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Hugo Voting – Fan Writer

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Now that the Hugo voter package is out, this is the first of a series of posts about how I am voting in this year’s Hugo Awards. Due to manipulation of the ballot by groups of idiots called Puppies things are a bit different this year and some people are only voting on the Puppy free shortlist. This is a totally legitimate approach but not one I am taking. If I was taking this approach, however, I would have only one person to vote for in this category: Laura Mixon. Instead, here are my votes:

1) No Award
2) Laura J Mixon – For reasons set out here.

3) Amanda S Green – Basically a stream of consciousness only tangentially related to SF that is randomly peppered with the letters SJW and GHH.
4) Cedar Sanderson – As above but with extra anti-feminism.
5) David Freer – As above (including literally published on the same blog as Sanderson) but actually insane.
6) Jeffro Johnson – No accessible contribution included in Hugo voter package and I’m not about to go and seek out Puppy work.

If you set out to find the worst fan writing available, you’d probably end up with something like this (and this pattern seems to hold true in Best Related). The Puppies think that not only is this writing not shit, it is the best published in the field in 2014. They are fucking jokers. And the biggest laugh comes from Freer’s advertorial introduction to his contribution to the package:

When I was told my name had been suggested for this I wrote – on Mad Genius Cloud – thank you, but really younger writers (not old professionals like me) needed to be considered, and would be helped by it, not me. As usual, nobody listened. Surprise. I am not their owner or master. They are adults who can make up their own mind, or not.

O bold free thinkers!

Written by Martin

20 May 2015 at 12:50

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  1. […] “Hugo Voting – Fan Writer” – May 20 […]

  2. If you think all the nominees are below the quality of NO AWARD because they do not deserve to have been nominated at all then you need to leave them off your ballot entirely.

    The Instant Runoff Voting process used to select the Hugo Award winner means that if NO AWARD does not win a majority in the first ballot then you will be biting for the remaining nominees in the order you have listed them above, therefor contributing to one of THOSE nominees winning a Hugo.


    21 May 2015 at 13:00

  3. Your second paragraph is true and is the basis on which I am voting. Your first paragraph is not true, it is just an opinion and one I don’t share this. I don’t want Green or Freer to get the award but I would prefer Green to get the award to Freer.


    21 May 2015 at 13:14

  4. Jeffro Johnson has a pdf document with several reviews in the packet. Did you overlook it, is it unreadable? I was able to view it just fine on Linux with Calibre.


    21 May 2015 at 16:06

  5. I don’t consider PDF to be an accessible format.


    21 May 2015 at 16:45

  6. I’m sorry that for whatever reason you can’t open pdfs. Jeffro’s work on the Appendix N fiction is nothing short of Amazing. I can sympathize, though. I really hate reading electronic anything and plan on no awarding anyone who doesn’t send me print copies in this and all subsequent Hugos.


    21 May 2015 at 18:20

  7. @MadProfessah: Even if No Award drops out after the first round because it doesn’t have enough first place votes (or second or later rounds if it actually has more first place votes than some candidates), it still could cause no award to be given because of the No Award Showdown where No Award and Preliminary Winner go head-to-head. Any ballot with NA and not PW, or NA over PA, counts for NA.
    Any ballot with no NA, or with PW over NA, counts for PW. If there are more people voting for No Award ahead of the Preliminary Winner, No Award wins.


    22 May 2015 at 02:18

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