Hilarity ensued this week as the Hugo Award nominations were revealed and several authors who don’t eat at the cool kid’s table in the cafeteria appeared on it. Most of the controversy surrounds the nomination of Larry Correia and the sample slate that he posted on his website. Included on his slate (of which pretty much everything he nominated appeared on the short list) was an entry by Vox Day. I reblogged Larry’s ideas earlier this week.
Some of my favorite criticisms have been:
PracticalFan Apr 21, 2014 at 11:55 am
Keep him close, see which of the SFWA members stand up for him or befriend him, and keep note of them as well. His attitude doesn’t exist in a vacuum; if he had found no willing ears for his poison, he would have gone elsewhere long since. Focus on finding the limits of his bigotry/racism/sexism/whatever, and all his sympathizers. Then expel the whole mess at once. And move on. He doesn’t even deserve as many words as this.
Ah yes, the vacuum. I wonder if this person has also been criticizing Barack Obama the past decade for his attending a church for 16 years that had a pastor who seemed to like to incite racial tensions?
There are accusations of ballot stuffing by Natalie Luhrs.
What I agree with, even less, is the campaign that went on to stuff the ballot box on the part of Larry Correia and Vox Day. They each wrote a post, shortly before the nominating deadline, exhorting their readers to submit a particular ballot…I would be extremely interested to know how many ballots match that list in all respects. I would also be interested to know how many supporting memberships were bought for spouses, children, and extended family who did not actually submit those ballots. It would be ridiculously easy to game the nominations that way…I am, very much, looking forward to ranking “No Award” higher than Vox Day, Larry Correia, Brad Torgerson, Dan Wells, Steve Diamond, and Toni Weisskopf.
Well, I seriously doubt there was any ballot stuffing, just a call to arms from one of the more popular writers of the SF/F genre mobilizing his fans to get out the vote. That’s nothing that many other authors haven’t done in the past. What really gets my goat though is that she’s willing to lump a bunch of people who had nothing to do with Larry Correia’s mobilization of fans other than to appear on his sample ballot. Toni is running one of the most successful publishing houses in the genre and you don’t think she’s worthy of even a nomination? Go read through the comments, it gets better. She actively defends not voting for anyone mentioned on Larry’s sample ballot “…as a matter of principle…” Continue reading “The vacuum of art”