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Friday, February 21, 2014

Crushing the insects

As he learned from his Mommy, Johnny thinks that if you pretend to embrace an insult, you are totally showing the big meanie that he can't hurt you. Because if you put on a big enough production, no one will notice that you're crying yourself to sleep at night.
“The problem is that the ‘vocal minority’ of insects who make up the new generation of writers don’t scramble for the shadows when outside lights shines on them—they bare their pincers and go for the jugular. Maybe it is a good thing that SFWA keeps them locked up. The newer members who Scalzi et al. brought in are an embarrassment to the genre.”
— (name withheld) on SFF.net, during the recent unpleasantness.

Heh heh heh. I realize, of course, that the person who wrote the comment above meant “insect” as an insult. But what do we know about insects? They are numerous, adaptable, highly successful as a class, and, when they put their mind to it, absolutely unstoppable. No wonder this person seems terrified.

As it happens, I have for a long time said that there are three types of writers: dinosaurs, mammals and cockroaches. Dinosaurs are the writers who are tied into an old model of the writing and publishing life, and when that specific model dies, so does the writer’s career. Mammals are the ones who ride the wave of a new writing/publishing model into success and prominence — but if they tie their fortunes to that one model, they’ll find themselves transformed into dinosaurs soon enough. Cockroaches, on the other hand, learn and adapt and thrive in every circumstance, in part because they know that things change. If you’re a writer, being a cockroach is the way to go.

And so, oh! The irony! Of calling writers the thing that (metaphorically) it is awesome to be, careerwise.

For the record (and because it is referring to my time in office, which I can speak about): I am immensely proud to have, along with Mary Robinette Kowal (my VP for two thirds of my administration) and the rest of the board and volunteers, through our efforts on behalf of our membership, helped to bring so many of the writers this person so dismissively refers to as “insects” into SFWA. These writers are talented, opinionated, smart and adaptable, and not coincidentally write some really great things, and were already in my time doing good for the organization. If this person wants to put me at the head of this insect army, I’m delighted to accept the commission (as is Mary! I asked her! She said yes!).

Mary and I are no longer officers of SFWA, but I think our commissions at the head of the Insect Army are still in effect: After all, not every “insect” is in SFWA (yet). And so I say to you: Join John and Mary’s Insect Army! You must write! You must be fearless! You must stand your ground in the face of deeply silly insults, clacking your pincers derisively at them! And, if you believe that every person — writer, “insect” and otherwise — should be treated with the same dignity and honor that you would accord yourself, so much the better. Together we can swarm to make science fiction and fantasy awesome!
Insect is an apt term for them. They are nobodies and no-talents led by mediocrities who have careers by virtue of smoke, mirrors, and being chosen by other mediocrities due to their ideological affiliations. We're not talking about China Mieville here. We're not talking about Charles Stross or the late Iain M. Banks, left-wing writers of genuine talent. We're talking about the nattering nothings. Scalzi is lying when he says: "These writers are talented, opinionated, smart and adaptable, and not coincidentally write some really great things."

They're not talented. They're not smart. Most of them are barely even published. They're not adaptable, they're intolerant, and most of them don't even write as well as the definitively mediocre Scalzi, who produced this award-winning dialogue:

“Man, I owe you a blowjob,” Duvall said.
“What?” Dahl said.
“What?” Hester said.
“Sorry,” Duvall said. “In ground forces, when someone does you a favor you tell them you owe them a sex act. If it’s a little thing, it’s a handjob. Medium, blowjob. Big favor, you owe them a fuck. Force of habit. It’s just an expression.”

“Got it,” Dahl said.

“No actual blowjob forthcoming,” Duvall said. “To be clear”
“It’s the thought that counts,” Dahl said, and turned to Hester. “What about you? You want to owe me a blowjob, too?”
“I’m thinking about it ,” Hester said. 

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what it now takes to win A PARTICIPATION HUGO!

After taking over the SFWA with their bureaucratic swarming thanks to the McCaffrey rule, the insects made the same mistake that all the indebted college students are making today. They think the credentials and the awards matter and they don't understand that those things were only ever significant because of what they symbolized: SF excellence. A Nebula once meant something. A Hugo once meant something. Now, they're the reward for meaningless swarmings. The insects mistake the awards for the literary accomplishment.

