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posted by LaminatorX on Monday April 13 2015, @11:30AM   Printer-friendly
from the Livejournal-still-works dept.

From the The Guardian.

Introducing the Sad Puppies...

"The shortlists for the long-running American genre awards, won in the past by names from Kurt Vonnegut to Ursula K Le Guin and voted for by fans, were announced this weekend to uproar in the science fiction community, after it emerged that the line-up corresponded closely with the slates of titles backed by certain conservative writers. The self-styled "Sad Puppies" campaigners had set out to combat what orchestrator and writer Brad Torgersen had criticised as the Hugos' tendency to reward "literary" and "ideological" works.

Today's Hugos, Torgersen has blogged, "have lost cachet, because at the same time SF/F has exploded popularly – with larger-than-life, exciting, entertaining franchises and products – the voting body of 'fandom' have tended to go in the opposite direction: niche, academic, overtly to the Left in ideology and flavor, and ultimately lacking what might best be called visceral, gut-level, swashbuckling fun".

Twenty years ago, he writes, "if you saw a lovely spaceship on a book cover, with a gorgeous planet in the background, you could be pretty sure you were going to get a rousing space adventure featuring starships and distant, amazing worlds". Nowadays, he claims, the same jacket is likely to be a story "merely about racial prejudice and exploitation, with interplanetary or interstellar trappings".

And here we have the Rabid Puppies definitely not mentioning GamerGate:

Another group of allied rightwing campaigners, dubbing themselves the Rabid Puppies and led by Vox Day, real name Theodore Beale, have also added their voices to the block-voting campaign against what Day called "the left-wing control freaks who have subjected science fiction to ideological control for two decades and are now attempting to do the same thing in the game industry".

And finally a bit of Martin:

"Call it block voting. Call it ballot stuffing. Call it gaming the system. There's truth to all of those characterisations. You can't call it cheating, though. It was all within the rules. But many things can be legal, and still bad ... and this is one of those, from where I sit. I think the Sad Puppies have broken the Hugo awards, and I am not sure they can ever be repaired," he wrote.

"If the Sad Puppies wanted to start their own award ... for Best Conservative SF, or Best Space Opera, or Best Military SF, or Best Old-Fashioned SF the Way It Used to Be ... whatever it is they are actually looking for ... hey, I don't think anyone would have any objections to that. I certainly wouldn't. More power to them," he added. "But that's not what they are doing here, it seems to me. Instead they seem to want to take the Hugos and turn them into their own awards."

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  • (Score: 2) by curunir_wolf on Monday April 13 2015, @06:10PM

    by curunir_wolf (4772) on Monday April 13 2015, @06:10PM (#169890)
    Charles Stross and Peter F. Hamilton have (and still are) putting out some great stuff. If you like fanciful space-opera type stuff, check out The Reality Dysfunction (and its sequels). Very engaging.
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  • (Score: 2) by TheRaven on Tuesday April 14 2015, @10:56AM

    by TheRaven (270) on Tuesday April 14 2015, @10:56AM (#170322) Journal
    I wouldn't recommend Reality Disfunction as anyone's first Peter F. Hamilton series. It's very long and then the ending is quite unsatisfying. The Commonwealth series is a much better first entry (though Fallen Dragon has the advantage of being a nice stand-alone book, as does The Great North Road and both are engaging). Don't read Misspent Youth (it's utter crap that he should never have published), but Pandora's Star is a good place to start.
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    • (Score: 2) by fritsd on Tuesday April 14 2015, @11:57AM

      by fritsd (4586) on Tuesday April 14 2015, @11:57AM (#170344) Journal

      It's very long and then the ending is quite unsatisfying

      That's an understatement :-)

      For sale: Peter F. Hamilton's "The Naked God", some pages may be missing, only read once, only thrown against the wall in disgust once.

      He does give new meaning to the words "Deus Ex Machina", I grant him that. Fucking hell...

      • (Score: 2) by TheRaven on Tuesday April 14 2015, @04:14PM

        by TheRaven (270) on Tuesday April 14 2015, @04:14PM (#170437) Journal
        I had a similar reaction. The second time I read it, I didn't dislike the ending as much, but it really needed a follow-up story. I wouldn't have minded quite so much if the story had gone on for a bit, or even been continued in a couple of 'n hundred years later' short stories. Unfortunately, by the middle of the Neutronium Alchemist, I don't think there was a way of ending it in a satisfying way.
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    • (Score: 2) by curunir_wolf on Thursday April 16 2015, @12:04AM

      by curunir_wolf (4772) on Thursday April 16 2015, @12:04AM (#171249)

      Good points all. Especially Pandora's Star as a start. Forgot about that - excellent choice.

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