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Hugo eligibility post [Jan. 9th, 2013|08:38 pm]
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In recent years, the Hugo awards have transformed from largely awarding those authors Who Loved Fandom Best and showed in various ways (cons, fanzines, kissy-buttsy, etc.) to those authors with the World's Loudest Blogs. This is the core of the annoyance with the now-annual—and to hear some say it, "obligatory"—posts about Hugo eligibility.

Well, I have a pretty loud blog, and I could go on and on about how "Arbeitskraft" is an awesome novelette (not short story, not novella, novelette), or about Haikasoru or any of the stories in The Future Is Japanese (ooh, I'm both a long form and a short form editor!) but instead I'm going to use my loud blog to make some other suggestions. I benefited from actually having a loud blogger, james_nicoll , champion my work in the past, so I will do the same here.

Novel: Let's all work together and get Samuel R. Delany's Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders on the ballot. But Nick! you might be thinking, what about your review of that book?? Yeah, I know. It's still the best American SF novel published in 2012, if only because Delany posits a future in which the men with small dicks wear the transparent undergarments. That bit of speculation alone is worth more than a wheelbarrow full of Boy's Adventure stories that happen to take place in outer space, "literary" fantasies that confuse purple prose for excellent writing, and anything else that's out there these days.

Also, think of the masquerade costumes that it might inspire! There is also a tendency to award writers of grandmaster-age for past performance—plenty of stinkers have gotten Hugos for good work done decades prior—so why can't Delany's exceptionally well-written totally gross novel get the same? At least a nomination!

Moving on, all the way on, to Fan Writer, I have two suggestions. One reason I'm concentrating on this minor category is because it's an easy one to influence via Loud Blog. It'll soon enough be the award for Mediocre Writer Not Otherwise Up For Anything Else. Unless we nominate:

Requires Hate because fuck you, that's why. Here's the funny thing about RH: half the Internet hates her because they believe her to be biased in favor of people of color, and the other half hates her because she dared call bad novels by people of color bad novels. Well, which is it? RH is a careful reader, and passionate one, and a hilarious one. Furthermore—think about the acceptance speech! THE SPEECH!

I'd also like people to consider Athena Andreadis, whose Starship Reckless blog is really something else. It combines literary and social criticism, science, Hellenism, and the occasional snarkgasm in a way that is always entertaining and enlightening. Athena's problem is just that she's a lot smarter than the average fan, and there's nothing a fan hates worse than a smarter person who doesn't at least say, "There there, you're a Heinleinian protagonist too. Go on, ask every female you meet for sex. That's cool."

So there, please check those out. And what else? Ah yes, short dramatic presentation, aka Best Dr. Who Episode. Let me explain something to you: Dr. Who is a stupid show for children. That's the problem with it. It's for kids, and it's stupid. So why not let another stupid show for children have a chance? Specifically:



Fandom is magic! I know I should recommend a specific episode to get all our votes behind, but honestly, I can't tell one pony from the other, much less one episode from another. You tell me.

So, let's all work together to get some of these works and some of these writers on the ballot. Or you hate women. And black people. And gay foreigners. And ponies.
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[User Picture]From: muckefuck
2013-01-10 04:35 am (UTC)

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I hate gay ponies and I'm not ashamed who knows it.
[User Picture]From: marlowe1
2013-01-10 05:43 am (UTC)

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Only Rainbow dash and Applejack are lesbians. Maybe Twilight.
[User Picture]From: amuchmoreexotic
2013-01-10 06:29 am (UTC)

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Remember how jealous Pinkie got when RD was hanging out with Gilda, though... I think Pinkie is bisexual at least, if not pansexual.
[User Picture]From: alors_indikaze
2013-01-10 03:34 pm (UTC)

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Fluttershy is totally a carpetmuncher.
[User Picture]From: pantryslut
2013-01-10 04:58 am (UTC)

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I am not current with My Little Pony or I'd happily point out an episode.

