After well over a month of slacking, I’ve finally posted a new Blog Gate entry, this one a dignified whine about whiners, specifically the type of person who says (and people have been saying this for as long as I remember), “SF doesn’t get any respect!” Appropriate answers run a narrow gamut from “Yes,” to “No” to “So?” but I managed to expand those three words into roughly 500 because I am a professional. So my SFWA card keeps on telling me.
My return to the lists of bloggerdom was partly inspired by a fortunate accident: Lou Anders kindly quoted a wisecrack of mine about “those who thirst for the foamy gray poison of respectability” in a post which sparked an interesting discussion, and the quote was picked up by Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist and io9, not exactly in the Oh-my-God-what-a-genius acclaimy way one would always prefer to be quoted. But it suddenly occurred to me that those that are begging for genre-respect always achieve the opposite. They’re like Rodney Dangerfield, only they can’t smell their own flop sweat. So I thought I would kindly point it out, that being the kind of guy I am.