The Great Links (9)

  • Trek novelist David Mack responds to Amanda S. Green. Green wrote an essay criticizing Mack for “breaking canon” by including homosexual characters, for no reason other than to be “politically correct.” Now Green’s essay is part of her package of work nominated for a Hugo Award. And the process of how that happened is highly sketchy (she’s part of the Sad Puppies/Rabid Puppies slates, made up of conservatives worried the politically correct “literati” are taking over SF). I recommend this Vox article and this Guardian essay for more on the Sad Puppies/Rabid Puppies and why some are arguing they’ve broken the Hugos.
  • Anyway, kudos to David Mack for again calling out the ridiculousness of those who object to LGBT characters in the Trek EU:

I can already imagine Ms. Green’s retort: “But why did the relationship have to be between two women at all?” To which I say, Why not? There is nothing illogical about homosexuality. It’s no more or less natural than being left-handed, or short, or tall.

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