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Friday, April 24, 2020

If you think the Puppies didn't win

Think again. We said we'd leave a smoking hole behind and that's precisely what we did. Only it's turned out to be a smoking, stinking hole.
Look Upon Their Works... and enjoy a hearty laugh at the incestuous wasteland the once-prestigious Hugo Awards have become.

Best Novel

The City in the Middle of the Night, by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)
Gideon the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com Publishing)
The Light Brigade, by Kameron Hurley (Saga; Angry Robot UK)
A Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine (Tor; Tor UK)
Middlegame, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
The Ten Thousand Doors of January, by Alix E. Harrow (Redhook; Orbit UK)
There is a reason these "best novels" can't scare up an Amazon rank that's even within amplified shouting distance of the average pulp mil-SF novel. That's because the Hugos are nothing but fake praise for pseudo-SF SJWage strung together by fatties, trannies, and peoplx of colorx, then published by Tor.

It doesn't matter how hard the SJWs try to convince you their SJWage is good, people simply aren't being fooled anymore.

*The Verge's Science Fiction and Fantasy Book We're Looking Forward to in 2019
*Amazon's Best Books February 2019
*Book Riot's Most Anticipated Books of 2019
*Kirkus Reviews's 30 Speculative Fiction Books You Should Read in February 2019
*Bookish's Winter's 10 Hottest Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reads
*Bookbub's Best Science Fiction Books Coming Out in 2019
*YA Books Central's Buzzworthy Books of Winter 2019

Meanwhile, on Amazon: 3.9 out of 5. #71,483 in Books

It’s a sad love story about a woman in love with a terrible person who treats her terribly. Also it’s on an alien planet where it’s always night in one direction, and always day in the other. But if it’s the setting that intrigued you, this book isn’t for you. This is a clumsy slog of a love story, with some themes about doing good in the world.

Imagine that....

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65 Comments:

Blogger Darren April 24, 2020 10:10 AM  

"This Is How You Lose the [s]Time[/s]Culture War"

Blogger Harsh April 24, 2020 10:18 AM  

No Jemisin? Those racists.

Blogger Daniel April 24, 2020 10:32 AM  

Muh slates!

Blogger Daniel April 24, 2020 10:35 AM  

To Be Taught, If Fortunate, by Becky Chambers

If only her first name were Karen, this would be perfect.

Blogger JC April 24, 2020 10:42 AM  

"The City in the Middle of the Night" came out in February, 2019 and you can already get the hardcover for $2.95.

The author has pink hair and dresses like a witch. You can't even parody these people anymore.

Blogger DaveW April 24, 2020 10:49 AM  

The "always night in one direction, and always day in the other" was used in Roger Zelazny's 1971 novel "Jack of Shadows". It was nominated for a Hugo in 1972 -- a time before the SF genre got entirely mired in the SJW bog.

Blogger Silly but True April 24, 2020 10:56 AM  

Tamsyn
Kameron
Arkady
Seanan
Alix

Not that I vote for Hugo’s anymore, but I’d probably have to give it to Charlie, the only one without any fruit-loopy name which sounds like it’s a protagonist who came out of a D-list 2020 Hugo Award nominee’s sci-fi/fantasy novel.

Blogger tuberman April 24, 2020 10:57 AM  

I often wish that I'd known about the Puppy Wars when they were happening. I love even Larry's writing of Sad Puppy fame. May the future bring more Rabid Puppy attitudes forward.

Which torture would you rather do?
1) Read several of these SJW victim Hugo Award books or...
2) Watch CNN and MSNBC all day for a couple of weeks

Blogger VD April 24, 2020 11:04 AM  

I’d probably have to give it to Charlie, the only one without any fruit-loopy name

You think Charlie Jane isn't fruit-loopy? He's literally a man with pink hair wearing a dress.

Blogger SemiSpook37 April 24, 2020 11:11 AM  

@7

If a man decides it's okay to chop off his penis because "muh feels", the last thing you would want to do is encourage him to attempt to be productive at anything in society.

Blogger Doktor Jeep April 24, 2020 11:12 AM  

They were programming geeks into SJWism and even other degeneracy before the puppies, gamergate, etc. Now it's easier to see through. I am thankful to the people who put in the effort.

Blogger Tars Tarkas April 24, 2020 11:24 AM  

Charlie Jane Anders What a freak.

Anyone remember the gamestop tranny "it's Ma'am!"

Turns out she really did want to kick some ass and could do it too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtzD_xswAr0

The world ends neither in a bang nor a whimper, but a tranny freakshow.

