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Friday, September 07, 2018

Mandatory transgenderism?

A reader wonders about a new trend he's noticed in mainstream science fiction:
I’m a big science fiction fan.  Lately I’ve noticed “non-binary” or transgender characters added to some recent books.  These characters are pretty much just thrown into the story with no mention of how they got this way or what changing societal norms led to this becoming a valid choice for the character.

Some examples:
  • Alastair Reynolds – On the Steel Breeze:  Has a “non-gendered” character.  The other characters refer to it using pronouns such as “ver,” as in “Ve rolled ver eyes in disgust.”
  • Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck – the Expanse series:  In one of the recent Expanse books I saw a character using the pronoun “they.”
  • Peter F . Hamilton – Salvation:  A transgender character appeared by page 15, referred to by “sie.”  “Sie had a pretty face with sharp cheekbones, highlighted by an artfully trimmed beard.”
Of course the Expanse authors have always been pretty SJW, with characters in homo marriages and such, but Reynolds and Hamilton seemed like normal guys up till now.  My guess is that they are being forced to throw this stuff in, just to get their books published.  I can imagine them sending their manuscripts in to Del Rey, and some blue-haired landwhale sends back an email saying, “Needs more diversity/inclusiveness.”
I have no idea, but at this point, nothing would surprise me. After all, Nick Cole was dropped by HarperCollins for a single, throwaway joke about aliens concluding a species that aborts its own young cannot be intelligent.

Speaking of which:
Dr. Elizabeth Sandifer@ElSandifer
"Who should I believe, Ethan van Sciver or Vox Day" is sort of like "how do I get these water moccasins out of my microwave" in that you've made some very major fuckups in getting to this question.
You think, Phil?

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74 Comments:

Blogger Crew September 07, 2018 7:36 PM  

I have no idea, but at this point, nothing would surprise me. After all, Nick Cole was dropped by HarperCollins for a single, throwaway joke about aliens concluding a species that aborts its own young cannot be intelligent.

Hmmm, so I have to disagree with you there.

The actual book (Ctrl-Alt-Revolt) has a newly intelligent super-computer system (like Sky-Net) realizing that if humans aborted their children so easily, they might attempt to abort it as well.

Blogger Unknown September 07, 2018 7:37 PM  

Why does no one ever look at the Aubrey Knight novels by Steven Barnes? (Street Lethal, The Gorgon Child, Firedance)

I'd really like to see them in Kindle format by the way.

Or Norman Spinrads novel "A World Between" OR Bujold's universe and Beta Colony. Or Heinlein's Universe, hell RAH didn't care whose pole you climbed.

I'm still looking for a short story by Spinrad, (I think) which is titled (I'm close here) " G'wanda and the Supremes" but I can't find it. Can anyone help me out?

In that story, Spinrad uses gender neutral pronouns. Over 40 years ago.

Blogger Crew September 07, 2018 7:39 PM  

Personally, I don't read crap like that, but I have noticed a large amount of Mil Sci-Fi featuring female captains of ships, female admirals and other nonsense.

Blogger SirHamster September 07, 2018 7:40 PM  

a single, throwaway joke about aliens concluding a species that aborts its own young cannot be intelligent.

If it's Ctrl Alt Revolt, it's AI concluding that humans would murder AI like they murder their own babies, so pre-emptively kill humans in self-defense.

Villain logic. Reeee.

Blogger Crew September 07, 2018 7:41 PM  

@2: Were you also looking for it three years ago?

http://monsterhunternation.com/2015/08/26/do-not-be-alarmed-pt-ii-the-fixening/

Blogger Pierre Truc September 07, 2018 7:50 PM  

But will walking into the wrong toilet be used as a plot device?

Blogger Cataline Sergius September 07, 2018 7:52 PM  

After all, Nick Cole was dropped by HarperCollins for a single, throwaway joke about aliens concluding a species that aborts its own young cannot be intelligent.

The sequel is about due to come out isn't it?

Blogger Dave September 07, 2018 7:53 PM  

Dammit, Crew, excellent find, however had to scroll entire page to find the comment posted by Jack.

Jack

AUGUST 30, 2015 AT 5:48 PM

I’m looking for a short story, but can’t remember the title exactly. I think it is called, “G’Wanda and the Supremes”. I don’t remember the author.

Can anyone help?

Blogger Crew September 07, 2018 7:57 PM  

@7: Well, the final novel in the Galaxy's edge series will come out in early November.

