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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Rabid Puppies 2016: Best Short Story

The preliminary recommendations for the Best Short Story category:
  • "Tuesdays With Molakesh the Destroyer", Megan Grey, Fireside Magazine
  • "Asymmetrical Warfare", S. R. Algernon, Nature Nr. 519
  • "Seven Kill Tiger", Charles Shao, There Will Be War Vol. X
  • "The Commuter", Thomas Mays, Amazon Kindle Single
  • "If You Were an Award, My Love", Juan Tabo and S. Harris, Vox Popoli

Other 2016 Hugo categories

On a related note, there is an interesting discussion of what fueled the Puppies movement over at The Right Geek. She's a Sad, not a Rabid, but her perspective is pretty accurate on the whole.
Over the same time frame, the Puppies have also become concerned about the artistic direction of our field. The "Human Wave" movement, the "Superversive" movement, and the more generalized complaints about "message fic" and "grey goo" that started gaining steam before last year's Sad Puppies campaign are all flailing attempts by the Puppies to describe the flatness we've perceived in many recent award winners -- particularly in the shorter fiction categories, where the stylistic sophistication and emotional catharsis beloved by creative writing professors and MFA programs the world over appear to be crowding out more accessible stories with identifiable plots and recognizably science-fictional ideas. Have the aforementioned accessible stories been shut out of the mix entirely? No, thankfully -- but prominent fannish critics have definitely been agitating against any "traditional" authors who happen to be short-listed. When Larry Correia was nominated for the Campbell back in 2011, for example, one such critic hyperbolically proclaimed that a win for Larry would "end writing forever."

Finally, before the Puppies became a controversial sensation, many of the same people were getting nominated for the Hugo year after year after year. Now, this state of affairs may have been justifiable if fandom were really tiny, but it's not. As I remarked in my previous post, thousands of science fiction works are published and bought every year, and the most recent circulation figures I could find for, say, Asimov's or Analog exceed the number of people who voted in the Hugos in 2012 by over 1000%. To us Puppies, the proposition that a couple thousand super-motivated Pre-Puppy World Con voters were in any way representative of the fandom in the aggregate was and is ridiculous on its face.
The Puppykickers have been trying to have it both ways. On the one hand, a very small group of people were creating awards they can't even define solely for the sake of giving them to an even smaller group of people they like (awards such as the Best Related Work and Best Long-form Editor), on the other, they have repeatedly asserted that these awards, which are nothing more than the subjective popularity contest among a very small group of people, somehow prove that the recipients are objectively superior to the majority of their various colleagues and competitors in the science fiction and fantasy fields.

The Right Geek doesn't quite go all the way back to the very beginning, however. The reason the original Sad Puppies campaign came to pass was because an SF-SJW was on Larry Correia's blog, taunting him with being an inferior writer because although his books sold well, John Scalzi and other SF-SJWs had Hugo nominations and awards that Correia lacked. When Correia dismissed the SJW's argument by saying that the Hugos were, like the Nebulas, nothing more than a popularity contest, the SJW furiously denied that was the case, prompting Larry to declare that he would prove otherwise.

Which he did, repeatedly, in spades.

Now Larry is a Hugo-nominated author. Brad Torgersen is a Hugo-nominated author. Mike Williamson is a Hugo-nominated author. Tom Kratman is a Hugo-nominated author. John C. Wright is record-setting Hugo-nominated author. I am a Hugo-nominated author and a Hugo-nominated editor. We are henceforth a part of Hugo history. And SF fandom can't deny that, any more than they can take John Scalzi's ludicrous "Best Novel" award away from him or Kameron Hurley's utterly absurd "Best Related Work" award away from her.

We didn't make the Hugo Awards ridiculous. We merely drew attention to the fact that the SJWs in science fiction already had.

If the SJWs in science fiction are unhappy with the present state of affairs, they need to realize that a) they started it and b) they exacerbated it. Patrick Nielsen Hayden and John Scalzi didn't need to publicly attack me back in 2005 and collude to try to get me expelled from SFWA in 2013. SJWs didn't need to falsely claim that I was responsible for gaming the 2014 nominations. And whoever that SJW was back in 2012 didn't need to go to Larry's site and start taunting him there.

The SJWs in science fiction could have done what we were doing to them all along and simply left us alone. But for one reason or another, they didn't. So, it's more than a bit rich for them to complain that we are now paying them too much unwanted attention when they went out of their way to draw it in the first place. In the words of Metallica:

Careful what you wish, you may regret it
Careful what you wish, you just might get it


They wanted the baleful eye of the Supreme Dark Lord upon them. Well, they have got it. And if they do not enjoy the burning touch of my gentle hand, how am I to blame for that? It is what they demanded, after all.

