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Monday, August 07, 2017

John Scalzi withdraws

Mr. John Scalzi has graciously withdrawn his fine work of science fiction, THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE aka SEE, I CAN'T DO ASIMOV EITHER, from consideration for Best Science Fiction novel.
The other day I announced The Collapsing Empire was a finalist for the Dragon Award in the Best Science Fiction novel category, which was neat. Today, I notified the Dragon Award administrators and let them know I was withdrawing The Collapsing Empire from consideration for the award.

The reason is simple: Some other finalists are trying to use the book and me as a prop, to advance a manufactured “us vs. them” vote-pumping narrative based on ideology or whatever. And I just… can’t. I don’t have the interest and I’m on a deadline, and this bullshit is even more stale and stupid now than it was the several other times it was attempted recently, with regard to genre awards.

My plan was to ignore it, but on further reflection (and further evidence that this nonsense was going to continue through the finalist voting period), I decided this was the better course. To the extent this bullshit manufactured narrative is centered on me, well, now it’s not, as far as these awards are concerned. I’m delighted to be able to chop it off at the knees by removing myself from consideration. I wish the progenitors of this narrative luck; now they will have to compete with the other finalists on the basis of the quality of their work instead.
Also, it will spare him the embarrassment of losing. Because, you see, if you don't try, then it doesn't count!

And the Secret King wins again.

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54 Comments:

Anonymous Aphelion August 07, 2017 6:57 PM  

Scalzi says 'Quitters Never Lose' in three paragraphs.

My school taught that Quitters Never Win.

Anonymous deplorable August 07, 2017 6:58 PM  

"And the Secret King wins again."

Zing!

"To advance a manufactured “us vs. them” vote-pumping narrative based on ideology or whatever..."

Yeah, leftards never do that. What a disingenuous idiot.

Blogger Aeoli Pera August 07, 2017 6:59 PM  

And the Secret King wins again.

Sounds like he's tired of all the winning lately. That poor amygdala, I can only imagine.

Anonymous Longtime Lurker August 07, 2017 7:01 PM  

Unexpected! Any insights as to Tor's reaction? They can't be pleased that their star author just bailed out on a major marketing opportunity. It's only the Dragon Awards, fer cry'in out loud!

Blogger RM Chris August 07, 2017 7:04 PM  

I'm sure his husband told him to pull out.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash August 07, 2017 7:06 PM  

I wonder if someone inside Dragoncon leaked the nomination totals to him or Tor.
"Well, Patrick, thanks to your networked SJW recruitment and vote-buying scheme, Scalzi did make the finals, but there's just no way you can buy enough votes to win."

Blogger ((( bob kek mando ))) - ( You are Welcome ... to go back to the hell hole you came from ) August 07, 2017 7:09 PM  

SEE, I CAN'T DO ASIMOV EITHER


oh, the Lulzmanity!

Blogger Kentucky Headhunter August 07, 2017 7:12 PM  

But he was just getting into a groove. A really great groove...

Anonymous deplorable August 07, 2017 7:17 PM  

"To the extent this bullshit manufactured narrative is centered on me..."

Waaaaa his pussy hurts! Imagine if he had to go through what Trump goes through in one day.

Anonymous JJ August 07, 2017 7:25 PM  

"and I just... can't"

What a pussy. If you're a grown man and write like this then just chop your balls off now and mail them to your bullies.

Anonymous Raptor disrespect from behind August 07, 2017 7:27 PM  

Someone "owe's him a BJ."

Blogger JCclimber August 07, 2017 7:29 PM  

Yep, sure he's on a deadline. I'm certain that isn't going to stop him from taking valuable writing time to use twatter to make snide remarks about other candidates.

As far as Tor is concerned, they can still justify putting "Dragon Award Nomination" in their marketing, because they are shameless about bending/stretching the truth and it is technically true. In fact, Tor probably told him to go ahead and withdraw because they knew he wouldn't win. They are certainly aware of his Secret King status, after all.

Guess he'll have to see if the EPH is enough for the Hugo campaign.

Blogger Cail Corishev August 07, 2017 7:31 PM  

"And I just… can’t."

He forgot the "even."

Anonymous Ain August 07, 2017 7:31 PM  

Transparent.

