Their pathetic list of nominations came out this year. Is anyone surprised that it's all Tor, all the time?
I'll go into detail in a minute, but let's look at one thing in particular.
Six nominees for best editor. See anything missing?
I'll give you a hint: we were all told that This Person would have almost certainly have won the Hugo award for best editor, but she lost because she was a Puppy Pick.
If you said, "Who is Toni Weisskopf, Alex?" you'd be right.
But strangely enough, Toni isn't here. But she's not a Puppy Pick this year. We were all told that she would have won if she weren't a Puppy Pick.
Guess what: she wouldn't have even been NOMINATED if she weren't a Puppy Pick.
They lied. Shocking, isn't it?
Yeah, I know it's not a surprise, but I can't convey the depth of my sarcasm without indulging in a dump truck's worth of hyperbole right now.
I mean, where do you want to start?
How about Best series?
The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)Okay. Bujold is good. Novik is ... okay, I guess, I gave up after she rewrote Waterloo.
The Craft Sequence by Max Gladstone (Tor Books)
The Expanse by James S.A. Corey (Orbit US / Orbit UK)
The October Daye Books by Seanan McGuire (DAW / Corsair)
The Peter Grant / Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch (Gollancz / Del Rey / DAW / Subterranean)
The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik (Del Rey / Harper Voyager UK)
Everyone else ... should I have heard of these people? I'm almost surprised that they're just this obscure. Then again, I wouldn't have heard of Jemisin without the whole Hugo mess, so I'm not surprised.
But where's Honor Harrington?
Where's Black Tide Rising?
Where's Terry Goodkind?
Where is any of a half dozen other, good, BETTER writers? You know, the people who sell ten times the books than these folks? If these represent all of fandom, shouldn't we be expecting move best sellers on the list? After all, you become a bestseller by selling more books than other people. So ... where are the big names? There are six nominees here, but only two are people I can pick out of a lineup? Really?
But of course, this doesn't represent all of fandom, this just represents an ever shrinking niche that is WorldCon.
Best fan writer is interesting, if only because it's Mike Glyer (770), Jeffro Johnson (Castalie), Chuck Tingle (anarchist), and Foz Meadows, who I'm sure I should know of offhand, but danged if I know who offhand. There's also a Natalie Luhrs and Abigail Nussbaum.
But best dramatic presentation, long form .... look at this
- Arrival -- okay. Sure. I've heard good things.
- Deadpool -- not surprised
- Hidden Figures -- Who? What? Huh?
- Rogue One -- Eh. Okay. It was entertaining.
- Stranger Things, Season One-- I've also heard good things about this.
- Ghostbusters, -- AAARRRRGGGHHH. Expect this to win. Because the Hugos
Argh, this is depressing me. Let's see if I can plow through the rest of this without getting an ulcer.
Best Related work: "Geek Feminist"? Really? Ugh. Carrie Fisher's "The Princess Diarist." "The Women of Harry Potter." There's an Ursula Le Guin project, and a Neil Gaiman. I guess someone decided that "womyn" were the "in" thing this year. (Again, expect crap Ghostbusters to win)
Best Novel .... again, who?
Best Fanzine: Oh, Jeffro and the Castlia blog. Congrats again, man.
And, as someone just pointed out to me: all but one of the John W. Campbell Award nominees are women. What are the odds of that, considering they are, "they're clearly an oppressed and underrepresented member of literary society?"
I guess "womyn" really were on the bullet points this year.
[EDIT.] Keep in mind, this is a list where the most votes went to Best Novel .... with a little over 2,000 votes. Jon del Arroz did a great job of showing just how bad a drop this is. A 44% drop in some cases. This has to hurt revenue.
You can see the whole list here.
But why bother? Go vote in the Dragon Awards. Here are some suggestions.
Here, have some of mine.
Starting with the Love at First Bite series.