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Sunday, March 05, 2017

Rabid Puppies 2017


The rules are different this year, and so tactics have to change accordingly. One year sooner than anticipated, the Hugos are no longer about single-party domination or single-author award-pimpage, they are now divided between three to five major factions, of whom Tor and Rabid Puppies are merely the most obvious. In order to ensure a seat at the table as a faction, it's now important to limit nominations to one per category in the bigger categories, and an absolute maximum of three in the smaller ones. Two will likely prove to be the optimal number in any category outside the five fiction categories, which this year includes the new Best Series category in addition to the usual four.

Remember, under E Pluribus Hugo, an additional nomination isn't merely wasted, but halves the effectiveness of the primary nomination. More to come tomorrow. And yes, there will be are t-shirts from Dark Lord Designs. In any event, here are the Rabid Puppy picks for the 2017 Hugo Awards. Rabid Puppy picks for the Dragon Awards will be provided later this year. If you're not already registered, you can't nominate, so don't sign up now. Especially when you can get four Castalia ebooks and the Rabid Puppies 2017 t-shirt for the same price.

BEST NOVEL
An Equation of Almost Infinite Complexity by J. Mulrooney

BEST NOVELLA 
“This Census-taker” by China Miéville

BEST NOVELETTE
“Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rex” by Stix Hiscock

BEST SHORT STORY
“An Unimaginable Light” by John C. Wright (God, Robot)

BEST SERIES
Arts of Dark and Light by Vox Day

BEST RELATED WORK 
Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie by Ralph McQuarrie (Abrams)
The View From the Cheap Seats, Neil Gaiman (Morrow; Headline)

BEST GRAPHIC STORY
none

BEST EDITOR, SHORT FORM
P. Alexander, Cirsova

BEST EDITOR, LONG FORM 
Vox Day, Castalia House

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, LONG FORM
Deadpool

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, SHORT FORM 
"The Winds of Winter", Game of Thrones, Miguel Sapochnik, David Benioff & D. B. Weiss

BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST
Tomek Radziewicz
JiHun Lee

BEST SEMIPROZINE
Cirsova

BEST FANZINE
Castalia House blog

BEST FANCAST
The Rageaholic by Razorfist
Superversive SF

BEST FAN WRITER
Jeffro Johnson
Morgan (Castalia House)

BEST FAN ARTIST
Alex Garner
Mansik Yang

BEST NEW WRITER (Campbell Award) 
J. Mulrooney

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75 Comments:

Anonymous VFM #6306 March 05, 2017 11:11 AM  

Whoops. I can't believe I didn't know Mieville put out a novella last year.

OpenID malcolmthecynic March 05, 2017 11:11 AM  

A "God, Robot" tale!

Morning made.

Blogger Yollo March 05, 2017 11:13 AM  

You know, I don't really agree with several of the views here (at least when it comes to spec-fic. in US politics, I don't really have a bone in this fight so I try not to get too opinionated). But I disagree vehemently with almost ALL the views from the PC leftist camp. So usually, I'm teetering on the edge which I know you guys loathe but such is life. But then I see the evil Nazi reincarnation of Hitler pushing forward the work of a confirmed, card carrying Marxist as his sole recommendation for Best Novella and I know where the double standards and biases really lie.

And I pray that everyone else realises that someday. Even the people who don't necessarily agree with you.

Anonymous kfg March 05, 2017 11:23 AM  

Razorfist, you magnificent bastard, I watched your videos.

Blogger Nate Winchester March 05, 2017 11:25 AM  

I forgot the details on graphic novel no ms but I'd vote for either Darkwing Duck (https://www.mycomicshop.com/search?TID=36369632) for the satire it did on the comics industry or the He-man vs Thundercats limited series for the sheer wacky 80ness of it.

Anonymous Hesiod March 05, 2017 11:32 AM  

No shout-out for JCW's Moth And Cobweb books? Aside from Trump's election, they were the best part of 2016.

Blogger Cataline Sergius March 05, 2017 11:41 AM  

What does it cost this year?

If there is a supporting membership link, I'm missing it.

Blogger VD March 05, 2017 11:42 AM  

No shout-out for JCW's Moth And Cobweb books? Aside from Trump's election, they were the best part of 2016.

With the new rules, there can be only one. If I was going to go with a JCW novel, I would have gone with Iron Chamber of Memory anyhow. Have you read Equation? If not, you really should.

