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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Relax, McRapey

John Scalzi looks back over the last ten years of his literary career and devotes nearly one-third of the article - 31.6 percent - to his critics:
Any discussion of my career over the last decade needs to include the antipathy of me by a certain cadre of right-wing SF writers and fans, a group which overlaps (considerably) with the “Sad/Rabid Puppies” who publicly shat themselves so dramatically during the middle bit of the decade with regard to the Hugo Awards and other aspects of the business and community of SF/F literature. I noticed the first real push of the antipathy after Redshirts won the Hugo, and certain dudes suggested that Redshirts won because I had sucked up to the Social Justice Warriors sufficiently, rather than because, say, it was a popular book riffing off a beloved science fiction franchise in a clever and affectionate way, written by a writer who’d been nominated for Best Novel a few times before.

In the full bloom of the Puppy beclownery there was more of the same, a fair amount of snide discussion of my sexuality and gender, and general allegations that my sales numbers were inflated and/or propped up by bulk purchases by my publisher, which, by the way, was doing terribly and would soon be out of business. My personal favorite bit of this was when there was a long discussion about how my 2014 novel Lock In had been a massive sales failure and that Tor was about to drop me as an author; this discussion was happening simultaneously with me negotiating with Tor for my multi-book, multi-year, multimillion-dollar contract (which included not one but two sequels to Lock In). When the contract was announced, the narrative shifted to how much more I would have made self-publishing, and then later how I’d never really make as much money as the public figure of the contract. Which, well, okay, dudes. In time most of them have left off this nonsense, but there are a few of them still out there on this bullshit — why, I was chucklingly misgendered just this week!

What is it about me that bugged and in some cases still bugs these dudes? If you ask them they will give you all sorts of reasons, but having dealt with this nonsense for a better part of a decade I’ll tell you it’s mostly envy, and frustration about the state of their own careers, which they feel should be better because they write the sort of science fiction they’ve always loved and assume others still love as well. And which I also do, so why the hell do I get the big contracts and they’re (mostly) left to scrape by? There has to be something else involved — thus the secret cabal of SJWs, bulk purchases, also I’m gay and/or trans and thus not a man at all, hur hur hur. Add to this the fact that at least a couple of these dudes legit dislike me for other reasons (most of which boil down to the fact they can’t argue their way out of a paper bag and at one point or another I pointed that out to them in public), and some of them just happen to be bigoted as fuck, and you’ve got a fairly toxic mix of resentment and complete bullshit.

This hasn’t affected my career in any meaningful way — see the summary earlier in the piece — but on a personal level it could be tiresome. I’m guilty of taunting some of these dickheads on occasion, because they deserve the taunting and because I know my successes irritate the shit out of them. But mostly I’m glad it’s largely done and over with, save a few stragglers. I think after a certain point it just became difficult to argue that I was a failure, and that their doing so just accentuated their own relative positions, which they preferred not to do. And also, after a certain point you do just have to get on with your life and write your things. To the extent that some of them are doing that, good for them. Those that aren’t, well. Bless your hearts, dudes.
As always, Ol' Johnny is lying and attempting to retroactively spin the narrative when he thinks no one is going to call him on it. No one was ever saying that he was a failure - quite to the contrary, he is almost certainly science fiction's most financially successful grifter of the last fifty years.

What we said, and still say to this day, and what we can prove, is that he is a serial liar, a fraud, and a literary mediocrity. That's all there ever was to it. And the reason no one even bothers to criticize him any more is because it is obvious to everyone that he is over and done. He can relax now. The hounds, like everyone else, have lost interest in him.

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63 Comments:

Blogger Steve Canyon December 15, 2019 9:02 PM  

Funny that percentage involved the numbers 3, 1, and 6.

Deus Vult.

Blogger Salt December 15, 2019 9:16 PM  

He misses the attention. Squeeeeee

Blogger Jeff December 15, 2019 9:27 PM  

I think he misses Vox.

Blogger SciVo December 15, 2019 9:42 PM  

"included"

Not "includes."

The delusion bubble is strong, but the subconscious knows.

Blogger An Orthodox Christian December 15, 2019 9:53 PM  

I'm just a year in this blog, so only somewhat familiar with this character. More familiar with wall.of.text and secret king. Do we have a winner here?

Blogger Jeff aka Orville December 15, 2019 9:57 PM  

Wait, what... my fifteen minutes of fame is up already?

Blogger Gulo Gulo December 15, 2019 9:59 PM  

"What is it about me that bugged and in some cases still bugs these dudes?"

"What is it they said about me that bugged and in some cases still bugs me about these dudes"?
There......fixed it for you John.

Blogger Cataline Sergius December 15, 2019 10:18 PM  

This hasn’t affected my career in any meaningful way

Well that part is true enough.

He was failing just fine without our help.

