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Sunday, February 01, 2015

A SJW Hugo slate

JASON SANFORD IS CAMPAIGNING FOR HUGO AWARDS! I REPEAT: JASON SANFORD IS CAMPAIGNING FOR HUGO AWARDS! Call the Thought Police! Alert the Social Justice Media! Sound the Raciss Siren... oh, wait a minute... never mind, it's all right, he's got his SJW card.
Best Novels

  The Mirror Empire: Worldbreaker Saga 1 by Kameron Hurley. See my original review of the novel.
    
    The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu. This is why we need translated fiction! This novel, which spans recent Chinese history as it revolves around a strange case of alien contact is one of the best hard science fiction novels I've read in years. Can't wait to read the next book in the trilogy.
    
    Defenders by Will McIntosh. Just when I thought I'd read every type of alien invasion and military SF story out there, along comes Will McIntosh with something new.
    
    Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor. Wow. That's all I could say after reading this novel, which explores what happens when first contact happens in Lagos, Nigeria. I've always loved Nnedi Okorafor's amazing ability to create true-life characters which both resonate with readers and stories and twist you into new directions — and Lagoon does this and far more in superb ways. Unfortunately, the novel is hard to find in the USA (I had to order a copy from the UK). The USA release is slated for later this year.
    
    Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. If I could, I'd nominate the entire Southern Reach series as one complete work. See my original review of the series.
He's got a woman (check), a Chinese man (check), a white man (tsk tsk), a black woman with an African name (check, check, check), and another white man (seriously? Bad SJW!) Alas, poor McRapey. Too white, and for the first time in his life, too male.

But where are the Native Americans? Where are the Hispanics? Where is the transgendered handicapable lesbian Baha'ist from Papua New Guinea? Why does Jason Sanford hate Mexicans and Indians and Belgians?

Anyhow, I now look forward to seeing all the Hugo voters who pointed and shrieked at Larry Correia treat Jason Sanford in precisely the same manner. Don't you? In the meantime, you can play SJW bingo! See if you can find all five!
  • "explores this topic in a unique and interesting manner."  
  • "An all-too-rare fictional look..."
  • "a subgenre which until recently limited itself in unacceptable ways."
  • "opens our eyes to new realms of possibility and imagination."
  • "beginning an amazing journey as an author..."
My favorite part is the way Sanford uses the word "amazing" four times. But remember, he's a PROFESSIONAL writer, people. Don't try this at home.

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61 Comments:

Blogger bob k. mando February 01, 2015 1:19 PM  

VD
I now look forward to seeing all the Hugo voters who pointed and shrieked at Larry Correia treat Jason Sanford in precisely the same manner. Don't you?



Hypocrites gonna hypocrite.

Anonymous fish February 01, 2015 2:02 PM  

Alas, poor McRapey. Too white, and for the first time in his life, too male.

...too male?? You're sure this is John Scalzi we're talking about....are we? Noted cross dressing out weightlifted by teen aged girls John Scalzi?

Anonymous BG February 01, 2015 2:04 PM  

(tsk tsk)
(seriously? Bad SJW!)


Seems to belie your point.

Anonymous BG February 01, 2015 2:06 PM  

Also, you'd probably like The Three Body Problem. Good first contact story (so far) and he rightly treats the Cultrual Revolution harshly. Again, belying your point.

Blogger Vox February 01, 2015 2:11 PM  

Seems to belie your point.

No, it doesn't. The white male SJWs always insist upon their piece of the pie.

Again, belying your point.

Not at all. It wouldn't be a surprise if an East Asian Studies major liked a Chinese novel. Nor is it a surprise that a SJW like Sanford put a novel by an Asian author on there; he has lots of Asian and female authors on his slate, after all. If one of them is actually good, so much the better.

Anonymous Alexander February 01, 2015 2:16 PM  

There's even a wow just wow.

Anonymous Alexander February 01, 2015 2:19 PM  

I bet the aliens had shitty spam filters. I bet they went to Lagos because that's where they thought all the piles of human money were along with unwed princesses.

Blogger bob k. mando February 01, 2015 2:20 PM  

BG February 01, 2015 2:04 PM
Seems to belie your point.



then you have, somehow, managed to completely miss the blatantly stated point so that you can attack a strawman.

how convenient.