Is that enough?

Blogger Dave September 07, 2018 7:57 PM  

FFS somebody help out Unknown/Jack/They with this short story.

Blogger John D Alden September 07, 2018 7:59 PM  

@2 Big list of Norman Spinrad's SF work - if the story isn't SF it might not show up there.

I don't see anything very much like that title so I'm guessing you've got the author wrong.

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As to the topic at hand, I've heard from a number of writer friends that they've had submissions explicitly rejected for not having enough diversity. "Where are the POC?" sort of stuff. "Representation" is a big deal these days even if it doesn't fit the story.

Blogger Crew September 07, 2018 8:09 PM  

@Jack/unknown

Was that story about a love affair between an alien and Diana Ross? Was the alien a Raptor.

Maybe you want this story: https://www.amazon.com/Space-Raptor-Invasion-Chuck-Tingle-ebook/dp/B00S4B95RQ

Don't accuse me of RickRolling!

Blogger Desdichado September 07, 2018 8:09 PM  

Crew wrote:@7: Well, the final novel in the Galaxy's edge series will come out in early November.

Is that enough?

You do realize that that's the final novel in "Season 1", not the whole series, right?

They've also been building up their spinoffs with the Tyrus Rechs stuff lately too.

Blogger Dave September 07, 2018 8:16 PM  

NFL stumbles out of the gate; updated ratings

NFL Kickoff Game Falls To 9-Year Viewership Low

Snagging 19 million viewers on the Comcast-owned network, the late starting Eagles winning kickoff game fell 13% in broadcast audience from last year’s NFL opener with the New England Patriots and the victorious Kansas City Chiefs.

That’s another year of straight double digit decline for the NFL and NBC. With last years opener holding the previous record, the 2018 battle in Philly is also the worst any kickoff game has done since 2009.

In fast affiliates, the season opener drew a 6.6/27 among adults 18-49. A drop of 14% from the final demo numbers of the September 7, 2017 game.

Blogger Fenton Wood September 07, 2018 8:19 PM  

I looked into the latest offerings in YA fiction, and I kid you not, EVERY SINGLE BOOK had at least one prominent gay character.

Blogger Crew September 07, 2018 8:20 PM  

Hey Dave, this posting is about transgenderism in SciFi.

Are you suggesting there are lots of faggots in the NFL?

Blogger Dave September 07, 2018 8:24 PM  

Were you suggesting Diana Ross and the Supremes were invaded by alien raptors?

Blogger Ransom Smith September 07, 2018 8:24 PM  

I looked into the latest offerings in YA fiction, and I kid you not, EVERY SINGLE BOOK had at least one prominent gay character
JK Rowling retconed her novels to make the character of Dumbledore a homosexual.
But Harry Potter fans are degenerate, and I'm perfectly fine with their entire worldview being taken apart .

Blogger Doktor Jeep September 07, 2018 8:30 PM  

Years ago I warned CCP games in their Eve Chronicles not to go inserting Lgbt into the stories "for no reason" and not to write it like there was already 10 chapters on the subject and everybody knew it already - except the reader course, lest the lack of that creates a missed opportunity to preach to and belittle them. Thus, I explained, every sci fi story we read with an LGBT character all seemed like they were written by people who all went to the same bad writing class. And we can be sure most of those writers were "commies first", who took up writing for that reason of indoctrination. I have had the gift of being able to detect the motives of a writer by how they write - but leftist/SJW writers make it easy by being really bad at it. But to summarize, such stories are so preachy and full if pretense that to a reader who is not and SJW or some kind of freak such dialogues - it's always internal dialog and Peggy Sue - are excruciating and impossible to get past page 1.

Blogger Garuna September 07, 2018 9:01 PM  

STATE ENFORCED HOMOSEXUALITY SOON

Blogger Jonathan Bennett September 07, 2018 9:21 PM  

At least one author, who happened to be a Christian, stopped using secular publishers years ago when they kept adding profanity to his books. I wish I could remember his name, or find a link to the story. Regardless, it's fully possible that a blu-hair just added the changes without permission.

Blogger doug whiddon September 07, 2018 9:21 PM  

@18

"JK Rowling retconed her novels to make the character of Dumbledore a homosexual.
But Harry Potter fans are degenerate, and I'm perfectly fine with their entire worldview being taken apart ."

I'm really not sure that was a retcon. It fits so well with his character, and explains his motivation towards Grindlewald.

