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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. 7th, 2016 01:51 am (UTC)
I hope most will give those on VD's slate that were put on without their knowledge, a fair shake. I followed this all last year, so I know you (GRRM) will, but I hope the general consensus is as well, rather than throwing everyone under VD's bus.

For instance, I have followed Shamus Young's blog (of DM of the Rings fame and nominated for Best Fan Writer) for years and years and he is the furthest thing from VD's crowd. He is has always tried to stay strictly apolitical on his website, and I found his analysis of storytelling through the medium of video games very insightful. (You will find his Mass Effect series that he is nominated for... well the definition of 'fan' writer must be loose indeed.)

Mind you, I have no idea whether what he has written is Hugo worthy, as I don't know what is typically nominated here. But as long as people give it fair consideration rather than nuke it out of hand, I am happy. I guess I am preaching to the choir here, but while the nuke option might have been a right method last year (debatable), it certainly is not the right method this year.

Edited at 2016-05-07 01:53 am (UTC)


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