BG February 01, 2015 2:06 PM
Also, you'd probably like The Three Body Problem. Good first contact story (so far) and he rightly treats the Cultrual Revolution harshly.



only an SJW would pretend to have been previously unaware of Mao's body count and homicidal tendencies.

you remember Mao? Anita Dunn's favorite philosopher? yeah.


Vox made no comment on the quality of the books being campaigned for.

BECAUSE THAT WASN'T GERMANE TO HIS POINT.

but then, a lying little sack of shit like you knew that the whole time.

Blogger Jack Aubrey February 01, 2015 2:20 PM  

I am shocked, shocked I say that one of Damien Walter's epic short stories from "My Lovesick Zombie Boy Band: & Weirder Tales" did not make the list. Perhaps Damo did not check his white privilege?

BTW it finally received it's first review on Amazon - four stars - although the review is vague enough to cast doubt on whether the reviewer actually ponied up the $2.99 needed to acquire this classic collection.

Anonymous Shut up rabbit February 01, 2015 2:40 PM  

The "Writing Excuses" team (including the puppetrice) made a special episode to pimp their book for the Hugos - knowingly capitalizing on their listenership who have already won them one award for the podcast itself.

But if there's *one thing* I have learned from Sad Puppies and #GamerGate, it's that it's fine when they do it. Really, it is, its OK (they don't have reason or a conscience to interfere with that cornerstone belief of their philosophy).

It's OK when they do it. Its only bad when the bad people do it. And they sleep like babies - tanj

Anonymous Varenius February 01, 2015 2:49 PM  

...and another white man (seriously? Bad SJW!)

Don't worry, Vandermeer has Pink cred. The Southern Reach trilogy includes a lesbian Woman of Color in authority and a gay ex-preacher.

Snark aside, it's actually an excellent series, though the ending is a big letdown.

Anonymous BG February 01, 2015 2:53 PM  

The white male SJWs always insist upon their piece of the pie.

If one of them is actually good, so much the better


Ah I see, everything supports your point, even if it doesn't. Well played.

Anonymous The other skeptic February 01, 2015 2:58 PM  

If one of them is actually good, so much the better

I read a few pages up on Amazon.

When you are reduced to fielding 70-year-old women as privates it's time to give up. War is no country for old women or men, not on the front lines.

Serious fail.

Blogger Vox February 01, 2015 3:03 PM  

Ah I see, everything supports your point, even if it doesn't.

No, everything does not support my point. But the counterpoints you have raised don't detract from it in the slightest. Your counterpoints are not the sum total of possible counterpoints.

You'd be better off trying to argue that "If You Were A Dinosaur, My Love" was actually excellent science fiction. Good luck with that.

Anonymous Zbignu February 01, 2015 3:11 PM  

" poor mcrapey.... for the first time in his life, too male". I LOL'd

Anonymous daddynichol February 01, 2015 3:14 PM  

BG. To the point of the post; Are you in favor of Sanfotd's Hugo campaign? After all, the SJWs raised holy hell last year. Will you condem Sanford's behavior?

Blogger bob k. mando February 01, 2015 3:28 PM  

daddynichol February 01, 2015 3:14 PM
BG. To the point of the post



BG knows full well what the point of the post was.

he's not here to debate Vox on the merits. he's here to try and move the goal posts so he can then claim that Vox has 'lost the argument'.

the only responses that accomplish anything with people like this are either to point out that you know that they're lying manipulators or to play rhetoric right back at them.

trying to 'reason' with them is a waste of time.

reasoning presupposes that both parties are discussing in good faith.

BG is not.

you need to learn to recognize the 'conveniently dumb so i can accuse you of something you never did' gambit.

Anonymous Salt February 01, 2015 3:29 PM  

If one of them is actually good, so much the better

Ah I see, everything supports your point, even if it doesn't. Well played.


All we want are good stories without the requisite political correctness, SJW-ism..

Blogger IM2L844 February 01, 2015 3:43 PM  

I knew Bill Gates read this blog. I just knew it.

