New Hugo Award categories for puppies

The "Puppies" are a coalition of right-wing and white-supremacist groups who pushed a slate of ideologically pure nominees onto the Hugo Award ballot, complaining that you could no longer judge books by their covers, and that science fiction had changed to reflect the world since the 1970s.

One Puppy leader, the openly racist, misogynist owner of a micropress whose works the puppies got onto the ballot, has threatened to destroy all future Hugo Awards if the attendees at this year's World Science Fiction Convention vote "NO AWARD" in the categories that his followers have hijacked.

To help assuage him, science fiction fans and writers created the #NewHugoCategories hashtag, and have been populating it with awards for works that fit the puppies' narrow conception of what imaginative literature should be.

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  1. wow, 6 hours since the original post and no brand new boingboing members have joined up to tell us how messed up we are and how it's really all about ethics in science fiction awards.

  2. Whether you agree with his politics or not, he was never a vicious, vindictive little shit like these people are.
    For perspective, here's what Philip K Dick had to say about Heinlein:
    "Several years ago, when I was ill, Heinlein offered his help, anything he could do, and we had never met; he would phone me to cheer me up and see how I was doing. He wanted to buy me an electric typewriter, God bless him—one of the few true gentlemen in this world. I don't agree with any ideas he puts forth in his writing, but that is neither here nor there. One time when I owed the IRS a lot of money and couldn't raise it, Heinlein loaned the money to me. I think a great deal of him and his wife; I dedicated a book to them in appreciation. Robert Heinlein is a fine-looking man, very impressive and very military in stance; you can tell he has a military background, even to the haircut. He knows I'm a flipped-out freak and still he helped me and my wife when we were in trouble. That is the best in humanity, there; that is who and what I love."

    Campbell would be closer to the mark, but, inveterate racist that he was, he never attained the levels of vindictiveness that some of these "puppies" do. (and he already has an award named after him, anyway.)

  3. The book has a spaceship on the cover, but is it really going to be a story about space exploration and pioneering derring-do? Or is the story merely about racial prejudice and exploitation, with interplanetary or interstellar trappings?

    Openly gay characters and an Analogy of governments making some people less than people---artificial people who don't have feelings and love.

    If you're "Tricked" by these cover one of the "old school guys" you deserve to have an opinion....But you also have a uninformed opinion subject to people calling you out as a dumbass of galactic proportions.

    /Edit: Actually I think Heinlein would be the first to say he "Tricked" people into not only expanding their horizons...but questioning their bigotry and prejudiced. There are long screeds in his novels about this very issue...infact it's one of his central themes. Someone that's "Different" gets rejected by people who they thought loved them---Friday is an example...Stranger has examples, and Moon is a Harsh Mistresses.

    //Edit edit...Bryan directing the Moon is a Harsh Mistress Movie. Yeah...the gay director. Suck it Puppy.

  4. Yep. Totes.

  5. Interesting way to put it in reply to me – my last argument here was a repeat about video aspect ratios. A lot of conversation here is in some way a waste of time, and energy to the extent it is spent, save only that people here felt like engaging in it. I doubt I am the only one who sometimes comes here with the intent of wasting time. I rarely see it criticized in other cases.

    This is the exception, when people bother to confront misogynists, racists, or various other dishonest types who stand up for them. I'm not sure why. Is it supposed nobody could enjoy taking time to stand up for other people, or at least to yell at posters who are plainly going to be horrible about them? Or is it supposed nobody should, that calling them out is so inherently unmeritorious that anyone who indulges in it deserves to be called out for it?

    Well, see what you say yourself:

    In other words, ignoring them doesn't actually do anything to discourage them in the long run. And in the short run, we are looking at the usual sort of one-off accounts that rarely endure beyond a single topic, responded to or not.

    So the worst case is that if people choose to spend some time engaging with them, we might end up with a few more idiotic posts left shredded and mocked, instead of a few less left to stand unchallenged. I don't think this is such a pernicious result. To the contrary, I agree with @Nelsie and @marilove, it helps keep this place welcoming to the sort of voices they would drown out.

    So yeah, I think it's worth us calling out this sort of disingenuous nonsense as we see fit. And if you instead think it's a waste of time, well then fine, nobody's making you do anything.

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