That's why the Old Guard's petition, the Old Guard's disgust, was so hurtful to them. Because it is an undeniable reminder that the insects cannot live on the stolen glory of their elders and betters.

And now that the gatekeepers don't matter any longer, now that everyone has equal access to the SF/F readers, we will crush them beneath our iron-shod feet.

As for Mary Puppinette Kowal, the reason she's a complete nobody is because nobody actually gives a damn what she writes. Nobody reads her except her fellow insects. For all her awards and bureaucratic involvement and being pushed by the biggest genre publisher, her most recent book is ranked #268,486 on Kindle. She's a nasty little nothing and never-will-be who doesn't even write SF/F, she writes miscategorized Regency Romance.

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89 Comments:

Anonymous Alexander February 21, 2014 9:55 AM  

He certainly bugs me.

Anonymous DrTorch February 21, 2014 9:56 AM  

"John and Mary's insect army". Geesh, sounds like a reference to Dumbledore's Army. This guy steals others' ideas in everything he writes.

It's also interesting how much he deplores the individual. Leftists' hatred of humanity always shows up somewhere.

Anonymous Mr. Nightstick February 21, 2014 10:01 AM  

I thought agree and amplify was how to deal with an insult or is that just for when girls do it?

Anonymous Dan Maguire February 21, 2014 10:03 AM  

Wow. That bit of Scalzi dialogue really is pathetic and disgusting. Not only is it poor prose...eh, I'll leave it at that.

Anonymous Alexander February 21, 2014 10:06 AM  

Agree and Amplify does not mean writing a thesis paper on why the other side is totes wrong and you're going to embrace it.

Less is more.

Anonymous The other skeptic February 21, 2014 10:08 AM  

They should learn to ask for consent

Every page should contain: Do you want to continue reading my shit?

Anonymous Daniel February 21, 2014 10:16 AM  

Has McRapey just admitted to committing insect with Mary Robinette Kowal?

How unsurprising.

Anonymous Toddy Cat February 21, 2014 10:21 AM  

The SF left is now proudly claiming the mantle of the cockroach, a foul creature that lives on the leavings of others, spreads vile diseases, is content to live in filth while spreading filth, and counts mere survival as its greatist accomplishment...

Gentlemen, I believe that our work here is done.

Anonymous kfg February 21, 2014 10:23 AM  

"It's also interesting how much he deplores the individual."

Cockroaches learn, adapt and thrive because they are individuals. But he is not a cockroach, he is a social insect. An ant. A non-autonomous automaton of the hive mind, who cannot even live separated from the hive.

Blogger Laguna Beach Fogey February 21, 2014 10:25 AM  

What a lame, oddly-worded response.

"Join John and Mary's Insect Army!" sounds like a line from an Adam Ant song.

Anonymous AmyJ February 21, 2014 10:26 AM  

People also tend to view dinosaurs with awe and respect and cockroaches with complete loathing and disgust.

So, yeah, fairly accurate.

Blogger Brad Andrews February 21, 2014 10:29 AM  

Any who lets their dwelling stay overrun by insects will soon have something that is completely worthless. How apt the analogy he embraces is.

Anonymous Dan Maguire February 21, 2014 10:29 AM  

The SF left is now proudly claiming the mantle of the cockroach, a foul creature that lives on the leavings of others, spreads vile diseases, is content to live in filth while spreading filth, and counts mere survival as its greatest accomplishment...

Gentlemen, I believe that our work here is done.


Humorous and well-written. Scalzi could learn a thing or two about prose simply by reading this.

Anonymous Stephen J. February 21, 2014 10:35 AM  

"They think the credentials and the awards matter and they don't understand that those things were only ever significant because of what they symbolized: SF excellence."

There's an interesting parallel here to Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds' Law, a maxim about many left-wing policies: "Subsidizing the markers of status doesn’t produce the character traits that result in that status; it undermines them."

