One of the complaints that have been leveled at the big publishers is that they have an ideologically motivated liberal bias. The Establishment, of course, protests that this is not true, and that those opposing them are just big old meanies. But this old news; it’s the basis of the Sad Puppies and the Great Hugo Kerfuffle. Anyways, Larry Correia shared an interesting article on Facebook today, “Banned by the Publisher.” In it, the author, one Nick Cole, discusses his attempts to find a nuanced villain for a book and how that got him axed by HarperVoyager.
I’ve argued that the current state of the scifi field is the result of the modern “culture of death” that stems from a rejection of Biblical principles. Humans must be meat machines, an aberrant part of nature, because to admit that human beings are special is to admit that there is something that sets us apart from the rest of nature. The chain of logic, ultimately, leads back to a place where human beings might have to be held accountable for their behavior, and We Cannot Have That. The progressive agenda is entirely in service to that idea, and cannot tolerate any form of dissent. What Mr. Cole found here is just how all-consuming that service must be: in a world in which abortion is sacred, even the villains of a book may not question how sacred it is. Unless, of course, the villain were some white southern baptist preacher who or a celibate priest who oppresses women and molests little children. Or something like that.
This is why superversive fiction is necessary. This is why Sad Puppies are necessary. The Enemy has mobilized every weapon it has in the war against Creation. It has not shied away from attacking any front that exists. We must not shy away from defending any front we can.