I know where the double standards and biases really lie.

I've been fairly forthright about my opinion of Mieville being one of the three best SF/F authors writing today. One can make a reasonable argument that he is, in fact, the best. The fact that his socioeconomic views are outdated and border on being retarded doesn't alter that readily observable fact.

If I were to put forward two candidates for Best Novel, The Last Days of New Paris might well be the second. But Equation really nails the characters beautifully. Mulrooney is very good and he's only going to get better.

Anonymous Stix Hiscock March 05, 2017 11:43 AM  

It is a great honor to be on a Rabid Puppies list. I can't possibly convey how much this means to me. Chuck Tingle can suck my balls.

Anonymous nordicthunder March 05, 2017 11:46 AM  

BEST NOVELETTE
“Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rex” by Stix Hiscock


this has become one of the most entertaining times of the year

Blogger Gapeseed March 05, 2017 11:53 AM  

Equation was amazing - a very fine and interesting read.

Blogger Michael Maier March 05, 2017 11:54 AM  

I must admit, I'm a little lost. How did you determine if you'd put forth a quality item for nomination or just troll them?

Anonymous malcolm March 05, 2017 12:01 PM  

Watch everyone on File770 redefine a slate to somehow include this.

OpenID malcolmthecynic March 05, 2017 12:04 PM  

Wait, wow. Best editor short form.

I'm honored, and will certainly accept the nomination if offered.

Blogger VD March 05, 2017 12:04 PM  

Chuck Tingle can suck my balls.

Mr. Tingle did some fine work last year. But he did not feature any triple-breasted alien stripper laser climaxes, and isn't that what modern mainstream science fiction is all about? Also, considering that it is the current year, I really felt there is an insufficiency of women, minorities, and T-rexes of color in his recent stories.

Blogger Dave March 05, 2017 12:05 PM  

Vote for JCW's Iron Chamber of Memory or Brian Niemeier or Peter Grant or Correia here:

Conservative-Libertarian Fiction Alliance Book of the Year 2017

Anonymous nope March 05, 2017 12:08 PM  

Are you serious, mate? That Miéville piece is a third rate attempt at imitating Bruno Schulz. Not even his leftie buddies care about his hackwork anymore.

Anonymous Nathan March 05, 2017 12:18 PM  

If all Razorfist posted last year was his three videos on the Shadow, it would be enough to justify a nomination vote. Well worth checking out.

Blogger Dave March 05, 2017 12:22 PM  

Mr. Tingle did some fine work last year. But he did not feature any triple-breasted alien stripper laser climaxes

Mmmmm...triple breasted alien strippers...

Yes, well, that's not unexpected as he is a White Cis Male from Billings, MT.

Blogger S. Misanthrope March 05, 2017 12:33 PM  

Cool! Having read it and being in the featured profession myself, I highly recommend An Equation of Almost Infinite Complexity. Good luck, Puppies!

Blogger YIH March 05, 2017 12:34 PM  

No https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Tingle this time around?
Yes, I used that, because of this: https://infogalactic.com/info/Chuck_Tingle

Blogger lowercaseb March 05, 2017 12:42 PM  

Stix Hiscock wrote:Chuck Tingle can suck my balls.

Wait 15 minutes, and that will be in chapter six of Chuck's new book "Pounded in the Butt by Stix Hiscock's Hugo Nomination."

Blogger sconzey March 05, 2017 12:43 PM  

I was interested to see how you'd play EPH this year. I figured it was either this, or try to sweep whole categories again by getting cohorts of VFM to submit single-nomination ballots for each of five nominated works.

This is a conservative play, but probably a wise one in the long run. Not sure RP has the numbers to pull off the other way. Too much uncertainty about how everyone else will vote until the numbers are published later this year.

Blogger Dave March 05, 2017 12:48 PM  

Vox, are these price drops normal for an upcoming release by a bestselling author? Hardcover was going for under $14 two days ago.

https://camelcamelcamel.com/Collapsing-Empire-John-Scalzi/product/076538888X

Blogger Brian Niemeier March 05, 2017 12:49 PM  

@10: What a show. And with the moratorium on buying new memberships--it's free!

I, for one, look forward to a new and exciting dino-porn nominee each year.

@16: Thanks for the pimpage, Dave. The CLFA award is one thing, but I do urge the Hugo voters here not to deviate from the published RP list.

