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  • Capt. Xerox 9:09 pm on May 16, 2016 Permalink
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    This year's Nebulas were all won by women. I guess that's what happens when no puppies, sad or rabid, get to vote. https://t.co/3MxofmuFeV

  • Capt. Xerox 11:05 pm on April 26, 2016 Permalink
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    The final nominees for the 2016 Hugo Awards have been named, although not without controversy. https://t.co/jkRGeZeUDz

    • Jeffrey Allan Boman 1:35 pm on April 30, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      There will be more “No Award” ‘wins’ again… sad for those who deserve the nom. The Puppies didn’t get the message, and the PIC didn’t fix the loophole.

      • Lazarus 4:17 pm on May 3, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I’ve been told that there were changes for the voting rules that were proposed at the last Worldcon, but it takes to consecutive Worldcon sessions to ratify those changes. Not sure what rules changes they requested but I am curious. Trying to get Can-con to hold a panel discussing this but there is some reluctance to discuss, fearing it may turn ugly/political.

    • Lazarus 3:36 pm on April 28, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Ah yes. The Sad Puppies and Rabid puppies are at it again. I think this battle will be around for a while. Sadly, for some authors, getting ‘blessed” by one of these groups puts them between a rock and a hard place when they don’t even agree with the movements backing them. One has already asked to be left off the ballot again this year.

  • Capt. Xerox 3:38 pm on March 13, 2016 Permalink
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    Up and Coming: Stories by the 2016 Campbell-Eligible Authors is a free e-book download until March 31. https://t.co/2wjev0Ygpw

  • Capt. Xerox 12:06 pm on February 28, 2016 Permalink
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    Ranking the best science fiction best picture nominees of the last decade. Does Beasts of the Southern Wild really count? https://t.co/xrkjYVyTUt

  • Capt. Xerox 11:36 am on February 26, 2016 Permalink
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    Why has no science fiction movie ever won the Best Picture Oscar? https://t.co/H7rnQajg3D

  • Capt. Xerox 10:19 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink
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    Why wasn't Star Wars nominated for best picture? Because there were better movies, maybe? https://t.co/MkMAppwaxr

  • Capt. Xerox 9:50 pm on November 17, 2015 Permalink
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    There are ton of books and stories on the SFWA's Nebula reading list. https://t.co/ASTRh9Ur6w

  • Capt. Xerox 9:19 am on October 8, 2015 Permalink
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    Will The Martian be the first science fiction film to win the Oscar for best picture? Dream on. http://t.co/Hx5GQAvn7E

  • Capt. Xerox 11:34 am on August 28, 2015 Permalink
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    Hugo Award winner Liu Cixin is in it for the beer money. http://t.co/6qblS27eEd #scifi

  • Capt. Xerox 9:28 am on August 24, 2015 Permalink
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    Wired has the best write-up on what happened at this year’s Hugos and why it matters. http://ow.ly/Rhma6

    • Jeffrey Allan Boman 3:22 pm on August 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I debated starting another, all-inclusive group called the Healthy Cats, but that would be sinking to their level.

      That people came to vote in droves just to defeat both Puppies groups makes me proud.

      The only thing I don’t like about this piece is the same as with others: the condescending tone to SF fans.

  • Capt. Xerox 9:51 am on June 29, 2015 Permalink
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    How many of this year's Saturn Award Winners have you seen? http://t.co/Xqd3HDhC2l

  • Capt. Xerox 2:17 pm on June 8, 2015 Permalink
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    If the shenanigans surrounding the Hugos has you disillusioned, then here are the latest Nebula award winners. http://t.co/ZIdNCilwDx

  • Capt. Xerox 11:35 am on April 5, 2015 Permalink
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    It's interesting to watch battling voting blocs attempt to manipulate the Hugo Awards. It’s getting to the point where I care less and less about who wins them. http://t.co/R1FaDLkfM4

    • Jeffrey Allan Boman 4:02 pm on April 26, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I just read this article (April 26, 2015). Personally, I think that personal politics shouldn’t mix with the fiction. That was why the last L. Ron Hubbard series was so bad (I won’t go on my Scientology rant…) Politics and cliques should not matter for the Hugo; good writing should.

    • Lazarus 3:24 pm on April 9, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Fascinating read. Their has always been a ‘clique’ factor and ‘who’s got the most fans willing to poney a nomination and/or vote’ factor to these awards. Not siding with either, I don’t see anything wrong going on here other than a few people rocking the craddle. I lost a lot of interest when pure fantasy (Harry Potter) started being nominated and winning. A lot of great novels have won, and I’ll always be curious regarding winners and nominees, but that about it. I have long set aside my pocket ‘Hugo’ list and trying to read all those books. I like the fact that this controversy may lead to lesser acclaimed (but perhaps just as deserving) writers will be read. The long term effect… we’ll just have to wait and see.

  • Capt. Xerox 11:24 am on February 6, 2015 Permalink
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    A fascinating look at how the Hugo Awares have become a political battleground. http://t.co/ddZLA9rg8v

  • Capt. Xerox 10:09 am on January 20, 2015 Permalink
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    Cinema Blend offers a list of sci-fi movies that it believes deserved Best Picture Oscar nominations. Do yo uagree? http://t.co/xppxgKqv9h

  • Capt. Xerox 2:33 pm on October 3, 2014 Permalink
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    Could Interstellar be the first sci-fi Best Picture Oscar winner, asks Metro. Without even seeing it, I doubt it. http://t.co/Ofc3899LgS

  • Capt. Xerox 2:12 pm on September 16, 2014 Permalink
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    William Gibson and Spider and Jeane Robinson are the first inductees to the Canadian SF&F Hall of Fame http://t.co/g8ObtumP6o

    • Lazarus 3:18 pm on September 30, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The prior ‘lifetime achievement awards were the following:
      A.E. van Vogt (1980)
      Susan Wood (1981)
      Phyllis Gotlieb (1982)
      Judith Merril (1983 and 1986)
      Dennis Mullin (2008)
      Robert J. Sawyer (2013)

      So who are Susan Wood and Dennis Mullen? Never heard of them.

