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.
- Best Novel: City of Stairs —Robert Jackson Bennett
- Best Novella: We Are All Completely Fine — Daryl Gregory
- Best Short Story: “Covenant” — Elizabeth Bear (Hieroglyph)
- Best SF-related Nonfiction Book: What Makes This Book So Great — Jo Walton
- Best Comic/Graphic Novel: Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass and Sorcery — Kurtis J. Weibe and Roc Upchurch
- Best SF site: Tor.Com
- Best SF blog: A Dribble of Ink
- Best SF movie: Guardians of the Galaxy
- Best SF TV series: A Game of Thrones
- Best SF podcast/Youtube channel: “Writing Excuses”
- Best SF Twitterer — John Scalzi
- Coolest SF person — Wil Wheaton
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