For those who've expressed their intention to nominate me in the Campbell category: thanks, but it will just split your vote. Stick with J. MUlrooney.

Blogger hassenpfeffer50 March 05, 2017 12:54 PM  

I don't care about Hugoes, just want to know if I can get that on a tshirt?

Blogger VD March 05, 2017 1:05 PM  

Vox, are these price drops normal for an upcoming release by a bestselling author?

No, not at all. Tor is getting desperate. The book is showing every indication of being a bomb, from the late delivery to the reviews talking about Scalzi rather than the book, to the pre-release price cuts.

I don't care about Hugoes, just want to know if I can get that on a tshirt?

Crypto.Fashion will have them available for order very, very soon.

Anonymous Pax_Romana March 05, 2017 1:06 PM  

"Equation" was brilliant. The ending suffered a bit, but the characters are fantastic, the satire is biting, and the humour was the love child of Douglas Adams and an accountant.

I've been recommending it to all my friends that I think are smart enough to read it.

(and on a side note, definitely pick up JCW's Moth and Cobweb series for your own enjoyment. They're short, but they are written with his classic style.)

Blogger VD March 05, 2017 1:08 PM  

I was interested to see how you'd play EPH this year. I figured it was either this, or try to sweep whole categories again by getting cohorts of VFM to submit single-nomination ballots for each of five nominated works.

Been there, done that. No point in failing to adjust to the new game. We considered various options, but concluded that it is time to let the inevitable effects play out.

Blogger Lazarus March 05, 2017 1:12 PM  

Dave wrote:Hardcover was going for under $14 two days ago.

Instead of Collapsing Empire it should have bee titled Collapsing Market

Blogger VD March 05, 2017 1:22 PM  

Rabid Puppies 2017 t-shirts are now available for order from Crypto.Fashion.

Blogger DeploraBard March 05, 2017 1:27 PM  

Stix Hiscock
I laughed for 2-3 min out loud
Damn that is funny

Blogger Erynne March 05, 2017 1:49 PM  

I liked Equation and left a positive review of it on Amazon. There was only one plot element that annoyed me, but other than that it's a solid weird tale.

Anonymous Ironsides March 05, 2017 2:07 PM  

Some woman left a review for “Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rex” on Amazon describing it as "super hot," "guilty naughty fun," "steamy entertainment," and "very fast-paced and pleasurable."

Will women react this way to anything that has something to do with sex? The review is hilarious in the way that it treats an obvious satire by someone 'named' Stix Hiscock as a "serious" piece of erotica/"romance."

I get the impression you could have a book entitled "Erotic Turnips Violate the Farm Wife" or "Sexy Baboon Navels from Planet Himmler" and you'd have some wench there giving it a five-star review as "omg sooooooo hot!!!11!!" The ladies are almost as good at providing unintentional hilarity as the dindus.

Blogger VD March 05, 2017 2:08 PM  

Some woman left a review for “Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rex” on Amazon describing it as "super hot," "guilty naughty fun," "steamy entertainment," and "very fast-paced and pleasurable."

Would it be Hugo-worthy if it was not?

Anonymous kfg March 05, 2017 2:27 PM  

"Will women react this way to anything that has something to do with sex?"

Protip: Yes.

Anonymous Brent March 05, 2017 2:42 PM  

>> BEST EDITOR, LONG FORM
>> Vox Day, Castalia House

Lol

Blogger Dave March 05, 2017 2:46 PM  

VD wrote:Rabid Puppies 2017 t-shirts are now available for order from Crypto.Fashion.

The Norse theme of the Rabid Puppies logo is a wonderful nod to the location of the 2017 Worldcon. Another one knocked out of the park by Dark Lord Designs.

Anonymous Ken March 05, 2017 2:47 PM  

"Vote for me Vox Day, because the Hugos are full of cronyism where people get their friends to vote for their friends...."

Blogger Bogey March 05, 2017 2:54 PM  

I was impressed with Castalia House last year. Intellectually honest people should at least give Vox Day a nod for some of the original work he wrote/edited/published.

Anonymous Hesiod March 05, 2017 3:29 PM  

e you read Equation? If not, you really should.

Maybe. But still Moth and Cobweb King Arthur boox rox my sox!

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable March 05, 2017 3:48 PM  

Oh, so the change makes disorganization less effective. Almost like the people making the change are stupid and/or organized.