Blogger Steve Canyon April 24, 2020 11:27 AM  

Tamsyn Muir's a solid 5 for not being a cholesterol deposit, which is about 3 points above her closest competitor and 7 above the group average. I'm surprised the rest on that list haven't killed and ate her.

Blogger Akulkis April 24, 2020 11:31 AM  

@7

Arkady is a legit Russian name for men & boys.

Blogger David The Good April 24, 2020 11:32 AM  

Charlie Jane Anders: http://file770.com/wp-content/uploads/Daniel-Dern-WorldCon-2017-Helsinki-4818-Booksigning-Charlie-Jane-Anders-min.jpg

Blogger David The Good April 24, 2020 11:34 AM  

Playing Hugo - one of the most entertaining games ever.

Blogger David The Good April 24, 2020 11:35 AM  

Space Raptor Butt Invasion. 4 words that defined a generation.

Blogger Trid April 24, 2020 11:39 AM  

It was very telling that in the 2015/16 cycle "Uprooted" won a Nebula and was nominated for a Hugo despite (because of?) it being a mediocre romance set in a poorly constructed feminist power fantasy universe written by an ugly Jewess.

The Soy will maintain that the Puppies were a failure but no one right of Stalin sees these mainstream awards as anything but a list of what not to read.

Blogger Silly but True April 24, 2020 11:41 AM  

I stand corrected on Charlie — or Jane — then.

Blogger Balkan Yankee April 24, 2020 11:54 AM  

Looks like Kiva Lagos failed to make cut.

Blogger Warunicorn April 24, 2020 12:00 PM  

VD wrote:I’d probably have to give it to Charlie, the only one without any fruit-loopy name

You think Charlie Jane isn't fruit-loopy? He's literally a man with pink hair wearing a dress.


You know that moment when you know something's askew and everybody's not supposed to notice, because madness has taken hold of everybody, kind of like the current Wuhan flu situation?

This is it. I mean, look at the man. You know he has a Y chromosome. lol

Blogger [Redacted] April 24, 2020 12:05 PM  

If these people had an ounce of self-awareness they would be making a fortune writing satire and doing weekly radio plays for a niche audience. It is a shame, really. They are too wrapped up in themselves writing ridiculous trash that they can't spin it into something fun.

Blogger stevev April 24, 2020 12:17 PM  

I love how, if you slur SJW in SJWage, it moves very easily from shewage to sewage. At least, that's how my brain heard it when I first read it.
Probably a feature, no?

Blogger MichaelJMaier April 24, 2020 12:18 PM  

It makes me smile to know I helped! Thanks for the opportunity, Vox.

Blogger Jack Aubrey April 24, 2020 12:23 PM  

VD wrote:I’d probably have to give it to Charlie, the only one without any fruit-loopy name

You think Charlie Jane isn't fruit-loopy? He's literally a man with pink hair wearing a dress.


He wears a dress better than Scalzi, though.

Blogger Akulkis April 24, 2020 12:33 PM  

"He wears a dress better than Scalzi, though."

He's also, arguably, saner, as at least he controls the rate at which calories enter his mouth.

Blogger DaveofSpades April 24, 2020 12:40 PM  

"Sophie, a student and reluctant revolutionary..." tells you all you need to know about Charlie Jane and his/her/it/Rey's writing.

Blogger Skyler the Weird April 24, 2020 12:45 PM  

Charlie's 'wife' is a lesbian named Annalee Newitz. A really Odd couple. If only there was a Dinosaur close by my love.

There is nothing in the Hugos that resemble classic science fiction anymore. It's all SJW romantic fan fiction with aliens.

Blogger Skyler the Weird April 24, 2020 12:57 PM  

Not only did Jeninsin not get nominated neither did Scalzi.

Blogger Crew April 24, 2020 1:11 PM  

You can always tell an SJW sci-fi author when they start having their characters wonder if someone is "Racist".

This turns up in book 5 of the New Frontiers Series by Jack L Knapp.

On a different note, the latest from Galaxy's Edge, Madame Guillotine, has a character who is definitely Alexandra Occasional-Cortex and is the character the novel is named after.

That character meets a very satisfactory ending as well.

Galaxy's Edge keeps going from strength to strength.

Blogger CM April 24, 2020 1:42 PM  

It's like someone took a hike in Reddit's Imaginary Architecture, thought it looked cool, put a half assed story in the setting and called it sci fi.

Blogger CM April 24, 2020 1:49 PM  

This is it. I mean, look at the man. You know he has a Y chromosome. lol

It's so weird. I look at him and I just think a "manly woman".

