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Friday, August 11, 2017

Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

The 2017 Hugo Award winners. I think we can state that the convergence of mainstream published "science fiction" is now complete. Notice anything about the winners?

Best Novel
The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit Books)

Best Novella
Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com publishing)

Best Novelette
“The Tomato Thief”, by Ursula Vernon (Apex Magazine, January 2016)

Best Short Story
“Seasons of Glass and Iron”, by Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, Saga Press)

Best Related Work
Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer)

Best Graphic Story
Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening, written by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)
Arrival, screenplay by Eric Heisserer based on a short story by Ted Chiang, directed by Denis Villeneuve (21 Laps Entertainment/FilmNation Entertainment/Lava Bear Films)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)
The Expanse: “Leviathan Wakes”, written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, directed by Terry McDonough (SyFy)

Best Editor – Short Form
Ellen Datlow

Best Editor – Long Form
Liz Gorinsky

Best Professional Artist
Julie Dillon

Best Semiprozine
Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, Julia Rios, and podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky

Best Fanzine
Lady Business, edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan

Best Fancast
Tea and Jeopardy, presented by Emma Newman with Peter Newman

Best Fan Writer
Abigail Nussbaum

Best Fan Artist
Elizabeth Leggett

Best Series
The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Ada Palmer (1st year of eligibility)

The best part is that NK Jemisin is now the two-time Hugo Award winner for Best Novel. In succession.

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124 Comments:

Anonymous aviendha August 11, 2017 6:45 PM  

You said to ignore the sjw's bloviating in this years hugo. Look what you caused!

Blogger VFM #7634 August 11, 2017 6:47 PM  

Noah Ward was shut out this year.

Blogger Nate73 August 11, 2017 6:48 PM  

I heard grrm or one of them declare victory because the rabid puppies had been shut out. A victory of ashes?

Blogger GK Chesterton August 11, 2017 6:50 PM  

We didn't vote this year right? I know I didn't. That was the plan...I'd like to go in mass against it again next year but yes the awards are obviously not for merit but for political correctness.

Blogger James August 11, 2017 6:50 PM  

Since White males have historically been the best writers, they decided to give most of the awards to women. with a smattering of orientals and a haji. All races and genders are equally creative so awards must reflect that. The professional world's equivalent of the 'everybody gets a trophy!'

Blogger c0pperheaded August 11, 2017 6:50 PM  

Mission Accomplished

Anonymous trev006 August 11, 2017 6:51 PM  

Vox, me old china. If No Knowledge Jemisin has won more contemporary Hugos for Best Novel than Isaac Asimov or Frank Herbert, it's not because she's their pet Negress.

It's because she's. That. Good.

(Which one of the VFM sold their soul to assure a list so dominated by women, anyways?)

Anonymous Viiidad August 11, 2017 6:51 PM  

Pangloss smiled.

Blogger Ostar August 11, 2017 6:52 PM  

They missed all female by 3 out of 18. If you count actual written works, 9 out of 10 were female.
Missed it by that much!

Anonymous Causal Lurker August 11, 2017 7:00 PM  

That much convergence to zero within two whine constants. Impressive way to destroy interest. Only a negative Heaviside Function drops faster. Did anyone mention landwhales?

No wonder I spend my money for Castalia House's top flight books.

Blogger Tyr August 11, 2017 7:00 PM  

Is it even possible that NK Jemisin is so lacking in awareness that she doesn't get what's going on?

Dunning-Kruger Effect would mostly likely shield her from any self-doubt after the first Hugo, but two in a row?

Blogger VD August 11, 2017 7:01 PM  

We didn't vote this year right?

Correct. We've done our part. With the occasional little push, we can permit inertia to do most of the work from here.

Blogger Aeoli Pera August 11, 2017 7:02 PM  

The best part is that NK Jemisin is now the two-time Hugo Award winner for Best Novel. In succession.

Shoot, I didn't have time to discriminate against black women in publishing this year. No...no. I didn't *make* time to discriminate against black women in publishing this year.

Blogger VD August 11, 2017 7:04 PM  

Is it even possible that NK Jemisin is so lacking in awareness that she doesn't get what's going on?

She knows. She just doesn't care. How many women and minorities turn down affirmative action when it is offered? It's the bargain. They pretend she's good, she pretends to believe them.

Next year, she'll decline the nomination, because three in a row would prove too embarrassing and obvious.

Anonymous James Parliament August 11, 2017 7:06 PM  

@Tyr - here's the proof.

They will mock us for claiming victory out of this "defeat."

She doesn't understand.

Blogger Ingot9455 August 11, 2017 7:06 PM  

"I sure showed him," said Satan, burning in Hell.

Anonymous Koanic August 11, 2017 7:08 PM  

It's like taking Handel's Messiah and replacing all the words with "nigger".

Lovecraft was an optimist. Shoggoths preying on blind penguins is infinitely aesthetically superior to lesbians preying on Doritos.

Fortunately, authors such as Peter Watts prove that sci fi is not dead, just depressed. Also, the Stiger's Tigers series is reminiscent of Vox in its social ethos.

Blogger Ingot9455 August 11, 2017 7:09 PM  

But more interestingly; only one Tor book, and that for Novella?