Anonymous Shut up rabbit February 01, 2015 3:56 PM  

I thought it was for Boring Git

Anonymous Trimegistus February 01, 2015 4:39 PM  

Okay, I tried to be open-minded. I followed the link back to Sandford's blog post, and I followed his links to some of the stories on his list.

Short version: they suck.

Long version: GOD, they suck.

Most of them are barely science fiction at all. Aliens are oddly-dressed humans, technology is magic. All of them seem to be about women's feelings. You could remove the faint patina of science fiction from any of them and it wouldn't change the story at all. Basically they ALL read like attempts by "literary" writers to go slumming in the SF ghetto.

Forget about the Hugos and Nebulas. We've got a bigger, more important job to do. We have to find every college English professor who's encouraging students to write "transgressive science fiction" (or whatever the fuck they call it). We have to stuff them into sacks and drop them through a hole in the ice in Hudson's Bay, weighted with bricks.

Otherwise the genre will go the way of "mainstream" fiction -- nobody's going to read it except other creative-writing majors reviewing each others' stories.

Anonymous The other skeptic February 01, 2015 5:27 PM  

Heh:

"The Regular" by Ken Liu, from the anthology Upgraded. Only Ken Liu could compel me to read a futuristic tech-based version of detective noir. Only Ken Liu could pull off such an amazing story.

He has some pretty narrow tastes, doesn't he?

Anonymous BG February 01, 2015 5:32 PM  

You could remove the faint patina of science fiction from any of them and it wouldn't change the story at all. Basically they ALL read...

OK, well we know you didn't read "The Three Body Problem" or if you did you have reading comprehension limitations. What does ALL mean to you?

Anonymous Troll February 01, 2015 5:40 PM  

As a professional troll, I give BG points for honing in on "The Three Body Problem." But it don't change the fact that it is okay for one group to campaign and not the other. If BG could point out people who attack Larry also attacking Jason, then he would be making some hay.

Anonymous Giuseppe February 01, 2015 5:43 PM  

Varenius,
Re: the southern reach.
It started out so promising, then the second book took a bit of a twist but I had high hopes for it because of how it ended.
The third book took me 3 months to finish. By then I recognised that it was all empty. It was just a shell emulating the works of HPL, but devoid of even the outer darkness. It was just hollow prose. What a let down.

Blogger Franz Lionheart February 01, 2015 5:55 PM  

The aliens had shitty spam filters. I bet they went to Lagos because that's where they thought all the human money

Lol. Email transcript of the space alien from the planet Aahh after first contact with Mrs. Emely Janes, the Solicitor of the recently deceased under-secretary Mr. Maso Chun, Esq :

"How glad I am to be of assistance! I have just sent you the necessary transaction fees of $879.65 Galactic Credits to your account with the First Commerce Bank of Lagos. Can you please confirm this has all worked out? It will now be easy for you to transfer the escrow account of $75,000,000 (in words : seventy-five million) into Galactic Credits at my account with the Bank of Andromeda. As agreed, I will then hold the money for you in trust, after subtracting the transaction fees. How kind of you that you would offer me a safe keeping fee of 17.5%. It is great doing business with you and to help out a friend in need."

Blogger Franz Lionheart February 01, 2015 5:59 PM  

"I understand that there has been a problem with the timing of the $75MM transfer. Do not worry my Nigerian friend. I will call my bank and will immediately sort this out. The required $1,234.56 for the USD/Galactic Credit interplanetary exchange will be wired instantly."

Blogger Franz Lionheart February 01, 2015 6:00 PM  

"wired. Now all should be fine!"

Blogger Franz Lionheart February 01, 2015 6:02 PM  

"still trouble with the time dilation in the Antares cluster? I"I am still waiting!1"


" why you no return my calls?"



Anonymous tiredofitall February 01, 2015 6:04 PM  

" Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor. Wow. That's all I could say after reading this novel, which explores what happens when first contact happens in Lagos, Nigeria."

No thanks, I already saw District 9, I think they covered how Africans would treat alien visitors.

Blogger Franz Lionheart February 01, 2015 6:07 PM  

"WHERE'S MY FUCKING MONEY? AT LEAST SEND BACK THE TRANSFER FEES! I SENT YOU ALMOST TWO GRAND! YOUR MILLIONS STILL HAVEN'T ARRIVED! HAVE YOU EVEN SENT THEM ALREADY? IF NOT THEN GET AT LEAST THE TRANSFER FEES BACK TO ME AND LET'S JUST FORGET THE REST!"

