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Re: Octavia E. Butler against Lovecraft (World Fantasy Award).

These cries of "racism" are just symptomatic of our time. We are obsessed with race. I don't give a damn about Lovecraft's racial views anymore than I care Dostoevsky was extremely xenophobic.

Xenophobia is almost certainly an evolutionary trait that once was useful and now is harmful. A small gene pool has its own advantages. Gregory Benford once pointed out that a tribe with great rock throwers would benefit greatly from a limited gene pool, increasing the number of great rock throwers with each generation.

Intelligent parenting is the cure for xenophobia. Tolerance is learned; hating those different from you comes too easily. The universe is not kind, warm and fuzzy. Life is not fair. Teach your children well, as the song says; it's more productive than debating the racism of a man born in the 19th century.

I think it ironic that the most tolerant man on earth today is almost certainly a rehabilitated racist.
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Re: Octavia E. Butler against Lovecraft (World Fantasy Award).

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Re: Octavia E. Butler against Lovecraft (World Fantasy Award).

The new trophy thing is pretty dire. Had it been up to me, I'd've tried to commission Patricia Piccinini:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patricia_Piccinini

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Re: Octavia E. Butler against Lovecraft (World Fantasy Award).

If you want to make people really uncomfortable.

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