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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

He's on a manic swing again

I always enjoy McRapey's manic phases. That's when he produces his most amusing quotes and you get a clear glimpse at how messed up and insecure he is. He's apparently been feeling his oats lately, so he decided another shot at #GamerGate was in order, which promptly led to him feeling insecure after a number of #GamerGaters wondered who the hell he was:
4 NYT Best sellers. 3 Hugos. 3 TV series currently in development. Books in 20 languages. CLEARLY, public opinions have hampered my career.

(I should note that two of those Hugos were awarded to me, essentially, FOR having opinions in public. So.)

GamerGater: YOU ARE TERRIBLE FOR TELLING ME NOT TO READ YOUR BOOKS AND I WILL NEVER READ THEM NOW Me: Ate a lot of lead paint as a kid, huh?

Lots of GGers smugly asking who I am because they've never heard of me. Of course not, you'd have to be literate for that, lads.
It's amusing how Johnny can't open his mouth without trying to spin the narrative. I mean, full credit for admitting that two of the Hugos were political in nature, but we all know that all THREE of them actually were. There is not a single person on the planet who genuinely believes Redshirts was the best science fiction novel of 2013 in any sense of the term. Including McRapey himself.

And the idea that anyone who is literate has heard of John Scalzi is hilarious. I live in Europe. I know many highly literate people. Absolutely NONE of them have ever heard of him. We have over 100 players at the adult level. Ender has a game this weekend, so between that and practice next week, I should see everyone. I'll report back on how many of these literate and multilingual Europeans have ever heard of "the science fiction writer John Scalzi".

It's also funny that Scalzi thinks he's big time because he can sell up to 150k books per shot with Tor pushing him as hard as it can. He's trying to break into the game industry, where games that have 17 million active players are still practically unknown to the game journalists as well as everyone who doesn't play in that particular genre.

One more amusing note. Back in 2012, someone named CDaniell claimed I was jealous of Scalzi. His words are even funnier today, now that we know what we know about SF's biggest con artist.
I did have a chance to read up a bit on Mr. Scalzi. So: The SFWA presidency, the Hugo nominations, the ascendancy to the the New York Times best seller list, the 50,000 visitors-a-day blog and a novel being adapted to film with Wolfgang Petersen attached to direct? Goodness. Talk about an Alpha who can seriously put the bread on the table. 
The film was canceled, the 50,000 visitors a day was proven to be a lie, the fan writer nominations are now an award and a Best Novel award that is a historic embarrassment, and the NYT bestsellers show every sign of being nothing more than his publisher gaming the list.

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92 Comments:

Blogger Shimshon March 11, 2015 6:17 AM  

I typed papers for a bit in college, and let me tell you, even in the mid-1980s, even at a pretty good school (UCSD), the students who I typed papers for, seemed darn near illiterate. I had a group of highly literate friends, but what made them literate was their writing talent, not reading library. That being said, the idea that awareness of McRapey as an author is a sign of literate cred is laughable.

Anonymous Aus Köln March 11, 2015 6:27 AM  

Johnny can't open his mouth without trying to spin the narrative.

- Gamma to the core, Folks. Heh.

Anonymous Gary March 11, 2015 6:29 AM  

I have been reading Sci-Fi since the 70's and own 100's of of books, I have never heard of the guy till I found Vox's blog here. I use to burn through books in a weekend when I was younger.

My tastes might be hit or miss of late (I'll pick up a random book from the library) and the only thing half way decent I can recall reading was Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey. The initial book was fairly good but I found the follow ups a tad spotty.

Anonymous Apollo March 11, 2015 6:42 AM  

Like he needs to tell people not to read his books

Blogger Cataline Sergius March 11, 2015 6:51 AM  

Talk about an Alpha who can seriously put the bread on the table.

Yeah the dude just reeks of testosterone.


I knew sooner or later the progressives would be redefining the term. John Scalzi is a different kind of alpha

Incidentally when I googled, "John Scalzi Dress," I was presented with an embarrassment of riches.

Blogger YIH March 11, 2015 7:01 AM  

For a while I've been thinking ''Hmm, maybe that joke about JOHN SCALZI abusing the CAPS LOCK key is starting to get a bit old...''
*looks at the first blockquote*
*smiles evilly*
COMING SOON!!!!!
REDSHIRTS III: THE SEARCH FOR THE CAPS LOCK KEY!!!!!