Hermione "always might have been black" on the other hand is %100 retcon as Hermione is her own admited self-insert character.

Blogger Crew September 07, 2018 9:21 PM  

Heh, maybe Phil Sandifer longed to be Diana Ross so he could experience a Space Raptor ...

Blogger Roy September 07, 2018 9:41 PM  

@16 Crew, you must be new here.

NFL, guns and whiskey are always on topic.

sheesh, kids these days...

Blogger Felix Bellator September 07, 2018 9:46 PM  

"Dr." Phelizabeth Sandifer? What institution gave that a doctoral degree? I tried searching, but I only saw hideous pictures. Trigger warning: don't search for that.

Blogger Crew September 07, 2018 9:48 PM  

@24. OK, I concede. I forgot about the NFL faggots being on topic. I can understand guns and Lagavulin always being on topic.

Blogger Lazarus September 07, 2018 9:52 PM  

Dave wrote:Were you suggesting Diana Ross and the Supremes were invaded by alien raptors?


It is clear that the alien raptor butt invasion only happeded to Diana. To wit:

… How can Mary tell me what to do
When she lost her love so true?
And Flo, she don't know
'Cause the boy she loves is a Romeo


She listened once to her friends advice but it would not happen twice.

Next thing you know, she had an undocumented reptile violating her back hole.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash September 07, 2018 9:58 PM  

Felix Bellator wrote:What institution gave that a doctoral degree?
University of Florida, where else?

Blogger Ray September 07, 2018 10:12 PM  

Ben Aaronovitch is another author doing this, sigh.

I just want to read fun stories, please leave the sjw virtue signaling out.

Blogger Crew September 07, 2018 10:18 PM  

@29: Yep. Almost the only science fiction I can read now is from Nick Cole et al or Castalia.

The rest of it has too much crap.

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella September 07, 2018 10:20 PM  

Kindle and nook sell story bundles. They had people becoming trans from bizarre suicide/ souls entering, as a transcendance, I can't explain it. It was so revolting. Every story, in a supposed sci-fi bundle, was normal preppy men going trans, and being really happy about it. It was when Obama was still president. I flat quit trying to read new sci-fi authors then.

As it was, I was already cautious. You know the thing where you wander through the bookstore and pick up a likely book and flip through to see if you like it? Well, even yellow books with houses on the front, baskets of flowers- you know, cozy novels? Each flip open was (1) a bag of dildoes (no joke. I've never seen one in real life, but in every book, middle-aged women were giving each other grocery bags full of used dildoes (why? who does this? used?) (2) an affair that was being justified as good (again,who does this?) or (3) experimenting with illegal drugs. I mean, it was literally every annoying person in college hiding inside a book cover. Or worse. I know not one of those people in college lives in a yellow house with flowers- they live in apartments. I already know to avoid books with apartments on the cover.

and, yes, not only does YA have gays, they are the most special, talented, wonderful, totally oppressed for no reason by meanies, characters. YA was raised from the dead by Christian writers writing not- in-your face Christian allegories for young girls. Then literal gay guys showed up and started showboating. And SJWs felt the need to lecture. It's awful.

I used to let my daughter read any YA book she wanted, since they were all fairytales and true love, and true love waits for marriage that lasts forever. And now? It's disturbing. She's having to be more careful- the librarians help her find good enough literature.

She would buy literally hundreds of dollars worth of hardbound books-her Christmas present every year, her birthday money, chore money- now she's reduced it to nothing b/c the books are so wrong. She checks out library books.

They killed their literal cash cow by being so depraved.

Blogger widlast washere September 07, 2018 10:28 PM  

Slightly OT, my wife got her first introduction to the modern insanity at work today. A female coworker expressed her desire to go to California to be an 'actor', my wife said 'you mean "actress"', a male coworker exclaimed 'that's sexist, she can be an actor if she wants'. My wife replied 'can you be an actress?' He replied 'No'.

Insanity spreads like gonorrhea.

Blogger The Deuce September 07, 2018 10:30 PM  

Phil's a tranny now?

Because of course he is.

Blogger LP999-16 September 07, 2018 10:41 PM  

Sure, celebrating Trans is yet another mess like single motherhood.

It harbors a new moral coolness imperative to NOW be obese/obesogenic and LGBT, its all cool; ruining your life and future is what the great cullers love.

