Tamara stumbled onto one person's effort at making sense of science fiction fandom's "Sad Puppies" mutual shoelace-flailing. She mentioned it to me and I had to go have a look.
Since "the Puppy thing" was the proximate cause of the abrupt and steep decline of any interest I had in science fiction fandom, and a corresponding though less intense drop in the amount of writing I was doing in my own fictional universe, I kinda had to start reading it. Maybe I can lay some of my own upset to rest.
While a particular kind of Left/Right divide with each side viewing the other in alarmed horror has existed in fandom since at least the first Worldcon -- and you can barely find a report that isn't filtered through the politics of the person writing it up -- the "Puppy" mess was especially ugly and everyone was expected to choose a side. Despite science fiction already being a literary outcast, and fans especially so, you were expected to love Heinlein and loathe LeGuin, or vice-versa, and so on right down the line.
I have too many books, in too wide an assortment, to start sortin' 'em out by who I think the author might've voted for (and in the case of Heinlein, do I stick his early stuff with the Lefties and the later stuff on the Right? The man worked on Upton Sinclair's EPIC, after all). I'll read most anyone who writes well, without paying a whole lot of attention to their politics unless it gets in the way of the story.
Being told I had to pick a side didn't sit well with me. I dropped friendships and took a couple of big steps back. I have never recovered the momentum I had -- and that's on me; I got discouraged too easily.
If I can get more interested again, maybe it'd be easier to do more writing.
No links; I'm not bringing this monster into my own comments section.
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