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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Rabid Puppies 2016: Best Fan Writer

The preliminary recommendations for the Best Fan Writer category.  
Compare and contrast the impressive and substantial work of these fan writers with the lightweights and pro authors favored in recent years by the SF-SJWs. The difference is downright risible.

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20 Comments:

Anonymous Big Bill February 03, 2016 8:17 AM  

Does Jeffro have a brother Anferney?

Blogger Shimshon February 03, 2016 9:01 AM  

Has any Sasquan member received their MidAmericonII PIN yet?

Anonymous Stephen J. February 03, 2016 9:23 AM  

Dumb question, but isn't Dave Freer a published professional author? Doesn't that disqualify him from the "Fan Writer" category? Not meaning to be obstreperous, just genuinely confused.

Blogger VFM #7191 February 03, 2016 9:44 AM  

@2 Still waiting...

Blogger VD February 03, 2016 9:49 AM  

Dumb question, but isn't Dave Freer a published professional author? Doesn't that disqualify him from the "Fan Writer" category?

Yes. No, you'd think so, but it doesn't. John Scalzi, Jim Hines, and Kameron Hurley all won their Hugos that way. Until now, it's recently been nothing more than an SJW popularity contest.

OpenID denektenorsk February 03, 2016 10:15 AM  

Off topic for the Hugos, but related to some of the definitely not a slate non-recommendations:

I assume our host and the Ilk are familiar with Doraleous and Associates? Episode names like "Tranny Hole" (used for transdimensional teleporation of course - get your mind out of the gutter) give you an idea of the humour.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk1B8DiIJI8

Blogger Michael Maier February 03, 2016 10:39 AM  

Are the updated Hugo nomination rules not in effect until next year?

Blogger Ingot9455 February 03, 2016 11:20 AM  

Double kudos for Shamus Young here.

Blogger VD February 03, 2016 11:51 AM  

Are the updated Hugo nomination rules not in effect until next year?

They may or may not be in effect next year. They have to be ratified at this year's convention.

Anonymous Wat Tyler February 03, 2016 12:03 PM  

@3 Many pros have won Fan Writer. It's awarded for fannish writing, such as blogs and (old school) fanzines and such.

Mike Glyer and Dave Langford owned the category for about thirty years. Which cries out "Stagnation!" to me.

OpenID cirsova February 03, 2016 1:30 PM  

Hell yeah! The Zenopus Archives guy is amazing!

Blogger Craig February 03, 2016 1:49 PM  

Does game writing count as FSF fan writing? Appendix N clearly fills the bill, since it's about D&D's fantasy influences, but I'm less confident of Zenopus: except for a couple of posts relating to the Pluto flyby, nothing from last year is connected to written fantasy or SF. (I don't know if Shamus Young's 2015 stuff has the same potential issue.)

As a poential replacement, I've been meaning to suggest Tom Simon for fan writer over at sadpuppies: some of his older essays are top-drawer (ask John C Wright -- I know he's also a fan). Last year was fairly lean for him in fan writing, but the ozmataz/legosity posts ought to count, and probably the superversive anniversary post.

Blogger VD February 03, 2016 2:03 PM  

Does game writing count as FSF fan writing?

Yes. Game writing will soon count for SFWA eligibility too.

Blogger VD February 03, 2016 2:05 PM  

As a poential replacement, I've been meaning to suggest Tom Simon

Tom Simon is a good writer and he has done some excellent pieces in the past, but he's done very little this year. I would not recommend him.

Anonymous Nathan February 03, 2016 2:40 PM  

Re: Tom Simon, very good writer, but Vox is right that he's not done much fan writing in SFF this year. (His MASH series has been a delight to follow, but its not SFF.) However, his "Life, Carbon, and the Tao" is excellent, and hopefully worthy of consideration for Related Work.

Blogger John Wright February 03, 2016 5:27 PM  

Tom Simon's writing, especially on Tolkien is gobstoppingly brilliant. I second the motion.

Blogger Jon M February 03, 2016 8:39 PM  

Oh ho, Zenopus. That's a great call right there.

Blogger owlish February 03, 2016 8:47 PM  

I also like Shamus Young. Among other things, he's on part 32 of his Mass Effect retrospective. That's certainly scifi enough.

Anonymous Hezekiah Garrett February 03, 2016 11:55 PM  

@15

Where would I find this MASH series? Google was for naught.

And this is M*A*S*H, right?

Anonymous nathan February 04, 2016 9:13 AM  

Yes, Tom Simon has written 13 essays on M*A*S*H episodes.

http://bondwine.com/mash-a-writers-view/

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