This is Chapter 1 of the Serialized Novel of the World's Greatest Angel Vox Day!
(also it's a parody of War in Heaven - a particularly terrible book by a particularly terrible writer - it will offer no insights into gamergate, Hugo awards or puppies. Sorry if you are looking for that - but there's this really wonderful invention called the internet).
Vox Day was an angel, a beautiful bald angel, a warrior angel, an angel with a flaming sword. That sword was really flaming. I mean it was totally cool, but the forces of evil and social justice aligned around this 16-year old boy that Vox Day was watching, because he was an angel and Vox Day was scrambling for .
If you don’t read this, THEY will win and then you won’t know what you will get when you read fantasy books.
A few decades ago, if you saw a lovely spaceship on the book cover, with a beautiful planet in the background, you could be pretty sure you would get a space opera full of one-dimensional characters and redheads named Barbara who had sex with the very masculine spacemen who were totally into women. If you saw a barbarian holding an axe, it meant that you were going to get a lot of racist power fantasies involving Cthulu monsters, rants against miscegenation and hooked nose money grubbing “shemites” being all shemitic. And the barbarians would have lots and lots of sex with beautiful women and you would strongly suspect that Robert E Howard was a virgin.
But now a book with a spaceship on the cover could have minorities, characterization, a plot that comes naturally from the characters and acknowledgment of privilege and exploitation. What kind of a book has a spaceship on the cover and doesn’t have galactic heroes with space blasters and princesses just waiting around to be rescued? No. Today’s authors can’t put a woman in the thing without talking about sexism. Finally, how about a book where there is a cyborg on the cover – a cyborg with a mechanized arm? Why can’t it be a war story? Why do these gay and transgender people have to get into our cyborg tales? Can’t we just read about body modifications without someone talking about transgender?