It looks like I'm not the only SF/F author and/or reader and/or fan who found the comments of a senior editor at Tor to be completely unacceptable (see my previous post for details). I see that over the past day or so, since I put up that article:
- Top authors such as Jim Butcher, Larry Correia, Sarah Hoyt, Brad Torgerson and others have also responded (most very negatively);
- SF/F fans are frothing at the mouth over the latest loony-left nonsense;
- Calls for boycotts of Tor Books and Tor.com (or stated intentions by individuals to boycott their products) are popping up everywhere.
I recommend the following articles as further reading on the matter.
- Cedar Sanderson: 'Fear And Loathing At Tor'.
- Sarah Hoyt: 'Shout It From The Rooftops'.
- Jonathan LaForce: 'Dear Tor'.
There are many more, but I think those three summarize things nicely. Don't neglect the comments from readers: also the (very lengthy list of) comments by readers of the Facebook thread that started this whole thing.
I've had a couple of threatening e-mails from supporters of Ms. Gallo's position, warning me that if I (and/or other indie authors) call for a boycott of Tor books, they'll call for a boycott of my/our books in return. This made me laugh out loud. As those of you who've read my books will know, I don't think I can be described as 'progressive' or 'SJW'. Heck, read the header of this blog - it'll tell you in a nutshell my position on most things! I have grave doubts whether readers of the progressive persuasion have ever bought my books - so why would a boycott from that part of the reading spectrum hold any fears for me?
No. It's becoming increasingly clear that the problem lies in the corporate culture that's taken over at Tor Books and Tor.com. Four individuals currently or previously associated with Tor's management and publishing activities at a senior level have now made statements that I can only regard as biased beyond logical comprehension. They are Patrick Nielsen Hayden (manager of science fiction books at Tor); his wife Teresa Nielsen Hayden (listed by Wikipedia as a 'consulting editor' for Tor Books, and formerly a senior editor there - also the publisher of the well-known web log and forum 'Making Light'); Moshe Feder (also a consulting editor for Tor Books); and Irene Gallo (Associate Publisher of Tor.com and Creative Director of Tor Books). Certain Tor-published authors, primarily John Scalzi but also including others, have spouted the 'party line' in their support and/or on their own account as well.
There's an old military saying when bad things happen: "Once may be an accident. Twice may be coincidence. Three or more times is enemy action." In the same way, I could understand one senior Tor representative holding such views. I might even accept two. Four is too many. This is not coincidence. It's concerted, organized, deliberate enemy action. Tor as a publisher appears to either espouse, or tolerate (and actively encourage), views like this. The utterances of these individuals appear to indicate that the company supports lies, slander, libel and viciousness as debating and/or promotional tactics. I hope that the reality belies that appearance; but that's for Tor to say, not me - and back up their words with actions. Weasel words will no longer be acceptable in any way, shape or form.
Don't show me a pool of water and tell me it's good to drink. When the water's brown and turgid, when it stinks to high heaven, and when there are turds floating around on the surface, that's not a pool. That's a cesspool. With all the evidence of the public statements and conduct of the individuals I've named above, don't tell me these are their individual opinions and have nothing to do with Tor. Not only will I refuse to believe you; I'll laugh in your face. All the publicly available evidence gives such protestations the lie.
I repeat what I said earlier. I await Tor's response with interest. I'll let you know about it here if they provide one. Also, McMillan owns Tor, so I'll be asking McMillan for their response as well. Let's see what they have to say.