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Hugo Nominees Announced

MidAmericon II has announced the final ballot for the 2016 Hugo Awards. You can find the list here:

http://midamericon2.org/home/hugo-awards-and-wsfs/2016-hugo-finalists/

It is, to say the least, a mixed bag. A lot of good books and stories, writers and artists... cheek by jowl with some stuff that is considerably less worthy.

I will have more to say when I've had more time to review and digest the ballot.

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Gregory Hullender
Apr. 27th, 2016 01:17 am (UTC)
What Price Humanity?
I've read and reviewed all the short fiction (even "Space Raptor.") One story from the slates really stands out, and that's "What Price Humanity?" by David VanDyke. In my view, it's the best of the five finalists in the Best Novelette category.

This story is what the puppies have been claiming they were all about. It's an excellent, award-worthy story that we'd have never known about other than their campaign. There was nothing like it last year, and it's the only one of its kind this year, but it does exist.

I see this as something of a test of fandom. Can we commit to voting strictly on story quality--ignoring where the story came from? It would be sad if the best story lost simply because people refused to even read it given where it came from.

You can read my complete review of it here: http://www.rocketstackrank.com/2016/02/what-price-humanity-by-david-vandyke.html
Brooklyn Ann
Apr. 27th, 2016 03:36 am (UTC)
Hmmm...
Well, I'm delighted to see Larry Elmore on there. I love his art. Also, Hooray for Stephen King. He's never won a Hugo, has he?

And I can't help but be amused to see Chuck Tingle on there. His titles always make me crack up, though I'm not sure whether I've read him or not. Bizarro erotica isn't my usual reading choice, though I did read one about Tetris blocks that had me in hysterics, though it was definitely not award winning material.

And of course I'm rolling my eyes at the obvious Rabid choices.
mrjoshuaspeaks
Apr. 27th, 2016 04:06 am (UTC)
George, would it be beneficial to ignore the publicity stunt?
I feel like the main people and more obvious person behind this debacle is/are now just thriving on the attention and publicity. In your opinion, as fandom can we encourage more voters and perhaps a change of process without acknowledging the source of the sabotage. Can we ignore VD? Or do we have to scratch it and make it feel better?
langkard
Apr. 27th, 2016 05:19 am (UTC)
The rabid types were more clever this year than last year. They seeded their slate with works which are more likely to garner votes because those works are not connected with the rabid puppies. A good example is the nomination of Neil Gaiman in the Best Graphic Story category. This way they can claim victory even though the nominee might be utterly opposed to their agenda. The Black Gate fanzine nomination is also a surprise, since John O'Niell repudiated the puppy slate nomination last year.

The Related Work category is a complete loss. Granted, the study of Gene Wolfe's works might otherwise be worthy, but it was published by Vox Day's Castalia House. Jeffro Johnson edits the Castalia House blog. Possibly the worst of all of the nominations in any category is the blog post by Moira Greyland. Her devastating story deserves better than to be used to promote the ideological agenda of bigots like the blog owner and Vox Day and it is questionable if it really qualifies as a related work at all. Who her parents were is the message as Vox Day sees things, rather than the actual content of the story which is all about child sexual abuse and its effects on the victims.

Last year I made an effort to read all of the nominees, even those obviously the result of the slates. This year, I will not bother. I haven't looked at the slates, but those with obvious connections to Vox Day and the rabid people are too much of a waste of precious reading time. Even as a fan of Gene Wolfe, I can't force myself to read anything published by or related to Castalia House. I won't knowingly support Vox Day's causes, financially or otherwise. In cases like that of Neil Gaiman's nomination and some others, I can ignore that the rabid puppies cynically made those nominations and vote for the best candidate. Sadly, in the Related Work category there is no best candidate except No Award.

Plenty of worthy works remain in the various other categories and I hope to read most or all of them before voting closes.

I worry about Worldcon 75 next year in Helsinki, since Castalia House is based in Finland, giving a greater opportunity for neo-fascist mischief promoted by Vox Day and his sycophants.
ravenvoice
Apr. 27th, 2016 06:49 am (UTC)
I was under the impression that RP were hoping for a Bronie stampede if the MLP ep were to ranked under No Award. That the Bronies would go fri equine to canine.
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