I've been following the tempest in the teapot for awhile now - the battle for the Hugo Awards in Science Fiction. I won't go over it; in a nutshell, the genre is pretty much locked up by leftist/liberal/progressive scum. We're talking about the elderly hippies, the young men with bigger boobs than the gals, the homosexuals, and the fat ugly shrews with their hair dyed in all the frooty colours of the rainbow. A few have turned out to be full blown pedos. I won't get into it, as you would expect the whole thing is childish as hell.. but in a nutshell, SF has turned into a refuge for these troubled and unwholesome people. The books they write are basically long, boring, sanctimonious lectures on progressive social justice. Of course, anyone with a triple digit IQ can't read that dreck and the sales have gone into the toilet. I myself gave up on SF way back in the mid-90's. I was turned of by the genetically enhanced faggot in space, or stories featuring lesbian time travellers, or stories that portrayed the women as strong and independent and the men as weaklings. Shit like this wins Hugo awards and today it serves as a red flag for books that a scholarly gentleman is better off to avoid.
A few men and women that resented the stranglehold the SJW's had on SF rose up and tried to do something about it. They wanted to see a few Hugo awards go to people that actually wrote good stories and did good work - and of course...they got their asses kicked.
I like Brad. Never met him but the guy is laid right back, wants everyone to have a say, wants everyone to get a fair shake, and will live and let live. He wants to expand the genre, bring in new readers and writers and make it more fun for the fans - and the queers, the social justice warriors, and the feminist fatties tarred and feathered him for his troubles. He was called a racist (I hear his wife is black), he was insulted, libelled and slandered and all the while he was scrupulously courteous, polite and restrained in return. He now sits among he wreckage of his efforts and wonders what the hell happened and what he did to generate such utter hatred.
Brad is a younger fella so he doesn't understand what happened to him. Most men his age won't. They were indoctrinated since birth that you can't judge people by their looks, that there is no relationship between homosexuality and other self destructive behaviours, that all viewpoints were respectable and should be respected, that everyone is equal and nobody is special, that everyone is special and beautiful in their own way.
And yet, anyone five or ten years older can look at this and see exactly how it happened and why. For in my days growing up in the 60s and 70s...we regarded homosexuals as unhealthy and sexually disturbed people. We loathed the socialist parasite. We avoided the man hating females and laughed at the ditzy feminists. In those days, we had good science fiction, the workplace was productive and healthy and a place you wanted to be, and the SJW types kept their noses out of the affairs of the adults. We discriminated against depravity, indolence, incompetence and other attributes that the SJW's have come to celebrate. I coulda told Brad this was gonna happen years ago. SF didn't get this bad because of a few rotten appes; that whole damned apple cart is rotten from the top down, and guys like Brad are the excpetion in SF - not the rule.
Brad has written off the effort to reclaim the Hugos and I don't blame him. The important thing now is to get back in the game and distance the good from the bad. Reward the good authors: buy their books and recommend them to others. Pop by their blogs and pay them a compliment. Likewise - punish the slobs. I won't buy another book from Tor after one of their trained zippers started calling those that disagreed with her - fascists. (How original). I won't buy a book written by John Scalzi. You wanna dress up in drag and come out for the queers, Johnny? Fine - but to me you are only a dancing monkey and if you don't entertain me, I won't put a coin in your cup. Stephen King spent the last novel I read shitting on gun owners. Fuck him too. It's a free country - those guys can choose their actions and choose their words - but as a customer I have the final say on consequences.
At the end of the day the SJW's are bullies - and I don't like bullies. Drop by Brad's blog, pay your respects, and pick up a copy of Chaplain's War if you get the chance. I am just finishing it and it is classic SF and a pile of fun. If you see a current non-SJW SF book or novel that is worth reading let me know. I am a voracious reader... and pickins have been slim for a long, long time.
Keep yer stick on the ice.