And like to be clear my problem with Campbell is not just that he was a vicious bigot (which he was). It’s also that I do honestly believe his influence made English-language SFF worse than if he had never existed.
Like… this dude was shit and his protégés were shit and his ~vision for the genre was shit and has produced shit for the last like sixty years.
@prettyarbitrary One of the things I think has been kind of interesting has been watching the explosive popularity of things like anime/manga, comics, and other SF-but-not-by-Campbell’s-rules media. Like, whether people realise it or not it is a pretty resounding rejection of his vision for what science fiction “is”.
@alis Oh my god he would have lost his tiny mind if he had seen. I love thinking about it. He chose pretty much the most boring, repetitive concept of what scifi could be to begin with.
Ref. this Rant II Prepared Earlier: https://alis.me/x/everything-wrong-with-science-fiction-is-john-w-campbells-fault/
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