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Friday, December 25, 2015

In the spirit of the season

George R.R. Martin spares a few kind words for the Sad Puppies:
In the spirit of the season, I am going to say something nice about the Sad Puppies. Last year's Puppygate was an ugly affair. I am not going to rehash it here. My views are all on record, my original blog posts still up for anyone who wants to go back and read them. The last thing I want... the last thing anyone who truly loves science fiction, fantasy, and fandom would want... would be to have to go through the whole thing again in 2016. Whatever your view of how the Hugo Awards turned out at Sasquan, I think we can all agree that we would like MidAmericon II's awards to be more joyful, less rancorous, less controversial.

And maybe... just maybe... we'll get our wish. Call me naive. Call me an innocent. Call me too trusting by half, too nice a guy to see how things really are... but, really, I am starting to have some hope. All over the internet, people are already talking about the Hugo Awards, making recommendations, discussing the work... the WORK, the things we love, the stuff that unites us instead of the stuff that divides us. I've been trying to do my part, here on my Not A Blog, and will continue to do so. Over at FILE 770, similar discussions are taking place. And on many other websites, blogs, and bulletin boards as well... including Sad Puppies 4.

Yes, the Sad Puppies are doing it again. ((No big secret, that was announced even before worldcon)). Discussions of possible nominations in all Hugo categories can be found on their SP4 site here: http://sadpuppies4.org/sp4-recommendations-pages-and-faq/ Go check it out. You can even join in. So far as I can tell, you don't need to be a Puppy to recommend.

As of a few minutes ago, there were 159 'thoughts' in the Best Novel section, which suggests a healthy level of participation. And, I am pleased to say, almost all of what follows seems to be honest and enthusiastic discussion of the work. I am seeing very little name-calling compared to what we saw in Sad Puppies 3, a dearth of references to CHORFS and ASPs and Puppy-kickers and that perennial favorite, SJWs. I am not seeing any "nominate this, it will make their heads explode" posts that we saw so often last year.

Instead, people are recommending books. A very wide range of books. Sure, new works by familiar Puppy favorites like Larry Correia, Mike Williamson, and John C. Wright are being recommended (no surprise there)... but so are works by Neal Stephenson, James S.A. Corey, Naomi Novik, Victor Milan, Terry Pratchett, S.M. Stirling, Ian Tregillis, Ernie Cline, Elizabeth Bear, Gene Wolfe, Michael Moorcock, Orson Scott Card, Greg Bear, Kate Elliott, and many others... including the latest Marko Kloos, and... wonder of wonder... novels from N.K. Jemisin and Anne Leckie!

There are some really good names on that list. Some really good books. (And many I have not read yet, but will look up now). And there's an amazing range of literary styles, subgenres, and... yes... political and religious views. And all this is to the good.
Is it a Christmas miracle? Has Mr. Martin's heart grown three sizes? It is an inspiration, is it not?

For my part, I will certainly pledge that when the time comes to make the recommendations for Rabid Puppies 2, there will not be a single reference to CHORFS and ASPS, to Puppykickers, or even to SJWs. There will be no negativity nor will any nominations be urged for the purposes of inspiring rapid cranial expansion; any head-exploding that happens to take place in response to the RP2 recommendations will be entirely unintended on my part.

I trust that all of the responses to those recommendations, by Mr. Martin and others, will be similarly restrained.

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52 Comments:

Anonymous FriarBob December 25, 2015 9:10 AM  

Do I even want to know what an ASP is?

Blogger Nick S December 25, 2015 9:16 AM  

"I am not seeing any "nominate this, it will make their heads explode" posts that we saw so often last year."

SJWs ALWAYS lie.

Anonymous VFM # 93482 December 25, 2015 9:19 AM  

It would truly be a miracle if Vile Faceless Minions care what GRRM says.

When GRRM says he wants to say something nice about sad puppies, it really means he wants to rape them.

Anonymous Real Human Being December 25, 2015 9:29 AM  

Never forget, whether for personal gain or to push the narrative, the SJW always has an ulterior motive.

