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Monday, May 16, 2016

The Science Fiction Women's Awards

The SFWA's Nebula Awards were given out this weekend and offer further proof that allowing women into a men's club inevitably destroys it over time. The winners in the four major categories:
Novel: Uprooted, Naomi Novik
Novella: Binti, Nnedi Okorafor
Novelette: “Our Lady of the Open Road,” Sarah Pinsker
Short Story: “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” Alyssa Wong
What's interesting about this is that all the screaming about sexism in science fiction has never been louder. This is despite the fact that women now dominate the SF publishing houses, the editorships, run the SFWA, and are giving themselves literally all the major awards. Consider the winners of the four categories over the last five years:

2015: 4/4 women
2014: 3/4 women
2013: 4/4 women
2012: 2/4 women
2011: 2/4 women

The trend is clear, and what is readily apparent is that very few, if any, men will win Nebula Awards in the future. You might think I'm complaining about this, but quite to the contrary, I very much welcome the transformation of SFWA into the Science Fiction Women's Awards. The more the SF publishers are influenced by it, the bigger a competitive advantage Castalia House is going to have.

Men reliably flee female-dominated institutions and activities. There is a reason there are so few lawsuits by men demanding admittance into women's-only organizations, after all. The 2015 Nebula Awards not only tell us who is probably going to win the Hugo Awards for Best Novel and Best Novella, but also indicate that Pink SF is going to become even more omnipresent in what passes for mainstream science fiction publishing.

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49 Comments:

Anonymous WaterBoy May 16, 2016 4:49 AM  

"In its earliest English uses in the 1600s, nebula referred to a cloudy speck or film on the eye that caused vision problems." -Merriam-Webster

Fitting, that SFWA has the film of feminism afflicting its vision.

Mascular degeneration.

Blogger Rantor May 16, 2016 5:02 AM  

We have Uprooted, a Brother's Grimm style Polish fantasy with a man pretending to be a dragon who takes in a female servant girl... Must be all about the servant girl? Next. bindi, about a girl who is going to go to the best college in the 'verse and figure out how to win or end the war with Medusa. Then Our Lady of the Open Road, about some women in a band that eschews technology and performs at dives and is BLT friendly. And finally a dark and twisted Vampire-styled story in Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers.

Don't recall hearing about any of these in the last year... After perusing the reviews, not really interested in reading any either. One woman rated one of these three of five stars. Award winning quality in that? Not convinced.

Blogger Kona Commuter May 16, 2016 5:06 AM  

Damn feminists just don't get it.

SJW don't get it

Leftists don't get it.

As much as I loathe it "Who's John Galt?"

Blogger YIH May 16, 2016 5:08 AM  

The Science Fiction Women's Award
ZING!
Noice.

Blogger VD May 16, 2016 5:09 AM  

Must be all about the servant girl?

And will the servant girl fall in love with the magician and become his lover? It's Pink SF. You get one guess. You only NEED one guess.

Anonymous Krul May 16, 2016 5:28 AM  

Croatoan

"I don't want to be cynical, but boy oh boy is it hard not to observe that at the very moment in our history when we have the most women in the Senate, Congress is perceived to be pathetic, bickering, easily manipulated and powerless, and I'll risk the blowback and say that those are all stereotypes of women. Easy, HuffPo, I know it's not causal, I am saying the reverse: that if some field keeps the trappings of power but loses actual power, women enter it in droves and men abandon it like the Roanoke Colony. Again we must ask the question: if power seeking men aren't running for Senate, where did they go? Meanwhile all the lobbyists and Wall Street bankers are men, isn't that odd?"

Blogger Jon M May 16, 2016 5:49 AM  

Are those all Big 5 publishers, too? Another demonstration of the link between diversity and plummeting sales?

Blogger Stilicho May 16, 2016 5:56 AM  

And Jerry Freakin Pournelle doesn't have a Hugo. If he has a Nebula, it just got devalued. Pretty soon, just like the SAT, you may see authors claiming to have an award "after 1976, but before 1994"...