(The full explanation of the Law, for context: "The government decides to try to increase the middle class by subsidizing things that middle class people have: If middle-class people go to college and own homes, then surely if more people go to college and own homes, we’ll have more middle-class people. But homeownership and college aren’t causes of middle-class status, they’re markers for possessing the kinds of traits — self-discipline, the ability to defer gratification, etc. — that let you enter, and stay, in the middle class. Subsidizing the markers doesn’t produce the traits; if anything, it undermines them.")

Anonymous DoubleMindedMan February 21, 2014 10:36 AM  

Whats the McCafferey rule again?

Anonymous Phil Mann February 21, 2014 10:38 AM  

Isn't this the same guy that proudly embraced that silly pink rabbit? You'd think he'd learn something by now.

Anonymous Athor Pel February 21, 2014 10:38 AM  

Speaking of armies, I bring you JFA.

As to why I felt the need to share,

It's Friday.
and
I just got my yearly bonus.

Anonymous FUBAR Nation Ben February 21, 2014 10:40 AM  

You're right about college, Vox. Even a vaunted master's in accounting is complete bullshit unless you have connections and are willing to work 80 hour weeks for $45,000/year. The cost is way more than the benefit.

That's the way it is. You get scammed, learn from it, and move on.

Anonymous Athor Pel February 21, 2014 10:49 AM  

Speaking of roaches, who can forget this oldy but a goody from the Blogger Blaster, section-8-and-infestation.

Now that's icky.

Blogger CarpeOro February 21, 2014 10:53 AM  

Yes, insect is apt. As pointed out by others the social ones (like him) emphasize the hive mind, conformity, and repetitive actions. Left alone by other insects and higher life forms they consume and destroy their environment. So the old guard authors that thought the SFWA was a worthwhile are doubly to blame for not thinning the numbers of the insects as they have done what they always do: multiply and destroy their habitat.

Never heard of Mary Puppinette Kowal, but her name could probably be shortened to Marionette.

Blogger Marissa February 21, 2014 10:53 AM  

Even a vaunted master's in accounting is complete bullshit unless you have connections and are willing to work 80 hour weeks for $45,000/year.

My goodness, do you live in Burma or something? Move to Houston or Dallas.

Anonymous FUBAR Nation Ben February 21, 2014 10:55 AM  

NYC Metropolitan area, Marissa. Cost of living is insanely high and companies don't want to pay much.

$45,000 in houston of dallas is good money, looking at the rents. The problem is that if I'm thinking of coming there, you're going to having NY liberals come and ruin your state.

Anonymous Pseudo-Nate February 21, 2014 11:08 AM  

Yup as I said before, they are the "mammal" cum dinosaur the describe. Sticking to publishing models that are increasingly outdated, and lashing out at anyone who points out they are irrelevant by saying that they are just intolerant back looking bigots. It's a nifty racket they've got going, but it won't last.

Anonymous patrick kelly February 21, 2014 11:11 AM  

eegads....that bj dialog...

If you have to explain something like that in the text, its not working........really....


A good writer could sell it with some back and forth alpha-esque verbal jabbing....but that just made it gayer...awkwarder.....lamer.....blech......

Anonymous DJJ February 21, 2014 11:18 AM  

FUBAR,

How many years out of college? Looking at the Robert Half salary guide, that's the going rate for a General Accountant with 1-3 years with a small company. Large is $51.5 - 67.25 for the same experience. That's also the going rate for someone just out of college with the big audit firms, based on what our auditors say.

I'm in North Jersey, so if you're in a different part of the metro area, it may be different.

Blogger Joshua Dyal February 21, 2014 11:21 AM  

Join our Insect Army!

Isn't that part of the lyrics of an Adam and the Ants song? Scalzi wishes he could be as cool as Adam Ant.

Anonymous dh February 21, 2014 11:23 AM  

Straight people do not think that way. I suspect strongly that JS "experimented" in college.

Anonymous Toddy Cat February 21, 2014 11:31 AM  

Thanks for the kind words, Dan, but writing better than Scalzi is a low bar to clear.

