Someone designed this. I have no idea... but in honor of my wordy fisking of Mr Gerrold's butthurt rant... it was sent to me. I can't help but think it would look fantastic on a tshirt. hrmmm..... gives me an idea...
by the by... if you share the RabidPuppie sentiment.... if you... like me... simply do not care... Then post this on your blog. Use it as your avatar... profile pic... anywhere you choose. Do as thou wilt.
Ultimately that's what this is about. We don't care. We don't care about your politics. We don't care about your biology or sexual orientation or fetishes. We don't care what you look like or who you know. We don't care. We don't care how hurt you are. We don't care how mad you are. We don't care if you hate us. We don't care about your threats.
This is an open response to Mr Gerrold's heart felt facebook post. This post represents the Rabid Puppies official position on the matter. Word for Word. Mr Gerrold's words will be in italics. The Rabid Puppies response will be in bold. It is my sincerest hope that this dialog will provide some insight to those who seem so confused by the Rabbid Puppies actions.
I'm going to get very personal and candid here.
We don't care. In 1995, I won a Hugo award for "The Martian Child." The story was
about how much I loved my son. Because so much of the story came from
him, the award was his to share, so he came up on stage with me to hold
it proudly. That award meant a lot to me. It still does. It was a
validation of that thing we say -- writing is easy, sit down at the
keyboard and open a vein. That's where that story came from. And
that's one of the reasons why I hold the Hugos in such high regard --
it was a joyous validation of what for me was not only an ambitious
experiment, but also a personal breakthrough in my own storytelling. It
went someplace I didn't know I could go. It went someplace I didn't know
a science fiction story could go.
We don't care. To me, the Hugo has always
meant excellence, but since then I think it also had to represent the
most ambitious efforts to stretch the genre in whatever direction an
author wants to soar. This is a unique genre. It's the only genre that
asks, "What does it mean to be a human being?" It's the only genre that
reaches for the stars and asks, "What's next? What are the possibilities
in front of us?" It's the only literary form that functions as the
Research and Development Division of the human species. So the Hugo is
special. I'll come back to that in a minute.
We don't care. At that
convention, I was told by someone in the know that I was on the short
list to be a Guest of Honor at a Worldcon. That was nice to hear. The
list gets passed from each convention committee to the next. So for a
few years, I expected the invitation would happen soon. After a few more
years, I stopped expecting. It was okay -- I noticed that those who
were being selected as a Worldcon Guest of Honor were fully deserving --
and some were long overdue. So I never took it personally. After a
while, I just slipped into that nerdvana state of enjoying myself as an
oldfart in the field. I even stepped away from writing for a few years
just to give myself a chance to recharge before coming back, with the
intention of coming back stronger than ever. Just because I wasn't
finished yet. In 2013, I was asked by the Orlando bidding
committee to be their GoH. The committee had some ambitious plans. I
said yes, hoping also to have some time left over for Disney World.
Then, a few weeks later, I was asked by a member of the Spokane
committee. At that time, nobody expected Spokane to win, so I kinda just
shrugged and said, "Yeah, okay." Silly me. But wow. Two invitations the same year! (I never heard from the Helsinki bidding committee.)
I didn't get to LoneStarCon. Texas in August? <shudder> Knowing
my own luck, I expected Helsinki to win the bid and I would get to laugh
at myself and my own hubris. As it happened, the Orlando bid
lost (anti-Disney sentiment?) and the remaining votes put Spokane over
the top. I was surprised. Even a little disappointed at first that I
would miss the trip to Disney or Universal -- but then after I thought
about it, I was quietly pleased that the Spokane bid had won. From a
strictly fannish point of view, it made sense. Spokane is a
quieter city with not a lot of big touristy distractions -- Orlando
would have been competing with the theme parks -- so it was very likely
that the Worldcon would be exactly the kind of con I wanted to attend --
an old-fashioned Worldcon with the emphasis on readers writers and
artists and science fiction in all its marvelous incarnations.
We don't care. Now I've been writing SF professionally since 1967. (That's when the
first check cleared.) So that's almost half a century. And being GoH at a
Worldcon is a lifetime achievement honor. It's an acknowledgment of
excellence -- it's the invitation to stand in the same place as Heinlein
and Pohl and McCaffrey and Sturgeon and Clarke and Willis and Sheckley
and Spinrad and Asimov and Ellison and Silverberg and Zelazny and Bova
and ... and all the others I've admired for so many years. Many of these
are the people who informed my childhood, shaped my adolescence, gave
me dreams and role models, inspiration and ambition. It's the
opportunity to be told, "Yes, your work has been excellent too, and you
have earned the right to stand with these men and women as someone who
has contributed value to our genre."