Anonymous Difster March 11, 2015 7:06 AM  

Like the many others, I had never heard of McRapey until he was mentioned here. I had never read any of his works although I later found out he consulted on Stargate Universe which it turns out amusingly enough was the worst of the franchise. I watched, and kept hoping it would get better but it descended in to lunacy.

Anonymous Stg58 / Animal Mother March 11, 2015 7:23 AM  

What was really embarrassing on Stargate:Universe was the depiction of the military personnel on the show. So far removed from reality it was shocking.

Blogger Midnight Avenue J March 11, 2015 7:31 AM  

I've been reading sci-fi since childhood. And I'm a Trekkie. Never heard of Scalzi until I started reading VP. Probably because so much of contemporary 90s-00s sci-fi sucked. No story, all message, as has been stated here. I retreated into music instead.

Castalia House and the recos here at VP have been a revelation for me, and have revived my reading habits and interests. Thanks.

Blogger ScuzzaMan March 11, 2015 7:34 AM  

I'm nearly 50. I've been an avid (i.e. voracious) reader my entire life and I read very widely. If it's science fiction or fantasy and it's any good, I've read it or it is on my list.

I'd never heard of John Scalzi until I read about him here.

Of course I am slowing down, I'm working hard and I have a large family so there's not as much time as there once was for reading for pure pleasure, but I'm reasonably sure Scalzi's absence from my personal radar is not a function of the radar.

Having looked at his stuff I'm pretty sure there's nothing solid for it to bounce off ...

Anonymous MendoScot March 11, 2015 7:49 AM  

Come on, 'fess up. Someone must have heard of McRapey before his fans wet themselves for letting Vox write a column on Whatever.

Anonymous kfg March 11, 2015 8:09 AM  

I might have to make up a bumper sticker:

VOX DAY MADE ME LITERATE

Blogger Cataline Sergius March 11, 2015 8:34 AM  

What was really embarrassing on Stargate:Universe was the depiction of the military personnel on the show. So far removed from reality it was shocking.

They wanted a different kind of Stargate. The kind, no one wanted to watch anymore. Picking John Scalzi as their Creative Consultant was good step in that direction.

Although I suspect a big part of their thinking was that they knew they had screwed up with SG-1. There was supposed to be a series called Stargate Command. It was supposed to be reboot of the show with a whole new cast. A case of cold feet at the last second, turned that into revamp of SG-1 with only a half new cast. Same creative team in charge of it, so they slipped pretty easily back into their old patterns. It felt tired and everyone involved knew they has made a mistake.

Natuarally they looked around for new creative blood when they decided to make a "Lost In Space" version of Stargate. And here is this brilliant, "New Heinlein," named John Scalzi.

I only watched the first two episodes. Did any of the SG operators start offering each other blowjobs?

Anonymous DrTorch March 11, 2015 8:35 AM  

Talk about an Alpha who can seriously put the bread on the table.

Because lawn.

Anonymous DrTorch March 11, 2015 8:36 AM  

when they decided to make a "Lost In Space" version of Stargate.

Wasn't that called "Sliders"?

Anonymous Earl Ragnar cheddarman March 11, 2015 8:44 AM  

Brilliant marketing by scalzi, as he tries to enter gaming while alienating about half of the market

Anonymous anon123 March 11, 2015 8:46 AM  

But...but... I used to be a contender...

Anonymous BigGaySteve March 11, 2015 8:50 AM  

"Talk about an Alpha who can seriously put the bread on the table."

Foodstamps can put bread on the table, he couldn't get a cute boyfriend unless he could put steak or at least wine on the table.

Anonymous Alexander March 11, 2015 8:51 AM  

Yeah, that surprise me cheddarman. I figured Scalzi would say all the right things, but have the self-awareness to recognize that his bread in the gaming market would be buttered by the GG crowd.

I predict we'll see another set of Scalzi 'reconciliation' posts wherein he says something along the lines of THERE ARE ASSHOLES EVERYWHERE, AND I WILL ALWAYS CALL THEM OUT. ARE THERE ANTI-GG ASSHOLES? PROBABLY. JUST LIKE I'M SURE THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE GENUINELY CONCERNED ABOUT JOURNALISM AND AREN'T RACIST HOMOPHONES. WE SHOULD ALL UNITE AGAINST RACIST ASSHOLES AND BUY MY GAME WHILE DOING SO.

Anonymous Alexander March 11, 2015 8:53 AM  

Big Gay Steve,

What about a nice dress and large tracts of lawn?

Anonymous bootstrap boy March 11, 2015 8:55 AM  

On the other hand, as a self-promoter, he may not be PT Barnum but it's not for lack of trying. Give the boy some credit for that . . . he's definitely done some bootstrap pulling in the grandest American tradition.