Blogger Jon D. March 05, 2017 4:06 PM  

I just wanted to expand and offer sincere congratulations to Mike Glyer and File 770 for their hard work and dedication toward science fiction news. They are... special. :) http://delarroz.com/?p=599

Anonymous BBGKB March 05, 2017 4:10 PM  

If Blue VS Pink SciFy is on topic I present:

Lego Licking Lunar Lesbians in Women of NASA set, now with more niggerette fraud.

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/03/04/lego-include-the-first-lesbian-in-space-in-women-of-nasa-set/

Blogger Craig March 05, 2017 4:16 PM  

Anthony Marchetta doesn't qualify for Best Editor, Short Form, unless he's edited "at least four anthologies, collections or magazine issues devoted to science fiction and/or fantasy, at least one of which must have been published in the year of eligibility." One collection won't do it.

Blogger Jon D. March 05, 2017 4:17 PM  

Oh no, Vox! http://file770.com/?p=33727 :( :( :( They're withdrawing!!!

Anonymous malcolm March 05, 2017 4:32 PM  

Jon D. wrote:Oh no, Vox! http://file770.com/?p=33727 :( :( :( They're withdrawing!!!

Thanks to the new rules, this doubles the power of the vote for the Castalia House blog.

Blogger Fifty Seven March 05, 2017 4:39 PM  

@34

"I get the impression you could have a book entitled "Erotic Turnips Violate the Farm Wife""

Hunky woodland sprite sneaks into the farm wife's kitchen and carves sex toys from root vegetables. No more outlandish or insane as anything else in that genre-- and it's 'green'! Alternate title: Orgasmic Organic

Blogger Dave March 05, 2017 4:45 PM  

@43 Jon D.

I knew my sarc meter was pegged from the post at your link re File 770. This statement is noteworthy:

"As a person who is completely responsible for most of their traffic in February, in a lot of ways, it’s like getting nominated myself. What an honor as the Hugos mean so much nowadays." http://delarroz.com/?p=599

Some may take issue with the fact that the current nomination period is for work from the 2016 calendar year and so your contribution in February 2017 would technically not be eligible until next year. Clearly, no one should dismiss your post due to this minor oversight, but again, we are discussing File 770. Ah well, now it looks to be a moot point.

Blogger Cataline Sergius March 05, 2017 4:54 PM  

@Vox

Are we still doing File 770 or do we pick somebody else?


Blogger Jon D. March 05, 2017 5:09 PM  

@49 haha, good point, Dave! My bad. I won't post a retraction though, I mean, pro journalists don't do that these days. They just report and leave it out there. I learned from Mr. Glyer myself!

Blogger Jon D. March 05, 2017 5:09 PM  

@50 Pick Castalia House Blog for real. It's one of the best blogs on the internet hands down.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr March 05, 2017 5:58 PM  

Vox really does deserve a Hugo for the edit on Iron Chamber of Memory. Wright is aVesuvius of eloquence, but does need editing to maintain focus of the plot.

Blogger The Other Robot March 05, 2017 6:09 PM  

@21: What do you mean? They look pretty much the same with the Infogalactic one listing even more of Tingle's books, if that is possible.

OpenID jeffro March 05, 2017 6:15 PM  

Cirsova deserves the Hugo for Best Semiprozine.

OpenID jeffro March 05, 2017 6:17 PM  

Also, if Anthony Marchetta doesn't qualify for Best Editor (Short Form), then that should go to P. Alexander, editor of Cirsova magazine with four issues having come out in 2016.

Blogger VD March 05, 2017 6:26 PM  

Good points, everyone. I have modified the list accordingly.

Are we still doing File 770 or do we pick somebody else?

No, just drop it.

OpenID malcolmthecynic March 05, 2017 6:58 PM  

@45,

Too bad! But I'm happy John's story is in there.

Blogger Jon Mollison March 05, 2017 7:15 PM  

Related: Where's Vox's 2016 Reading list from the right hand sidebar? Is there a reason it's not showing up? I wanted to see what else was read and not selected for this year's list.

Blogger The Other Robot March 05, 2017 7:28 PM  

Any bets on whether or not anything other than a lame text-based game will result from Project Tingler by Zoe Quinn?

Blogger Skyler the Weird March 05, 2017 8:48 PM  

I'm going to get the shirt just for the Soviet killing Sissi with the machine gun on the right.