Anonymous Looking Glass August 11, 2017 7:17 PM  

"Best Fanzine
Lady Business, edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan"

That cements it. I'd say this is a complete rout, then? They've forced themselves into only voting for Identity at the complete rejection of Quality.

The Puppies can stand and enjoy the burning village, set alight by its own residents. The Hugo Awards saw the stars.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine August 11, 2017 7:18 PM  

Well, let's start from the top:

#1: It's mostly not science fiction.

#2: It's more than 75% females.

#3: Of the ~20% that isn't females, it's mostly foreign Asians or "asians", as they would call them in the UK.

#4: Black people are heavily overrepresented.

#5: I've never heard of a single one of these before, and I almost certainly will never hear about 95% of them ever again either.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine August 11, 2017 7:21 PM  

#6: The vast majority of normies, looking at this, will invariably recognize at the gut level that something is very, very wrong here.

Anonymous DeeJay August 11, 2017 7:25 PM  

Still need to pull a China Mieville and redesign the award itself into something less phallocentric, though. And maybe disassociate it from Gernsback entirely, the man was QUITE problematic, don'tcha know.

Blogger Salt August 11, 2017 7:26 PM  

Hugo Achievement unlocked. Auto self-destruct initiated.

Anonymous Nathan August 11, 2017 7:28 PM  

They boasted of the second-highest amount of nominating ballots cast, but not the 50% decline from the previous year. Curious that.

Anonymous aeou August 11, 2017 7:32 PM  

The Expanse is a pretty good series and I hear Lois McMaster Bujold was a good author even if Harlan Ellison was tired of her constant winning a decade ago. That is two. The rest are all affirmative action women and colored people. The Hugos are destroyed and they did it all by themselves.

Blogger DonReynolds August 11, 2017 7:33 PM  

Not being a science fiction reader, it seems apparent that people with female names walked away with nearly all the awards. Either I missed something and the awards committee were all Wimmin or Vox is right. I hate to see this happen to any awards because they end up being "participation trophies for gurlz" instead of recognizing excellence. Does that mean I am officially a misogynist now?

Blogger Unknown August 11, 2017 7:33 PM  

yes, I noticed that I purchased books by Castalia House and Baen Books. I did not buy anything mentioned in this post.

It's almost like I enjoy well written fiction...

I also noticed that I need to pick up a second copy of 'The Green Knight's Squire' - I lent my first copy out, and I'm pretty sure I'm not getting it back.

Blogger Jon Mollison August 11, 2017 7:35 PM  

Milkshakes for everyone this year!

@14 Jemisin basically admitted as much when she pulled out of the Dragon Awards. Girl knows she can't win an unrigged game. She's making chin music about the Dragon Awards' not being open and transparent, but it's clear that she fears an award where wrongfans can't be outed and silenced.

Blogger Cataline Sergius August 11, 2017 7:37 PM  

The real temptation is to back N.K. Jemisin next year.

Blogger Lovekraft August 11, 2017 7:40 PM  

Eisners are in bad shape too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwBv7BzYDHw

Anonymous Nathan August 11, 2017 7:41 PM  

Oh, my. More people nominated last year than voted in the final ballot this year.

Blogger Lovekraft August 11, 2017 7:42 PM  

@ 17 Koanic:

http://i.imgur.com/ka1PCHN.jpg

Blogger Unknown August 11, 2017 7:42 PM  

Apologies, post #27 was by me - blogspot tends to default to my (anon) google account. Will ensure I vote in the dragon awards this year6.

Anonymous A Most Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Deplorable Cents August 11, 2017 7:45 PM  

Well, those critics who claimed the Hugo awards had become nothing more than a clique of mediocre writers handing participation trophies to each other have certainly learned something from this year. Next year perhaps the old boys club will stop blocking all that female talent from being awarded, and the Hugo's won't be so all-white.

Anonymous A Most Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Deplorable Cents August 11, 2017 7:47 PM  

@29
The real temptation is to back N.K. Jemisin next year.

In all categories?

Blogger Dave August 11, 2017 7:47 PM  

Nathan wrote:They boasted of the second-highest amount of nominating ballots cast, but not the 50% decline from the previous year. Curious that.
Wait 'til next year.

Blogger Aeoli Pera August 11, 2017 7:47 PM  

Koanic wrote:It's like taking Handel's Messiah and replacing all the words with "nigger".

Lovecraft was an optimist. Shoggoths preying on blind penguins is infinitely aesthetically superior to lesbians preying on Doritos.


Freakin lol, dude.

Blogger Cerdic Ricing August 11, 2017 7:49 PM  

They seem to significantly be female, as well as people I've never heard of nor read. I've no clue if that can be attributed to my lack of exposure to modern SF, or their lack of appeal.

Anonymous Natha August 11, 2017 7:53 PM  

@38,

Best Series and Best Short Drama are solid, and I've heard good things about the artists. The rest I wouldn't know.

