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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The tokens whine

Nnedi Okorafor, PhD ‏@Nnedi
I wish the media would discuss the stories we wrote more than the grumblings of&responses to a certain group of ppl I won't name.#HugoAwards

EscapeVelocity ‏@EscapeVelo
@voxday getting the last laugh, once again.

Supreme Dark Lord ‏@voxday
We do too. Because the stories you wrote are mediocre. An SJW-given affirmative-action award doesn't make them good. #HugoAwards

This is why Mr. ZFG is willing to spend more time writing more words about how the Rabid Puppies don't matter than he is on his overdue novels. Because the observable fact is that the only reason the media cares about the Hugos these days is because it is a cultural war battleground. It's just another futile attempt to spin the narrative.

Meanwhile, the affirmative-action recipients declare that they did too get there on merit, despite the fact that even their so-called fans have nothing to say about their work beyond expressing wonder that the dog can walk on its hind legs at all. The media doesn't want to talk about "Binti" because it is both a racist African revenge fantasy about white colonialism and a nasty, incoherent piece of work in which African hairstyles serve as a major plot point. They don't want to make the RP point for us, which talking about the winners is bound to do.

Remember, according to the SF-SJWs, that is the VERY BEST that science fiction had to offer in 2015. No wonder people have lost so much interest in it.

And speaking of the narrative, I'm very amused by the various SJWs proclaiming, yet again, how the Rabid Puppies have been defeated. After all, we're the ones desperately changing our rules as fast as possible at every opportunity, right? Forget not knowing the score, the SF-SJWs don't even understand the game being played.

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71 Comments:

Anonymous DK_Ilonius August 24, 2016 4:28 AM  

Of course they do. The SF-SJWs lie, whine, and pretend that they've somehow got the upper hand or higher ground. I think they're helping you out more than they realize.

I'm looking forward to the Dragon Awards, and will be voting for Niemeier's book. He he...

Off-topic: do you still want/need volunteers for proofreading, laying out PDFs, assistant editing, and the like? Sent you an e-mail a few days back.

Blogger VD August 24, 2016 4:30 AM  

Yes, the Production Editor will be in touch with you shortly.

Anonymous JAG August 24, 2016 4:37 AM  

What is the "PhD" for? Some sort of "studies"? I am not familiar with this person beyond what I read so far in this posting, but if it talks like a duck, walks like a duck...

Anonymous DK_Ilonius August 24, 2016 4:44 AM  

PhD = Piled Higher and Deeper.

Another thing SJWs seem to do well, especially McRapey. Well, he does get paid fairly well to do it.

Blogger weka August 24, 2016 4:53 AM  

Wiki is useful sometimes.

"Okorafor is a 2001 graduate of the Clarion Writers Workshop in Lansing, Michigan, and holds a PhD in English from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is an associate professor of creative writing and literature at the University at Buffalo (SUNY) and lives between Buffalo and Illinois with her family."

Translation: she attended the SJW writers training camp, has a useless PhD, and works in one of the most progressive colleges in a progressive state.

This is also shown by the critical acclaim she has attained.

"Okorafor's first adult novel, Who Fears Death (DAW/Penguin Books), won the 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel,[4] was a 2011 Tiptree Honor Book and was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award.[5] In 2011 she returned to young adult with Akata Witch (Viking/Penguin), which was a Junior Library Guild Selection, and nominated for the Andre Norton Award. It was also on the American Library Association's Amelia Bloomer Project list honoring children's books with feminist themes. Okorafor's science fiction novel Lagoon was a finalist for a British Science Fiction Association Award (Best Novel) and a Red Tentacle Award (Best Novel) and a Tiptree Honor Book. Her science fiction novella Binti won both the 2016 Nebula Award and 2016 Hugo Award for best novella,[6][7] and was a finalist for a British Science Fiction Association Award (Best Short) and BooktubeSFF Award (Best Short Work)."

She is an academic, writing for the critics. She is not paying her mortgage from royalties. She has a day job with tenure. She has no skin in the game.

