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26 February 2016 @ 04:29 pm
Which should feel insulted?  
Mary Robinette Kowal says that Theodore Beale is the Donald Trump of Science Fiction.
 
 
 
nancylebov: green leavesnancylebov on February 27th, 2016 05:41 am (UTC)
So far as I know, Beale is better at running a business.
Avram Grumer: Post-It Portraitagrumer on February 27th, 2016 09:30 am (UTC)
How do you figure?
nancylebov: green leavesnancylebov on February 28th, 2016 08:50 pm (UTC)
No history of bankruptcy.

From two of his writers: pays on time. Has made good choices in commissioning work.

So far as I know, none of Beale's businesses were fraudulent.
Young Geoffreyed_rex on February 28th, 2016 08:45 am (UTC)
Hate to say it, but she's wrong
Beale was able to mobilize (and, possibly, might be able to mobilize again, though i wouldn't bet money on it) a small but disciplined minority within the SF/F field(s), enough to create an actual problem, but not enough by a long shot to "take over" the fields or the process. As all of last year's No Awards showed quite well.

Trump, on the other hand, has raised not only a small gang of bigoted trouble-makers, but a much larger army of "good" people, who are motivated not so much by hate as by (quite reasonable) fears that that which they know and love is being destroyed.

The difference is that Trump is shouting his lies and half-truths (and even occasional truths) at a power structure that actually is corrupt and that has and continues to disenfranchise the people who believe Trump represents them.

In science fiction, there is no corrupt establishment. Hillary Clinton might be a war criminal pawn of Wall Street, but the same can not be said of the likes of John Scalzi.