Book Boycott Backfires

Written by Ed Fortune Saturday, 20 June 2015

Book News

 An attempted boycott of publisher Tor Books by right-wing online activists has spectacularly backfired as booklovers across the world have responded by purchasing books from Tor to show their support.


The activists in question are known as the Sad Puppies, or simply ‘The Puppies’. They recently gained notoriety by block voting in the recent Hugo Award nominations. The demands are in response to recent statements made by editors and authors who are associated with Tor in some way. Military sci-fi author Peter Grant issued a list of demands on behalf of The Puppies in a private letter that he then posted on his blog.

The demands are:

Tor must publicly apologize for writings by Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Moshe Feder, Irene Gallo, and John Scalzi that “demonize, denigrate, slander and lie about the ‘Puppies’ campaigns”

Tor must “publicly reprimand those individuals for stepping over the line”

Tor must “publicly indicate that it is putting in place policies to prevent any recurrence of such issues.”

Despite original Sad Puppy campaigner Larry Correia stating on his blog “The Sad Puppies Campaign is NOT calling for any boycotts, the letter was later endorsed by prominent members of The Puppies, including Theodore Beale (aka Vox Day). Other Puppies, including John C. Wright, have since contacted STARBURST following the original publication of this news piece to clearly and emphatically state that they do not support the boycott.The response from the greater community has mostly been mockery, and to do their best to support authors by purchasing books from Tor:

Right wing guhgate types are proposing a Tor boycott so if you're in the mood for some quality SF, start here! http://t.co/u7jzAiDd7y

— Graham Linehan (@Glinner) June 19, 2015

Vox Day says "boycott @UKTor" today, so now might be the moment to buy that Tor book you want. pic.twitter.com/c62PiGPeaZ

— Farah Mendlesohn (@effjayem) June 19, 2015

Apparently the sad puppies are planning to boycott Tor, my publisher. I'm scared. Oh, wait, no I'm not.

— Steven Brust (@StevenBrust) June 17, 2015


The Sad Puppies were originally formed by writers Brad R. Torgersen and Larry Correia as a way of protesting the left-wing leanings of recent Hugo Award winners. The campaign was then adopted by Vox Day, who ran a similar campaign called the Rabid Puppies.

The original campaign successfully adjusted the results of the nominations for the 2015 Hugo Awards. Since then, various controversies have stemmed from right and left wing sci-fi fans arguing amongst themselves. The majority of Hugo voters are American, and the debate strongly resembles the current state of American political debate, which in turn is alienating member of the science fiction community outside the US.

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+4 #18 Paul Mount 2015-06-22 16:07
I like puppies. That said, I entirely accept I have no place in this comments section.
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0 #17 Josh McCloud 2015-06-22 08:10
Quoting Mark Ping:
nickpheas it's amazing how much you sound like these sock puppets:

Dude, do you even SEO?
Yeah, there was a cut & paste campaign. Yeah, bots swung in after the cut&paste campaign was a success, because bots. Just proves the point that people were more against the boycott than for.

All that proves is Vox doesn't know as much as he thinks he does.

I won’t be buying TOR books though. Or Castallia House ones. That’s what torrents are for.
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-3 #16 Mark Ping 2015-06-22 05:42
nickpheas it's amazing how much you sound like these sock puppets: http://voxday.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-first-law-in-action.html

Kerian Larsen ‏@KerianLarsen 1h1 hour ago
Since the Puppy boycott of Tor Books is on I just bought three ebooks from Tor and preordered two more.

Phyllis Chandler ‏@phyllis_chand le 1h1 hour ago
Since the Puppy boycott of Tor Books is on I just bought three ebooks from Tor and preordered two more.
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-2 #15 lop 2015-06-22 01:23
How did the boycott, which has apparently just started/ been promoted, fail, exactly?
Oh yeah, GamerGate!!!!!! Boooo! lolol you guys are hilarious.
Cultural Marxism, Identity politics/ feminism, and the entitlement community have no place in a free society. 10 years ago the left was not as anti-white/ anti-male as it is today. That is a rather recent and very quickly implemented (surfaced?) development. If the racist anti-white, sexist anti-male movement is really the one you want to throw your weight behind and all you can do is scream "RACISM! SEXISM! WHITE DUDEBROS!" there is not much hope for you. The Bourgeoisie cannot oppress the Proletariat. Women cannot be sexist towards men. Some animals are more equal than others. Good luck in this brave new world you are attempting to create.
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+2 #14 Korra 2015-06-21 23:10
Quoting MC DuQuesne:
Several points are factually incorrect.