And you know I am all over nominating RH for best fan writer. Almost enough to buy a supporting membership just so I can vote.
[User Picture]From: marlowe1
2013-01-10 05:44 am (UTC)

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Well if we're going to nominate trolls, might as well nominate Encyclopedia Dramatica, Season of the Red Wolf and Will Shetterly.
[User Picture]From: pantryslut
2013-01-10 06:12 am (UTC)

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Your butthurt is showing.
[User Picture]From: Seth Ellis
2013-01-10 05:13 am (UTC)

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You could save time and just nominate that mashup trailer. It's well-made and cleverly derivative without being particularly indicative of anything!

I've been impressed by every essay I've read at Starship Reckless. I should follow it more closely. And I continue not to quite get the big deal about RH. She's angry and she has a foul mouth. So? Did I just happen to go to school in a brief pocket of time when everybody was like that? A Hugo win would be hilarious, but I'm not a WorldCon member, so it's a moot point for me.

ETA: I should make it clear that I like RH's reviews, and her anger is often spot on.

Edited at 2013-01-10 05:16 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: nihilistic_kid
2013-01-10 05:17 am (UTC)

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A large number of fans are wilting hothouse flowers whose ears burn bright red if anyone says anything harder than "Oh, damn it." Their lips quiver, eyes fill with water, you name it. Some of the "brave" ones will raise a finger to gain the room's attention and explain at length that when they were in third grade, teacher said that vulgarity was just a cover for a poor vocabulary.

You'll likely see that some fans happily embrace manufactured curse-words from novels and, these days, TV shows, to avoid saying anything truly "bad."
[User Picture]From: Seth Ellis
2013-01-10 05:40 am (UTC)

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It is pretty hard these days to listen to public debates about fracking without thinking about nerd sex.
[User Picture]From: hollowpoint
2013-01-10 11:30 am (UTC)

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Thanks for that Seth; I'd managed to avoid that mental connection (and image!) before now.
[User Picture]From: Seth Ellis
2013-01-10 07:07 pm (UTC)

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My job is done.
[User Picture]From: pantryslut
2013-01-10 06:17 am (UTC)

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I am suddenly having flashbacks to a consuite convo I had at last year's FOGcon, post-Trainwreck Panel.
[User Picture]From: nihilistic_kid
2013-01-10 06:31 am (UTC)

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What what??
[User Picture]From: pantryslut
2013-01-10 06:47 am (UTC)

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I was berated for swearing too much by an audience member. I suggested that if it bothered her that much, she could have left the room.
[User Picture]From: muckefuck
2013-01-10 03:51 pm (UTC)

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I always swear by audience members, but I try not to use their real names so that no one takes it too personally.
[User Picture]From: metaphortunate
2013-01-10 07:28 pm (UTC)

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:)
[User Picture]From: metaphortunate
2013-01-10 07:27 pm (UTC)

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Seriously? Jesus.
[User Picture]From: pantryslut
2013-01-10 07:45 pm (UTC)

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Seriously. And her response was precisely as Nick says: "well, it's not so much that it bothered *me* [uh-huh] but it makes you look like you're uneducated and have nothing to say." I'd make a remark about self-appointed mothers, but even my mother, who hates swearing, has never laid that trip on me.
[User Picture]From: coridan
2013-01-10 01:51 pm (UTC)

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Fandom - the last preserve of politeness and etiquette! ;)
[User Picture]From: marlowe1
2013-01-10 05:42 am (UTC)

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I suspect Nick still likes her because he seems like an elder statesman of fandom with her in the world. I actually liked her reviews until I started reading her twitter account which was a repetition of "ooh someone got mad because I said that they should get kicked in the face for depicting an Asian in a way that I didn't personally approve of." over and over again.

Ruined her reviews for me. Saw the shtick and realized just how often it was used to hide her basic ignorance and sense of entitlement.

Might as well nominate seasonoftheredwolf while we're at it.

