I actually get part of where George R. R. Martin is coming from. He is determined to pretend WorldCon still is, what it once was.
are very bad people for showing him, his fantasy is in fact a fantasy. That
today Larry Niven, Roger Zelazny and Robert Heinlein would be utterly
shunned, when they weren't being constantly harassed.
Larry Correia made
him face this. And Martin can't face it at all. He needs to dismiss
Larry's opinion as being the product of a bigoted mind. So he is
demanding Larry publicly disavow Vox Day before addressing Larry's editorial
points. If Larry doesn't disown Vox, then Martin can safely dismiss all of
Larry's talking points because he is clearly a Hitler apologist. It will
allow him to condemn Larry, while avoiding confronting him.
A small bit of personal history.
I was first involved with SCA in the mid 1980s. It was one big family,
everybody pitched in to help. Lots of work hard, play harder fun.
There were however a few problems on the horizon that didn't look problems at
Primarily in the kingdom I was involved with, it was a
female administrative officer that had turned into a queen bee. But I
figured she'd go too far and someone would replace her sooner or later.
She was already way too pushy and it was causing some major problems
with the outer territories. But not to worry I figured, the organization as
whole looked healthy. Strong presence on college campus, young members
I then left the SCA completely alone for twenty years. While I went and had a life.
I came back for a visit, I discovered that the Queen Bee was now an
ancient unquestioned God-Empress before whom all the kings ritually
prostrated themselves. All the outer territories had broken themselves
off and sworn eternal hatred for their mother kingdom and that was in just
The SCA as a whole is now an extreme feminist
stronghold. There are same sex thrones all through out this medieval
reenactment society. There is zero presence on college campuses, and
the typical entry age is forty. By every metric it is a dying
organization that is absolutely determined to resist any changes that
might save it.
And here is big point of similarity. It is utterly dominated by women past their childbearing years.
point that was driven home to me last week when I was talking to couple
of WorldCon types and they swore that Paladin of Souls was Lois
McMaster Bujold's greatest book of all time bar none. They were
totally, passionately serious.
I'm not saying women ruin everything. But old Feminists damn well do.