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Monday, February 01, 2016

Rabid Puppies 2016: Best New Writer


I'll be gradually making my preliminary recommendations for this year's Hugo Awards, after which I will collect them all in one complete summary post that is most certainly not a slate, much less a direct order by the Supreme Dark Lord to the Evil Legion of Evil, the Vile Faceless Minions, the Dread Ilk, the Ilk of Vox Popoli, and the Rabid Puppies.

To kick things off, we'll begin with the Campbell Award: Best New Writer category:
  • Pierce Brown
  • Cheah Kai Wai
  • Sebastien de Castell
  • Marc Miller
  • Andy Weir 
If anyone is aware of any eligibility issues that I might have missed, please let me know.

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46 Comments:

Anonymous grey enlightenment February 01, 2016 8:17 AM  

pierce brown and weir are more successful than many established authors. kudus to them

Blogger Unknown February 01, 2016 8:20 AM  

Is Andy Weir even eligible? I thought his eligibility had expired last year...?
He's the only one on that list I recognize.

Blogger VD February 01, 2016 8:27 AM  

Is Andy Weir even eligible? I thought his eligibility had expired last year...?

It's a two-year eligibility window. My understanding is that he is still eligible.

Blogger Jack Ward February 01, 2016 8:34 AM  

I can get behind Weir. Read his Martian several times. And, by some miracle or three, Hollywood managed to not mangle the movie, though, book is definitely better than movie if you like all the techy details.
The others; no heard of. Will have to look up.

Blogger Shimshon February 01, 2016 9:00 AM  

Have they sent out the voting info yet for Sasquan supporting members?

Anonymous Leonidas February 01, 2016 9:02 AM  

@5:

If so, I haven't gotten it yet.

Blogger Josh February 01, 2016 9:12 AM  

How did Weir not win this last year?

Anonymous VFM #6306 February 01, 2016 9:21 AM  

NAMBLA votes NoAward, Josh. This is all you need to know.

Blogger VD February 01, 2016 9:22 AM  

He wasn't nominated by anyone else and I hadn't read the book, so I didn't either.

Blogger Fatherless February 01, 2016 9:28 AM  

I'd like to join the mischief this year. Is this where I join, or is it too late?

http://midamericon2.org/registration/

Blogger VD February 01, 2016 9:32 AM  

Is this where I join, or is it too late?

It is too late to nominate. I would recommend waiting to see if you want to vote or not after the nominations are announced.

Blogger Fatherless February 01, 2016 9:35 AM  

Why wouldn't I want to vote...? If I don't like the nomnominations?

Blogger VFM #407 February 01, 2016 9:36 AM  

I thought this was the year we burned the Hugos to the ground? VFMs need fresh meat!

Blogger VD February 01, 2016 9:39 AM  

To clarify: it is not too late to nominate, it is too late to REGISTER to nominate. The nominations aren't due until the end of March.

Blogger Skylark Thibedeau February 01, 2016 9:49 AM  

I registered yesterday for the 2017 con by mistake. Will I still get a nominating pin for this year?

I agree with the nomination of Weir. Not only was it(The Martian) a good story but it was originally a web novel. He went around the big publishers.

Blogger tweell February 01, 2016 10:08 AM  

It would be hard for the SJW's to argue against Andy Weir as the best new writer. I figure that they'll try to disqualify him in committee instead.

Anonymous Pohida February 01, 2016 10:24 AM  

It would be hard for the SJW's to argue against Andy Weir as the best new writer.

Why would they? If the intention is for the RPs to poison certain writers by including the, I think you'll find the "sjw's" are wise to that and, unlike last year, there won't be a disciploned anti-slate vote. Folks will likely just vote for quality regardless, and Weir will probably be nominated without Puppy support anyway.

With that in mind, might be a good year for Toni. Still won't be for Castalia House though...

Anonymous Alexander February 01, 2016 10:30 AM  

I think you'll find the "sjw's" are wise ...

I think I found your problem there. It's a common one, the ol' "They've definitely learned a lesson this time." Run into it all the time: unfortunately, once you get an SJW under the hood, it's pretty much a guarantee they'll double down until you've got nothing but a pile of rust.

Damn shame, but there you go.

