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And here we are, about 9 months following the catastrophe that had become the 2015 Hugo Awards. Seems like <edit: some of> the nominees are much better this year than the previous one, and Neal Stephenson's Seveneves is in the run for best novel, one I thoroughly enjoyed.

And now for the trash: Space Raptor Butt Invasion by Chuck Tingle... as a nominee for Best Short Story. I sincerely wish I was joking. Along with the flipside of the coin: SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police by Vox Day.

F&$%@$ C$%@&%.

Best Dramatic Presentation nominee? My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: “The Cutie Map” Parts 1 and 2 written by Scott Sonneborn, M.A. Larson, and Meghan McCarthy, directed by Jayson Thiessen and Jim Miller

<take a deep breath> <deep breath>

What can I even say at this point? Just what in the hell have the Hugos devolved to? Is this really going to be an ideological pissing match? How can any of this shit be held to the standards of the science fiction greats? Space Raptor Butt Invasion?! My Little Pony?! A piece about Social Justice Nazis?! Are we f&%$#*@! serious?!

God, I hate this year so much already. Bad enough that the two major (lol) candidates in the U.S. Presidential Election will be Dark Empress Hillary and Donald "The Search for More Money" Trump. But now, American science fiction fandom gets to piss all over itself for the second year in a row.

To all potential immigrants: for your own sake, don't consider the United States. There's something in the drinking water here you don't want to catch.
  • Listening to: Random stuff
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  • Watching: The Expanse
  • Playing: Fallout 4
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Leinenkugel's Heart of Oak Lager
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firestorm31z Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017
my little pony in the hugo line up??? really?  I hadn't been following this site last year.  

burn out I guess.
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Shoguneagle Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017
Don't blame you.

The Hugos of 2015 was the founding of a real cesspit that has taken hold of the literary sci-fi community. Harlan Ellison predicted it back in the 1980s and 1990s when he noticed the rise of what he called "social fiction," which concerned itself more with society's issues than with science. He also called out against a rising tide of mediocre writing, poor editing, and the advancement of minority writers specifically for advancement's sake, even when the percentage of women nominated for Hugos and Nebulas reached 50%... back in the early-90's.

Yeah, My Little Pony. Speaks volumes about the modern era.
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kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016   Artist
I was surprised by Chuck Tingle...he of all authors?
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Shoguneagle Featured By Owner Edited Mar 27, 2017
Chuck Tingle is the satirical shock jock of fiction. He was basically a sand-bag pick of those opposed to the Rabid Puppies faction. I can't help but remember that I live on the same planet as people who voted for Boaty McBoatface for NOAA's new research vessel... which won.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is this for real? These are being elected? Really?
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Shoguneagle Featured By Owner Edited May 14, 2016
I cannot think of any sane reason as to why the Hugo Awards have become a deeply-polarized political phallic organ-measuring contest, other than it being a childish attempt at slapping each other in the face with horrendous entries. It's petty, juvenile nonsense that is turning literary science fiction into a laughingstock, at the expense of the serious fans of the genre. Vox Day has become a toxic shitstirrer, and Chunk Tingel is a vapid SJW human wankfest.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Forgive me for coming over as incredulous, but to me the Hugo Awards are/were suppose to credit and champion science fiction and maybe fantasy; I mean look at the stuff that has come out of the genre that has made a difference to the world - from Forbidden Planet, 2001: A Space Oddessy, to Babylon Five...

If this is the case the awards need to do two things - either clean up or stop. If it is being hijacked by utter wankers - it must be saved or it will be forever ruined.

I mean - My Little Pony? Really?

With a bit of luck these polluters may kill off the very thing that gives them air....
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Shoguneagle Featured By Owner May 16, 2016
You're correct, or at least, that's what I believed as well. The notable difference between the Hugo and the Nebula is that science fiction fans nominate and vote for the picks, whereas the Nebulas are chosen by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. The Nebula Awards for 2015 were just announced, and I could immediately tell the differences in nominees. In times past, the picks for both the Hugo and the Nebula were pretty intertwined; many best novels won both awards, in the case of Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson, for example. Last year's (and this year's) Hugo nominees painted a completely different picture, and that is that two very polarized camps of fans are content to sandbag the other side, even at the expense of the award's reputation itself.

It may be a simple phase, although Harlan Ellison (renowned Sci-Fi author and multiple Hugo award winner) himself became very skeptical at how Hugo nominees were chosen and why, and that was some twenty+ years ago. I don't know what the fix is, except maybe for prominent and rising authors to reject a nomination outright, which has happened. But those that have choose to have remained fairly tight-lipped about it, as if they are afraid their reputations will take a hit for it.

I don't know how My Little Pony wound up in the line-up. Maybe it was another sandbag attempt... or perhaps, worst case... people were serious. I'm familiar with Brony culture and don't care either way about the series... but it does not belong in the Hugo Awards. Emmy's? Fine. Golden Globes? Sure. But it's not science fiction or contemporary fantasy.

Lastly... I hope you're correct about that... that anyone making a living off of this find themselves cut off promptly. Or we as science fiction enthusiasts step up our game and demolish the competition... and let them know that this... is our house!
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Again thanks for the feedback - and it makes depressing but insightful reading.

If this is the case with the Hugos, I think the wankers are taking over the park; I rather be judged by professional piers than idiots who I feel miss the point; Science Fiction - the true stuff - should broaden horizons, open eyes, and come up with new ideas; Pony stuff and what you have described as Utter Wank scares me.

If I say ever got such a nomination (not being an ego dick here, just saying) I would refuse and be vocal; too many folk are on and depend on social media; I don't and I won't; deny them power and they cannot do anything.

"We as science fiction enthusiasts step up our game and demolish the competition... and let them know that this... is our house!" Agreed - the game needs to be stepped up; bin the old and look ahead - that's what the future is all about :)

I could not agree more :thumbsup:
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