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This is from Truesdale’s latest “column”:

“But to extrapolate from the two books on the overwhelmingly white, pussy-laden PKD ballot that I have read, this year’s contenders are a solid pussy pride of tail-twitchin’ novels.”

Not surprising that he’s saying stuff like this, I guess, although this is worse than usual for him. More surprising that he has a ye olde F&SF masthead over his Cerebus-like rantings, and that anyone in their right minds would give him a soapbox (or leg) to stand on.

I’m sure the subscription offers are flooding in.

Fri, April 20 2007 » ?!?!?, Fiction

14 Responses

  1. John Klima April 20 2007 @ 3:16 pm

    Gah. Why do you point towards this stuff when I’m trying to be productive? Now I’m just irritated, and I started the day short-staffed (1 employee instead of 3).

    I say again, gah.

  2. Gwenda April 20 2007 @ 3:38 pm

    OMG! You have GOT to be kidding me?!

  3. Gwenda April 20 2007 @ 3:39 pm

    And here I thought F&SF had responsible editorial guidelines!

  4. Haddayr April 20 2007 @ 3:40 pm

    Oh, but Alan! As he clearly states, that was SATIRICAL PARODY.


  5. Jackie M. April 20 2007 @ 5:04 pm

    Whew! Well, it’s good thing he stated it, because I was about to mistake that for what he actually believes.

  6. Richard April 20 2007 @ 5:25 pm

    Don’t take the bait. There are powerless assholes and powerful assholes, and Truesdale is pretty much the former … especially if you don’t allow yourself to get caught up in the shock-jock pedantry. It’s an attention economy, so let him starve.

  7. Alan April 20 2007 @ 5:43 pm

    Richard, I do agree with you. He will be what he will be. My issue has a lot more to do with the venue that’s giving him space.

  8. Jackie M. April 20 2007 @ 5:48 pm

    The thing is, this particular shock-jock pedant is being given more attention/audience/power by F&SF. So the question is not “is this thin satire masking what Truesdale really believes?” (who cares?) so much as “is this thin satire masking what the editors at F&SF really believe?”

  9. Jackie M. April 20 2007 @ 5:50 pm

    Er, what Alan said.

  10. Christopher Barzak April 20 2007 @ 7:14 pm

    Oh you guys just saw this? It went up a week ago. I thought everyone was just ignoring it with great purpose. :)

  11. Richard April 21 2007 @ 9:23 am

    Alan and Jackie: yes, you’re right about the focus here. Has anyone asked Gordon what the deal is? This is sciencefictionland; with the exception of some would-be great and powerful Oz types, most folks are pretty accessible.

  12. Ted April 21 2007 @ 2:19 pm

    I just noticed that there’s a thread on F&SF’s Night Shade forum about thie piece, in which a couple of people comment on how it reflects on F&SF’s reputation. Gordon has commented on the thread, so he must be aware of the concern.

  13. David Moles April 21 2007 @ 4:34 pm

    Aware, yes. Interested in addressing directly, it would appear not.

  14. Skip's Publicist (on deep background) April 23 2007 @ 9:29 am

    Charlie Finlay’s trying, though, God help him.

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