I'd rather listen to Michael Williamson or Eric Flint (both are bastards). They have to write to eat.

Blogger residentMoron August 24, 2016 4:53 AM  

And those uppity Amish are running amok in Queensland, Australia, stabbing an English tourist to death and injuring another.

There is no known motive for the attacker, alleged to have shouted "Allahu ackbar" during the attack. Police are investigating whether or not there is some mental health problem or drug abuse involvement ...

Wouldn't want anyone jumping to conclusions.

Anonymous JAG August 24, 2016 5:28 AM  

So basically the PhD is for learning how to suck tax payer dollars out of the public, provide no quality service or product in return, be a net drain on society, and live a completely phony existence where every accolade is given rather than earned.

Sometimes that asteroid cannot hit the earth soon enough. I'll take my chances in the Fallout like wasteland that follows.

Anonymous Ain August 24, 2016 5:33 AM  

Don't forget mention brain washing and propagandizing.

Blogger Cataline Sergius August 24, 2016 5:45 AM  

This has to be soul destroying for them because it's impossible for a writer to judge his own work.

What you might think are your very best stories will often get a, "meh," from your readers. And the stuff you think is average gets so much praise you are left whirring in confusion over it.

So, awards are often important. They are usually a measure of something but this set of winners know that this years Hugos weren't based on the quality of the works.

Last year none us were yelling, "Token," at Liu Cixin.

This year all of us are doing that to NK Jemisin and Nnedi Okorafor. And they know it's the truth.

The SMOFen SS did them no favors at all.

Anonymous Steve August 24, 2016 5:52 AM  

Earlier, a junior Meduse called Okwu bonded with Binti over what it perceives (I'm following the book's convention in using the neuter pronoun) as a commonality between her plaits and its tentacles, both of which it places in the same category of okuoko. Now, the Meduse make this literal by replacing her hair with actual tentacles

This is brilliant. She shouldn't have called the book "BINTI" though. That's boring.

She should've called it SPACE AFRO 2000.

Blogger Leo Littlebook in Shenzhen August 24, 2016 6:01 AM  

I think African others are uniquely positioned to write a realistic portrayal of first contact, given their interaction with Europeans.

Anonymous Steve August 24, 2016 6:07 AM  

Leo - that's racist. It's much more interesting when they write preposterous Mary Sue characters and include tons of detail about their hair.

Blogger SteelPalm August 24, 2016 6:15 AM  

It was painful reading through the review Vox linked to.

Apparently, many science fiction Social Justice Warrior are writing versions of 1992's "Gayniggers from Outer Space".

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0274518/

Only they're doing so dead seriously, without any of the the jokes and satire.

Blogger Leo Littlebook in Shenzhen August 24, 2016 6:20 AM  

SJW SFFWA have elected to be the genre rather than write it.

"The images also reflect a degradation of their civilization, once the Shoggoths gain independence. As more resources are applied in maintaining order, the etchings become haphazard and primitive."

Blogger Yollo August 24, 2016 6:20 AM  

I don't know if this is off topic or not but this is the latest post about SJWs taking over a sphere that was neither created for them nor is explicitly demarcated to be made for them. So here goes.
I've been a lurker here since whenever A Throne of Bones was published by Marcher Lord. I was so incredibly happy to see a Christian writer had the balls to take on fantasy more mature than what was currently available at the time (even by the same publisher). So I found my way here and have an avid reader since. It was Vox Popoli that led me to China Mieville who has subsequently become my favourite writer. It was VP that led me to Dinesh D'Souza who is now widely read and regularly quoted by my whole family. There's John C. Wright, there's Umberto Eco, to some extent even Murakami, none of whom I would have discovered without this blog. But I never bought into the SJW thing entirely. I watch Dave Rubin's interviews and I side with the Right leaning guests most often. I was and am a huge fan of Milo Yiannopoulos. I knew that most mainstream media in the West definitely had a liberal bias. But I still thought that that stuff would never affect me.

