The Mighty Buzzard writes:
So, last night the SJW types over at the Hugo awards decided they'd rather burn the whole thing to the ground than give out an award based on what the readers like instead of social justice reasons:
The members of the World Science Fiction Society rejected the slate of finalists in five categories, giving No Award in Best Novella, Short Story, Related Work, Editor Short Form, and Editor Long Form. This equals the total number of times that WSFS members have presented No Award in the entire history of the Hugo Awards, most recently in 1977.
Here are a few of the people on the #SadPuppies slate that should be quite surprised to learn that they were denied a chance at an award for being white males when they wake up this morning: Rajnar Vajra, Larry Correia, Annie Bellet, Kary English, Toni Weisskopf, Ann Sowards, Megan Gray, Sheila Gilbert, Jennifer Brozek, Cedar Sanderson, and Amanda Green.
takyon: Here are in-depth explanations of the Hugo Awards controversy.
Previously: "Rightwing lobby has 'broken' Hugo awards" Says George R.R. Martin (240 comments)
I don't follow the politics behind the Hugos, but I've been wondering for a while, what's going on with recent science fiction?
I grew up with Heinlein, Asimov, Smith, Niven, Bova, Pournelle, Forward, et al. Their stories started with a "what if?" based in science, but were primarily about people and society. Some stories were tragedies, but most left you with a sense of hope, optimism, and opportunity.
In recent years, if you can find SF at all in the sea of fantasy, I've found most of it to be a depressing post-apocalyptic mess. Where have the dreamers and the hopeful futurists gone? It's bad enough that I've mostly given up on what used to be my favourite genre.
Is this now our collective world mindset?
Sounds like the sad puppies are for you - their #1 complaint is that the Hugos don't go to "fun" stories any more. Maybe you should try some of their nominees. Presumably they are jam packed with fun.
See Planetes [wikipedia.org] for an interesting hard sci-fi about space and politics in cislunar orbit. It's not print, a little slow to get going, but I found it enjoyable as a whole. While it presents a future without transporters or warp drives, it is a fundamentally human story, about people and society as you suggest.
Also I found the first two books in the series the Hyperion Cantos [wikipedia.org] to be enjoyable. Particularly, I liked the concept of the Ousters, a group of humans who engage in genetic manipulation to attempt to evolve a race that is capable of living in space without the aid of “farcaster” wormholes. Not sure if that's to your tastes, but worth a look.
I've found most of it to be a depressing post-apocalyptic mess. Where have the dreamers and the hopeful futurists gone? It's bad enough that I've mostly given up on what used to be my favourite genre.
[looks around]... yes.