Blogger Cataline Sergius February 01, 2016 10:59 AM  

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Anonymous Nathan February 01, 2016 11:14 AM  

@17,

Each of the three puppy years, the Kickers confused the extra point of the Hugo Awards final vote for the actual touchdown drive. Given the percentage of Puppies exceeds the typical threshold needed for a nomination in an average year (assuming no growth in the nominating population), the only real way to blunt Puppy influence in the nominations is with a larger slate. And, yes, the No Award slaters of last year have numbers to do that. The real question is will the WorldCon crowd continue on their "We burned the village to save it" course by voting slate in the nominations?

Anonymous #1037 February 01, 2016 11:34 AM  

@19 We don't care.

Blogger Cataline Sergius February 01, 2016 11:36 AM  

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Blogger Jeff Hendricks February 01, 2016 11:40 AM  

@19 Cataline:

The whole point of Sad Puppies is that we want to nominate works based on the works themselves. Doesn't matter if he admires NDT.

I think he wasn't nominated last year simply because the book was too "science-y" for SJW's to actually enjoy.

I loved it. Nominate it.

Blogger cremes February 01, 2016 11:43 AM  

@22 -

I'm not interested in ideological purity tests. If the writing is worthy, then it's worthy.

I think dropping people from the consideration list because they might be an SJW is an "own goal" in itself.

Anonymous Nathan February 01, 2016 11:46 AM  

If the Martian was ineligible in 2015 for Best Novel because of a 2011 self-publishing date, wouldn't he be ineligible for 2015 and 2016 Campbell awards?

(The Hugos in general need to clean up eligibility rules, as well as add a few more categories, video games and audiobooks, for instance, to join the 21th century.)

Anonymous Ezekiel Cassandros February 01, 2016 11:56 AM  

@23 The whole point of Rabid Puppies is to cause mayhem. Nominating good works is a means to that end.

Anonymous Mr. Rational February 01, 2016 11:58 AM  

I've attended several Worldcons before but this is the first time I'm actually going to get into reading works for the Hugo nominations.  It's probably time to buy a Kindle.

Speaking of Kindles, are there any tutorials on disabling the radio links on those things?  The idea of Amazon being able to track both me and my reading in real time, as well as altering or deleting my books, is ultra-creepy.  I'll load it over USB when and where I want to, TYVM.

Blogger Cataline Sergius February 01, 2016 12:02 PM  

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Blogger tweell February 01, 2016 12:05 PM  

Disabling wireless on Kindles isn't a big deal, just switch it to 'Airplane Mode' in settings.

Blogger VD February 01, 2016 12:33 PM  

I VOTE =>NO<= ON ANDY WEIR

That's nice. Were you under the impression this is a democracy?

(whistles for Malwyn)

Blogger VD February 01, 2016 12:36 PM  

But accidental controversy would make us look like first rate, clueless, unprepared chumps...again.

If that is what you think, you should leave now and never come back. You're just not tall enough for the ride.

Blogger Achilles February 01, 2016 12:57 PM  

When does the "burn it to the ground" start? You don't need to spill the beans on your plan but if you want us non-minions to nominate lefties like Weir and shell out more money to the Hugo crowd to insult us on awards night we need a little motivation. A list of nominees smells more Sad Puppies than Rabid at this point. Can you give us some sort of outline or insight into why this isn't more of the same. If you can't you've built up enough trust for me to take it on faith. In this economy $50 is a lot of disappointment. Last year was amusing but I want blood and ashes this year. And I'm not sure how figurative I'm being.

Blogger VD February 01, 2016 1:11 PM  

When does the "burn it to the ground" start? You don't need to spill the beans on your plan but if you want us non-minions to nominate lefties like Weir and shell out more money to the Hugo crowd to insult us on awards night we need a little motivation.

I'm not asking anyone to shell out more money to the Hugo crowd. The Brainstorm people know what is going on. But don't bother trying to anticipate me. You can't.

And you do understand that the SJWs in SF read this blog, right? I'm not explaining anything.

Blogger Unknown February 01, 2016 1:26 PM  

I would enjoy seeing what the CHORFs do with a great story that is by far more SCIENCE than fiction, and has absolutely zero virtue signaling in it.
I hope they choke on it.