Anonymous Scalzi's dog March 11, 2015 8:57 AM  

What about a nice dress and large tracts of lawn?

He cleans the lawn up after me. Such a wimp. He even makes me a sammich.

Anonymous Rabbi B March 11, 2015 8:58 AM  

I think Mr. Scalzi owes Vox a debt of gratitude or at the very least a nominal fee or a donation for all of the great marketing efforts on his behalf over the years.

I mean, considering . . .

"I'd never heard of John Scalzi until I read about him here." - ScuzzaMan

"Like the many others, I had never heard of McRapey until he was mentioned here." - Diftster

"I have been reading Sci-Fi since the 70's and own 100's of of books, I have never heard of the guy till I found Vox's blog here." - Gary

"I've been reading sci-fi since childhood. And I'm a Trekkie. Never heard of Scalzi until I started reading VP." - Midnight Avenue J

That was in less than 20 comments. Yeah, I think, at the very least, a donation to CH in Scalzi's name is in order.

I'll put my money where my keyboard is. Where do I send my donation?


Anonymous Alexander March 11, 2015 9:09 AM  

In spirit of Scalzi's fanbase, I will 'pledge' a large donation, and hope nobody ever calls me on it.

Anonymous Culture War Draftee March 11, 2015 9:12 AM  

OK, I'll cop to it. I not only knew Scalzi's name but had spoken to him once or twice at cons, before I read Vox's blog. I'm not even that big of an SF fan, I just bump into a lot of people. I still haven't read any of his books.

Anonymous Harsh March 11, 2015 9:13 AM  

Talk about an Alpha who can seriously put the bread on the table.

Yeah, that's what an alpha does.

On the "who is John Scalzi" note, I did read three of his early books and then decided he was pretty much a one-trick pony and would have promptly forgotten about him until I started reading this blog, so from a PR standpoint his rants about this and that have been successful in that it's kept his name out there. Not sure it's done much for his book sales though.

Blogger John Wright March 11, 2015 9:15 AM  

The vanity on display here is risible. Aside from Neil Gaiman, who is a famous in comics, no science fiction writer has any reason to expect anyone outside the genre in which he writes to know his name. Can fans of New Weird rattle off the names of the top-selling Mil SF writers?

And even if one were a famous as Neil Gaiman, it is shameless (and shameful) to boast of one's own fame. Let your fans do that, if you have fans, or at least let your mother do it.

Braying your own horn always makes you sound as brassy as sounding brass.

Anonymous Hong Hu Shi March 11, 2015 9:20 AM  

I firmly believe every McRapey post should have a link to the YouTube video of his appearance on Oprah.

Anonymous Stephen J. March 11, 2015 9:23 AM  

I'd heard of Mr. Scalzi before this, but only by virtue of seeing his book "Whatever" on the shelves, a compilation of his blog posts and essays. As chance would have it, when I picked it up to flip through its pages, the very first essay I landed on was a rant about how the only reason one could possibly have to oppose gay marriage was deep-seated bigotry. I put the book down in disgust and have never glanced at any of his work since, barring the occasional momentary flip through Redshirts to see if it was as funny as has been touted. (It didn't strike me so, but then I am well known for having no sense of humour, so take that with a grain of salt.)

Anonymous Steve March 11, 2015 9:31 AM  

Stephen J. - Redshirts isn't funny "ha ha", it's funny queer.

Anonymous rho March 11, 2015 9:32 AM  

I first heard Scalzi's name on this blog, back when he and VD were kinda friends. Well, maybe not friends. Friendly? There was no open aggression anyway.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza March 11, 2015 9:34 AM  

Hmm, mania swings to and fro. Oh well, at least he has a family that keeps him busy.

Vox will probably report back that no one there has heard of him.

Anonymous VD March 11, 2015 9:37 AM  

I'll put my money where my keyboard is. Where do I send my donation?

Save it for the Kickstarter in May.

Anonymous Jon Bromfield March 11, 2015 9:40 AM  

And the beat down goes on....

"Bestselling" Scalzi's LOCK IN ranks 11,816 today in Kindle paid. Publication date: August 26, 2014

For comparison, Andy Weir's THE MARTIAN ranks 114 in Kindle paid, No. 1 in Science Fiction/Exploration books. Publication date Feb. 11, 2014, over six months longer than LOCK IN.