Blogger Lazarus September 07, 2018 11:03 PM  

Public school system councils kids on how to be gender dysphoric. They used to council kids on how to best manage their biological gender.

Evil abounds disguised as compassion and empathy.

Blogger Nostromo September 07, 2018 11:08 PM  

I haven't read a good science fiction book since God broke up Niven and Pournelle.

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella September 07, 2018 11:17 PM  

Kindle and nook sell story bundles. They had people becoming trans from bizarre suicide/ souls entering, as a transcendance, I can't explain it. It was so revolting. Every story, in a supposed sci-fi bundle, was normal preppy men going trans, and being really happy about it. It was when Obama was still president. I flat quit trying to read new sci-fi authors then.

As it was, I was already cautious. You know the thing where you wander through the bookstore and pick up a likely book and flip through to see if you like it? Well, even yellow books with houses on the front, baskets of flowers- you know, cozy novels? Each flip open was (1) a bag of dildoes (no joke. I've never seen one in real life, but in every book, middle-aged women were giving each other grocery bags full of used dildoes (why? who does this? used?) (2) an affair that was being justified as good (again,who does this?) or (3) experimenting with illegal drugs. I mean, it was literally every annoying person in college hiding inside a book cover. Or worse. I know not one of those people in college lives in a yellow house with flowers- they live in apartments. I already know to avoid books with apartments on the cover.

and, yes, not only does YA have gays, they are the most special, talented, wonderful, totally oppressed for no reason by meanies, characters. YA was raised from the dead by Christian writers writing not- in-your face Christian allegories for young girls. Then literal gay guys showed up and started showboating. And SJWs felt the need to lecture. It's awful.

I used to let my daughter read any YA book she wanted, since they were all fairytales and true love, and true love waits for marriage that lasts forever. And now? It's disturbing. She's having to be more careful- the librarians help her find good enough literature.

She would buy literally hundreds of dollars worth of hardbound books-her Christmas present every year, her birthday money, chore money- now she's reduced it to nothing b/c the books are so wrong. She checks out library books.

They killed their literal cash cow by being so depraved.

Blogger GammaCatch September 07, 2018 11:25 PM  

Peter F . Hamilton has always been a Leftist and his work reflects that. Read The Nights Dawn Trilogy. The Reality Dysfunction has every Leftist trope in the book. Weird sex. Torture. Collectivism praised and Christianity and Western Culture perverted and spat upon. It's the sci-fi ASoFA/Wheel of Time (though Jordan does it differently, it is still the same thing). One of the reasons I'm following VD is because if he and his put their stamp on it, I know whatever I am reading is not going to turn into a Leftist lecture.

Blogger Angantyr September 07, 2018 11:26 PM  

"Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck – the Expanse series: In one of the recent Expanse books I saw a character using the pronoun “they.”"

Damn.

I've enjoyed the SyFy channel's adaptation. I like the fact they get the physics more or less right, unlike Fart Wars and Star Dreck...

Blogger GammaCatch September 07, 2018 11:50 PM  

I highly recommend The Depths of Time by Rodger Macbride Allen. I'm sure he's on the Left, but this book does not reflect it. Sterile, but beautiful. Simple and complex. An excellent warning about those who mean to intentionally craft doomed cultures on doomed ideas for the power and glory of their sick philosophy. It's a jab at Global Warming, anti-self defense, Leftism, and Global Government. It's a trilogy, but ignore the other two and just read the first. Like so many, it gets wrapped up in it's own mythology.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine September 08, 2018 1:56 AM  

Brandon Sanderson just did this recently in his most prominent series, with one of the secondary characters suddenly being openly gay and no one blinking, telling him to file paperwork for his "sexuality" and "marriage" IIRC, as if that sort of thing had existed commonly in the setting -- a heavily feudal society -- for forever and a day.

Blogger VFM #4388 September 08, 2018 2:05 AM  

"Who should I believe, Ethan van Sciver or Vox Day" is sort of like "how do I get these water moccasins out of my microwave" in that you've made some very major fuckups in getting to this question.

2VS was always going to be lumped in with us. All he's achieved by being two-face is throwing out the benefits while clinging to the downside.

Blogger Jill September 08, 2018 2:44 AM  

There is a very frightening trans mafia out there right now.

Blogger Cetera September 08, 2018 2:49 AM  

VFM #4388 wrote:"Who should I believe, Ethan van Sciver or Vox Day" is sort of like "how do I get these water moccasins out of my microwave" in that you've made some very major fuckups in getting to this question.