Blogger Nate February 01, 2015 6:15 PM  

Also...

Fuck all of you Patriots fan. Every single one of you. Fuck you all.

Blogger Franz Lionheart February 01, 2015 6:17 PM  

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Blogger bob k. mando February 01, 2015 6:26 PM  

Nate February 01, 2015 6:15 PM
Fuck all of you Patriots fan. Every single one of you. Fuck you all.



i'm so hoping the Patriots win. just so i can listen to the squeals of outrage.

even better will be if Belichick figured out that he could fill a ball with hot, +95% humidity air and have it drop a lb or two of pressure by game time.

BECAUSE THERE'S NO RULE AGAINST THAT.

Anonymous Tawmmy from Quinzee February 01, 2015 6:36 PM  

Fuck all of you Patriots fan. Every single one of you. Fuck you all.

FACK YOU, YOU NIGGA CAWK GAWBBLING REDNECK INBRED FACK!

YOU AH JUST JELLUS THAT OUWAH GREATRIOTS BEAT YOUWAH TUITAHNS FIFTY NINE TO ZEROH!

Blogger Franz Lionheart February 01, 2015 6:37 PM  

And so, the heart broken Space Alien from the planet Aahh, where the planetary culture never encountered the concept of "lying", very slowly but surely learns its first encounter lession. Yes it has been "scammed".

They do know all about the concept of righteous rage, however, on the planet Aahh!

After a barrage of kinetic missiles which destroy Earth's civilisations, industries, infrastructure, and governments, our Alien then sends in several squads of entirely misleadingly named "Love-Dinosaurs", which are about shortish man-sized, and are Aahh's main ground assault weapons. They're right awful indiscriminate killers, and they wipe out all the last remnants of indigenous life on Earth.

- ~ THE END ~ -


Blogger YIH February 01, 2015 6:45 PM  

This game has already made history: Consensus No Favorite.
NBC stream BTW, excellent so far.

Blogger Franz Lionheart February 01, 2015 6:45 PM  

~ CODA ~

Despite thorough post invasion searches, not even the most skilled investigators of the Aahha-forming task force on Earth ever find any hint of the missing $75MM. To this day, the governor of the planetary occupation's expedition troops, and his entire staff, remain puzzled.

Blogger Franz Lionheart February 01, 2015 6:46 PM  

Now, where can I collect my Nebula?

Anonymous The other skeptic February 01, 2015 6:48 PM  

Now, where can I collect my Nebula?

You will have to wait until 2016 to be nominated, since your, ahhh, scratchings were published in 2015.

Blogger Nate February 01, 2015 6:50 PM  

"
i'm so hoping the Patriots win. just so i can listen to the squeals of outrage."

I believe they will. The Seahawks D is vastly over rated.

Anonymous kh123 February 01, 2015 6:54 PM  

"OK, well we know you didn't read "The Three Body Problem"...

Ah, right. You again. Weren't you under another handle.

Blogger Nate February 01, 2015 6:56 PM  

The Hoody is so stupid some times. You're pounding it. the D is off balance.... and you throw a stupid pick.

Dumbass.

Run the ball. JEEZ.

Blogger Franz Lionheart February 01, 2015 6:56 PM  

You will have to wait until 2016 to be nominated

Lol.

your, ahhh, scratchings

But but I did say "dinosaur". And "love".

I think I could have improved Aahh's culture by making it more never-heard of interesting, like they're all tri-sexual.

Anonymous kh123 February 01, 2015 6:59 PM  

"We have to stuff them into sacks and drop them through a hole in the ice in Hudson's Bay, weighted with bricks."

Hang on. Fill the bags with 12 monkeys apiece, raised on foods produced by by both Monsanto and Sandoz.

Past meets present meets future. All rolled into one chronologically transgressive bag.

OpenID cailcorishev February 01, 2015 7:02 PM  

Fuck all of you Patriots fan. Every single one of you. Fuck you all.

Heh. I didn't really care two weeks ago, but the talking heads have pushed me into this camp, especially today.

