Sunday, August 23, 2015

Extremely Quickies: “Sad Puppies,” The Denouement

     Milo Yiannopoulos has the story:

     At the seventy-third annual Worldcon science fiction convention on Saturday night, social justice warriors did their best impression of the nightmare firemen of Ray Bradbury’s classic Fahrenheit 451, choosing to burn down the Hugo Awards and damage science fiction instead of seeing works of heretical authors outside of their exclusive clique winning awards....

     According to fiery gaming and sci fi pundit @Daddy_Warpig, the opposition to the Sad & Rabid Puppies slates took the form of encouraging voters to choose “no award” for an award category unless a work with appropriate politics was available. Taking it a step farther, many SJW zealots proved their commitment to tolerance, openness and variety by vowing not to read a work found on a Puppies slate under any circumstances.

     Like the Deathstar’s visit to Alderaan, the results of Hugo Awards voting were ugly and unprecedented. 5 major categories including best novella and best short story went with “no award”. To put that in perspective, in the previous 60 years of Hugo Awards, a total of 5 “no awards” have been given previously.

     This could prove to be the death knell for the Hugos. I can only hope it isn’t the death knell for the SF genre.


Russell said...

With any luck, it is a death knell of SJW style Scifi, the message over fiction crowd.

Francis W. Porretto said...

With apologies to Ernest Hemingway, Russell, isn't it pretty to think so?

Russell said...

Hope springs eternal :)