Authors behaving badly: Episode# 1,234,543 Richard Fox

I won’t add much commentary but if you haven’t already read Mike Glyer’s piece on Richard Fox’s poor behaviour: http://file770.com/perjury-not-piracy-is-the-problem/

For earlier context see:

https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2019/02/27/next-few-days-are-nebula-shorts-days/

https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2019/03/02/nebula-shorts-going-dark-by-richard-fox/

https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2019/02/28/its-worth-talking-about-lmbpn-publishing-when-talking-about-the-nebula-nominees/

I know that Mike Glyer takes book piracy seriously and I know that I do. Fake DMCA notices, as well as being an increase in hostile tactics deployed by supporters of Larry Correia, undermine author’s capacity to tackle piracy with genuine complaints.

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27 thoughts on “Authors behaving badly: Episode# 1,234,543 Richard Fox

    1. Yeah, he’s not the sharpest tool in the box, is he?

      I’m still laughing that he was so clueless about the fact that he’d written a slave narrative into his story without realizing it.

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      1. I’m still laughing that he was so clueless about the fact that he’d written a slave narrative into his story without realizing it.

        And I’m still convinced that he knew exactly what he was doing and was deliberately being disingenuous when we challenged him.

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      2. Jessica: And I’m still convinced that he knew exactly what he was doing and was deliberately being disingenuous when we challenged him.

        I really don’t think so. Remember that he trotted out his racist sockpuppet John Margolis to denigrate P. Djèlí Clark’s story on Cam’s review of that story.

        I think he was genuinely horrified when it was pointed out to him that he’d written a story which condemned slavery.

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      3. Oh, I think that he was surprised that his story condemned slavery. What I don’t think is that he didn’t intend to have slavery in it.

        Not only is he racist, but he’s also very bad at being racist.

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    1. I was just re-reading one of his tantrums from March and it is even more hilarious now:
      “Consequences are for adults, and you need to grow up.”
      “For someone that claims to be an expert on publishing, you sure are ignorant.”

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  1. That is a truly odd way to promote your writing. I mean, we were critical and he was blustery, but we gave him the benefit of a doubt on his story and File 770 promoted reading all the Nebula nominees, including him. If you’re going to make it that only certain outlets can promote/make folks aware of your work (and when you didn’t even have to pay them to have them do it,) that’s going to be a very narrow audience. Hard to get to 50K with that approach.

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  2. I was particularly fond of the bit where you removed a comment that you felt was unfair to Fox, and publicly told the commenter to knock it off, and Fox took that as another reason to scream at you because you… were trying to cover up how terrible your commenters were, or something.

    It was extra wonderful how he also said there’s no reason to moderate the comments on his behalf because he isn’t thin-skinned at all and can handle hostility so well.

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  3. Doubling down on easily disproved statements seems like standard bad-faith strategy these days. Anyone who hangs with you is buying into the big lie and becomes part of the cult.

    Fox’s antics online demonstrate that he isn’t talking to the audience of this blog, or File770. His audience is his readers who don’t care about regular SF fandom and probably haven’t read widely in SF at all, but love to see their boy call people names and act like a tough guy on the internet. He’s owning the libs in fandom.

    It’s interesting to hear Fox talking about consequences because his characters rarely give them any thought. His stories are us against them power fantasies using tropes from Eighties cartoons. It sells… but not as well as other people doing the formula better without the authoritarian overtones. It also saddens me that he’s a former army officer with deployment experience because he doesn’t seem to have learned anything meaningful from his time leading soldiers downrange beyond there’s a bad guy and we should kill them because daddy government told us to.

    Having met him in person, he’s perfectly cordial. His demeanor online is shocking, actually. Kind of a Jekyll and Hyde scenario.

    Where will all this go? Maybe Fox is laying the foundation for a long career with “conservative” fans in an increasingly segmented SF marketplace. It seems like the strategy makes being an asshole more important than the work, but maybe I’ll be totally wrong.

    Every time these people are given airtime, it’s dollars in their bank accounts. I wasn’t even thinking about Fox until I read this post. But I get why you want to capture it all in one place, though I think it will be read differently given the audience.

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  4. Chicken Legs: “His audience is his readers who don’t care about regular SF fandom and probably haven’t read widely in SF at all, but love to see their boy call people names and act like a tough guy on the internet. He’s owning the libs in fandom.”

    Well it is an audience and he’s got a gig with Baen and Weber, so perhaps he feels it’s working for him. But it’s not a very reliable fanbase. They tend to move on to the next thing. What’s weird is that a good chunk of religious publishing already has this far right infrastructure set up to do the sort of things they want to do and the way they like to do marketing campaigns, so I don’t get why a lot of them aren’t using that market more to expand their far right audiences. But that market has been cutting back the amount of fiction they do and concentrating on mass market paperback. So I guess they feel they need to build a new infrastructure out of parts of the indie market and Baen Books, which seems to keep shifting its trade SFF focus for being a far right publisher that concentrates on SFF from far right political authors. Which, you know, is fine if they want to do that.

    But in terms of picking fights to please that fanbase, this is still a really weird one, given that he was objecting to free, positive publicity connected to his Nebula nomination by the major trade authors organization. It’s a wall yourself up in a citadel sort of strategy, which is the opposite of how the entire rest of the fiction market operates.

    Also, I’m pretty sure that if he had just asked Mike to take the link down because he didn’t want any free advertising from File 770 particularly, Mike probably would have done it. But accusing the website of theft of the story with threats of a fake lawsuit made it a freedom of the press issue. There’s about a hundred other things and posts Fox could have gone after File 770 for to create marketing drama that wouldn’t have then wiped out the free publicity from SFWA. Or he could have just gone to SFWA and said that he wanted the archived story stuff to be removed. I’m sure there’s a process to do that. And then the link from 770 would no longer work and it wouldn’t be an issue.

    So is this the start of some new culture war campaign against the SFWA that they are launching to market to their target audience? Or just Fox getting his sea legs in the remains of the Puppy camp?

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    1. I think Fox was just trying to get cookies from Larry Correia by stirring up shit. It’s as simple as that. Remember this was a guy who tried to sockpuppet comments here and forgot to change IP addresses – they literally looked like the same person from my dashboard view and I had to keep checking which was which.

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      1. Well I suppose if he thinks the cookies from LC get him special promotion from LC’s platform, that’s a marketing strategy, but again, it’s a very narrow one. And again, quite the opposite of what the 20bksto50K crew were going for, so I guess Fox found the far right corner more congenial or something. But surely he could have come up with a better than controversy than how dare you believe a link on the SFWA site is official.

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