Blogger Stilicho December 15, 2019 10:24 PM  

Did he ever deliver the books he was under contract for?

Blogger Felix Bellator December 15, 2019 10:27 PM  

Who is John Scalzi?

Blogger My Shield Is Disgust December 15, 2019 10:32 PM  

Just another gamma wall of text

Blogger engleberg11@ December 15, 2019 10:34 PM  

So when will the as Strategy of Technology come out?

Blogger Dave December 15, 2019 10:35 PM  

Did any news ever come out concerning the "Report of male subject unresponsive" incident earlier this year at the dude's residence?

Blogger Rex Leroy King December 15, 2019 10:39 PM  

Unknown wrote:So when will the Strategy of Technology come out?



No definite place in the schedule right now, but it is on our minds.

Blogger SciVo December 15, 2019 10:44 PM  

An Orthodox Christian wrote:I'm just a year in this blog, so only somewhat familiar with this character.

He's the original gamma. Couldn't leave Vox alone, and ended up defining the type.

And also, John Scalzi is a rapist.

Blogger engleberg11@ December 15, 2019 10:48 PM  

Than
Thanks Rex.

Blogger Lazarus December 15, 2019 10:58 PM  

He has yet to reconcile the revenge of the lawn.

Blogger Doktor Jeep December 15, 2019 11:01 PM  

His article was so gamma I think my T dropped reading it.

Blogger Arthur Isaac December 15, 2019 11:07 PM  

What was that part about his publisher going out of business? Why would that happen with the type of headliner they had in him?

Blogger Lou Antonelli December 15, 2019 11:13 PM  

Listen, John, if I wanted your opinion I'd ask your wife for it.

Blogger Lazarus December 15, 2019 11:22 PM  

Felix Bellator wrote:Who is John Scalzi?

He is the parody version of Sci-Fi best selling author Johan Kalsi who wrote The Corroding Empire

Blogger Unknown December 15, 2019 11:58 PM  

This is the universal correct question.

Blogger J Van Stry December 16, 2019 12:09 AM  

In the last two years I've already earned half of his vaunted ten year contract that he goes on and on about. And I don't have books in the brick & mortar shops, just Amazon. I also don't have an ad agency or publisher hawking for me. I've not won a single literary award.

But I've sold a lot of books. A lot of books.

I'm just not that impressed by his contract.

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( according to the 13th Amendment, Slavery is neither Cruel nor Unusual: MSAGA ) December 16, 2019 12:20 AM  

On May 24, 2015, Tor announced that it had agreed to a $3.4 million deal with Scalzi spanning 10 years and 13 books: 10 adult books and three young adult books ... The first book produced in this contract was the space opera The Collapsing Empire in March 2017


1 - The Collapsing Empire (March 2017
2 - Head On (April 2018
3 - The Consuming Fire (October 2018

and a planned release next year for
4 - The Last Emperox (April 2020



so the PLAN is for McRapey to submit 9 books in the next five years ... even though he's currently writing < 1 per year.

plagiarize faster, Johnny!

i'm expecting the chilluns books to be on the shorter side, so maybe he can turn three of those in the time it would normally take him to write a single novel?

Blogger mrkai113 December 16, 2019 12:21 AM  

This guy writes just like a king gamma. "I think after a certain point it just became difficult to argue that I was a failure, and that their doing so just accentuated their own relative positions, which they preferred not to do."

Blogger Noah B. December 16, 2019 12:51 AM  

wall.txt

At least he didn't offer us blowjobs.

Blogger mrpinks December 16, 2019 12:58 AM  

I feel sick reading anything this muppet writes... pass me a bag please!

Blogger DJ | AMDG December 16, 2019 12:59 AM  

He sure loves talking about how awesome he is without saying he’s awesome. I hate false humility. It’s such a loathsome characteristic.

He mentions “Paolo Bacigalupi, China Mieville, Connie Willis, Jo Walton, Ann Leckie, Cixin Liu, NK Jemisin and Mary Robinette Kowal. Over at the Nebula Awards, you can add Kim Stanley Robinson, Jeff VanderMeer, Naomi Novik and Charlie Jane Anders.” I read a ton of science fiction / fantasy. I love hard science fiction and also what he claims as “approachable” sci-fi. Of his list, I’ve only read Mieville and Liu. I’ve not read a single page of the rest, and likely never will. I have read two of his books. Both were, ok, but neither were from what he calls “the 10s.”

The hubris of this guy is striking. “ These writers and their works could easily stand with the best writers and work of any other decade; every time I think of them as my peer group I get chuffed.”

Oh. I bet he gets chuffed and puffed with fat regularly, and with vigor.

FFS

Blogger sammibandit December 16, 2019 1:13 AM  

In the full bloom of the Puppy beclownery...