Blogger Hube February 21, 2014 11:32 AM  

There's an interesting parallel here to Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds' Law

And Glenn is a fan of Scalzi ... *sigh*

Anonymous Krul February 21, 2014 11:35 AM  

In a shocking move, John Scalzi has replaced the classic "I'm rubber, you're glue" defense with his own variant: "I'm glue."

It's a bold strategy...

Anonymous rho February 21, 2014 11:38 AM  

Every time one of these teapot tempests kicks up, I remember that since the SFWA purge VD has written the first of a major epic fantasy series.

And founded a publishing house.

Nothing speaks as loudly as accomplishment.

Anonymous Susan February 21, 2014 11:38 AM  

I was wondering that too dh. That dialog was really bad, like out of a grade D- movie bad. Sharknado's dialog wasn't as bad as this was.

Or maybe he thinks that tough military guys think and talk that way. Of course with what is being allowed into the military now, it may not be too much longer until JS is right.

Dan Maguire, somebody else will have to learn that lesson so that JS can rip them off. He isn't capable of learning the lesson by himself.

Anonymous Tad's Brain February 21, 2014 11:43 AM  

Sounds like a great book to me.

Anonymous Susan February 21, 2014 11:47 AM  

Athor Pel, now I know why I don't click on the links you guys put in your comments. This one is going to require mind bleach. Darn you to pieces AP. I am surprised that the roaches didn't migrate next door to Nate's parents house.

Anonymous Pinakeli February 21, 2014 11:48 AM  

Now I understand why people like this want to ban DDT.

Maybe we should all send them a can of Raid and watch the fun.

Anonymous dh February 21, 2014 11:49 AM  

Susan--

I know and am friendly with an above average number of promiscuous gay men, and they don't even talk like this. Even among the sub group who regularly have dalliances, they talk or think like that.

Either a con man has practiced upon JS, or this is coming straight out of his lizard brain from the recesses of the "to do again" list.

Blogger Laguna Beach Fogey February 21, 2014 11:54 AM  

We're the dandy highwaymen
And here's our invitation
Throw your safety overboard
And join our insect nation!


~ Adam and the Ants, Stand and Deliver (1981)

Anonymous Krul February 21, 2014 11:56 AM  

Mr. Nightstick - I thought agree and amplify was how to deal with an insult or is that just for when girls do it?

"Agree and amplify" is a strategy to defeat an accusation or insult by making it seem unserious. While the explicit message seems unflattering, the real thrust is in the implicit message - the insinuation that the accusation and the accuser are so ridiculous that they don't merit a forthright response. Note that the usual alternative, blunt disagreement and rebuttal, carries with it the implication that the accusation seriously threatens the accused, and therefore also the implication that he is insecure and weak.

In this case, Mr Scalzi is not utilizing the "agree and amplify" strategy; he is simply agreeing with the accusation. Instead of insinuations which redirect the accusation to undercut the accuser, he takes the role of an apologist for whatever it is he is accused of being.

"Insect, am I? Well, maybe I am, but I think that's a good thing!" isn't "agree and amplify".

Blogger Marissa February 21, 2014 12:06 PM  

NYC Metropolitan area, Marissa. Cost of living is insanely high and companies don't want to pay much.

$45,000 in houston of dallas is good money, looking at the rents. The problem is that if I'm thinking of coming there, you're going to having NY liberals come and ruin your state.


Ah geez, you're in the thick of it. An M.S. would make way more than $45K here--I'm a mid-twenties college dropout accounting profesional and that's what I make. And it's moreso the Californians who are really eyeing us up to spoil our treasure here. At least most of the Northerners I meet like that the weather is somewhat better. Damn Californians are never happy.

Anonymous Alex February 21, 2014 12:24 PM  

A bit of a tangent but . . .Vox, I did not totally believe you about how bad modern SF had gotten because I haven't read much of it. I read Heinlein and Asimov and Lem as a kid and loved them, and of the modern age I've only read Vernor Vinge and William Gibson and Neal Stephenson. Someone recommended 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (a man, which I had to look at the author photo to discover), which was a recent bestseller, and I was hooked at the beginning. Great first chapter, decent writing, interesting twist on admittedly unoriginal topic.