We don't care. That's how important I hold
the Worldcon invitation. And it's also how much I admire the people who
dedicate themselves for years, preparing a bid, campaigning for their
bid, preparing for the Worldcon, taking care of the Hugo mechanics,
program books, guest accommodations, programming, security, tech (a lot
of tech!), online presence, selling memberships, managing volunteers,
guest wrangling (I'm looking forward to being wrangled), dealers' room,
art show, masquerade, and so much more I'm exhausted just thinking about
it. The Worldcon exists because fans create it fresh every year -- and
it's a challenge of enormous proportions. Anyone who comes to a worldcon
and does not come away impressed with what this community is capable of
is missing the point.
We don't care. To put the great big fat cherry on top of
the whipped cream of being a GoH, I was asked if I would like to host
the Hugo ceremony. You betcha. Hosting is an honor. It says you can be
trusted with a microphone. (I can't, but don't tell the committee that.)
It's the opportunity to be the cheerleader for the evening. "Yay, us!"
I did host a Nebula banquet back in 1976, and I got to be a
Nebula presenter once -- but the only time I ever got near the Hugo
podium was (as mentioned above) in 1995, and then I was too flustered to
think straight. So I was excited and enthusiastic and excited and
enthusiastic. And even excited and enthusiastic. It's an honor and a
privilege to represent the community by hosting the ceremony.
We don't care. I
was asked if I wanted to do this thing alone or if I wanted a co-host.
And as much fun as it would be to own the spotlight -- it's more fun to
have a partner. Tananarive Due is the perfect co-host. Aside from her
being intelligent, funny, accomplished, she's also better-looking than
me. So I won't have to worry about the gravy stain on my shirt, nobody
will be looking in my direction. (Dying young and/or leaving a
good-looking corpse are no longer options on my bucket list.) And all of that is preamble.
We don't care. I am heartsick about what has happened to our Hugo awards this year. It hurts. It's not the party I wanted to attend.
We don't care. I admit it, I'm angry.
We don't care. I'm angry at the slate-mongers. I'm angry at the divisiveness they have
deliberately created. I am angry at the disruption of something that
was supposed to acknowledge excellence in our genre. And I'm angry at
the self-serving weaselly justifications -- easily disproved -- that the
architects of this are hiding behind. Oh, and did I mention that I'm
We don't care.
For the past several months, I have been toiling over an
outline for the Hugo Award Ceremony. I had some really nice stuff
written. I had planned a statistical analysis of the nominations --
can't do that now. I had planned to tease Connie Willis and Mike Resnick
about all their awards and ask them to leave something on the table for
someone else. That joke won't work anymore. I had written some witty
banter about how Tananarive and I, as co-hosts, represent diversity in
the field. A young black woman and an old gay man, we touch all the
bases. Even that joke seems pointless now.
We don't care.
I had asked Connie
Willis to present the Campbell award -- she declined. Because she cannot
pretend that this year's awards are business as usual.
We don't care. In fact, none of us can. And as the host of the award ceremony, I can't either.
We don't care. So, Brad, Larry, Vox -- congratulations. You've spoiled the party. Not just mine, but everyone's. I waited nearly a half century to get here, and when I do get here, there's ashes. It hurts. Not just me. Everyone.
We don't care. And I don't care how you dodge and weasel, how you rend your garments
and play the victim game, how you pretend it's everyone else's fault --
that's bullshit. You've made it impossible to have a Hugo ceremony that
is a joyous celebration of the best in our genre.
We don't care.
figured out how we'll manage the Hugo ceremony yet. I'm still soliciting
advice from the smartest people I know -- people with experience,
regardless of their politics. Right now, mostly what I'm hearing back
is, "I'm so sorry this has happened to you, you deserve better, but I
know you'll figure it out." (Plus a few suggestions on what to do if
this or that or the other happens.)
We don't care. I do have some ideas. (One of
which is, "You won't like me when I'm angry." But you don't like me
already, so why should I give in to anger?)
We don't care. There is another way to go. It's something I learned watching Harlan Ellison. Did I mention he's one of my role models?
We don't care. So I have a choice. I can pretend it's business as usual -- It isn't.
