria, right?).
Honestly, I like the Barfly Suite method. Anyone is welcome, please be courteous and if you don’t bring food, drop a contribution in the tip jar because all those goodies are coming from someone’s personal funds. Just because some folks have been known to turn pale and leave in a hurry when Mad Mike starts showing off his toys doesn’t mean it’s a bad place (Mad Mike has some awesome toys).
So, to end this ramble, go check out Brad’s Sad Puppies posts. Sign up, and nominate works that would normally never see the light of a Hugo nomination day (I think the Mad Genius Club is eligible for one of the categories), suggest nominations so there are lots of choices for those who don’t lean pure Social Justice Whiner, and make those poor puppies smile.