Nevertheless, because I am kind, and in the interest of restoring a modicum of peace to the science fiction community, I will extend an olive branch to my enemies. I will be pleased to vacate and disavow my past Hugo nominations once John Scalzi and Patrick Nielsen Hayden return their past awards and do the same. And furthermore, I will forswear all future Hugo nominations for myself if both men agree to do so as well.

Come, gentlemen, shall we not be inspired by the selfless and noble example of the late David Hartwell and allow others their moment to bask in Hugo glory?

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31 Comments:

Blogger Nate February 25, 2016 7:39 AM  

"Tuesdays With Molakesh the Destroyer" is an excellent name. Simply seeing the name is enough to make me seek it out and read it.

its like seeing a country song named Cocaine. I have no idea what it will sound like but I am certain it will be good.

Blogger Ron February 25, 2016 8:05 AM  

And I will forswear all future Hugo nominations for myself if both men agree to do the same.

If anyone else had written that, I'd have said they were being stupid, since as we all know SJWs always lie and will abide by no code of honor.

However, VD wrote it, so I must therefore assume he has some sort of horrible plan in place involving a crossbow bolt, explosives and a sexually degenerate donkey.

(yes, I stole that line from SkavenSlayer)

Blogger VD February 25, 2016 8:21 AM  

If anyone else had written that, I'd have said they were being stupid, since as we all know SJWs always lie and will abide by no code of honor.

Oh, it's simple enough to enforce. If they agree, then renege, then I'm eligible again. Regardless, I am skeptical that either man is willing to sacrifice his own vanity for the science fiction community. But perhaps all the counseling that Scalzi has been undergoing of late has given him a new perspective.

Blogger Skylark Thibedeau February 25, 2016 8:23 AM  

Foolish SJWs. You do not go into Mordor and taunt Sauron.

Anonymous Steve February 25, 2016 8:36 AM  

But perhaps all the counseling that Scalzi has been undergoing of late has given him a new perspective.

I hear they have to undergo therapy for a year before they're allowed to start hormone treatments.

Blogger Cataline Sergius February 25, 2016 8:47 AM  

This is quite the rarity, not only have I actually read most of the short stories on this list but I actually agree with it as well.

That hasn't happened since the mid-1980s.

Blogger The Kurgan February 25, 2016 8:47 AM  

Steve,
Bwahahahhaa

Blogger Jack Ward February 25, 2016 8:49 AM  

Since fiction: Just finished Ctrl Alt Revolt! by Nick Cole. Possible its the best .99 I ever spent. Thoroughly enjoyed this thing. I'm not a gamer but if that game Island Pirates ever saw the light of day I could be deeply moved.
Nick went indie over difficulties with sjw gatekeepers, I understand. The sequel, is 8.99 on Amazon. Considering it though, I've been spoiled by Castalia pricing. I'm assuming that Soda Pop Soldier [the sequel] is still owned by the sjw freaks that decided to thought police Mr. Cole. Too bad.
Yeah, I'll probably spend the money. That said, he has one or two more over at the monster A for .99. This sounds like a Nick Cole commercial. I know. But, darn it, the man deserves.

Blogger Jeffrey Quick February 25, 2016 8:53 AM  

"In the interest of comity in the science fiction community, I have extended an olive branch to my SF-SJW enemies" (Medium Which Shall Not Be Used)

Damn spell-check. I'm sure you meant "comedy".

Blogger pdwalker February 25, 2016 9:02 AM  

The Dark Lord offers very generous and reasonable terms.

VD does have a soft, compassionate side.

Blogger Alexander February 25, 2016 9:16 AM  

VD does have a soft, compassionate side.

Well of course.

If Vox was nothing but hostile to his opponents, he would merely be a cruelty apprentice. It's the master who knows how to utilize the negative space.

The knowledge that the Dark Lord offers his enemies a carrot makes the hissing of the whip all the more musical to we faceless minions.

Anonymous Instasetting February 25, 2016 9:23 AM  

Nice way to twist the sword...

OpenID malcolmthecynic February 25, 2016 9:40 AM  

"Tuesdays with Molakesh" was very funny, especially if the maudlin, community college philosophy of "Tuesdays with Morrie" annoyed you as much as it annoyed me.

Blogger dlw February 25, 2016 9:49 AM  

> It is what they demanded, after all.

There's a certain type of mentality that craves attention. If they can't get it via the approval of their peers, even being pwned by the Supreme Dark Lord is better than nothing.

Blogger Shimshon February 25, 2016 9:49 AM  

Will you be nominating for the Retro Awards too?

