Puppy-Free Hugo-Voting Guide – And the Problem with It

So, here are the Hugo finalists:

BEST NOVEL

  • Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher
  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Seveneves: A Novel by Neal Stephenson
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik

BEST NOVELLA

  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: The Builders by Daniel Polansky
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Penric’s Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Perfect State by Brandon Sanderson
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds

BEST NOVELETTE

  • “And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead” by Brooke Bolander (Lightspeed)
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: “Flashpoint: Titan” by Cheah Kai Wai
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang (Uncanny Magazine)
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: “Obits” by Stephen King
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: “What Price Humanity?” by David VanDyke

BEST SHORT STORY

  • RABID PUPPY PICK: “Asymmetrical Warfare” by S. Algernon
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: “The Commuter” by Thomas Mays (declined nomination)
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: “If You Were an Award, My Love” by Juan Tabo and S. Harris
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: “Seven Kill Tiger” by Charles Shao
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: “Space Raptor Butt Invasion” by Chuck Tingle

BEST RELATED WORK

  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Between Light and Shadow: An Exploration of the Fiction of Gene Wolfe, 1951 to 1986 by Marc Aramini
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: “The First Draft of My Appendix N Book” by Jeffro Johnson
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: “Safe Space as Rape Room” by Daniel Eness
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police by Vox Day
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: “The Story of Moira Greyland” by Moira Greyland

BEST GRAPHIC STORY

  • RABID PUPPY PICK: The Divine by Boaz Lavie / Asaf Hanuka / Tomer Hanuka
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Erin Dies Alone by Grey Carter / Cory Rydell
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Full Frontal Nerdity by Aaron Williams
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Invisible Republic Vol 1 by Corinna Bechko / Gabriel Hardman
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: The Sandman: Overture by Neil Gaiman / J.H. Williams III

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (LONG FORM)

  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Ex Machina
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: The Martian
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (SHORT FORM)

  • Doctor Who: “Heaven Sent”
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Grimm: “Headache”
  • Jessica Jones: “AKA Smile”
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: “The Cutie Map”
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Supernatural: “Just My Imagination”

BEST EDITOR ‐ SHORT FORM

  • John Joseph Adams
  • Neil Clarke
  • Ellen Datlow
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Jerry Pournelle
  • Sheila Williams

BEST EDITOR ‐ LONG FORM

  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Vox Day
  • Sheila E. Gilbert
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Jim Minz
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Toni Weisskopf

BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST

  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Lars Braad Andersen
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Larry Elmore
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Abigail Larson
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Michal Karcz
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Larry Rostant

BEST SEMIPROZINE

  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Daily Science Fiction
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Sci Phi Journal
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Strange Horizons
  • Uncanny Magazine

BEST FANZINE

  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Black Gate edited by John O’Neill
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Castalia House Blog edited by Jeffro Johnson
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: File 770 edited by Mike Glyer
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Superversive SF edited by Jason Rennie
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Tangent Online edited by Dave Truesdale

BEST FANCAST

  • RABID PUPPY PICK: 8‐4 Play
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Cane and Rinse
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: HelloGreedo
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: The Rageaholic
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Tales to Terrify

BEST FAN WRITER

  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Douglas Ernst
  • Mike Glyer
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Morgan Holmes
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Jeffro Johnson
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Shamus Young

BEST FAN ARTIST

  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Matthew Callahan
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: disse86
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Kukuruyo
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Christian Quinot
  • Steve Stiles

JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER

  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Pierce Brown
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Sebastien de Castell
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Brian Niemeier
  • RABID PUPPY PICK: Andy Weir
  • Alyssa Wong

As we see, the shortlist got taken over pretty badly by the Rabid Puppy campaign put together by the Hugo-nominated short story writer and editor Thedore Beala aka Vox Day — who also just became a Hugo-nominated Related Work author (I can sense him updating his CV right now).

In case you don’t want to support any finalists suggested by this sexist and white supremacist dick (and who would), you should fill your voting ballot so that you put those finalists in your preferred order below the No Award option. No Awarding all the puppy finalists was what everyone (not me, though) did last year, and all sorts of mean dudes were upset afterwards, so maybe it worked that time.

But — and here’s the problem — many things on the Rabid Puppies slate this year are quite good and have nothing whatsoever to do with Theodore Beale. There’s silly crap up there as well, but some are worthy finalists which might well have gotten on the shortlist also without Beale’s help.

Off the top of my head, I would say that this includes at least the new writer Andy Weir, the fan artist Matthew Callahan, the fanzine File 770, the semiprozines Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction and Strange Horizons, the graphic novel Sandman: Overture by Neil Gaiman and J.H. Williams III, the novelettes “Obits” by Steven King and “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang, the novellas Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds and Penric’s Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold, and the novel Seveneves by Neal Stephenson.