Anonymous Ominous Cowherd August 07, 2017 7:35 PM  

JJ wrote:"and I just... can't"

What a pussy. If you're a grown man and write like this then just chop your balls off now and mail them to your bullies.


His wife ... no, ``wife'' ... already chopped them off and has them in the freezer. It's a small freezer, but that's OK, they don't take up any room at all.

Blogger Jew613 August 07, 2017 7:36 PM  

He is just so long winded. Scalzi, if your reading this next time you pull out of a contest you can't win write: I'm withdrawing to avoid making this contest about politics, thank you for the nomination.

That is all you need to write and you can avoid sounding like a pompous windbag.

Blogger Michael Maier August 07, 2017 7:39 PM  

Kentucky Headhunter wrote:But he was just getting into a groove. A really great groove...

We see what you did there...

Blogger vanderleun August 07, 2017 7:45 PM  

He's pretending to be noble and above the fray on Twitter after announcing this earth snoozering item.

Blogger Salt August 07, 2017 7:45 PM  

To the extent this bullshit manufactured narrative is centered on me

ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME...

Blogger nik August 07, 2017 7:46 PM  

Vox, you talk a lot about this guy.

Blogger Michael Maier August 07, 2017 7:49 PM  

AWCA, nik... get over it.

I USED to feel sorry for Vox picking on Scumzi... then I realized Scumzi literally asks for the abuse.

Anonymous HoosierHillbilly August 07, 2017 7:52 PM  

Flighty fag flounces from foreboding of failure.

"Come, my pretties! Let us retire to the comfort of the fescue and relish our victory."

Blogger mrparabolic August 07, 2017 7:52 PM  

Never ever feel sorry for this sack of shit:

Hey, has Google fired that ignorant sexist shitball yet?

— John Scalzi (@scalzi) August 7, 2017

Blogger Jon Mollison August 07, 2017 7:57 PM  

Funnily enough, Scalzi quit the field rather than compete against a book called, "Secret Kings". Are we not entertained?

Anonymous A Most Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents August 07, 2017 8:01 PM  

@16 Jew613
That is all you need to write and you can avoid sounding like a pompous windbag.

You want to deny him his True Voice? How cruel!

Blogger Snidely Whiplash August 07, 2017 8:09 PM  

Jew613 wrote:That is all you need to write and you can avoid sounding like a pompous windbag.
If Scalzi couldn't sound like a pompous windbag, he'd not be able to write at all.

Anonymous Causal Lurker August 07, 2017 8:13 PM  

Nine of Six, indeed.

Is it good with sauce, precious?

Anonymous Deplorable Winning August 07, 2017 8:17 PM  

Jon Mollison wrote:Funnily enough, Scalzi quit the field rather than compete against a book called, "Secret Kings". Are we not entertained?

Why, yes we are. After all, there can be only one Secret King.

Anonymous Publilius Syrus August 07, 2017 8:25 PM  

He's taking his ball-gag and going home.

Anonymous Minion 0132 August 07, 2017 8:46 PM  

Scalzi writes:

"Some other finalists are trying to use the book and me as a prop, to advance a manufactured 'us vs. them' vote-pumping narrative based on ideology or whatever."

Does he actually have any grounds for this accusation? Without a citation of evidence, the Chinless Wonder is just cowardly slurring the other finalists.

One could carve a better man out of a banana.

Blogger Thucydides August 07, 2017 8:50 PM  

I'm actually astonished a piece of crap like "The Collapsing Empire" even made it past the jury for selection. What that says about the organizers of Dragoncon is a bit worrying, have SJWs infiltrated there as well?

Please say it ain't so....

OpenID frankluke August 07, 2017 9:22 PM  

@31

No jury for the Dragons. As I understand it, it's all fan nominated. If the book shows up on enough nominating ballots, it makes the list. I do not know what that threshold is.

Blogger Cataline Sergius August 07, 2017 9:29 PM  

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Blogger Lazarus August 07, 2017 9:29 PM  

RM Chris wrote:I'm sure his husband told him to pull out.



Props. Terse, cutting, informative.

Blogger Cataline Sergius August 07, 2017 9:32 PM  

@31 Thucydides

The nominees for the Dragons are selected by a completely open ballot.

