Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Interpreting the Gamma

John Scalzi attempts to finesse a tricky social triangle. And he actually does a pretty good job of walking the tightrope, in which he simultaneously:
  1. Insinuates that he is friends with Neil Gaiman.
  2. Implies that he does not approve of Neil Gaiman's heavily-criticized globetrotting excursion in the face of the Scottish lockdown.
  3. Insists that he is not obliged to publicly condemn Neil Gaiman's behavior.
And all without actually staking a position to which he can be held accountable. Comments, of course, are closed. Secret King wins again!

A solid, creditable performance. I give it 8 of 10.

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Blogger exfarmkid May 20, 2020 11:02 AM  

Tis good to see your sense of humor in action.

Blogger Ray - SoCal May 20, 2020 11:09 AM  

One of his goals was not to piss off Amanda F. Palmer or Neil Gaiman, or their fans, especially Amanda's fans...

Blogger Daniel May 20, 2020 11:10 AM  

Well, Chuck Tingle did enslave the two of them to collaborate very heterosexually on The Wise Man's Butt.

Blogger Joe Smith May 20, 2020 11:12 AM  

"And that’s what I have to say about that."

He flounced at the end of his own blog post.

Blogger rikjames.313 May 20, 2020 11:13 AM  

Isn't he Tor's biggest white author? They don't have a PR person that could write something like 'I feel terrible for my friend going through this tough time and hope he and everyone else stay safe?'

Blogger Glen Sprigg May 20, 2020 11:23 AM  

I would read the original post to see what he said, but that would require me to:

1. Care about anything Scalzi thinks or says.
2. Give him a click that he can brag about when he touts being the bestest and most awesomest sci-fi blog.
3. Take away from more important activities like picking up dog crap in the backyard.

Blogger maniacprovost May 20, 2020 11:23 AM  

I don't know how you can read that whole post. I bet you like body horror movies too.

Neil Gaiman is probably the least famous famous person I know. Somewhere between Mattress Mack and Mike Ness.

Blogger Stilicho May 20, 2020 11:27 AM  

4. He has convinced himself that he believes his own BS

Blogger John Rockwell May 20, 2020 11:28 AM  

Tragedy in 2 parts:

1. John Scalzi actually managed to marry a woman of his dreams despite her disgust of him.

2. He actually has children by a woman who is disgusted by him.

It seems Gamma is rewarded more often than not.

Blogger Unknown May 20, 2020 11:28 AM  

This guy says almost the same thing with 10 different bullet points *slaps forehead*
Thank you vox for condensing that mess

Blogger Geir Balderson May 20, 2020 11:28 AM  

So, Scalzi has poked his head out his wife's bunker, under her large expanse of turf, to prattle on about tings he knows nothing about. Secret king indeed!

He is always good for a few chuckles.

Blogger Angela May 20, 2020 11:29 AM  

Secret Kings are masters of manipulative word salad (like so many women I know).

Blogger Emmanuel May 20, 2020 11:32 AM  

An inspirational post, let's look at Scalzi's advice (from the gratest blog in SF, Whatever). And remind it next time we are requested to disavow a wrongthinking colleague.

Blogger DeeJay May 20, 2020 12:00 PM  

Why on earth did this bonehead even feel compelled to publically put in his two cents in the first place? As usual, neither Gaiman's fans, Palmer's supporters nor the Everything Must Stop Because Virus crowd will be satisfied.

Blogger Silly but True May 20, 2020 12:00 PM  

OOC, how many books does he still have to write?

For her part, Amanda Palmer’s notable exploits include aka “Amanda Fucking Palmer,” being a lesbian, and being a practitioner of open noncommittal relationships.

For his part, wtf was Gaiman expecting being married to someone that likes Scalzi’s wife more than he?

Blogger Azimus May 20, 2020 12:01 PM  

Golf clap. With spirit.

Blogger doctrev May 20, 2020 12:08 PM  

John Rockwell wrote:

2. He actually has children by a woman who is disgusted by him.

They say cuckoldry is the triumph of hope over experience.

Anyways, the only thing funnier than Scalzi threading the needle on this is the idea that anyone still cares. Neil Gaiman in particular is as likely to say "I didn't remember who John Scalzi was, much less needed him to defend me shacking up with a cute Glasgow squeeze." The problem with fairweather friends is they have little reason to associate with you, much less shield you when things get bad.

Blogger Doktor Jeep May 20, 2020 12:28 PM  

How to say nothing when you can't.

Blogger Balkan Yankee May 20, 2020 12:35 PM  

The secret king offered us ten reasons why he should have kept his secret thoughts about his secret friends secret.

Secret kings are terrible about keeping secrets.

Blogger James Dixon May 20, 2020 12:42 PM  

Simply telling the truth never occurs to these people, does it?

Blogger Ingot9455 May 20, 2020 12:45 PM  

How many books is he behind on his contract? I lost count.

Blogger TheDividualist May 20, 2020 1:04 PM  

Hi VD,

"And that’s what I have to say about that."

Isn't that a wonderfully ambiguous sentence? Meaning either

"And that's what I must, I am obliged to say about that and I have no obligation to say more."


"And those are the (sayingworthy) thoughts I happen to have in my head right now, I have no more thoughts to share about this."

Best Regards,


Blogger Pseudotsuga May 20, 2020 1:07 PM  

Ah, but how is Scalzi's lawn doing these days, in comparison to Gaiman's lawn?

Blogger VFM Bear May 20, 2020 1:17 PM  

So, either wife could beat up either husband.

And that's what I have to say about that.

Blogger BalancedTryteOperators May 20, 2020 2:37 PM  

Don't wish for justice for others unless you're ready to receive justice for yourself!

I love it when people don't get what they deserve.

Blogger tublecane May 20, 2020 5:15 PM  

@4- That line is reminiscent of Forrest Gump, who was retarded but not the angry sort of retard. Mild-mannered and considerate was he.

Blogger Harris May 20, 2020 7:16 PM  

Well. I don't criticize my friends publicly when they do thing of which I disapprove. But it's kind of odd to write an article about it, isn't it???

Blogger OvergrownHobbit May 21, 2020 1:08 AM  

If someone really is friend or family, or even ally, unless it's unapologetic support: Stay silent.

Most of my life lessons, I had to pick up the hard way.

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( no need to be racist, Ratchets can Karen better than anybody ) May 22, 2020 12:28 AM  

you know, i remember a day when Scalzi pretended to be friendly with Vox.

and then Scalzi decided he needed to issue his own public proclamation excoriating Vox.

and now? now it's none of your business ...

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