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With The Master Of The Hounds:
The Hugo Nominees

Posted on | April 22, 2015 | 44 Comments

— by Wombat-socho

It’s been highly amusing reading Brad Torgersen’s blog lately, what with the recent public meltdown of Sasquan GoH David Gerrold, Arthur Chu “helping” NPR with a hamfisted report on the goings-on, and other hilarity. Looming in the background, of course, is the steady increase in supporting memberships resulting from #GamerGate taking notice of WorldCon, the Hugos, and (from their point of view) another arena in which to beat the Social Justice Wankers like a rented mule. But hey – if you want to delve into the history of SF fandom as it’s being made, check out Brad’s blog and (of course) Larry Correia‘s.

#GamerGate mascot Vivian James discovers the Hugo kerfluffle. (h/t @Daddy_Warpig on Twitter)

Anyway, I am somewhat late to the party in observing that the main reason the CHORFs are in a white-hot fury is that the nominees from the Sad Puppies (collated by Brad Torgerson) and Rabid Puppies (suggested by Vox Day) slates pretty much swept the Hugo nominations this year. Here’s the list of nominees; the ones I’m probably going to vote for are in bold, but you should read them all yourself before you vote.



*Castalia House is offering Wright’s nominated fiction for free here.


  • Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, Earth to Alluvium by Gray Rinehart (Orson Scott Cards InterGalactic Medicine Show, May 2014)
  • Championship B’tok by Edward M. Lerner (Analog, Sept 2014)
  • The Day the World Turned Upside Down by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Lia Belt Translator (Lightspeed Magazine, April 2014)
  • “The Journeyman: In the Stone House” by Michael F. Flynn (Analog, June 2014) (available here in PDF format)
  • The Triple Sun: A Golden Age Tale by Rajnar Vajra (Analog, Jul/Aug 2014)


  • On A Spiritual Plain by Lou Antonelli (Sci Phi Journal #2, Nov 2014)
  • The Parliament of Beasts and Birds by John C. Wright (The Book of Feasts & Seasons, Castalia House)
  • A Single Samurai by Steven Diamond (The Baen Big Book of Monsters, Baen)
  • Totaled by Kary English (Galaxy’s Edge Magazine, July 2014)
  • “Turncoat” by Steve Rzasa (Riding the Red Horse, Castalia House)



  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, concept and story by Ed Brubaker, directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo (Marvel Entertainment, Perception, Sony Pictures Imageworks)
  • Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, and John-Henry Butterworth, directed by Doug Liman (Village Roadshow Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, 3 Arts Entertainment; Viz Productions)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman, directed by James Gunn (Marvel Studios, Moving Picture Company)
  • Interstellar screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, directed by Christopher Nolan (Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures, Lynda Obst Productions, Syncopy)
  • The Lego Movie; written by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, story by Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, LEGO Systems A/S Vertigo Entertainment, Lin Pictures, Warner Bros. Animation (as Warner Animation Group))


  • Doctor Who: “Listen” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Douglas Mackinnon (BBC Television)
  • The Flash: “Pilot” teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg & Geoff Johns, story by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg & Geoff Johns, directed by David Nutter (The CW) (Berlanti Productions, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television)
  • Game of Thrones: “The Mountain and the Viper written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, directed by Alex Graves (HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions)
  • Grimm: “Once We Were Gods”, written by Alan DiFiore, directed by Steven DePaul (NBC) (GK Productions, Hazy Mills Productions, Universal TV)
  • Orphan Black: “By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried” written by Graham Manson, directed by John Fawcett (Temple Street Productions; Space/BBC America)

The rest of the nominees are here; I deliberately left off all the fan, semiprozine, etc, nominees, but we can kick them around in the comments if you like. Marko Kloos declined his nomination for Lines of Departure in the Best Novel category apparently because he didn’t want to get Vox Day cooties on him. SMH.
Want to buy a membership and get in on the fun? It’s not too late. Remember that membership in Sasquan gets you not only a vote for this year’s Hugos, but the right to nominate for next year.

Game on, CHORFs.


