Who Won Science Fiction’s Hugo Awards, and Why It Matters
SINCE 1953, TO be nominated for a Hugo Award, among the highest honors in science fiction and fantasy writing, has been a dream come true for authors who love time travel, extraterrestrials and tales of the imagined future. Past winners of the rocket-shaped trophy—nominated and voted on by fans—include people like Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Harlan Ellison, Philip K. Dick, and Robert A. Heinlein. In other words: the Gods of the genre.…
— Amy Wallace, Wired.com
it really doesnt matter, the credibility of the puppies' case for traditional sci-fi. if a rationale can be used to justify marginalizing non-cishet-white-male voices, it is patently flawed and must be discarded. weve worked so hard to move forward to this point on inclusive sci-fi, we dont get to go back for any reason.
besides which, if you find one of the greatest trolls in internet history joining your side, this is a sign that youve picked the wrong side (or what will shortly become the wrong side; Vox Day corrupts everything he touches, quite intentionally).
ill be interested to see if proposed voting rules changes enable the hugo to survive this assault and return stronger next year, or if the puppies have killed the hugo. in the event of the latter sorrowful outcome, i hope GRR Martin can move forward with the alfies.
there will always be a venue to honor great sci-fi- and the influx of worldcon attendees who voted out the puppies proves that the cantankerous old guard whinging about misbegotten representation (ie. cishet white males wanting 100% representation and none for anyone else) are an overbearing but tiny minority of sci-fi fans.
yes we're taking your toys away. they belong to everyone, and You Are Not Everyone.