This is a story about the nicest man in all of Fandom.
I first came to LibertyCon because it was a family reunion for family I’d never met before. Read more
While attending LTUE this week I had the pleasure of attending an academic presentation by Dave Doering, the founder of that excellent writing symposium. He described himself as a fan historian, and quipped that when he started LTUE at BYU, he felt like a “science fiction missionary.” As he prepared to deliver the presentation, I asked for permission to take notes with the intent of presenting it to you, gentle readers, and he gave it to me, for which I am thankful, because it was deeply interesting and I think you may enjoy it as well.
“A Not-too-Distant Mirror: Science Fiction Fan Exclusion at the 1939 WorldCon and 2016 WorldCon” Read more
(This is the second part of Jacob Lloyd’s series on geeks and social justice warriors. You can find the first here.
So … social justice warriors.
I’m not going to get into an argument about what a social justice warrior actually is, because the very concept is a slippery one – and, in any case, it’s better to see them as social justice bullies. What I will say is that geeks are triggered by social justice bullies.
The core problem with SJWs is not that they are evil. They have good intentions. But they see people as groups, rather than individuals. There is no attempt to draw a line between two different people, not when they’re in the same group. SJWs see Sheldon Cooper and Warren Mears as being identical, even though they’re very different people. People who happen to be in the favored groups get better treatment than the unfavored. Worse, they are unable or unwilling to understand how their words scan to everyone outside their bubble. A reasonable argument (to them) may not seem quite so reasonable to everyone else. Read more
(This is the first part of a two-part series by guest blogger Jacob Lloyd — ASG)
“Give them an inch and before you know it they’ve got a foot; much more than that and you don’t have a leg to stand on.”
-General Melchett, Blackadder Goes Forth
I am a geek. My time at school wasn’t happy, so – like so many others – I took refuge in science-fiction and fantasy. For this I was mocked dreadfully. Having nowhere else to go, I persisted. It was a wonderful thing to discover that there was a place for people like me, that there were conventions and suchlike where I could meet people who shared my interests. I am a geek and proud of it. Read more
So I read Cedar Sanderson’s lovely piece entitled “To Thine Own Self Be True”, and I found that I agreed with much of what she had to say. I, too, have zero tolerance for those who would sexually abuse others, particularly children. Actions like that are intolerable, and have no place in society, any society.
Furthermore, I join her in rejecting the idea that you have to be part of some clique or club in order to be successful in science fiction and/or fantasy. I think success is largely a matter for self-definition. Success for one author may mean winning a Hugo. For another it may mean buying a mountain. For a third, it may mean finally publishing the story they’ve had rattling around in their head for twenty years. Success is personal, and it’s honestly none of my business. But I do know that unless you decide that being feted at WorldCon or any other con is your definition of success… it’s not. Read more
In light of yesterday’s post by Jason about the whole WorldCon thing, and conversations I’ve had with friends recently, in addition to learning more about the history of Fandom: Breendoggle, the rampant child molestation at cons, Kramer of DragonCon… I have not seen the seedy underbelly of the big, old cons myself. My con experiences have been few, and fun, and that’s when it hit me.
I’m not a Fan.
Furthermore, I don’t want to be a Fan. I shudder at the idea of meeting a SMOF – those jerks attacked my friends, and when I joined the fight, came after me and my family. I stepped back to protect my children, and in doing so, gained some perspective. Not only do I not want to be a part of their club – never did, when it comes down to it – but I object to the notion that authors have to join with these despicable types in order to succeed. No. A thousand times no. I reject that utterly. Read more