Oh, my. You know when you're reading something and you stumble over it and get confused or annoyed because it's so clunky? Wow, does he have an editor?

Blogger Miguel December 16, 2019 1:29 AM  

Obviously I didnt read his words and went straight to Vox's commentary.

Who else?

Blogger doctrev December 16, 2019 2:27 AM  

Has someone told McRapey that it's not even the same game anymore? One of you is expanding aggressively into every field of information, while Big Tech tightens their grip so hard they're choking themselves. VD owns his own publishing company with a lot of quality writers and a streaming service that is profitable- it has to be, just to survive.

And the other one... is a midlist writer at a struggling scifi company? I mean, it's paying work if one can get it, but it's a weird subculture with more than its share of pedophiles, run by bosses being forced to trim the fat. Which means struggling authors and obese white males. In short, they're burning his candle at both ends.

Whatever Vox or Scalzi think about their status in the world, they're observably not even in the same field anymore. Being a middle class writer is nothing to having your own company, being your own boss, and making your own money. The rivalry was serious for a while, funny when Vox was taking laps around Scalzi in 2015-2016, and is now almost completely irrelevant. It's useful as a lesson in gamma. Not much more.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash December 16, 2019 2:59 AM  

Just to clarify, Vox is not the owner of Castalia House and Arkhaven. He is the chief editor, and makes a lot of publishing decisions, but it's not his company.

Blogger JC December 16, 2019 4:03 AM  

The only flaw with the SSH video on the Gamma was that you couldn't prominently feature Scalzi as the greatest living example. I understand that if he'd appeared anywhere he would have got the video pulled from YouTube while pretending it totally didn't offend him in anyway.

It wouldn't be a surprise to see him appear in a social sciences thesis on the subject one day.

Blogger pdwalker December 16, 2019 4:10 AM  

i guess that jar of “0 fucks given” is still empty.

Blogger Jett-shi December 16, 2019 4:18 AM  

Snidely Whiplash wrote:Just to clarify, Vox is not the owner of Castalia House and Arkhaven. He is the chief editor, and makes a lot of publishing decisions, but it's not his company.

Yeah, I am sure Vox's name in on none of the paperwork, that would be foolish and Vox is not that.

Blogger Sillon December 16, 2019 4:22 AM  

An Orthodox Christian wrote:I'm just a year in this blog, so only somewhat familiar with this character. More familiar with wall.of.text and secret king. Do we have a winner here?

He's the king of them all

https://images.app.goo.gl/Do2aY9x8fsdEw2jk7

No more needs to be said to understand the character... oh wait yes this too:

https://images.app.goo.gl/eTneg2P7V2PpKUSVA

But yes the biggest sign is if a wall of text makes your eyes roll to the back of your head and you need to use a spoon to force them back to the front to keep reading.

I believe the eyes roll back in an effort to prevent the brain to die from boredom.

Blogger artensoll December 16, 2019 6:27 AM  

"Puppy beclownery"

Dudes.

Blogger JACIII December 16, 2019 6:32 AM  

"bigoted as fuck" - He writes like a teenage girl.

Blogger Shimshon December 16, 2019 7:03 AM  

@8 "He was failing just fine without our help."

He was failing with style.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan December 16, 2019 7:11 AM  

I skimmed it and I thought he was writing about the fatties who run that world con thing.

Blogger peacefulposter December 16, 2019 8:21 AM  

Scalzi neglected to mention that he tried to deplatform and expel a certain someone from the community.

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( according to the 13th Amendment, Slavery is neither Cruel nor Unusual: MSAGA ) December 16, 2019 8:58 AM  

29. sammibandit December 16, 2019 1:13 AM
Wow, does he have an editor?



on his blog? himself.

Blogger Doomfinger December 16, 2019 9:11 AM  

"...but I do think that it’s accurate to say that a very minor curse of an author who writes consistently and accessibly is that people often assume that what they do is easy to do. The best and really only response to this is, well, okay, try it. Then get back to me about how easy it is to do."
...
"I’m guilty of taunting some of these dickheads on occasion, because they deserve the taunting and because I know my successes irritate the shit out of them."

Remember when Johann Kalsi wrote a better book? As a joke? Then someone got butthurt and wanted it off Amazon?

When they write that history... that will be in there.

Blogger VFM Bear December 16, 2019 9:52 AM  

"I also don't have an ad agency or publisher hawking for me"

Which might explain why I'd never come across your work, until now. About to take a gander at Portals of Infinity.

Blogger Balkan Yankee December 16, 2019 9:57 AM  

"This hasn’t affected my career in any meaningful way . . . but on a personal level it could be tiresome."

Translation: "I got the big Tor contract, and I still get slammed into wall lockers."

Blogger peacefulposter December 16, 2019 10:41 AM  

Remember when Johann Kalsi wrote a better book? As a joke?

