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The Dragon Awards were set up so that pupfic would win on its merits, and also because people would vote for it to defend sci-fi from those *euww-ick* SJWs. That would have worked about as well as contradictions in terms generally do, but then they added a rule forbidding nominees from withdrawing from the ballot, thereby making sure that they are personally defeated. I don’t know how much mean-spirited pleasure can be gained from winning over candidates who have announced that they don’t want the award and will have a representative at the con so that in the unlikely eventuality that they do win, the committee can be instructed to stick the award where the sun, moon, and stars don’t shine.

Jim C. Hines and filkerdave discuss.

ETA: They had a rush of brains to the head and let people drop out.


Feb. 1st, 2017 10:21 am
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SFWA’s Solstice Awards are particularly good this year. Toni Weisskopf joins Peggy Sapienza.


Dec. 13th, 2016 06:36 am
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The Pathetic Sons of Bitches* attempted a putsch against the Hugoes and failed. Eric Flint makes some highly intelligent points in suggesting that the Dragon Awards represent a better approach.
*And the Sad Puppies begat the Rabid Puppies. Vox Day is technically not a Neo-Nazi. Pass it on.

Thanx to File 770


Sep. 6th, 2016 12:25 pm
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To enter a Barnes & Noble is to wonder whether reading is an affliction of the young. There is a large YOUNG ADULT section and perhaps a bit more room allotted to those who have not outgrown the habit

Thus I am unsurprised that Worldcon fandom is considering an award for the best YA novel of the year. For reasons that I am perhaps happier not knowing, it is supposed to be Not a Hugo but voted on at the same time, like the Campbell (the one for most promising writer, not the one for the novel JWC would have liked least).

There is thus a question of what to call it, and some segments of fandom appear to have learned nothing from the late unpleasantness about the World Fantasy Awards. Whom shall we name it after? Andre Norton was suggested, but she is already the eponym of a similar award given by SFWA. So how about that other great recruiter of the young, Robert A. Heinlein?

No. It would be as misguided as believing that references to spicy oriental tales are still amusing. It would give unintentional offense and spur much public remembrance of that ghastly book he wrote out of a sincere desire to attack racism that is now thought of as That Cannibal Book.

Call it the Rocket. Call it the Atom. But don’t open that can of worms that would come from associating it with an individual.
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Kim Stanley Robinson is the 2016 winner of the Robert A. Heinlein Award, given for “outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space.” His latest novel, Aurora, is probably the most brilliant effort ever to kill the dream of escaping Earth once and for all. I have not seen a better exemplar of Santayana’s Warning since the organization that began as the National Organization of Nonparents changed to the National Organization for Optional Parenthood and then campaigned to outlaw childfree housing.
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Fandom's immune system works.


Jun. 28th, 2015 05:50 am
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Locus Award winners. My favorite is Jo Walton's delightful What Makes This Book So Great, which along with a bunch of other deserving books was elbowed off the Hugo ballot by a slate including a collection of tweets by a guy who took advantage of the Charleston shootings to demonstrate that he can't even manage to be funny when he's being hateful and bigoted. Not that I'm bitter or anything.

Thanx to

ETA: I am being moderate.


Nov. 21st, 2014 06:17 am
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Ursula K. Le Guin gets a richly deserved lifetime achievement award and gives "the most ferocious speech ever given at the National Book Awards"

Thanx to [ profile] papersky
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Sofia Samatar on Winning the World Fantasy Award:
a) Nobody’s post about winning an award should turn into a post about controversy! Everyone should be able to announce their awards with unadulterated joy! And unless the statue is changed, there will be a lot more posts like this. Can we not?

b) I don’t think the statue should be an image of any person.

c) I am not telling anybody not to read Lovecraft. I teach Lovecraft! I actually insist that people read him and write about him! For grades! This is not about reading an author but about using that person’s image to represent an international award honoring the work of the imagination.

The symbol

Aug. 30th, 2014 11:53 am
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[ profile] nellorat has some thoughts on the World Fantasy Award controversy. I agree.
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Adam Roberts, who once said that the trouble with Hugoes is that Mack Reynolds won a lot of them (he didn't), is now presenting the latest iteration of the complaint that the award is a popularity contest that goes to self-promoters. John Scalzi, who represents all that Roberts despises in this matter, replies.


Oct. 7th, 2011 06:17 am
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The jerkoffs on the Nobel literature committee still didn't give it to Philip Roth, but the Peace Prize committee got it right.


Mar. 23rd, 2011 06:48 am
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Let's hear it for Ellen Datlow!

Thanx to Pat Cadigan on Facebook.


Jul. 12th, 2010 06:16 am
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The Mythopoeic Society did two good things: Gave the Best Novel award to Jo Walton's Lifelode and instituted an award named for Alexei Kondratiev

Thanx to File 770


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