I nominated a couple of these myself, so I won’t be happy if everything goes below no award this time. So, how about just no awarding the shit and ignoring the troll’s trolling?

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And, lastly:

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21 thoughts on “Puppy-Free Hugo-Voting Guide – And the Problem with It

  1. MC DuQuesne

    Missing a group of puppies, here’s the actual “Puppy free slate”
    BEST NOVEL

    SAD PUPPY PICK: Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie
    BOTH PUPPIES PICK: The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher
    The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
    BOTH PUPPIES PICK: Seveneves: A Novel by Neal Stephenson
    SAD PUPPY PICK: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

    BEST NOVELLA

    SAD PUPPY PICK: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
    BOTH PUPPIES PICK: The Builders by Daniel Polansky
    BOTH PUPPIES PICK: Penric’s Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold
    BOTH PUPPIES PICK: Perfect State by Brandon Sanderson
    BOTH PUPPIES PICK: Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds

    BEST NOVELETTE

    SAD PUPPY PICK: “And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead” by Brooke Bolander (Lightspeed)
    RABID PUPPY PICK: “Flashpoint: Titan” by Cheah Kai Wai
    BOTH PUPPIES PICK: “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang (Uncanny Magazine)
    BOTH PUPPIES PICK: “Obits” by Stephen King
    RABID PUPPY PICK: “What Price Humanity?” by David VanDyke

    BEST SHORT STORY

    BOTH PUPPIES PICK: “Asymmetrical Warfare” by S. Algernon
    RABID PUPPY PICK: “The Commuter” by Thomas Mays
    RABID PUPPY PICK: “If You Were an Award, My Love” by Juan Tabo and S. Harris
    RABID PUPPY PICK: “Seven Kill Tiger” by Charles Shao
    RABID PUPPY PICK: “Space Raptor Butt Invasion” by Chuck Tingle

    BEST RELATED WORK

    RABID PUPPY PICK: Between Light and Shadow: An Exploration of the Fiction of Gene Wolfe, 1951 to 1986 by Marc Aramini
    BOTH PUPPIES PICK: “The First Draft of My Appendix N Book” by Jeffro Johnson
    BOTH PUPPIES PICK: “Safe Space as Rape Room” by Daniel Eness
    RABID PUPPY PICK: SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police by Vox Day
    RABID PUPPY PICK: “The Story of Moira Greyland” by Moira Greyland

    BEST GRAPHIC STORY

    RABID PUPPY PICK: The Divine by Boaz Lavie / Asaf Hanuka / Tomer Hanuka
    RABID PUPPY PICK: Erin Dies Alone by Grey Carter / Cory Rydell
    RABID PUPPY PICK: Full Frontal Nerdity by Aaron Williams
    RABID PUPPY PICK: Invisible Republic Vol 1 by Corinna Bechko / Gabriel Hardman
    RABID PUPPY PICK: The Sandman: Overture by Neil Gaiman / J.H. Williams III

    BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (LONG FORM)

    RABID PUPPY PICK: Avengers: Age of Ultron
    SAD PUPPY PICK: Ex Machina
    SAD PUPPY PICK: Mad Max: Fury Road
    RABID PUPPY PICK: The Martian
    SAD PUPPY PICK: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (SHORT FORM)

    SAD PUPPY PICK: Doctor Who: “Heaven Sent”
    RABID PUPPY PICK: Grimm: “Headache”
    Jessica Jones: “AKA Smile”
    RABID PUPPY PICK: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: “The Cutie Map”
    RABID PUPPY PICK: Supernatural: “Just My Imagination”

    BEST EDITOR ‐ SHORT FORM

    SAD PUPPY PICK: John Joseph Adams
    Neil Clarke
    Ellen Datlow
    BOTH PUPPIES PICK: Jerry Pournelle
    Sheila Williams

    BEST EDITOR ‐ LONG FORM

    RABID PUPPY PICK: Vox Day
    Sheila E. Gilbert
    Liz Gorinsky
    BOTH PUPPIES PICK: Jim Minz
    BOTH PUPPIES PICK: Toni Weisskopf

    BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST

    RABID PUPPY PICK: Lars Braad Andersen
    BOTH PUPPIES PICK: Larry Elmore
    BOTH PUPPIES PICK: Abigail Larson
    RABID PUPPY PICK: Michal Karcz
    RABID PUPPY PICK: Larry Rostant

    BEST SEMIPROZINE

    RABID PUPPY PICK: Beneath Ceaseless Skies
    RABID PUPPY PICK: Daily Science Fiction
    BOTH PUPPIES PICK: Sci Phi Journal
    RABID PUPPY PICK: Strange Horizons
    Uncanny Magazine