Grant is trying to push an agenda proposed by the puppies. That stupid apology. It is word for word the same as the one the puppies issued.

Barks like a puppy. Looks like a puppy. He's a puppy. It's useful for him to he isn't. But he is.
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+1 #13 Soxx Gay 2015-06-21 22:11
Quoting MC DuQuesne:
These are separate movements, though the leader of the Rabid Puppies also supports the boycott.


What is the difference? They all look like bigots to me.
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+3 #12 Soxx Gay 2015-06-21 22:08
Quoting John C Wright:
Sir, your column states I endorsed the letter by Peter Grant. I endorsed no such thing, but am remaining neutral in this sad affair.

You lie.

Yours, with utter contempt for you,
John C Wright


No John; if you publicly support an apology and make anti-Tor noises it's fair for them to say you're on side.

If you then delete your posts, print a retraction on your blog and pretend it never happened when it backfires, that just makes you a two-faced SOB.

You have form for this, don't you? When you were called on your anti-gay BS, and pretended you never said it.

The entire sci-fi community has nothing but contempt for you.
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-2 #11 MC DuQuesne 2015-06-21 22:02
Several points are factually incorrect.

The boycott is from Peter Grant http://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-tor-boycott-is-on.html

he explicitly states:
"I am not a member of, and I do not speak for, either the 'Sad Puppies' or 'Rabid Puppies' campaigns (although I support the former). I don't represent cute puppies, playful puppies, cuddly puppies or hush puppies - only myself. If you share, in whole or in part, my values and outlook on life, I invite you to join me in this boycott."

These are separate movements, though the leader of the Rabid Puppies also supports the boycott.
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+1 #10 yamamanama 2015-06-21 19:58
I'm buying the Goblin Emperor as soon as I get a chance.
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0 #9 yamamanama 2015-06-21 19:57
Quoting Rob Maxson:
Vox and John are not leaders of the sad puppies.


Uh, yeah he is.
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-9 #8 John C Wright 2015-06-21 07:00
Sir, your column states I endorsed the letter by Peter Grant. I endorsed no such thing, but am remaining neutral in this sad affair.

You lie.

Yours, with utter contempt for you,
John C Wright
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+5 #7 Marvin 2015-06-20 21:29
Can we stop all this silly political bullshit and get on with things that really matter?

Like where does the apostrophe go in The Hitch-Hikers Guide To The Galaxy?
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-14 #6 Reality Observer 2015-06-20 20:02
Oooh, Game of Thrones game on sale.

Do I get to rape women? Burn little girls?

I really, really want to be a proper Social Justice Warrior. Really, really do...
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-9 #5 Byron Grimes 2015-06-20 19:58
It's way too early to tell us the boycott backfired, sirs. This buying bomb is a one time event, a boycott is sustained. One way to tell if the boycott is successful will be if there's a perceptible shift in the political biases at OTHER publishers. After all, if the liberals are spending all their science fiction money at Tor, that will make the other publishers more reliant on other sensibilities. Sensibilities that editors at Tor have repeatedly seen fit to insult publicly, which is very bad customer service.
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-1 #4 Bill Stewart 2015-06-20 17:53
The Sad Puppies had started their campaign saying that the Hugos were controlled by Tor-editor-dominated cabal of people selling books they didn't like, so I wouldn't expect them to be reading a lot of Tor books anyway.

(Also, your web form doesn't accept correctly formatted email addresses of the form name+tag@domain .com )
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-1 #3 Steven Tiberiu Dolan 2015-06-20 13:05
No one is the leader of the Sad Puppies, not since Vox Day recruited the GG kiddies.

That's the problem.
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+3 #2 Rob Maxson 2015-06-20 13:01
Vox and John are not leaders of the sad puppies.
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+5 #1 nickpheas 2015-06-20 12:56
Yup. Bought three books, all of which were on my radar, but waiting for them to turn up in a sale.
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