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Hugos and Such

As I said on Twitter, congratulations to the Hugo nominees — particularly those who earned their spot on the ballot. And thank you to certain individuals for making sure the anti-slate legislation gets passed this year.

The Sad Puppies this year opted for a recommendations list as opposed to a formal slate. The Rabid Puppies, to nobody’s shock, continued their efforts to slate-shit all over the ballot. I’d been guessing and hoping that the puppy influence would be lessened this year. I figured the Rabids would get some nominees through slate-voting, but that we’d also see more viable candidates on the final ballot.

File 770 has posted an analysis of the puppy effectiveness, and the impact varies a lot from one category to the next.

Comparing this year’s results to last, it looks like once again the Rabid Puppy slate had the greatest impact. I was mistaken in guessing their influence would be diminished this year. They appear to have gotten roughly the same number of candidates onto the final ballot, if not slightly moreso. Though this year’s ballot is completely free of John Wright’s work, which surprises me a little.

It’s also clear that Beale and the Rabid Pups were trying to play a slightly different game this year. In addition to the nominees that were Beale’s own ego-stroking (Vox Day for Best Editor, work from his publisher’s blog for Best Related Work, etc.), and blatant “crap-on-the-Hugo” nominees, there were also a handful of nominees presumably chosen to make poor SJW brains explode, like File 770 for Best Fanzine. Or nominees that would almost certainly have made the ballot without the slate, like Andy Weir for the Campbell.

I assume this is designed to make people say, “Oh, woe is me, I can’t vote for anything on a slate, and therefore must vote against File 770 and Andy Weir even though I might consider them deserving,” after which the Rabid puppies will proclaim victory. Or else people will vote for File 770 and Weir, and they’ll win, and the Rabid puppies will proclaim victory.

My, what a brilliant stratagem that absolutely no one could have foreseen. What ever shall we do? Alas, how we are trapped by the cleverness of their clever trap.

Wile E. Coyote, Genius

A lot of the stuff on the ballot is, just like last year, utter crap. I suspect most people are fully capable of reading for themselves and deciding what’s worthy of winning, what deserved a place on the ballot, and what should come below No Award. Just like last year.

All in all, my sense is that the Rabid Puppies had pretty much the same level of influence as last year, and the Sad Puppies had a minimal impact. Like last year, my biggest disappointment is for the worthy individuals and works that got knocked off the ballot by a relatively small group’s coordinated poo-flinging.

The results, along with lists of non-rabid nominees and my notes comparing this year to last, are below. As before, I’d encourage people to read and to vote. And if you’ll be at Worldcon, please try to get to the business meeting.


Best Novel has three nominees that weren’t on the Rabid slate. (All three were on the “raw” Sad Puppy recommendation list, and two were on the final, “official” Sad Puppy list.) This is similar to last year’s final Best Novel ballot, which also had three puppy-free nominees.

  • Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie
  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Best Novella had one Rabid-free nominee. Given that Binti is also a Nebula finalist, I think it’s safe to say this one very much earned its spot. All four others were from the Rabid slate and the Sad list both. This is similar to last year’s final ballot.

  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Best Novelette is pretty much a repeat of Novella, with one Rabid-free nominee that was on the Sad list. All four other nominees were on the Rabid slate. Once again, pretty close to last year’s ballot results.

  • “And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead” by Brooke Bolander

Best Short Story was swept by the Rabid slate, just like last year.

Best Related Work was another Rabid sweep. Once again, effectively the same as last year.

Best Graphic Story is yet another Rabid sweep. The Rabid puppies were actually more effective in this category this year.

Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form had three Rabid-free finalists. All three were on the Sad list, but come on. Is there any way these weren’t going to make the ballot in a normal year? This is roughly the same as last year’s results.

  • Ex Machina
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form had two Rabid-free nominees. Again pretty much equivalent to last year.

  • Doctor Who: “Heaven Sent”
  • Jessica Jones: “AKA Smile”

Best Editor – Short Form only had one nominee from the Rabid slate, and that nominee made the ballot. This is much cleaner than last year, when it was another slate-dominated category.

  • John Joseph Adams
  • Neil Clarke
  • Ellen Datlow
  • Sheila Williams

Best Editor – Long Form sees two Rabid slate nominees, once again an improvement over last year’s slate-sweep.

  • Sheila E. Gilbert
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Jim Minz

Best Professional Artist was swept by the Rabid slate this year. Last year saw only a single slate-free nominee in the category.

Best Semiprozine has a single nominee that wasn’t on the Rabid slate, a step down from last year, when we had three slate-free nominees.

