Worldcon Thoughts After Sasquan: Next Year in Kansas City

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Next year in Kansas City, we will be hosting Worldcon (“we” meaning we Missourians, not me personally, as I am a minor player at best in this drama). I am thrilled and excited to finally be in a place in my life where I can participate in person instead of through my endless babblings on line. Last night I stayed up way past my bedtime to watch the Hugo Awards 2015, and I have opinions. I started to write them as a Facebook post, then decided to move them here: My more coherent (daylight) thoughts on the Hugos: The puppies got…

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The Psychology of Hugo Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies

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The State of the Puppies Up to Now For those of you not familiar with the current controversy about the Hugo Award in Science Fiction, go here, here, and here to read up on what is happening. I do have skin in the game. I am a Worldcon supporting member, and I have long standing friendships and correspondences with several authors and editors and artists in science fiction. I am also a feminist, an anti-racist ally, an LGBTQ ally, and overall what the Hugo Sad Puppies would call a “SJW” (social justice warrior, meant as a pejorative when they say…

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Noodling the 2014 Hugo Award Novella Nominees

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I decided to buy my membership to WorldCon this year after seeing the flap about some authors using their power to get some works on the Hugo award list based solely on the politics of their creators. Now, y’all know I’m a political animal. I can spend hours a day in discussions on a wide range of advocacies. However, art is art, and while politics clearly influences art, because in the end we are all political animals, politics should not trump art. So I read the five Hugo Award Novella candidates with the idea that I was going to simply…

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Question for Today: Spoilers

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I love to read, and to watch television and movies. Because I’m busy, and because I often don’t see movies in the theater due to problems with loud noises and crowds, I am often “spoiled” – that is, someone tells me the ending of a book or movie, or a vital plot point, before I’ve read or watched it. And, of course, I add to that problem myself sometimes by researching a book or movie before I read or watch it. (Minor spoilers in body of post). The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, Day of the Doctor, just happened, and…

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