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Let's Go Downtown and Watch the Failparade!
illyria
catvalente
Oh, Elizabeth Moon! How could you write a post like that knowing it was bound raise a stink? The only answer is malice. Good citizens don't do that sort of thing, you know.

Honestly, though I know ours is a small community and in the larger scheme we are not terribly important, I am continually embarrassed every time someone raises a rock and exposes how much prejudice is still crawling around at the bottom of the SFF world. I want us, whose job it is to chronicle the future and a wealth of alternatives to the here and now, to be better than this. Why are we not better than this? How can people who make it their business to imagine and empathize with the truly alien offer such meager treatment to other humans?


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E. Moon wrote a very long-winded, overwrought

and mumbly-wordy screed that can be distilled down to the most basic of sour attitudes. I got from it that she was trying to dress up a lot of prejudicial thoughts in what she felt was "rationale" - it didn't work for me. Pay no attention to the wizard behind that curtain of words.

I agree with your opinion and although Moon's diatribe disgusted me, I still am glad you posted the link to it for me to read.

Re: E. Moon wrote a very long-winded, overwrought

Yep, this. The first few paragraphs I sort of nodded along to, but after that it felt like a set-up, like a "in the great history of our nation, there's been good and bad people, AND I'M GOING TO CALL A GROUP OF PEOPLE BAD!" The foreshadowing was so obvious (like that horribly uninformed reduction of Native-European contact boiled down to "the Indians had this problem." Really?) that I knew what cliff she was driving off of as soon as "9/11" appeared.

Sad, and I share Cat's chagrin. But I'm not surprised; even the utopians are human.


"The foreshadowing was so obvious (like that horribly uninformed reduction of Native-European contact boiled down to "the Indians had this problem." Really?) "

SO TRUE. I also was not too surprised. I even had quite a few "tsk tsk" moments while reading Moon's post. ("Tsk tsk???" I r an Old, ha!)

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