Anonymous Charlottesvillain August 11, 2017 7:54 PM  

My sides. LO-f'ing-L

Blogger seeingsights August 11, 2017 8:20 PM  

I wonder how John Scalzi feels. He tried to withdrew his participation in the Dragon Awards, yet the Dragon Awards are not allowing it:
http://www.locusmag.com/News/2017/08/dragon-awards-refuse-withdrawal/

Scalzi mostly likely will not win a Dragon Award. On the other hand, he might have made a mistake throwing his lot with the World Science Fiction Convention. The way that the Hugo Awards are going, he's not going to win a Hugo Award for there's two strikes against him: (1) being male (2) being white.

The left/liberals in the science fiction community basically threw Scalzi under the bus.

Blogger Cataline Sergius August 11, 2017 8:20 PM  

@39

Best Series was a Gimme... An Off the Cuffo... An Apology Award.

While Gentlemen Jole wasn't the best novel this year, it was probably the best SJW novel for the reporting period, (*so far as I know anyway, it's the only WorldCon favorite I read this year*).

Bujold went off the deep Social Justice end with that one. She has ended her balancing act between Blue and Pink SF.

Gentlemen Jole may have been a sad, laughable embarrassment to her long standing Right Wing fans but it was every sexual fantasy that the post menopausal hags who rule WorldCon want in a book.

It should have been a natural winner.

The problem of course is that Bujold is a White, Baen author. Giving her the best novel award right now... Well... It just isn't done. It sends the wrong message.

So they tossed her the Hugo equivalent of the Life Achievement Award.

Anonymous Random #57 August 11, 2017 8:23 PM  

I can't believe none of you have noticed the most significant thing: Patrick Nielsen Hayden was not nominated for the Best Editor, Long Form award, and will surely never get it again, it's owned by women now. Although Toni Weisskopf doesn't count as one.

Anonymous Crew August 11, 2017 8:25 PM  

Perhaps Mary Beard would observe that Science Fiction writers were all, originally, black African females!

Blogger seeingsights August 11, 2017 8:26 PM  

'I can't believe none of you have noticed the most significant thing: Patrick Nielsen Hayden was not nominated for the Best Editor, Long Form award, and will surely never get it again, it's owned by women now. Although Toni Weisskopf doesn't count as one.'

Good point. I had made a similar point that Scalzi didn't win. White males who are left of center politically got thrown under the bus!

Blogger seeingsights August 11, 2017 8:29 PM  

The thought crossed my mind: maybe I'l get a story published under a female pseudonym. Imagine the reaction if my story wins an award.

Something like that, in reverse, has happened in science fiction. For years, fiction by "James Triptree" was lauded, and then it was found out later that it was a pseudonym for Alice Sheldon.

Anonymous Dismal Farmer August 11, 2017 8:30 PM  

Despite boring SJW themes Le Guin is a legitimately good writer and besides was SJW before it was cool. And Bujold is a good writer also.
It ought to be embarrassing to women of such real writing caliber that they have to share this series of awards with the rest of this trash. I hope Bujold, especially, who is already published by Baen, will consider the idea that even if rabid puppies don't make good pets they can be good company.

Anonymous Random #57 August 11, 2017 8:33 PM  

"Good point. I had made a similar point that Scalzi didn't win."

Can't be nominated if your publisher rejects your manuscript. Except for a "102 page audiobook" and a "Very Short Fiction" short story collection, he didn't publish anything in 2016 according to Wikipedia.

Anonymous A Most Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Deplorable Cents August 11, 2017 8:48 PM  

Charlie Stross's name isn't listed, yet I'm sure he published some fiction in the last couple of years.

Blogger exfarmkid August 11, 2017 8:50 PM  

Heh. At least the Hugo awards are no longer false advertising.

Anonymous Nathan August 11, 2017 8:57 PM  

61 nominators voted for a fanfic site for Best Related Work??? The Hugos are well on their way to becoming the Fujoshi's.

Blogger seeingsights August 11, 2017 8:57 PM  

@48 You are factually correct. However, the point I was making is that white males who are left of center are being thrown under the bus, the way that the Hugos are going. Others strengthened my point when they mentioned that Patrick Nielsen Hayden didn't win, nor did Charles Stross win (though from what I can tell he published only one novel in 2016).

Blogger Tyr August 11, 2017 8:58 PM  

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Anonymous Nathan August 11, 2017 9:08 PM  

@48, @52,

Scalzi and Stross both just missed making the cut in Best Novella and Best Series. Likewise PNH in Best Editor-Long Form. Given how overwhelmingly female the nominations were, I wonder if 2019 will see more rules changes to salve Tor egos.

Anonymous Post Alley Crackpot August 11, 2017 9:12 PM  

I think you have the optics wrong on what Scalzi actually accomplished with his "pulling out": read through the list and ask yourself whether that's the kind of company you would want to keep ...

If you ever do manage to win a Hugo Award by some freak moment of blindness of the SJWs, be sure to invite some of us to the ritual burning of it, ala what The KLF did with their million pounds.

I'll bring good Irish whiskey and supplies for making Smores.

Besides, "sci-fi" is ripe for abandonment, like a wrecked lunar colony full of cosmic mystery meat and space refugees. It's time for "the survivors" of the invasion to go somewhere else.

A new name, new awards ... and most importantly, new authority to say whether something's crap or not. Conservatives want to try to "combine the streams" -- why bother? I don't want to make peace with these people either, I just want to see their tears, their sadness, and most especially their burning, circled wagons getting filled full of arrows and grapeshot.

