Sick of all those Puppies? We Hunted the Mammoth is looking for Serious Kittens

Okay, I’ve gone beyond anger with the state of the Hugo Awards this year. And I still haven’t decided how I will vote related to puppy slates. Although the announcement that two puppies were disqualified does give me a little relief. And the wonderful responses from Mary Robinette Kowal, N.K. Jemisin and George R.R. Martin give me hope. Seriously, GRRM’s series of posts may well get a nomination for next years’ awards!

But David Futrelle, proprietor of the feminist (or anti-misogynist) blog “We Hunted the Mammoth” has the solution.  He has started the “Serious Kitten Awards”, celebrating the best (and shaming the worst) of sci-fi, without having to deal with those  Puppy-related messes.

And in the spirit of Brad Torgersen, Larry Correia, Sarah Hoyt and Vox Day, I’m proposing my own slate. I have not voted for the “worst of” categories, because frankly, I don’t want to deal with the negativity. But if you choose to vote, here are my suggestions, and that’s all they are suggestions. I’m not saying you should vote this way.

The Categories:

So go and vote! But be warned, Futrelle’s comment section can get ugly, especially if VD has his trolls and sea lions out in force.

— Michael Senft

About Michael Senft

I am a freelance writer and critic from Phoenix Arizona. I spent 10 years covering music, the arts and pop culture for the “Arizona Republic” before life circumstances took me away from newspaper. But I never lost my joy at writing. Or reading.
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3 Responses to Sick of all those Puppies? We Hunted the Mammoth is looking for Serious Kittens

  1. Rabindranauth says:

    That looks fun. For best novel I would vote Cixin and Ken Liu’s The Three-Body Problem, novella, Nancy Kress’ Yesterday’s Kin and for SF blog, The Wertzone. Can’t say much about the other categories. Actually for the movie Id go with Transcendence.

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  2. Both the Liu and Kress were on my Hugo ballot. I need to check out Wertzone more – I’ve been getting a lot of traffic from them of late, not sure if from Hugo or Scott Lynch coverage.


  3. Jeanne says:

    Thanks to your link, I signed up for one of Mary Robinette Kowal’s memberships.

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