In Part 1, it was established that the science fiction community has a serious, half-century long problem with pedophilia that ranges from its outlying fans to its inner circle. Even two of the “Big Three” have major scandals associated with their names.
Because it is estimated that 60% of child sexual abuse offenders are acquaintances, 29% of child sexual abuse offenders are relatives and only 11% are strangers, and because science fiction provides an environment for like-minded youth and adults to interact over shared interests, leaders in science fiction publishing and fandom must be particularly vigilant.
Problem: they aren’t.
In fact, a survey of some of the biggest names in the industry uncovers a shocking number of pedophilia-enablers, people who, with the power of a few words, could provide a hedge against the known problem of predators using science fiction to target children. Instead, they’ve built a palace to protect the predators.
Anne McCafferey – Long after the rumors of Ed Kramer’s unsettling relationships with young boys were circulating, and well after Nancy A. Collins had begun to raise questions and evidence against Kramer in sufficient amount to persuade caution, McCaffrey came out in “violent” defense of Kramer.
“My response is violent, as I have often been a guest and GoH at Dragon*Con. I have written such people as I know who might spread the word and try to get Ed his trial. Four effing years? And this is before the current Bush administration. Something must be done for him.
….I never had much use for the State of Georgia anyhow but there are limits past which any right-thinking person must take action. As a euro-citizen, I would be happy to take it to the Hague. (I’ll find out how.)
But thank you for laying out the sordid facts and reminding us all that some basic human rights can be at risk”
Notably, McCaffrey is also the entire reason why the old “Science Fiction-only” SFWA expanded to include the Fantasy genre. Thus, a pedophilia-apologist also happened to be a powerful force for change in the SFWA.
Apparently, some sordid facts are more sordid than others.
Harlan Ellison – A large number of science fiction big names have gone on record to staunchly defend the rights of pedophiles, while the number of opponents of such a culture are not only small, but not prominent. One of the more popular voices in science fiction is Ellison, and he used his weight to lend support to the “Free Ed” movement, with no concern for the actual victims:
“It’s primordial. Gwinnett County behaves as if it’s the 14th century, and it’s the Spanish inquisition. They’re treating Ed Kramer as if he’s the Marquis De Sade for Chrissakes.”
Ellison’s comparison was high and to the left: Kramer’s crimes were more horrific than de Sade’s.
“The material about Ed Kramer makes it abundantly clear what we who grew up in the `60s learned in the days of the Freedom Riders. The human-rights record of the South lags somewhat behind that of the United States.
What can we do to help our friend Ed Kramer? If money is needed, we should organize a benefit campaign. It is probably time to go to the media. It should be played up as flagrant anti- Semitism, which it clearly is. Ed needs to sue and seek criminal prosecutions of his torturers. And, quite frankly, of his accusers. As far as I can tell, he has suffered this ordeal merely because of a malicious lie. This sort of thing has happened before, not necessarily in the South. In Salem, Massachusetts, for example.Certainly, SFWA, if it is good for anything, should not leave Ed Kramer to rot. In the past it has been hard to get information, and there’s always been this sense of “we shouldn’t discuss the case before the trial.”
— Darrell Schweitzer, World Fantasy Award winner and nominee, author, poet, essayist, publisher and co-editor of the legendary Weird Tales.
John Scalzi -The SFWA (an author organization probably best known for its Nebula Award for science fiction) was called upon to assist in the Kramer affair. One may reasonably mistake the organization’s public silence for condemnation. However, then-president (2010-2013) of the SFWA John Scalzi had every opportunity to expel Kramer from its membership (following the second arrest in 2011, imprisonment in 2012, and sentencing in 2013) roles for his egregious violation of the public trust that science fiction conventions and other events are assumed to have.
Kramer was kept as a member in good standing following his sentencing.
“[T]here’s a part of me…who can understand why those men could rationalize a) not immediately acting in the interests of a child being raped, b) not immediately going to the police, c) doing only the minimum legal requirements, d) acting to keep from exposing their organization to a scandal. But here’s the thing: that part of me? That part of me is a coward.” – John Scalzi
Scalzi’s cowardice may be his reason for fostering a pro-pedophilia environment, but it certainly is not an excuse. Possibly he realizes that his stance on abuse is already compromised, as, in addition to his now-famous admission to being a rapist, he has also confessed to writing inappropriate and disturbing rape fiction:
“I thought it would be an interesting character note…for the serial killer to basically rape and torture the wife — at which point Pamela immediately went from interested to disgusted, threw up her hands, and had them make motions that I immediately interpreted as oh God Oh God this horrible idea of yours get it off me right now.” — John Scalzi, recounting how Pamela Wallace, Hollywood screenwriter and romance novelist, was repulsed by his forays into rape.
But it wasn’t just silence on the SFWA’s part in 2013. That was also the year that they elevated an advocate of pedophilia to their highest honor.
Samuel R. Delany – Named Damon Knight Lifetime Grandmaster in 2013, Samuel “Chip” Delany had been extolling the virtues of sex with children for decades.
“I read the NAMBLA [Bulletin] fairly regularly and I think it is one of the most intelligent discussions of sexuality I’ve ever found. I think before you start judging what NAMBLA is about, expose yourself to it and see what it is really about. What the issues they are really talking about, and deal with what’s really there rather than this demonized notion of guys running about trying to screw little boys. I would have been so much happier as an adolescent if NAMBLA had been around when I was 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.” — Samuel R. Delany, June 25, 1994.
“Since I spent eighteen years of my life as a child, and nine years of that life as a pretty sexually active gay child, my complaint against the current attitudes is that they work mightily to silence the voices of children first and secondarily ignore what adults have to say who have been through these situations. One size fits all is never the way to handle any situation with a human dimension. Many, many children—and I was one of them—are desperate to establish some sort of sexual relation with an older and even adult figure.
Today, all such relationships are so completely demonized as to destroy souls and psyches on both sides of the purely arbitrary 18-year-old divide.” – Delany, June 30, 2014.
Elizabeth Waters – Marion Zimmer Bradley’s long-time lover, who was told of Walter Breen’s sexual abuse of the couple’s son, Patrick, by the victim himself. In a deposition, she spoke to the familial and social culture of denial:
Q: Is there any particular reason why you did not relate what Patrick had told you, to Marion Zimmer Bradley?
A. At the time, we were all so traumatized that I didn’t want to add to anybody’s trauma anymore than they were already traumatized, and Patrick was an adult at that point, and whatever Marion may have done to him in the past was clearly over.”
Robert A. Heinlein – The one “Big” of the Big 3 who hasn’t come up yet. He had these encouraging words for Marion Zimmer Bradley following the Breendoggle:
“The fan nuisance we were subjected to was nothing like as nasty as the horrible things that were done to you two but it was bad enough that we could get nothing else done during the weeks it went on and utterly spoiled what should have been a pleasant, happy winter. But it resulted in a decision which has made our life much pleasanter already…We have cut off all contact with organized fandom.”
In other words, in the rare instance when fandom actually reacts negatively to your child molestation, the best thing to do is to reject fandom.