Blogger GK Chesterton February 01, 2015 7:46 PM  

So I _believe_ the Three Body Problem does qualify under science fiction but I'm a bit flabbergasted about how BG thinks that he's VD's argument is self-refuting. He doesn't address Vox's point at all. That being that:
1.) An SJW is doing the thing that supposedly can't be done by shilling for a list
2.) That the shilled for list picks "diversity" over real quality

Am I missing something? Can you explain HOW the argument is self-refuting?

Anonymous daddynichol February 01, 2015 7:54 PM  

BG, you deceitful snake, why not address my questions?

Anonymous BG February 01, 2015 8:36 PM  

GK Chesterton; I'm not really looking at a single post of vox's but his whole "body of work" regarding "SJWs"

Anonymous Trimegistus February 01, 2015 9:15 PM  

BG: you're a fucking idiot. I referred specifically to short stories linked from Sandford's blog post. Learn to fucking read for comprehension, instead of skimming until you see a potential gotcha quote.

Anonymous Don't Quixote February 01, 2015 9:28 PM  

"I can't really point out anything in particular. My goal is to discredit and disqualify Vox because he does bad think"

Anonymous Anubis February 01, 2015 9:33 PM  

"when first contact happens in Lagos, Nigeria"

They must have seen all the ADs on TV with blacks being the smartest and chose to land where the most Professor Doctor Rocket Surgeons live unfettered by white people.

Anonymous kh123 February 01, 2015 10:42 PM  

"...his whole "body of work"..."

Get 3 of them together, refer to his NA background - Asian enough I figure - and there'll be no problem after that, amirite.

Anonymous Troll Hunter: Nemesis February 01, 2015 10:54 PM  

kh123: "Weren't you under another handle"

Link me, bro?

Anonymous kh123 February 02, 2015 12:46 AM  

Here.

Various comments under the handle Straw (e.g., Strawman of Oz, Strawboy, etc.)

Blogger bob k. mando February 02, 2015 12:47 AM  

BG February 01, 2015 8:36 PM
GK Chesterton; I'm not really looking at a single post of vox's but his whole "body of work" regarding "SJWs"



iow:
attacking something Vox didn't say, just as i've been pointing out.

in fact, BG is asserting that Vox has elsewhere done exactly the thing that Vox has explicitly denied: called 'Pinkshirt' work bad simply because it's Pink. Vox has noted Pink work that was mediocre to better than average several times.

but the fact that Vox can consider Pinkshit work on it's merits doesn't fit the SJW faggot narrative.

so, BG will lie about what Vox has said previously in order to accuse Vox of something he never did.

i know, we're all shocked and amazed.

for everyone else, the Game terminology for what he's trying to do is 'Reframe'.

Anonymous The other skeptic February 02, 2015 1:18 AM  

Perhaps it's another case of denial

Anonymous tiredofitall February 02, 2015 1:58 AM  

I'm not really looking at a single post of vox's but his whole "body of work" regarding "SJWs" - BG

I know you think you're making a point, but all I hear is disqualify, disqualify, disqualify, disqualify.

Blogger Vox February 02, 2015 5:39 AM  

GK Chesterton; I'm not really looking at a single post of vox's but his whole "body of work" regarding "SJWs"

No, you're not. Mieville isn't a pinkshirt, he's a bloody redshirt and I have repeatedly stated that he is one of the three best SF writers writing today. Charles Stross is a pinkshirt and I have repeatedly praised a number of his works.

You are not merely wrong, you are observably lying.

Anonymous Marissa February 02, 2015 12:52 PM  

"The Regular" by Ken Liu, from the anthology Upgraded. Only Ken Liu could compel me to read a futuristic tech-based version of detective noir. Only Ken Liu could pull off such an amazing story.

He has some pretty narrow tastes, doesn't he?


Richard K. Morgan isn't terrible.

Blogger borderwalker February 02, 2015 3:47 PM  

Haldeman did a "tech-based...detective noir" story thirty or more years ago (I think it was called Blood Sisters or something like that).

If not "tech-based...detective noir, whatthehell is Gibson's Virtual Light?

Is this Sanford person just not old enough to have read those things?

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