2019/08/28

Astounding Campbell Memory-Holing

Campbell Predator

In light of the World Con voters circling the wagons to snub my readers in 2016, this announcement from the editor of Analog is as amusing as it is predictable.

H/t P. Alexander
Named for Campbell, whose writing and role as editor of Astounding Science Fiction (later renamed Analog Science Fiction and Fact) made him hugely influential in laying the groundwork for both the Golden Age of Science Fiction and beyond, the award has over the years recognized such nominees as George R.R. Martin, Bruce Sterling, Carl Sagan, and Lois McMaster Bujold, as well as award winners like Ted Chiang, Nalo Hopkinson, and John Scalzi.
However, Campbell’s provocative editorials and opinions on race, slavery, and other matters often reflected positions that went beyond just the mores of his time and are today at odds with modern values, including those held by the award’s many nominees, winners, and supporters.
As we move into Analog’s 90th anniversary year, our goal is to keep the award as vital and distinguished as ever, so after much consideration, we have decided to change the award’s name to The Astounding Award for Best New Writer.
Congratulations to Analog for coming up with a more concise and even lamer award name than the Montgomery Burns Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence. Then again, that award was created because Burns accidentally emasculated someone. The Astounding Award specifically recognizes emasculation.

Let the SF SJWs spin all the narratives they want. Campbell's legacy is rightly dead--killed by his own genre-destroying progeny. The award that used to bear his name no longer exists. Having the CHORFs give me the dirt shoulder only to burn down their own award while my career proceeds from strength to strength feels ... astounding!

Speaking of which, the Combat Frame XSeed: CY 40 Second Coming campaign is trouncing both its predecessors thanks to your support! The novel and the CY 20 short story are both funded, and we've unveiled our next stretch goal: Series 3 combat frame trading cards!

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CF-017K
CF-017K Kurfürst

YCF-00 Type 0

XCD-100
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BC-06CFGM Guardian
BC-06CFGM Guardian Ground Type

AZX-001 Heavy Armor X
AZX-001 Heavy Armor X

AZY-001-1 Heavy Armor Y
AZY-002 Heavy Armor Y

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26 comments:

  1. Now we just need for people to forget Hero of a Thousand faces and the Heroes Journey. ;)

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    1. "Never was there treachery yet but a Campbell was behind it."

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    2. "Never was there treachery yet but a Campbell was behind it."


      Ha! Good call. I remember seeing the plaques in Scotland (in a couple of restaurants and pubs) banning Campbells from the premises.

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    3. My grandmother to the day she died didn't trust Campbells. It's a deep-seated thing.

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  2. I was hoping for all of the reader-built mechs as options.

    Since not all of them are, I'll have to think more.

    For the rest, I hold that the Systems Overterrestrial Coalition must be destroyed.

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    1. Please excuse my oversight. It has been corrected and the noble Kurfürst added.

      NB: I was speaking with the latest Build-a-Mech backer, and he told me how much he admired the Kurfürst.

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    2. Recheck the list, D.J. There's the 17K!

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    3. Thank you so much!

      Then Kurfürst, Harvester, XCD-100! I'd vote twice for the Kurfürst, but that would be bad form. For the other...I'd be happy with either the Type 0 or the Metatron

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    4. I am also tickled that the latest Mech-Builder likes the Kurfürst.

      And in case you thought I forgot...

      For the rest, I hold that the Systems Overterrestrial Coalition must be destroyed.

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  3. TFW their hero, the tradpub gatekeeper who paved the way for the Leftist agenda we suffer today, can't even pass modern purity tests. It's a fitting justice that he get eaten by the very minions he spawned.
    My votes: Metatron, Harvester, Heavy Armor Z, and XCD-100.

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    1. File under: Hoisted on His own Petard.

      Also, a new challenger has entered the arena. I forgot to add the Kurfürst to the list of card candidates. If that addition affects any of your choices, just respond to this comment. Thanks!

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    2. Yes, I think I like Kurfurst. I'll swap him with Heavy Armor Z.

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  4. He was eaten faster than Gernsback was.

    It's also ironic that they used the name "Astounding" given Campbell it hated so much he deliberately changed the magazine's title to get away from it.

    C'est la guerre.

    #InTremaineWeTrust

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    1. Gernsback will get his turn.

      Everybody knows the Hugos are the Death Cult Nepotism Awards. They may as well make it official.

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  5. *inhales

    AAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!

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  6. Campbell believed in a lot of strange things (cough-Dianetics-cough) that wouldn't pass muster with most of us. His hand in othering the pulps in favor of Futurian BS is also a high crime and misdemeanor. All that being said, by their own standards he's responsible for creating what they call science fiction.

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    1. Which goes to show that they're all about destroying it.

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    2. Those anthologies weren't being ironic.

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  7. Brian,

    Ahh well never cared. Now let's use that news to our advantage and get new readers and backers.

    The trading card list:
    Type 0
    XCD 100
    Grand Dolph
    Metatron
    xavier

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  8. SJWs eating their own is win win and always cause for rejoicing. Its not like Campbell's work was good for SciFi and its not like the award was being given to good product anyway.


    XSeed Metatron (I do believe that is one gorgeous mech, but my tastes are always different)
    Kurfurst
    XCD 100
    Type 0

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