Friday, February 05, 2016

Rabid Puppies 2016: Best Fanzine

This appears to be one of those increasingly misnamed and outdated categories, but based on the previous nominees, it has apparently become the functional equivalent of "best SF-related site". Using that as a guideline while keeping the eligibility rules in mind, here are the preliminary recommendations for Best Fanzine:
Black Gate succumbed to the genetic fallacy in turning down last year's nomination; regardless of whether John O'Neill will do the same or not again this year, it remained the best SF-related site in 2015. That being said, the Castalia House blog, now under the leadership of the Hugo-nominated Jeffro Johnson, is rapidly gaining on it with the addition of excellent Castalians from the SF/F wargaming, computer gaming, and RPG worlds.

File 770, for all that it has been said to be a "wretched hive of scum and villainy" and features some of the least intelligent commenters on the Internet, does an excellent job of chronicling events in the SF/F world across the ideological spectrum. Mike Glyer's fan-flagship site continues to be a must-read for anyone even remotely interested in science fiction.

Tangent Online, as one of the very few places that reviews short fiction, is one of the few sites helping keep SF short fiction alive. Mad Genius Club can be hit or miss, but contains everything from writing advice and industry analysis to Hugo history, short stories, and meandering streams-of-consciousness. You never know what you're going to get from the 12 unsettled prodigies who make up the madhouse, but it's interesting and even educational more often than not.

And like these five fanzines or not, ideologically approve of their contributors or not, they are the sites that were most influential in driving the discussion in the SF world in 2015.

Other 2016 Hugo categories


OpenID denektenorsk February 05, 2016 8:43 AM  

Delicious. Will File 770 "NO AWARD" File 770?

OpenID denektenorsk February 05, 2016 9:29 AM  

My uncaffinated brain just caught up to you I imagine... will they run a smear campaign to convince File 770 to NOT accept the nomination? I had a good chuckle imagining heads 'sploding.

Blogger Aziz P. February 05, 2016 9:44 AM  

a good strategy. include SJW mainstays in the slate, vote for your picks, point out hypocrisy if they try to deny one of your picks (the one they find objectionable) while not denying the one they favor, based on it being a "slate".

however, your picks arent a "slate" in the 2014-2015 sense, any more than Sad Puppies 4 is a slate. I know you arent going to share yoru strategy publicly, so obviously i expect nio discussion on this, but it occcurs to me that were I a random trufen SJW voter (and I pretty much am, at that), i'd look at your slate, dismiss the things i dont like, and vote for the ones I do. And if the VFM brigade manages to push the one I dont like above the ones I do, i'll just vote for that one (or No Award if I truly feel it doesnt belong).

Should one of the SJW-favored picks eventually win the category, you can argue that RP helped put it over the top. You cant really argue that the trufen kept the non-SJW-approved entries down, though. The bottom line is that No Award has always been a valid choice, deployed at the individual voter level, and impossible to predict.

I had my own thoughts on the 2015 Awards (see below), but the main conclusion I have is that the RP/SP campaigns did a lot to strengthen the diversity and viability of the Hugo voting base for teh long run, by injecting some vitality and fresh blood.

If your long game is to prove the SJWs hypocrites, thats already an axiom of SJWAL, so you haavent really proved much. If your long game is to destroy the awards, I guess it depends on your definition of "destroy" - yours is probably different enough from mine that you coudl claim victory in outcome and I'd be perfectly content with that. If your long game is to promote certain authors, especially those published at Castalia who might not get an audience elsewhere, then youre doing exactly the right thing, and I for one think its great, and I frankly doubt anyone else, even the more SJW-y and TruFen-ish than myself, will disagree.

Anonymous LLC February 05, 2016 10:54 AM  

No commentary on Tangent Online?

Anonymous Wat Tyler February 05, 2016 11:03 AM  

File 770 is OK as long as you never ever read the vomitous cesspool that is the comments section. Frankly, if Glyer were at all interested in improving civil discourse in Fandom he'd close off comments altogether.

Blogger VD February 05, 2016 11:08 AM  

No commentary on Tangent Online?

I rewrote a paragraph and inadvertently deleted a sentence. Restored.

Delicious. Will File 770 "NO AWARD" File 770?

It is an amusing thought, but it's genuinely not a poison pill. File 770 is the best SF round-up site out there and Mike supplies a great deal of SF's institutional memory. Mike is no more to be blamed for his commenters than I should be held responsible for mine.

Blogger VD February 05, 2016 11:13 AM  

You cant really argue that the trufen kept the non-SJW-approved entries down, though.

That depends on the entry. No Awarding me was trivial. No Awarding Toni Weisskopf and Mike Resnick was significant to SF insiders. But to No Award Jim Butcher's Skin Game after awarding John Scalzi's Redshirts Best Novel of 2013 speaks very loudly to moderates, neutrals, and outsiders.

