[I]f a few disgruntled misogynist closet cases compensating for their small guns by writing about big guns can rig the Hugo, then any organization with sufficient pull and money can rig the Hugo. Such as publishers. At the point where the Hugo becomes a case of who has the most money to rig the elections, it becomes worthless.
So it appears the “Sad Puppies” may win the battle, and lose the war. It may be that science fiction only has one prestige award in the future — the Nebula Award. SFWA membership requirements make it impossible for the “Sad Puppies” or anybody else to rig Nebula awards. In the end, what makes libraries (who account for most publisher profits) buy Hugo Award winners is the notion that winning a Hugo Award means it’s popular and high quality. Once it’s demonstrated that winning a Hugo Award means only that the publisher spent more money to rig the election this year than other publishers did, the Hugo becomes meaningless to libraries — and to anybody else, for that matter.
–Badtux the Snarky Penguin on summoning a bigger fish.
I think I’ve mentioned something similar to this before, so I don’t disagree with the sentiment. But I’d just like to take a moment to pause and reflect on the problems in the perception that the only remaining “prestige” award, outside of the Hugos, is the trade award for the U.S. SFF writer’s guild.
Fuck you if you don’t write in the (SFWA-approved way in the) U.S., I guess.1
- Disclaimer: yes, this means me. You don’t need to be a U.S. citizen to be a SFWA member, but my publisher is still blackballed, despite the fact they changed their contract offerings to meet SFWA requirements. Go figure, I guess. [↩]