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…”

I’ve seen others complaining that voting on the texts presented alone and not on who wrote them is contrary to the way things have always been done in the past? Really? I realize it’s a popularity contest, but if you can’t separate the art from the person, your experiences are going to be quite limited.
I’ll read just about anybody as long as they tell a good story. It doesn’t matter what their personal life or beliefs are, and I don’t believe it should. Eric Flint is a communist; John Ringo has been described as to the right of Attila the Hun; but they both can tell a wonderfully entertaining story. Arthur C. Clarke was bisexual; Orson Scott Card is adamantly anti-homosexual; they are two of my favorite SF authors. Tad Williams and Michael Z. Williamson don’t hold much of the same political views, but I’ve seen them have cordial discourse on Facebook, and by all accounts they can get along just fine in person. And, it’s not limited to books. I think Tom Cruise is batshit crazy, but he makes some hellaciously fun movies. Jim Beaver and I don’t hold the same views on gun control, but he’s a terrific actor and very pleasant to converse with on the internet. By some accounts Mozart was a real asshole, but he composed some of the most beautiful music every conceived of.

Surrounding yourself with nothing, or no one, but those that hold the same views as you seems like a good way to end up out of touch with reality. There are a wide range of philosophies out there in the real world. So no, these things don’t exist in a vacuum. And if you ignore everything the slightest bit uncomfortable to you, you’re likely to have a very rude awakening in the future when whatever current PC favorite isn’t in force anymore.