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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.


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.
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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