Year’s First Review of Vile Nonsense — “Safe Space as Rape Room” by Daniel Eness

New year, old tricks. I plan to read and review all Hugo finalists, but we’ll see if that is doable. The Spacefaring, Extradimensional Happy Cat Family is going to grow this summer by one more spacefaring kitten, so my paws might be full of associated dirty work. At least few reviews will be incoming, though, and here’s the first one.

I’m going to start with the nastiest ones so that I can get them out of my system and have a better time later on in the Hugo season. First, I’ll delve into “Safe Space as Rape Room” by Daniel Eness.

Category: Related work
Slate: Rabid Puppies
Published in: Castalia House Blog


Eness’s five-part essay was published in the blog of Castalia House, the small press publishing company owned by the career troll Theodore “Vox Day” Beale who managed to bomb this year’s Hugo ballot. Beale’s cunning plan for this year: accusing the organized SFF fandom of SJWism and liberal leftism is not enough, so let’s mix together half-truths and obvious lies to prove that they are also pedophiles.

That’s the brief that he gave to Daniel Eness — if, in fact, there is a Daniel Eness. The guy doesn’t seem to have much of a web presence. Some person with the same name has published a few short stories, but I don’t know if it’s the same dude. (Yes, it is.) Frankly, it doesn’t matter if the essay was ghost-written by Beale himself. We can read it and see if it’s worth something or not. By now, I’m pretty sure everybody can see that my opinion is the latter one.

The essay summarizes in a couple of paragraphs the well-known criminal cases of science fiction fan Walter Breen, Dragon*Con founder and editor Ed Kramer and horror movie director Victor Salva who have been in prison (or, in Kramer’s case, house arrest) for molesting children. Breen’s wife, the fantasy author Marion Zimmer Bradley, died before her victims could get her convicted. In addition, Isaac Asimov’s son David Asimov was sentenced to home detention for possessing child pornography.

These are the facts. Based on them, Eness draws the conclusion that science fiction community is full of child molesting monsters.

The half-truths start with the discussion of writer Arthur C. Clarke who was accused of pedophilia in a newspaper article once. As far as I know, he was cleared in a police investigation.

Eness goes on to present list of “enablers” who are on record for saying that they believe Ed Kramer was not treated right in jail during the years that he had to wait for the trial. Defending a suspected predator does sound bad, because molesting children is one of the most horrible crimes one can think of, but none of these people say anything that would make them “pedophilia-apologists”, as Eness calls them.

Eness’s next target is John Scalzi whose crime was to not expel Kramer while he was the president of Science Fiction Writers of America. In the grand tradition of Beale’s anti-Scalzi troll attacks, Eness claims that Scalzi has admitted he is a rapist (which is a lie). He also suggests that because Scalzi didn’t mention children when he vocally demanded that conventions have policies against harassment of women, LGBTIQ people or people of color, his safe space policies “endorse and enable adult-child relationships” (which is, well, ridiculous).

After Scalzi, Eness bashes the writer Samuel R. Delany who has occasionally said some positive things about NAMBLA, The North American Man/Boy Love Association. Everyone who is interested in the details, should probably go on and read Delany’s correspondence with Will Shetterly in which the SFWA Grand Master discusses his own sexual encounters as a child. It is incredibly hard to agree with Delany on a number of things, but the exchange is interesting.

When it comes to Delany, Eness’s chosen tactic for exposing the pro-pedophilic attitudes in SFF community is cutting and pasting quotes by known SFF figures (Cat Rambo, Jo Walton, Gardner Dozois…) about Delany’s work. The quotes that praise Babel-17, Nova, Dhalgren and his other seminal works are then juxtaposed with violently pornographic excerpts from the novel Hogg. The logic of the piece is, again, fairly ridiculous.