Anonymous Leonidas December 25, 2015 9:38 AM  

All over the internet, people are already talking about the Hugo Awards, making recommendations, discussing the work... the WORK

Gasp!

Nevermind that that's how the whole thing started in the first place.

Blogger VD December 25, 2015 9:42 AM  

Never forget, whether for personal gain or to push the narrative, the SJW always has an ulterior motive.

Come now, surely you do not suggest that Mr. Martin would shamelessly use Christmas as a shield for his SJW skulduggery! Did you not read what he wrote? He invoked the spirit of the season!

Blogger Dire Badger December 25, 2015 9:44 AM  

His 'call for good cheer' was nothing more than stating "I hope you will bend over gracefully next year'

Typical progressive bitch.

Anonymous Shut up rabbit December 25, 2015 9:50 AM  

Give him time, once we fail to fall into SJW-goosestepping line this facade will fall and suddenly he'll see partisanship, abuse and vote rigging everywhere.

This is just virtue signalling phase one so when the subsequent SJW mentalism noches up, Rape Rape can claim to have offered an olive branch.

Does he really, truly believe everyone is as stupid as his mind-crippled, collectivist, compromise-seeking, overweight fans?

Anonymous NorthernHamlet December 25, 2015 9:57 AM  

VD,

Where's your early longer holiday post? Always look forward to them.

Anonymous How Many Rabbit Points to get into SJW Heaven? December 25, 2015 10:04 AM  

Thanks for the Reading Lists, VD, and Merry Christmas everyone.

Blogger VD December 25, 2015 10:21 AM  

Where's your early longer holiday post? Always look forward to them.

I said what I wanted to say last night.

Blogger Jew613 December 25, 2015 10:28 AM  

I noticed GRRM didnt mention the rabid puppies. I think this is another divide and conquer effort. Though what really came through from the writing is what an utter Gamma Martin is.

Anonymous NorthernHamlet December 25, 2015 10:33 AM  

I said what I wanted to say last night.

All good, dai-vox. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Anonymous Evolyn December 25, 2015 10:44 AM  

Who does this remind me of? Ah yes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1ILPl5FQaM

Blogger Were-Puppy December 25, 2015 10:54 AM  

So he views the battlefield and doesn't see any signs of the enemy. Take a few days off, hibernate for a couple weeks. And the desperate longing that it is again Year Zero, where the past has no meaning.

It's absolutely crazy that he is describing exactly what happens with Sad Puppies every time, until their SJW spawn start attacking the Sad Puppies.

Blogger The Other Robot December 25, 2015 10:57 AM  

Is there an easy way to get the word count of a section in a kindle novel?

Alternatively, can CH post the word count of the fiction items in There Will Be War Vol X?

Blogger toadbile December 25, 2015 11:09 AM  

This will last until the first book
is declared unfit for decent fans
for having a cis white male author.

Until then, happy christmas to all.

Blogger VD December 25, 2015 11:23 AM  

Alternatively, can CH post the word count of the fiction items in There Will Be War Vol X?

Can do. I'll do it tomorrow, along with a poll so people can choose their favorite a) fiction and b) article from Volume X.

Blogger Michael Maier December 25, 2015 11:29 AM  

Rape-Rape cannot even make a decent olive branch post. I am so glad I never started reading his rape novels.

Blogger LP999 DUNE no Doom December 25, 2015 11:30 AM  

Great! I didn't know puupy4.org existed

Team Puppy, Merry Christmas

Blogger Jack Ward December 25, 2015 11:34 AM  

Being the holidays I have yet to start WarX; but, really look to it. Sort of like a gift to my self.
As for nominations: I will, of course, make an unbiased nomination selection irrespective of any outside influences or reccos. Of course.

Blogger Giuseppe The Kurgan December 25, 2015 12:07 PM  

I am not a VFM...but this post by Grimm Rape Rape Moron make me bay for blood.

Burn them all to the ground! The lying sacks of Orc pus!!

I trust the Dark Lord has some truly delicious plots hatching.
I for one commit to causing as much carnage in the SJW ranks as one berserk Kurgan with a two-handed sword swinging can do.

