That’s it, I am officially scared for the future of science fiction. While watching the Hugo Awards last night, I realized something: that organized fandom doesn’t really care about the genre. Sure you claim to, but when it comes down to it, you only care about the “right” writers, not the genre as a whole. That’s the only explanation I can think of for what happened.
“What happened?” you may be asking. Well I’ll tell you, and I’ll use small words so that you’ll get it.
When Scalzi delivered a blatantly false and one-sided “explanation” of the Sad Puppies, you cheered
When they introduced the “asterisk” award, which we all know was a left-handed way of calling the SP vote invalid, you cheered.
Four times No- Award was announced and four times, you cheered. Not because the nominees were bad, but because you were angry that they had even made the ballot.
You probably think four no-awards is some kind of victory for your side. That you some how stuck it to us last night. You only stuck it to yourselves, then you broke it off and smiled when you did it.
We saw those no-awards coming from a mile away. By voting no-award, you proved the Sad Puppies’s point. And most of you are too damn stupid to know it.
You’d rather no one win, than see someone you don’t agree with walk across that stage.
We only wanted a fair ballot; real diversity among the Hugos, books by authors who don’t all think the same way. Books that tell stories rather than try to force-feed us messages. But you couldn’t have that.
It was you, not us, who brought the Hugo Awards down last night.
And you cheered while you did it.