44 Responses to “With The Master Of The Hounds:
The Hugo Nominees”

  1. Julie Pascal
    April 22nd, 2015 @ 10:08 pm

    The pictures are adorable.

    Funny thing… Sad Puppies pre-dates GG by 2 1/2 years.

  2. Wombat_socho
    April 22nd, 2015 @ 10:20 pm

    Yes, it does, but just try convincing Teresa Nielsen-Hayden (among others) of that.

  3. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    April 22nd, 2015 @ 10:21 pm
  4. Wombat_socho
    April 22nd, 2015 @ 10:25 pm

    Stop Puppy Related Sadness! Register and Vote Today! Service Guarantees Citizenship!

  5. John Rose
    April 22nd, 2015 @ 10:32 pm

    Orphan Black! Skin Game! John C. Wright! Not sure about the movie entry — Loved CA:TWS, but for best honest to God-Sci-Fi? Edge of Tomorrow is looking good…

  6. David, internet troll
    April 22nd, 2015 @ 11:30 pm

    I would strongly suggest you look at “The Plural of Helen of Troy” by John Wright. While “One Bright Star” is an excellent work, Helen is an amazing piece of science fiction.

  7. rustypaladin
    April 22nd, 2015 @ 11:53 pm

    I hope you do not mind if I post this here. I think it is relevant and needs wider dissemination.

    Thank you for writing about this. The more people that know they can participate the more will do so.

  8. Daniel Freeman
    April 22nd, 2015 @ 11:58 pm

    A supporting membership is $40 and also qualifies you for the downloadable nomination packet, which should include most all of the written and art works up for vote, so that you can read them and make an informed decision. It’s a good deal.

  9. Daniel Freeman
    April 23rd, 2015 @ 1:21 am

    I missed the deadline to be able to nominate, but I’m really excited about being able to vote for Skin Game. That might sound weird, but the Dresden Files is my favorite series in my favorite sub-genre — and I say that as someone with a couple of bookcases full of sci-fi and fantasy, despite mostly using libraries. (There’s no way I could afford my habit otherwise.)

  10. Steve Skubinna
    April 23rd, 2015 @ 1:53 am

    See, it is possible. We can have open debate, and compel the SJWs to either man up and engage or throw a tantrum. Every action of theirs to date makes me certain option two is their game plan. They don’t have a clue how to do option one anyway.

    And that’s fine. Ordinary people who think they have no skin in the game (which is a false assumption because everyone has skin in the game that’s the Culture War) will see reasonable adults on one side and shrieking out of control brats on the other. That’s nothing but good for our side.

  11. Steve Skubinna
    April 23rd, 2015 @ 1:56 am

    Damn. Where did you find that? And where can I get one of those puppies?

  12. Steve Skubinna
    April 23rd, 2015 @ 2:13 am

    It’s all one huge conspiracy!

    Once you chase your tail down the conspiracist’s rathole, it permeates your entire mindset. Nothing happens that cannot be explained by the conspiracy, in fact, can ONLY be explained by the conspiracy.

    There’s also the sort of binary thinking at work so beloved by progressives, to wit: I don’t like fascists. I don’t like Robert Stacy McCain (to select an entirely random example). Ergo, RSM is a Nazi. QthehellED!

  13. Daniel Freeman
    April 23rd, 2015 @ 2:14 am

    Robert Tracinski had a good article a couple weeks back about how the Hugos show a model for how to fight, since we’re all draftees in Culture War 4.0 whether we like it or not.

  14. Wombat_socho
    April 23rd, 2015 @ 2:29 am

    Not at all! I disagree with him that there won’t be another big jump in the membership numbers next year, but that’s okay. He’s right about everything else, imao.

  15. Wombat_socho
    April 23rd, 2015 @ 2:30 am

    I have the Castalia House download packet, so I’ll be checking it out.

  16. Wombat_socho
    April 23rd, 2015 @ 2:31 am

    That’s the reason I gave it the nod over Interstellar which I also enjoyed.