  • Uncanny Magazine

Best Fanzine is another Rabid sweep, similar to last year when we had only one slate-free nominee.

Best Fancast: swept by Rabid slate. (Last year saw two slate-free nominees.)

Best Fan Writer sees one non-Rabid nominee. Last year saw only a single non-slate nominee.

  • Mike Glyer

Best Fan Artist has a single non-Rabid nominee, compared to last year, when the Rabid Puppies forgot or neglected to include this category on their slate.

  • Steve Stiles

Campbell Award for Best New Writer (Not a Hugo) sees one non-Rabid nominee, just like last year’s one non-slate nominee.

  • Alyssa Wong

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.



( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 26th, 2016 09:33 pm (UTC)
Bah! I vote for what I like and am willing to defend in debates with friends. I don't read slates before I vote, I read works before I vote. And I don't vote in categories that I haven't read/researched because I consider that to be unhelpful to everyone who is actually interested in the outcomes of those categories.
Apr. 26th, 2016 10:01 pm (UTC)
No fair! I started calling VD Wile E. Coyote first! :-)

On a more serious note, to think I was almost talked out of continuing support of EPH.
Apr. 26th, 2016 10:16 pm (UTC)
I read Uprooted and it was fabulous. Fab. U. Lous.
Apr. 26th, 2016 11:36 pm (UTC)
I don't know how common this was, but Alistair Reynolds whose "Slow Bullets" is nominated for Novella, asked to be removed from both lists and was ignored. Which doesn't affect whether or not it would have gotten to the finals on its own, but is worth noting if one is going to conflate appearing on the lists with approval of said lists.
Apr. 26th, 2016 11:56 pm (UTC)
It sort of does affect it: It means we *can't know* if it deserved to be there. All we can know is that it didn't get there legitimately.
Apr. 27th, 2016 12:14 am (UTC)
Mostly my point is that last year there was frequently some assumption that people agreed to be on the lists, and judgement towards individuals for that, and I am hoping that doesn't happen this year.

Frankly, if the long-list comes out and King, Novik and Stephenson wouldn't have been there either way, I'll be shocked, and given that we will soon have EPH, I'm not going to vote against something I also nominated because puppies did too.
Apr. 27th, 2016 01:19 am (UTC)
Even with the long list, you can't tell for sure that they would have been there without shenanigans.

(King, in particular, is a very odd choice for a Hugo: He's been nominated for one, once, a quarter century ago, in Related Work. He's not exactly a Hugo perennial.)

I'm not suggesting that anyone vote against something they nominated, or particularly love. All I'm saying is that for the brigaded works, we can't know if they *deserved* to be a finalist, because we can't know if they would have made it on without the brigading.

(In the mean time, I'll be applying the same rules I did last year, and that means I *will* be voting against some works that I think MIGHT have gotten a legitimate nomination if they had a chance - they just weren't given a chance. But I'm not going to tell anyone else they're wrong for not voting the way I will.)
Apr. 27th, 2016 04:00 am (UTC)
Lois McMaster Bujold has also just posted that her novella "Penric's Demon" was put on the slate without her permission and that they refused her request to remove it.
Apr. 27th, 2016 04:19 pm (UTC)
Of course, the authors whose requests for removal from the lists pretty much played into the Rabids' hands, because a) more publicity, b) the authors are placed in a conundrum whether to request removal from the Hugos on their own --potentially replaced with another Rabid entry-- or to leave it there and see "No Award" win their category, and c) the Rabids get to cry victim because they are "promoting works that they feel deserve recognition".

I'm just hoping the new DragonCon awards will make the Rabids promote them as the "real SF/F awards" instead and move in that direction.
Apr. 27th, 2016 06:54 am (UTC)

I adored both Fifth Season and Uprooted. Two of my fave fave fave books from last year.

Apr. 27th, 2016 10:08 pm (UTC)
File770 had to recreate posts today. The old link doesn't work. The new link is http://file770.com/?p=28616

Edited at 2016-04-27 10:08 pm (UTC)
Apr. 27th, 2016 10:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Fixing that now.
Apr. 28th, 2016 03:21 am (UTC)
The remaining, i.e. non-slate, nominations all look pretty great.
Heather McCrillis
Apr. 28th, 2016 10:43 pm (UTC)
Are the winners allowed to make speeches?
Apr. 28th, 2016 11:03 pm (UTC)
We did the year I won. There's generally a short acceptance speech by each winner. I don't imagine that changing.
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