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How The Hugo Awards Saboteurs Actually Disproved Their Own Best Argument

The people who stuffed the ballot at this year’s Hugo Awards nominations have made a number of arguments in favor of their actions. We shared some of those with you a while back. But there’s one argument that the Hugo saboteurs keep making which seems especially strong—except they already disproved it. » 8/20/15 11:58am 8/20/15 11:58am

The Victorian Hugos: 1894 Brings The First Great Female Mad Scientist In Literature

We’re now into the mid-1890s, and readers of science fiction at this time will be forgiven for thinking that they’re being rewarded for years of patience. The Age of the Storyteller, as Roger Lancelyn Green put it, has not yet reached science fiction—H.G. Wells is so far only publishing short stories—but the number of… » 8/13/15 10:40am 8/13/15 10:40am

The Victorian Hugos: 1893 Was to Books What 1977 Was to Movies

Science fiction books in 1893 are where science fiction film was in 1977. In both cases, the genre was... perhaps “in the doldrums” is too harsh a judgment. Certainly, enough significant work had appeared before 1893 and 1977 that one could, in those years, speak of the science fiction genre, in both media, as a… » 8/04/15 10:45am 8/04/15 10:45am

Eight Books You Need To Know About To Understand The Hugo Awards Snafu

This year’s Hugo Awards controversy is confusing. There are two kinds of puppies! Are the puppies against diversity, or literary snobbery? And so on. But really, this is all about books, and particularly what kind of books we’re supposed to celebrate. So here are eight books that can help you understand the Hugo mess. » 6/30/15 10:05am 6/30/15 10:05am

America's Largest Sci-Fi Publisher Gives in to Reactionary "Sad Puppies"

Earlier this year, two campaigns variously made up of traditionalist sci-fi fans, neoreactionaries, Gamergaters and other flavors of angry white dude hijacked the nominations for one of sci-fi’s most prestigious awards, the Hugo. Now one of the biggest publishers in sci-fi and fantasy seems to have come out in support… » 6/09/15 9:25pm 6/09/15 9:25pm

The Hugo Awards Were Always Political. But Now They're Only Political.

Last August, the Hugo Awards for science fiction and fantasy were swept by a younger group of women and people of color. At the time, we said "This was really a year that underscored that a younger generation of diverse writers are becoming central to the genre." So maybe it's not surprising that there was an… » 4/04/15 1:35pm 4/04/15 1:35pm

This wistful astronaut story will seriously mess you up

Now that the Hugo Awards have recognized the greatness of Clarkesworld Magazine, it's time to celebrate — with a fantastic story by James Patrick Kelly. "The Promise of Space" is a tear-jerking story about a woman visiting her astronaut husband in the hospital — and talking to the A.I. that now speaks for him. » 9/03/13 11:20am 9/03/13 11:20am

The nominees for the 2013 Hugo Awards have been announced!

Earlier today, the nominees for the 2013 Hugo Awards were announced simultaneously at four science fiction conventions in the US and UK. This year saw a record breaking 1,343 valid nominating ballots cast. The winners will be announced on Sunday, September 1, 2013, during the Hugo Awards Ceremony at LoneStarCon 3.… » 3/30/13 4:00pm 3/30/13 4:00pm