Remember back in the 1980s when sci-fi books were fun, varied, and exciting? Then sometime around the end of the Reagan Era they took a hard nose-dive until sometime over the last decade or so when there was little on the shelf save derivative works, political tracts dressed up in space opera drag, and a bunch of weird experimental fiction that didn’t make a lick of sense.
You weren’t the only one to move on from sci-fi. You may have thought that you had grown out of it, but what really happened is that sci-fi shrunk. The major sci-fi publishing houses pushed the genre down the stairs of political re-education, insisting that stories conform to their narrow and stilted worldview. The sales of sci-fi books fell along with the quality, but there’s more to the story.
It turns out that Gamergate isn’t the only solid pushback against the culture warriors seeking to build their own utopia on earth (with themselves as the top stone in the hierarchy, of course. Lesser known fronts include MetalGate and the aforementioned publishing. This past weekend saw a huge victory by the good guys against the left-wing clique that has long dominated the Oscars of sci-fi – the Hugo award.
For a brief primer, good old Breitbart is on the case:
In February, we reported on the “Sad Puppies” campaign, a tongue-in-cheek bid by science fiction & fantasy (SF&F) authors to draw attention to an atmosphere of political intolerance, driven by so-called “social justice warriors,” that is holding the medium back. Spearheaded by authors Larry Correia and Brad R. Torgersen, the campaign sought to break the stranglehold of old cliques by encouraging a more politically diverse group of fans to take part in the annual Hugo Awards.
A week of rumours about the campaign’s success were confirmed this Saturday with the announcement of the final Hugo Awards ballot. Authors and works endorsed by the Sad Puppies nominations slate swept the field, a reflection of just how many new fans the rebel authors have brought into the Hugo process.
Let the Sad Puppies and the MetalHeads and the video gamers serve as an example to those of us Right thinking role-players. There’s no shame in admitting your identity as a conservative. When they attack, attack back. They’ve got just two tactics – shunning and insults – neither of which work against those who don’t care to be a part of their in crowd.
Do what you want. Play the ever loving hell out of Numenera. Refuse to play in the hugbox setting of Blue Rose. Read all the Lovecraft you can get your hands on. Roll your eyes at everyone who suggests storygames are role-playing games. None of these make you a bad person, and those who criticize you for stance aren’t worth the table time.
Remember these words to live by – no gaming is better than liberal gaming.