A well-deserved congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Hugo Awards
. Seriously. Good on G.Willow Wilson, Wes Chu, Cixin Liu/Ken Liu-translator, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, the TV show Orphan Black, and Lightspeed Magazine. Every one of you worked very hard and it's paid off. May you go forth and create even more wonderful works. This is, in spite of a hard push from conservative extremists, a diverse group of winners. In fact, I suspect that's the first time a translated work actually won a Hugo. That's terrific news.
Another first happened as well. And I can't help it. Not to make light of those that died in the real disaster...well...this video seems too appropriate today.
In case you're not involved in the SFF writer scene, the extremists (the Puppies) didn't fair well. In fact, in the catagories they managed to cheat into making all Puppies...No Award won out. That means FIVE No Awards won the popular vote over any catagory with only puppy candidates. FIVE. In seventy-four years of the Hugo, only five No Awards have been granted. In one night, that was doubled. Of course, the puppies are spinning the result to say they've been proven right. The pagan cabal is in force. Woe be to "Right-thinking Christians" everywhere...blah, blah, blah. But we knew that would happen. Last night's result was less about proving to them that they are wrong and more about proving to ourselves that SFF can be more inclusive. That real, substantive change can happen. That SFF isn't as backward as some few would like to believe.
This whole situation bothered me more than I'd like to admit. Frankly, I was frightened. Any result, short of this one, pretty much meant that (as a woman who is also an author) I should give up trying to continue my career under my real name. Now, I feel there's actual hope. I have to admit, I cried, I was so relieved. I can't even imagine what it must have been like to be a member of other minority groups as well.
Anyway, this never meant that conservative works can't be worthy of awards--even if the Puppies will attempt to spin it that way. Any actual liberal will tell you that opposing view points are important to include in any discussion for the health of the discussion--or in this case, for the sake of creativity. What this means is, Fandom doesn't appreciate being gamed. Ultimately, I've always thought it odd that anyone who claims to be One Of The Good Folks thinks for an instant that Any Means To An End is okay. Frankly, the instant you go there? You've lost.