OpenID denektenorsk February 25, 2016 9:57 AM  

Which he did, repeatedly, in spades.

Now Larry is a Hugo-nominated author. Brad Torgersen is a Hugo-nominated author. Mike Williamson is a Hugo-nominated author. Tom Kratman is a Hugo-nominated author. John C. Wright is record-setting Hugo-nominated author. I am a Hugo-nominated author and a Hugo-nominated editor. We are henceforth a part of Hugo history. And SF fandom can't deny that, any more than they can take John Scalzi's ludicrous "Best Novel" award away from him or Kameron Hurley's utterly absurd "Best Related Work" award away from her.


"Fixing the game is for me, not for thee" cries the fun police.

Blogger Jack Ward February 25, 2016 10:02 AM  

Got the email this AM. MidCon...nominations are now open. Hee, hee....

Anonymous Michael Maier February 25, 2016 10:12 AM  

"And whoever that SJW was back in 2012 didn't need to go to Larry's site and start taunting him there."

Oh man... anyone have a link to that? I'd never heard of that before this post.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan February 25, 2016 10:47 AM  

I'm hoping to nominate that Jesmine character because she is racist as fuck and fucking loves science an shit

Anonymous Ecthelion February 25, 2016 10:59 AM  

"Tuesdays With Molakesh the Destroyer" is a good story, and as one who is familiar with the weary tedium of a Minnesota winter the allure of Molakesh is self-evident. It was also on my nominating ballot last year; is it still eligible?

Blogger VD February 25, 2016 11:11 AM  

Will you be nominating for the Retro Awards too?

Oh, most likely.

Blogger Cataline Sergius February 25, 2016 11:14 AM  

Oh shit, I forgot. I'm supposed to be outraged over having been passed over for my completely hackneyed and totally unoriginal derivative masterpiece .

This is an OUTRAGE...I guess. A travesty. An...appalling...Okay I can't really make myself care here. I'm trying but I can't do it.

I just can't.

I'll never be a Tor author.

BTW @Steve and @Kurgan

Chapter Six is up. Wherein we finally meet the heavily Hillary influenced; Princess Perseverance.

Anonymous The other robot February 25, 2016 11:35 AM  

MidAmeriCon II keeps reminding me to nominate ... soon my precious.

Blogger Chrom February 25, 2016 11:39 AM  

“Tell me zis dream you've been hafing, vonce again, from zee beginning.”

“It's always the same, every night . . . I'm standing in the middle of a pristinely-maintained lawn . . . it stretches to the horizon in every direction . . . it's very early morning and the moon is full . . . I'm wearing my favorite dress, but I don't feel pretty, oh so pretty tonight . . . and then it begins . . . I feel it building, the power lust of generations of cross-dressing ancestors coursing through my veins, slowly at first but rapidly gaining speed . . . my breathing and pulse begin a race to see which one can kill me first . . . I feel like I'm about to explode . . . I begin to scream . . . and then it's over . . . the transformation is complete . . . I am Rapist.

“I hike up my dress and squat down to urinate, ('It's cleaner,' Mother always said, and she was right) . . . I stand back up and lower my dress, and that's when I sense xer presence . . . xe's about 20 feet behind me, standing very still, but I know it's xer . . . 'Hello, Erin,' I say as I turn to face xer . . . xer blue and green hair has a fresh coat, and xe is wearing a new dog collar . . . xer mipples are erect through xer shirt . . . 'Can you help me?' xe asks, 'There's something wrong with my lips' . . . 'Your lips, huh?' I sneer, feeling myself growing turgid, 'Well maybe you need some of this!' . . . I lift my dress up as I run at xer, and xe drops to xer knees . . . I reach xer, grab the dog collar and start thrusting for all I'm worth . . . over and over . . . violently . . . repeatedly . . .

“'That's it! It's perfect! Thank you, oh so much!' Erin says . . . then xe stands up and walks away . . . when xe's gone, I look down at my penis, and can just see the end of it, sticking out past my stomach . . . so I take a deep breath, and with my right arm I move the rest of my stomach out of the way . . . and there's something written on the side of it . . . some of the letters are covered by the fat on my mons, near the base . . . but I can make out the letters 'Chapst-' . . . and then I wake up.”

Blogger Nate February 25, 2016 11:46 AM  

I for one am angry that the Rabid Puppy slate has left John Scalzi Tried to Ban This Book off the ballot.

Anonymous VFM #6306 February 25, 2016 12:59 PM  

VD wrote:Will you be nominating for the Retro Awards too?

Oh, most likely.