Blogger Lovekraft May 16, 2016 6:03 AM  

I think it's a Harvard where a decision to require women's-only groups to permit male admittance is resulting in a lot of fat, bitter lesbians screaming as only they can do.

Something about Title IX. Lovely.

Blogger The Kurgan May 16, 2016 6:10 AM  

Mills&Boon in space. Yay!

Anonymous Steve May 16, 2016 6:19 AM  

I'm not a book snob.

Among other things, I enjoy novels about cannibal space horses and people getting into fist fights with gangsta gnomes. I'm looking for an entertaining story, not pretentious and painfully self-conscious modern litrachur.

So these bespectacled legbeards are welcome to their pink SFF. But, in the name of John Carter, this Nebula nonsense sounds as appealing as a pile of used sanitary towels.

* Uprooted: The Chronicles of Mary Sue Legbeard

Mary Sue loves her village, set deep in a peaceful valley. But the nearby enchanted forest casts a shadow over her home. Many have been lost to the Wood and none return unchanged. The villagers depend on an ageless wizard, the Dragon, to protect them from the forest's dark magic. However, his help comes at a terrible price. One young village woman must serve him for ten years, leaving all they value behind.

Mary Sue fears her dearest friend Betty Sugartits will be picked at the next choosing, for she's everything Mary Sue is not - beautiful, graceful and brave. Yet when the Dragon comes, it's not Betty he takes!


* Binti

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Space Nigerian people ever to be offered a place to study reading at Space Oxford University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her custom of sending out scam emails to collect their bank account details.

Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay with strangers' bank account details, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Interpol, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Space Oxford University has wronged the Interpol, and Binti's stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.

If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the the gifts of her people and all the bank account details she can collect — but first she has to make it there, alive.


* Our Lady Of The Open Road

"The Indigo Girls are on the road in a future where the road is dying, driving in their Dorito van from one gig to the next as they become fewer and farther between as the venues slowly disappear, along with the few remaining live womyn-identified bands. All entertainment now comes as holos. She does it for the music, for the live music and the few geriatric lesbians who still come to see it, but it’s a dying way of life, as they get older and creakier, scrounge in dumpsters for food and sleep in the musky Sapphic funk of the van, constantly looking out for cops who’ll harass them on general suspicion. Anything but sell out to The Man."

* Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers

"Ting Tong and Big Seanan are hungry. Hungry for justice! And for carbs. In a nightmare dystopic future where BBW's are outlaws, Ting Tong and Big Seanan must survive on their wits, their food-finagling cunning, and Ting Tong's ping pong ball trick.

But an implacable enemy forever plots to defeat our brave big-boned gals. Can they overcome... THE STAIRS?"

Blogger Cataline Sergius May 16, 2016 7:14 AM  

@Steve

Good stuff! I like it.

My turn.


But today however the Arena was playing host to a new horror that was beyond anything the walls of the colosseum had ever seen. The battle scarred legionnaires of the orc cohorts now gathered within it, were doomed and they had entered the Arena knowing they were doomed.



The Time of Sensitivity Training had begun.



Kevo-Grod’s boredom was beyond desperate at this point. He was starting to wonder if this was some new kind of illegal medical experimentation they were trying out on the orcs again. Okay, not so much wondering as hoping. At least there would have been the slightest fucking point to this nightmare.


The required sensitivity training on Human Privilege was now into it’s seventh hour but it felt like it’s seventh year.

Anonymous JudgeDeadd May 16, 2016 7:31 AM  

Don't worry, I'm sure that, just like with the Locus awards, they'll find some way to denounce the results as sexist and mysoginistic.

Anonymous Spinrad's Agent May 16, 2016 7:55 AM  

Nnedi Okorafor is a professor of creative writing who can't write, an African who's only ever visited Africa on holiday, and the sweetheart of liberals who hand out awards to her as a way to right historical wrongs. How could she have ever been in doubt?