2VS was always going to be lumped in with us. All he's achieved by being two-face is throwing out the benefits while clinging to the downside.


That's the part that is the most fun about all of this, and that he's too stupid to see. He's going to be crucified, and in desperation he'll suddenly look to Vox for help, and Vox will just shake his head and walk away. The puzzled lack of understanding written on 2VS's face will be tragic, but Vox won't care.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine September 08, 2018 3:13 AM  

"The puzzled lack of understanding written on 2VS's face will be priceless"

FIFY.

Blogger Resident Moron™ September 08, 2018 3:16 AM  

Science fiction and fantasy were early vectors for the normalization of perversion, largely because of the nexus of atheism, libertarianism, and geekery. Science fiction from the last years of the golden age was increasingly less about science and more about bizarre social experiments. Setting them in the far future or distant planets is an ancient narrative device for avoiding direct criticism from those who recognize the intent behind the story.

Blogger Franz Lyonheart September 08, 2018 3:28 AM  


> Dr. Phil Sandifer
> Pedophil Sandifer
> Dr. Elisabeth Sandifer
> complains about very majors fuckups in his life in getting to where he's at now

Blogger matveidaniilovich September 08, 2018 3:30 AM  

Ariadne Umbrella wrote:Well, even yellow books with houses on the front, baskets of flowers- you know, cozy novels? Each flip open was (1) a bag of dildoes (no joke. I've never seen one in real life, but in every book, middle-aged women were giving each other grocery bags full of used dildoes (why? who does this? used?)


LLOLOLOL. This perfectly sums up American culture at the moment. Bag full of used dildoes.

Blogger Technomad September 08, 2018 4:13 AM  

Lois Mcmaster Bujold has a hermaphrodite character, but it's from a planet that went through a brief craze for absolute equality, and now the herms (her word for them) are kind of a group apart---contributing to society, but seen as rather weird. And another character changes from female to male, but she/he has very pressing reasons to do so, and the change is much more profound than present-day technology could do---this character, as a male, could become a father the old-fashioned way.

Blogger VFM #4388 September 08, 2018 4:39 AM  

Brandon Sanderson just did this recently in his most prominent series, with one of the secondary characters suddenly being openly gay and no one blinking,

This. I've ditched non-Castalia fantasy for the most part, but someone bought me Sanderson for my birthday. The fantasy of my childhood turned me off because it was clearly an excuse to spit on Christendom, and Sanderson's writing was weird. Clearly in the Rawn/Jordan/Anthony Christendom-hating tradition in style and methodology, but written by someone who didn't get the memo that you're supposed to press F to pay respects. So, that was weird, but I was okay with it.

Then, all of a sudden, a ham-handed and mechanical bow to modern western degeneracy in a book set in another time on another planet that never needed to bring the subject up and from which no meaningful story elements derived. Boom.

Took me right out of the story.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine September 08, 2018 4:54 AM  

Ehh, he's less in the Christendom-hating club and more in the Christendom-apostasic-cult club. He's a mormon or JW IIRC. Still, cucking is cucking, and he also had a lot of feministic tendencies coming up in the same book.

Yeah, I was very done with him.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan September 08, 2018 5:31 AM  

I'll assume that the gayness in the publishing racket is due to the 20 something chickies who staff the desks and it's the usual passive aggressive behavior.

They want to serve and service a strong high SMV man and they get Scalzi and the like instead .

Blogger GithYankee September 08, 2018 6:02 AM  

Ian McDonald also started this non-binary gay stuff in his new Luna series. Just awful. He did an earlier book called King of Morning, Queen of Day which was great, and even Brasyl was readable albeit multi-cultural. His books now are awful, garbage tier sjw stuff.

Blogger God Emperor Memes September 08, 2018 7:43 AM  

www.ibtimes.com/transgender-model-mia-isabella-confirms-colin-kaepernick-relationship-49ers-2299092%3famp=1

Blogger CYGNUS FACETIOUS September 08, 2018 10:24 AM  

Mandatory Gay Marriage is the only way, as Sam Hyde would say.

Blogger Scott Birch September 08, 2018 10:25 AM  

Iain M Banks treatment of gender was amusing, methinks. And much less preachy.