That just looks insane and strikes at the credibility of the award.

Blogger BassmanCO February 05, 2016 12:10 PM  


Exactly. I had no knowledge of the Hugos two years ago, but the actions of the TruFen and SJWs has turned me from a calm, reasonable person to a Rabid Puppy. And if you read comments here and other puppy-related sites, you see many people of the same persuasion.

Anonymous VFM #6306 February 05, 2016 12:14 PM  

Put another way:

Tangent Online
Mad Genius Club
Castalia House Blog

is an RP win.

So is NoAward #1. So is NoAward finishing 5th.

They may as well rename these things the Voxies, because that is what they are. You want a shot at the title, you have to deal with the matchmaker...

File 770's commenters are to be commended. They found Glyer's haven a safe space to out themselves as pedophilia advocates and apologists...and possibly practitioners. If I were a cop in a sex crimes unit in Kansas City, I'd be working with Glyer on an advance warning strategy for Worldcon.

Blogger Worlds Edge February 05, 2016 1:25 PM  

They may as well rename these things the Voxies, because that is what they are. You want a shot at the title, you have to deal with the matchmaker...

I'm assuming once the switch to the Australian Rules voting (or whatever they're calling it )happens things are going to become so opaque and such a confusing clusterfuck that they might was well rename the Hugos the Nebulas, Jr.

Blogger Aeoli Pera February 05, 2016 3:46 PM  

Try getting them to No Award "Not Not Not Castalia House Blog". They aren't a logically sophisticated bunch.

Anonymous VFM #6306 February 05, 2016 6:24 PM  

The rules changes will have no positive impact on keeping us from running the childraping bastards into the ground.

Imagine if the SJWs in the NFL changed the rules to two-hand touch...the Patriots would still be a dynasty, the Browns would still be hapless. The SJWs are SJWs in part because they must marry themselves to lies and stupidity and also ignorance (thus the 3 laws). In other words, they are at a massive strategic disadvantage. They only win when their opponents lack the will to play.

Blogger GK Chesterton February 05, 2016 6:46 PM  

The vote change makes "No Award" effectively impossible with the strategy change. I can't believe they didn't see that.

Anonymous Wat Tyler February 05, 2016 7:57 PM  

Australian rules already applied to the final ballot. It's the nominations process they're trying to fiddle and diddle with the complicated rule change proposal.

No Award will be just as easy to vote on the final ballot as it ever was. Just rbing the numbers.

Blogger GK Chesterton February 05, 2016 8:01 PM  

No, the vote change they are proposing where you get one vote where you can divvy it up (don't remember the name of the proposal) instead of the current 5 votes that you have to place on different horses. I believe they voted it in last year so this year _after_ voting it could become the new rule. So _next_ year the strongest faction actually becomes more powerful.

Blogger GK Chesterton February 05, 2016 8:25 PM  

Tautology alert! The strongest faction becomes most likely to completely control the categories because the pack's can't split votes.

Anonymous Obvious February 05, 2016 8:55 PM  

If only GK Chesterton understood the difference between the nominating and voting rounds, or had access to the world's largest repository of information so that he could use some sort of search engine to educate himself before he let the stupidity ooze out of his mouth.

If only.

Anonymous Peter #0231 February 05, 2016 10:33 PM  

Just got the email from MidAmerica about the 2016 Hugo noms (2205 Eastern, 5Feb16)

All y'all should be getting yours over the next day or so.

Blogger ray February 05, 2016 10:55 PM  

Boldness and enterprise.

Indeed, separate from their rotting Houses, co-opted and degraded awards, and especially from the abuse of honor and failure of merit that triggered their downfall. Talk about being Triggered! the pore dahlings.

At this point in proceedings, the piss-offedness of SJWs is a superb gauge of plumb. Meaning they do half the work for you, oh I see now yes, well thanks for showing me what sucks.

It'd be fun to see 'Hugo' restored, as so many wonderful writers took part in its history and proper recognitions. But if not, understandable.

Anonymous 0007 February 06, 2016 8:14 AM  

Just took my first trip over to file 770. Whooee, do his commentators(Laura Resnick/broccoli, heh) have a serious hate-crush on you, VD.
The site owner pretty much told the sjw to piss off as far as refusing to be part of your "slate".

OT - The comment here show up without being numbered again. Just wondering if you did something on the blog.

Anonymous Wat Tyler February 06, 2016 11:05 AM  


Indeed. If only.

Anonymous JudgeDeadd February 12, 2016 8:33 AM  

Thanks for the reminder. The Castalia House blog has been one of my most enjoyable reads this year, and yet it wouldn't occur to me that it could be classified as "fanzine".

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