Alternate Blog Title: If You Cuck, You Lose (Baen Books Edition)
Much like I discussed with Mike Miller getting removed from Kickstarter a couple of weeks ago, I don’t particularly feel sorry for Baen Books.
I say this as someone who when I was a kid it was my dream to get published there.
But since I’ve become popular, Baen has tried to push themselves away from their Sad Puppies identity, trying their hardest to get back in the good graces with science fiction establishment who soundly shunned them at the Hugo Awards for many years running. Many of their larger authors would rather signal how virtuous they are to those types than actually engage in the culture fight, which is fine, but the idea here isn’t to shun Baen — it’s to serve as a warning to others that no matter how moderate you act, no matter how noble and proper you try to be, they will come for you anyway.
And over innocuous things.
Baen put out an anthology of stories by people named David, a sort of a joke, but because they had so many authors under their umbrella with the name. It was edited by David Boop, a nice guy who suffers from “I’m a moderate must disavow the right winger!” syndrome of which I’ll hope he’ll recover at some point.
The situation was, when this anthology released and Baen started tweeting — they got piled on by the SJW crowd going THIS IS DISCRIMINATORY CUZ DAVID’S ARE CIS WHITE MALESSSSSS.
Oh no. Perish the thought of publishing white males.
One of Baen’s folk tried to explain the situation:
Alas, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. I have returned because a bunch of moblins appeared on this Baen Books post today, mad that we published an anthology composed of writers named David.
Really. That’s what they’re mad about. https://t.co/eguGHPLUZZ
— Sir Christopher Ruocchio (@TheRuocchio) October 17, 2019
It’s a long thread, but tl;dr is “we didn’t mean no harm.”
Of course, responding to the SJWs just gives them validity and makes them hyperventilate harder. That’s why I just mock them rather than try to explain myself in any situation. They’re going to come hard anyway, there’s no point in trying to have a rational dialogue with sub-humans who can’t process rationality.
One author reported to me that Baen has gone so far as to delete tweets about the anthology because they’re getting so much harassment.
This is what happens every time. If you’re not EXPLICITLY SJW, you are their enemy. It doesn’t matter how moderate you pretend to be. It doesn’t matter if you make long-winded facebook posts disavowing me or Vox Day because you’re super triggered about a meme or whatever. It doesn’t matter if you produce good books.
We are in a cultural war. It’s happening. You cannot avoid it and it’s escalating to the point where you cannot even publish your own authors in an anthology as a publisher.
Stop pretending to be moderate and fucking fight the real battles.
This has been a public service announcement.
I don’t pretend to be anything i’m not. I just release great books that say Deus vult. Because there’s only one way, truth, and light, and I’m not ashamed to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ as Lord.
Read Justified now to see what I’m talking about.
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