Blogger wrf3 May 16, 2016 7:58 AM  

But are the stories any good? Is the quality in keeping with past Nebula awards? Is there a "Repent, Harlequin", or "Enemy Mine", or "Left Hand of Darkness" or "Mountains of Mourning", or "Love is the plan, the plan is death" among them?

Blogger VD May 16, 2016 8:00 AM  

But are the stories any good? Is the quality in keeping with past Nebula awards?

Surely you jest.

Blogger wrf3 May 16, 2016 8:09 AM  

VD wrote:Surely you jest.

No, I'm not jesting. I haven't read the stories, so I'm in no position to judge them. Since you've read them, why are they bad stories?

Anonymous Toastrider May 16, 2016 8:35 AM  

I dunno, maybe Novik was just cranking something out for the pink SF crowd while she decides which way to go after the Temeraire series (and hey, I liked that one. Napoleonic Wars with dragons? Sure, why not).

Fun fact: Novik got her start writing slash fic and Transformers fanfiction, before going on to snag a writing credit on the Neverwinter Nights expansion Shadows of Undrentide.

Anonymous Bagger Vance May 16, 2016 8:39 AM  

@wrf3--if you're volunteering to read them and report back go for it! Don't blame Vox for the results though.

@Steve--100/100/ok sign

Blogger Rusty Fife May 16, 2016 8:43 AM  

wrf3 wrote:No, I'm not jesting. I haven't read the stories, so I'm in no position to judge them. Since you've read them, why are they bad stories?

I'm judging the books by the exact same tools provided by the SJWs. Looking at the author's identity; and the cover art.

Female authors with no bikini clad laser babe robots and explosions artistically depicted is a deal killer.

Blogger Joe Doakes May 16, 2016 8:51 AM  

@wrf3 -- you're missing the point. It doesn't matter to the Nebula panel if the stories are any good, it matters who wrote them, which is why the results are so consistently skewed in one direction. This example again proves Larry Correia's claim that SF awards are based on political correctness, not story quality. It again justifies the Rabid Puppies' efforts to refocus the award on the quality of the story.

Why would a SF reader prefer "The Best Science Fiction Novel by a [insert victim category] Author" over the Best Novel by ANY Author? Because they're more interested in social justice than science fiction.

Blogger VD May 16, 2016 9:09 AM  

Uprooted is two-thirds of a nice little fairy tale romance. It falls apart after that. Binti is superficial and boring; at one point before the action starts, the protagonist is actually thinking about telling her fellow students about the origins of her special hair-braiding.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan May 16, 2016 9:16 AM  

Will the GoT's producers hire any of these women to write or are they sexist too? What does Rape Rape say about such sexism?

OpenID littl3x May 16, 2016 9:26 AM  

I read uprooted. It was wasn't bad, but it wasn't nebula good. the main character was a Mary Sue. The guy was likable but there was no chemistry between them and he was such an obvious tsundere, and handsome, and inscrutable, that it was all fanservice.

Blogger The Other Robot May 16, 2016 9:26 AM  

Here is some more science fiction that is crap for you all to read.

Anonymous Alsos May 16, 2016 9:29 AM  

"...the origins of her special hair-braiding..."

Ah. That explains why the latest installment of Ancillary Pronoun lost out.

Blogger The Other Robot May 16, 2016 9:34 AM  

@15: Ahhh, Enemy Mine.

Willis Davidge, a human fighter pilot, is stranded along with Jeriba Shigan, a Drac, on a hostile planet. Dracs are a race of aliens which are reptilian in appearance and reproduce asexually. Davidge and Jeriba Shigan, whom Davidge nicknames "Jerry", initially attempt to kill one another but quickly realize that cooperation will be the key to their survival.

The beginnings of the SJW incursion into Science Fiction. Cooperate with the enemy?

I prefer Ancient, My Enemy.

Blogger The Other Robot May 16, 2016 9:53 AM  

Uprooted is two-thirds of a nice little fairy tale romance. It falls apart after that. Binti is superficial and boring;

Wow, just wow! You actually read that crap?

