|John C. Wright|
As I mentioned last week, a comment at File 770 called me "The next John C. Wright." Which, frankly, I'll take becoming the next bestsellling Catholic SFF writer, compared to golden age sci-fi.
But I'm relatively certain that they didn't mean it as a compliment.
And then, things got stranger.
For example, I was going through the Twitter Stream for @SadRbtPuppies, and got Cat Valente versus Charlie Martin.
It started with this.
It devolved from there.For the record, I was not asked and I do not consent to be on the Sad Puppies List. I am furious.— Catherynne Valente (@catvalente) March 18, 2016
I saw this at ... I want to say midnight, on Saturday ... and it went on and on, and round and round. I'm sure you can find the thread. But it basically boiled down to "I hate the Sad Puppies, but people at the SP4 page liked my work. THEY MUST BE UP TO SOMETHING!!!! Are you suggesting that people just liked my work? YOU'RE ATTACKING ME!!!!!"
Can't make this stuff up. She actually demanded that she be consulted ... about people liking her books in public. "Oh wait," she backtracks, "I don't mind it in public, but just not there." Uh huh.
Valente finally admits to being on another list, Locus, but demands that people acknowledge THE CONTEXT. While she doesn't outright say "Vox Day," you get the impression that she's seeing something flicker in the shadows, behind Sad Puppies, and it Must Be VVVOOOOXXXXX.
The problem is, I spent a year listening to how the Puppies are Master Strategists. You can’t blame me for doing a Perception Roll and looking for traps. And that is my fear. That, with apologies to Admiral Akbar, it’s a trap.
Though at the end, Valente does seem to have calmed down. She's taken a deep breath and says
Right now, it doesn’t look like a slate. Right now, it looks like a list complied by people with extremely wide-ranging tastes and interests. Right now, I’m inclined to try to mend fences across fandom in whatever little way I can by giving them the benefit of the doubt that this is all in good faith–because I want to be given the benefit of the doubt that I act in good faith.How ... gracious?
That statement still looks a little off if you've been paying attention, but I don't know where she's getting her data from ... oh, wait, it's File 770. Nevermind.
And now, Martin, Valente and I seem to be coming together to beat up on Autocorrect. So ... yeah, social media is strange.
Also, Valente hangs out with Arthur Chu. Who? This guy
Yeah, I really dislike that man. It's no wonder she's probably getting incorrect data.
Though I'm told I may be too forgiving.
And then there's Damien Walter, threatening to sue Kat Paulk. Why? Because fans of some Puppy-Kicking authors dared to go to Sad Puppies4.org, and say that they liked work done by the Puppy Kickers.
Look at this.
Hey, Damien, you know it's not illegal for fans to praise writers they like in a public forum, right? Kate didn't put people on the recommendation list -- FANS DID. She just counted the numbers and posted them up.Kate Paulk better have deep pockets, strong case for damages for the writers included in SP4 without permission. https://t.co/mMkHpmzh3F— Damien Walter (@damiengwalter) March 18, 2016
I'm going to love to see that lawsuit -- "Your Honor, they said nice things about me! Make them stop!"
The only thing that would be evidence is if there was some visible way of proving that being supported by SP4 would have a negative impact on the people being on the list.
Gee, I wonder if they expect blowback from their fellow leftists. Perhaps.
But, honestly? This is all a few blivets of crazy going on here.
Damien, though? Oh, this schmuck doubled down so hard, it hurts.
1) The "3rd-rate demagogues" ... like who? Larry? Brad? They ran away? Since when? They may not be in charge anymore, but they have other things to do. Like writing books. Or serving in the military. Or making more money than you do, Damien.
2) "Rabble of dimwits" ... so Kate Paulk, Amanda Green and Sarah Hoyt are idiots? Nice going on the sexist, misogynistic comments. We might as well add racist, because Sarah's Portuguese. Good going, you British slime. And you seem to hate EVERY SINGLE FAN of Scalzi ... and Valente ... and Ann Leckie, and someone as non-political as Jim Butcher.
3) No one is sucking up to you, or anyone else. Kate already stated her intentions openly and publicly. It's not our fault if you're incapable of reading. And oh, yeah, I'd love to get a full and detailed description of what you think are "good." I'm guessing you're not going to count Jim Butcher, but may count Anne Leckie.
4) "Last year ended Wright's pro writing career?" Not a statement you want to make TWO DAYS AFTER HE JUST PUBLISHED A BOOK. If you only mean Tor, well, say Tor. Because that's going to end well. How's that boycott coming, anyway?
The level of stupid maybe be getting to me. The Puppy Kickers -- like Damien -- seem to be going full on insane. They've apparently decided that they can just spew insults, and it's reality. Wright will never be a pro writer again because they hate him, and anyone they hate must be blackballed. Brad and Larry are demagogues, because Damien said so -- and they "ran away" because Brad and Larry didn't want to play with this crap anymore.
Then again, these ARE the same people that insist that Brad ran away to the Middle East, because being shot at was preferable to standing up to the great and powerful Puppy Kickers. Yes, there are some idiots who've actually stated this, online. In public.
See what I mean about the stupid? It burns a LOT.
Damien doesn't even seem to consider that, had more of his friends came to play at the SP4 site, they could have taken over the list entirely. But that would have meant engaging with people who disagree with him.
Yes, because actually talking with people who disagree with him might fracture Damien's delicate hold on his reality. Besides, he wouldn't want to be sullied with talking with the subhumans, now would he?.@Sinapus Let me make this clear then. I don't want messages from you or any Sad Puppies. Go away, don't message me again.— Damien Walter (@damiengwalter) March 19, 2016
It makes you wonder who the heck are supposed to be the rabid ones here. Because I have to be honest, the level of paranoia that you have to induce in order to turn "Fans like my work" into "IT'S A TRAP" does not say good things about the bubble they're living in. And Damien's BS is so thick, he could fertilize acres every time he opens his mouth. His level of schizoid makes me wonder how he could tie his shoes. It's obvious he has delusions of adequacy.
And of course, SP4 states that it is the exact same thing as Locus Magazine's recommended list for the Hugos. The only difference? Locus seems to be in Tor's back pocket, while actual fans out in the real world are voting for Sad Puppies.
Then there's an amazing idiot who shall not be named, stating, "There’s still a political agenda behind the ‘not-a-slate’ list. There’s still a good possibility that what is public is not what’s going on in private."
Dear Puppy Kickers: delusions and paranoia are not healthy. Please see a doctor. If you believe that this is important enough to start at shadows and lash out like epileptics every time a light flickers, Vox may not be the most rabid puppy in the room. Sometimes, a recommendation is just a recommendation.