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That’s My Reporting

So there’s this great video by QuQu on The Decline of Science Fiction Literature. He pulls together a lot of trends in order to shed light on just what is going on. Readers of this blog will be interested to see that in order to break the back of the reigning narrative he relies on analysis, research, and stories that appeared right here and nowhere else.

It starts at about the 16:40 mark:

Leigh Brackett already showed during an interview back in 1976 that there never really was any pushback against women writing science fiction. She said the only time she got any complaints was early on in her career when her writing wasn’t as good.

This is a point that I hammered in They Really Are Incapable of Getting Leigh Brackett Right.

Continuing on:

And this isn’t some no-named author who only got a couple of stories published. This is Leigh Brackett, one of the co-writers of the best Star Wars film ever made. And no, her early draft of the script was not discarded like many bloggers would have you believe. Her script has been available online for over half a decade now, so anyone can easily compare it with the finished work.

This is something that I explored in-depth in posts like Scenes from Leigh Brackett’s Star Wars Script That Weren’t “Discarded” and Why Critics Get Leigh Brackett Wrong.

And oh, and the real irony is that the feminist reporters that were running with this “discarded script” narrative were relying on lies perpetuated by George Lucas in order to create a cult of personality around himself at the expense of women that contributed to his success. You’d think that would be something that feminists would be concerned about, but the truth in this case is incredibly damaging to their narrative, as QuQu ascertained.

At any rate, if my work here is useful to you, by all means… please cite me as a source. Russell Newquist recently pointed out that this has fallen out of fashion somehow, but I’d like to see it make a comeback.

 

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7 responses to “That’s My Reporting

  1. jlv61560 May 22, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    In the military we used to refer to that as the “Not Invented Here” syndrome — it wasn’t a “good idea,” or a “fact,” or “true” until I said it — regardless of whether or not you said it first…

    • jeffro May 22, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      In the stories there’s always some non-commissioned guy putting in with the “Begging your pardon, sir, I seem to recall…” thing to keep everyone honest.

  2. Th△t Classic Pooka (@TheQuQu) May 22, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Hi! Sorry about that. We added link backs to your posts on Leigh Brackett to the description of the video.
    Thanks for your excellent research!

  3. Oakes Spalding May 23, 2016 at 12:08 am

    Hey, Jeffro, is it still called the “inclusiveness movement”? Or is there now an updated name for it?

    • jeffro May 23, 2016 at 12:23 am

      The people behind this control the narrative, so they don’t really have a movement. They are the default position. It’s anyone that fails to go along with them that gets some sort of name. They claim to be for Diversity– by which they mean uniformity of thought. Similarly, they claim to be for Inclusivity– by which they mean the expulsion from society of anyone that disagrees with them.

      • twilaprice May 23, 2016 at 12:54 pm

        Hmm. I am not sure I agree with that statement, Jeffro. I don’t call myself either a puppy or a non-puppy, simply a long-time reader who cares about the genre. I still say that no one wants to exclude any of the puppies, exactly — it is more as if my cafeteria model was in play. Which says that sf the field is like a cafeteria, which, back in the day, served meat and potatoes and a vegetable. Very tasty, and not to be scorned. But not very adventurous. That’s your standard male protagonist fare. Now, sure, if you knew what nights they served “international” fare, then you’d have beef stroganoff or stuffed peppers or chow mein… But those nights weren’t the everyday fare. They were there, yes, but a lot of people didn’t know about them or didn’t want to be that adventurous. So. Now… Our cafeteria has a lot more steam tables, with sushi and dim sum and real authentic borscht and seafood and all sorts of stuff to fit any palate— even the meat roast, potatoes, and vegetables. So if I as a reader want, I can load up my plate with sushi and egg tarts and a slice of roast beef, all equally tasty, all equally available. No one wants to ban the old standard narrative… They just want it to not be the only option. And I do buy books from Baen and I read MIL sf, including that last one by Mad Mike.
        But I don’t want that to be my only choice. I like reading Seanan McGuire and Ann Leckie and JD Robb. I reread old books. I read new books. BTW, Ada Palmer’s Too Like the Lightning is a really fascinating read. I am not sure if I am happy with it, because it ends on a cliffhanger, but the first half had a lot of fascinating world-building and political shenanigans, and the narrator is , hmm, about as untrustworthy as a cobra in some senses. I can’t say what will happen next, but it should be interesting.

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