I am the Central Scrutinizer. I am here to order you to believe and not commit thought pollution. People no longer read to have their brains challenged. It reminds them too much of going to the gym and lifting something heavier than a plastic Gatorade bottle. People read to bask in confirmation bias. Therefore, SCI-FI that challenges them and that actually makes them think is bad customer service. You certainly cannot allow Science Fiction written about science to win any Hugo Awards.
Larry Correia and his sneaky, disingenuous, “Sad Puppies” Hugo Awards Slate of authors all therefore deserve condign castigation. So calling Correia, Sarah Hoyt and Theodore Beal
And you know what; I hope they throw the book at him.* We can’t write SCI-FI about science. It’s sacrilege against the Faith of Scientism. If Science is no longer about Science, then it only makes logical sense that SCI-FI can’t be either. Dwight David Eisenhower explained what happened to science back in his 1960 farewell address. The science of post-modern America is pretty much a numb, suck-hole truth-vacuum of empty lies because of the following:
Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades. In this revolution, research has become central, it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government…. The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present – and is gravely to be regarded. Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite. (My bolding).
So we let Big Brother now judge what gets to be !SCIENCE! This is done by consensus, not in accordance with anything arbitrary like a bunch of Old White Men’s laws of Physics. And the STEM fields must be inclusive. We encourage underrepresented populations, rather than hiring on potential or merit. Anyone who disagrees, must be brutally punished.
So what happens when some trolladytic upstarts question the noble and worthy consensus? We must castigate them in a two-minute hate! We must have more women! We must have more minorities! We must respect Multicultural Diversity! So therefore evil White Male Oppressor Classists like Sarah Hoyt and Vajna Rajnar must not be allowed to be nominated for Hugo Awards. We must preserve our ideological hygeine by burning their books before the children read them.**
The Hugo Awards have fallen victim to a campaign in which misogynist groups lobbied to nominate only white males for the science fiction book awards. These groups, Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies (both of which are affiliated with last year’s GamerGate scandal), urged sci-fi fans to become members of the Hugo Awards’ voting body, World Science Fiction Convention, in order to cast votes against female writers and writers of color.
So this, not the fictional creation of narratives based upon scientific or technological ideas, must be what science fiction literature is about. Because after all, science no longer exists to produce knowledge, technology or to enhance our ability to live well and fully. Science exists to support liberal narratives, wage wars against silly religious faith, and provide lots of grant money to favored political interest groups and corporations.
Sci-fi must therefore truly reflect what science in America has devolved into. Therefore sci-fi must come down off of its high horse and comply. Everything previously noble and beautiful must come down off its high horse and comply. Anyone who achieves makes the rest of us feel unequal. Thus it was totally valid and important for social progress that Saul of Tarsus to hold the cloaks of those who stoned St. Stephen the Martyr.
We must all hate the beautiful things if they make any of us feel ugly. So it’s perfectly ok to call Sarah Hoyt misogynist if she won’t vote for the Wymen’s Slate. We must call people of color racists if they don’t vote for the Rainbow Slate. Science and sci-fi both are now about meme generation. Meme generation, not intellectual inquiry is the new purpose of science. We must thrash Larry Correia and all those of his foolish and old-fashioned ilk if they don’t get with the program. It’s b___-s___ that makes the corn grow green.
*-Besides, if its written by Asimov or Frank Howard, the typical Liberal College Graduate of the 2010s is too mentally lazy to read it, so they might as well put it to some use.
**-Ray Bradbury upchucks in his grave.