Or, I can recognize that I've been trusted with the microphone for a
reason -- that the committee thinks I know what I'm doing -- and use
that responsibility in a way that serves the Hugos, the Worldcon, and
most of all the generations of fans, thousands and thousands and
thousands, from all over the world, who still respect our traditions and
I've known Greg... Outlaw X... for man... 15 years now? He was a long time reader of Vox's column at WND and like me... the very day Vox started his blog... Greg was there commenting. To say he was Ilk or Dread Ilk doesn't go far enough. He was the oldest of the old school. As LL says... He was OG Dread Ilk. the funny thing is... he would have no idea what OG is and if he googled it... he'd be mortified of the title. Being a redneck gun guy... Greg and I hit it off immediately... and I will go so far as to say that Greg was instrumental in the creation of the gun culture as it exists at that blog... this blog... and countless others around the web.
Die mit Tränen säen, werden mit Freuden ernten
Early on my brother... JACIII and I made contact with Greg outside of the blogs. He and his dad had written an absolutely brilliant ballistics calculator which he shared with us. Outlaw would take no credit for this... but that's his way. He gave all the credit to his dad. Never the less his finger prints were all over it as well. I cannot express how advanced this program was for its time. Sure there are better ones available now... but this was written in the late 80s... and was available in the 90s. We were using it in the early 2000s and it was, at the time, the only ballistics calculator we ever found that predicted our own real world results.
Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras
So many memories from Outlaw over the years... his fascinating views on Catholic Prophesy... which I know most of us never even knew existed were endlessly entertaining. And I won't lie... when he told me Benedict would step down I laughed at him. The kind of men who rise to become Pope don't step down. But sure enough he did step down.Outlaw called it over year before it happened. That did not pass without notice.
Aber des Herrn Wort bleibet in Ewigkeit
And for all his bluster and fuss... and lord he could get riled... Greg had a giant heart of gold. I knew it. Bane knew it. Vox knew it. Most of you knew it. If a friend was wronged he simply couldn't abide it. He would go out of his way to mend it... to make it right. The same guy who offered to fight Vox... would call into radio shows to defend Vox... and honestly guys... Medved's wasn't the only one. My own example came when somehow Bane got the crazy idea that I had insulted his wife. This rankled Outlaw something aweful because he knew I would never do such a thing. We all know how Bane could be... but rather than simply accepting that Greg pestered him... over and over about me. Then finally I remember one night I had read about Johnny's troubles and I had posted a brief prayer for him and put up a link to the paypal account. I've never told anyone but I had been donating to help out with Bane's little boy for a long time... somehow Greg knew and asked Bane to go check and see the donations and see if he could spot a pattern. Not long after that Bane emailed me... thanked me... and while we were not friends like we were in the beginning... we were definitely civil.I still have no idea how Greg knew I was giving. This is the first time I've told anyone as far as I know.
Die Erlöseten des Herrn werden wiederkommen
I guess it was the mid 2000s when Greg and I started regularly communicating outside the blogs. Email mostly but the occasional phone call from Texas was always welcome. I wish I could dredge up all the old stuff he sent... I've got videos of his crazy redneck antics that aren't fit for human eyes... and yet I will cherish them for ever. The man was an absolute riot. Every bit the character in person he was in the digital world. Freude, ewige Freude
When we started the blogtalk radio show... I knew Outlaw would be one of the guys I had to get an interview with... but as always... even when he was in the worst of health... he went far beyond what we hoped for. He made himself a regular contributor on the show and I can honestly say... any episode that had Outlaw involved... was instantly a great success.
Greg. I said it many times... but not enough. I love you. I love you as a friend and as a brother. I live with very few regrets from my time on this wretched rock... but one... is that I never had the privilege of shaking your hand.
I will remedy that one day.
Until then... I am planning to take your lesson to heart. After talking to DrWho for a while I've decided to make a list. There are friends around this world I've never met... and I will not make the same mistake with them. I will shake their hands. And when we do we will raise a glass to you Greg.
This phrase is a matter of theological debate. Its a matter that causes many to wonder if even Jesus Himself didn't lose faith in His darkest of hours. He didn't. We know He didn't... because we know these words are not just a lament... they are a Lament.
My God My God
Why have you forsaken me
Why are you so far away from saving me
so far from my cries of anguish
Read it. Go and read Psalm 22.
Jesus most likely sang those words. It was a song of lament. It was His psalm written hundreds of years before He was born to save us.