Well, I’d sure hate to be the last blogger on the internet to run in circles, scream and shout because somebody complained about the feminization of science fiction, but it looks like I am. Whoever writes The Spearhead offered this thesis:
Science fiction traditionally is about men doing things, inventing new technologies, exploring new worlds, making new scientific discoveries, terraforming planets, etc. Many men working in the fields of science, engineering, and technology have cited science fiction (such as the original Star Trek) for inspiring them when they were boys to establish careers in these fields.
The current generation of boys will not have this inspiration from science fiction, at least not from science fiction on television and in movies.
Shortly afterwards, Whoever got his comeuppance from Whatever, though in the course of administering a verbal spanking Scalzi refused to link to the offending post and forbade any commenters to do so. As a result, only people who have heard of Google, or know someone who has, have been able to find the post and read it. And merely 28 other bloggers have linked to it. Well, 29 now, I guess.
Seriously, if I had 30,000 readers I’d think twice about rewarding the behavior, too, but whenever someone with such a large audience takes any notice of a miscreant he’s been rewarded. A Scalzi rant without a link — what difference did that make? Any time John fires his elephant gun people naturally want to see the target.
[Thanks to Janice Gelb for the links.]