  17. Daniel Freeman
    April 23rd, 2015 @ 2:38 am

    The SJWs are so silly. They have Big Media at their beck and call, and they keep using it to try to tie #GamerGate to #SadPuppies.

    Of course they think it’s a #WinButton to spread their threat narrative around, but they’re also telling a bunch of anti-SJW gamers — many of whom are also readers — that they’re not wanted.

    I predict that the SJWs will reprise their media campaign in the lead-up to next year’s Hugos, with exactly the opposite results of what they want.

  18. John Rose
    April 23rd, 2015 @ 6:22 am

    I’ve been checking out Castalia House, mostly based on: they have John Wright and Tom Kratman. So Vox Day is getting kind of a ‘talent by association’ since I’m trying out some of his books, too. Huzzah for the Kindle ‘sample’ feature!

    John Wright’s “Transhuman and Subhuman” is the most serious thought I’ve had over a story anthology. Period. Holy cow, can this guy write.

    Kratman, I’m in the first part of “A Desert Called Peace,” and see no reason to stop any time soon…

    Vox Day: I’ve sampled a few of his Selenoth writings, and find the idea of Tolkien meets Rome to be enough of a hook to jump in, as soon as I finish “A Desert Called Peace.”

    For those of you who don’t know, from the point of view of the Social Justice Warrior crowd:

    John Wright, as a practicing Catholic, is the designated homophobic misogynist, while Vox Day is the designated racist/nazi/boogeyman of the Hugos. Tom Kratman is the designated evil warmonger/islamophobe/opposer of women’s rights (as he has stated a disagreement with the idea of women in combat as a general thing).

    Funny. None of them seem quite as evil as I’ve been led to believe. Or maybe I’m JUST AS EVIL, and thus would not notice.

    One can never tell…

  19. Quartermaster
    April 23rd, 2015 @ 7:07 am

    I think it self evident that if you don’t recognize the degree of evil, then you are just as evil, if not more so, than they.
    But, then, I think SJWs are the epitome of evil.

  20. Quartermaster
    April 23rd, 2015 @ 7:08 am

    That crowd is still worried that Hitler and Franco might not be as dead as originally reported.

  21. Quartermaster
    April 23rd, 2015 @ 7:09 am

    That last needs at least two more ‘!’

  22. M. Thompson
    April 23rd, 2015 @ 8:30 am

    Lt. Col. Kratman is a man who does not mince words. He’s very much a YMMV writer though.

  23. Steve Skubinna
    April 23rd, 2015 @ 8:50 am

    Yeah, and a couple “1s”

  24. JeffWeimer
    April 23rd, 2015 @ 9:25 am

    Gerrold got a response in his tantrum open letter from Brad in the comments and proceeded to delete them with an Orwellian (natch) “have you no shame” over the organizers of Sasquan. He’s obtuse to the fact that the folks who caused the authors to back out and folks like him to twist their panties were from his own side. The puppies did NOT threaten them or otherwise bully anyone (they were contacted and got their OK for the puppy slate). They were reacting purely to the bile and vitriol of people like Gerrold, Scalzi, and the Haydens, who were quite vocal with a “nice career you have, it would be sad to see something happen to it” sneer.

  25. JeffWeimer
    April 23rd, 2015 @ 9:35 am

    Read them all in the packet. Very good stuff. I’m not sure Parliament is going to be my favorite, though.

  26. JeffWeimer
    April 23rd, 2015 @ 9:43 am

    I’ve watched all of the Long Form, and I’m also of the opinion that EoT is the best of the bunch. Say what you will about Cruise – he always brings his A-game. And us Puppies aren’t about that ancillary garbage anyway, right?

    Interstellar was well-made, but I feel it was trying too hard. That’s a problem with a lot of “hard-sf” regardless of format, IMHO.

    GotG was just so much pulpy fun, though. I got a soft spot in my heart for it. #2 on my ballot, for sure.

  27. JeffWeimer
    April 23rd, 2015 @ 9:52 am

    I liked Plural – it made my head hurt a little. So did Pale Realms of Shade.

