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Saturday, July 04, 2015

Hugo Recommendations: Best Editor

This is how I am voting in the Best Editor categories. Of course, I merely offer this information regarding my individual ballot for no particular reason at all, and the fact that I have done so should not be confused in any way, shape, or form with a slate or a bloc vote, much less a direct order by the Supreme Dark Lord of the Evil Legion of Evil to his 388 Vile Faceless Minions or anyone else.

Best Editor, Short Form
  1. Vox Day
  2. Jennifer Broznek
  3. Bryan Thomas Schmidt
  4. Mike Resnick
Best Editor, Long Form
  1. Toni Weisskopf
  2. Anne Sowards
  3. Jim Minz
  4. Vox Day
  5. Sheila Gilbert             
Best Novel
Best Novella
Best Short Story
Best Fan Writer
Best Related Work 


Meanwhile, we are informed that No Award is an act of kindness.
Laura “Tegan” Gjovaag on July 4, 2015 at 7:13 am said:

“No Award” is a kindness.

This is an important point.

While the Puppies have been pushing the narrative that “No Award” is unjust somehow, a betrayal of all that is Hugo, unwise and self-destructive, in reality it is a useful tool, a friendly warning to potential readers, and hopefully a wake-up call to unprepared authors.

“No Award” is an act of kindness to both readers and authors.
This is good to know. I am kind.

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70 Comments:

Blogger grendel July 04, 2015 3:09 PM  

"No Award is the feel good story of the year." Rolling Stone

"Prepare to open your heart." CNN book review

Blogger Groot July 04, 2015 3:10 PM  

"Gjovaag." Ha! Although, to be fair, I agree with the sentiment. (If she's hot, otherwise, umm..)

Anonymous Whitey McWhite July 04, 2015 3:11 PM  

“No Award” is an act of kindness to both readers and authors.

Why... yes!

But this is not the year for a pre-set "no award" for everything. That comes later.

Blogger bw July 04, 2015 3:20 PM  

Wasn't there something about making them blow it up themselves?

Nothing says that more than holding awards that don't give any.

Anonymous BGS July 04, 2015 3:24 PM  

I will prove my independence by voting for GRRM for his inspiring "If you where a dump truck full of Doritos my love"

Anonymous Not-So-Merry zen0 July 04, 2015 3:36 PM  

But Laura, "No Award" is not a random act of kindness, is it? It is obviously a premeditated act of kindness.

In light of the traditional proverb: " No good deed goes unpunished.", may Gaia have mercy on your non-existent soul.

Anonymous NorthernHamlet July 04, 2015 3:59 PM  

Damn, they really will say anything.

Blogger Franz Lionheart July 04, 2015 4:19 PM  

They accept new sign-ons until 15th July, don't they? Will they still send out the pack with all the nominated books etc, does anybody know? (I nominated via my LonCon membership, but cannot yet vote as I don't have a Sasquan membership yet.)

Blogger Mussorgsky112 July 04, 2015 4:28 PM  

Hmmm... Three people ahead of Vox on his own list for Best Long Form Editor. That alone is going to melt the tiny brains of so many puppy kickers.

I'm going to go to the kitchen for a few minutes and brew up a pot of tea and some popcorn. I'd go for scotch but I don't want to waste any through my nose when I read whatever they say is his reason for doing this. Trans-islamo-racio-cis-hetero-white-male-Western-Euro-Anglo-Saxon-ableist-otherkin phobia and book-rape normative culture? Those are my guesses, seeing as how that covers virtually all of their positions.

Blogger Franz Lionheart July 04, 2015 4:28 PM  

(If she's hot, otherwise, umm..)

Super hot!

OpenID malcolmthecynic July 04, 2015 4:30 PM  

I plan to vote for you in short form legitimately for merit, by the way. Every anthology I've read this year that you've edited has been excellent.

Blogger Mussorgsky112 July 04, 2015 4:30 PM  

And that, Franz, is the other part of the reason why I didn't go for scotch. I'd have to down more than the rest of the bottle to look at that one again!

Blogger Jack Ward July 04, 2015 4:37 PM  

I had already voted Toni and VD as listed although my 2-3-4-5 were not necessarily the same.
Wasn't there some peculiarity about No Award that could get you in trouble? Something about where you placed it, or some such?

Blogger Jack Ward July 04, 2015 4:40 PM  

Oh, meant to add: If Toni doesn't get one this year its a crime considering anyone I care to pay real attention to seems to think she walks on water [Kratman, VD, etc.]

Blogger Rantor July 04, 2015 4:44 PM  

Yes, we would t want promising authors to get premature Hugos.

The irrational mind of the fat Scandinavian socialist.

