Right leaning authors sweep sci-fi's Hugo Awards

In a small victory for the right in the culture wars, anti-SJW fans and authors have nominated several conservative and libertarian sci-fi authors for the prestigious Hugo Awards. This makes the second year in a row that the right has out organized the leftists who previously held sway over the nominations.

Breitbart has the backstory:

For the second year in a row, nominations for the prestigious Hugo Awards for science fiction & fantasy have been swept by the Sad Puppies & Rabid Puppies, two groups of authors and fans who oppose left-wing domination of the community.

The Sad Puppies were formed in 2013 by bestselling author Larry Correia, amidst growing domination of the Hugo Awards by left-wing cliques — who, in 2012, successfully agitated for the cancellation of an appearance by British comedian Jonathan Ross at the awards due to fears that the entertainer might make a “fat-shaming” joke.

Correia, along with a number of other conservative and libertarian-leaning authors, contended that a large chunk of Hugo voters voted on the basis of authors’ personal political beliefs rather than the quality of their writing. The Sad Puppies aimed to change that, by nominating authors on the basis of perceived quality rather than perceived politics. The Puppies have a particular opposition to “message fiction” — works that are primarily intended to convey a political message rather than tell a good story.

Correia’s Sad Puppies, in 2015, were joined by the Rabid Puppies — a nominations slate organized by Theodore Beale (pen name Vox Day). At the time, Day summed up the goal of his campaign as follows:

We value excellence in actual science fiction and fantasy, rather than excellence in intersectional equalitarianism, racial and gender inclusion, literary pyrotechnics, or professional rabbitology.

That year, authors nominated by the Sad & Rabid Puppies campaigns swept several categories in the Hugo Awards, leading to outrage from progressive journalists and commentators. In an article that had to undergo several substantial corrections, pop culture news site Entertainment Weekly even accused the campaigns of being motivated by racism and sexism.

This year, the Sad and Rabid Puppies have done it again. Ten out of fifteen Hugo Award categories have been completely dominated by Puppy-endorsed nominees — double what the campaigns achieved in 2015. The Puppies have also secured three out of five nominations for Best Novel, three out of four nominations for Best Short-Form Dramatic Presentation, and three out of five nominations for Best Long-Form Editor.

The nominees will now move on to the World Science Fiction Convention where a final vote will be taken. Last year, the left created a special voting option for categories where a conservative had been nominated. "No award" was chosen in a record 5 categories, preventing non-leftist nominees from winning.

The name calling and shaming on social media has intensified as the left pushes back against the encroachment on what they perceive to be their territory. But it seems that the Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies are growing in strength and apparently won't back down in the face of heated opposition.

 

In a small victory for the right in the culture wars, anti-SJW fans and authors have nominated several conservative and libertarian sci-fi authors for the prestigious Hugo Awards. This makes the second year in a row that the right has out organized the leftists who previously held sway over the nominations.

Breitbart has the backstory:

For the second year in a row, nominations for the prestigious Hugo Awards for science fiction & fantasy have been swept by the Sad Puppies & Rabid Puppies, two groups of authors and fans who oppose left-wing domination of the community.

The Sad Puppies were formed in 2013 by bestselling author Larry Correia, amidst growing domination of the Hugo Awards by left-wing cliques — who, in 2012, successfully agitated for the cancellation of an appearance by British comedian Jonathan Ross at the awards due to fears that the entertainer might make a “fat-shaming” joke.

Correia, along with a number of other conservative and libertarian-leaning authors, contended that a large chunk of Hugo voters voted on the basis of authors’ personal political beliefs rather than the quality of their writing. The Sad Puppies aimed to change that, by nominating authors on the basis of perceived quality rather than perceived politics. The Puppies have a particular opposition to “message fiction” — works that are primarily intended to convey a political message rather than tell a good story.

Correia’s Sad Puppies, in 2015, were joined by the Rabid Puppies — a nominations slate organized by Theodore Beale (pen name Vox Day). At the time, Day summed up the goal of his campaign as follows:

We value excellence in actual science fiction and fantasy, rather than excellence in intersectional equalitarianism, racial and gender inclusion, literary pyrotechnics, or professional rabbitology.

That year, authors nominated by the Sad & Rabid Puppies campaigns swept several categories in the Hugo Awards, leading to outrage from progressive journalists and commentators. In an article that had to undergo several substantial corrections, pop culture news site Entertainment Weekly even accused the campaigns of being motivated by racism and sexism.

This year, the Sad and Rabid Puppies have done it again. Ten out of fifteen Hugo Award categories have been completely dominated by Puppy-endorsed nominees — double what the campaigns achieved in 2015. The Puppies have also secured three out of five nominations for Best Novel, three out of four nominations for Best Short-Form Dramatic Presentation, and three out of five nominations for Best Long-Form Editor.

The nominees will now move on to the World Science Fiction Convention where a final vote will be taken. Last year, the left created a special voting option for categories where a conservative had been nominated. "No award" was chosen in a record 5 categories, preventing non-leftist nominees from winning.

The name calling and shaming on social media has intensified as the left pushes back against the encroachment on what they perceive to be their territory. But it seems that the Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies are growing in strength and apparently won't back down in the face of heated opposition.