But then . . . slowly . . . the cringeworthy little asides kept piling up:

Main character is a woman living on Mercury who has opted to grow a penis and testicles so she could father children with her female lover, which is what all the cool "spacers" with long lifespans do now. She is emotionally damaged and masculine in personality.

She meets a submissive male character who has opted to get an implanted womb and grow a vagina, who she berates and treats terribly, but he falls in love with her anyway. By the end, he's begging her to marry him. There are several ridiculous, badly written sex scene where they go into the mechanics of sex when both people have both types of genitals.

The bad guys, who try to destroy terraformed space colonies, are the only backwards ones who still believe in gender binaries and a patriarchal god, "a sad but common story." This information is delivered by an AI superintelligence as objective fact.

The earth has been destroyed by global warming, requiring space colonies, and it turns out the entire plot of the book is to beat you over the head with this issue.

There is a long monologue from an important character on what a tragedy it was that Earth never developed a global government, and characterized the "spacers" as irresponsible "libertarians" (the author used that word) who were a threat to the solar system.

There ya go, I now believe in the Pink/Blue paradigm. The book could have been enjoyable, but it was noticeably dragged down and made absurd by the huge focus on weird gender issues and very obvious political agendas.

Anonymous Edjamacator February 21, 2014 12:36 PM  

Another reason not to let women be cops Or just another story of police cowardice and incompetence.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza February 21, 2014 12:38 PM  

Team Cas; All that matters is Castalia House.

Blogger Mr. Buford February 21, 2014 12:39 PM  

Clearly, Scalzi and his ilk never read P.K. Dick closely, or he would be well aware what ultimately happens to his kind from the short story, 'Expendable' as there are always those who enjoy and are well equipped to stand
against them:

We were bred" -- the spider chuckled in its own fashion -- "bred some place for this worthwhile purpose. We keep them down very well. You know what they call us? The Eaters. Unpleasant, isn't it?"
Two more spiders came drifting down on their webstrands, alighting on the desk. The three spiders went into a huddle.
"More serious than I thought," the Cruncher said easily. "Didn't know the whole dope. The Stinger here --"
The black widow came to the edge of the desk. "Giant," she piped, metallically. "I'd like to talk with you."
"Go ahead," the man said.
"There's going to be some trouble here. They're moving, coming here, a lot of them. We thought we'd stay with you awhile. Get in on it."
"I see." The man nodded. He licked his lips, running his fingers shakily through his hair. "Do you think -- that is, what are the chances --"
"Chances?" The Stinger undulated thoughtfully. "Well, we've been in this work a long time. Almost a million years. I think that we have the edge over them, in spite of the drawbacks. Our arrangements with the birds, and of course, with the toads --"
"I think we can save you," the Cruncher put in cheerfully. "As a matter of fact, we look forward to events like this.


Anonymous Huckleberry - est. 1977 February 21, 2014 12:42 PM  

Damn Californians are never happy

I say this as a native Californian -- shoot them. Now. Before they set roots and agitate for environmental impact studies.
That's how Texas will "go blue"; not from the Mexicans, but from the shiftless Californians running away from taxes and other Mexicans, where soon they will demand new taxes and more Mexicans.
Stop them while you can.

Anonymous Jack Amok February 21, 2014 12:49 PM  


There's an interesting parallel here to Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds' Law, a maxim about many left-wing policies: "Subsidizing the markers of status doesn’t produce the character traits that result in that status; it undermines them."

Good connection, I like Reynold's Law.

Leftists tend to be bad at cause and effect in general.

Blogger JartStar February 21, 2014 12:52 PM  

Cockroaches eat the little ones when they run out of food.

Anonymous Nathan February 21, 2014 12:56 PM  

If Weber, Card, Correria, and the indies are eating your lunch, you aren't a cockroach.

You're a dinosaur.

Anonymous Jack Amok February 21, 2014 1:00 PM  


A good writer could sell it with some back and forth alpha-esque verbal jabbing....

