WorldCon goes full CHORF, bans panelist for wrongthink

August 23, 2016 Rob 17

The CHORFs running WorldCon have really outdone themselves this time. I’m not going to get into the whole Sad Puppies/Rabid Puppies/Hugo Awards thing, but suffice it to say that there’s been a long-running controversy in the “scifi community” (I use quotes because it’s really more a clique composed of elitists in the industry and their hangers-on) about the deleterious effect of political correctness on the Hugo Awards and on the quality of science fiction in general. One man who has strong […]

Good? Bad? I’m the guy with the gun.

May 2, 2016 Rob 3

The response to my maiden post on BadNovelist.com was surprisingly strong–and positive. Those of you who don’t follow me on Facebook or Twitter probably don’t really understand what I was talking about or why this is such a big deal to me, so let me give a little background. I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with politics. On one hand, I’m a huge believer in individual freedom. On the other hand, “politics” as we know it is largely […]

John Scalzi: The Neville Chamberlain of Science Fiction

April 27, 2016 Rob 3

Virtue Signaler-in-Chief John Scalzi has urped some treacle onto the pages of the L.A. Times, which can only mean one thing: Hugo Award season is upon us again! As you may know, the Hugo Awards were once the most prestigious award in science fiction. Lately, however, they’ve become something of a dumpster fire thanks to the efforts of certain cliquish, holier-than-thou, obnoxious, reactionary fanatics (also known as CHORFs) who first tried to turn the Hugos into a showcase for boring, politically correct […]

Burning down the house: SJWs wreck the Hugos

August 24, 2015 Rob 41

I’m really supposed to be finishing up a book, but I’ve been putting off doing a post about this whole Sad Puppies/Hugo Awards deal for a while now, and if I don’t do it now, I probably never will. I doubt there are many people waiting for yet another blog post on this issue, but I occasionally get questions from people wondering what this whole kerfuffle is about, so here’s my take. First, a bit of background: The Hugo Awards […]