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The Replacements

MidAmericon II has finally announced the replacements for the two Hugo nominees who withdrew from the ballot as originally announced.

Replacing BLACK GATE in Best Fanzine is LADY BUSINESS, which can be found here http://ladybusiness.dreamwidth.org/

Replacing "The Commuter" by Thomas Mays in Short Story is "Cat Pictures Please" by Naomi Kritzer, which was originally published in CLARKESWORLD http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/kritzer_01_15/

I am not familiar with either of the new nominees... but since they were not part of any slate, I think both of them are likely to be strong contenders. I look forward to checking them out.

(As I said in a previous post, sixth place has never been so important).

((Though I am curious as to whether these two new finalists were indeed sixth. It seemed to take MAC a rather long time to announce the replacements after the withdrawal, something that could presumably be accomplished in minutes just by looking at the list and seeing who was next up -- unless, perhaps, there were other withdrawals along the way? We'll find out come August)).

Short Story and Fanzine were two categories where the Rabid Puppies had swept the field, top to bottom. Accordingly, they were also two categories that I had earmarked as being in need of Alfies. But the withdrawals and replacements broke the Rabid stranglehold, leaving me with a decision to make -- do I still present Alfies in those categories, or no?

I am going to need to ponder that for a while.

Comments

questron
May. 6th, 2016 09:56 pm (UTC)
contagious canines
Sad to see that the Hugo besmirching is still going on. If this continues for much longer it will seriously damage the award, just as it seems to be the intention of VD and his wild bunch...

I mean who would call themselves rabid puppies? It's defining you as bloodthirsty, aggressive, dangerous, no longer master of their own reactions and both contagious and ultimately even lethal.
And while humans have a slim chance of being cured, a rabid dog regardless of age is always doomed to spread the disease and die.

If that is their idea of irony no wonder the only joy in an event like the Hugos is to see it burn and crash and others be disturbed by what is happening.

The Hugos deserve better and if they're right and GRRM does qualify as "one of these SJWs" then SJWs must be admirable members of the community and i can't see why they would be a target of hate and vitriol. Seeing one's life's work and something so dear to your heart being vandalized, shattered and destroyed so openly due to jealousy and hurt feelings as one of the many millions of authors that will never win any awards must be horrifying.
grrm
May. 6th, 2016 10:10 pm (UTC)
Re: contagious canines
I don't consider myself an "SJW." I know there are some people out there who are glad to apply that term to themselves, but that number does not include anyone I know... though I know many people who are very political and concerned about discrimination, equality, equal opportunity, and similar issues.

The Hugos do deserve better.
questron
May. 6th, 2016 10:20 pm (UTC)
Re: contagious canines
You're right. It is a moniker that sometimes is worn like a badge of honor and sometimes is abused to devalue others that express any form of unwanted opinions similar to how "liberal" or "socialist" / "commie" get abused as the big stick some small minded persons carry around and constantly wield.

I'd never have connected you to this title if not for the Rabid Puppies Slate where it was commented on that you were one of the most prominent (and thus most offensive) SJWs and how they must fight your efforts.
My comment aimed at that. I'm sure there are people out there that deserve a bit of scorn for how they state their opinion, but i'm baffled how the very considerate and calm commentary you have run on the award-charades despite the emotional connection you posess to the award and there is nothing wrong with it, so why accept it being derided this way?

Thanks for your energy and engagedness with the community and the SF&Fantasy genre and hopefully the Hugos will be strong enough to weather any storm such an opposition can throw up. Future writers should have them too and not loose them to a campaign like this.

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