The Gods of the Copybook Headings: Profit Motive

I know, I know: Capitalism is eeevil.  Alas, in the real world filled with actual humans, science fiction novels are luxury goods.  The “pink SF” crowd seems determined to learn this the hard way.

I did that with my WIP, swapped the male lead to female, then had the same people read what I had so far. The women loved it, the men hated it, whereas before the men loved it, and the women were just sorta meh about it. Made me decide to leave it as a female lead. I figured, if it was making the men so uncomfortable, then I was doing something right.

Emphasis mine.  This is what the CisHetPat philosophy crowd calls a “category error.”  The point of writing science fiction novels is not to make men uncomfortable.  The point is to GET PAID (a.k.a. the Tao of Larry Correia).  If you’re not writing to reach your audience — and you can tell if you are, because you’re GETTING PAID — then you’re not really a novelist.  You’re a preacher.

Which is fine; the world needs preachers, too, and there are millions of street corners on which to rant.  But don’t expect to be taken seriously as an author of science fiction.  (Same deal with the preacher — a minister whose every homily is about Ringo Rocket’s battle with the Robo-Men of Planet X-22 is going to be minus a congregation).

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2 thoughts on “The Gods of the Copybook Headings: Profit Motive

  1. Notsothoreau

    I stopped reading science fiction because of the women writers. (Yes there are a few of the old writers that I liked). They don’t seem to be able to tell a story in a single book and the stories were boring. I really have had my fill of “you go girl” nonsense.

  2. Severian

    Wait, you mean you don’t want every single book to be Romance in Space? Which of the brawny yet sensitive alpha male Space Marines will choose meeeeeeeeeeeee?!?

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