I remember a former sci-fi writer telling me why he got out of the business many years ago. "Seen Harlan Ellison these days? Do you think I want to go to some sci-fi convention and have to hang around the likes of Jabba the Ellison?"

And it's twenty times worse now, even without that particular creepiness.

Do you really want to go to a Hugo Awards ceremony with the likes of that lot? There are far better prizes to be had.

If some odd quirk of fate (such as choosing to leave my usual genre) means I'm going to wind up getting a Hugo Award, you're invited to the ritual burning. Bring good Irish whiskey and supplies for making Smores. :-)

Blogger Mercy August 11, 2017 9:13 PM  

"Madness, as you know, is like gravity. All it takes is a little push."

Anonymous Perfunctory Quotidian August 11, 2017 9:22 PM  

Here was one of the nominees for Short Story, this prose-poem-like screed by Brooke Bolander.

Excerpt from the beginning:

"You want that kind of horses**t, you don’t have to look far; half of modern human media revolves around it, lovingly detailed descriptions of sobbing women violated, victimized, left for the loam to cradle. Rippers, rapists, stalkers, serial killers. Real or imagined, their names get printed ten feet high on movie marquees and subway ads, the dead convenient narrative rungs for villains to climb. Heroes get names; killers get names; victims get close–ups of their opened ribcages mid–autopsy, the bloodied stumps where their wings once attached, baffled coroners making baffled phone calls to even more baffled curators at local museums. They get dissected, they get discussed, but they don’t get names or stories the audience remembers.

So, no. You don’t get a description of how he surprised me, where he did it, who may have f***ed him up when he was a boy to lead to such horrors (no–one), or the increasingly unhinged behavior the cops had previously filed away as the mostly harmless eccentricities of a nice young man from a good family. No fighting in the woods, no blood under the fingernails, no rivers or locked trunks or calling cards in the throat. It was dark and it was bad and I called for my sisters in a language dead when the lion–brides of Babylon still padded outside the city gates. There. That’s all you get, and that’s me being generous. You’re f**kin’ welcome.

However, here is what I will tell you. I’ll be quick.

He did not know what I was until after. He felt no regret or curiosity, because he should have been drowned at birth. I was nothing but a commodity to him before, and nothing but an anomaly to him after.

My copper feathers cut his fingertips and palms as he pared my wings away.

I was playing at being mortal this century because I love cigarettes and shawarma, and it’s easier to order shawarma if your piercing shriek doesn’t drive the delivery boy mad. Mortality is fun in small doses. It’s very authentic, very down–in–the–dirt nitty–gritty. There are lullabies and lily pads and summer rainstorms and hardly anyone ever tries to cut your head off out of some moronic heroic obligation to the gods. If you want to sit on your ass and read a book, nobody judges you. Also, shawarma.

My spirit was already fled before the deed was done, back to the Nest, back to the Egg. My sisters clucked and cooed and gently scolded. They incubated me with their great feathery bottoms as they had many times before, as I had done many times before for them. Sisters have to look out for one another. We’re all we’ve got, and forever is a long, slow slog without love."

In its entirety (about 1000 words):

http://uncannymagazine.com/article/talons-can-crush-galaxies/

Blogger SmockMan August 11, 2017 9:22 PM  

After I read it I had tears coming out of my... wherever.

Blogger seeingsights August 11, 2017 9:32 PM  

I quit reading that "story" after the first paragraph. It made me wince.

Anonymous RS August 11, 2017 9:41 PM  

2 of 18 are named Ursula

wat

Anonymous DaveInjustice August 11, 2017 9:45 PM  

John Scalzi‏Verified account @scalzi 5h5 hours ago
More
The Hugo Award stats are full of delicious and pertinent data. https://t.co/CLskmfjDEm


But mind you, he still doesn't care. Nope. Not at All. Not. One. Bit.

Anonymous A loving tribute to Falco August 11, 2017 9:46 PM  

They pretend she's good,

She's good. Have you read her?

Blogger daddynichol August 11, 2017 9:47 PM  

Chuck Tingle was shut out! This is an outrage! Someone call Google.

Blogger Matthew August 11, 2017 9:49 PM  

Ted Chiang also counts as a woman, if you ask me. He once wrote an interminable and indulgent story about people who voluntarily had brain surgery that removed their ability to perceive beauty.

Blogger dvdivx August 11, 2017 9:54 PM  

I had to look up to see if Ursula K. Le Guin was still alive. I can see giving her an award as she is probably one of the only old school writers left. The others are no ones and will remain unknown due to a lack of talent. Arrival won the movie section even though it is extremely boring. However as it made money expect more dull movies in the future. I guess when you have to compete against the creators of the Emoji movie anyone can look good.

Blogger exfarmkid August 11, 2017 10:00 PM  

62. "She's good. Have you read her?"

Yes. I did read some of her samples on her blog, since she was once of those up-and-coming writers.

Uninspiring and terminally boring is the nicest thing I will say about her.

Anonymous Phil Mann August 11, 2017 10:04 PM  

"We are aware of the rabid puppies and justice warriors efforts to effect the voting..."

These are professional writers?

So how did "Slammed From Behind By the [Whatever]" make out?