I don't' think so. My experience is that Alphas a) generally get enough of the real thing that they don't feel much need to talk with their buddies about sex*, and b) when they do talk about it, it's usually sex with a specific woman (or group of women...) rather than sex in the abstract.

It's guys who aren't getting any that talk like Scalzi's dialog.

* grammatical consideration: rewrote that from "don't feel much need to talk about sex with their buddies" for clarity of meaning.

Blogger Kallmunz February 21, 2014 1:05 PM  

So the pink jihad now calls themselves insects. We should just refer to them as "The Buggers."

Calling Mr. Wiggin!

Blogger LordSomber February 21, 2014 1:21 PM  

There's an interesting parallel here to Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds' Law, a maxim about many left-wing policies: "Subsidizing the markers of status doesn’t produce the character traits that result in that status; it undermines them."

Cargo cult thinking and sympathetic magic.

Blogger tz February 21, 2014 1:41 PM  

Meritocracy
Democracy
Mediocracy

There's payola in the words etched in crayola!

In my day, we had "Bugs Bunny".
Today we have "Insect Gamma Rabbit".

Anonymous Athor Pel February 21, 2014 1:42 PM  

So you're another Houstonian Marissa?

Anonymous Ferd February 21, 2014 1:43 PM  

"As for Mary Puppinette Kowal, the reason she's a complete nobody is because nobody actually gives a damn what she writes. Nobody reads her except her fellow insects."

Actually, i have never heard of her until reading this blog. The same goes for Scalzi.
I do believe they owe you a fee for shining a light on their work.

And, as for awards, be they Hugos, Oscars or Nobels, all have slipped in prestige the past decade or so from misuse and pure partisan crap. When Obummer got the Nobel for participation we all knew the dynamite award had become a chinese firecracker.

Anonymous kh123 February 21, 2014 1:53 PM  

"(name withheld)"

So is this the pink sf/f version of "G-d".

Anonymous Ops February 21, 2014 1:54 PM  

Phil "Isn't this the same guy that proudly embraced that silly pink rabbit? You'd think he'd learn something by now."

What would he have learned? What negative would he have experienced? I'm quite sure he doesn't experience any negative consequences as a result of name calling from vox

Blogger Marissa February 21, 2014 2:00 PM  

Athor, I live in Houston, yes.

Whoever it was, thank you for reminding me not to read another Kim Stanley Robinson book. Red Mars wasn't too bad if you ignore the political mumbo-jumbo. Green Mars got pretty stupid. I can't even imagine how bad Blue Mars would be. I think the guy would be more successful if he just wrote 900 pages of the sentence, "I hate myself for being human."

Anonymous VD February 21, 2014 2:37 PM  

I'm quite sure he doesn't experience any negative consequences as a result of name calling from vox

Obviously. We are reliably informed that he enjoys it very much and finds it entirely amusing.

Anonymous Ivan Poland February 21, 2014 2:38 PM  

In Hawaiian pidgin to "cockroach" something is to take a little bit. For example "I was so hungry bra dat I cockroach my brudda's musubi."

Anonymous Big Bill February 21, 2014 2:46 PM  

I noticed something odd. In almost every picture (Google Images" Mary Kowal is tilting her head to her left.

Is this a coy, coquettish affectation? Is it a medical condition? An expression of submissiveness?

It is a bit odd for a woman of her many years. Not offensive, certainly. Just unusual.

Blogger rcocean February 21, 2014 2:48 PM  

You now have the green light to call Liberals "Cockroaches" - they consider it a compliment.

Anonymous Athor Pel February 21, 2014 3:12 PM  

Marissa,

I'd like to ask you some questions about jobs and wages in Houston.

here's my email:

athor.pel at gmail dot com

Anonymous MPC February 21, 2014 3:27 PM  

Trying to spin criticism as validation is some high-school mentality level bullshit.

Anonymous Big Foot February 21, 2014 4:27 PM  

Unlike all other creatures, the cockroach is most likely to experience the Big Stomp!

Blogger Hermit February 21, 2014 4:41 PM  

No matter how you reframe the insects: they are still little disgusting creatures and a dinosaur can kill hundreds of them by moving a foot.

