Drilling further, Martin locates the latest SF Signal Mind Meld, which asks the founders of SFFE, “Why is Genre Fiction Bleak and What Can Be Done About It?” This does not appear to be what SFFE is actually about — that’s positive reviews of books, not reviews of positive books — but the respondents go to some lengths to clear up the confusion.
It’s also not the obvious question: Why ethics? But founder Andy Remic, author of the recently- (if-not-positively-) reviewed-by-Martin Biohell, answers it anyway:
I chose the name “Ethics” not because I wanted to explore the ethical contexts of novels or films, but because I wanted to make an ethical stand against the motherfuckers who, to my mind, are systematically ruining the SFFH genres.
Anonymous motherfuckers are always intriguing, and several folks, including Martin, our own Dave Schwartz and the estimable Abigail Nussbaum have asked Mr. Remic exactly which motherfuckers, and how, exactly?
Mr. Remic has expressed a reluctance to clear up the confusion. So: I volunteer. If the genre needs ruining, I’m up for it. I’m not promising to fuck anyone’s mother, but if I do, I promise to be systematic about it.
Jeff Vandermeer says: “I have a theory that writers should not join organizations with other writers. I.e., we are congenitally incapable of not eventually appearing to be absurdist or to be participating in some kind of cosmic metafiction when we do form organizations.”
I say, writers should join absurdist organizations and roll around in cosmic metafiction till it coats them to their eyeballs.