Not a Sci-Fi fan by any stretch of the imagination, but that 40 bucks I spent a couple of years ago on this nonsense has paid entertainment dividends way beyond expectations. Vox, can't thank you enough. Well done.

Blogger seeingsights August 11, 2017 10:04 PM  

@54

'... I wonder if 2019 will see more rules changes to salve Tor egos.'

Tor is in a bind. If they make an effort to change the rules which were changed just a few years ago, that would make it blatantly obvious that Tor seeks to rig the voting. On the other hand, the way the Hugo Awards are going, Tor will be winning awards at a much lower rate.

Anonymous Random American August 11, 2017 10:20 PM  

Good God, the Brooke Bolander excerpt is horrifying. Just so ridiculously self-indulgent and cringey, nothing there except the author wallowing in purely fake victimhood and secret Queenism at the same time. No character, no setting, pure rotten self, no meaning but a self-parodying shade of idiotic SJW ideology. The Ultimate SJW Mary Sue.
I knew Mexican kids in high school who could write more convincingly, even with a noticeable language handicap.
Romance novels are literature by comparison.

Still cringing. Bad. Hopefully her "sisters" keep her next time it happens, poor thing.

Blogger Wild Ape August 11, 2017 10:23 PM  

Blackgate is totally silent about the Hugo. Vox called the shot on that blog and predicted the SJW cabal would burn the Hugo down before allowing right winger an award and I asked him what a Xanatos Gambit was and Vox explained. Back then my kids knew about gamersgate and my oldest son was fired up about it. Vox talked about how gamersgate was related and I did not fully understand at the time. I do now and that journey brought me from Sad Puppy to Rabid Puppy and from conservative to Alt Right. Strange as this may sound, these events also returned me to Christ.

Blogger Tyr August 11, 2017 10:24 PM  

Good grief, that's awful.

They all think alike, talk alike, and write alike. They all like the same things, hate the same things, and, worst of all, they all tell the same shitty, boring, and unfunny jokes.

"Also, shawarma." That lame attempt at humor could have come out of the mouth of any talentless but identity-approved hack at io9.

Anonymous Forrest Bishop August 11, 2017 10:28 PM  

Matthew wrote:Ted Chiang also counts as a woman, if you ask me. He once wrote an interminable and indulgent story about people who voluntarily had brain surgery that removed their ability to perceive beauty.

Hey, write what you know, they say.

Analysis. The nearly-converged Hugos were mildly challenged by the Sad Puppies in 2014, causing a stirring of SJW. Rabid Puppies arrived in 2015, took some spoils, then ramped it up for 2016. The SJWs rallied their troops for the nominations and the finalist voting, making 2016 a record year. Total votes doubled or tripled from 2013. It was SJW vs Puppies.
The Puppies then sat back for 2017 while the SJWs continued to press their offensive, expecting 2017 to be like 2015-6. A Wile E. Coyote moment ensues.

Anonymous Random American August 11, 2017 10:32 PM  

I mean, we all know that the whole scene is a big circle-jerk of trying to out-BS each other for "Saddest Clown" status points, but the fact that she tells you she's not going to tell you anything right in the "story", but manages to fit in how much she loves a stereotypical mid-eastern food...

That's not even writing, it's just bad SJW trolling turned in on itself. Almost makes me think the "clucking and cooing" is a troll tip off.

Anonymous The bestest of all August 11, 2017 10:32 PM  

This is good. By identifying the converged authors, the Hugos do all of us a favor: we know who to avoid.

Anonymous Siobhan August 11, 2017 10:34 PM  

I couldn't make it through the last one, but I really like the Vorkosigan series.

Blogger Lovekraft August 11, 2017 10:42 PM  

VD: I know about your feud with breitbart, but they highlighted one of your tweet in an article about google. Won't link to in.

Title in headline is "Congressman Dana Rohrbacher: The Mistreatment of Conservatives by Tech Giants Is a Civil Rights Issue."

Anonymous NZT August 11, 2017 10:44 PM  

LOOOOL I have never heard of any of that shit except for Arrival, which was OK but hardly awards-worthy IMO. The affirmative action signaling is overwhelmingly strong with this one

Blogger Lazarus August 11, 2017 10:50 PM  

daddynichol wrote:Chuck Tingle was shut out! This is an outrage! Someone call Google.

I guess Love is NOT Real, after all. That is some serous butt invasion right there. I don't think I can go on.

Blogger lowercaseb August 11, 2017 10:54 PM  

A Most Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Deplorable Cents wrote:@29

The real temptation is to back N.K. Jemisin next year.

In all categories?


You sir...are a MAD genius.

Blogger Wynn Lloyd August 11, 2017 10:56 PM  

That's amazing.
Also the GE has sparked the white baby boom that Vox predicted after the election.
http://www.newobserveronline.com/2017/08/us-white-birth-rate-boost-majority-of.html?m=1

Anonymous jamie August 11, 2017 11:08 PM  

Castalia House needs better writers and editors.