Anonymous Daniel March 11, 2015 9:41 AM  

I just looked at his twitter. You are too, too kind and gracious to the fellow. Did you select for his most mild twitterary offenses? He's going nuts about rape again. McRapey can't quit the rapes.

I notice he didn't mention his extensive experience in games...

Blogger Josh March 11, 2015 9:43 AM  

I am yet another who was ignorant of mcrapey until vox.

Anonymous Steve March 11, 2015 9:43 AM  

Harsh - Old Man's War was pretty cool.

Saying that, I just re-read The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress last week. Being inspired the Dean is good thing, but nobody lives up to the original.

I read a Joe Hill book recently and, while I enjoyed it, it just felt like Stephen King bringing his B-game. It's difficult to develop your own style as a writer, but worth it if you have genuine talent.

If I was going to copy anyone, it'd be Orwell. His prose had a brutal directness to it that's timeless.

Anonymous Feh March 11, 2015 9:44 AM  

Someone must have heard of McRapey before his fans wet themselves for letting Vox write a column on Whatever.

I heard about him from some other blog - Instapundit or Volokh, or maybe both - mentioning OMW. So I read that, and it was OK. Then I looked at Whatever and became progressively much less impressed.

Talk about an Alpha who can seriously put the bread on the table.

There is a reason they call them "beta providers", genius.

Anonymous Difster March 11, 2015 9:47 AM  

Josh, you're still ignorant.

Blogger Blume March 11, 2015 9:47 AM  

I did. I read some short stories and they were ok. Then I tried his serialized novel and his attempt at fantasy and they were horrible.

Blogger Josh March 11, 2015 9:49 AM  

Josh, you're still ignorant.

I can neither confirm nor deny.

Anonymous Daniel March 11, 2015 9:50 AM  

And even if one were a famous as Neil Gaiman, it is shameless (and shameful) to boast of one's own fame.

I've known about Gaiman, for years (years longer than I even realized: when I was a kid I read a rock biography of Duran Duran that I only recently realized was written by him) and read a small number of his books, comics, short stories, and I've seen one movie, too. In all that time, I've never once seen him play his own fame card to a general audience. When you've got the fame, you don't need to trumpet the fame. When you haven't got the fame, you don't see the point of trumpeting your fame. When you haven't got the fame and you trumpet the fame? You've got issues, dudebro.

Blogger Blume March 11, 2015 9:52 AM  

Joe hil is stephen king's b game. It is his son.

Blogger automatthew March 11, 2015 9:58 AM  

"Come on, 'fess up. Someone must have heard of McRapey before his fans wet themselves for letting Vox write a column on Whatever."

I got a free PDF of Old Man's War by being on a Tor mailing list a few years ago. Why I was on the mailing list? For news about John C. Wright, of course (and Gene Wolfe, and Michael Flynn).

Blogger Josh March 11, 2015 10:03 AM  

Remember for all his taunting at gamer gate, he hasn't mentioned his game at all. There's a very, very good reason for that

Blogger Kryten 2X4B 523P March 11, 2015 10:06 AM  

Shockingly, I had read Scalzi before I found this place - Old Man's War if I recall.

Thought it was absolute rubbish, and to call him the New Heinlein is laughable. One of the very few books I've never finished - and interestingly enough, the other was by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Also explains why I hated SG:U.

Blogger Rabbi B March 11, 2015 10:09 AM  

" . . .it is shameless (and shameful) to boast of one's own fame. Let your fans do that, if you have fans, or at least let your mother do it . . . Braying your own horn always makes you sound as brassy as sounding brass."

Yes, let the quality of your work speak for itself, even if it;s only before an audience of One at the end of the day. .

"Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men." (Proverbs 22)

"Braying your own horn always makes you sound as brassy as sounding brass.""

"Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips." (Proverbs 27)

The Almighty concurs . . .

Blogger Rabbi B March 11, 2015 10:10 AM  

"Save it for the Kickstarter in May."

Consider it saved. Thanks.

Blogger Felix Bellator March 11, 2015 10:13 AM  

I had read "Old Man's War," "Ghost Brigade," and "Android's Dream" before showing up here. Entertaining enough reads, but none of that was better, and was less original than everything in the line up of "Riding the Red Horse," "The Stars Come Back," "Big Boys Don't Cry," or "A Throne of Bones." Scalzi is no where near the league of John C. Wright, Dan Simmons, David Weber, Larry Correia, etc cetera. Heck, maybe more people have heard of Scalzi than Wright, but there is no way in hell anyone would consider Scalzi more "literary" than Wright. Frankly, time will tell if Wright ends up being the 21st Century's Gene Wolfe and C.S. Lewis in one convenient package. Scalzi may be good at blowing his own horn, but he is not a better writer than any author or author's work I mentioned here.