I'm a member of an online writing community. I won't specify which one but it is the most popular of such platforms. I've been a member for a year. One of my stories, a weird fiction novel, has around 58K reads and is featured by their HQ. Another poetry collection is also featured by their team. And so far, I've maintained a decent rapport with most of the other serious writers on the site. This place is famous for it's community discussion forums and being active there is a very easy way to get more exposed and increase your reads. Yesterday, there was a new post on Diversity in Fiction. A lot of writers I knew were participating so I decided to chime in as well. I didn't read back on all the posts (I don't usually) and only said that it did not really matter to me, an Indian who had never set foot in the US, whether the protagonist of a story by a Western author was black or white, unless it had something to do with race. I do not care whether Hermione is black or white or if Spiderman is Hispanic. It makes no difference to me. From an international perspective, the focus should really be on reading more widely. Read Rushdie. Read Murakami. Read writers who aren't from the West instead of trying to meaninglessly add racial qualifier to your pirates and Starship-captains.

I was not prepared for the shitshow coming my way. The more polite among them all responded with something along the lines of "That's cute honey, but we're Americans trying to talk about the lack of representation of lesbian Japanese Americans in modern YA so thank you but fuck you." The rest of them asked what right I had to talk about POCs in fiction. The rest of them ignored me. There was no debate here, which was something I was seeing for the first time on this community. There was just a bunch of people giving each other belly-rubs and back pats, complimenting them on the diversity of their casts, complaining about the misrepresentation of mental illness. Surprise surprise, most of them were mentally ill and very upset about the way they were represented in modern fiction.

Here's the funny thing though. I had around 900 followers. These guys had 20-60, with the exception of one who was a 3K follower superstar. There were no dissenting voices. This one guy who tried to debate someone ended up being kicked out for fetishizing lesbians in his fiction, whatever that means.

I am undecided no longer. I am repentant. I am an agnostic turned believer.

If you've got any room, a puppy has just turned rabid.

Anonymous Anster August 24, 2016 6:25 AM  

> The Khoush are the dominant majority culture, and a fictional one as far as I know. They are described as pale and at least one of them has green eyes. They wear turbans and veils. As a rule they're carelessly privileged and utterly entitled: on several occasions, Khoush men and women touch Binti's hair without permission, condescend to her, and are frequently both intentionally and unintentionally insulting.

Subtle social commentary, that. A for effort. Haven't seen such amazing portrayals of human nature since the Soviet Union SF

Blogger VD August 24, 2016 6:29 AM  

I am undecided no longer. I am repentant. I am an agnostic turned believer. If you've got any room, a puppy has just turned rabid.

Welcome. We're glad to have you. But remember your own doubts the next time you're talking to an SJW-agnostic. For some reason, many, if not most, people cannot believe that SJWs actually exist as they are described. But if anything, I've toned it down. They're actually worse, and more vicious, than they're usually portrayed.

Blogger Gunnar Thalweg August 24, 2016 6:31 AM  

Here is my rule of thumb on affirmative-action awards: No one ever said Michael Jordan won MVPs and championships because he's black. No one ever said Halle Berry got attention for taking her top off because she's black.

Showing my age here: If you have to argue it wasn't for affirmative action, then it was. Otherwise, the achievement (or whatever success factor) would speak for itself.

Blogger Yollo August 24, 2016 6:49 AM  

But if anything, I've toned it down. They're actually worse, and more vicious, than they're usually portrayed.

What's actually surprising is how normal they same when they're not talking about POCs and Social Justice. I've co-written with some of these people. They've always struck me as very serious, dedicated writers and if they want to go out of their way and specify that this side character is gay and that the other one is black, hey, that's their affair. I never realized how close-minded they were to any attempt at discourse. Any dissent whatsoever and their default response is "NA NA I CAN'T HEAR YOU! REPRESENTATION OF GENDER-FLUID SAMOANS IN POSTMODERN FICTION!"

Blogger synp August 24, 2016 7:11 AM  

weka wrote:Wiki is useful sometimes.

