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More Hugo Award News

April 19, 2015

The Hugo Award℠ logo.In truth, I really had hoped that I might have been overreacting to suggestions of unpleasantness hanging over the Hugo Awards, but apparently this really is some manner of serious crisis. Locus Online explains that Markos Kloos has withdrawn Lines of Departure, published by 47North, from consideration for Best Novel. Annie Bellet has likewise withdrawn “Goodnight Stars”, nominated for Best Short Story. L/O further notes:

Multiple Hugo Award winner Connie Willis has posted at length about her decision not to present trophies at this year’s Hugo Award ceremony. Her post reads, in part,

You may or may not have heard of the Hugo crisis currently facing the science-fiction community. (If you haven’t, I recommend Susan Grigsby’s excellent article on Daily Kos entitled, “Freeping the Hugo Awards.”) Basically, what’s happened is that a small group of people led by Vox Day/Theodore Beale and Brad Torgerson took advantage of the fact that only a small percentage of Hugo voters nominate works to hijack the ballot. They got members of their group to buy supporting memberships and all vote for a slate of people they decided should be on it. Since everybody else just nominates what they like, and those choices vary quite a bit, nobody else stood a chance, and the ballot consists almost entirely of their slate.

Needless to say, this is a disaster.

Stay tuned. Certes, there is more to come.

―bd

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“Hugo Awards Withdrawals”. Locus Online. 15 April 2015.

Willis, Connie. “Why I Won’t Be a Presenter at the Hugo Awards This Year”. 14 April 2015.

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