It seems that Orson Scott Card, basically an iconic figure in the world of science-fiction writing, is a bit of an idiot. Please refer to his rantings against homosexuality here.
Jim C. Hines blogged a bit about it here and I have to agree with him – there’s no reason why this sort of hate literature needs to be put out and eagerly jumped on by those who know nothing but what they read – and assume that since Card says it, it MUST be true.
This sort of stuff has been really steaming my clams (to quote the Middleman) for some time now. WHY do we think that our celebrities, our authors and our moviemakers have any more a valid opinion about anything than the person next toyou? Does Paris Hilton REALLY have some major insight that you can’t find in the bottom of a Tim Horton’s box of Timbits? Do I really need to see some sort of political allegory in EVERY film out this year because it’s the Thing To Do? Do I really need to read one more diatribe about how homosexuality is destroying America (and if it is, it’s taking it’s own sweet time…) and have it gain some sort of acceptance because of the Grand Masters of Science Fiction wrote it?
All this does is make me eye Card’s entire body of work with a jaded eye. As it does anyone who proclaims their personal views and assumes that I give a tinker’s damn about it. Write well, write often and I’ll enjoy it. But start spewing hate and you’ll find your books gone from my shelves; I don’t care how famous you think you are.
Guess Card doesn’t believe in Canada either. We’re doing just fine with same-sex marriages; have been for years. And somehow we keep on going…