Damn. Almost got it in on time. Oh well.
Anyway, I wanted to post a quick blurb about the Hugo Awards. If you are a fan of science fiction and/or fantasy, you know about the Hugos. And you probably heard about all the excitement this year, what with the Puppies, both Sad and Rabid. If you haven’t heard, there are places like this Wired article that explain it very well. But to sum up: A small cadre of conservative writers attempted to take advantage of a loophole in award rules and nominate a slate of writers whose work, they felt, was more in line with “traditional” SFF. They did manage to get quite a few of their writers on the final ballot. Their efforts proved fruitless, however, as none of the writers on the Sad/Rabid Puppies slates took home awards. In fact, in categories dominated by those writers, the fanbase voted that no award be given rather than give an award to Puppy-supported work. In essence, the fans declared that science fiction and fantasy have evolved. They’re not giving trophies to the people who haven’t yet come out of their caves.
I’m thrilled by the response. While I’m not a voting member, I still follow the Hugos as a genre fan, and count on the annual list of nominees and winners to let me know what to read next. This year I had to put that on hold, because I cannot bring myself to take reading suggestions from Theodore “Vox Day” Beale. Read what he has to say in that article I linked. You’ll need a shower afterward.
It was ugly, but in the end the good guys won. And as for what I’ll be reading next, I have Tobias Buckell’s handy alternate Hugos list to go by. Time to settle in with a good book.