Very rarely when it includes gems like this:

It was during this time that Okorafor redefined herself, as her condition prevented her from continuing her previous athletic career, let alone able to excel in it until after recovery.

That's a wiki article by a publicist or by the subject.

Anonymous Avalanche August 24, 2016 7:47 AM  

Just reading that review Vox linked:

"Binti mostly just puts up with all this, but her father expresses violent resentment against the Khoush customers who come to buy his astrolabes, and her mother expresses deep distrust of the prestigious Oomza University, whose human students and faculty are all Khoush. She believes they want Binti, the prodigy, for their own gain: 'You go to that school and you become its slave.'"

OMG -- She's OBAMA!! Haven't (wouldn't! {shudder}) read the "fiction" -- but the review seems to make it clear?

Blogger Chrom August 24, 2016 7:56 AM  

I can't decide which one to not buy more. Is it "AI Can Has Cheeseburger," or "The Brokeback Season?"

Blogger Ann Kellett August 24, 2016 8:24 AM  

If only someone had written a book about SJW's and how to deal with them.

Blogger Nate August 24, 2016 8:28 AM  

The Triumvirate of Retardery: Cat Pictures Please, Binti, and the Fifth Season.

Blogger Matthew August 24, 2016 8:29 AM  

DK_Ilonius wrote:Off-topic: do you still want/need volunteers for proofreading, laying out PDFs, assistant editing, and the like? Sent you an e-mail a few days back.

If you haven't already gotten an email from me, send one to matthew@castaliahouse.com

Anonymous Steve August 24, 2016 8:30 AM  

The Triumvirate of Retardery

I like that phrase. It's window-licking good!

Blogger horsewithnonick August 24, 2016 8:34 AM  

That would require them to take a realistic look at those interactions, now, wouldn't it?

Blogger Mr.MantraMan August 24, 2016 8:38 AM  

The Aristotle of her people

Blogger horsewithnonick August 24, 2016 8:41 AM  

"AI Can Has Cheeseburger"

Pure gold.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan August 24, 2016 8:49 AM  

As for the hair touching, I'm calling pure projection BS.

Anonymous kfg August 24, 2016 10:29 AM  

@Yollo: "That's cute honey, but we're Americans trying to talk about the lack of representation of lesbian Japanese Americans in modern YA so thank you but fuck you."

Diversity; the social state in which everyone is an Ugly American.

Anonymous Credulousity August 24, 2016 10:34 AM  

As for the hair touching, I'm calling pure projection BS.

But that would make the main character a Mary Sue, and surely that can't be true.

Anonymous Wyrd August 24, 2016 10:34 AM  

"As for the hair touching, I'm calling pure projection BS."

Burnin down shit ain’t going to help nothin! Y’all burnin’ down shit we need in our community. Take that shit to the suburbs. Burn that shit down! We need our shit! We need our weaves. I don’t wear it. But we need it.
-Sister of the dindu shot in Milwaukee

Blogger Escoffier August 24, 2016 10:40 AM  

residentMoron wrote:And those uppity Amish are running amok in Queensland, Australia, stabbing an English tourist to death and injuring another.

There is no known motive for the attacker, alleged to have shouted "Allahu ackbar" during the attack. Police are investigating whether or not there is some mental health problem or drug abuse involvement ...

Wouldn't want anyone jumping to conclusions.


Damn your bigotry Resident Moron. The news reports were quite clear that the knife wielding individual was a FRENCHMAN!

A FRENCHMAN Gorramit!

I will await your self denunciation at your earliest convenience sir, good day!

Anonymous JamesD August 24, 2016 10:42 AM  

Just finished CTRL-ALT-REVOLT. Very good book. The plot is very imaginative. I recommend this book.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan August 24, 2016 10:47 AM  

Worldcon as its headline panel next year must make it "White Privilege in society and Scifi/fantasy"

The Above named Aristotle can moderate and enforce good thought upon the proceeding.

