Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Rabid Puppies 2017

Worldcon helpfully gets in touch:
I’m very glad to be able to tell you that nominations for the 2017 Hugo Awards are now open! As a member of MAC2, you are eligible to nominate in the 17 Hugo ballot categories covering the best of the genre in the last year, and for the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

The deadline for nominations is 17 March 2017 at 11:59pm Pacific Daylight Time (2:59 am Eastern Daylight Time, 06:59 Greenwich Mean Time, 0:859 in Finland, all on 18 March). Although members of MidAmeriCon II, Worldcon 75 and Worldcon 76 in San José can nominate, only members of Worldcon 75 will be eligible to vote on the final ballot and choose the winners of the 2017 Hugo Awards. We expect to announce the final ballot in early April, and the awards will be presented on 11 August at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland.

The World Science Fiction Society’s Business Meetings in 2015 and 2016 made some changes to the way nominations will be tallied this year to produce the final ballot. You can find a summary of the changes here. In addition, Worldcon 75 is trialling a proposed new category, Best Series. Nothing, however, has changed about the mechanics of making nominations. You still choose up to five nominees in each category. We recommend that you nominate whatever works and creators you have personally read or seen that were your favorites from 2016.
While I will certainly be making my 2017 recommendations soon - particularly for Best Series - I would NOT recommend anyone to register. As the God-Emperor Ascendant demonstrated so masterfully, there is a time to press forward and there is a time to sit back and see how things play out. Now, obviously, those of us who are already registered can, and should, nominate, but there is no sense in wasting money that might be more effectively utilized elsewhere on Worldcon this year.

Let the SF-SJWs do their happy dances and celebrate the success of EPH, little realizing that in adopting it, they have done exactly what we intended in pursuit of our long term objective. Let's face it, thinking through the logical consequences of their actions has never exactly been their strong suit. It's bewildering that they genuinely appear to believe that we did not anticipate their changing the rules, even though I said right from the very start that they would have no choice but to do so if we were successful.

Later this year I will also be making recommendations for the Dragon Award, which is in the process of becoming the more significant SF/F award. Keep in mind that you should NOT vote yet for the Dragon Award.

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Blogger Alexander January 10, 2017 11:01 AM  

2017 already off to a promising start.

Anonymous Silly but True January 10, 2017 11:51 AM  

Off topic: let the lolololulz begin:

Anonymous Viidad January 10, 2017 11:55 AM  

Wait? You not want us play Hugo this year? Make sad!

At least codemonkey still have Tab and Mountain Dew.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 10, 2017 12:19 PM  

Got my worldcon email ready to nominate

Blogger GB January 10, 2017 12:45 PM  

I haven't followed all the details, how did they change the nomination rules?

Blogger JonM January 10, 2017 12:46 PM  

That's a relief. At this point, any more action would feel like grave dancing. Besides, after the revelations about pedophilia at Worldcon detailed in multiple nominations, I have no interest in giving any more money to those pedophiles.

Anonymous BluePony January 10, 2017 12:49 PM  

I'm going to nominate the season 7 MLP finale where the evil race of black changelings is redeemed by magic/genetic transmogrification into a light colored race of good creatures.

Anonymous Yann January 10, 2017 1:07 PM  

Change in Hugo 2017:

"A new system for counting nominations, which will reduce the extent to which a small bloc of voters can dominate individual categories;"

That sounds like vote hacking. Only explanation is Putin has infiltrated the Worldcon.

Blogger Ingot9455 January 10, 2017 1:16 PM  

@7 +1 Brilliant.

Anonymous JustAnotherPairOfEyes January 10, 2017 1:20 PM  

Explanatory EPH blog post, from one of the anti-Vox:

Anonymous BluePony January 10, 2017 1:28 PM  

"A new system for counting nominations..."

Imaginary numbers, then.

Rafael Bombelli set down the rules for such things in the 1500s, so not so new.