  28. Quartermaster
    April 23rd, 2015 @ 10:29 am

    They’re acting like spoiled children who’ve been denied their favorite candy bar. I hadn’t paid any attention to Gerrold since the 70s and was not aware he was an SJW. Let him cry and whine, sez I.

  29. pst314
    April 23rd, 2015 @ 10:33 am

    David Gerrold has a long history of deleting and banning even the most civil and carefully reasoned disagreement. He is just as unpleasant in person.

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  31. Confutus
    April 23rd, 2015 @ 6:38 pm

    His open letter didn’t read like a meltdown to me. It sounded more like Saruman.

  32. Wombat_socho
    April 23rd, 2015 @ 6:46 pm

    ISWYDT, Jeff. 🙂

  33. Wombat_socho
    April 23rd, 2015 @ 6:48 pm

    It’s backfired badly. Before TNH shot her mouth off on Twitter by accusing the Sad Puppies of being a front for #GamerGate (when any damn fool knows the Puppies antedate Gamergate by two years) most gamers weren’t even aware of the Hugos, much less that they might be able to buy a vote.

  34. Wombat_socho
    April 24th, 2015 @ 1:58 am

    The Generalissimo is dead, but we still remember 11/20.

  35. Red_Bird
    April 24th, 2015 @ 2:06 pm

    You’re going to love this.

    Gerrold has decided that his next move is to create a group to counter the Sad Puppies campaign. He’s calling it…

    The “Just Us” League.

    This is not a joke. He really is doing that.

    He’s encouraging his followers to all wear tee-shirts and ribbons so that everyone will know who the “Correct” thinkers are.

    You can’t even parody this.

  36. Red_Bird
    April 24th, 2015 @ 2:15 pm

    I actually think he might be right. GG brought a few people in, but the reality is that most people in GamerGate neither knew nor really cared that much about the Hugos. It’s not their passion.

    I DO think there will be an up-surge in nominating voters next year- but I don’t think it will Sad Puppies supporters doing it.

    The SJBullies have a lot of media outlet connections that they can tap on the shoulder. (I’ve lost count. I know they’ve got false stories in The Guardian, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Slate, Salon… I’m sure I’m forgetting some.) The result has been a LOT of SJWs pledging to buy Hugo memberships and make sure that those evil bastages at Sad Puppies don’t ever, ever get awards ever again. Forever. Because they’re the inclusive ones. /head desk/

    BTW- one of the writers for The Guardian was just caught leaving bad, one star Reviews on Amazon for Sad Puppy supported books and authors- after admitting she’d never read any of the books.

    THIS is what we’re up against.

  37. Wombat_socho
    April 24th, 2015 @ 4:16 pm

    What an ultramaroon. What an imbessile.

  38. John Rose
    April 24th, 2015 @ 11:11 pm

    I haven’t received the packet yet; I just went ape of Transhuman and Subhuman, and the book of Feasts and Seasons. Great stuff. I was rolling on the floor while reading “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Tolkien,” so I’m thinking he has a bit of a sense of humor as well…

  39. John Rose
    April 24th, 2015 @ 11:14 pm

    I like to think of myself as more of a ‘tactical’ evil than ‘strategic evil’. 😀

  40. John Rose
    April 24th, 2015 @ 11:19 pm

    So far the mileage has been good. Caliphate and State of Disobedience did not disappoint. A Desert Called Peace has started nicely…

  41. Daniel Freeman
    April 25th, 2015 @ 1:04 am

    I think it’s awesome. I’m already looking forward to next year’s actual quotes from commenters making nomination suggestions. Poe’s Law will get massively gang-banged.

  42. Daniel Freeman
    April 25th, 2015 @ 1:15 am

    It doesn’t matter. They don’t have any winning moves. The worst-case scenario is that we turn the playing field of the Hugos into a stage instead, show everyone how ugly the thought police are when the masks come off, and point out that there is nowhere you can retreat to where they won’t pursue you.

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  44. Alpha Dog
    April 27th, 2015 @ 12:15 pm

    David Gerrold should just STFU and finish his War against the Chttorr series that he has been promising for over a decade…He may be a tool but I really liked the series.