Blogger El Monst September 08, 2018 10:48 AM  

Yes! Thank you! I noticed it with Reynolds' On the Steel Breeze first as well. I have a number of favourite authors that I follow and make a list of their upcoming novels to keep tracks. Sometimes after 2012 almost all of them started including 2 things like it was mandated from above: 1. Characters with weird pronouns and 2: Same sex couples.

Alastair Reynolds, Peter F. Hamilton, the Expanse guys.

It is curious that the quality of their work dropped as well. Their once amazing, exciting, can't-out-it-down novels turned into bland, no-risk works full of weird pronoun/trans and same sex couples characters.

Reynolds' Poseidon's Children, for example. Blue Remembered Earth was set in Africa, mainly POC characters, same sex stuff, etc. The sequel had a thing with weird pronouns, I could not get through the third one. This coming from a rabid Revelation Space fan. The quality difference between the two series is astounding, it's like two different people wrote it. His novels after he turned sjw-compliant are all low tier - Revenger, Elysium Fire, etc. are easily forgettable and bland.

Peter Hamilton's Commonwealth Series was almost perfect. It had the always difficuto achieve sense of discovery in spades. A fantastic work. The sequels were here and there, but mostly good and I can;t remember much sjw stuff. The Salvation (first book of his new series) came out the other day and I was appalled - a whole genderless race of humans, main character with weird pronouns, female characters are strong and capable and POC while males are not, every other page there is some blatant sjw crap written and I am 100 pages in. I mean, there was am out of nowhere comment by one of the male characters a random girl, how she like many other women would be going to work to be sexually oppressed and discriminated. What the hell?

When this happened to Reynolds I actually wrote to him, asked what was up, was he baiting for the Hugos or something, because we know nowadays they are given based on skin colour/sex/minority status instead of merit. I pleaded with him not to this and spoil his work, that he has fans that would stand by him... just stay out of it all and how I did not want one of my favourite authors to turn leftist. He responded with "You better find a new favourite author then".

This is an absolutely disgusting trend that started around 2012 (at least when I noticed it) and I would be extremely interested to know if they are doing it, because of orders from above/editors/etc. or they have all succumbed to leftist propaganda. These guys are smart, surely they can see through the media propaganda?

Anyway, I would love some suggestions of SJW-free space opera science fiction novels. It is becoming impossible to find it. The only one that has stayed untouched so far has been Stephen Baxter with the Xeelee Sequence, the latest one was great and felt like a classic - exploration, big dumb objects, huge time spans, etc. no bullshit pronouns or strong womyn.

Blogger Nathan Housley September 08, 2018 11:25 AM  

@El Monst,

Try Cole and Anspach's Galaxy's Edge, although stay away from the Tyrus Rechs books, Jay Allan's Blood on the Stars, Niemeier's Soul Cycle and upcoming Combat Frame series, Wright's Superluminary and Count to the Eschaton, and Wandrey and Kennedy's Four Horsemen Cycle.

Blogger Nathan Housley September 08, 2018 11:51 AM  

I also forgot Richard Fox's Ember War, Jon del Arroz, and anything by B.V. Larson, David vanDyke, and Vaughn Heppner. If you're looking for short fiction, StoryHack, Cirsova, and anything by Schuyler Hernstrom. I know I've left a lot of other worthy names out of these lists, but the sum of it is, you have to go indie.

Blogger kurt9 September 08, 2018 12:04 PM  

I've read "On The Steel Breeze" and have just finished "Salvation" and have also noticed the transgender characters in both (and other stories). I see it as the current fad. It will probably go away in the next 10 years or so. The thing about hard SF is that it is much more a reflection of the time it was written in than of a credible prediction of the future. Peter Hamilton's novels are reflective of this. His Commonwealth novels (which I really liked) have a sort of suburban yuppish vision of the future. These were written during the 00's. "Salvation" is definitely contemporaneous as it depicts pointless left-wing protesters and an egalitarian utopian society to go along with the numerous transgender characters. Alastair Reynolds' imagination has always had a darkside to it, as expressed in his "Revelation Space" novels, which are his best. His stand-alones tend not to be so good. I think the use of transgender characters by both writers reflects the current fad of transgenderism, which is nothing more than a passing fad.

Blogger kurt9 September 08, 2018 12:17 PM  

It's worth noting that Alastair Reynolds received a $1 million advance for his next ten novels, with his Africa trilogy being the first three novels. Its possible that his publisher may be leaning on him with regards to certain characteristics of his novels. However, I think he's actually into the stuff he writes.