If Worldcon does not host a White Privilege panel, "they are racist as fuck" including that "over paid fag cracka" John Scalzi.

Anonymous a_peraspera August 24, 2016 10:56 AM  

Yeah the hair-touching is the latest big "micro-aggression" craze. The story goes that when a black girl gets to college she meets a bunch of white girls who Have Never Seen A Black Person Before! So these girls try to touch her hair because it's so Different.

Apparently this is a Big Deal to Afro-feminists these days. Her next book will be about how the aliens Told Her to Smile! and how oppressed it made her feel.

Anonymous 0007 August 24, 2016 11:14 AM  

For someone with a PhD in English, that silly bint apparently has no idea of the cultural implications of the word "bint" in Arabic.

Blogger bob k. mando August 24, 2016 11:24 AM  

37. a_peraspera August 24, 2016 10:56 AM
Yeah the hair-touching is the latest big "micro-aggression" craze. The story goes that when a black girl gets to college she meets a bunch of white girls who Have Never Seen A Black Person Before! So these girls try to touch her hair because it's so Different.



you're not grasping or comprehending the "projection" part of the analysis.

here's a vignette:
when i was in 1st grade there was a black girl who sat behind me. she loved to play with my hair.

my hair at that time was almost white, i was so blond.

White people, at most, have only a passing curiosity about the nappy hair ( damn, that looks weird ) on a Negroes head.

Black people have a seething resentment AND JEALOUSY of White people's hair. try viewing some of Tommy Sotomayor's videos on weaves and growing up nappy headed.

so, for this Negress to be accusing Whites of constantly touching hair is PROJECTION. it's exactly the same kind of thing that she has watched Black women do her entire life. likely as not, she's done it herself.

Anonymous BGKB August 24, 2016 11:27 AM  

For someone with a PhD in English, that silly bint apparently has no idea of the cultural implications of the word "bint" in Arabic

If she had kids they might be named Latrina ,Placenta, La-a(Ladasha the dash don't be silent), & Shitavious.

white girls who Have Never Seen A Black Person Before! So these girls try to touch her hair because it's so Different

Oddly the only people with diversity in hair & eye color are WHITE, everyone else has brown eyes and black hair.

Blogger bob k. mando August 24, 2016 11:45 AM  

as a further explication upon the projection theme:
there is an entire industry devoted to putting non-nappy hair onto women's heads. almost all of the devotees are ... wait for it ... Black.

show me the equivalent industry in which White women have nappy Black hair woven into THEIR scalps.

it doesn't exist.

there's a reason for that.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificial_hair_integrations#Human_hair

Blogger Were-Puppy August 24, 2016 12:07 PM  

http://sjwlist.com/Nnedi_Okorafor

FYI, this is one of the goons that went after the HPL award

Blogger Were-Puppy August 24, 2016 12:11 PM  

@9 Cataline Sergius

This has to be soul destroying for them because it's impossible for a writer to judge his own work.

What you might think are your very best stories will often get a, "meh," from your readers. And the stuff you think is average gets so much praise you are left whirring in confusion over it.
---

That's a wonderful point. I've found it also true for artist and even musicians.



The SMOFen SS did them no favors at all.
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CHORFen SS

Blogger Were-Puppy August 24, 2016 12:16 PM  

@15 Yollo

I am undecided no longer. I am repentant. I am an agnostic turned believer.

If you've got any room, a puppy has just turned rabid.
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That happens - apparently you triggered a massive virtue signalling festival of stupidity from those SJWs

Blogger Were-Puppy August 24, 2016 12:17 PM  

Woops - I meant to add:

Now, learn how to trigger them like that on purpose, and you will find a new source of happiness and joy :P

Anonymous Jill August 24, 2016 12:45 PM  

"The media doesn't want to talk about "Binti" because it is both a racist African revenge fantasy about white colonialism and a nasty, incoherent piece of work in which African hairstyles serve as a major plot point."
I'm not sure why this would prevent the media from talking about the book. These are talk points commonly found in literary analysis--colonialist critiques and women's hair as identity. Normally, these tropes makes for fine literary reviews or opinion articles in the New York Times and HuffPo. What she is bemoaning is what happens when your work becomes a tool used in a social justice war. Do social justice types really care that much about literature when it comes down to it? No. They care about "social justice." Did the media ever give this much attention to the Hugo awards before it had controversy attached to it? I mean, it's not exactly Oscar level entertainment.