Anonymous A vile and faceless one December 25, 2015 12:20 PM  

We were always at peace with Eurasia.

Blogger JACIII December 25, 2015 12:27 PM  

My outlook on Martin and the whole bunch of pasty faced bloated walking worms: Fuck 'em. Fuck 'em and feed 'em fish heads.

Merry Christmas y'all!

Anonymous Japan 1946 December 25, 2015 12:30 PM  

In the spirit of the season, I am going to say something nice about the Yanks. Last year's nuclear attack was an ugly affair. I am not going to rehash it here. The last thing I want... the last thing anyone who truly loves Japan would want... would be to have to go through the whole thing again. Whatever your view of how WW2 turned out at Nagasaki and Hiroshima, I think we can all agree that we would like the post-war occupation to be more joyful, less rancorous, less controversial.

And maybe... just maybe... we'll get our wish. Call me naive. Call me an innocent. Call me too trusting by half, too nice a guy to see how things really are... but, really, I am starting to have some hope. All over the radio, people are already talking about the Yanks terms, making recommendations, discussing the recovery work... the WORK, the things we love, the stuff that unites us instead of the stuff that divides us and makes us rape Nanking.

Yes, the Yanks have total control over our nation. ((No big secret, that was announced even before we surrendered)). Discussions of possible economic military and political solutions can be found in their banker's board meeting minutes. We can even join in and they will pretend to listen. So far as I can tell, you don't need to be a Yankee banker to recommend our fate.

Anonymous Pax_Romana December 25, 2015 12:43 PM  

In the spirit of the season: Kill them all, burn their cities, salt the earth. SJW delenda est.

Anonymous The other robot December 25, 2015 12:53 PM  

Mish predicts that self-driving vehicals will put lots of people out of work.

Can a science fiction story dealing with Google Self-Driving Car Bombs be far behind?

Will the displaced use such techniques to let the rich know that the disconnect has gone too far?

Blogger Elocutioner December 25, 2015 1:06 PM  

GRRM: "The last thing I want... would be to have to go through the whole thing again in 2016."

Getting a bit demoralized, huh? We had great time this year, looking forward to next year.

Blogger Skylark Thibedeau December 25, 2015 1:14 PM  

All I can say is WINDS OF WINTER must be going to the publisher before Season Six airs and Rape Rape wants a Hugo. I'm waiting for the SJW'S to sharpen their knives and come after him when Sansa Stark dies a shameful pointless Death instead of be becoming medieval Mary Sue Rey Skywalker.

Blogger Quintus Maximus December 25, 2015 1:15 PM  

Someone should tell fat bastard to get back to writing his crappy novels. I mean, not that I care. I gave up middle of book 3 after lucy snatched the ball too many times.

Blogger James Dixon December 25, 2015 1:54 PM  

Because we started all the name calling and rancor the past three years, right? Sure, George, sure.

Blogger The Other Robot December 25, 2015 2:10 PM  

I started reading First Conquest.

When I got to the bit about the gratuitous bit about the female Sgt Major in the Space Marines beating the shit out a male soldier just to prove that women are as good as men any day, I figured that it was another SJW novel and lost interest.

Blogger Were-Puppy December 25, 2015 2:18 PM  

@27 The other robot

Mish predicts that self-driving vehicals will put lots of people out of work.
---

You mean all those muslim cabbies?

Blogger Mr.MantraMan December 25, 2015 2:28 PM  

We could start a pool as to who is next for a show trial

Blogger The Other Robot December 25, 2015 2:36 PM  

You mean all those muslim cabbies?

Wow, every cloud has a silver lining!

Blogger IM2L844 December 25, 2015 2:44 PM  

GRRM: "The last thing I want... the last thing any [truefan] would want... would be to have to go through the whole thing again in 2016."

Hrmmm, then I expect you will be writhing in agony soon and for many years to come.

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx December 25, 2015 3:10 PM  

@12. Jew613

I noticed GRRM didnt mention the rabid puppies.

