The Hugo Awards

Zauberwort - The EditorialThe Hugo Awards

Introduction
Let's talk about the Hugo Awards. Horst has brought together a bunch of viewpoints about the Sad Puppy campaign, and the response to it, and we all owe him a huge vote of thanks.

Now to toss some dynamite into the discussion.

The Hugo Awards don't matter. Period.

The Hugo Awards are Irrelevant

Zauberwort - The EditorialThe Hugo Awards are Irrelevant

zur deutschen ÜbersetzungI'm going to ask you to ignore everything you've heard about the Hugo Awards for the last ten years. I know it will be hard. Make that probably impossible, but I'm going to ask anyway.

So, let's go back to the days of First Fandom - 1938 to be precise. Before 1938 there'd been no fannish activity. Well, yes, the Futurians technically predated First Fandom, but they didn't count since they all went on to be writers.

David Gerrolds Guest of Honur speech - The Hugo-Issue - Addional Material

The Hugo IssueDavid Gerrolds Guest of Honour speech
The Hugo-Issue - Addional Material

David Gerrold ist the Guest of Honour on the Science Fiction Worldcon in Spokane and will handout the Hugos. He was attacked by the puppies (Sad as well as Rabid). Gerrold told on his Facebook-wall, that he consider the con as giant party and he wouldn't dare to disturb this party.

His speech is a proof of this attitude. Here it is:

The Puppy Position - The HUGO Issue Part 1

The Hugo IssueThe Puppy Position
The HUGO Issue Part 1

to the German translationIt is August 12, and as of the writing of these words, countless opinion pieces have already been written, regarding the Hugo awards being given out at the 73rd World Science Fiction convention. 

Some of those pieces have been supportive, others have been critical.  Almost all of them have discussed the Sad Puppies project, which I helped organize for this year.

2015: The Year of the Puppies - The HUGO Issue Part 2

The Hugo Issue2015: The Year of the Puppies
The HUGO Issue Part 2

to the German translationBrad Torgersen is writing an essay for the Zauberspiegel about the Puppy campaigns that claimed most of the spots on this year’s Hugo Award ballot. I was invited to present the other side.

The thing is, there is no “other side.” It’s not a battle between Puppies and Anti-puppies. It’s two organized, separate-but-overlapping puppy slates (Sad and Rabid), their supporters, and…well, pretty much everyone else

We are all Science Fiction: A Neutral Discussion On the Puppy-Inspired-Hugo Ballots - The Hugo Issue Part 3

The Hugo IssueWe are all Science Fiction:
A Neutral Discussion On the Puppy-Inspired-Hugo Ballots
The Hugo Issue Part 3

to the German translationOther authors have described both the pro- and con- Puppy situation surrounding the WorldCon Literary Awards, also known as the Hugo Awards, named in honor of Hugo Gernsback, also known as the “Father of Science Fiction.” 

I’d like to posit a more neutral, middle-of-the-road approach.