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Friday, March 11, 2016

Rabid Puppies 2016: Best Novella

The preliminary recommendations for the Best Novella category.
  • "Fear and Self-Loathing in Hollywood", Nick Cole
  • "Penric's Demon", Lois McMaster Bujold
  • "Hyperspace Demons", Jonathan Moeller
  • "The Builders", Daniel Polansky
  • "Slow Bullets", Alastair Reynolds 
Also, I stand corrected. The intrepid readers at File 770 have been gracious enough to inform us that "Space Raptor Butt Invasion" is not actually a novelette, and therefore belongs in the short story category.
Khitty Hawk
Not sure what VD’s goal is since "Space Raptor Butt Invasion" isn’t even a novelette. The thing’s less than 5000 words. No one could No Award it since it’d get disqualified beforehand.

Aaron
Well, it is pretty much established that Beale simply isn’t particularly bright.

Glenn Hauman
We already know he has trouble counting past 5 without taking off the other mitten. Counting to see if it makes novelette length? He’d get lost after 21. Okay, 20 and a half.
I sincerely apologize for this inexcusable and unconscionable error, and will, of course, make the appropriate adjustments when the final Rabid Puppies list of recommendations is presented next week.

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    24 Comments:

    Blogger exfarmkid March 11, 2016 7:21 AM  

    Apology accepted.

    Anonymous VFM #RAPTOR PHALLUS March 11, 2016 7:34 AM  

    We. don't. care.

    Anonymous Lord Cluttermonkey March 11, 2016 7:49 AM  

    Not exactly following a certain M. Napoléon's famous advice are they.

    Blogger FALPhil March 11, 2016 7:53 AM  

    Aaron on March 10, 2016 at 8:46 pm said:
    Well, it is pretty much established that Beale simply isn’t particularly bright.


    I got a hearty chuckle out of that. VD is living the good life abroad, inventing games, publishing sci-fi, and playing soccer, and this ass-clown is probably still living in his mother's basement, spending the day reading File 770.

    Blogger Lazarus March 11, 2016 8:05 AM  

    Don't rub it in, FALPhil

    Blogger 1337kestrel March 11, 2016 8:11 AM  

    I'm not sure I condone the lack of gun safety in your Hugo campaign. Sure, shooting fish in a barrel seems fun at first...

    Blogger Nate March 11, 2016 8:13 AM  

    i wonder how many 770 readers got a little bothered by reading the title...

    Anonymous Bz March 11, 2016 8:18 AM  

    I tried reading Bujold's latest novel, Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, by the way, but quickly had to put it down with my skin crawling. Did you know Aral and Cordelia actually was a secret long-term threesome with the Jole mentioned in the title?

    ("Did you -- or Aral -- ever tell [Miles] about us? Does he know? I was never quite sure. That is, if he knew and accepted me, or if he just didn't know."
    ...
    "Ha. No. Speaking of exploding heads, Aral always spared Miles that. I never much agreed with that choice, but I have to admit it was simpler.")

    That Cordelia apparently got her jollies by some form of sexual sadism against this gay young man?

    ("You always did have that little sadistic streak, Cordelia."
    "Now, Oliver. Assertive, perhaps. As you may recall."
    From the way he choked on his next swallow of wine, he did. Good.)

    And, oh, that now that Aral is dead, they have decided to grow offspring in incubators (some of them apparently Aral + Jole all gay by the magic of genetic engineering). It's all very nicely presented, in that cod-Austen, cod-Wilde way that Bujold prefers, but this time style was insufficient.

    I do recall Bujold waxing wery wroth at some character doing more or less the same thing in an earlier book, except that time it was a man who had a lot of daughters, so he deserved it, while this time it's a woman doing it and it's kinda neat. And it's perhaps not really different in its essence from Ethan from Athos, an early Bujold book with a nice gay gay man coming from his nice all gay gay gay community of nice gayness. Yet I didn't reflect much on it then, while this time my gorge rises. I think my tastes have simply changed over the years. I can't really watch TV anymore either.

    Anyway, at this point, one or a couple of chapters in, I put down the book, never to return.

    Anonymous Cash March 11, 2016 8:38 AM  

    As Orion the Space Raptor said "you filthy filthy human."

    That's as far as I got..... I swear.

    Anonymous Steve March 11, 2016 8:42 AM  

    SPACE RAPTOR BUTT INVASION must win a Hugo.

    I want to see Scalzi, or David Gerbilled, or Connie Willis if she's still alive, giving Chuck Tingle an award for his mano-a-velociraptero science fiction homosex magnum opus, SPACE RAPTOR BUTT INVASION. It's everything Michael Crichton's JURASSIC PARK should have been.

    I feel like all my life has been leading up to this point. Now is not the time for glib soundbites, but I feel the pachycephalosaurus claw of History on my shoulder. And it also seems to have a gun in its pocket.

    SPACE RAPTOR BUTT INVASION.

    SPACE RAPTOR BUTT INVASION.

    SPACE RAPTOR BUTT INVASION!

    Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx March 11, 2016 8:45 AM  

    Nate wrote:i wonder how many 770 readers got a little bothered by reading the title...

    Hopefully all of them. Agree and amplify. Whups- maybe you mean something else. Hmmm, so it ends with the Hugo* SJWs quietly retiring to their basement dungeons with their animatronic dino sex toys, never to be heard from again.

    FALPhil wrote:Aaron on March 10, 2016 at 8:46 pm said:

    Well, it is pretty much established that Beale simply isn’t particularly bright.


    I got a hearty chuckle out of that. VD is living the good life abroad...


    It wasn't directed at VD. Some other tell is apparently taking up space in Aaron's head, wink wink.

    Anonymous Blue Manticore March 11, 2016 8:47 AM  

    Steve wrote:SPACE RAPTOR BUTT INVASION must win a Hugo.

    I want to see Scalzi, or David Gerbilled, or Connie Willis if she's still alive, giving Chuck Tingle an award for his mano-a-velociraptero science fiction homosex magnum opus, SPACE RAPTOR BUTT INVASION. It's everything Michael Crichton's JURASSIC PARK should have been.

    I feel like all my life has been leading up to this point. Now is not the time for glib soundbites, but I feel the pachycephalosaurus claw of History on my shoulder. And it also seems to have a gun in its pocket.

    SPACE RAPTOR BUTT INVASION.

    SPACE RAPTOR BUTT INVASION.

    SPACE RAPTOR BUTT INVASION!


    This. So much this. This why people read this blog even if they have no interest in Alt.Right stuff. SRBI must be nominated - even to here them announce it would be entertainment enough.

    Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx March 11, 2016 8:53 AM  

    Steve wrote:Now is not the time for glib soundbites, but I feel the pachycephalosaurus claw of History on my shoulder.

    (runs for dictionary) Pachycephalosaurus was a bipedal omnivore with an extremely thick skull roof [which] gave rise to the hypothesis that pachycephalosaurs used their skulls in intra-species combat.

    Blue Manticore wrote:Steve wrote:SPACE RAPTOR BUTT INVASION must win a Hugo.

    SPACE RAPTOR BUTT INVASION.

    SPACE RAPTOR BUTT INVASION.

    SPACE RAPTOR BUTT INVASION!


    This. So much this. This why people read this blog even if they have no interest in Alt.Right stuff. SRBI must be nominated - even to here them announce it would be entertainment enough.


    I'm hearing lots of base & drums for the sound track.

    Blogger Skylark Thibedeau March 11, 2016 9:18 AM  

    I bet Mr. Tingle received a lot of sales from the folks at File 770 yesterday. Vox should get a commission.

    Blogger Student in Blue March 11, 2016 9:20 AM  

    The readers at File 770 have such an ego investment in establishing Vox as dumber than them.

    What a riot.

    Blogger Neanderserk March 11, 2016 10:44 AM  

    It's not the size, it's where you put it.

    Blogger Jon M March 11, 2016 10:58 AM  

    Skylark, the better bet is that the weirdos over at File770 had already read SRBI looong before Vox award pimped it.

    Blogger Mark-o March 11, 2016 11:32 AM  

    How many words is 'John Scalzi Banned This Book But He Can Never Ban My Burning Love: A Pretty, Pretty Girl Dreams of Her Beloved While Pondering Gender Identity, Social Justice, and Body Dysmorphia'

    I can think of few titles more deserving of an award than this.

    Blogger Cataline Sergius March 11, 2016 12:07 PM  

    @Vox

    Okay, I'll give Lois another try but I'm telling you Gentleman Jole was a very unpleasant surprise.

    Anonymous VFM #6306 March 11, 2016 12:15 PM  

    The rumor is that the potentially Hugo-nominated Space Raptor Butt Invasion was actually written by John Scalzi as a sequel to his Hugo-winning novel Redshirts but he really didn't want the hype and attention that such a hotly anticipated book might bring.

    It was originally titled Redsharts.

    Blogger exfarmkid March 11, 2016 1:42 PM  

    Nate: "i wonder how many 770 readers got a little bothered by reading the title..."

    Bothered....in a good way?

    Anonymous Be Not Afraid March 11, 2016 3:58 PM  

    My Dark Lord, I can only hope there is something out there of the high quality of SRBI. Actually, it would be hilarious if we had a slate full of literature like that for which we could cast our ballots.

    Blogger Giuseppe The Kurgan March 11, 2016 4:03 PM  

    Umm... could you like place the final list with all the relevant details for each category actually you know, next to each other and like in the exact order you will vote them?

    You know...for posterity and to make it very clear this is just your own, personal vote and not in any way an incitement, order, or command to vote in exactly the same way as you did.
    Obviously.

    Anonymous Ezekiel Cassandros March 11, 2016 4:15 PM  

    Be Not Afraid wrote:My Dark Lord, I can only hope there is something out there of the high quality of SRBI. Actually, it would be hilarious if we had a slate full of literature like that for which we could cast our ballots.

    How does a cheap knockoff imitation sound?

    Dr. Tingle has inspired a budding subgenre.

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