Is this year's retros 1941? Holy cow. Let's get them to No Award the Retros completely. If even a minor gem from that era wins a rocket, it will cause Redshirts to melt like a raisinet in the sun. The only question is:

Will it double down like Tor—
And then lie?
Will it gamma with ennui?
Or crust and sugar over—
Like a syrupy Scalzi?

Or does it ass-sag
Like the Torless Toad's?

Or does it owe blows?

Blogger ray February 25, 2016 2:13 PM  

'The "Human Wave" movement, the "Superversive" movement, and the more generalized complaints about "message fic" and "grey goo" that started gaining steam before last year's Sad Puppies campaign are all flailing attempts by the Puppies to describe the flatness we've perceived in many recent award winners -- particularly in the shorter fiction categories, where the stylistic sophistication and emotional catharsis beloved by creative writing professors and MFA programs the world over appear to be crowding out more accessible stories with identifiable plots and recognizably science-fictional ideas.'


A v. important element that few outside the system understand. The machines behind the feminization and politicization of literature in America were and are the college lit depts, writing programs, and MFA academic tracks. Thirty years ago, when I was involved, these programs were controlled by faculty that already was heavily politicized and 'enlightened' and the students largely were wannabe-writer females with privileged backgrounds, who desired to be seen as Struggling Artists, tho few had known a single day of want in their entire lives. Doesn't leave much room for actual struggling artists.

The other large contingent were the Black Clothes Brigade of GenX females and males -- also passionately leftist, and usually nerdy. There was constant collusion between these elements, faculty, and administration to ensure the korreckt persons/works succeeded and were advanced. The writers invited to campuses, or given adjunct positions, were subject to approval by Team Left. They met in private and they spoke openly, if quietly, in the hallways, quite proud of the Fix being in, because it was Their Fix, and all the institutional powers approved.

The Hugo stuff is only the surface issue, although an important one, because that's where we've seen the most obvious results of The Fix over the decades. It's a proper point of attack because you can't budge the academic/departmental/government monolith that empowers and funds these orgs, most of which are long corrupted and controlled by feminism/PC. The Hugo Issue brings attention, and a smattering of reform, to this problem, but doesn't really threaten the monolith. They're more interested in their money, cars, reputations, and 'careers' than they are in awards. The awards are icing.

It's like Emperor Trump's Wall -- a useful emotional button, but doesn't crack the true entrenched wall in America, which is on the Inside, not the Outside. Publicizing the ongoing collusion and corruption behind the Hugos will get the attention of the massive entrenched interests in the colleges etc., but won't displace those persons, or their ruling religion, from power. We are talking about a LOT of people and they have been in positions of comfortable influence for most of their lives; they are not going to 'see the light' suddenly because it's the Right Thing To Do. They will fight to protect their privileges, their fake awards, and their Religion of Self-Service, until the day they physically are rooted-out of their positions and power. The alternative is admission of their inferiority, cowardice, and dishonesty, and that ain't happening.

Blogger Cataline Sergius February 25, 2016 6:01 PM  

The problem with the Retro-Hugos is there isn't much in the way of SJW garbage available to make fun of;

"And the nominees for the 1941 best novel are:

Orphans of the Sky, Robert Heinlein

And..."

Hang on, I'm going to be googling for a while.



And don't say Nightfall that one is a short story in 1941.

Blogger Aeoli Pera February 25, 2016 6:08 PM  

I will be pleased to vacate and disavow my past Hugo nominations once John Scalzi and Patrick Nielsen Hayden return their past awards and do the same. And furthermore, I will forswear all future Hugo nominations for myself if both men agree to do so as well.

Come, gentlemen, shall we not be inspired by the selfless and noble example of the late David Hartwell and allow others their moment to bask in Hugo glory?


AWCA indeed.

I liked "fannish", that's good wordplay by The Right Geek.

Blogger Aeoli Pera February 25, 2016 6:10 PM  

Nate wrote:I for one am angry that the Rabid Puppy slate has left John Scalzi Tried to Ban This Book off the ballot.

I presume this is because there is still a sizable portion of sympathetic, likely voters who don't (yet) want to burn the awards down or consider them inherently ridiculous. Most are unfamiliar with the extent of the pedophilia, for instance.

Blogger Wayne Earl February 29, 2016 12:45 PM  

My Dark Lord is an honorable gentlemenses he is, my precious. In support of this charred olive offering, I too, go on record and will forsake all my previous Hugo award winnings, and all future Hugo winnings as well, until the End of Time is complete. Alas, my publisher believes that my next novel will be awarded two, possibly THREE times the number of Hugos we bought for my last novel, so my support does cut deep - but for King and Country, no wound is too great.

Don't forget, I have a patron.

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