Series: 2014 Hugos Versus 2015 Sad Puppies

2014 Hugos Versus 2015 Sad Puppies: Short Stories

In 2002, the Hugo Award for Best Novel went to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Science fiction author Gregory Benford was not impressed, and he gave his views on the situation in 2005: “Fantasy has very, very cleverly managed to capture the apparatus erected by science fiction fandom and pro-dom, and fantasy writers now dominate the Science Fiction Writers of America. They’ve taken over the Hugo awards—which I thus usually don’t attend. A Harry Potter novel won a few years back and I walked out. I think this move to fantasy has led to a core lessening of...

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2014 Hugos Versus 2015 Sad Puppies: Novelettes

This is the second post in my series on the Sad Puppies controversy that rocked the Hugo awards in 2015. In the first, I took a look at the short stories on the campaign slate and compared them with the 2014 Hugo nominations in the same category. Now it is time to step up to the next bracket and look Best Novelette, the category for short fiction of between 7,500 and 15,500 words in length… Best Novelette: 2014 Hugo Nominees “The Lady Astronaut of Mars,” by Mary Robinette Kowal (winner) Elma, a 63-year-old woman living in a Martian colony, looks back with fondness on her...

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2014 Hugos Versus 2015 Sad Puppies: Novellas

In this series on the Sad Puppies controversy, I have been comparing the works picked for the 2015 Sad and Rabid Puppies slates with the stories that were nominated for the Hugo in 2014. Were the previous nominees truly overwhelmed with preachy “message fiction”? What kinds of stories had the Sad Puppies chosen to promote in response? Having taken a look at the Best Short Story and Best Novelette categories, I shall now cover the Hugo Awards’ final short fiction category: Best Novella, the section for stories of between 17,500 and 40,000 words in length. Let us see how the two...

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2014 Hugos Versus 2015 Sad Puppies: Related Works

In my previous articles comparing the 2015 Sad Puppies slate with the Hugo nominees of the year before, I covered the short fiction categories of Best Short Story, Best Novelette, and Best Novella. We now come to Best Related Work, a section that is a bit of a mish-mash. Broadly speaking, it is the category for nonfiction—although it once included comics, before they got their own category—and includes works of various lengths and formats, as we shall see. Best Related Work: 2014 Hugo Nominees “‘We Have Always Fought’: Challenging the ‘Women, Cattle and Slaves’ Narrative” by Kameron Hurley (Hugo winner) Kameron Hurley starts...

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2014 Hugos Versus 2015 Sad Puppies: Novels

Throughout this series I have been comparing the 2014 Hugo nominees with the 2015 Sad Puppies slate that was, in part, drawn up in response. Out of the five categories that I decided to cover, I have so far looked at Short Story, Novelette, Novella and Related Work. Now it is time for the last of the five, the Hugo Award for Best Novel… Best Novel: 2014 Hugo Nominees Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie (Hugo winner) In writing this series, I found rebellion by artificially intelligent vehicles to be surprisingly common theme. Tom Kratman’s Sad Puppy-slated Big Boys Don’t Cry...

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