It happened on the hate website, File 770 this weekend. Former Hugo Award Administrator John Lorentz stated “the rules were changed with the specific intention of making it harder for ‘those people’ to be on the ballot. That’s political.”
This marks one of the first times we’ve seen a person who’s been associated with the Hugo Awards/Worldcon admit political discrimination against conservative/libertarian authors. Even he understands this is a dangerous game for the SJWs in fandom depersoning conservatives and libertarians by use of his scare quotes on “those people.”
For those who aren’t familiar with the situation, a group of such authors made awards recommendations for 2013-2016. Those authors were wildly successful in their achieving nominations and had the stated intention of making their slates because recent nominees/winners had been riddled with toxic identity politics, and not actually the stories most people in fandom loved. The in-crowd at worldcon was so riddled with identity politics for their extreme left causes that they nearly rioted in 2015, ensuring no one received awards rather than their chosen.
This group has become so insular in their identity politics game that they’ve ostracized half the country intentionally. They banned known conservative blogger Dave Truesdale for his commentary at a panel he was speaking on when he warned political correctness was killing the industry, and they most famously pre-banned your favorite humble Hispanic author/journalist (me) in an effort to drive a further political wedge into who is welcome at the convention.
Worldcon also released their panel line up for this year’s convention over the weekend. The line up is riddled with extreme left identity politics on a level I’ve never seen at a convention before, sapping all of the fun out of the convention, and making it worthless for professional writers who are intending on learning the craft or furthering business. Even authors like John Scalzi, known harasser of conservative authors, is scratching his head at how the panels were chosen, posting to twitter in confusion.
The most ironic piece of this thought, is Worldcon has a panel dedicated to Geek Identity, Policing, and Gatekeeping. The panel is billed as a “how do we put a stop to tribal behaviors”, but the panelists chosen is solely comprised of angry extreme alt-left internet trolls who comment on File 770. Oh to be able to be in that room and hear what they have to say on the matter! Of course… I was gatekept out by them and their friends.
The political problems in establishment fandom is absolutely staggering. One thing is clear: it’s probably not safe for a known conservative to even be at Worldcon 2018. If you’re one privatley, bring a friend, never be alone, and be careful who you talk to because they might accuse you of harassment for saying “hi.”
Despite Worldcon’s attempt to Gatekeep me out of the industry because of my political commentary, my novella Knight Training was a #1 Amazon Bestseller last week. Readers don’t care, and they’re flocking to fun people who write fun stories. Which is the real reason these folk are doing everything in their power to deplatform and hold our movement down. You can read Knight Training here. Every sale and every review makes an SJW gatekeeper cry.