[Brad] Torgersen is conflating literary ambition with leftism and demographic diversity; ideology and entertainment are not at odds in science fiction. Most major science-fiction writers have had strong political convictions that have been reflected in their work. A genre that includes the socialist H.G. Wells, the libertarian Heinlein, the Catholic conservative Gene Wolfe, the anarchist Le Guin, the feminist Margaret Atwood and the Marxist China Mieville can hardly be thought of as essentially nonpolitical entertainment.

Nor is it the case that literary ambition is the province only of the left. Much of the best literary science fiction has been written by writers whose politics are right wing. Robert Silverberg, for instance, is a conservative, but his best novel, “Dying Inside,” is a story of a telepath, rich with allusions to Kafka and Saul Bellow — writers Silverberg was emulating. The faux populism of the Puppy brigade is actually insulting to the right, since it assumes that conservatives can’t be interested in high culture.

The New Republic on scifi and the Puppies.

What is it with right wingers and their weird insistence on treating their own like brainless idiots who can’t understand or, heaven forbid, enjoy complex and challenging things?