Blogger L. J. Wright January 10, 2017 1:38 PM  

Recently, I saw someone making a comment about how someone should have done such and such to be eligable for the Hugos, and I realized that I didn't care at all.

They had succeeded in convincing me that it was merely an award being given by the fans of one small convention.

Blogger L. J. Wright January 10, 2017 1:40 PM  

@3 You guys won.

Anonymous Jon Bromfield January 10, 2017 2:03 PM  

I am proud to have had my hand on the stake we drove into the vampire's black heart, but our work is done. Let the SJWs dance around the moldering corpse.

Anonymous VFM #6306 January 10, 2017 2:06 PM  

The anti-Voxxers are brave...for walking straight into this one.

Anonymous WaterBoy January 10, 2017 2:10 PM  

Darn...I was curious how VFM%5+1 would work out....

Blogger Cataline Sergius January 10, 2017 2:12 PM  

I expect a more concerted effort on their part to capture a few Dragons these year.

Last year it kind of slipped beneath their radar but boy oh boy were they pissed when the awards were finally announced.

Blogger Thucydides January 10, 2017 2:20 PM  

Still looking forward to the implosion, though.

Blogger horsewithnonick January 10, 2017 2:32 PM  

OT: Is Gab having troubles? I am unable to get notifications, posts, etc.

Anonymous #1037 January 10, 2017 2:36 PM  

It will be an honor just to nominate...

Anonymous A Most Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents January 10, 2017 2:44 PM  

Do I understand the EPH algorithm correctly? It looks to me that its effect will be to whack slate voting, any or every slate will be affected. That's going to make PNH a tad unhappy, for a start. If I'm understanding properly, it will demonstrate that Vox and the Puppies criticism was accurate.

Ok, who wants to start a pool on how long before Worldcon has to suspend EPH while retaining the multi-tier vote structure that many Hugo readers probably won't understand?

Why didn't they just enact voting rules that prohibit voting for the unclean by name? Or just establish an official Hugo index librorum prohibitorum in the name of freedom of thought & diversity. Call it the "free thought list", or some other Newspeak term.

Blogger maniacprovost January 10, 2017 3:17 PM  

I had been planning to register this year, but, I suppose if the damage to the Hugos is severe enough, it's time to support an award that truly represents the full, diverse spectrum of sci fi fans.

Anonymous VFM #6306 January 10, 2017 3:35 PM  

Read it again guys. This is not a cease-fire. It is a flanking maneuver. Now that we have gotten them to concede their slates, we are going to their left ...Che-style.

The bodycount will be a thing of glory.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash January 10, 2017 3:41 PM  

Silly but True wrote:Off topic: let the lolololulz begin:

"Game" "developer" "Brianna Wu" "plans" to "run for Congress" in 2018.
Hard-core attention whore and professional crazy person Jon Flynt plans to make a huge spectacle of himself as soon as possible. He is hoping for more death threats, either real or faked, so that he can engorge his semi-erect claim of victim status, and expand his stable of financial supporters outside the gaming journalist and professional feminist communities.

Anonymous A Most Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents January 10, 2017 4:07 PM  

Mods: thanks for answering my question. Very amusing!

Anonymous Be Deplorable, Not Afraid January 10, 2017 4:15 PM  

As the Dark Lord commands.

By the way, I loved the new Forbidden Thoughts anthology, and I hope we get more! Congrats to the Dark Lord, the Wrights, and the other authors on their contributions.

Blogger Bear Brubaker January 10, 2017 5:42 PM  

Like the year they held the WFC in Canada, this year it will be a ghost town to begin with. You can bet that no matter what action the Sad/Rabid/Grouchy Puppies take that there will be hardly anyone at the awards in the first place and almost no one nominated will be there to receive their award.

Not understanding that concept has hurt the con in the past and will continue to hurt it in the future. I doubt even GRRM will show up for this one, you don't see him sitting through a lot of 15 hour plane flights.