I admit I started reading Afternoon Tea With Pronouns, but gave up after a while as it was just so boring.

Anonymous Steve May 16, 2016 9:57 AM  

Cataline Sergius - And why the screaming buggering blue monkey fuck did that hatchet faced old bitch keep sobbing in the corner?

Bwahahaha!

Have you been listening to me at work?

Bagger Vance - high five!

Blogger The Other Robot May 16, 2016 10:06 AM  

@wrf3: Just what is the matter with you anyway?

You are comparing them to works that few people remember?

How about comparing them to The Mote in God's Eye or Protector or Dune? How about Legacy of Heorot? How about The Man Kzin War series?

Blogger The Other Robot May 16, 2016 10:32 AM  

Sheryl Sandberg's Science Fiction

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents May 16, 2016 10:33 AM  

Is it that Nebulas are being awarded on the basis of SJW points, or is it more like the corruption #GamerGate is pointing out? Or maybe both - ingroup preference as signalled by SJW posturing, also known as the "mean girls club", or the "old girls network".

Y'know, this decline in quality means that the publishing houses are really in competition with fanfic. Sites like Wattpad are not high overhead, choosing them as competitors seems like a poor decision. But what do I know, I've never been a real, smart, publishing house maven.

Blogger GracieLou May 16, 2016 10:36 AM  

My husband is an alumnus of an all male college. it's an incredible place, rich in tradition, dedicated to the pursuit of gentlemanly virtues. It's astonishing an institution like this still actually exists. On a tour several years ago I noticed they had built a Malcolm X center, which made me wonder if that would change the place.

But it didn't. It's still an incredible place, rich in tradition, dedicated to the pursuit of gentlemanly virtues.

To be honest, at first I saw the "women ruin everything" as hyperbole. The novelty of the idea and intellectual curiosity got me thinking and observing though.

And so, just one example, when a Malcolm X pavilion is less damaging to an traditional institution than even one girl (Citadel)...yeah.

Blogger Chief Matthew Heaving Bosoms May 16, 2016 10:49 AM  

The Other Robot wrote:@wrf3: Just what is the matter with you anyway?

You are comparing them to works that few people remember?

How about comparing them to The Mote in God's Eye or Protector or Dune? How about Legacy of Heorot? How about The Man Kzin War series?


He was trying to set up a trap. Rarely works for him.

Anonymous Jack Amok May 16, 2016 11:39 AM  

And will the servant girl fall in love with the magician and become his lover? It's Pink SF. You get one guess. You only NEED one guess.

But I can't guess until I know who is the other Alpha she has to choose between...

Anonymous I Have No Plot And I Must Bleat May 16, 2016 12:23 PM  

But I can't guess until I know who is the other Alpha she has to choose between…

Yeah, what about the magician's clumsy but rilly smart assistant, Marvyn Sue, who actually is a sekret king, huh? What about him? Huh? Huh?

Blogger ray May 16, 2016 2:21 PM  

1. Put the baby in the bathtub.
2. Put the sponge in the firebell.
3. Burn it.

Blogger Were-Puppy May 16, 2016 5:14 PM  

Maybe the award will be changed to be a plump TrigglyPuff figure

Blogger Student in Blue May 16, 2016 5:48 PM  

Yeah, what about the magician's clumsy but rilly smart assistant, Marvyn Sue, who actually is a sekret king, huh? What about him? Huh? Huh?

If a woman author hooked up the protagonist with ol' Gary Stu there, she'd be retching internally the entire way. Not gonna happen.

Blogger KSC May 16, 2016 6:03 PM  

Eh, i liked Uprooted a little more than most here. At least the main character was recognizably female instead of the ridiculous idea of "Str0ng Womyn" that's so prevalent in SF/F these days.

Anonymous Steve May 16, 2016 6:56 PM  

KSC - That's cool. I believe it was Jacques Lacan who said:

Now, the world don't move to the beat of just one drum.

What might me right for you, may not be right for some.


