Dave Creek, whose novella “The Jenregar and the Light” (Analog, Oct. 2014) was part of Brad Torgersen’s original Sad Puppies 3 slate, has posted a public statement on Facebook that he doesn’t want to be associated with Sad Puppies.
The story has already disappeared from Brad Torgersen’s Sad Puppies 3 blog post, with no explanation given.
Creek’s statement said in part:
I have a story on that list. I’m not mentioning the title because my aim here is not to promote myself. I was glad at first for the recognition.
But I wasn’t informed I was being considered for the list, and not told after the fact that I’d been placed on it. I only found out about it when Jason Sanford wrote about it on his blog.
So I looked more closely at the stated motivations behind these particular nominations and the reaction to them in some quarters.
A bit of background — I read SF for that old-fashioned “sensawonda” and write it hoping to evoke that feeling in others. I embrace its positive aspects and I’m generally not interested in fannish feuds or controversies.
But this goes beyond the usual fannish kerfuffle. Larry Correia, on his blog, talks about the list getting “SJWs” (Social Justice Warriors) to have a “giant, public freak out.” He’s referred to people he defines as SJWs as “control freaks” and “thought police.” Their primary sin seems to be promoting diversity among writers, as well as among the characters created in SF stories.
And Vox Day! I thought the name sounded vaguely familiar and when I looked into his background I realized Day (real name Theodore Beale) was the fellow who criticized Nora Jemisin’s Continuum GoH speech back in 2013. Continuum is an annual con held in Melbourne. Jemisin, who is African American, spoke about not feeling safe in either Australia or America. She spoke about the possibility of the creation of a permanent underclass in the United States. These topics and more, I’m sure, came from her sharply-felt experiences in both countries.
And what was Day/Beale’s “reasoned” response? He said he considers Jemisin not “fully civilized,” and in referring to African Americans compared to whites, states, “genetic science presently suggests that we are not equally homo sapiens sapiens.” I’ve never met Larry Correia or Vox Day. I’ve only “met” Brad Torgersen through online and email conversations, and he seems like a reasonable fellow, someone I could get together with sometime and have a beer and enjoy myself with even though we would have political differences. I bought both his short story collections and enjoyed them and I’m looking forward to the release of his first novel. I even approached him to write an introduction this past year for my latest short story collection. We’re both ANALOG authors, and I felt having his name on the cover would be a good move, a selling point. I still feel that way, and I’m proud to have his name there.
But being linked to Larry Correia makes me uncomfortable, and I wouldn’t want to be in the same room with Theodore Beale.
Other Sad Puppies Changes: There have been other additions and subtractions to the list since it was first posted on February 1 with reasons given in some cases but not in others.
- All the entries in the Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) were changed from entire series to individual episodes in series which alone are eligible.
- Jason Rennie’s Sci Phi Journal was dropped from the list for Semiprozine, no explanation given.
- SF Signal was dropped because its editor Jon DeNardo has said he will decline a nomination in 2015.
- Amy Turner Hughes was dropped as a John W. Campbell Award recommendation, no explanation given.
Other additions to the list, besides those in the Dramatic Presentation category, are:
- Short Story — “A Single Samurai” – Steve Diamond – Baen Big Book of Monsters
- Editor (Short Form) — William Schafer (Subterranean Press)