As of this minute, I'm not doing too badly in the Sad Puppy nominations. Enough so that Vile 770 is really, really rooting for me. Solely based on the premise that I will single-handedly destroy Sad Puppies just by being nominated. No, no joke.
So, great question, do I want a Hugo?
Some people shoot for the moon, because why not?
I say that if you shoot for the moon, you're gonna run out of oxygen if you miss. Just ask any space mission.**
Author J. Michael Straczynski (and yes, I can spell that without looking up his name) grew up with the Hugo as a mark of good writing. The Hugos were everything good about science fiction. It was how he chose what to read growing up when he borrowed books from the pharmacy book rack (he always returned them without breaking the spine, so, it's really borrowing, not stealing). And when he got a Hugo, he was moved and surprised and in awe.
The only Hugo award winning novelists I've read in the last 15 years? JK Rowling and Neil Gaiman. That's it.
I grew up with Asimov and Neal Stephenson, These people don't rate.
Sure, I've read Hugo award winning novels. Ender's Game and Hyperion, and Dune. But lately? Those winners are not who I read on a regular basis.
For me, it's Weber and Ringo and Correia. They're people who have fun with powered armor and wrecking worlds. Mostly Baen authors.
And no novel from Baen will get another Hugo unless it's Lois Bujold. John Ringo doesn't want it. Kratman is more on the Rabid Puppy side. Correia doesn't want it. And no one has even discussed David Weber or Timothy Zahn, which is a crime in itself.
Then again, the people I admire also make money at writing. So I'll take that.
Without anyone I admire getting Hugos, I don't have the motivation of JMS. So, solely on my own initiative, do I want the grand prize?
First of all, I think I'll be shocked and amazed if I get a Sad Puppy nomination. Delighted as Hell. Because on the one hand? The women in charge of Sad Puppies 4 want thousands of people involved in this. That's PR I can't buy ... okay, maybe I can buy it, but I couldn't afford it.
Because, yes, I can see the CHORFs spinning Vatican conspiracy theories should I get a nomination. A Pius Man will suddenly be lambasted with negative reviews. I'll get a whole 15-seconds of fame, and I'll probably end up with the usual reputation of everyone else -- evil blah blah blah.
But as I've noted before, I'm a Conservative Catholic in New York City. For me, this is called Tuesday.
best novel, best related work, and I have a chance at best fan writer. It's like the early success of Donald Trump -- the people who matter aren't paying attention to Presidential elections until next year. When the year closes out, I expect Jim Butcher to come in like the 800 pound gorilla, and his fans sweeping him to victory amongst the Puppies. As well as everyone else.
Yes, even with ten possible nominations in each category, I don't think I have enough fans. Again, Paulk and Hoyt and Green have made one thing clear: they want THOUSANDS of people nominating authors. THOUSANDS. I'm shocked to find out I have DOZENS of fans kicking around.
And no, this still doesn't answer the question.
Is the Hugo worth it for the prestige? No.
|Yes, I do like this puppy of war.|
Deal with it.
The CHORFs managed to slate vote "No award" so very well.
So I'm thinking the prestige of the Hugos aren't worth the price of the materials to make the rocket ship. Because the award seems to go to the ones who can get the biggest flash mob. And if I could conjure up that many people, I wouldn't need the press, now would I?
However, let's think about what would happen if the impossible happened: let's say that enough people liked Sad Puppies Bite Back that I get the Puppy nomination and even a Hugo.
Let's pretend that can happen.
The only way that would happen is if a whole lot of people voted. People who not only enjoyed my work, but enjoyed my work so much that they went out of their way to get a membership in WorldCon and voted for me.
In the unlikely event I actually get a nomination -- any or all of the nominations -- and even in the more unlikely event that I win? It's from my fans. Fans I don't even know I have.
So, if Hell freezes over, and I get a Hugo? Sure, I'd take it. Because it would be from the fans. Because those are the only people whose opinion matter worth a damn to me.
Everyone else can simply go to Hell. Or to the comments section of File 770. Heh.
But I'm still not holding my breath.
**[Edit: I originally said Apollo 11 here, even though the failed mission was Apollo 13. Sadly, I knew SOMETHING was off because it didn't sound right -- not enough syllables. Then I remembered that while the mission actually missed the moon, it still used the moon's gravity to slingshot back to Earth without burning up fuel because they were already beyond the point of no return. So the analogy was bad on a few levels, but right on a few others. I considered referencing The Martian, because I just finished that book, and .... yes, the inside of my head is a very dark place, and I got lost inside my head, and never went back to correct it. Oops]