A Real Big Mess
August 26, 2016
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Stephanie Zvan at Almost Diamonds reports a surprising detail about this year’s Hugo Awards:
It turns out that there were a few conservative artists who would have been nominated without being on the Rabid Puppies slate. Jerry Pournelle still would have been a finalist for Best Editor (Short Form). Toni Weisskopf would have topped the nomination list for Best Editor (Long Form). Jeffro Johnson’s Appendix N still would have been a finalist for Best Related Work. These are all people whose work appeals to enough people to be nominated without any slate.
While my status as a “conservative artist” is being exaggerated here to make a point, I have to say… being singled along out with Jerry Pournelle and Toni Weisskopf for any reason is nevertheless quite an honor. And the fact that Stephanie even gets the title of my work correct only makes it sweeter!
Of course, not everybody would agree that being recognized by WorldCon voters is all that it’s cracked up to be these days. I’ve heard quite a few people make the case that it is actually a negative indicator for quality. Fortunately, I’m covered there as well: as editor of the Castalia House blog, I placed six of five in the fanzine category– not just below No Award, but also below all five of the other nominees. This is another distinction which I share with Jerry Pournelle. (!!!)
You know, it’s just plain awesome having something in common with a true giant of the science fiction field who not only penned some classic works of fiction, but who also created some of the works the would directly inspire the Traveller role-playing game. Given the subject matter of my researches from the past couple years here, I am especially pleased with this turn of events.