Extra, extra! The farce that is the Hugo Awards rolls over into 2014! Right-wing extremist coup attempt on nominations! Award process offers no defense!
I have previously pointed out the, ahem, gaps in the Hugo award process. But I know I am just a lone, weak voice in the crowd. I run a backalley, East Podunk, beyond the black stump blog where opinion matters naught in the face of the mighty Hugo. Guess I’ll just have to leave it to the award to shoot itself in the foot… Wait!! In 2014, thanks to the Sad Puppy campaign, it has!
Emergency room appraises wounds! Hugo in critical condition!
When Hugo nominations opened for 2014, Larry Correia, science fiction/fantasy author of, ahem, ‘midlist detective stories’ (some of which are set in a world subtly named ‘Grimnoir’), posted a list of authors and works that his fans could/should nominate. The campaign successful, five of the eight categories feature Correia’s suggestions. These names include: Brad Torgersen and the redoubtable Vox Day (Theodore Beale) for best novelette, and Correia himself for best novel. With the appearance of this group of authors on the ballot and alllllllll the ideological baggage they bring in tow, the Hugo process, and by default the organizers which oversee the process, have been caught with their pants hanging—at the ankles in a stiff breeze.