And a Terrible Wordsmith, Too!
November 8, 2015
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I mentioned the other day that science fiction and fantasy fandom of today is divorced its own canon. This was scoffed at in some quarters, but it really is hard to deny it. If there was a shred of doubt left, it’s official now: the World Fantasy Award is now set to abandon its Lovecraft bust.
And do note the precise language of the petition that has helped bring this about. This is not just a matter of a group of people seeking to distance themselves from an author that is increasingly viewed as being “problematic”. This is not just a matter of a group of people wanting to give credit in the field where they believe it’s due. This is people that, in order to justify what they are doing, will even go so far as to declare that H. P. Lovecraft is “a terrible wordsmith”.
That is the lie that gives away just how how wrongheaded these people are. They are completely shameless. Politics and progressive views are now so central to how they assess quality, they can’t even acknowledge that the man they are in the process of unpersoning could write well. The scope of his influence and accomplishments count for nothing with them. It’s not enough for these people to denounce his unfashionable attitudes. They have to go so far as to repudiate his works as well.
This is completely asinine.