Anonymous Viidad July 04, 2015 4:45 PM  

Hey - did anyone else read "The Dark Between the Stars" and find it really, really annoying?

Anonymous Viidad July 04, 2015 4:46 PM  

The Goblin Emperor, on the other hand, is just really, really boring.

Blogger Rantor July 04, 2015 4:48 PM  

Of course how to match this with the liberal teachers who give out a higher percentage of A grades and participation awards for everyone.

Anonymous EG July 04, 2015 4:52 PM  

Vox, just finished "Somewhither" and thoroughly enjoyed it. Sorry to be that guy, but there is an extra "the" in the last paragraph of the Amazon description. Will review soon.

Blogger Franz Lionheart July 04, 2015 4:53 PM  

Mussorgsky, what's your favourite Scotch?

As it happens, I'm just finishing the dregs of a very nice Magnum champagne bottle I cracked open with Mrs. Lionheart yesterday. Had a bit of a smallish celebration. Totally OT I know.

Blogger Franz Lionheart July 04, 2015 4:57 PM  

just finished "Somewhither"

It's out on Amazon now? I've read the pre-read on JCW's blog and was enthused. Must buy it instantly!

Anonymous Steve July 04, 2015 5:01 PM  

Franz - she might not conform to your oppressive cis-patriarchal norms of beauty, but Laura “Tegan” Gjovaag does rock the "Annie Wilkes dressed as Torgo" look.

Anonymous Giuseppe July 04, 2015 5:04 PM  

Vox,
You have an error on long form. Vox is n. 4.
It needs to be n. 1 on both.
SJW heads need to convert to IEDs

Blogger Brad Andrews July 04, 2015 5:05 PM  

Viidad,

I skimmed part of the Dark Between the Stars. Too many different POV to follow, though at least it had good section/chapter titles that helped with that.

The wife fits a good picture of a modern "have it all woman." The ending was very unsatisfying, but not surprising as it opens to the next novel. Far too common in the genre.

Blogger Franz Lionheart July 04, 2015 5:11 PM  

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Blogger Franz Lionheart July 04, 2015 5:15 PM  

Steve - I had a feeling... that soon you would join and find an even more... striking one that completely would kill my contribution. You did not disappoint. Hat tip.

Anonymous Geoff July 04, 2015 5:30 PM  

BGS, good call on GRRM, or as you affectionally call him, Grape Rape.

Anonymous Boogeyman (VFM #240) July 04, 2015 5:35 PM  

Prepare for the Insta-lanche. Instapundit has linked to a post here. Not this one, the one the freedom fighters one fro yesterday.

Anonymous Boogeyman (VFM#240) July 04, 2015 5:37 PM  

Dam this lap top. There are keys missing and others that don't work unless you stab at them, I swear.

Blogger Jack Ward July 04, 2015 5:40 PM  

@Viidad:
I tried to get into Dark Between the Stars; I really did. Could not make that leap....

Goblin Emperor. Ok, yeah more than a bit tedious and way too much clothes, hats, and jewelry descriptive s, but, then, consider the author. In spite, I managed to finish it with some enjoyment along the way. Really glad, though, I had not purchased it as a separate. Not good enough for a '1' vote. I did decide the emperor character just had too much compassion considering the terrain and situation.

Blogger Mussorgsky112 July 04, 2015 5:57 PM  

Franz - my favourite is an 18 year Talisker, but I'm also partial to 14 year Oban and 18 year Glenlivet. I never got into sham-pag-in, to quote Cpt. Zap Brannigan, but I love a good port and a few other reds. Although the open bottle of red I have is a cheap Mogen David. I don't really recommend kosher wine for gentiles unless you know what you're getting into, but, for what it's worth, I think it's significantly better than Manischewitz and for the same price.

As to port, my choice is Sandeman Founders Reserve.

Back on topic: I'm not voting or participating this year as I have neither the time nor money, but I'm planning to set aside both next year for sure. For those few B5 fans here who will understand the reference, I may look like just a lurker this season but next year you'll find out that I'm actually a Ranger.

We live for the One, we die for the One...

Anonymous NorthernHamlet July 04, 2015 6:07 PM  

"Somewhither"

If I may...

Reading this work took me back to being a youth in a really good way, seeing myself waiting for parents to pick me up after a day of summer school with nothing but a fun sci-fi to pass the hours alone until they could show up.

It is at once Star Wars, the Chronicles of Narnia, Asimov's Robot worlds, and CS Lewis somehow rolled into one.

At least, that was my take.

Blogger VD July 04, 2015 6:15 PM  

At least, that was my take.

Post that on Amazon....

Anonymous Pope Cleophus I July 04, 2015 6:23 PM  

For manatee fest.