      While I don’t dispute Spider’s inclusion, including his late wife seems more like gesture for Spider than something based on merit. There are a few examples of others that would seem obviously more deserving of the honour.

  • Capt. Xerox 3:30 pm on August 20, 2014 Permalink
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    I didn't realize that Ancillary Justice is the first science fiction book to win the Hugo, Nebula and Clarke in the same year. I’m just glad the Wheel of Time series didn’t win the Hugo. http://t.co/jZ3IIsbj7v

    • Lazarus 1:06 am on August 29, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      1) “Assess” not “Access”. 😉
      2) Let me know on you’ve read it.
      I know that it’s what publishers (and probably authors as well) want and are demanding these days. I just don’t like it.
      P.S.: Betcha the law of diminishing returns applies as the series moves along. Can you name a planned trilogy which got better from one book to the next? Most start strong and then start fading.

    • Capt. Xerox 8:28 pm on August 25, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’s the reality of the book-publishing industry. Authors are expected to have books that can spin into multi-volume series if the first book is successful. It’s a lot easier to sell something with which people are already familiar. How many first books of new writers would you be willing to buy? Probably not very many because we are drawn to familiar names and series because we think it will lessen our disappointment.

      I will probably get around to reading this one since it has won so many awards, but I sometimes wonder if that is herd mentality. I guess I will have to read it to find out for myself if it lives up to the hype!

    • Lazarus 9:03 am on August 25, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The coveted Triple Crown of SF. But I hate the fact that this is only the first installment of a trilogy. Can’t anyone just write a novel anymore? I hate being tied into a series when we don’t even know if the followups will be any good. Been burned before and I won’t even consider reading this one until I can access the whole series. By then I’ll probably even have forgotten about this. Unless the rest of the books get as much acclaim.

  • Capt. Xerox 12:12 am on August 16, 2014 Permalink
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    I heartily endorse the winner of the 1939 Retro Hugo Award for best novel, but am dreading this year’s winner. http://t.co/sQfjK1DbxK

  • Capt. Xerox 9:46 pm on May 4, 2014 Permalink
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    This year's Hugo nominees are stirring up some controversy, which is nothing new, but it is even more than usual. http://t.co/AQtzL6wKXn

    • Lazarus 1:12 pm on May 7, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Fascinating read about what’s going on these days with the Hugos. A sad state of affairs.

      My first ‘huh?’ moment came years ago when the Harry Potter novels started appearing. My reaction was exactly what you said; “Don’t these belong on a World Fantasy ballot somewhere?”

      But even before that I’d figured out that favoritism rather than actual merit factored into the Hugos. It became evident as I got more familiar with the many classic novels I read over the years and then comparing those to the lists of former winners and nominees. While some books to time to blossom and being skipped over could be explained to the fact that these books just did not get a wide enough distribution at the time, other nomination lapses could not be so easily explained.

      I also remember smiling back at the 2009 Anticipation Worldcon when you boldly declared that Gaiman’s Graveyard book would win at the outset of the con. You were right of course and it was yet another nick in the credibility of the Hugos.

      But all this crap happening this year goes way beyond favoritism. Sounds like a war we’ve really already lost.

      Thanks for the link though.

    • Capt. Xerox 11:18 am on May 5, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I`ve been somewhat disappointed the past few years at some of the nominations for the Hugo Awards. I suspect certain fans are mobilizing to hijack the nomination process so that their favourites make it to the ballot. It`s nothing new, but social media is making it easier than ever.

      The idea that the entire Wheel of Time series can somehow make it to the best novels list just boggles my mind. And when I see volume 3 of some ongoing series get a nomination, I have to roll my eyes. Does the book stand alone or do you have to read the entire series before you can vote for it?

      I`ve also always had a pet peeve about the number of fantasy books that get nominated, but they do qualify within the rules. So why then are their World Fantasy Awards?

      Are the Hugos losing their relevancy?

  • Capt. Xerox 3:39 pm on May 2, 2014 Permalink
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    Will try to read this year's Hugo-nominated novels, although will pass on reading all of the Wheel of Time series! http://t.co/YhlaRxGeQn

  • Capt. Xerox 11:55 am on May 2, 2014 Permalink
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    Congrats to Ann Leckie for winning the Arthur C Clarke award with her debut novel Ancillary Justice. http://t.co/Rhf6yASqwc

  • Capt. Xerox 11:15 am on March 19, 2014 Permalink
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    How many of the 2014 nominees for the Arthur C. Clarke Award have you read? I have read zero and only know one name, Christopher Priest. http://t.co/zUg4vK0OC1

  • Capt. Xerox 10:10 am on March 4, 2014 Permalink
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    So is Gravity the first sci-fi film to ever win a Best Director Oscar or is it not even sci-fi, as some argue? http://t.co/xdWWL6aMM5

  • Lazarus 7:36 am on February 26, 2014 Permalink
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    The Nebula nominees for 2013 have been announced. Each year I recognize fewer and fewer writers. This year I only recognize 3 names, and of those I’ve only read books by two.



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