Nicki on why Scalzi is a bitter, petty dick cheese (and so are Damien Walter and David Barnett)

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Edited to add: some astute readers pointed out that the Guardian drivel was actually written by David Barnett, who actually did manage to write several books, but who is nonetheless in dire need of some butthurt cream, while Damien Walter actually wrote this grumpy little piece, muttering how much the Sad Puppies don’t matter this year. This is what I get for blogging after no sleep. But nonetheless…

If you hadn’t heard, this year’s Hugo Award nominations are out, and the Social Justice Whiner butthurt is EPIC!

First, let’s recap. The Sad Puppies 4 campaign was run by three amazing women writers I am proud to call my friends: Kate Paulk, Sarah Hoyt, and Amanda Green – all bright, talented, creative, driven women writers (even if some morons do claim Sarah is somehow a white, Mormon male).

The Sad Puppies 4 campaign was open, transparent, and completely objective. Even the most ardent of Puppy Kickers had to admit this. And the list this year included some stellar works.

A friend noted the following on social media:

Best Novel: All 5 nominees were in the top 12 recommended by SP4, including 3 of the top 7 recommended by the fans.

Best Novella: All top 4 SP4 recommendations were nominated, and all 5 nominees were in the top 8 slots SP4 compiled.

Best Novellete: Only 3 of the nominees were on the SP4 list (all within the top 6 slots). 19 works were recommended by SP4 overall.

Best Short Story: Only 2 of the nominees were on the list, both within the top 20 listed; 38 works were listed overall.

Best Editor (Long Form): 2 of the 3 recommendees by SP4 made the nominee list. Sadly, politics will almost definitely keep the extremely deserving Toni Weisskopf, who is one of the most influential and successful women in publishing, from being recognized with an award.

Campbell Nominees: All 5 of the works on the shortlist were recommended by SP4, including the top 3 selections agreed upon by the group. 19 total works were recommended overall.

Anyone with half a brain, who had been following the controversy since last year could tell that the Sad Puppies campaign was not only a success once again this year, but it was open and non-political, no matter how much Steve Davidson tried to make it so.

But that’s not good enough. It’s never good enough for whining Social Justice Howler Monkeys. The usual horde of haters have crawled out from under their rocks to claim 1) the Sad Puppies nominated quality works, but the quality works Sad Puppies nominated were nominated despite the Sad Puppies 2) The Sad Puppies don’t matter anyway, and 3) HUGOS WERE HIJACKED BY BAD BAD EVIL RIGHTWINGERS AGAIN THIS YEAR, AND I’M BUTTHURT ABOUT IT!

The first claim came from the cavernous hole of none other than the feminist dick cheese of science fiction, John Scalzi, who first had to remind us that rabid, arrogant howler monkeys “No Awarded” entire categories in last year’s Hugo fiasco – all to keep the “wrong” kinds of writers and editors from getting the award, and then proceeded to talk about how luminaries such as Lois McMaster Bujold, Neil Gaiman, Brandon Sanderson and Stephen King were nominated by the Sad Puppies this year, but the Sad Puppies are dirty scum, whom he hates anyway, and these writers would have gotten nominated without them, because FUCK YOU, PUPPIES.

The second grudgingly mutters how the Puppies don’t matter this year and comes from sci-fi’s most inept “writer,” if he can be called that. The oozing vagina of the Guardian, Damien Walter, who can’t seem to finish a novel, even when the British government gives him money to do so, grumbles how inconsequential the Sad Puppies are and claims that the campaign – despite being run by three women – is nothing more than a “publicity vehicle for a bored, ageing frat boy and his buddies.” 

Well, we all know to whom he refers here, even though the International Lord Of Hate hasn’t been involved with the Sad Puppies or the Hugos this year, but Damien can’t resist a swipe. Larry Correia is the great white whale to Damien’s mentally challenged Ahab. 

He also gives into his statist streak, demanding that Vox Day and his supporters be removed from the voting pool for being WrongFans, as if his inability to finish a novel qualifies him to speak for fandom writ large. How much of an oozing rectal lesion to you have to be to make Vox sympathetic by comparison?