A well deserved win for NK

Anonymous Looking Glass August 11, 2017 11:24 PM  

From the link to the results file. (See here: http://www.worldcon.fi/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/HugoReport1_voting.pdf )

Short Story:

1. “Seasons of Glass and Iron”, by Amal El-Mohtar
2. “The City Born Great”, by N. K. Jemisin
3. “That Game We Played During the War”, by Carrie Vaughn
4. “A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers”, by Alyssa Wong
5. “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies”, by Brooke Bolander
6. No Award
7. “An Unimaginable Light”, by John C. Wright

Yes, they actually (in their rather convoluted voting system) actually made "No Award" 6th over John C. Wright. I don't know if I should congratulate Mr. Wright or laugh a lot.

They voted Deadpool over Ghostbusters (2016). Not a joke. Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form), 5th vs 6th place.

Best Editor – Long Form has the SDL coming in 7th, behind No Award at 6th. VD won that vote 1148 to 97. Congrats to the SDL! 1148 ppl hated you enough to vote against you.

Best Fanzine has Jeffro on the Castalia House Blog coming in 7th. Sadly, he's not as hated at the SDL: 850 - 118 vote. Alas, there's next year!

Oh, this is great.

Best Fan Writer

1. Abigail Nussbaum
2. Foz Meadows
3. Mike Glyer
4. Chuck Tingle
5. Natalie Luhrs
6. No Award
7. Jeffro Johnson

But, the important part is the vote for the "Finalist": Abigail Nussbaum 676 - Chuck Tingle 610. Chuck was robbed! (No, seriously, Chuck Tingle almost outright won an award. Oh, we were denied such amazingness.)

Anonymous Locke August 11, 2017 11:26 PM  

Do any of those trannies who won actually identify as women?

Blogger Chris Lutz August 11, 2017 11:28 PM  

Arrival was a boring story with a twist ending that invalidated everything.

Anonymous Charlottesvillain August 11, 2017 11:32 PM  

The massive torchlight alt-right march that just happened in Charlottesville an hour ago. Holy S. Are we awake?

Anonymous jamie August 11, 2017 11:35 PM  

Oh, who am I kidding, NK is a joke.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash August 11, 2017 11:43 PM  

In one of my favourite Roadrunner catoons, Wile E. Coyote is madly poking from below a boulder that has refused to fall. Suddenly with a look of horrible realisation he holds up a small sign that asks "IN HEAVEN'S NAME, WHAT AM I DOING?". he then holds up a tiny parasol in a futile effort to protect himself from several hundred tonnes of rock.

SJWs will never, ever, ever have that moment of dawning realisation.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash August 11, 2017 11:51 PM  

Ah yes, here it is.

Blogger R Doom August 11, 2017 11:59 PM  

I have a Leftist friend who just posted on FB, celebrating all the female winners of the awards.

Blogger kurt9 August 12, 2017 12:00 AM  

The Hugos and Nebulas never meant anything to me. The only award I ever paid attention to was the Prometheus Award, and I suspect that has likely been hijacked by the PC brigade.

Anonymous Forrest Bishop August 12, 2017 12:35 AM  

Snidely Whiplash wrote:SJWs will never, ever, ever have that moment of dawning realisation.

They don't have to. It's everyone else in SFF who is having that dawning realization that they have been watching a grotesque cartoon, called Hugo in the instant case. For them, QED.

Looking Glass wrote:Yes, they actually (in their rather convoluted voting system) actually made "No Award" 6th over John C. Wright. I don't know if I should congratulate Mr. Wright or laugh a lot.

They voted Deadpool over Ghostbusters (2016). Not a joke. Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form), 5th vs 6th place.

Best Editor – Long Form has the SDL coming in 7th, behind No Award at 6th.


7 of 6 has long since been established as the most prestigious of the Hugo Awards, a tradition dating back since time immemorial (2014 iirc).

Congratulations to VD, JCW and any other inductees into the highly-acclaimed 7 of 6 club. This is beauty.

Anonymous Minion 0132 August 12, 2017 1:02 AM  

The erudite and always demure N.K Jemisin acknowledges her Hugo win as only a woman of letters and color can:

HOLY FUCKING SHIT I WON A HUGO

http://nkjemisin.com/2016/08/holy-fucking-shit-i-won-a-hugo/

Anonymous VFM #6306 August 12, 2017 1:20 AM  

Hugo: A Rape with Three Codas

Tor-n down were the ramparts, leaving the city on the edge of tomorrow splayed and open to the publisher most able to rally a slate.

"Make Hayden while the sun shines!" cried the debt-making publisher-bank conglomerates who lent their slave-contracts at diminishing prices. "Clones of Asimov! Clones of Card! Clones of Bova! Clones of Delany!" they cried, taking in less revenue, paying out stingier advance loans. The award was forged in the shape of a loan clone drone.

Then the manless women came and slid the drone into the secret garden buried beneath a tomb of flesh, and as it disappeared, no one said anything: their mouths were clotted with Doritos that had once been starship-shaped ere their rendezvous with vagina dentata.

Blogger lowercaseb August 12, 2017 1:38 AM  

Charlottesvillain wrote

BEST. USERNAME. EVER!

Anonymous Perfunctory Quotidian August 12, 2017 2:14 AM  

Cucks gonna cuck. (Or troll?)

