Monthly Archives: February 2015

Going through Hugo recommendations

There’s couple of weeks until the Hugo nominations deadline, and I still have a lot of reading to do, especially in the short fiction department. The number of interesting short stories and novelettes published is so great that nobody can really keep up with everything. That’s why I’ve been going through a number of different recommendations lists.

I’ll share some interesting lists in case you want to take a look at them:

  • Nebula award shortlist
    Nebulas are voted on by professional SFF writers who are members in SFWA. Everything on the shortlist is usually worth reading.
  • Aidan Moher of A Dribble of Ink
    Last year’s Hugo winner in the fanzine category catalogues his favorite novels of 2014.
  • The Book Smugglers blog
    Ana and Thea of the Book Smugglers give their nomination picks.
  • Author Ken Liu
    Ken Liu’s recommended reading list focuses on shorter fiction, which is great, because I can always use help with that.
  • Author Jason Sanford
    I’m going to vote for one of Sanford’s picks at least: the novella Where the Trains Turn by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen.
  • Critic Liz Bourke
    Interesting stuff here as well.
  • Critic Abigail Nussbaum (added 2/3/15)
    Another interesting list with nice introductions for every suggested story.

In addition, there are some lists that are not limited to just the few picks per category:

Finally, there’s the infamous Sad Puppies campaign by a bunch of conservative-minded/right-wing/whatever authors. I’ll probably discuss the whole thing later on in more detail but here are the lists in case you’re interested:

  • Sad Puppies slate by Brad Torgersen, Larry Correia et al
    The reasoning behind the list is discussed quite thoroughly in Torgersen’s blog, even though most of their arguments don’t feel very convincing to me. The few works on their list that are available for free didn’t make much of an impression.
  • Rabid Puppies slate by Vox Day
    This is a more radical variation of the SP slate, I guess. It seems that Torgersen and Correia have made an effort to avoid the controversy caused by having someone with hateful fringe opinions on their slate (this is what happened last year). Sad and Rabid Puppies are still a coordinated thing with a lot of overlap, same graphics etc.

Sad Puppies, Happy Kittens

I created this blog to be able to write about science fiction and fantasy. I’m planning to use it as a reading log for the purposes of nominating and voting works for the Hugo awards that are given out every year in Worldcon. Previously, I have stuck to just voting, but now I feel that there are ongoing discussions I want to take part in.

Lately, you see, discussion about the Hugo awards has involved a lot of baby animals.

Spacefaring, Extradimensional (and especially) Happy Kittens is an obvious reference to the Sad Puppies campaign Brad R. Torgersen, Larry Correia and a bunch of other conservative-minded science fiction authors have been pushing forward. Their stated goal is to end for good the era of feminist and diversity-crazed left-wing Hugo winners by way of a coordinated voting tactics.

I don’t personally believe in either their diagnosis or their cure, and I think some of their anti-feminist and anti-diversity rhetoric is a bit troubling. It’s not going away, though, so we need different voices in the discussion. Maybe we can all learn something when differing opinions are put on the table.

I hope we have fun!