And to put on my Internet Tough Guy hat, for rabid fanbase, no bunch of Scalzi weenies is going to have the firepower of even half a dozen of Correia's fans.

Anonymous Eowyn March 11, 2015 10:36 AM  

Count me in the number as never having heard of the man until reading this blog. Had seen his books many times at the library or B&N, but I'd always reshelve them after quick flip throughs. I don't read sci-fi for the snark.

Anonymous Porky March 11, 2015 10:36 AM  

Lead paint poisoning is a serious and potentially deadly condition. I find it deeply offensive that John Scalzi would make fun of children who have suffered from this horrific and debilitating disease. Disgusting.

Anonymous Peter Pan March 11, 2015 10:37 AM  

I can't remember if I heard of Scalzi before or after reading VP. I may have heard of him before, from a mention on Larry Correia's Wordpress site. At least, that's how I learned about Vox Populi. It really amounts to the same thing, however: I wouldn't know Scalzi's name without Vox Day's continued mentions of him. (Thanks, Vox.) Still haven't read anything by him, though I am mildly curious.

Anonymous Harsh March 11, 2015 10:40 AM  

Harsh - Old Man's War was pretty cool.

That was the most entertaining one I read of his. The sequels got progressively more watered down and derivative until I said to myself, "move along, nothing to see here."

Anonymous The other skeptic March 11, 2015 10:41 AM  

Meanwhile, Planet Fitness seems to be facing a backlash.

Anonymous Susan March 11, 2015 10:42 AM  

The late and very powerful Bane used to pop out a short story every once in a while on his own blog that used to just curl my hair. I consider him to not only be a superior writer to Scalzi, but it amuses me on occasion to consider what remarks Bane would have thrown at Scalzi.
I believe that he was the one who bestowed the "award winning cruelty artist" label on Vox IIRC. The link to Bane's blog is on Vox's link list as The Reaper's Hairball.

Blogger Vox March 11, 2015 10:45 AM  

I believe that he was the one who bestowed the "award winning cruelty artist" label on Vox IIRC.

In fairness, he awarded me the prize: "Best Shot Taken At A Little Crippled Boy".

Blogger rcocean March 11, 2015 10:49 AM  

Never heard of him before reading Vox. And I'm pretty literate.

Blogger Josh March 11, 2015 10:52 AM  

mcrapey: "My definition of "adorable" may be slightly perverse."

Anonymous Shut up rabbit March 11, 2015 10:53 AM  

McRapey can't quit the rapes.
he's even best buddies with notorious rape apologist Chris "#Kluweless" Kluwe - you can't make it up

Blogger rcocean March 11, 2015 10:53 AM  

Huge numbers of literate people read no SF at all or it they do they only have read the old standards - Asimov, HG Wells, Bradbury, etc.

Isn't JS just a mid-list author?

Blogger tweell March 11, 2015 11:00 AM  

My uncle had picked up the Old Man's War series, he claimed that it was as close to science fiction as the Science Fiction Book Club gets nowadays. I read some, decided that Scalzi was 1) derivative 2) clueless about actual science and so 3) not worth my time.

Blogger MATT March 11, 2015 11:02 AM  

Most people dont read scifi. If not for this blig, Id have no idea he exists. And if not for his yapping during GamerGate, even less would know he exists.

Blogger MATT March 11, 2015 11:03 AM  

Scalzi's a pursed lip'd faggot.

Anonymous Daniel March 11, 2015 11:04 AM  

McRapey can't quit the rapes.
he's even best buddies with notorious rape apologist Chris "#Kluweless" Kluwe - you can't make it up

...and he actively sought out the media attention of now-arrested accused rapist Jian Ghomeshi to help Scalzi repair his image...as a rapist.

Blogger S1AL March 11, 2015 11:05 AM  

Huh. Usually he at least *tries* for a veneer of politeness. Guess we illiterate gamers agent expected to buy books. Which is why the halo series (of books) has outsold most traditional sci-fi...

Blogger JartStar March 11, 2015 11:23 AM  

Before reading anything by Scalzi if you first remind yourself he is a Gamma Extraordinaire it all makes much more sense and is actually consistent in that regards.

Anonymous tiredofitall March 11, 2015 11:29 AM  

"Come on, 'fess up. Someone must have heard of McRapey before his fans wet themselves for letting Vox write a column on Whatever."