"Rusty Smoker
August 30, 2016 • 6:00 pm

I am not good at the newer technology, as I am a sixty-ish white male, but I needed to say this. I read A Hundred Thousand Kingdoms several months ago, in a library copy. I just started The Broken Kingdoms and found myself very confused. In trying to find out what happened at the end of the first book, I read some interviews of yours. Here is what I want to get to. I tend to read books because I like them, and I like yours. It is in large measure my white privilege that I didn’t see the racial overtones in the first book. With a little more knowledge I can see them everywhere, and appreciate what you’re trying to do. My eyes need to be opened, and your books and the other writers of color that I read and will continue to are doing so.

Many thanks!
Rusty Smoker"

(NB this is from 2016)

http://nkjemisin.com/2016/08/holy-fucking-shit-i-won-a-hugo/

Blogger Pseudotsuga August 12, 2017 2:30 AM  

Wow, the affirmative action Hugos are great!

Blogger John Wright August 12, 2017 2:58 AM  

@57
"Great feathery bottoms"
If I ever become the boy sidekick of Batman, this will surely be my motto and battlecry.

After all, forever is long, slow slog without love, and, as another Hugo Award nominee once said, love is real.

I did not realize the Hugo Awards were today. I was inwardly grinding my teeth over the sad news that Dynamic Comics wrote an SJW version of The Shadow.

So, my work came in 7 out of 6 according to their scale of values, eh? Great feathery bottoms!

(This may prove to be an interjection worthy of every circumstance.)

Blogger Cail Corishev August 12, 2017 3:32 AM  

nkjemisin.com/2016/08/holy-fucking-shit-i-won-a-hugo/

Sigh. Somehow these people even magage to ruin swearing. It's either try-hard because they think it makes them look cool, or they're too far up their own asses to read a room and tell when it has impact and when it just grates.

Anonymous Mr. Rational August 12, 2017 3:40 AM  

seeingsights wrote:For years, fiction by "James Triptree" was lauded
Without justification (btw it's "Tiptree").  If you read the rest of the periodicals where the short pieces were published, you'll realize that Sheldon's stuff was among the least-worthy of the bunch.  Editors had to have known, and were throwing bones to her.

I remember asking myself "Why is this supposed to be so good?"  She sucked.  Maybe she realized it, and that's why she killed herself.

Blogger JLanceCombs August 12, 2017 4:31 AM  

I was looking through the profiles of the people who bought and reviewed NK Jemisin books.

Out of the approx. 8 profiles I skimmed through, 2 seemed to be actual scifi/fantasy fans (though one of those two seemed to read almost exclusively John Scalzi). The other 6 were normie chicks.

NK Jemisin is, seriously, scifi for normies.

Anonymous Perfunctory Quotidian August 12, 2017 4:40 AM  

Good Lord. Just looked up "Seasons of Glass and Iron." Marginally less cringeworthy than the Talon screed.

Every time I quote from these things I have to preface it with an insistence that this is not parody, afaik. Who knows at this point?

(Excerpt is from about halfway through the piece)

"Once upon a time there was a rich king who had no sons, and whose only daughter was too beautiful. She was so beautiful that men could not stop themselves from reaching out to touch her in corridors or following her to her rooms, so beautiful that words of desire tumbled from men’s lips like diamonds and toads, irresistible and unstoppable. The king took pity on these men and drew his daughter aside, saying, Daughter, only a husband can break the spell over these men; only a husband can prevent them from behaving so gallantly toward you.

When the king’s daughter suggested a ball, that these men might find husbands for themselves and so be civilized, the king was not amused. You must be wed, said the king, before some guard cannot but help himself to your virtue."

...

"'What father seeks to protect men from their pursuit of his daughter? As well seek to protect the wolf from the rabbit!'

'I am not a rabbit,' says Amira, though Tabitha, who has dropped her hair and is pacing, incensed, continues.

'How could it be your fault that men are loutish and ill mannered? Amira, I promise you, if your hair were straw and your face dull as dishwater, men—bad men—would still behave this way. Do you think the suitors around the hill can see what you look like, all the way up here?'"

http://uncannymagazine.com/article/seasons-glass-iron/

Blogger Basta Con La Droga August 12, 2017 5:17 AM  

I'll give everybody a chance, no matter what, honest. I *HONESTLY* tried to read "The Fifth Season" because of the shining reviews on GR, and go figure... it turned out to be an utter mess. At this point, it's no wonder the basket case won another Hugo. I'm going to say bye with a platitude: Avoid. Hugo. Winners.

Blogger Vikki Wilson August 12, 2017 5:42 AM  

Jeez, third wave feminism is excruciating.

Blogger StrongCoffee61 August 12, 2017 5:49 AM  

I wonder how many unsuspecting good people will be lured into wasting hours of their precious short lives wading through awful "science fiction" before they realize that the Hugo awards have collapsed into an SJW black hole.

I choked down a lot of Harlan Ellison, Samuel Delany, and others in the late seventies before I wised up.
And it's far worse in present times.

Anonymous Perfunctory Quotidian August 12, 2017 6:07 AM  

Geez ... Seasons of Glass and Iron is actually worse than I figured. I just read through to the end. The the two female protagonists / main characters cap off their extended rant against male rape privilege by marrying each other. (Should I have posted a spoiler alert?)

