A year ago this morning I published a book that changed the world. That’s not an extremely arrogant thing to say, and I admit, it sounds a little pompous. But, every book changes the world. Some a little, and some a whole lot. I like to think this book fell somewhere in the middle.
And it almost never was. The publisher tried to ban the book. Before anyone gets all liturgical and legalistic on the meaning of “banned” or “blacklisted” or whatever it takes for someone to shut down the production of a book because they philosophically disagree with an idea in the book… This argument was fought and won hands down over a year ago by Michael Bunker when he put paid to any critics who argued the book wasn’t banned or blacklisted in an article he wrote on Samzidat and Traditional Publishing.
A year ago I wrote that blog post. It went viral. I got the attention of some heavy hitters in the publishing industry and a lot of people who thought the country, culture, corporate life and so many other facets of our lives were headed in the wrong direction. One of the biggest literary pundits commenting on Indie publishing, The Passive Voice, picked up my blog and commented. Larry Correia Book Bombed CTRL ALT Revolt and tons of people immediately purchased it out of little more than spite. I’m glad to say I can report many of them had a good time reading it when they got around to it. People like Vox Day, John Ringo, and John C. Wright contacted me for no other reason than to provide moral support and congratulate me on taking a stand against the big publishing bullies who’d been marginalizing them and many other fine writers guilty of ThoughtCrime. Also tons of kind readers took a moment to express solidarity amid the SJW Brownshirts who immediately started a clictivism-assault by slamming the book with bogus hate reviews. (Note: Creeepy SJW-types who can write, or get published, love to hide behind the internet and ban or boycott anyone they disagree with while spreading fake news.)
Readers who may never have found me but for the controversy, found me! And here’s the thing: I didn’t write that blog post to accomplish any of that. Actually I was upset and angry that I’d been violated by big publishing. I didn’t want to let them get away with what they’d done. And… they were about to get away with it scot-free. In the quiet months after Harper Collins fired me, I had readers asking me where my next book had gone. It had been available for preorder on Amazon. Suddenly, it wasn’t. How embarrassing to have to go to your readers and tell them the publisher decided not to publish your book because of the content of your book. Not the quality. That was never an issue. I have the emails and voice mail to prove it. Instead it was because you’d written something that had “deeply offended someone.”
In that moment of writing that blog post I felt like all the SJW’s in the world were winning and that they always would. I felt that Obama was going to go ahead and get away with all the wrong he was constantly working at to ruin a nation he hated and was supposed to be leading. I felt like the culture was going to continue to degenerate from a lack of moral compass, grievance politics, and most importantly: turning away from the God that gave them the rights they once held so dear. I felt very alone.
Then I published CTRL ALT Revolt and my world changed as I discovered there were many who felt and thought the same way. They were angry. They were tired of being belittled and humiliated by the supposed “brights” of our culture. They were tired of being lied to by fake newz and told right was wrong, left was right, and up was down. And, they’d simply wanted to be entertained when they read science fiction, or watched a movie or TV. They were tired of being lectured with boorish sermons on gender, sexuality, and race. They were tired of the self-righteous do-gooder scolds who’d infected every strata of our culture.
I was merely happy that my tribe had found me and that we agreed on the things we agreed upon. But I didn’t think the world is going to change. I thought it was going to continue its heedless, pell-mell decent into oblivion led by the purple-haired snowflake SJW panzer-grenadiers of the world who desired bathroom equality over making it to Mars and other great endeavors. Every corporation and entertainment giant seemed hellbent on inventing nothing new beyond reinventing everything that was, except that it was now not racist, not gender phobic, and not any of all the stupid little trigger words they’ve invented to confuse everything and everyone instead of actually inventing something new.
But… things began to change. Trump got elected. Fair and square. Fact. And now I’m beginning to hear rumblings. Beginning to hear that corporate culture is realizing SJW’s do nothing but harm the bottom line. That they don’t add value. And, that they’re almost universally hated by the rest of the culture. The failed schemes of SJW’s have bankrupted them and cost them customer loyalty. Even Marvel, who’d doubled-down so hard on gender and race politics at the expense of entertainment and story, is beginning to rethink that folly.
A year ago I keyed the boss’s car on the way out the door. A year ago I published a novel that had been banned and blacklisted by a major publisher. It was considered unpublishable because it simply suggested that we, as a culture, were monsters when examined by an alien eye because of how we treated our most vulnerable. A year ago I doubted the world would ever change.
A year later… things are beginning to turn around. Happy Birthday CTRL ALT Revolt! A book that was sent to the gulag and won the most important award in Science Fiction. In 2016, CTRL ALT Revolt won the Dragon Award for Best Post Apocalyptic Novel. Thank you God.