Across the Wide Missouri: I score this — John Scalzi vs. John Ringo — for Scalzi, 6–0, 6–0, 6–0. How is John Scalzi mischaracterizing Ringo’s argument? If I had to summarize John Ringo’s Sad-Puppy Hugo Awards argument, it would be as:

  • Scalzi’s Redshirts is a novel that has no redeeming social value other than that its characters are a diverse SJW cross-section.
  • Redshirts won a Hugo.
  • Therefore SJWs are sacrificing story to SJW-ness and ruining science fiction.
  • No, I have not read Redshirts and never will.

It seems to me that Scalzi and company went the extra mile, and more, to turn Ringo’s argument into something semi-coherent that could be examined and refuted…