Truth is stranger than fiction (though the Mission Earth series might disprove this old saw – it’s hard to dream up weirder than that).
I wonder if any of the WOTF contest winners understood that within a few weeks of being paraded on stage and handed a trophy and a check, their speeches would be being touted at the weekly “graduation” of scientology orgs?
Like the people who are tricked into saying something positive about the “social betterment activities” and posing for pictures — nobody warns them in advance that they will be being used to try to bestow legitimacy on scientology and the writings of L. Ron Hubbard.
Several of the officials cited in scientology publications and shown with great fanfare in the puff piece videos presented by David Miscavige at the “international events” have been contacted and have reacted with surprise, horror or protests of trickery (or all 3). I wonder what the WOTF winners would say?
They would have an even more legitimate beef — they are not being video’d in conjunction with Hubbard’s “humanitarian” works. This is Hubbard the sci-fi writer.
And while scientology touts this with terms such as “global impact” and “profound impact” — they bristle at anyone mentioning scientology as the brainstorm of a “science fiction writer” or that it’s a “sci-fi religion.” They HATE those labels. Yet, here they are…