Debarkle Update

Some minor change of plans. The auspiciously numbered Chapter 42: May is almost done (not actually subtitled ‘oh no, Brad, no‘) and then I’ll launch into 43: June – The Tor Boycott. Now my plan was always to pause a bit between June and July and look at some general issues. I’d planned a review of Kary English’s Totalled (one of the best items on the slates IMHO) and I’d also planned an EPH chapter on its own. I’ve folded EPH into the main chapters and instead of a single review, I’m making a chapter about the fan reviews of the puppy slated works. I may do a more general fan interaction chapter as well, we’ll see. I feel by May/June the whole thing was becoming less about a few big names arguing and more about fans reacting and trying to take control over events. I’d like to give a feel of that which is a bit richer than just saying “there were a lot of comments”.

Then back to July with a relatively short chapter. There maybe three chapters for August:

  • Stuff prior to Worldcon including the Antonelli-Spokane Police thing
  • Sasquan as an event
  • The Hugo Ceremony

After that we drop the month-by-month format and look at the aftermath (possibly two chapters if there is a sensible thematic divide).

Then just when everybody feels safe, Donald Trump turns up in a Meanwhile… chapter which brings Debarkle Part 4 to a close.

Part 5 will then cover 2016-2017 and the decline of the Puppy campaigns.

Chance of finishing by the end of the year? Still possible. I give it 50/50 but I’m happy with the current pace even if I’m behind on typos.

Oh, and a provisional “second draft” collected version of Parts 1 & 2 is on its way.

30 thoughts on “Debarkle Update

  1. You’ve done a good job handling a lot of challenging elements of this history. And you’ll deserve a medal if you can reduce to pages of text the 4-D model of who is talking and who is listening. By which I mean (1) Writers who only talk as peers to other writers (e.g. Martin, Gerrold, Correia, Scalzi), including some who think they should be allowed to define the topic and resolve it to their own satisfaction; (2) people who are only interested in what the writers have to say, partly because being writers they say it better, and then, fans by definition put writers at the top of the social pyramid; and (3) the massive conversation between fans who feel a stewardship interest in the Hugos and are trying to make them work,

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    1. I still believe a very different history of the same events should be written (by somebody else) that is completely fan-centric and mixes current and contemporary reactions of fans to events.

      I’m going to try and get more of (3) in but I don’t think I’ll do it justice. That’s a flaw of the Puppy centric approach I adopted I think – it means Brad, Larry & Vox get more air time and the groundswell of opposition to them is less visible.

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      1. It’s certainly true that such a thing could be written, but then you’d be asking fans to pay attention to what other fans have to say.

        There is a potential book of all the clever and funny things people wrote in the midst of the Puppy conversation. It wouldn’t be a history. It’d be like those collections of anecdotes from soldiers who survived Gettysburg — verses, songs, jokes, recipies….;

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  2. Should we act as the typo patrol on your Debarkle Updates? I mean, there ARE typos, and I feel compelled to see them, but the Updates serve as mere status updates and thus perhaps not deserving of the kind of close reading the Debarkle story itself requires. What to do?

    Now I feel conflicted.

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  3. Mike :

    “There is a potential book of all the clever and funny things people wrote in the midst of the Puppy conversation. It wouldn’t be a history. It’d be like those collections of anecdotes from soldiers who survived Gettysburg — verses, songs, jokes, recipies….;”

    The list of Puppy Scroll titles would be a great starting point for that. Maybe Cam could have an appendix of links to archives like that (Do they still sing songs of the Great Puppy War?)

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    1. “My Darling Cecily, a note before we are off to battle the heinous Pups. If I fail to return, please assure young Reginald and Elspeth of my abiding love for them (and, of course, you) and the necessity to fight these monsters before they penetrate any further into our fictional homelands. If I fall, it will be with your name, and John Scalzi’s, on my lips. Pray for me, Dear One.”

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      1. Applause!

        “We will fight them in the nominations, we will fight them in the voting, we will fight them in the Business meeting. We shall never surrender, unless the room party or filk-circle is starting.

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      2. Oh dear. If this goes on I might have to trawl through my archives for the unfinished script for The Rocket Horror Puppy Show. Real life intruded before it became more than an outline of the story of Brad and Larry and Dr Vox N Derper with a few lyrics (It’s just a jump to the right… and a step to the right…).

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      3. Real life intruded before it became more than an outline of the story of Brad and Larry and Dr Vox N Derper with a few lyrics (It’s just a jump to the right… and a step to the right…).

        I would read that. Hell, I might even pay to read that.

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      4. Now I’m picturing people in masquerade costumes photographed in sepia tone, as the camera pans across the pictures and old-timey music plays.

        “My Dearest Xggth’rf: We go to fight the Bad Canines of Sol III when next the planet rotates so that this hemisphere is illuminated by the nearest star. If I should discorporate, remember me to our group-hatchlings. My tentacles will gesture your name as I slither into battle.”

        @Mr D: Even the outline would be amusing, I’m sure. We could probably fill some of it out (this is the group who spontaneously channeled “Crow and Kin”, after all).

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      1. OMG, I forgot about having liveblogged that meeting. It was a hectic, unrelenting scramble, and really made me appreciate how much better a court reporting stenotype machine (and the skill to use it) would have been.

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    2. Which reminds me of the whole mess around ‘The Hydrophobia that Falls on you from Nowhere’, which somebody decided was actually accusing them of Homophobia instead.

      I expect that little mess isn’t going to make it into the Debarkle document as a whole except maybe as a footnote, but if anybody needed proof that the Puppies were thin-skinned and didn’t read widely…

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  4. @camestros:

    Rev Bob’s paragraph before he accidentaly derailed everybody for days, is very much the premise of the Debarkle

    I’m going to reach deep into my history with Church of the SubGenius, and say: “Praise Rev. Bob!” He truly did nail it, in the referenced posting.

    (Also, I’d completely forgotten that he originated the Balrog Joke, for which additional mad props will be duly sent.)

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    1. It is impossible to know both the chapter 42 and its subtitle in the same universe. Doing so would cancel each other out and lead to the Universe being replaced by something even more weird an inexplicable.

      Some think this may have already happened.

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    1. It was even less successful than the primary Puppy goal. At least their attempt at taking over the Hugos resulted in a number of them getting nominations. The Tor boycott went pretty much unnoticed, even by many of the Puppies.

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      1. The Tor boycott was so successful that John Scalzi briefly rose much higher in the Amazon Author Rankings, because a bunch of people like me bought books by him. 😀

        I would have loved to have seen how his Amazon royalty statement changed for that month.

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