The Problem of Engagement — a guest post by Toni Weisskopf

*THIS* is the blog entry by Toni Weisskopf that set John Scalzi and his minions against her. Or at least, became their excuse. Is this *really* a controversial idea? That SF fandom should be larger than our politics? That we should not assume people of the past be bound by our (presumed) enlightened morals, when we stand on their shoulders today?

I can’t see the hate. But then, I think Speculative Fiction should be about the narrative WITHIN the story, not the one imposed from OUTSIDE of it.

According To Hoyt

*As you know, I’ve been worried about the direction of conventions, of fandom, of the… public face of our field. Those of you who are in the Baen Bar know Toni Weisskopf, publisher of Baen Books posted about it in her conference.  I thought her perspective on the field was important — particularly for me, who know next to nothing of the history of fandom — partly because it echoed my own views of where we stand and asked her if I could echo it here.  She has graciously given me permission to do so.  The raiding party post by David Pascoe will run tomorrow morning.*

The Problem of Engagement — by Toni Weisskopf

The latest fooforaws in the science fiction world have served to highlight the vast cultural divide we are seeing in the greater American culture. SF, as always, very much reflects that greater culture.

It is also…

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