Blogger The Kurgan August 24, 2016 12:51 PM  

Truth

Blogger DSW August 24, 2016 1:11 PM  

If they made it on their own and their stuff is so good, how come no one is buying their books?

Blogger Dave August 24, 2016 1:14 PM  

@JamesD Just finished CTRL-ALT-REVOLT. Very good book. The plot is very imaginative. I recommend this book.

Be sure to give it a vote at the Dragon Awards; it's easy but you have to register by the 28th.

http://awards.dragoncon.org/

Anonymous Bagger Vance August 24, 2016 1:23 PM  

@42--Ahh, thanks for reminding me how much I hate that. It was BlackGate's whining over "the elephant in the room" that soured me on that site.

Can't believe she brags with a pinned tweet "I was the 1st black person to win the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel since its 1975 inception" and thanked them by crying so much they have destroyed the award.

Anonymous andon August 24, 2016 1:29 PM  

white girls who Have Never Seen A Black Person Before! So these girls try to touch her hair because it's so Different

does this actually happen in real life or just some kind of fantasy agenda they're trying to push?

Blogger Yollo August 24, 2016 1:44 PM  

@45 -- Now, learn how to trigger them like that on purpose, and you will find a new source of happiness and joy :P

The reason I stayed so aloof from this whole thing, despite agreeing with it centrally, was that I am not a particularly cruel person. I realize now that one cannot politely asks the money changers to debate commerce in the temple. There's a time for turning the other cheek and there's a time for getting the whips out.

@46 -- Do social justice types really care that much about literature when it comes down to it? No. They care about "social justice."

I was told very frankly that the diversity portrayed in a story is as important, if not more important, than the quality of its prose, structure, description, dialogue and theme. None of these ladies are published yet. And there's a storm coming, that much I've guessed from regularly reading this blog. With self-publishing, small presses, eBooks and Amazon gradually but surely overtaking the major publishing houses, there will come a time when the intrinsic value of a story is the only thing that matters. And there shall be much weeping and gnashing of teeth.

@51 -- does this actually happen in real life or just some kind of fantasy agenda they're trying to push?

I can attest to the reverse happening in India. Little Indian girls love blonde hair. Why wouldn't they? All they see is black hair.

Anonymous andon August 24, 2016 1:45 PM  

39. Blogger bob k. mando August 24, 2016 11:24 AM

White people, at most, have only a passing curiosity about the nappy hair ( damn, that looks weird ) on a Negroes head.


that's what I thought too

Black people have a seething resentment AND JEALOUSY of White people's hair.

I was unaware of this but if true I think their goal with all this nonsense about "white girls want to touch our hair" is to turn it 180 degrees so whites are supposed to be jealous of black's hair

so, for this Negress to be accusing Whites of constantly touching hair is PROJECTION. it's exactly the same kind of thing that she has watched Black women do her entire life. likely as not, she's done it herself.

I think there's an agenda coming from somewhere though - its like a psy-op floated into the general public's consciousness and black women like this just repeat the lie until the upside-down world becomes real

Blogger bob k. mando August 24, 2016 2:04 PM  

Oprah and her crew abuse Chris Rock for pointing out to the world that Black women *hate* their hair.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lG07CebZkWY

Blogger Were-Puppy August 24, 2016 2:08 PM  

@52 Yollo
@45 -- Now, learn how to trigger them like that on purpose, and you will find a new source of happiness and joy :P

The reason I stayed so aloof from this whole thing, despite agreeing with it centrally, was that I am not a particularly cruel person.
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I am similar. Think of it as a tool in your tool box for when the situation requires it.