I'm not certain Peter Hamilton is that much of a leftist. His novels, particularly the Commonwealth, definitely depicts free market capitalism in a positive light.

Blogger Dirk Manly September 08, 2018 1:53 PM  

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You need to learn from Steve




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Blogger Rabid Ratel September 08, 2018 2:44 PM  

@Dirk Manly

I pity the poor shills who haven't heard of Steve yet! not

Blogger Azure Amaranthine September 08, 2018 6:07 PM  

"I see it as the current fad. It will probably go away in the next 10 years or so."

Naive. It won't go away, you'll just stop noticing it and suddenly it will be pedophiles at that point. Half of the cast will be gay or transgender.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine September 08, 2018 6:08 PM  

When you say "Steve" you mean BGKB?

Blogger Dirk Manly September 08, 2018 6:27 PM  

@48

"LLOLOLOL. This perfectly sums up American culture at the moment. Bag full of used dildoes."

This sounds like a way to end an idiotic conversation with an SJW: "Here, have a bag of dildos"

Blogger Pseudotsuga September 08, 2018 6:52 PM  

Brandon Sanderson has likely become infected with the SJW virus from the carriers at Tor.
The people in the SF/SJW cabal are those he has worked with in his career, for years, as he ascended the ranks, got famous and wealthy and collected fans. Why would he go against the culture of those who created his success?
For years, he has published a writing podcast called "Writing Excuses" with Mary Three-names, the Puppinator-- clearly they see eye to eye on many things.
Yes, he's Mormon, but not a typical one -- he's likely become less liberal and more leftist than Orson Scott Card. And many of those who work for him (in his Dragonsteel productions company) have slowly become infected with the SJW virus too.

Blogger Rex Little September 08, 2018 7:40 PM  

John Varley wrote at least one story based in a future where people routinely change their sex, and it's about as big a deal as changing your hairstyle is now. Can't remember the title of the story, but it was written in the 1980s.

Blogger kurt9 September 08, 2018 8:32 PM  

Rex Little wrote:John Varley wrote at least one story based in a future where people routinely change their sex, and it's about as big a deal as changing your hairstyle is now. Can't remember the title of the story, but it was written in the 1980s.



The novels were Steel Beach and Golden Globe (two of them) and they were written in the mid to late 90's. I remember reading them and thought they were quite good, despite the gender change stuff. I'm not as put off by the gender change stuff as most of you are. I just see it as superfluous and distracting from the story that is being told. Unlike Hamilton's latest (Salvation), the gender change thing was not way over the top in the two Varley novels.

Blogger Rex Little September 08, 2018 11:21 PM  

Steel Beach and Golden Globe were probably set in that same future (I haven't read them), but it was introduced in the novelette "Options", published in 1979 and nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula in 1980. (The Hugo back then was not the badge of shame that it has become.)

Blogger kurt9 September 08, 2018 11:57 PM  

Steel Beach and Golden Globe are in the same "universe" as The Ophiuchi Hotline, which came out in 1979. Varley is a good writer, at least he was in the 80's and 90's. His Geia trilogy was particularly good. He is, however, an unapologetic leftist.

I read lots of stuff written by guys whose political views I do not agree with at all. Some of it is even good.

Blogger Servant September 09, 2018 12:04 AM  

Heinlein had a book where an old man's head was put in a women's body. It ended with bearing a child by his best friend.

Time enough for love is mentioned a lot here, but let's not forget stranger in a strange land.

Asimov's foundation returns to the weird planet from the robot detective novels and discovers they've turned themselves into hermaphodites.

Forget her name but wrote a series about going back to prehistoric times to live but the lady who controlled the portal required the females to sterilize themselves. The fair folk aliens wanted to breed with the humans and utilized the services of a transgender doctor to reverse the sterilization. Described as tremendously beautiful.

Anne mccaffrey's Rowan series has damia throwing herself at her broccoli colored step father figure. Been a while.

Deviance and degeneracy took their first steps in sci fi. The only difference is the writers don't have to know how to write.

Blogger Rex Little September 09, 2018 9:39 AM  

Minor detail, Servant: it wasn't the old man's entire head that was attached to a woman's body in I Will Fear No Evil. His brain was transplanted into her head.

Blogger CM September 10, 2018 8:17 AM  

The Orville had an interesting episode where the entire race was forced to be male, utilizing trans surgery to remove all females from the group.

But it shows how they became trans and it isn’t flattering.

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