edschweppe: (vote at your own risk)
This year's Hugo Award ballot is open. Last month, I started reading my way through the Hugo Awards voter's packet. Given the fact that so many of the nominees made it onto the ballot via the Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies slate nomination campaigns; given the fact that I despise slate nominations as a Hugo nominations tactic; and given how utterly infuriated I was at Vox Day's pushing his own press (Castalia House) so blatantly, I decided to vote for No Award above:
- any non-Puppy nominee that was not, in my opinion, at least good enough for a Hugo nomination in a "normal" year
- any Puppy nominee (apart from the Castalia House nominees) that was not, in my opinion, truly great
- any Castalia House nominee that was not, in my opinion, utterly and mind-blowingly excellent

And my votes go to ... An awful lot of No Award, alas.
cut for those who don't care )
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The short answer: Yuck. Well-earned No Awards for all three categories (Short Story, Novelette, Novella).
The somewhat longer answer )

As things stand, none of this year's Short Story, Novelette or Novella nominees are worthy of a Hugo. Sadly.
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And, finally, the last of the novellas!

Title: "The Plural of Helen of Troy"
Author: John C. Wright
Published in: The Book of Feasts and Seasons (Castalia House)
Slates: Rabid Puppies only
Trigger warnings: assisted suicide
cut for those who don't care )
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Title: "Pale Realms of Shade"
Author: John C. Wright
Published in: The Book of Feasts and Seasons (Castalia House)
Slates: Rabid Puppies only
Trigger warnings: assisted suicide (arguably)
cut for those who don't care )
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Title: One Bright Star to Guide Them
Author: John C. Wright
Publisher: Castalia House
Slates: Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies
Trigger warnings: assisted suicide
cut for those who don't care )
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Title: "Flow"
Author: Arlan Andrews, Sr.
Published in: Analog, Nov 2014
Slates: Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies
cut for those who don't care )
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On to the novellas ...

Title: Big Boys Don't Cry
Author: Tom Kratman
Publisher: Castalia House
Slates: Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies
Trigger warnings: child abuse, rape
cut for those who don't care )
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Title: "The Day the World Turned Upside Down"
Author: Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Lia Belt translator
Published in: Lightspeed, April 2014
Slates: Not on either Puppy slate!
Trigger warnings: obsessive ex-boyfriend
cut for those who don't care )
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Title: "The Triple Sun: A Golden Age Tale"
Author: Rajnar Vajra
Published in: Analog, July 2014
Slates: Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies
cut for those who don't care )
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Title: "The Journeyman: In the Stone House"
Author: Michael F. Flynn
Published in: Analog, June 2014
Slates: Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies
cut for those who don't care )
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Title: "Championship B'Tok"
Author: Edward M. Lerner
Published in: Analog, Sept 2014
Slates: Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies
cut for those who don't care )
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And now, the nominees for Best Novelette!

Title: "Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, Earth to Alluvium"
Author: Gray Rinehard
Published in: Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, May 2014
Slates: Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies
Trigger warnings: assisted suicide
cut for those who don't care )
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Title: "Turncoat"
Author: Steve Rzasa
Published in: Riding the Red Horse (Castalia Press)
Slates: Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies
cut for those who don't care )
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Title: "Totaled"
Author: Kary English
Published in: Galaxy's Edge July 2014
Slates: Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies
Trigger warning: assisted suicide

cut for those who don't care )
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Title: "A Single Samurai"
Author: Steven Diamond
Published in: The Baen Big Book of Monsters (Baen)
Slates: Sad Puppies only
Trigger warning: multiple suicides
cut for those who don't care )
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Title: "The Parliament of Beasts and Birds"
Author: John C. Wright
Published in: The Book of Feasts & Seasons (Castalia House)
Slates: Rabid Puppies only
cut for those who don't care )
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I'll start my reviews of this year's Hugo Award nominees with the short-story nominations, going in alphabetical order (not coincidentally, the order in which the nominees are listed on the Hugo ballot).

Title: "On a Spiritual Plain"
Author: Lou Antonelli
Published in: Sci Phi Journal #2, Nov 2014
Slates: Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies
cut for those who don't care )
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Behind the cut tags you will find:
First, a brief history of previous years' Sad Puppies campaigns. I will not speculate here as to the motives of the campaigners, but limit myself to the facts as I understand them.
Next, the current Hugo ballot.
Finally, what I'm going to do next.

Puppies past )
Puppies present )
The nominees are ... )

Why have I devoted so many lines to this mess? For context, mostly. I'm a supporting member of Sasquan and thus get to vote on this year's Hugo awards. I'm hugely opposed to the slate-nomination tactic used by the Puppy slates, and am utterly appalled that Vox Day would push himself and his personal publishing house (Castalia House) so heavily. The obvious way to punish such tactics is built into the voting process: No Award is automatically on the ballot in each category, and voting No Award over Puppy nominees would be a pretty clear signal that slate nominations are unacceptable. On the other hand, what's on this year's ballot got there in a perfectly legal manner and arguably should be evaluated on the merits of the individual works rather than the meta-narratives of the slates.

Based on my reactions to the individual works, I've decided that I will vote No Award above:
- any non-Puppy nominee that was not, in my opinion, at least good enough for a Hugo nomination in a "normal" year
- any Puppy nominee (apart from the Castalia House nominees) that was not, in my opinion, truly great
- any Castalia House nominee that was not, in my opinion, utterly and mind-blowingly excellent

I'm planning on following this up by posting reviews of at least the short fiction nominees.

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