My apologies to those of you reading this who don’t know the backstory of the situation with the 2015 Hugo Awards. I’m not going to provide links for one reason: I can’t find any that are sufficiently non-partisan to refer you to and I’m uncomfortable with offering either side. I encourage you to either skip this post or if you’re curious to Google 2015 Hugo Award Ballot yourself and sift through with your own filter.
I’ve been chewing on the Hugo ballot for nearly a week now to figure out my views on it. I’ve read plenty of both sides. More than enough to make me sick. I think people on both sides of the issue have behaved deplorably and I wish that would end more than anything else. However, since this is going to follow us around for a few more months, and since I have a membership to Sasquan, I have to make some sort of stand.
Here’s my big problem with the Sad Puppies. Once again, I’ve been told I’m the wrong kind of fan. Because they don’t approve of what I like, I apparently need to be taught a lesson on what is good and proper science fiction. As someone who was reading ‘the wrong kind of books’ when I was young because I was reading science fiction and fantasy, I resent the hell out of that. People are different. You like some books I hate, and I like some you hate. That’s fine. That’s fair. What is not fair is someone else deciding for me what is the right kind of fiction.
Their argument is that they’ve been treated this way for years, except how is their insistence that my stories are the wrong kinds of stories any better? I’ve read that this story or that story wasn’t worthy of a Hugo and that proves that there’s a HUGE CONSPIRACY. Dude. Just because stuff you didn’t like wins doesn’t mean anything. Welcome to the history of awards ever. Do I agree with the Oscars or the Emmys every year? Hell no. I don’t agree with the <insert random fandom>’s Choice most times either. The voting Hugo membership represents thousands of people. We have different tastes.
With few exceptions, what I’ve nominated in the past didn’t make it to the ballot in any category. I’m okay with that. What I’m not okay with is a bunch of people yelling at me that their view of science fiction is the one true science fiction. That I’m somehow less because I didn’t like what you like and I should feel ashamed. I’m not okay with ANYONE doing this. On any side. I like what I like and make no apologies for that.
I haven’t decided yet how I’m going to vote, but I’m leaning toward not voting at all. I’m even leaning toward not going to Sasquan, which I had been looking forward to, and removing myself entirely from the equation. Why? Because I’m clearly not wanted. I’m the wrong kind of fan. Again.