Wednesday, January 21, 2015

How you can help Sad Puppies 3

"Yes, friends, the time is near — for you to put your money where your instinct for rambunctious irreverence is. January 31 is your final day to register as a member of Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention. Of course, you don’t have to be a Sasquan member to participate in the Hugo award voting and nominations. You can also be a member of either Loncon 3 (last year’s Worldcon) or MidAmeriCon II (next year’s Worldcon.) If you have a membership for any of these, you’re good to go for the Hugo nomination period."

Thus spake Brad Torgersen, Cuddly Token Liberal, Evil Legion of Evil. There are more details on his site.



Blogger Myles January 21, 2015 4:33 AM  

What's the price to register as a WorldCon member? If it's $40 like last year, I can't swing that, but I'll throw $10 at one of the Ilk to register and vote.

Anonymous Freddy January 21, 2015 4:46 AM  

And there it goes

Anonymous darrenl January 21, 2015 6:47 AM  

Can someone tell me what this Sad Puppies business is?

Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 21, 2015 7:10 AM  

Since MSNBC exists to keep the commie cults in a rage perhaps you can get some free air time from them, maybe even be scolded by their rock star Maddow.

Blogger Tiago Paolini January 21, 2015 7:15 AM  

@darrenl: The campaign was created by Larry Correia because of the leftist bias of the Hugo awards, in which getting the prize has more to do with fitting in the groupthink than with having literary skills. The campaign aims to get nominations for certain works, thus exposing the bias.

More info :

Anonymous jSinSaTx January 21, 2015 7:24 AM  

This might be a good thread to talk about a puppy that is not sad. Some may recall my dog was lost. After almost 30 days missing, someone found him and returned him to me. God answered prayer. Thanks to those who offered them.

Anonymous Titus Didius Tacitus January 21, 2015 7:28 AM  

jSinSaTx: "After almost 30 days missing, someone found him and returned him to me."

Woo hoo! :)

Blogger sysadmn January 21, 2015 7:37 AM  

Vox - has Castalia House any anthologies in the pipeline? I've purchased works by three authors I discovered in Riding the Red Horse. The demand is out here.

Blogger Chris Mallory January 21, 2015 8:26 AM  

If you are going to offend SJW's, your phallic symbol needs to be straight and strong, not semi flaccid. The rocket ship should be standing tall, shooting straight up, because patriarchy, cis-normative, and male sex roles or something.

This rocket it limply moving to the left. It is sagging because it lacks the strong cultural support that Western values would give it.

Or sometimes a rocket is just a rocket.

Anonymous VD January 21, 2015 8:49 AM  

After almost 30 days missing, someone found him and returned him to me.

That's great news. Glad to hear it.

Vox - has Castalia House any anthologies in the pipeline? I've purchased works by three authors I discovered in Riding the Red Horse. The demand is out here.

That's great to hear. And yes, we have two anthologies in the pipeline. One is Riding the Red Horse Vol. II, which will be out in December. The other... will be announced in the near future.

Anonymous darrenl January 21, 2015 9:20 AM  

Thanks, Tiago.

Blogger Markku January 21, 2015 9:37 AM  

The puppies are sad precisely because the rocket is limp. Do you want to see puppies sad? What kind of a monster are you? Help us invigorate the rocket again.

Anonymous cheddarman January 21, 2015 9:45 AM  

Will the puppies get to fly on a magical rainbow farting unicorn why being held by people of color if i give $$$?

Anonymous Salt January 21, 2015 10:34 AM  

Time again for the #SadPuppies. The Hugos are a gift that keeps on giving.

Great news on your puppy, jSinSaTx.

Blogger IM2L844 January 21, 2015 10:36 AM  

Help us invigorate the rocket again

For the price of a cup of coffee per day you too can fluff the sad puppies' rocket?

Anonymous Susan January 21, 2015 10:57 AM  

The sad puppies are a much better mocking than that pink rabbit. Especially the one on the far right.
Reminds me a bit of any member of the CBC when they react on any subject.

Blogger GK Chesterton January 21, 2015 11:00 AM  

I'm a member per Sad Puppies 2, which means I get to vote on the nominees right (is it extra sad I don't even think of these as the Hugos???)?

I did not read a bunch of new fiction yet this year. First question, when do the nominations open presuming I can vote in those. Second question, are there things I should start reading right now? I want sad puppies but I want to do it straight up fair. I was able to do that last year I should be able to do it again.

Anonymous Nathan January 21, 2015 11:17 AM  

Well if you want Sad Puppies, you can always start with Scalzi's Lock-In, but if you wish to reduce Puppy Related Sadness, I'd suggest a trip through the Sci Phi Journal, Riding the Red Horse, and the Book of Feasts and Seasons for short works. I'd love to see Judge of Ages for Best Novel, but frankly, in a year where new Star Wars books were more exciting than the new Scalzi, Leckie, or Hurley and the newest Sanderson novella got packaged with the newest Kowal, if there was something that caught your eye, nominate it.

Blogger Markku January 21, 2015 11:19 AM  

The sad puppies are a much better mocking than that pink rabbit.

The sad puppies aren't mocking anyone. Larry Correia has informed us that puppies are sad because there is no socially conservative fiction represented at WorldCon. I haven't actually SEEN these particular puppies myself, but hey, it's Larry. I'm not going to disagree with him...

Blogger JDC January 21, 2015 12:39 PM  

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Anonymous Salt January 21, 2015 1:57 PM  

Got my Loncon > sasquan numbers... ready to rock with the sad puppies.

Anonymous maniacprovost January 21, 2015 2:35 PM  

Surely the idea of creating some new Sci-Fi awards has come up. It's a terrible, terrible idea. However, there is a way it could be awesome. And actually, it could be done under the auspices of WorldCon, thus counter-subverting the organization.

Make some minor, low-key, informal awards that are inherently Blue.

For example, The Golden Slan will be awarded to the best idea of the year. So all the nominations will be summarized and posted on a public forum for debate a few months prior to voting.
Example Nominee:
Individual actions are irrational and unpredictable, and psychology can partially explain them, but not predict what an individual will do in the future. This is also true of elementary particles in physics, where it is impossible to know the location and momentum of a particle at the same time, or to exactly predict the direction of a particle after collision. Masses of people, on the other hand, like solid bodies, can be analyzed and predicted in aggregate. Psychohistorical equations thereby predict the grand sweep of history.

Then there's the Galactic Lens, which is awarded to the story which best exemplifies the triumph of Good over Evil.

The awards have specific, quasi-objective criteria, but they're still subjective enough for nerds to argue over for hours on end. Yet they are not popularity contests, and their very nature resists pinkification.

Anonymous maniacprovost January 21, 2015 2:37 PM  

Judge of Ages was great, but it was the third in a series and kind of repetitive. If there's any serious competition (doubtful), I wouldn't put it as Best novel.

Anonymous Nathan January 21, 2015 2:53 PM  

What's with sequel aversion with the Hugos? (Granted, the field of fantasy could use a little more sequel aversion. While I enjoy Sanderson, his ambitious Cosmere of 36 interlinked novels from various series would be too much if everyone did it. Unfortunately, no one seems to know how to end a series...)

Anyway, as for new awards, short of a Golden Raspberry or a People's Choice, I can't see any of them taking off. Worse still is the idea of doing anything with Worldcon since we're arguing with Sad Puppies that the relevance of the Worldcon crowd has been severely diminished over time.

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