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Just so you don’t miss the important quote in the above conversation:
The Superversive Literary Movement is in opposition to wokism, saying that any politics in a work of storytelling should serve the story, rather than the woke commandment to ensure that the story serves woke politics. The Space Princess Movement is a subset thereof.
That exchange occurred in the comments section of the conservative comic strip Mallard Fillmore written and penned these days by Loren Fishman but occasionally featuring the work of its creator Bruce Tinsley.
You can find the comic strip at ComicsKingdom.com though I warn you that the topics are indeed supportive of a conservative viewpoint and the comments are from pro-conservatives with pushback delivered by counterprotesting trolls “under-the-bridge-dwellers.”
I’ve written before about the Superversive movement in science fiction and fantasy. It is designed to oppose what is perceived as a “subversive” movement prevalent in today’s SF/F literature as well as in television, movies, comic books, and so on. I’ve even had some of my short stories published in Superversive anthologies such as…
- “The Three Billion Year Love” in the Mars Anthology
- “Saving the Apostle” in the Saturn Anthology
- The Pleiades Dilemma in the Sol Anthology
…to name a few.
I’ve even been interviewed for Superversive Spotlight Sunday.
But Space Princesses?
Click that last link and have a read. It’s not often I see John C. Wright and John Scalzi mentioned in the same blog post, mainly because I consider them polar opposites in terms of ideology. I’ve reviewed at least one of Scalzi’s novels. When I posted a link on twitter, criticizing the author’s overly-liberal use of the word “fuck” as if he were a toddler who had discovered the word “poop,” he shot back at me with all of the vitriol of an offended 13 year old who couldn’t make it to his safe space fast enough.
For his part, this is Scalzi’s response.
Space Princesses. Hmmmm…
While you may believe that the day of the Space Princess ended with the pulp fiction era, it has endured at least up to Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) in the 1983 Star Wars film Return of the Jedi and perhaps even Queen Padmé Amidala in the three Star Wars “prequel” movies (note the belly button exposure for the latter).
I don’t know if you could write a “Space Princess” story credibly today unless it were satire or farce. On the other hand, Richard Paolinelli‘s recently published Galen’s Way, which does indeed feature a Space Princess, seems to be doing pretty well.
What do you think. Should the Space Princess rise again?