Readers will recall that some months ago, I called for a boycott of Tor Books. Since the company has taken no action (publicly, at least) over my concerns, that call remains in force; and, judging by what I hear from industry insiders about the latest quarterly results (there and elsewhere), it seems to be having an effect.
Now comes news that yet another Tor employee is involved, to at least some extent, in the latest politically correct brouhaha to hit science fiction and fantasy. S. T. Joshi, a very prolific and well-known author and multiple award winner, who's written, edited or compiled over 200 works, published this on his blog in the entry for November 10, 2015. I trust he'll permit me to reprint it in full, given that it affects readers and authors like you and I.
It has come to my attention that the World Fantasy Convention has decided to replace the bust of H. P. Lovecraft that constitutes the World Fantasy Award with some other figure. Evidently this move was meant to placate the shrill whining of a handful of social justice warriors who believe that a “vicious racist” like Lovecraft has no business being honoured by such an award. (Let it pass that analogous accusations could be made about Bram Stoker and John W. Campbell, Jr., who also have awards named after them. These figures do not seem to elicit the outrage of the SJWs.) Accordingly, I have returned my two World Fantasy Awards to the co-chairman of the WFC board, David G. Hartwell. Here is my letter to him:
Mr. David G. Hartwell
175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010
Dear Mr. Hartwell:
I was deeply disappointed with the decision of the World Fantasy Convention to discard the bust of H. P. Lovecraft as the emblem of the World Fantasy Award. The decision seems to me a craven yielding to the worst sort of political correctness and an explicit acceptance of the crude, ignorant, and tendentious slanders against Lovecraft propagated by a small but noisy band of agitators.
I feel I have no alternative but to return my two World Fantasy Awards, as they now strike me as irremediably tainted. Please find them enclosed. You can dispose of them as you see fit.
Please make sure that I am not nominated for any future World Fantasy Award. I will not accept the award if it is bestowed upon me.
I will never attend another World Fantasy Convention as long as I live. And I will do everything in my power to urge a boycott of the World Fantasy Convention among my many friends and colleagues.
S. T. Joshi
And that is all I will have to say on this ridiculous matter. If anyone feels that Lovecraft’s perennially ascending celebrity, reputation, and influence will suffer the slightest diminution as a result of this silly kerfuffle, they are very much mistaken.
Should anyone care to express an opinion on this matter to Mr. Hartwell, feel free to write to him at the above address or to his email address: email@example.com .
(BTW, for those who may still be uncertain over what a 'social justice warrior' might be, Roosh has written an outstanding article defining the breed. I don't agree with some of his views on life, the universe and everything, but on SJW's he's spot-on. See also 'SJW's Always Lie', the definitive textbook on how to detect their attacks and defend yourself against them.)
I'm saddened, but not surprised, to see yet another Tor employee involved in this mess. I suppose it was predictable, given past events; and it demonstrates yet again why I called for a boycott of Tor in the first place. It seems too many of the company's employees are placing their personal political, social and economic views and perspectives ahead of the company's interests in their public actions and personae.