Anonymous Peter #0231 July 04, 2015 6:41 PM  

Viidad @16:

I'm about 75% through Dark Between the Stars, and it's finally picking up a bit...until that point I was in complete agreement with His Malevolence's fourth spot...not that I'm voting a certain way or anything ;)

Anonymous mp3 July 04, 2015 7:11 PM  

OT: Thought this might interest y'all:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-07-04/surprising-demise-reddit

Blogger Russell (106) July 04, 2015 7:17 PM  

Steve, whatever dark arts you employee to discover the, er, best photos of the subject at hand, I don't want to know about it, lest I use it accidentally.

But I bet it's really awesome. Hooded figures chanting in a dead tongue while Dethlock thrashes out your theme song as you approach the altar...

Anonymous Viidad July 04, 2015 7:36 PM  

In The Dark Between the Stars... you've got the brilliant female entrepreneur, the brilliant female engineer, the brilliant female general, the brilliant female geneticist/disease collector, the brilliant woman that saves the world through her psychic powers, the brilliant woman that gets Iswander Industries back on track, the brilliant female restaurant owner who mentors others, the brilliant woman that deals with discarded AI robots... all empowered, all followed by weak men... I mean, my goodness. I understand a couple, but the book is utterly ridiculous with women that act like men.

Anonymous Viidad July 04, 2015 7:38 PM  

I also have no idea why The Goblin Emperor is somehow sci-fi. And of course, the goblins are black and the elves are white. And the goblins are the underclass. It's very, very racist. I can't even.

Anonymous Not-So-Merry zen0 July 04, 2015 7:40 PM  

10. Franz Lionheart July 04, 2015 4:28 PM

(If she's hot, otherwise, umm..)

Super hot!


Do you ever hold up a finger to divide a face photo and see if the two halves are different? What I see is, the right side has a strictly social smile, and the left side looks a little mad, or at least insecure.

I walways wondered what happened to Uncle Buck.

Anonymous Darkhorse July 04, 2015 7:41 PM  

Can't, theoretically, all the voters just vote "no award" in every category Castalia House and Vox Day is nominated? Or just make a point to vote for anyone who isn't Day or a Castalia House author in each category? Man, I wish these Hugo Awards would be over with so we could see the results.

Blogger VD July 04, 2015 7:43 PM  

Can't, theoretically, all the voters just vote "no award" in every category Castalia House and Vox Day is nominated? Or just make a point to vote for anyone who isn't Day or a Castalia House author in each category?

Yes. And yes.

Blogger JAY WILL July 04, 2015 7:49 PM  

Is there a reason why there isn't an easy click/link to vote?

Blogger VD July 04, 2015 7:51 PM  

Is there a reason why there isn't an easy click/link to vote?

Yes, because you have to have paid and registered as a supporting member to vote.

Anonymous ChicagoRefugee July 04, 2015 7:51 PM  

she might not conform to your oppressive cis-patriarchal norms of beauty, but Laura “Tegan” Gjovaag does rock the "Annie Wilkes dressed as Torgo" look.

That jacket-thing is polyester, isn't it?

*shivers*

Anonymous NorthernHamlet July 04, 2015 8:06 PM  

VD,

Post that on Amazon....

Give me a couple days, but consider it done.

Blogger JAY WILL July 04, 2015 8:20 PM  

OK. I may being twp here but is there a full page of all the choices on here. I want to vote now.

Anonymous BGS July 04, 2015 9:01 PM  

I don't really recommend kosher wine for gentiles unless you know what you're getting into,

Is that wine with no pork products in it? They say Barney Frank was straight until he swallowed a foreskin that was in his wine.

Blogger grendel July 04, 2015 9:06 PM  

Somewhither dropped? I didn't get an email, was there one?

Anonymous First Nations zen0 July 04, 2015 9:15 PM  

41. Darkhorse July 04, 2015 7:41 PM

Man, I wish these Hugo Awards would be over with so we could see the results.


Be brave. Stay still. Wait for the signs.

Anonymous The other robot July 04, 2015 9:22 PM  

My problem with the stuff that John Wright writes is: Not enough crucifixion!

Anonymous 334 July 04, 2015 9:38 PM  

@49. grendel

Somewhither dropped? I didn't get an email, was there one?

I didn't see one either, but the problem is easily remedied. Amazon. 10 seconds. Done.

Can't wait. Could be an all nighter.

Blogger Tom Kratman July 04, 2015 10:08 PM  

(If she's hot, otherwise, umm..)

Google says hot only if you define hot as "reminiscent of a bucketful of assholes."

Blogger Mussorgsky112 July 04, 2015 10:10 PM  

@BGS It was said best on Frasier, quoted as best as I can recall:
-But we don't have any kosher wine
-Just take normal red wine and add sugar to it!