    BEST FANZINE

    RABID PUPPY PICK: Black Gate edited by John O’Neill
    RABID PUPPY PICK: Castalia House Blog edited by Jeffro Johnson
    BOTH PUPPIES PICK: File 770 edited by Mike Glyer
    BOTH PUPPIES PICK: Superversive SF edited by Jason Rennie
    BOTH PUPPIES PICK: Tangent Online edited by Dave Truesdale

    BEST FANCAST

    RABID PUPPY PICK: 8‐4 Play
    RABID PUPPY PICK: Cane and Rinse
    BOTH PUPPIES PICK: HelloGreedo
    RABID PUPPY PICK: The Rageaholic
    RABID PUPPY PICK: Tales to Terrify

    BEST FAN WRITER

    RABID PUPPY PICK: Douglas Ernst
    SAD PUPPY PICK: Mike Glyer
    RABID PUPPY PICK: Morgan Holmes
    BOTH PUPPIES PICK: Jeffro Johnson
    RABID PUPPY PICK: Shamus Young

    BEST FAN ARTIST

    RABID PUPPY PICK: Matthew Callahan
    RABID PUPPY PICK: disse86
    RABID PUPPY PICK: Kukuruyo
    RABID PUPPY PICK: Christian Quinot
    Steve Stiles

    JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER

    RABID PUPPY PICK: Pierce Brown
    BOTH PUPPIES PICK: Sebastien de Castell
    BOTH PUPPIES PICK: Brian Niemeier
    BOTH PUPPIES PICK: Andy Weir
    SAD PUPPY PICK: Alyssa Wong

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    1. spacefaringkitten Post author

      Congratulations, you managed to burn down the Best Related Work category. Gaiman is going to get his fifth Hugo and I’m fairly sure there aren’t as many No Awards as last year. Next year, the rule change is going to take care of the former disco musician’s silly antics.

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  3. d

    What makes these works/authors rabid puppies and still not associated with Beale? Doesn’t being involved with the campaign make them at least tangentially related to him? Not trying to be inflammatory here, I’m actually curious because I’m coming to this entire thing relatively late.

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    1. spacefaringkitten Post author

      As far as I know, Beale put these works on his slate without the finalists’ consent, so associating them with the dude is problematic. Or did I understand your question?

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  5. Gary D

    “The Commuter” by Thomas Mays has been withdrawn by the author who did not want his work be considered in a category that is only a hate slate.
    I agree the Sad Puppies were not a slate and were open to all to nominate this year. I seemed to be the deciding vote in getting Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie as their tenth pick this year.
    I also agree that only No Awarding the crap and not the whole process or a whole category with worthy nominees is the proper response.

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  6. David VanDyke

    I’d like to say that I’m not a puppy, kitten or animal analogue of any sort. Writing a story for Jerry Pournelle’s There Will Be War anthology was an opportunity to contribute to that excellent body of work, not some kind of socio-political statement. I was pleasantly surprised to be nominated and have no illusions that I am likely to win a Hugo against such as Stephen King, but I hope everyone votes based on the merits of the stories rather than on who nominated them.

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    1. spacefaringkitten Post author

      Thanks for the comment, David! I’ll read your story to see if I like it. Military stuff is not really my cup of tea, but we’ll see.

      Out of curiosity: What do you think of the Rabid Puppies campaign and the Hugo Wars yourself?

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  9. Shirley Marquez

    Last year it was mostly the Dramatic Presentation categories that had nominees that were mainstream but also Puppy picks. It didn’t get mentioned a lot, but one Puppy pick did get a Hugo last year: Guardians of the Galaxy. (It was also a wonderful movie that was a sure pick for the ballot with or without canine assistance.)

    This year it spread more thoroughly to the Novel, Novella, and Editor categories, as well as continuing in the Dramatic Presentations. I hope the voters will reward the worthy things on the ballot, whether or not the Puppies mentioned them.

    One of the nominees, My Little Pony, first came to my attention because it was a Rabid Puppy pick.. but I watched it and it’s very much dystopian speculative fiction and a worthy nominee. It’s also the only one of the five that was on my nominating ballot, so I might even vote for it. My nominees included the final season 3 episode of The 100, the pilot of iZOMBiE, and Sanjay’s Super Team; I don’t remember right now what the fifth one was.

    And just like last year’s Guardians, The Martian was a sure thing for the ballot. (I nominated it.) It might even win; I suspect it’s between that and Star Wars VII. My nominating ballot included Sense8 and The Man In The High Castle, but those may not have been popular choice because some voters nominated individual episodes for Short Form instead, and because many non-US viewers have not yet had the opportunity to see them. I nominate traditional series episodes – shows where the episodes come out one a week or the like – as individuals, but shows where all the episodes drop at once as a single Long Form work because I expect most viewers to binge watch them in a short time period, and thus they are better considered as a whole.

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