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Schubert Withdraws

Edmund R. Schubert, the editor of ORSON SCOTT CARD'S INTERGALACTIC MEDICINE SHOW, has announced his decision to withdraw from the Hugo race. Schubert was a nominee in the category Best Editor, Short Form. He had been included on both the Sad Puppy and Rabid Puppy slates, though apparently without his knowledge.

He has issued a statement explaining the reasons for his withdrawal, which you can read here:

Sasquan had previously announced that the Hugo ballot in now at the printers, so Schubert's name will still appear, but he has indicated that he will refuse the award, should he win it.

I understand the reasons for his withdrawal and applaud his integrity. It cannot be easy to walk away from a major award, perhaps one that you have dreamed of someday winning. And this takes courage as well; like the others who have dropped off the Puppy slate, he will undoubtedly come in for a certain amount of angry barking from the kennels.


May. 1st, 2015 02:01 pm (UTC)
The truly wonderful Mr. Schubert
Ed was a welcoming face from the first moments I joined fandom myself. At NASFIC 2010 his books (IGMS anthologies among other things) and my "stuff" shared a table in the dealer's room. He was generous with his time, advice, and friendship. I've been honored to call him a colleague, and occasionally enjoyed very much my time with him on sf con panels -- one that very much sticks out in light of all the recent goings on is, at illogiCon 2013? or 2014?, a panel on -- get this! -- civil discourse in sf, considering the wide range of political, religious, and other beliefs. Ed of course had some wonderful things to say on that score.

One of my favorite "Ed" moments though has to be his conversation with you at ConCarolinas last year. A huge packed hall, great, far-ranging conversation on books and fandom and on and on.

I can't really imagine what Ed has to have gone through this year. Mr. Swanwick likely said it best: "Imagine dedicating your life to science fiction. Then imagine being nominated for the Hugo for the very first time. Now imagine turning down the honor." And: "Edmund, I hope that if I ever find myself in your situation, I show your grace."


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