Read: Jeannette Ng's Campbell Award acceptance speech, in which she correctly identifies Campbell as a fascist and expresses solidarity with Hong Kong protesters

Sun, 25 Aug 2019 04:29:21 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2019/08/20/needed-saying.html

'Last weekend, Jeanette Ng won the John W Campbell Award for Best New
Writer at the 2019 Hugo Awards at the Dublin Worldcon; Ng's acceptance
speech calls Campbell, one of the field's most influential editors, a
"fascist" and expresses solidarity with the Hong Kong pro-democracy
protesters.'

[...]

'I think she was right -- and seemly -- to make her remarks. There's
plenty of evidence that Campbell's views were odious and deplorable. For
example, Heinlein apologists like to claim (probably correctly) that his
terrible, racist, authoritarian, eugenics-inflected yellow peril novel
Sixth Column was effectively a commission from Campbell (Heinlein
based the novel on one of Campbell's stories). This seems to have been
par for the course for JWC, who liked to micro-manage his writers:
Campbell also leaned hard on Tom Godwin to kill the girl in "Cold
Equations" in order to turn his story into a parable about the
foolishness of women and the role of men in guiding them to accept the
cold, hard facts of life.'

Via Kenny Chaffin.

Cheers,
        *** Xanni ***
--
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net                   Andrew Pam
http://www.xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
http://www.glasswings.com.au/             Partner, Glass Wings
http://www.sericyb.com.au/                Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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