"Amira smiles at her, bends forward to kiss her forehead. 'Congratulations,' she murmurs, and Tabitha hears much more than the word as she reaches, shaky, wobbling, for the next pair in her pack. 'Wait,' says Amira quietly, and Tabitha pauses.

'Wait. Please. Don’t—' Amira bites her lip, looks away. 'You don’t have to—you can stay here without—'

Tabitha understands, and returns her hand to Amira’s. 'I can’t stay up here forever. I have to leave before the suitors come back.'

Amira draws a deep breath. 'I know.'

'I’ve had a thought, though.'

'Oh?' Amira smiles softly. 'Do you want to marry me after all?'

'Yes.'

Amira’s stillness turns crystalline in her surprise."

Blogger Jason August 12, 2017 7:08 AM  

It would have been more perfect if Ghostbusters 2016 had won instead of arrival. I guess you can't have everything

Anonymous Cheshirych August 12, 2017 7:11 AM  

Maybe i should read Vorkosigan, after all these years? LOL.

Anonymous Mr. Rational August 12, 2017 9:00 AM  

I'm not going back to Vorkosigan books.  Not after the pozzing.  One Ethan of Athos was one too many.

Blogger SirGroggy August 12, 2017 9:20 AM  

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Blogger tuberman August 12, 2017 9:23 AM  

I've been promising myself a 2017 Rabid Puppies shirt for a long time.

Blogger SirGroggy August 12, 2017 9:29 AM  

Vox what impresses me about you is your ability to remain calm when dealing with this calibre of nauseating SJW scum. They make me sick to the stomach and steam come out my ears. Well done on your composure.

Blogger VD August 12, 2017 9:30 AM  

Thanks, but you might want to rethink that after reading my response to your suggestion about YouTube....

Blogger Wild Ape August 12, 2017 10:02 AM  

YouTube videos covering the Hugo awards have blocked comment section. Blackgate has not said a peep about the Hugos. Worldcon changed the rules again to allow only viewers from that current year. File770 comment section has a handful of people in it hoping to bait a fight. Compared with 2016.2015, and 2014 this is a clickbait disaster for these guys. They know that Dragon Con took their place and they are already trying to gather damage control and bury the story. This is the pattern that I see when the left get a story wrong or are proved wrong. They bury the story and move on to stronger clickbait. Russia, Russia, Russia.

Blogger Dave August 12, 2017 10:19 AM  

GFB

Anonymous Morgan August 12, 2017 10:43 AM  

Jemisin and other female writers were present for a group discussion at the Alamo Drafthouse in NYC for a showing of the 1982 CONAN THE BARBARIAN a little over a month ago. Been trying to find video or transcript as it will no doubt be a target rich environment. Anyone seen anything? My search has come up empty so far.

Anonymous Marvin Boggs August 12, 2017 10:48 AM  

@41: John Scalzi is male? Really? When was the surgery?

Blogger SirGroggy August 12, 2017 12:29 PM  

Thanks, but you might want to rethink that after reading my response to your suggestion about YouTube....

Yes that is ironic in hindsight. I find it funny when you dish it out to others so it's only fair I take a dose also.

Blogger Tatooine Sharpshooters' Club August 12, 2017 12:49 PM  

White males who are left of center politically got thrown under the bus!

It's always a hoot to see when these sad sacks are smacked in the face with the realization that "ally" means "our next meal".

Blogger dh August 12, 2017 9:42 PM  

Women I know are smart to know that once something becomes a women's thing it no has widespread value. It's almost axiomatic. Something only for women is less valuable than something for both women and men. SF/F as a genre, along with the Hugo's, are deeply undervalued.

I wonder if NK Jeminsin has enough of a living off her writing career to be a fulltime writer yet? Imagine how far the award has fallen when a two time winner still has a job as a social worker or something to pay the basic bills.

Blogger dh August 12, 2017 9:48 PM  

> But mind you, he still doesn't care. Nope. Not at All. Not. One. Bit.

Secret king wings again, by not winning. Genius!

Anonymous A Most Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Deplorable Cents August 12, 2017 10:19 PM  

@119
I wonder if NK Jeminsin has enough of a living off her writing career to be a fulltime writer yet?

Pretty sure that's what her Patreon account is for.

Blogger dh August 12, 2017 10:39 PM  

If you are the most award winning author in all of Pink SF/F two years in a row and you have to rely on donations instead of sales of your works, something is wrong, and that should be plenty of evidence of it. They have destroyed the industry so throughly that the people who can make a living at this don't want any part of the rest of the industry.

Amazingly sad.

Blogger Technomad August 13, 2017 1:33 AM  

Lois Bujold doesn't belong in that company. Unlike the vast majority of them, she can write and got plenty of Hugos on merit. Yes, she _does_ address things like transgenderism and homosexuality, but she doesn't make getting up on her soapbox and yelling about how they are GOOD GOOD GOOD and anybody with doubts is an evil hatey mchaterson a part of the story.

Anonymous Dipper Pines August 13, 2017 8:49 PM  

you have to rely on donations instead of sales of your works, something is wrong,

dh; are you referring to JCW?

Wild Ape, just because this is the most important thing in your life (sad!), doesn't mean it's the center of the SF/F universe. However, BG did post on it today.

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