Viva Sad Puppies
I love it when a group of non liberal malcontents pull on over the liberal elite. That is what the group Sad Puppies have done. Not only submitting the awards nominations but exposing the hypocritical intolerance of the media and the left wing bias of Science Fiction and Fantasy liberal establishment. The result on the left is pretty predictable:
Salon: “Sci-fi’s right-wing backlash: Never doubt that a small group of deranged trolls can ruin anything (even the Hugo Awards)”
The there Irene Gallo
There been a lot of miss information. Sad Puppies and Rabbit puppies are two different groups. The Rabid Puppies is the group ran by Vox Day and is not associated with the Sad Puppies. After reading Vox Day’s posts. I have a hard time believing the person is overtly racist, but more like a big government populist. Not all of the Sad Puppies 3 nominees are conservative some are women and liberals. . I dare say the sad puppies slate show a greater diversity of writes from liberal to conservatives than the claimed by podcast like Escape Pod and the Nebula Awards.
So how did we get into this mess in the first place. Like rest of the media The Hugo Awards nominations were directed by a small groups of bias Social Justice liberals. One year a writer Larry Correia got the nod for the Campbell award; there was one hitch, he was a Mormon , a gun store owner and defender of the second amendments. Because of his outside political beliefs, he was rewarded with a smear campaign. Not playing the victim he got a bunch of allies who ether were attendees or paid the $40.00 voting member fee, got a slate nominated for the Hugo Awards. The Sad Puppies we born (i.e the SFWA and Hugo awards shenanigans were making puppies sad) The SF Social Justice wing went nuts, showing there commitment to inclusiveness as long as one holds the right liberal political dogma The problem with making anything other than artistic excellence the standard is the acceptance of the subpar. I see very similar issue as an evangelical Christian who decries sad state of evangelical SF as nothing more than bad chick tracks and end time stories. The same way the pandering to so call diversity a la social justice and politics of indent has resulted in awful 2014 Hugo short stories nominations; not one of the was Science Fiction and the sorry If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love is a travesty
Recently Escape Artist Escaped pos has demonstrated it own band of tolerance and inclusiveness by refusing to podcast Hugo nominees in the short story category this years as sown in an exchange I had with the assistant editor .
This person has shown a gross intolerance and unprofessionalism. When Escape p Pod’s start crying for more money because they think Escape Pod is so important , I suggest not giving them money but buy them a shovel to give Escape Pod a proper burial and let another take their place.
The question is what for us to do? First we should not award intolerant behavior with our support, that about escape pod intolerance next time they beg for money.
One of more interesting panels at Orycon was the history of the Fandom. What I take away is Science Fiction fandom is a product of schisms and immature drama . In the 1920’2 a group of young men would forma Science Fiction club. Something would set the group off leading to four thee split and the group leaves the club and form a new club. Furthermore thanks to the smug , immature elitism in SF, Furry and Anime fandoms would never be the large as they are when both were shown the door out of the SF con for not being science fiction literature. Amine fandom has far surpass Science fiction fandom, and in many years the attendance of the Largest Furry Convention Antrocon surpasses the attendance of Worldcon on given years.
It is time for another split form the intolerant liberals sf establishment. We do not need the warriors at SFWA and Worldcon. We can be fine without them, especially science fiction has gone to small publishers, electronic self and podcasting.