Jeannette Ng took a giant dump on science fiction when she took the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and then bitched about what a white male fascist he was during her acceptance speech. After condemning the Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies campaign, John W. Campbell Jr., the white editor of Astounding Science Fiction and Analog Science Fiction and Fact between 1939 until his death in 1971, as well as one of the most important names in science fiction, has been smeared in the recent World Science Fiction Convention in Dublin this August. After all, the man wrote Frozen Hell, which was cut into “Who Goes There?,” the source material for The Thing, as well as a long list of other major contributions. That kind of legacy won’t be unraveled because a bunch of shrill feminists screech about him.
The campaign to defame Campbell began last year, when another sci-fi SJW, Alec Nevala-Lee published a joint-biography of Campbell and some of his colleagues, like Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein, but came into fruition as Hong Kong-born science fiction author, Jeanette Ng, won the award named after him. As reported by Inkstone News:
“John W. Campbell, for whom this award was named, was a f**king fascist,” Hong Kong-born writer Jeannette Ng said in her acceptance speech in Dublin last Sunday.
Through his control of the influential sci-fi magazine Astounding Science Fiction as editor, Ng said, Campbell was “responsible for setting a tone for science fiction that haunts the genre to this day. Stale. Sterile. Male. White,” 33-year-old Ng said.
The original speech can be viewed below: (transcription here)
And how did management react? Crosstown Publications’ Dell Magazines division, who sponsors the Campbell Award, immediately announced the awards renamed into Astounding Award for Best New Writer less than one week after this speech. This attempt at damnatio memoriae is typical among communists and leftists, and historically has not seen lasting success.
The way the “community” responded was similar. Science fiction writer John Scalzi seems to support her when he said this:
Do those bigoted aspects about about Campbell make him an actual fascist? Well, I wouldn’t have characterized him as such, but then never thought to think of it in those terms, so there’s that. Now that I have been made to think of it, I know that the people and organizations I would have unhesitatingly called fascist actively incorporated the mechanisms of American racism into their worldview. It’s not exactly a secret that the actual Nazis looked to the United States’ “Jim Crow” laws for inspiration and justification for their own racism and, ultimately, genocide. American racism — the racism that Campbell both actively and passively forged into the structure of the science fiction genre — is at the very least an ur-text to fascism, and of course racism is so deeply ingrained into fascism today, and vice versa, that you couldn’t separate the one from the other without killing both, which, incidentally, is a very good idea.
So when Jeannette Ng stands up and calls Campbell a fascist, what I can say is: It’s not the argument I would have made (in no small part because, again, I literally never thought to make it), but it is an argument to be made … One doesn’t have to agree (or know if one agrees) with Ng’s fundamental proposition to accept that she has a perfect right to say it, and by saying it, to force us to haul out Campbell’s track record and words to examine and interrogate.
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Here is a breakdown of why the politically correct community has shunned Camplbell:
John W. Campbell was known for writing Frozen Hell, which became “Who Goes There?” and eventually becomes the infamous The Thing. Just as he almost got “Who Goes There?” onto publication in Astounding, he was appointed editor of said magazine. He would later stop writing and later began to mentor people like the Isaac Asimov (a Russian Jew), A. E. van Vogt, and Robert A. Heinlein, and after the war he would also endorse communist Mack Reynolds. He renamed his magazine Analog and remained an editor until his death in 1971.
But behind the scenes, he was a serious promoter of things like Dianetics and the Dean drive, yet he had opinions that today’s politically correct society would oppose. For example:
He believed in the Black-White IQ difference; and this is what he said to Isaac Asimov at one time:
All human beings are not equal. When the Southern white says ‘Negroes aren’t human!’ he is speaking from experience. I’ve been there . . . they are not human-in-the-normal-sense-of-the-term. They’re low-grade morons and high-grade idiots . . . The competent Negro [note the word ‘competent’] moves North or West to an area where he can achieve something.
If you deny the existence of racial differences, the problem of racial differences cannot be solved.
Why should all races be alike, Isaac? Simply so you wouldn’t have to think so hard to understand a different kind of intelligent entity? Simply so that you wouldn’t have to work out more than one set of right-wrong values? Simply so that people can identify the Good Guys from the Bad Guys without the trouble of making basic evaluations?
His implicitly pro-White stance was later interpreted as: no aliens smarter than men allowed, and it’s rare for blacks to be protagonists in stories published in Astounding/Analog. Campbell rejected Nova from black science fiction writer Samuel “Chip” Delany because “he didn’t feel his readership would be able to relate to a black main character.“
He also believed in the idea of “competent man.” That is, men that are capable of many things, a wide range of abilities. This is expressed in Heinlein’s (who, remember was mentored by Campbell) Time Enough for Love where he wrote “specialization is for insects.” Campbell had a goal: his readers would be “nudged” by these stories to become competent men themselves, which would lead to these readers being transformed into übermensch, who are people of superior intellect which would emerge from inside the human races. This is an extremely positive view. Of course we should encourage people to become better than anything we’ve ever seen.
Of course, the wave of history would made these statements of Campbell be politically incorrect. Civil rights, diversity, equality supplanted these ideas in terms of popularity. Now, a more serious attempt to erase Campbell’s ideas is coming to the fore.
The politically correct science fiction fandom today has some experiences taking down the more conservative science fiction fandom faction. From essentially outlawing the #GamerGate-inspired Sad Puppies movement of conservative science fiction writer Larry Correia and Rabid Puppies movement of Faux White Guy Vox Day (of SJWs Always Lie fame) recently, and now, they successfully condemned and defamed an important person on the development of science fiction, which by embracing new “woke” science fiction writers, almost saved the entire genre from being classified as hack work!
Yet another reason why today’s science fiction is even more “anti-fascist”: from the strawman Nazi CLU 2 in TRON: Legacy, to the strictly antifascist anime retread of V in Blue Comet SPT Layzner, and even the blackwashing of characters in some movies, there is less science fiction that shows optimism and pro-White stance than ever. And if there are any white scifi authors, they would usually be politically correct (look at UK authors, most of them are remoaners), and are often sympathetic to Marxism, like China Mieville. the “revolutionary socialist.”
Will this political correctness reign in the next thirty years?