The third – another Guardian writer David Barnett (the Guardian is like the gift that keeps on giving) – spent much bandwidth complaining about those EVIL RIGHTWINGERS having taken over the Hugos again this year. *sniffle*

The Puppies factions will undoubtedly be celebrating their successes on the ballot, but for many people engaged in the science-fiction and fantasy genres this news will not be well-received. The Hugo awards, once the watchword of quality in the SFF world, appear to have been utterly derailed for the second year running.

And there was much butthurt in SJW world.

But at least Barnett made somewhat of an effort not to conflate Rabid Puppies and Sad Puppies this year, which Damien doesn’t bother doing – not really. Grudgingly and somewhat ineptly, as his sniveling screed made no real effort to mention that the Sad Puppies recommendation list was diverse, open, and truly a reflection of the varied tastes of fandom, but rather proceeded to complain about the Rabids.

YOU PUPPIES ARE EVIL, AND THESE AUTHORS WOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED WITHOUT YOU ANYWAY, BUT YOU HAVE RUINED FANDOM! WAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!

It would be amusing if it wasn’t so petty and pathetic.

Here’s what really happened.

The Sad Puppies did exactly what they said they would do: they nominated works they liked transparently, cleanly, without politics playing into it.

Kate, Sarah, and Amanda tallied the votes, and put forth a recommendation list of varied, diverse works readers felt were worthy of a Hugo.

Some authors, afraid to be associated with the “wrong” type of fans gnashed teeth, clutched pearls, and wet themselves.

A good number Sad Puppy recommendations made it on the Hugo nomination list.

Horrified that they didn’t have reason to kick the Puppies around this year, quivering-lipped, arrogant, self-anointed arbiters of all that is good, just, and right in science fiction and fantasy, decided to kick the Puppies anyway. These ass weasels were so desperate for drama they couldn’t wait to create sturm and drang where there was none, and most of us are chuckling at their pathetic efforts to once again denigrate a large group of fans in a vain attempt at relevance.

Grow up, you sad excuses for human beings! No one but a few frothing, deluded acolytes actually takes you seriously. You’re nothing but an object of mockery and ridicule, which is occasionally entertaining, but ultimately just kind of sad – like an overweight, former prom queen at her 20-year high school reunion struggling to regain some semblance of her bubbly popularity.

Go write something worthy of reading, or something.

44 responses

  1. Oh, dear. So if my people are straight, a mixture of all Earth-born races, and as tough as nails, men and women both, with no peculiar self-doubts – oh, now I’m so confused. Storytelling is about telling stories that , not meeting someone else’s ideology.

    When the hell did pseudo-politics become more important than telling a good yarn?

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    1. Crap. That should be ‘telling stories that draw the reader into them’. Sorry. My bad.

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    2. Ooooooohhhhhhh…. when the howler monkeys gained some power.

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      1. Then it’s not storytelling, Nicki. It’s twaddle.

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      1. Wait, WHAT? No gender neutral pronouns in this recipe? DAFUQ?

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        1. Nope, just good, rich ingredients.

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    3. I’ve been saying just that for a long time now, Sara. When did the ‘message’ become more important than telling a good story / the readers’/viewers entertainment?

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      1. At the risk of being hung:

        We have always had stories that had meanings, and some of those can overshadow the story. Remember a chap named Aesop? 1984 and Animal Farm had messages which most of us remember long after we read the books.

        My main objection is when the message is shoe-horned in and/or used to bludgeon me. Seveneves was okay, but very heavy handed in the message department (and it got worse in the last section). Aurora (which didn’t make the cut) was decent, until (again) the last section which was so preachy I almost skipped it. Make the “message” relevant to the story and I may be able to look past the message.

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  2. Those of us on the penile-priveleged side of the gender divide that have actually known the touch of a woman know that the Scalzis and Walters of the world can be taken care of by a good boot scraper.

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    1. Or an antibiotic.

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      1. Twelve molar sulfuric acid works too, if you’re in a situation where you can avoid collateral damage.

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    2. I think Michael Caine puts it best:

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  3. I thought that the Scalzis and Walters of the world WERE good boot scrapers?

    I read this issue last year, and now this year, and it occurs to me that it was just practice for the Oscars. You know, protest awards based not on merit, but on an arbitrary thing that only we SJW’s are smart and caring enough to judge.

    Of course, I have no real stake in this and so, I am probably misreading the entire subject, so I apologize in advance for sticking my nose where it doesn’t belong, but that really never stopped me before, as you know.

