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There needs to be a new term coined - selfist. A person who decries how society has stopped certain groups from entering their respective field but has done nothing to step aside and provide said denounced groups their position
Yep. And apparently Scalzi comes from a comfy background.
Larry Niven, one of my fave scifi writers, also came from privilege (he wrote in one of his books that he was a trust fund kid due to a relative's oil fortune); however, he's not out there excoriating anyone and everyone who doesn't conform to his views.
I've always disliked Scalzi because he's an a-hole who denigrates everyone with disagrees with him. I also think he's a mediocre at best writer.
Scalzi was a one-hit wonder as an author. I do kind of wonder what somebody like Samuel R. Delany makes of all this--as a gay black man he pissed everybody off for years with his admiration for, and defense of, Robert Heinlein. I'd also be interested in a Barry Malzberg take; never really liked his writing but loved his criticism.
This set of links (I eventually stopped reading because I was nauseous) proves exactly what I thought about the Hugos way back when (c. 1960) they passed up Algys Burgys's "Rogue Moon" because a lot of people didn't like his politics. They are NOT a reliable guide to the best in the genre in any year.
"They are NOT a reliable guide to the best in the genre in any year."
Very true, Steve. I mean, when crap like "Ancillary Justice' and "Redshirts" wins, you know it's not a true indicator of the best in the genre.
And Delany doesn't much- if any crediblity with me, considering that he's a supporter of NAMBLA and said that the Sad Puppies campaign was "racist."
"Scalzi was a one-hit wonder as an author."
I never thought he was anything special. Old Man's War ripped off Starship Troopers, and Redshirts was poorly written Star Trek fanfiction.
"And apparently Scalzi comes from a comfy background."
He does indeed. The high school he attended, the Webb Schools, costs about $51,515 in tuition for boarding students and $36,635 for day students. Not exactly the place an ordinary Joe could afford to attend.
Plus, Scalzi is currently demonizing writer Sarah Hoyt and calling her "stupid" because she mentioned her Mensa card. Ironic, since Scalzi himself likes to throw around his philosophy degree as if it means anything.
It's ironic that many of these liberal loons who complain about "privilege...." come from pretty wealthy backgrounds themselves.