November 14, 2011 | 01:36 AM
For your columns.
For reviewing Smallville, which I enjoyed.
For reviewing Firefly, which I loved.
For reviewing Spreading Misandry, though I couldn't finish it.
For helping a computer geek know what might interest his sister, a history major with a minor in stage management.
For giving me insight into a community outside my own.
For suggesting that it might be the cities I lived in that were broken and not me.
For telling me that maybe I should walk or bike to the store sometimes.
For letting me know it was OK for an adult to like YA fiction.
For helping me process 9/11 and the events that followed.
For getting me into politics for the first time in my life.
For not being afraid to change your mind in public.
For making me hate the fact that my thank you sounds like a Hallmark card. I like the way Al Goodwin said thank you better, so the rest of my thank you will be a story that ends with why I appreciate your Uncle Orson Reviews Everything column this weekend.
My first encounters with your books were intensely social experiences. This Friday I finished listening to Pathfinder and Lost Gate. Unlike when I read your earlier books, I had no one to talk to and I wanted to talk. NOW.
I turned to the internet. I found the hate. Some of it in the text of the first non-commercial review of Pathfinder that Google gave me. I've always known the hate was there. I've seen your past responses to it. I saw your latest response to it over on Hatrack. At twenty years separation you claim you want to write about people in all their diversity and that you don't hate people. That you "attempt to create real and living characters", and "and help readers understand them as people", and that you "find it nearly impossible to create a character that ((you)) do not end up understanding and sympathizing with to some degree. Thus it should surprise no one that ((you)) treat ((them)) ... with understanding and sympathy."
I eventually found my way to a list of fiction "that would put any reader on the top of OSC's 'Evil Queer' List". I glanced at the list. I'd read some of those books. Some based on YOUR recommendations in the Uncle Orson Reviews Everything column. Out of curiosity I compared your reviews to their list. Fifteen authors on the list are mentioned favorably by you. Most of those come highly recommended.
It was not hard to find evidence that you don't hate people. It was right here. In your columns. Consistently. For ten full years.
Thank you for opening your mouth.