But if I saw a woman pretending to be a man, it's much easier for me to see. How bout the bearded lady at my local craft store?

Blogger Avalanche April 24, 2020 2:17 PM  

@10 "If a man decides it's okay to chop off his penis because "muh feels", the last thing you would want to do is encourage him to attempt to be productive at anything in society."

If a man decides it's okay to chop off his penis, the last thing you would want to do is encourage him to be in society."

There. All better. FIFY.

Blogger Newscaper312 April 24, 2020 2:29 PM  

So when were the Hugo's worth a damn last?
Anything since guys named Bear, Benford, Brin, Card or Simmons won?

Blogger Bogey April 24, 2020 2:33 PM  

This really ties into your last post about Star Trek. The fat, white, male, nerds imagined a future where they were still participants and even the wise old leaders and thinkers.....think again.

Blogger Careless Whisper April 24, 2020 2:41 PM  

That face... He looks like the guy from the B52s. And he's sorta dressed like the gal from the B52s, now that I think about it.

Blogger tublecane April 24, 2020 3:04 PM  

Out of morbid curiosity I look the authors up, knowing beforehand roughly what I'll find. My expectations were not subverted.

Remember when we used to hear tell of "Old Boy's Networks" and "School Ties?" Well, these cultural cul-de-sacs with the pretense of genre-prestige make ancient caste systems look like free-for-alls. There is a cabal of unattractive lesbians in charge of handing out science fiction awards, or I am a monkey's uncle.

I swear, these authors look like a line-up of Harry Potter fan-fic writers circa 2000:

Charlie Jane Anders: ugly (natch) tranny; technically heterosexual but if you pretend he's a woman then lesbo

Tamsyn Muir: lesbo; looks normal enough

Kameron Hurley: fat and ugly feminist; probable lesbian, though I didn't dig deep enough to find out

Arkady Martine: lesbo; not ugly but not particularly attractive; changed her name from AnnaLinden to the Russian masculine Arkady, Lord knows why

Seanan McGuire: pansexual or bisexual OR demisexual, if that's even possible (don't think so); fat and ugly; fan of venomous snakes (this is emphasized for some reason)

Alix E. Harrow: hold the presses! Says she has a husband and children. How did she slip past the commissars? Looks like a standard hipster.

Blogger SirHamster April 24, 2020 3:45 PM  

David The Good wrote:Charlie Jane Anders: http://file770.com/wp-content/uploads/Daniel-Dern-WorldCon-2017-Helsinki-4818-Booksigning-Charlie-Jane-Anders-min.jpg
I told myself, "I'm going to regret looking at this" as I copied the link.

I did.

Blogger Daniel April 24, 2020 3:47 PM  

I forgot that the Hugo skinsuit was still shambling, and I also missed the semi-annual Mountain-casting-China-Mike-into-the-Abyss afteraction report.

Blogger Geir Balderson April 24, 2020 4:55 PM  

@37

Wow! Those 'writers' are all chicks and lesbians. Except for Charlie. He is the only white male in the group but, of course, he wears and dress and lives with 'they'.

Science Fiction awards have dropped to an all-time low. All SJW, all the time.

Blogger Nihil Dicit April 24, 2020 5:14 PM  

The ridiculous arthouse first names tell me everything I need to know about this clusterfark.

Blogger Doktor Jeep April 24, 2020 5:40 PM  

"reluctant revolutionary"
Why does that smell a little bit like a gamma concept?

Blogger Chris Lopes April 24, 2020 6:30 PM  

I have to admit, getting these folks to pull the pin on their own hand grenade was quite a trick.

Blogger John E. Boyle April 24, 2020 6:34 PM  

I've never read anything by any of those authors (under those names at least) and I only recognize one: McGuire. And something tells me I'm blessed to be able to say that.

Blogger Happy Housewife April 24, 2020 6:41 PM  

Google the name...

Blogger AbnEng April 24, 2020 6:51 PM  

23. stevev

"I love how, if you slur SJW in SJWage, it moves very easily from shewage to sewage. At least, that's how my brain heard it when I first read it. Probably a feature, no?"

I thought it was pronounced sh-jue-age, but I might be wrong. I was also extra careful on the spelling.

Blogger Gregory the Tall April 24, 2020 8:11 PM  

http://file770.com/wp-content/uploads/Daniel-Dern-WorldCon-2017-Helsinki-4818-Booksigning-Charlie-Jane-Anders-min.jpg

"I told myself, "I'm going to regret looking at this" as I copied the link."