Read Old Man's War, kinda enjoyed the Heinlein homage. Further in the series it became obvious ol Johnny boy was a one trick pony. Found out about Whatever about halfway through the series and the facade was gone. It was sad.

For a bit I thought I'd found a new writer whose work I'd enjoy as much as classic Heinlein, but only found a suit filled by a man-child playing dress up.

Anonymous Feh March 11, 2015 12:01 PM  

Old Man's War was pretty cool.

That was the most entertaining one I read of his. The sequels got progressively more watered down and derivative until I said to myself, "move along, nothing to see here."


It was very selfish of Heinlein not to write any sequels to Starship Troopers for Scalzi to steal from, I mean, pay homage to. Happily for Scalzi, there are many other genuine authors for him to ripoff, I mean, pay homage to.

Anonymous Michael Maier March 11, 2015 12:07 PM  

Josh March 11, 2015 10:03 AM Remember for all his taunting at gamer gate, he hasn't mentioned his game at all. There's a very, very good reason for that


Which is????

Anonymous Daniel March 11, 2015 12:13 PM  

I knew about OMW before I ever knew he had targeted Vox to help advance his career as a SJW shoeshine boy. I read it and thought it was a promising start to a series that ultimately didn't deliver. I recommended the book (possibly on Amazon even. I had a fair number of reviews there that were eventually purged by the company - not for content) when it came out, but that was a mistake, because I can't recommend the series.

Fortunately, there has since been a lot of fresh new space/military sci-fi that has delivered.

McRapey has consistently proven that he overstates his case in order to undershoot his targets. His fiction is no different. He is the direct source of the "Next Heinlein" hype.

The best story I can think of him is that he, who openly admitted that he wasn't much of a science fiction fan when he started writing, THEN claimed that he wrote his Piper rip-off as "fan fiction" that he never intended anyone to read, then, after much pleading by the teeming masses, added it to his contract.

He squiggles it better:

"Wait. You said you asked for permission only after you wrote Fuzzy Nation?

Yup.

Why?

Well, because I originally wrote it for fun. I was doing it mostly to see what a version of Little Fuzzy by me would be like. And when I was done, I thought, well, that’s not too bad, I wonder if I can do something with it? And that’s when Ethan started talking to folks.

What if you had asked for permission and the answer was “no”?

Well, then I guess Fuzzy Nation would be The Super Secret Project That You Will Never Ever Find Out About. But, you know, look. Sometimes you do things not for any particular profit motive, but because it interests you, and you enjoy it, and you have a good time with it, and it’s good for your outlook on life. I decided to write Fuzzy Nation right after I had a particularly contentious and annoying negotiation for a completely different Super Secret Project That You Will Never Ever Find Out About, and I needed to do something to sort of cleanse my palate, as it were. Fuzzy Nation was it. And you know what? I had a ball with it, and it reset my attitude and made writing fun once more. If it never saw the light of day, it still would have been worth writing for that alone."

Uh-huh. He wrote the book for "fun" after blowing a previous contract. Because you know, that's what professional writers do in their spare time when they are short on contracts.

Anonymous Difster March 11, 2015 12:14 PM  

After watching Firefly and Serenity so many times, I want to know how gamma boy Joss Whedon manages to write a true alpha like Mal Reynolds. I doubt McRapey would be capable of such a feat.

OpenID malcolmthecynic March 11, 2015 12:16 PM  

I want the Mountain That Writes to address Scalzi's response to the K. Tempest Bradford ragequit article. That or you, Vox.

Blogger Josh March 11, 2015 12:17 PM  

Which is????

Either he decided (or more likely was told by his bosses) that getting gamer gate to boycott their brand new game would likely crush it.

Anonymous Nathan March 11, 2015 12:21 PM  

Considering that he recently crowed about being out of work as a writer, that is, having no more books on contract, I wonder if Scalzi's trying to drum up work by being more SJW than the activists. I mean, even the "don't read my work" statement reeks of aggrandizement. However, the cruel fact of the matter is that the big name in sales for the field is Card, not Scalzi. Worse still, Tor seems to be building itself around Sanderson, not Scalzi, as the big flagship writer. Maybe Scalzi should take a hint from Sanderson, put the Twitter down, and actually write more than one book every year or so.

Anonymous Amok Time March 11, 2015 12:27 PM  

"The film was canceled, the 50,000 visitors a day was proven to be a lie, the fan writer nominations are now an award and a Best Novel award that is a historic embarrassment, and the NYT bestsellers show every sign of being nothing more than his publisher gaming the list."