To sum it up, Eness’s essay offers the same basic information about Breen, Zimmer Bradley et al that has been covered much better elsewhere. On top of that, he fabricates a shitload of funny evidence against Scalzi and Delany (and others Beale has a hate-boner for) who have nothing to do with the actual crimes that have taken place. Even though the topic is important and all sorts of harassment in SFF community should be discussed and brought to light, the essay is extremely worthless. Considering the way it suggests that fighting the harassment of women and minorities would enable pedophilia, it is not only worthless but also evil.

As I’ve suggested before, this piece shouldn’t be on the voter packet and Midamericon II should publicly address the fact that most of its accusations are lies. “Safe Space as Rape Room” doesn’t deserve anybody’s attention (and much less anybody’s Hugo votes), but I decided to discuss it here because everybody who wants to take a look can easily find it online and it’s probably good to have other viewpoints available.

I won’t link to it, but in case you doubt something I’ve written here, you don’t have to take my word for it. Google it and see for yourself if it’s a worthy Hugo finalist.

Extradimensional, Happy Score: 0/10


16 thoughts on “Year’s First Review of Vile Nonsense — “Safe Space as Rape Room” by Daniel Eness

  1. MC DuQuesne

    “Eness claims that Scalzi has admitted he is a rapist (which is a lie).”

    It’s the exact same lie that Scalzi and his rabbits use every time they falsely attribute views to Vox by out of context quotation. Scalzi is as much a rapist as Vox promotes throwing acid in women’s faces.

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    1. Kathodus

      Beale makes little word-traps where he thinks he’s expressing his views in a way that sounds racist, sexist, etc., but ACTUALLY if you read closely, he’s not. Except that actually, if you read them closely, yes, he is expressing racist, sexist, etc. views. He is a master of stepping on his own hidden rakes. Nobody else is fooled, except, it seems McDuQuesne and others of his elk.

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  2. MC DuQuesne

    Wasn’t defending against your opinion, was clarifying the context of the trolling you mentioned. Holding Scalzi to his own standards of discourse means accepting his self proclaimed status as a rapist.


      1. MC DuQuesne

        Parody isn’t The only place context matters. Read the GoH speech he was responding to, and the context becomes clear. Of course, he was wrong, she later clarified she is full savage, but Vox had given her the benefit of the doubt.


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  4. Cat Faber

    Wow, that sounds just as ugly as I expected it to be. Sometimes I wonder what twisted alternate reality these guys are LARPing but I don’t want to actually enter it to find out.


  5. Lurkertype

    The Delany section — reprinting huge chunks of the most graphic stuff — reminds me of the people who campaign about {pr0n|violence|cussing} and talk about exactly HOW MUCH of the stuff they read/watched and HOW MUCH they thought about it, with spreadsheets and… are they actually getting some kind of sick thrill by repeatedly viewing this material?

    When I’m disgusted by something, I ignore it completely.

    It’s practically a cliche that someone who’s rabidly anti-gay in public turns out to be gay IRL. Or that Christian decency ladies are reading 50 Shades.

    Like former speaker of the House Hastert who is now a current Federal felon*. He repeatedly supported legislation and fulminated against child molesters, saying they ought to be jailed for life. Meanwhile, he himself was a serial child molester of boys.

    One also wonders if there’s enough quotations for Delany (or others) to get this crap off the market for copyright infringement.

    But MAC2 definitely needs to disclaim this (and all of BRW) right on the ballot, lest they set themselves up for a nifty libel case.

    *just like Teddy Boy’s daddy is!**
    ** U C wut I did there. Unlike Rabids, I don’t pretend to believe it. Teddy’s daddy is only a business and tax cheat, not a perv.


    1. Kathodus

      By VD’s own standards, he and his father are both suspect, given the sketchy nature of at least one of the artists he slated.


      1. Lurkertype

        Oh yeah, I’d blocked out Mr. Child Porn “art” and his underage naked girls.

        If that’s not supporting perversion, I don’t know what is — advocating that a guy who makes money drawing teenage labia be put forward for an honor?

        Very suspect, and not at all what a true buckaroo defender of children would do.


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