Think normal grape juice with alcohol rather than a traditional wine taste. As to what makes it kosher, I know for Passover ones it's to do with not adding yeast. As to the rest, I imagine a blessing of the process and ensuring no contact with bad stuff.
*does some quick research*
Yep. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kosher_wine

Blogger Groot July 04, 2015 10:11 PM  

Steve:

Holy cow! That picture and vaag just don't gjo together. Even my mighty hickory stick wilted.

Blogger Mussorgsky112 July 04, 2015 10:11 PM  

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Blogger Mussorgsky112 July 04, 2015 10:12 PM  

@BGS Right, and he was also an anarchist like me until someone dropped a small copy of Das Kapital in his wine!

Anonymous Godfrey July 04, 2015 10:23 PM  

Vox, thanks for not mentioning today or writing about it... I think you know what I mean. It's all meaningless BS and I cannot wait until tomorrow.

Blogger Banjo July 04, 2015 10:23 PM  

Dark had wayyyy too many characters that you were supposed to care about. And it seemed every damn one of them was introduced via childhood flashback.

And viidad don't forget the female bad ass body guard training the younger female who was an even bigger badass. Pffft.

And I kept waiting on something to flipping happen with Goblin. It felt really really close to being worthwhile but just fell short. We got a tease with the first assassination attempt but then... nuthin.

Anonymous 334 July 04, 2015 10:41 PM  

Somewhither is insane. I'm full of the sort of drunken glee I experienced as a 13-year old encountering Lord Foul's Bane.

I nominate Vox for best editor for NEXT year ...

Anonymous Not-So-Merry zen0 July 04, 2015 11:01 PM  

53. Tom Kratman July 04, 2015 10:08 PM

(If she's hot, otherwise, umm..)

Google says hot only if you define hot as "reminiscent of a bucketful of assholes."


I used to work with a guy called "Gummie" because he often did not use his false teeth. In fact, he would drop them in people's beer glass so they would abandon their beer which he would then drink . People would ask him in unison "what's for dinner,?" and he would say "20 used condoms boiled in snot, and a hundred smashed assholes tied in a knot".

But he could get away with it because he was from New Brunswick.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza July 05, 2015 12:55 AM  

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Blogger LP 999/Eliza July 05, 2015 12:56 AM  

Our host is kind and gracious.

Hugos are endless fun, fury, swirl and joy! Carry on gentlemen

Blogger LP 999/Eliza July 05, 2015 1:01 AM  

OT __--Eek; speaking of Google, latest patents are describing robots that following people around in their homes and alert authorities if bots cannot find you, like security, no privacy.

The problem is quantity/logistics 350 million pple stateside, how would they afford bots and the loss of privacy. The next doublespeakdeception will be keeping everyone safe costs so much money. I dont know, surveillance and safety controls are all farces for control and zero privacy.

Blogger bob k. mando July 05, 2015 2:10 AM  

64. LP 999/Eliza July 05, 2015 1:01 AM
The problem is quantity/logistics 350 million pple stateside, how would they afford bots and the loss of privacy.



MPAI.

Progressive car insurance is already advertising that people can get a lower rate if they allow Progressive to monitor their driving 24 / 7.

many, MANY of these retarded lemmings will beg for a chance to 'save money'.

now, consider that the Federal government has arrogated to itself the ability to force you to buy insurance with your own money ...

Blogger bob k. mando July 05, 2015 2:13 AM  

Progressive 'Snapshot', plug it into the OBD-ii port and ...
https://www.progressive.com/auto/snapshot/

Blogger Groot July 05, 2015 3:55 AM  

George Rape Rape Martin: What does any of this off-topic crap have anything at all to do with rape? Does the present generation have any focus at all?

Anonymous Menelaus July 05, 2015 7:35 AM  

Now this is a book review. Ann Sterzinger reviews Creveld's Equality with some rational words re Castalia House.

Anonymous Steve July 05, 2015 12:19 PM  

Franz - You are too kind. There's plenty of Laura “Tegan” Gjovaag to go around.

Russell - But I bet it's really awesome. Hooded figures chanting in a dead tongue while Dethlock thrashes out your theme song as you approach the altar...

If I weren't both vile and faceless, this would have brought an evil smile to my terrifying visage.

There is no such thing as a palantír, and the Dark Lord definitely didn't deliver one to me by nazgûl so that I may scry the flabulous jowls of the enemy.

Groot - Do you have the beasht in your shights?

Blogger Floyd Looney July 05, 2015 8:18 PM  

It is a kindness to "warn" readers and writers to shut up and stop thinking for themselves I guess. I'd rather not have that kind of kindness.

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