Unlike Nebulas or the Hugos, you only need an email address to nominate a work.

It would have been surprising if Scalzi hadn't been nominated under those circumstances.

However Scalzi doesn't stand a chance of winning a Dragon.

Unlike the ironically named Worldcon, Dragoncon is huge. Really impressively huge. It actually attracts young people which Worldcon hasn't for thirty years. It has major corporate sponsors and people go there expecting to have fun.

For example:" if you were the toriel cosplayer who gave me a blowjob at dragoncon, PLEASE inbox me. i think you took my wallet. it looks like an NES"

Anonymous Jon Bromfield August 07, 2017 9:36 PM  

Odd that Tor wasn't able to buy The Collapsing Craphouse a NYT Best Seller position, not even for a week. Did they even try, or did they not want to throw good money after bad on Scalzi's stinker?

Blogger J Van Stry August 07, 2017 9:39 PM  

Until he withdrew, I don't think anyone was even bothering to talk about him.

I also agree with what someone else said: This is the second time he withdrew in a row, he should be embargoed from being selected anymore as he obviously doesn't want to be in the running.

Blogger My Dead Gramps August 07, 2017 9:59 PM  

"Turning it into us vs them"

Otherwise known as competition?

Anonymous 5343 Kinds of Deplorable August 07, 2017 10:10 PM  

I'm not sure making him run away and hide isn't actually more fun than beating him outright. I wish we could have tried both for comparison purposes, but this will do fine.

Blogger Jeff Weimer August 07, 2017 10:42 PM  

And, of course; Scalzi closed comments to the post.

Blogger Solaire Of Astora August 07, 2017 11:56 PM  

Dude, Scalzi's twitter is cancer. That guy's brain has got to be swiss cheese.

Blogger DeploraBard August 08, 2017 12:21 AM  

Brave, brave, brave Sir Scalzi

Blogger tublecane August 08, 2017 12:40 AM  

"which was neat"

Little girl tell.

Blogger MendoScot August 08, 2017 1:08 AM  

When I saw him on the list, I immediately assumed that they were trying to pull a puppy to get him through.

It appears that their asteriks puckered.

Blogger Troushers August 08, 2017 2:48 AM  

It's probably a wise decision. Scalzi's "Adventures of an Aristocratic Rapist in Space" was unlikely to attract many votes. He should try writing characters that aren't obsessed with sexual aggression, if possible.

I hear his next book is a fantasy novel about a humble yet talented bard who marries an Orc and raises half-orc children, who secretly harbours rape fantasies, and who then discovers he is heir to a vast kingdom. I think with some editing and solid work it could work out mediocre.

Anonymous Bz August 08, 2017 3:37 AM  

"I’m delighted to be able to chop it off"

Future dreams revealed.

Anonymous Scalzi/Newly Indian, that's hot August 08, 2017 5:02 AM  

VD will never disassociate his disinterest with JS so long as they agree on slashfic.

Blogger Lucas August 08, 2017 6:45 AM  

LOL Scalzi is weak. Thats what happens when boys grow up without a positive male figure.

Blogger Jew613 August 08, 2017 12:09 PM  

Snidely, I think you've summed up scalzi's career and why the pompous windbags at Tor love him so.

Blogger daddynichol August 08, 2017 5:25 PM  

Scalzi gallantly falls on his spork.

Blogger Jevaughn Brown August 10, 2017 3:12 AM  

You can't lose if you don't try. Airtight logic right there.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DG2bktZVwAATees.jpg

Anonymous Minion 0132 August 10, 2017 6:01 PM  

Apparently the manboob thinks he has a chance, or Tor told him The Collapsing Craphouse needs all the publicity it can get. He has "reconsidered" and his Asimov ripoff is back in contention for the Dragon award.

Anonymous Fred of the Kryll August 11, 2017 12:33 AM  

He's done this before with the "Journal Awards." It's a gimmick. He thinks he can get more play and attention by declining than winning. He'd never do it with an award he really coveted.

Even his falseness has grown old and tired.

Anonymous Jon Bromfield August 11, 2017 2:23 PM  

I think he's losing it. He now brags about all the junk food he eats and spends his work days in a bathrobe. All the signs of clinical depression.

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