UPROOTED sounds like a perfectly serviceable pink, glittery kissy-cuddly story for shy, nerdy girls who dream of landing a hunky, smouldering Mister Darcy type who is initially stern and forbidding but gradually becomes obsessed with the Mary Sue and then they get married and live happily ever after.

I'm not judging.

Howevah, I don't own a heart-shaped diary with a dainty little lock and key, so Pink SFF isn't for me.

And with the Nebulas now being officially a women's thing, maybe they should rename it the Tampax Awards or something.

And instead of giving out one award in each category, give them all awards so nobody feels left out. Then they can braid each others' hair and paint their toenails and gossip about boys.

Blue SFF needs its own awards, I think. Maybe the trophy can be an ashtray made out of a human skull.

Or even just a handwritten note from the Supreme Dark Lord himself, penned in what you hope is animal blood on parchment of suspiciously anthropic provenance, simply saying:

CONGRATULATIONS. I READ YOUR BOOK AND HAVE NO FURTHER PLANS FOR YOUR IMMINENT GRISLY DEMISE.

Blogger KSC May 16, 2016 7:30 PM  

"UPROOTED sounds like a perfectly serviceable pink, glittery kissy-cuddly story for shy, nerdy girls who dream of landing a hunky, smouldering Mister Darcy
type who is initially stern and forbidding but gradually becomes obsessed with the Mary Sue and then they get married and live happily ever after."

Ouch. But pretty accurate.

Anonymous Malwyn's apprentice May 16, 2016 9:55 PM  

32. A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents May 16, 2016 10:33 AM

Y'know, this decline in quality means that the publishing houses are really in competition with fanfic.

Yup. The worst problems with fanfic are poor execution, incomplete/abandoned fics, and erratic updates.

The plus side is that fanfic is free; don't like something, then hit the back button and move on. Poor editing? See the purchase price. Biggest cost is time, and the selection is growing rapidly.

Blogger Were-Puppy May 16, 2016 11:07 PM  

@41 Steve

And with the Nebulas now being officially a women's thing, maybe they should rename it the Tampax Awards or something.
---

What if there was an award called The Spergulas?

LOL

Blogger The Other Robot May 17, 2016 12:57 AM  

Surely the award should now be called the Labias.

Blogger Shimshon May 17, 2016 4:39 AM  

"Wow, just wow! You actually read that crap?"

Vox reads it so we don't have to. He is kind.

Anonymous Steve May 17, 2016 4:44 AM  

What if there was an award called The Spergulas?

The trophy would be a train.

Surely the award should now be called the Labias.

Excellent.

Anonymous Bo Sears May 17, 2016 5:02 PM  

I used to read all I could find in the genre of Science Fiction, and suddenly (to me) it became Young Adult classified. In the San Jose library (serving the 10th largest city in the USA), almost every recent book is by a woman author who knows little of plotting, character development, or living outside the world of her feeling and emotions. In short, the level of sophistication is seriously reduced from what I remember from the Fifties and Sixties. Their motto must be: "Let's write cute."

Regarding Vox Day, I searched the book catalog and there is only one book (2009) by him in the entire library and it is on the topic of economics, banking, and high finance which I found more interesting than my own micro- and macro-econ courses as an undergrad, and very worth while for any one struggling with Marx, Keynes (which I was taught), and the Chicago school. I was surprised to find no other books by him in the library, as I have been given to understand he is the author of several. Our library is run by women who are very negative about recognizing men's contributions to history and writing. Because the founder (& his wife) donated a full year's worth of his salary back in the 1880s as mayor, one would think that would matter. A possible explanation is that the long-ago mayor's first name is Adolph and that he was from one of the German neighboring countries. The SJWs lost no time in moving his statue and name from the library on seizing power.

Anonymous invenitmundo September 22, 2016 12:50 PM  

This maybe is a joke,Marie Curie is the most important women in science.She win the Nobel Prize and the first scientist who won the award twice, in two different fields, physics and chemistry, was voted the leading woman scientist of all time.

invenitmundo.blogspot.com/2016/09/marie-curie-most-important-women-in-history.html

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