Break out the punching bags. The ongoing dispute between liberal and conservative America has taken over the Hugos, with ballot stuffing and calls of bias tearing into the fandom.
What does it all mean? Well maybe the Hugos has to go away. But then maybe we shouldn’t be placing so much emphasis and prestige on a single award, either.
So here we go. Trigger warning, there’s plenty of ‘white male’ this and ‘social justice warrior’ that.
So, if the ideology argument doesn’t convince you, the literary one should, because really, who would ever want science fiction to be confused with actual literature? Clearly, science fiction and fantasy should be about shallow, white males doing acts of fantastic content that have absolutely no meaning other than the joy of shooting neat weapons systems at the bad guys, who are equally shallow but do not have to be white males.
So to David, I have to say, with genuine regret, “I am really sorry I have to turn down your kind invitation.” And to the people running Worldcon, “I’m sorry I can’t present at the Hugo Awards ceremony, but I’ll definitely be attending the convention, and I’m supporting you all the way.”
I really like the way Connie uses speech marks so that we know she is talk-writing.
Any way the dice fall, I foresee lots of booing and hissing as the names are called out, lots of unhappy presenters, angry winners and angrier losers
4. Theordore Beale / Vox Day.
He doesn’t say much, usually just quotes other articles with a high degree of snark. Here’s his blog though
If I am responsible for everyone that comments on my site, then you are responsible for yours. I think we can both agree that is absurd. I let everyone speak for themselves, debate, and I don’t remove comments just because I disagree with them. I don’t “massage” or “disemvowel”, and I hardly ever block anyone except for insane trolls and usually then only after they’ve become really repetitive and boring.
Well, the internet is getting more responsive.
It has come to my attention that “Lines of Departure” was one of the nomination suggestions in Vox Day’s “Rabid Puppies” campaign. Therefore—and regardless of who else has recommended the novel for award consideration—the presence of “Lines of Departure” on the shortlist is almost certainly due to my inclusion on the “Rabid Puppies” slate. For that reason, I had no choice but to withdraw my acceptance of the nomination. I cannot in good conscience accept an award nomination that I feel I may not have earned solely with the quality of the nominated work.
The basic gist of it all is this: a group of conservative authors campaigned to combat what they see as the liberal bias of these awards and our culture in general (otherwise known as natural selection or human progress) by “stuffing the ballots” to honor conservative authors. And it looks like it worked, in that the books did get nominated.
But did it ultimately destroy the credibility of the awards? If the conservative nominations don’t ultimately win, the conservative group will claim it was because of liberal bias. If they do win, their opponents will claim it was because of ballot stuffing. No matter what happens, the awards, this year at least, won’t be about who wrote the best stories. They’ll be about which side of an ongoing political debate won a pissing contest.