Blogger Were-Puppy August 24, 2016 2:15 PM  

@53 andon
39. Blogger bob k. mando August 24, 2016 11:24 AM

I think there's an agenda coming from somewhere though - its like a psy-op floated into the general public's consciousness and black women like this just repeat the lie until the upside-down world becomes real
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It's what I call the hive mind.

They somehow all synch up and have the same nonsensical views on things, and can change on a dime. When you see them eating one of their own, it's usually because that one being eaten somehow got disconnected from the hive mind and wasn't synched in with the groupthink.

As to where the hive mind gets its marching orders, I can only speculate.

Blogger bob k. mando August 24, 2016 2:18 PM  

51. andon August 24, 2016 1:29 PM
does this actually happen in real life or just some kind of fantasy agenda they're trying to push?



remember, to the Cultural Marxist, all racial and sexual dymorphism and performance variances are DUE TO ACCULTURATION.

therefore, Black women are jealous of White hair because they absorbed that from the society ... somehow.

therefore,
IF they can push a narrative that White people *should be* desirous of nappy Negro hair
THEN they should be able to induce this societal change.

SJWs always project.

Blogger EscapeVelocity August 24, 2016 2:22 PM  


Social Justice agitprop as literature...

Let's Talk: Systemic Oppression & "The Fifth Season"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqxwhlcsLkU&ab_channel=perpetualpages

Blogger EscapeVelocity August 24, 2016 2:35 PM  

Binti is interesting as it's a expression of Nnedi Okorafor's rage against her European education.

Her own acknowledgement of her culture's inferiority.

That's why they lash out at Europeans, while at the same time clinging to European institutions/assistance.

Blogger EscapeVelocity August 24, 2016 2:42 PM  

Okorafor lives in European lands, but writes nostalgia fiction, about Namibian characters. It's pure Cultural Marxist agitprop.

She would never move to Africa, just like nobody in Black Lives Matter ever would consider such a thing.

Truth is what it is. And raging against it only makes one foolish.

Blogger Yollo August 24, 2016 3:59 PM  

@58 --

I haven't read this book. It sounds very much like it was written explicitly to be a metaphor for...um...mean people putting the little guys down, I guess. The author is not very popular around here, I think.

But I cannot for the life of me understand the point of that video. Miss I-Cannot-Pull-Off-A-Pixie-Cut-And-I-Know-It basically spoiled the entire plot of the novel, going from the backstory and working her way down so that she can let us know that this book is about Systematic Oppression. And that she got it! She's so smart! Give her a belly rub and compliment her on diversity. I don't want to check but I can bet she's got videos on mental illness, sexuality and race.

If you go over to the video, make sure you check out the echo chamber comments section as well.

Anonymous SciVo August 24, 2016 4:05 PM  

bob k. mando wrote:White people, at most, have only a passing curiosity about the nappy hair ( damn, that looks weird ) on a Negroes head.

One of my mom's brothers married a white South African and a "nappy" is a napkin is a diaper. You do the math.

Blogger bob k. mando August 24, 2016 6:32 PM  

62. SciVo August 24, 2016 4:05 PM
You do the math.



sorry.

math is racist.

Blogger Jose August 24, 2016 6:52 PM  

One would expect that people who write/evaluate/edit science fiction would have a modicum of understanding of logical thinking. Alas, apparently no.

There's a standard information theory exercise that trips most people; its simplest version goes like this: "would you rather have an information source that is wrong 40% of the time or 100% of the time?"

(About 1/3 of people choose the wrong answer, 40%.)

Personally, I have a strange way to pick books: I look at the story, consider my experience with the author, read a sample, and maybe look at reviews by people whom I know to be reliable (either way). So these Hugos wouldn't matter to me; I had never noticed them, to be frank.

Except for that information theory exercise. Because, if for… reasons… the Hugos are henceforth always 100% wrong-for-me (which I conclude from the non-awarding Jerry Pournelle), now they matter in two ways: a future Hugo disqualifies a work from consideration; and these alternative slates suggest books that I'll take a look at (not blindly get, but will enter the consideration set).