Blogger Brad Andrews February 21, 2014 4:47 PM  

> "You're going to having NY liberals come and ruin your state. "

They already have done a job in Austin from what I here. I am a late arrival to the DFW area from up north, but my wife and I like it here. (Except for La Reconquista.)

I am not sure what place would be better. Summers are lousy, but I will live with the relative lack of cold for that.

Blogger Chris Ritchie February 21, 2014 5:03 PM  

With all the talk of rabbits around here, did anyone else see this? Hilarious.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUHci4JxwC4

Anonymous Anonymous February 21, 2014 5:12 PM  

[b]As for Mary Puppinette Kowal, the reason she's a complete nobody is because nobody actually gives a damn what she writes. Nobody reads her except her fellow insects.[/q]

This. I'm always surprised when I find out some of these people Scalzi is babbling about have a Hugo (or two) but I literally don't know anyone who's read them. So, maybe I'm hopelessly out of touch. I go online to check some reviews and forums... and nobody discusses their books. If there weren't their own blogs where they praise each other's books there would be no info about them at all.

And these people have the nerve to proclaim themselves survivors? With their pathetic sales and no readership? And they think someone like John Ringo who alone sells more then all of them is dinosaur? God allmighty, what are they smoking?

Anonymous Luke February 21, 2014 5:46 PM  

Not sure if you've seen this, Vox. It's a pictorial-based attempt at humorously describing why one female offer bailed from the SWFA.

http://accordingtohoyt.com/2014/02/18/my-last-post-on-sfwa-pinky-swear/

Anonymous VD February 21, 2014 5:48 PM  

If you notice, Luke, Sarah's blog is linked on the right sidebar. I am not unfamiliar with her excellent work....

Anonymous Anonymous February 21, 2014 6:08 PM  

BTW, anyone remembers this: http://whatever.scalzi.com/2012/08/10/a-tangential-personal-note-on-creepers-and-me/

So, this poor gamma rabbit still doesn't have a courage even after 8 years to just fuck this Robinette chick so he uses every possible opportunity to suck up to her in useless hope she will award him with her pussy? LOL!

Blogger Marissa February 21, 2014 6:10 PM  

Athor, I'll email you by tomorrow.

Anonymous, I notice that Scalzi is pretty popular on Goodreads. He has 155,000 ratings and 15,000 reviews. I'm not sure what that means though. The most popular books on there are mostly romances. It's where the infamous negative reviews of Bram Stoker's Dracula by Twilight fans were posted.

Anonymous Blume February 21, 2014 6:13 PM  

Athor Pel

http://www.harriscountytx.gov/HRRM/ProfessionalResults.aspx?PageID=5820
http://www.harriscountytx.gov/auditor/employment_professional.aspx

Check those out or any other major city employment site. I am always seeing accounting positions opening up.

Anonymous Anonymous February 21, 2014 6:15 PM  

Scalzi is popular and sells a lot. His satellites not so much. Actually, nobody has a clue who they even are. Even though they have their Hugos.

Blogger Rantor February 21, 2014 6:42 PM  

This is what happens when the cool and talented kids abandon student government and let the second rate, us talented and self absorbed take over. It's like a nightmarish high school clique without so many pimples.

Anonymous Stg58/Animal Mother February 22, 2014 12:52 AM  

Speaking of cockroaches destroying something awesome...

Anonymous Stg58/Animal Mother February 22, 2014 12:57 AM  

Susan,

You're right. In real military life, if Duvall had said "I owe you a blowjob", the other guy would have said "On your knees, bitch!". Duvall would have been screwed either way. Respond to the alpha challenge by getting on his knees and demonstrating that he is, in fact, a bitch or saying no and being excoriated for making idle threats while being a worthless faggot.

Anonymous Obvious February 22, 2014 1:17 AM  

"Every time one of these teapot tempests kicks up, I remember that since the SFWA purge VD has written the first of a major epic fantasy series.

And founded a publishing house."


The blog owner hasn't actually published much of anything epic fantasy related since he was kicked out of the SFWA.

And shit, if you consider making a website and putting new names on old soft copies "founding a publishing house" then I feel you've set the bar pretty low indeed.

