John Scalzi is a science-fiction writer, and a former President of the Science Fiction Writers of America. For reasons passing understanding, he gained the attention of an unpleasant fellow who roams the ether under the modest pseudonym of “Vox Day.”1 This the second time in as many weeks that Vox Day, or “VD” as people have taken to calling him, has come to my attention. This is two too many. The first time, I learned that VD is also the author of a hilarious book entitled The Irrational Atheist (Wait… he was serious about that?!).
Scalzi has become on of VD’s favorite targets, and the unpleasant fellow has been trolling Scalzi’s blog, being sufficiently racist, sexist, and/or homophobic in the author’s eye to warrant an inspired response. In effect, Scalzi will donate $5 to one of four charities dedicated to fighting racism, sexism, or homophobia. Others has pledged to support his campaign and, to date, he has raised as much as $50,000. The good news is that there’s still time to get in on the fun.
I could go on, but really, Mr. Scalzi can tell it better than I can and already has.
- A play on “Vox Dei,” or “the voice of God.” [↩]