How to Vote "No Award" in the 2015 Hugo Awards
So that Good Triumphs over Evil
On 4 April 2015, the nominees for the 2015 Hugo Awards were announced, and what became clear was that a cadre of people had gamed the nominating process to ensure that a slate of people they liked received nominations. This slate was first articulated by several "professionals" in the field with a particular social and political agenda. They set out to break the Hugo Award nominating process in order to destroy a 60-year-old award that was created by science fiction fans to honor work in the field.
The Hugo Award nominees list appears here, edited to list only those candidates who appeared on the nominees list through the machinations of the "Sad Puppies" and "Rabid Puppies" groups. What also appears on this page is a description of how to effectively cast a vote for "No Award" in situations where you believe that a nominee or set of nominees should not be given any consideration for a Hugo Award.
It is the belief of the creators of this web site that the perpetrators of this action have damaged those who would otherwise have been nominated by actual fans of the field, that they have damaged several people on their "slate" who apparently did not realized they were being so used, and that they have shown their disdain for fans and fandom through this process.
It is our intention to help people "reward" them as they so richly deserve. We also recommend that, since they clearly do not care about fans or fandom, convention runners do whatever possible to ensure that the actual perpetrators of this bit of ugliness never have to interact with fans at conventions again.
2015 "Sad Puppy" Hugo Award Nominees
(Those nominees who received their nominations through the "Sad Puppies" or "Rabid Puppies" slate(s) are indicated here. It is a very sad thing. In 5 categories, this manipulative process killed the category.)
Best Novella (All of the people in this category were nominated by the manipulative process.)
Best Short Story (All of the people in this category were nominated by the manipulative process.)
Best Related Work (All of the people in this category were nominated by the manipulative process.)
Best Graphic Story
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
Best Editor, Short Form (All of the people in this category were nominated by the manipulative process.)
Best Editor, Long Form (All of the people in this category were nominated by the manipulative process.)
Best Professional Artist
Best Fan Writer
Best Fan Artist (Apparently, the "puppies" don't know anything about fan artists. They had no fan artists on any of their lists, which is a strong message that they are not fans, don't care about fans, and are not connected to fandom.)
The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
We're not going to tell anyone not to vote for the above. We know that our intention is to vote for none of them. We are sorry for those "nominees" who were not involved directly in the manipulation and/or who are opposed to the socio-political viewpoints espoused by the "Sad Puppies" and "Rabid Puppies" groups. But for at least some of us, they won't be getting a vote, either.
If "No Award" is the victor in some or all of the "all puppies" categories, that will send a message that this award means quite a lot to fandom. If "No Award" does not prevail in any, then perhaps it is time for the Hugo Awards to die - just as the manipulators want.
How to Vote for "No Award" *
No Award is a real option with real consequences. If No Award wins the election, no Hugo Award is presented in that category. It's not the pretend "None of these Candidates" option that some US states like Nevada have, where the second-place finisher wins.
Ranking any choice below No Award means you've still voted against it winning. This is something that people seem to have a difficult time understanding, but there are two reasons for it:
The No Award Showdown gives No Award two chances to win. After the regular instant-runoff voting result returns a Preliminary Winner (other than No Award), there is one more test, where we count only those ballots where the PW is marked or NA is marked (or both, of course). We now count the ballots again, ignoring anything except the PW or NA. This amounts to a straight head-to-head vote on the question, "Shall we elect the Preliminary Winner as the Hugo Award winner?" We examine each ballot and ask these questions:
Again, No Award gets multiple chances to knock out works on the ballot. However, in fairness, I want to point out that no work has ever been eliminated on a No Award Showdown.
* This is a clear description of the process by Kevin Standlee.
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Information on this page also comes from the Hugo Awards official web site.
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