Bought it.

Blogger sammibandit December 16, 2019 11:28 AM  

He might benefit from one. That was terrible prose.

Blogger rcocean December 16, 2019 11:38 AM  

I'll give a clift notes version.

1) The only people who dislike JS are bigoted and/or jealous
2) He's been massively successful despite the lying "dickheads" who lie about him.
3) He used to fight with the "dickheads" but now finds it "tiresome", and will do it no more.

Blogger rcocean December 16, 2019 11:40 AM  

one thing i hate about JS, is his inability to write a simple declarative statement. Everything has to "ambiguous" or have some weasel word like "Mostly" "probably". This kind of defensive tic is present in almost all his writing.

Blogger Blume December 16, 2019 11:57 AM  

VFM Bear, it's a good series I highly recommend it. There is a lot of sex mentioned but from what I remember it's mostly off screen.

Blogger Franz Lyonheart December 16, 2019 12:22 PM  

it is obvious to everyone that he is over and done. He can relax now. The hounds, like everyone else, have lost interest in him.

This.

Even I have lost interest in these posts. As I've pointed out repeatedly here, I've read OMW. and was sorely disappointment with any of its sequels. Then I came via Moldbug (I know I know) via Heartiste to this blog here. And stayed.

The McRapey bashing posts had been a staple of this space, but just as Vox, I've lost interest in it. It's amazing how that goes.

Now we have Unauthorised, Castalia, Arkhaven. Godspeed Vox and team!

Blogger Franz Lyonheart December 16, 2019 12:26 PM  

John, if I wanted your opinion I'd ask your wife's boyfriend for it.

Blogger Geir Balderson December 16, 2019 12:30 PM  

Poor Scalzi. He is a demented fool always, at least in his mind, the best darn SF author in the World! And, the funny thing is i had never heard of Johnny until i began to read Vox Popoli. Johnny must be more thankful for this blog by providing him free publicity. Not that i ever actually purchased any of his produce. I would rather read John C. Wright or Vaugh Heppner. Heck, David the Good gives me more composted richness!

So cry on Scalzi, whine on.

Blogger tdcommenter December 16, 2019 12:49 PM  

@44 I've been meaning to check it out myself.

Blogger Balkan Yankee December 16, 2019 1:09 PM  

@49: Scalzi also likes "dudes." Lots and lots of dudes.

Guess that makes him quite the dude rancher.

Blogger Silent Draco December 16, 2019 1:21 PM  

Thanks, Blume. I'll move it up my reading lust, and send more money to authors who write well. Best award possible.

Blogger Dr. J December 16, 2019 2:09 PM  

He writes like a teenage girl.

It's worse than you think. An excerpt from his new series was posted on this very site unedited and unfiltered - a quasi-space rape scene. I wouldn't recommend seeking it out, as it gives far more insight into the great manboob's proclivities than you would want.

If his posturing about the financial success of that series is true, it shows the market for poorly conceived amateur space porn is much greater than expected.

Blogger rcocean December 16, 2019 5:42 PM  

BTW, I enjoy the Scalzi posts, because he is the arch-typical Gamma. He's the poster boy for "Don't grow up and be like this dude". He's the most snarkiest, effeminate, lamest, childish "Man" that I've known. Don't be like him! He's a great object lesson.

Blogger mmaier2112 December 16, 2019 6:43 PM  

Dave wrote:Did any news ever come out concerning the "Report of male subject unresponsive" incident earlier this year at the dude's residence?

Did his orc husband drug-rape someone?

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( according to the 13th Amendment, Slavery is neither Cruel nor Unusual: MSAGA ) December 17, 2019 1:12 AM  

she can bench more than John, she doesn't need drugs to rape him.

more likely, Johnny was squealing too loudly and she got a little over enthusiastic about quieting him down.

sound carries out in farm country, you know?

Blogger Seeingsights December 17, 2019 1:43 PM  

The way the Hugo Awards are going, Scalzi is not going to win a Hugo Award again. There are two strikes against him: he's a male and he's white. I was going to add a third, that he's straight, but I decided to refrain from saying that.

Blogger Troushers December 18, 2019 2:04 AM  

Among their circles effective, blunt language causes hysteria. Words like "beclownery" are the textual equivalent of using jazz hands instead of clapping - a coprophage herd signal.

Blogger Troushers December 18, 2019 3:04 AM  

“Paolo Bacigalupi, China Mieville, Connie Willis, Jo Walton, Ann Leckie, Cixin Liu, NK Jemisin and Mary Robinette Kowal. Over at the Nebula Awards, you can add Kim Stanley Robinson, Jeff VanderMeer, Naomi Novik and Charlie Jane Anders"

Scalzi keeps throwing those bloody chunks to the gator pit, but we all know that, one day, the gators will come to eat him too.

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