Great job, Hugos. In the best Gallipoli tradition.

Anonymous Sagramore August 24, 2016 7:36 PM  

@58 And here I thought they were talking about the fifth season of GoT.

Blogger Skyler the Weird August 24, 2016 7:39 PM  

Most people today without a knowledge of the long and storied history of the awards would glance at the winning entries this year and could be forgiven for thinking that the award for the best quality works in Science Fiction were named for Hugo Chavez.

Blogger eharmonica August 24, 2016 11:14 PM  

Excellent post:
http://www.whimsydark.com/blog/2015/5/12/how-not-to-be-a-creeper

Anonymous Mr. Rational August 24, 2016 11:25 PM  

weka wrote:I'd rather listen to Michael Williamson or Eric Flint (both are bastards). They have to write to eat.
I don't know Eric Flint, but Mad Mike is a hoot and has been for the last 20 years.  I wish I'd bought one of his blades years ago (dunno if he's still smithing but I suspect not).

Yollo wrote:I ... only said that it did not really matter to me, an Indian who had never set foot in the US, whether the protagonist of a story by a Western author was black or white, unless it had something to do with race. I do not care whether Hermione is black or white or if Spiderman is Hispanic. It makes no difference to me. From an international perspective, the focus should really be on reading more widely.
In other words, you stepped on the All Lives Matter mine.

This box-checking obsession of the diversinauts can be seen all over (what some dare to call) today's science fiction.  It is easily the thing which annoyed me the most about the first Ender's Game prequel, and that was enough to guarantee that I will not read another.  It destroyed the brand.

I spoke to some Hugo voters on Sunday who simply did not get that they were destroying the Hugo brand.  A Hugo, even a nomination, is supposed to be a recommendation of what is the best in the genre.  They're using it explicitly to try to make certain people feel good (those are the exact words).  That's right, it's all about the feelz.  But given that the tokens know they are tokens and that nobody is going to buy their work because the SJWs think, like the Bible, that it is perfectly suited to the spiritual needs of the less-enlightened (not them), the whole thing is pointless.

Which would be much funnier if it wasn't so damn sad.

Anonymous Spinrad's Agent August 24, 2016 11:36 PM  

Just out of interest, has anyone ever witnessed a more lopsided contest?

The facts: Vox Day and some volunteers have completely short circuited a dominant cultural narrative. What's more, Vox's opponents - despite Vox publishing his plan online ad nauseam - have absolutely no clue what's going on, can think of no effective way to stop him (or fight back), and in what must be the grandest mass delusion since Jim Jones have convinced themselves - despite all evidence - that they are winning.

I've learned as much about human nature from observing Vox Day take on the Hugo Awards, than just about anything else I can think of.

I'm not disrespecting you, Vox, but it's all been so easy.

I honestly can't think of a comparable case where the contest has been so lopsided. I am, however, willing to be educated by others who read this site.

Anonymous Mr. Rational August 25, 2016 7:08 PM  

Yollo wrote:I was told very frankly that the diversity portrayed in a story is as important, if not more important, than the quality of its prose, structure, description, dialogue and theme.
That would explain why it's so lousy.  I damn near barfed on "Earth Unaware" when Johnston went through a list of all the wonderful sexual, ethnic and religious die-versity that I knew damn well had no chance whatsoever of surviving in the hostile environment he put them in, let alone making a living from it.

Blogger Jordan179 August 26, 2016 1:37 AM  

Meanwhile, the affirmative-action recipients declare that they did too get there on merit, despite the fact that even their so-called fans have nothing to say about their work beyond expressing wonder that the dog can walk on its hind legs at all.

Indeed. The "fans" of the SJW diversity authors have no respect for them. They see them as being nothing but minority examples who parrot the Truth of the Moment.

The independent-minded SF writers who happen to be members of the same minority groups are hated by the Haydens, Scalzi and thei lackeys, because they frequently say things the SJW's don't like.

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