BUT, but, but,,,,,,He has this really large, green, wonderful, LAWN!! I mean that shows you have arrived in Ohio or where ever he abides.
John ain't gonna go away so it is best just to pat him on the head, tell him what a good boy he is and then ignore him. And, eventually he will fade away.

Anonymous BigGaySteve March 11, 2015 12:31 PM  

Big Gay Steve, What about a nice dress and large tracts of lawn?
I fled to a Whitopia but if you are in a diverse area & if your Willey is big enough you can tell people you beat seals cubs to death for a living and still have PETA gays willing to come over to your place.

Meanwhile, Planet Fitness seems to be facing a backlash.- The women that eat more than $10 in free pizza, donuts, and tootsie rolls a month will stand by them.

Scalzi's a pursed lip'd faggot.- Now, now there are plenty of drag queens that could take him in a fight. I knew RuPaul when we where both in Texas.

Anonymous Daniel March 11, 2015 12:32 PM  

Either he decided (or more likely was told by his bosses) that getting gamer gate to boycott their brand new game would likely crush it.

Likely a coincidence, but I let his bosses know very early in GamerGate that they wanted to distance themselves from Scalzi as much as possible, and to use him as little as possible to promote their game. They were very polite and took my concerns seriously. More likely, they were smart enough to recognize the PR problem that he has become.

Blogger Vox March 11, 2015 12:54 PM  

Scalzi's a pursed lip'd faggot.

The funny thing is that he'd probably call you homophobic for saying that.

Blogger Martin Davies March 11, 2015 1:26 PM  

I'm in the UK and I've been an SF fan for 43 of my 55 years. I can look to over to my right from where I'm typing and see 4 shelves of books by Asimov, EE 'Doc' Smith, Niven, Pournelle, Arthur C Clarke, Gibson, Orson Scott Card, Dick, Stirling and many more, and I have to say that before I started reading your blog, Scalzi was completely unknown to me.
I guess that means I'm not a real fan?

Blogger Josh March 11, 2015 1:28 PM  

Btw vox, have you told big gay Steve about VQPF?

Blogger borderwalker March 11, 2015 1:48 PM  

The real question isn't what he's supposedly accomplished thus far, but: What is the trend?

Is he selling more books now then he did in past years? Does he have more writing work now, the same amount, or less? Is his game project moving forward? How likely is it any of his movie/TV options will see the light of day?

I don't know the answers to all of those questions, but they would certainly be more revealing of a correlation between his SJW activity and his success.

Anonymous pseudotsuga March 11, 2015 2:28 PM  

My wife picked up the Kindle version of Redshirts. She's a Star Trek fan from when she was a kid, so she recognized the whole schtick. I need to ask her if she bothered to finish it, and what she thought of it. I don't think she's been all that overwhelmed by its Hugo-ness, as if that's a mark of actual quality these days (but Scalzi's gotta market whatever talking point he can use, right?).
I myself knew vaguely of Scalzi after he wrote Old Man's War. But Heinlein isn't my thing, so I never bothered to pick it up. I must be illiterate or something...

Anonymous Alexander March 11, 2015 2:43 PM  

You would think that if nothing else, Scalzi's SJW badge and shiny trophies would make him a shoe-in for the 'we need to throw some crap on the summer book lists that make it look like we at least give a shit that there's something "boyish" to read.' I'm actually quite impressed that he failed to make the cut of public-school approved science fiction.

Blogger ray March 11, 2015 3:07 PM  

Never heard of John Scuzzie. Then again, I dumped fiction writing and publishing many decades ago, after the John and Johanna Scuzzies took over fiction, editing, publishing, the English/writing departments, and so on.


Only feminists and PC Politburo needed apply, and not only has nothing changed in the intervening decades, the totalitarians have conquered completely. Why would I waste my time reading their SJW propaganda? I already get it from every other institutional source.


'Course the first thing the fascists did was dump the canon, full of the works of Evil White Males, whose efforts the Politburo could not hope to match. Therefore they ignored meritorious works as sexist and racist and ageist and lookist and and and AND. Simultaneously, they installed themselves and their fellow true-believers as the celebrated authors, tenured professors, big city editors, etc.


Boy am I glad I shitcanned those punks and their Improved Kulture. They were a lot more interested in silencing me than in producing excellent works of fiction. Because, of course, the latter is beyond them. That leaves only Identity Nepotism, lies, and hate.

Blogger ray March 11, 2015 3:31 PM  

". . . he's definitely done some bootstrap pulling in the grandest American tradition."


