…about gender identity in one’s works that I would like to avoid like the plague. Not because I don’t want to take sides – Glenn Reynolds, [Sarah Hoyt, Kate Paulk], and Larry Correia (followup) are perfectly correct that raw story should take precedence over politically-correct bullshit – or because I think that it’ll wreck my non-existent non-political writing career (you try being a too-open Republican in the role-playing game writing community sometime). No, I want to avoid it because it’s so freaking dreary and futile. I find that more and more of my genre fiction reading is coming from sources that are not big publishing companies: e-books, Amazon, Kickstarter, and POD will probably end up being my default options*. It’s already a matter of marketing irrelevance for me whether a book’s won a Hugo or a Nebula (never used to be); I kind of expect that trend to continue.
And it is kind of diagnostic that, of all the people in those links who are arguing the other side, about the only one I read is John Scalzi. And while I enjoyed Redshirts and Old Man’s War well enough, well… he doesn’t make me keep reading him the way that, say, Charlie Stross can.