Blogger Skyler the Weird March 05, 2017 8:55 PM  

Project Tingler game by Chuck and Zoe Quinn will involve being pounded in the butt by spacerocks launched by evil capitalists on the moon.

Anonymous LastRedoubt March 05, 2017 9:04 PM  

Hunh. I figured we weren't going to play this year. Cool

Anonymous grumblr March 05, 2017 9:38 PM  

Curious about the Game of Thrones pick. Sure, "Winds of Winter" is the season finale so it has that extra oomph behind it, plus that great final shot is awesome, so I can understand going for that one.

But "Battle of the Bastards" had the dragons destroying the Slavers Bay fleet, the epic Cannae-style battle, the Knights of the Vale rescue, the giant's heroic end, Sansa's revenge, and the death of Ramsay Bolton.

I don't know how you beat THAT.

Blogger Stan_qaz March 05, 2017 10:20 PM  

I got "Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rex" on Kindle Unlimited and loved it. It is cheap at $0.99 if you don't have KU.

Only two reviews so far so give it a read and a review to get the count high enough to have Amazon promoting it more.

My Review:

Saw this on the Rabid Puppy 2017 Hugo suggestions and had to give it a read.

It is hard to say a lot without giving away plot surprises but reading through this little treasure, the main story will leave you surprised and laughing several times. The viewpoint of the leading character is interesting in many ways, a bit educational even for such a lighthearted book. The cover is a bit misleading, only two tits and she isn't very green, which is a minor quibble and possibly a tiny spoiler to mention.

Only downside - I doubt I'll ever fondle another boob without a fleeting concern of a laser blast, of course I still think of Fem Bots and gunfire at inappropriate times too.

Anonymous dagwood March 05, 2017 10:52 PM  

"I got "Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rex" on Kindle Unlimited and loved it."

I don't doubt it, but somehow I think I'd rather read a story called "Alien Stripper Boned from Behind by T. Rex (viz., Marc Bolan and gang).

Don't know how it would play out story-wise, but I do know that the new cover version of "Planet Queen" by The Decemberists and Taylor Swift would be a thing of Trumpian awesome.

Blogger The Other Robot March 05, 2017 11:24 PM  

I can hardly wait for the new book ...

Blogger The Other Robot March 05, 2017 11:44 PM  

Someone has reviewed "Alien Stripper boned from behind ..." and said Scalzi wishes he could write that well.

What if it is actually Scalzi playing a joke on everyone?

Blogger 1337kestrel March 06, 2017 12:14 AM  

@The Other Robot
Not possible. Scalzi's not that funny.

Blogger bob kek mando ( Death To The Boor-geois, Keks To The Lol-etariat ) March 06, 2017 1:09 AM  

15. VD March 05, 2017 12:04 PM
But he did not feature any triple-breasted alien stripper



Total Recall is on the line, Paul Verhoeven is claiming copyright infringement.

Blogger VD March 06, 2017 4:27 AM  

I got "Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rex" on Kindle Unlimited and loved it. It is cheap at $0.99 if you don't have KU.

What is the exact word count of the title story?

Blogger VD March 06, 2017 6:58 AM  

I don't know how you beat THAT.

Easily. The battle was epically stupid. I HATED that episode.

Anonymous grumblr March 06, 2017 9:10 AM  

"The battle was epically stupid"

That's because you were looking at it through the lens of a person who knows a great deal about military tactics and strategy, which most people don't. To enjoy it, you have to set that knowledge aside, and just think of it from a mere storytelling point of view.

The battle was actually not between Ramsay and Jon Snow, it was between Ramsay and Sansa. Sometimes you have to get literary instead of literal.

And c'mon, Danaerys annihilating the enemy fleet with her dragons? 'Death From Above'? Even if you found that silly from a military perspective, the way it was set up and resolved, it rocked.

But like I say, going with "Winds of War" makes perfect sense, just for that closing shot alone.

Blogger Stan_qaz March 06, 2017 12:22 PM  

What is the exact word count of the title story?

I have no clue how to find that, I don't see it available for my Kindle app on Android or the Kindle Cloud Reader. I even dug out an old Windows system and loaded the Kindle application on it and don't see a word count option there.

I don't even see a good way to just copy the story to a file that I can word count.

Sorry, hope you didn't ask for any important reason.

Blogger Anthony March 06, 2017 2:47 PM  

Fifty Seven - "Passion on the Prairie", from a known romance publisher, should outsell all of Tor, combined.

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