As for the insect thing, you don't think it's a little ironic that Scalzi said "Call us insects, please!" and y'all were like "Pfft. Dumb Scalzi, He's an insect." ?

Anonymous Oblivious February 22, 2014 1:59 AM  

And another thing: Why can't I get no Tang around here?

Anonymous VD February 22, 2014 3:50 AM  

The blog owner hasn't actually published much of anything epic fantasy related since he was kicked out of the SFWA.

That's not true. He has published epic fantasy in Finnish, Indonesian, and Portuguese. It's only been six months since the purge. It takes longer to write 850-page epic fantasy novels than it does to crank out a cheesy Star Trek ripoff.

And shit, if you consider making a website and putting new names on old soft copies "founding a publishing house" then I feel you've set the bar pretty low indeed.

Of course, you left out that little bit about publishing multiple authors from the biggest genre publishers in more than 10 languages. And the publishing house has already had a #1 bestseller in a foreign language. In its first month of existence.

As for the insect thing, you don't think it's a little ironic that Scalzi said "Call us insects, please!" and y'all were like "Pfft. Dumb Scalzi, He's an insect." ?

No. It's entirely expected that Scalzi was dismissed as an insect and then tried to spin it as a compliment. Or satire. Or something. He's still an insect and an admitted rapist.

Anonymous VD February 22, 2014 4:01 AM  

In fact, Castalia House will publish at least 20 books this year in English alone. Counting translations, we will publish more than 50 titles from five different authors.

You must have very high standards if that is a low bar.

Anonymous Anonymous February 22, 2014 5:56 AM  

**In fact, Castalia House will publish at least 20 books this year in English alone. Counting translations, we will publish more than 50 titles from five different authors.

You must have very high standards if that is a low bar.**

Quantity and quality are two different things. The publishing house that manages to get a contract with Stephen King, even if he is the ONLY author writing for them, and only writes one book a year, is going to attract more readers, and make more of a profit, than the publishing house that prints up 50 books of fan-fiction written by five different illiterate teenagers.

Anonymous VD February 22, 2014 6:24 AM  

Why are you trying to comment here, Ann Morgan. You know perfectly well that you were banned. You have not requested that I reinstate you and I suggest you do so before you try commenting again.

That being said, this is true. And how fortunate we are that our authors are established ones whose books are not only entertaining, but also sell reasonably well.

Blogger tz February 22, 2014 12:02 PM  

Speaking of etymology v.s. entomology, this might explain both the term "Buggery" and the recent LGBT interest on the part of the SFWA.

Blogger Beau February 22, 2014 1:41 PM  

John Scalzi
Cockroach

*shakes head in disbelief*

A badge of honor? This is a desperate man seeking attention, any attention. Heavenly Father, deliver John Scalzi from his folly. Let this expression of self-loathing lead him finally to repentance. He is like an animal foaming at the mouth, let him not be a danger to himself or others. Keep him, Lord, from death, but shape his circumstances so he knows to clearly make a break and turn to you. Thank you father, in Jesus name.

Anonymous Anonymous February 22, 2014 3:10 PM  

Vox, I noticed that you didn't call McRapey McRapey in your post. Did he stop promising to bankrupt himself and his readers if you kept calling him by his true name?

Anonymous VD February 22, 2014 4:32 PM  

Vox, I noticed that you didn't call McRapey McRapey in your post. Did he stop promising to bankrupt himself and his readers if you kept calling him by his true name?

Terribly sloppy of me. I do apologize.

Anonymous Rogers February 23, 2014 5:01 PM  

Congrats, John. You're a cockroach. Couldn't have said it better myself.

Blogger Markku February 23, 2014 10:41 PM  

And shit, if you consider making a website and putting new names on old soft copies "founding a publishing house" then I feel you've set the bar pretty low indeed.

Well, well, what's that in the upper right-hand corner? SOMETHING NEW?!

Blogger Markku February 23, 2014 10:48 PM  

I know, I know... "But it's still just soft copies!"

Ohhhh, just you wait a little bit more. Just you wait.

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