Ah, but he did, and He Who Must Not Be Named as well. Peer in closer, somewhere in the thicket between the "J" and the last of the three "."s before the "but"-tell.

and John C. Wright are being recommended (no surprise there)... but

Anonymous Victor F. Michaelson December 25, 2015 3:25 PM  

"Can't we have a reasonable dialog" Where have I heard that befor?

Anonymous Rolf December 25, 2015 3:57 PM  

Google: providing self-delivering mail-bombs in the 600 lb range since 2016. A lot cheaper than a cruise missile, and easier to recruit than an immigrant with a driver's license.

Nah, no possible stories there....

Anonymous KoranBurningFaggot December 25, 2015 4:37 PM  

This cuck says "sees" and "seems" so much he reminded me of an ex who was mad at me for chasing out all his druggie friends. He had told all of them how long he had been seeing me, they must have thought it was good drugs because they could see me also.

My outlook on Martin and the whole bunch of pasty faced bloated walking worms: Fuck 'em.

Some of us have standards
Call me naive. Call me an innocent. Call me too trusting by half, too nice a guy to see how things really are

Why so I get the feeling I am being told I should trust Jews Named Madoff and Corzine with my money? Because NAJNMACALT

Anonymous 334 December 25, 2015 4:44 PM  

Evidently too many of you guys take this whole "Christmas" / family thing way too seriously. I mean, only 40 comments on this? That's just ... sad.

Anonymous 334 December 25, 2015 4:48 PM  

@24. Brilliant. I just forwarded your quote to my entire rabidly puppyish family.

Blogger Remo - Vile Faceless Minion #99 December 25, 2015 6:26 PM  

in other words we had an effect, and he's afraid that we'll show up to fight in greater numbers and with greater effectiveness this time around. So he's announcing that there is no war and nothing to see here so please stay home puppies sad and especially rabid. And if we cared at all about following this putrid fat disgusting rape happy creepy uncle stereotype writ large (very very large) then the usual suspects would be able to nominate in comfort the latest politically correct were-seal polemics against Christianity in silence just as they have done the last several years.

Answer: No.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr December 25, 2015 7:27 PM  

The opposition has a lot of fences to mend. From my perspective, John C. Wright is owed a grade-A apology.

Blogger Quizzer W December 25, 2015 8:37 PM  

It warms my heart that calling someone an "SJW" is one of the worst insults imaginable. May all the terms the vileprogs use to describe their utopia end up in the same pile of dog... output.

Blogger automatthew December 25, 2015 10:09 PM  

We're going to win.

I'm going to win.

You're going to win.

Blogger SteelPalm December 25, 2015 11:37 PM  

Thank you for the very amusing Christmas post, VD. (wink wink)

In related news, Mr. Martin is not very subtle with his gimmicks, is he? He would make a third-rate conman.

Blogger Daniel December 26, 2015 1:34 AM  

Those paragraphs better be going into Crapping with Crawdads or whatever the next nevercoming novel is called. Dude is wasting his talent.

Anonymous VFM 360 December 26, 2015 3:11 AM  

I don't always read the Proverbs, but when I do I read "SJW" in the place of "fool".

Blogger James Dixon December 26, 2015 6:09 AM  

> "Can't we have a reasonable dialog" Where have I heard that befor?

Most recently? Gun control. It's like they only have one playbook.

OpenID denektenorsk December 26, 2015 6:20 PM  

As to 'SJW', the first time I heard this term it was from a self proclaimed one. It wore the term as an honourific. It has only been in the past year that I have heard it used more aptly as a pejorative term.

GRRM should be careful as it is only a matter of time before his "allies" devour him. I was reading his 'not a blog' in the April time frame (if memory serves) and he used the recently banned term "colored people"... after the SJWS tried eat one of their own (Benedict Cumberbatch) for using the same term. I went back after the fact to link the offense and it was silently removed. Someone had re-educated the man silently. If he persists in having an opinion soon enough it will be the wrong one.

Blogger Floyd Looney December 26, 2015 10:04 PM  

GRRM seems like a sad and lonely person if this is what he is doing with his Christmas Eve.

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