The only bootstraps this guy pulled were the ones owned by the homo he knob-knoshed in order to become a 'famous literary figure'. Meaning, while on his knees. And THAT was only when his boyfriend wore the Reich Costume with the long black spats. (PS What is it with the homos and the Nazi/biker outfits? Oh yeah honey that black get-up REALLY makes you look manly!)

OpenID cailcorishev March 11, 2015 4:42 PM  

I wonder if Scalzi's trying to drum up work by being more SJW than the activists.

That would be a big miscalculation. There's no way a married white man will ever be considered 1% as authentically SJW as a black Jewish lesbian, no matter what he says or does. I'd say it's more likely that his days are numbered, and he should expect to be the target of a purge in the next few years.

Anonymous Apollo March 11, 2015 5:45 PM  

"Come on, 'fess up. Someone must have heard of McRapey before his fans wet themselves for letting Vox write a column on Whatever."

Nah. Heard about him first on this blog. And I do read a reasonable amount as well (1-2 books per fortnight), although admittedly not that much Sci Fi.

And yes, as John Wright said, the level of vanity on display to assume that everyone literate must have heard of him is astounding...

Blogger S1AL March 11, 2015 6:31 PM  

"After watching Firefly and Serenity so many times, I want to know how gamma boy Joss Whedon manages to write a true alpha like Mal Reynolds. I doubt McRapey would be capable of such a feat."

Whatever else Joss Whedon is, he's incredibly honest in his writing. I have a lot of respect for him as a result of the things he has said about writing characters like Captain America (who he imagines as a devout Christian).

Also, I would guess that he's actually just an analytical delta, as self-deception doesn't fit him well.

OpenID malcolmthecynic March 11, 2015 9:10 PM  

Whatever else Joss Whedon is, he's incredibly honest in his writing. I have a lot of respect for him as a result of the things he has said about writing characters like Captain America (who he imagines as a devout Christian).

This. Check out my upcoming article in issue 5 of the Sci Phi Journal, "The Philosophy of Serenity", I make the case that "Serenity" is actually making the same argument that Puddlegum did in "The Silver Chair" - namely, atheism as a worldview is so dead that it's literally better to believe in a lie, and without God the only possible arbiter for right and long is self-evident objective morality.

And believing in self-evident objective morality is just another way of saying that you've taken the first step on the road to religion.

That "Serenity" is honest enough to say things like "I don't care what you believe...just believe." is a testament to Joss Whedon's writing.

Blogger MATT March 12, 2015 3:24 AM  

Whedons writing is surprising when you learn about him as a person. One mark of a good writer is how well he forgets himself and allows the truth of the story to reveal itself, as it inevitably will when you allow the story to write itself. If none of you have watched or read David Milchs talks on writing, do yourself a favor and go to youtube and look for them.

Your individual voice will always make its way into the narrative even if you try to avoid it. Serenity is highy underrated. I didnt read any of his comics, but from what i understand his run on Astonishing XMen was very good.

Some might claim that Marvels movies are doing well because Marvel is controlling the content, but if that were true the comic would be better. Whedon loves comics. James Gunn loves comics. Thats why they make good comic movies. Favreau got lucky with Iron man. They werent even that good really.

Blogger S1AL March 12, 2015 10:01 AM  

Iron Man succeeded because the chosen actors and actresses were phenomenal. The plot was b-movie, mostly.

Anonymous Banjo March 13, 2015 11:10 AM  

I will admit to reading Scalzi before reading Vox. I picked up Old Man's War for no other reason than it had been compared to Heinlein and Starship Troopers was one of my favorites. I admit it, I enjoyed the book (tho not as much as ST). Yes, there were some odd things that felt out of place, but it was the only "recent" scifi book that felt like the ones I grew up with (and those were already old too).

It didn't become a re-read for me, but when Redshirts came out I bought it and read it too. Obvious Star Trek homage is obvious, but I found the humor occasionally funny. And that thing there at the end I laughed out loud. I thought man, that writer must be all right.

And that's when I visited Whatever.

And learned why there were some things in his books that repelled me.

Why was he so proud of banning comments he disagreed with? And all the commenters... I could SEE them nodding their heads in agreement with everything he said. Even my wife and I don't agree on everything.

And then there was all this snark about some guy that he wouldn't even name (other than RHSD or something). What is with that 12 year old girl bullshit coming from a (supposedly) grown ass man?

Yes, I am one of those that was came to VP from Scalzi's site.

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