Monday, February 08, 2016

Rabid Puppies 2016: Best Editor (Long-form)

The preliminary recommendations for the endangered Patrick Nielsen Hayden consolation prize.
  • Anne Sowards, Penguin
  • Bryan Thomas Schmidt, independent
  • Mike Braff, Del Rey
  • Toni Weisskopf, Baen Books
  • Vox Day, Castalia House
In case you weren't aware, this category only exists because Patrick Nielsen Hayden cried publicly about not being able to win Best Editor against the likes of Gardner Dozois, but since virtually no one except the writer edited has the ability to tell what an editor has done to a manuscript, let alone how well he has done it, it's been little more than a Tor Editor Appreciation Prize since its inception.

(In fairness, David Hartwell told me that he managed to persuade a reluctant PNH to stand down one year so four-time bridesmaid Lou Anders could win an award. So, it must be admitted that PNH was willing to share the precious. On occasion, if reluctantly. But not - most definitely NOT - with Toni Weisskopf. We hates her, precious, we hates her forever!)

That being said, there is one relevant, if subjective, way to reasonably judge editors and that is by asking those few writers who have been edited by multiple editors of note to compare those by whom they have been edited. Perhaps those with the sufficient historical chops should try doing that sometime.

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Blogger Jack Ward February 08, 2016 8:43 AM  

Please, Oh Dark Lord, pray tell what should be my first step[s] to move into nomination mode this season? I should qualify for doing nominations having voted last [hunting] season. I know it should be obvious but my brain is still soggy with Super Bowl fumes. TNX

Blogger Didact February 08, 2016 8:48 AM  

Vox- probably a dumb question, but since I'm now a registered MidAmeriCon voter, etc., when does the actual nominations process start? In other words, when can we start giving the SJWs severe heart attacks?

- Didact
(VFM #4508)

Anonymous Anonymous February 08, 2016 8:55 AM  

only 40% of the nominations are female.

i would like to lodge a complaint at this obviously sexist preferential treatment of men. i don't believe it meets the Vox Popoli Code of Conduct.

Blogger dnaworks February 08, 2016 9:28 AM  

> only 40% of the nominations are female.

So, are you saying we need a trans entry as well? For fairness and the extra 10% :)

Anonymous MidWestCon member February 08, 2016 9:37 AM  

Has anyone received their Hugo PIN yet?

Blogger #7139 February 08, 2016 10:15 AM  

@5 I am still waiting for my PIN.

Blogger VD February 08, 2016 10:29 AM  

I can confirm that some of them have been delivered to a number of different people. I would wait until Wednesday, then email them.

Anonymous Hognose @ February 08, 2016 11:06 AM  

Hey, PNH may hate him some Toni Weisskopf and her editing beneficiaries, but not nearly as much as he hates him Christ and Christians.

He claims to be a member of some prog church or other, but methinks it's the one that keeps its crucifix inverted.

Blogger Username_Unavailable February 08, 2016 11:24 AM  

FYI, I received my PIN on Saturday.

Anonymous Dave Gerrold's Cabana Boy February 08, 2016 1:25 PM  

Just got my email this morning

Blogger Lost Pilgrim February 08, 2016 6:55 PM  

I wonder if PNH saw a goblinish creature grasping for his precious that year?

Anonymous Broker February 09, 2016 1:41 AM  

I didnät recieve too ((

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