Special congratulations to Larry Correia and Brad Torgersen for their awards (list below). Larry and Brad were charter members of the Sad Puppy movement and took an enormous amount of abuse from the sad pathetic people who game the Hugo Awards every year. But based on the fate of Campbell Award this year I’m assuming it won’t be the Hugos for much longer but instead the Noras or the Samuels or some other first name of an author who didn’t have the bad manners to be born a straight white man.
Larry championed the DragonCon’s fan popularity based Dragon Awards contest and it has since displaced the Hugos for all normal humans. I’m a big fan of Larry’s Monster Hunter series because they’re great fun and because I’m hoping that Adam Baldwin will get the chance to play Agent Franks in the big screen version of the stories. That would be awesome.
Larry is the author of some very fun urban and high fantasy (e. g., the Monster Hunter books) and the man who originated the Sad Puppy insurgency. Because of the latter, the whole science fiction SJW troop hates him with a burning passion. So every now and then they erupt in a spasm of spite. So they’ve been messing with his Facebook page by reporting imaginary violations. Larry, being the imaginative type came up with a game to mock this harassment and, of course, was banned again for the imaginary stuff too. It’s kind of complicated but if you’ve following the Sad Puppy saga for as long as I have you might get a chuckle.
“Long live Krasnovia!
Banned Again. Facebook Gets Even Dumber, Part III: The Saga Continues
Larry Correia has successfully built up the Monster Hunter brand to the point where other authors like John Ringo and Sarah Hoyt have now penned volumes of the series. I have not previously read any of these non-Correia additions to the MHI world but I wasn’t worried about continuity problems when I picked up the Monster Hunter Files short story collection. After all, when you let other authors share in your fictional world you are assuming that their writing style will be different and that they will be interested in different aspects of that world or at least emphasize things differently.
And this is definitely the case for the authors and stories in this collection. In some cases, authors with established characters are embedding these known quantities into the MHI world. When that happens the fans of that author will be the ones who can best judge if the character was faithfully transplanted into the MHI universe. But Larry’s fans are the ones who will decide if the fit is successful. There are seventeen stories in the collection with writers as well-known as Jim Butcher, John Wright, John Ringo and Jonathan Maberry. And there are authors that are less well known. But the success of the stories also depends on whether the author’s take on the material fits well with the MHI style. And finally, the individual reader will provide the most important component of what is a good or bad story, namely his individual tastes.
And indeed, that is the case for me. Regardless of the skill of the author or even my taste for that author’s work, the primary consideration is whether the story is entertaining. And that will be a continuum. Some stories are enjoyable on several levels and can be easily identified as the stand outs. Others may be okay and don’t rate top billing. And some just plain don’t work for me. Relevant to that is the interesting situation that the one Larry Correia story is not actually my favorite story in the collection. I have to assume it’s not because the other stories are more genuinely MHI than his. That would be hard to argue. It’s just because they happen to be better stories by my criteria. And this is the beauty of the multi-author anthology. You discover new authors whose work you find you like. My personal favorites:
1) “The Manticore Sanction” by John C. Wright
2) “The Gift” by Steve Diamond
Plenty of the other stories are good and were enjoyed but these two were the best for my tastes.
I would say the story collection is a success. In fact, I see no reason why additional volumes couldn’t be published. One idea that I think would be interesting is a volume of stories entirely from the point of view of the monsters. This is actually sort of the case in the story “Huffman Strikes Back” by Bryan Thomas Schmidt and Julie Frost. The stories in such a volume would have to be handled carefully to make it interesting but it would be a departure and provides totally different points of view on the familiar characters and situations from the conventional monster hunting narratives. After all there are a number of important monsters including some of the Shacklefords. Highlighting their points of view in the stories would be entertaining and could provide insights that can’t be easily obtained from the conventional perspective.
For fans of Larry Correia, Wendell T. Manatee is running for the Senate under the Libertarian Space Cowboy Revolution Party. Larry interviews Wendell, shamelessly hawks his manatee campaign bumper stickers and manages to make a number of good points in the proceedings.
Hoon for America. Manatee Party Stickers Available Now
Dragon Award for Best Alternate History Novel went to “Uncharted” by Kevin J. Anderson, KJA and Sarah A. Hoyt.
As one of the Sad Puppies, Sarah sacrificed a great deal of her status and probably a good chunk of her friends in science fiction circles along with some significant measure of her peace of mind by bucking the CHORFs of the science fiction SJWs. Thanks to the Sad Puppies a goodly number of people were reintroduced to readable science fiction long after they believed it had all been reduced to boring unreadable marxist, intersectionalist, message fiction, drivel. Thanks to the Puppies and especially Larry Correia the Dragon Awards were founded and have provided a sane alternative to the self-parody that the Hugo Awards have devolved into. Requiescat in pace.
So good for them and if you are looking for good stuff to read check to see who was nominated for the Dragons http://awards.dragoncon.org/2018-ballot/ . But for pity’s sake don’t even glance at the list of Hugo nominees. No man can hope to look into the gorgon’s face and survive!
How can you blame him for taking the victory lap and congratulating his minions on a job well done?
Maybe next year the winning book will be a time travel adventure where a brave trans-gendered woman goes back in time and warns Hillary not to set up the server in her bathroom and also stops John Podesta from using the password “password” on the DNC e-mail system. And then she wins the Miss America pageant, marries George Clooney and cures breast cancer but not prostate cancer. Grand Slam!
Larry Correia comments on WorldCon’s descent into virtue signaling madness. And one of his commenters linked to a blogpost that detailed the depths of intersectionality based idiocy that has the pink sci-fi whackos madder than a hornet’s nest. If you don’t have the patience to read this boobosity I’ll just summarize by saying that the genocidal crime in question was someone on the WorldCon committee referring to one of the participants using the pronouns he and him instead of E and em. You can’t make this stuff up!
Personally, I think this is great. They have completed the transformation of the Hugos into the LGBTQ Outrage Awards. No further interference in its trajectory is needed or possible. This should bring retail sales of Hugo winners’ books into single digits within the current decade. It’s quite an accomplishment.
Requiescat in pace.
Larry Correia’s story has shown up on American Greatness today. If you’ve already read his version then there’s nothing new here, but good to see it’s getting around on the blogs.
Vox had a couple of posts up about this but I figured it would be useful to have Larry’s first hand version. It does highlight what Vox says about SJWs using any means possible to destroy those who resist their demands. Larry truly is a moderate guy and the charges used to attack him are laughably untrue. And he is successful enough that this is more of an insult than an injury but it shows how they can destroy less successful people working anywhere near an SJW area of influence. A cautionary tale.
Statement Concerning My Being Disinvited as the Guest of Honor for Origins Game Fair