And Michael Z. Williamson Thunders At Morons:
I come to defend Elizabeth Moon.
Not because she really needs help—the lady is perfectly capable of standing on her own.
Not because I’m a fan of hers. I have a couple of her books in the stack, but haven’t had time to read recreationally in years.
Not because she’s a fellow vet, though that would be a good enough reason.
Not because we agree politically. As I understand, she’s quite liberal, and I’m a militant anarchist.
I come to defend her because she’s right.
In dumbed-down America, being right is a social crime.
For those who don't know Elizabeth Moon, she is a former Marine (note, not Ex) who also happens to write science fiction with strong female characters. I've read some of her works, and it is work of which I would read more if I had more time. She is well worth checking out.
I don't know her politics, and right now really don't care what they are. What happened to her was wrong, and the actions of the WisCon Com Con are cowardly and beneath contempt. Years ago, I spoke at a number of science fiction conventions on writing, science, and related topics. I was an invited speaker at DragonCon, NasFic, and a few others. Invited myself to a few beyond that, and even was tossed at a cross-dresser by Larry Niven (who I still like despite that, btw).
Were I guest or speaker at WisCon, I know that I would right now be voting with my feet. I would not be there, and if they were out money in my behalf too frelling bad. They caved to a few loud and bigoted voices, and as such deserve neither consideration or mercy.
That's my take. Go read Mad Mike's well presented take (at his fairly new blog)on some despicable people. Juan Williams is but the best known victim of the mob. The mob rules. As long as we let it...
Facts are the one thing that bigots of any stripe hate, because they can’t make them go away.
Ms Moon has expressed legitimate concerns, and I will stand with her should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.
For now, I will buy all her books.
checking his bank account to see what he can do...
UPDATE: Check out what Army Sergeant has to say at the Farm Team too...