Me, I don't regret it, I laughed so hard.

Blogger aps April 24, 2020 8:18 PM  

"Charlie Jane" should have been a dead giveaway.

Blogger OldFan April 24, 2020 8:42 PM  

I have been a fan fro 64 years and I'm getting more than a little dismayed by where SF has gone. My first book was "Eye of the Monster" by Andre Norton [sill have it!] and it has not gone uphill from there.
Even the vision of the bright future (Yes, I was fond of Star Trek, although Bab 5 was much better) has dimmed and the baroque, yet limited, future world of Jack Vance looks more likely.

The future looks lot less bright - especially if you look at the Hugo authors.

Ah well, there are still some good books to read (or re-read) and some fine new comics . . .

Blogger IncoherentM April 24, 2020 9:13 PM  

Excellent.

Blogger Lou Antonelli April 24, 2020 9:28 PM  

As a double Puppy finalist in 2015, I have to say this post is totally right.

As someone in the military once said, "We had to destroy the village in order to save it."

Blogger tuberman April 24, 2020 9:44 PM  

49. OldFan

Did you know that Chuck Dixon writes books too? Have you tried John Wright? If you like fantasy VDs "Throne of Bones," is top notch. There are other Castalia House SF authors, all good. Larry Correia is another excellent fantasy writer.

Blogger qwsae10 April 24, 2020 10:04 PM  

I've found myself looking for 50s and 60s old sf. I was a big fan when young but it appealed less and less. Finally read a weird Delaney sf and was put off. Haha i thought i outgrew it, but it just started sucking. Norton was one of the first books that turned me into reader. Can't remeber the title. Now I know the SJWs ruined the field. I really hate them. SidVic

Blogger Macs April 24, 2020 10:57 PM  

The real world is a more interesting SF setting than that description.

Blogger lowercaseb April 24, 2020 11:10 PM  

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Blogger Tetro April 25, 2020 2:40 AM  

Can the Rabid Puppies strategy be reproduced to destroy or denigrate other converged dens of SJW power and influence? Or was this a one-off?

I had one of these bright-eyed, hyper-compassionate Canadian academics (ugh, I feel dirty after writing that) recently tell me about this sci-fi write she just looooooooves, named Jissimism, or something. I just smiled politely.

Blogger Wazdakka April 25, 2020 4:48 AM  

I don't know what was more disturbing.
The pink hair, breasts or the security blanket?

Blogger rikjames.313 April 25, 2020 7:55 AM  

The problem is the libraries are still buying books off the 'awards'. Which means 90% of their overdrive scifi purchases are crappy.

Blogger Crew April 25, 2020 12:09 PM  

And Star Wars is set to become even more estrogen enhanced!

Just when you thought wokeness and identity politics might be waning, Disney says its new 'Star Wars' show will be ‘women-centric'

Blogger Crew April 25, 2020 3:51 PM  

If you want to read a good book, you only have to wait until August!

Kratman's "Days of Burning, Days of Wrath," Book 8 in the Carrera Series will be published on 8/4!

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( no need to be racist, Ratchets can Karen better than anybody ) April 25, 2020 3:51 PM  

59. Crew April 25, 2020 12:09 PM
And Star Wars is set to become even more estrogen enhanced!



this is just an admission that Rey wasn't really female.

narratively, she was just Luke with some saline implants bolted on. and perfect, without need for training or experience or the failures that lead to experience.

Blogger Unknown April 26, 2020 9:42 AM  

Unlike Luke, Rey is capable of only two expressions. One is a pathetic attempt at "fierce." The other isn't.

Blogger rcocean April 27, 2020 8:59 PM  

Kameron Hurley talking about previous book about an all Lesbian space Adventure:

This universe has always been one of the richest I’ve ever written; the most fully realized. It also featured my most compelling character: a badass, foul-mouthed bounty hunter named Nyx. Readers really fell in love with her. She’s brash and unlikable, and makes a lot of bad choices. Yet I had this passionate group of readers who connected with her instantly. At every event I do, people ask when we’ll get more Nyx and her ragtag team of apocalyptic misfits. I’m always getting emails asking for more Nyx.

Blogger rcocean April 27, 2020 9:00 PM  

It goes without saying that Ms. Hurley suffers from Depression and is taking medication. Surprisingly, she graduated from a South African University. I would've assumed Berkeley.

Blogger rcocean April 27, 2020 9:01 PM  

Any chance Scalzi would turn Trannie to get back in the Hugos? He's half-way there already.

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