After seeing the winners and the award itself for the Dragon Award all I can say is "Yowza!" I want one of those. A Hugo... not so much.

Anonymous Just another commenter January 10, 2017 6:22 PM  

"Let them nuke themselves from orbit. It's the only way for them to be sure they won as they become one with the mushroom cloud."

Not tired of winning yet.

Blogger dh January 10, 2017 6:44 PM  

Do I understand the EPH algorithm correctly? It looks to me that its effect will be to whack slate voting, any or every slate will be affected. That's going to make PNH a tad unhappy, for a start. If I'm understanding properly, it will demonstrate that Vox and the Puppies criticism was accurate.

No, it's designed to create permanent placeholder nominations. I.e. every category will have one or two permanent slots for the major publishers. There will be the slot that Bain gets, the slot that Tor gets, etc. It's a permanent system for making sure that all the Tor can claim a certain percentage of slots based on their voters only nominating a single Tor work (or maybe pair) per category.

This is the ultimate goal, to make sure that the largest publishers get a reserved seat at the table no matter how few people actually want them to be there and to prevent a dedicated group from crowding out the big boys who have always gotten slots.

It exposes the fact that in the past this was done by convention rather than by rule. Of course they've always been nominated because the Tor block always voted for a few Tor works. The Puppies upset the apple cart by realizing that the convention was not a rule, and so, that was that. EPH was born as a pure defensive move to make sure that the major houses cannot be denied their influence.

Blogger Brian Niemeier January 10, 2017 6:56 PM  

@17 Tell me about it. Four months later, I'm still being cyber-stalked by a tranny who's obsessed with DISQUALIFY-ing Souldancer's win.

As for the Dragon Awards themselves, Larry and I discussed the possibility of their convergence at SLCCC. He's confident that the people running the awards are solid.

Anonymous Lett Gou January 10, 2017 9:22 PM  

Remember how we dismembered them last year.

This year we have PizzaGate to choke them with.

SpiritCooking cooked Hillary's goose.

They already toasted Tingle.

Time to eat dirt.

Blogger Lou Antonelli January 10, 2017 10:07 PM  

For the benefit of anyone interested in reading for the short story category, I had nine publications in 2016 (with links where applicable):

“Captain of the Clouds” – Aurora Wolf, January 2016

“Higher Powers” – Sci-Phi Journal, February 2016

“The Milky Way Dance Hall” – Decision Points anthology. May 2016

“Lone Star, Lost Star” – Fiction on the Web, July 31, 2016

“The Yellow Flag” – Sci-Phi Journal, August 2016

“And He Threw His Hands Up in the Air” – Siren’s Call, No. 28 August 2016

“Time Like a Rope” – Silver Blade magazine, October 2016

"Three Twilight Zone Variations on a High School Reunion" - 3rd Spectral Book of Horror Stories, Oct. 31, 2016

“If You Were a Dinah Shore, My Love” – Gallery of Curiosities podcast, Dec. 26, 2016

Blogger GK Chesterton January 10, 2017 10:16 PM  

You can't do this to us. It was the best fun that could be had for $50. That's a night at the movies with the wife. For that price I got MONTHS of entertainment. Don't betray us! We want more blood and circuses!

Anonymous LurkingPuppy January 10, 2017 11:56 PM  

Viidad wrote:Wait? You not want us play Hugo this year? Make sad!
And when are we going to get to the Boss level?

Blogger VFM6974 January 11, 2017 1:05 AM  

Wait until the Dark Lord gives final instructions. Preliminary info suggests the Hugos did self-inflicted damage way beyond what we could have done ourselves. The rules are now so convoluted it cannot be taken seriously anymore.

Blogger Bear Brubaker January 11, 2017 10:12 AM  

Orbit Acquires Three Books by Hugo Award-Winning Author N.K. Jemisin

These people are their own worst enemies.

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