Well now that I mention it...
[User Picture]From: hollowpoint
2013-01-10 11:31 am (UTC)

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"Basic ignorance and sense of entitlement"? Care to unpack?
[User Picture]From: inverarity
2013-01-10 01:10 pm (UTC)

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Twitter is not a medium for nuanced dialog. RH's tweets are mostly trolling and random LOLs, but most people's tweets are inane and not very interesting. I don't see how that detracts from her reviews.
[User Picture]From: next_friday
2013-01-11 05:46 am (UTC)

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Serenity fans have an opinion about depiction of Asians? By all means!
[User Picture]From: juliansinger
2013-01-11 12:01 pm (UTC)

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Win.
[User Picture]From: arachnejericho.myopenid.com
2013-01-11 06:55 am (UTC)

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Isn't Serenity the pilot for some series called Firefly which is especially famous for having an Asian-inspired future culture without a single Asian around, to the point where it was commented on by xkcd (http://xkcd.com/561/)?

If so, why are you using it alongside a comment that posits that RH is unjustifiably complaining about Asian representation? Aren't you undermining your own text?
[User Picture]From: mondyboy
2013-01-10 07:07 am (UTC)

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Amen to all of that - especially the shout out for ACM whom I nominated last year.
[User Picture]From: hollowpoint
2013-01-10 11:34 am (UTC)

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I'm with you re. requireshate and Athena. Very much enjoy reading whatever those two come out with.

As for the other two categories, I'll vote for whoever mashes up with Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders with this toy.
[User Picture]From: coridan
2013-01-10 01:49 pm (UTC)

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As a Who fan (god, I hate the term 'Whovian', like it was some philosophy) and a Brony, I emphatically agree. Both MLP and Who are kids shows that are smartly written and fun. But yes, they're family shows, and I'll be the first persont to admit that.
[User Picture]From: vegan_vulcan
2013-01-10 05:21 pm (UTC)

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The obvious (!) choice from Season 2 would be "Read it and Weep." It's all about how reading is cool and magical!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaUmjJ5nTt4
[User Picture]From: nihilistic_kid
2013-01-10 06:43 pm (UTC)

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Wikipedia has it airing first on Feb 4, 2012! It's a go!
[User Picture]From: radiumhead
2013-01-10 06:41 pm (UTC)

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I dont know why i like Dr Who, to be honest.

Even for a tv show, the writing is kinda retarded, especially the post 2005 episodes.
[User Picture]From: nihilistic_kid
2013-01-10 06:43 pm (UTC)

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It's the TV equivalent of a bad restaurant in an excellent location.
[User Picture]From: radiumhead
2013-01-10 06:48 pm (UTC)

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I think its more like Burger King (or the fast food restaurant of your choice).

You know its not good, but it tastes good, and sometimes youre just in the mood for bad food.

In my case its not about location-sometimes ill go out of my way to find a burger king.
[User Picture]From: Seth Ellis
2013-01-10 07:00 pm (UTC)

Good call

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There's a brew pub in my small town where the atmosphere's nice, the people are great, the beer's decent enough and the food is just awful. But they have no impetus to change, because it's the only brew pub in town, people are going to show up anyway. Everybody wants it to be good, so they act as though it were. It's like that.
[User Picture]From: muckefuck
2013-01-10 10:46 pm (UTC)

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May I quote?
[User Picture]From: Seth Ellis
2013-01-10 11:38 pm (UTC)

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Please do!
[User Picture]From: asakiyume
2013-01-12 06:47 pm (UTC)

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That's an interesting and apt analogy.
[User Picture]From: John H. Stevens
2013-01-10 10:24 pm (UTC)

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I like these nominations for Best Fan Writer. And I say this as someone whom Athena has frequently taken to task.

And I am simultaneously skeeved out and amused at the thought of BtVotNoS cosplay being inspired by awards nods for the book. It would make for some crazy satire too. . . .
[User Picture]From: ironed_orchid
2013-01-11 02:31 pm (UTC)

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If we were nominating best Fan Writing, rather than writer, this post would get my vote. Because fuck you, that's why.