    I was just trying to think back to my youth, and there have always been those who would try and run things because they knew better then the peasant class, but I don’t think they did it with the same gusto and Social Engineering agenda that I see today. It may only be that I was too young to recognize it, or the SJW’s might be bolder, but I am pretty sure they have always been around, and that they were mostly working on the local level. At some point they graduated to the big time, on a national stage. Probably about the same time 24 hour cable news channels needed filler.

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  4. The butthurt on Twitter over this is EPIC ….. and delicious. ๐Ÿ˜›

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  5. Ah so the infants are screaming again. oh I may have to try and work up the energy to do a paragraph by paragraph razing like I’ve done before

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  6. Point of correction: The article on the Guardian said it was written by someone named David Barnett, and not Damien Walter (although I am surprised that he hasn’t written something about this). Although, I think a lot of your commentary still holds true.

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    1. Fixed. Was tired when I wrote it.

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    2. Christopher M. Chupik

      It’s a genuine shock that the Guardian piece (which appeared a few hours before the official announcement, hmmm) *wasn’t* written by the Guardian’s Village Idiot.

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      1. I know, right? It’s like Damien and this douche share a brain!

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      2. Patrick Chester

        They’re more of a Village of Idiots rather than a village that has an idiot like Damien in it.

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  7. It’s also interesting to note when Scazi’s and the Guardian’s articles were published… BOTH had to have had advanced notice of who was nominated… Interesting. And TOR only got two nominations.๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. They probably did. Is that unusual, I wonder. I mean don’t journalists get a little advance notice?

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      1. Christopher M. Chupik

        Well, two years ago, Damien was slagging on Larry two weeks before the SP2 announcement. And last year the Usual Suspects were freaking out weeks before the results went public.

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  8. Hey Nicki, that one hyper link links to an article alright. says the writer was David Barnett though

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    1. I fixed. Was tired and confused David and Damien. Same egg – two dumbasses.

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  9. I’d like to know how the two articles today and Captain Butthurt of Angleland’s commentary knew that there was going to be such a SP/RP sweep this year. Someone had access to the data set, it seems.

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  10. I’m sorry, but I seem to have missed the episode that explained why any sentient being would ever care about the fact that Barnett or Scalzi or David Gerrold said something.

    Seriously, I’m at a loss here people. Understand that they move their vocal cords, when they do this it makes a noise… but I”m still not seeing the connection to “anybody giving a rats ass.”

    Could somebody please catch me up?

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    1. Well, for me, they’re just a source of entertainment. The impotent flailing is amusing.

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  12. “The Hugo awards, once the watchword of quality in the SFF world, appear . . . .” Exactly right, ONCE. But not for the last 20 years, during which they descended into political correctness and TruFan gatekeeping that caused much puppy-related sadness. That’s why they had to be derailed again this year. And again next year. And again and again until quality more becomes more important than quota, until story becomes more important than author.

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    1. Nah. not necessarily even worth it next year. depends on what happens with the Dragons this year. If the Dragons take off like….well a dragon with rocket assist then..Doing the puppy thing isn’t really all that needed because The Dragons will overshadow them.

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      1. JATO-dragon.๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. Having had the nickname/callsign Weazel for over 25 years, I am offended by your use of the term “ass weasels”. I feel this is a disparagement of mustelids in general

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    1. LOL! How about swamp rats? Can we do swamp rats?

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    2. We need to ferret out all social injustice and microaggressions.

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    3. But maybe they’re not real weasels, Stacy. You know, like how meercats aren’t real cats?

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      1. And flying squirrels aren’t really squirrels?

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  14. I generally enjoy Scalzi’s fiction, but I don’t give a swamp rat’s ass for his insufferably smug political opinions and SJW posturing. He should stick to fiction writing.

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    1. re Scalzi: He should *try* fiction writing again… To misquote Capote “that’s not writing, it’s typing”.

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  15. […] Nicki on why Scalzi is a bitter, petty dick cheese (and so is Damien Walter) […]

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  16. “the feminist dick cheese of science fiction, John Scalzi”

    Meh. Heinlein was, on his WORST days, several orders of magnitude more of a ‘feminist’ than Scalzi.

    Scalzi is a APOLOGIST for failed femi-nazi fucktardery.

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