Anonymous BGKB February 01, 2016 2:27 PM  

Even more reason to protect your ID when dealing with the chorfs this year, affirmative action amazon workers give out peoples credit card info to anyone that calls.

https://medium.com/@espringe/amazon-s-customer-service-backdoor-be375b3428c4#.risooalum

NAMBLA votes NoAward, Josh. This is all you need to know
In this economy $50 is a lot of disappointment


They are voting for If You Where Too Cheap To Buy 4 Cartons Of Cigs to Have Sex With a 14yo My Love, the hugo award winning story of how even Phil Sandafer will treat at McDonalds

Anonymous Jimmy.The.Freak February 01, 2016 3:56 PM  

Can we get SJWs Always Lie in for Best Related Work?

Blogger Philip Sandifer February 01, 2016 4:15 PM  

Just for the record, Vox, the only reason Andy Weir wasn't on the ballot last year was the Puppies. Without you, the Campbell nominees last year would have been Chu, Weir, Alyssa Wong, Carmen Maria Marchado, and Django Wexler.

Anonymous Nathan February 01, 2016 4:30 PM  

@35,

Speak the devil's name and he shall appear.

@37,

Or maybe the rules are so improperly set up that a book published in 2011 grants eligibility for the Campbell 4 and 5 years later? So that Puppy fans, who did indeed want to vote for the Martian in 2015 when told it was ineligible because of a 2011 publication date assumed that Andy Weir was ineligible for the Campbell as well. An oversight, to be sure. But, lets face it, if we did put him on the list, your 2500 strong slate would have No Awarded him.

Blogger VD February 01, 2016 4:52 PM  

Can we get SJWs Always Lie in for Best Related Work?

Yes, yes we can.

Just for the record, Vox, the only reason Andy Weir wasn't on the ballot last year was the Puppies. Without you, the Campbell nominees last year would have been Chu, Weir, Alyssa Wong, Carmen Maria Marchado, and Django Wexler.

Oh, Phil, you're always so careless. That is not the only reason. It is a reason. Had you SJWs favored Weir over Chu, he would have also been on the ballot.

In any event, since you all are such champions of Weir, I'm glad we will all be able to join forces and get him nominated.

Anonymous BGKB February 01, 2016 5:14 PM  

Since leftists gave out """"scholarships""" to homeless people last hugo, I should let people know how to earn money to pay for it.

"Because Jeb!, even with the added exclamation point, can’t garner an audience on his own, one of his PACs is literally handing out $25 to anyone who will show up, provided they stay the whole two hours."
http://www.thedailysheeple.com/super-fail-desperate-jeb-super-pac-now-paying-people-to-attend-his-rallies_022016

Speak the devil's name and he shall appear. Look at how long it took to finish the happy meals.

Anonymous Set February 01, 2016 7:10 PM  

Seconding Pierce Brown. The Red Rising books are marketed like Standard Dystopian YA but they're incredibly traditionalist. The (married) protagonist is able to recognize the ruling caste as worthy of rule, if only they followed their own rules, and the whole Roman castles arc was awe-inspiring. As for the second book, I think we're all on board with railgun-launched boarding parties.

Anonymous aeou February 01, 2016 8:12 PM  

"Speaking of Kindles, are there any tutorials on disabling the radio links on those things? The idea of Amazon being able to track both me and my reading in real time, as well as altering or deleting my books, is ultra-creepy. I'll load it over USB when and where I want to, TYVM."

That is unreasonably paranoid. No-one cares about you personally . You are not important. But I do get not wanting to give amazon remote deletion privileges

That said: get any e-reader without wifi/4g/3g. Get a program called calibre (it's free) and convert any standard format to any other standard format that fits. It is not difficult. I have some sony reader without wireless and both baen and pirates usually have a filetype that fits natively. If it's an older text I go through calibre.

Good luck.

Anonymous disambiguated February 02, 2016 12:49 AM  

Weir won't get be nominated/voted for by SJWs due to the 'big gay probe' bit of dialogue by the main character. They'll claim it's 'homophobic'.

Anonymous disambiguated February 02, 2016 12:50 AM  

Rather, 'Gay probe coming to save me', apologies.

Anonymous VFM 1957 February 02, 2016 10:12 AM  

I humbly await thy bidding, my master...

Anonymous Wat Tyler February 03, 2016 1:04 PM  

@25 If the Martian was ineligible in 2015 for Best Novel because of a 2011 self-publishing date, wouldn't he be ineligible for 2015 and 2016 Campbell awards?

The novel was not eligible for Best Novel. The Campbell Award is NOT a Hugo and has different rules. Weir is in his second (and last) year of eligibility for the Campbell.

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