Not being a member of the SFWA I hadn’t put much priority on finding out how much of a stain Beale is. “Spacebunny” … Um. For a libertarian he doesn’t have much conception of the idea of a voluntary organization if he is going to respond to cultural and electoral defeat in this kind of childish manner. And voluntary-ness goes both ways. The SFWA has already seceded from poop-smearing numbskulls like Beale; it makes me feel just fine that the other “libertarians” who defend him and throw around TANSTAAFL as a catch-all response find themselves socially on the outs. They are certainly free to add the SFWA to the tattered list of enemies hanging in the breeze out of the liner of their tinfoil hats.
Recently, N. K. Jemisin delivered her Guest of Honour speech at Continuum in Australia. It is an excellent and important speech. In it, she mentions that roughly 10% of the ballots cast in the recent SFWA Presidential election went to a man who is unabashedly racist, misogynistic, and just generally hateful in an astoundingly relentless sort of way. She does this in order to talk about how important it is to not be an enabler of that kind of hatred through one’s silence.
She doesn’t name him in her speech, and more power to her. He has, however, responded to her on his blog, so I will tell you here that his name is Theodore Beale, also known as Vox Day, whom I only encourage you to google if your day is suffering from a surfeit of happiness and sunshine. Here, however, are some relevant screenshots, posted with warnings for…
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