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 Novel

  • The Dark Between the Stars, Kevin J. Anderson (Tor Books)
  • Skin Game, Jim Butcher (Roc Books)

Best Novella (All of the people in this category were nominated by the manipulative process.)

  • Big Boys Don’t Cry, Tom Kratman (Castalia House)
  • “Flow”, Arlan Andrews, Sr. (Analog, 11-2014)
  • One Bright Star to Guide Them, John C. Wright (Castalia House)
  • “Pale Realms of Shade”, John C. Wright (The Book of Feasts & Seasons, Castalia House)
  • “The Plural of Helen of Troy”, John C. Wright (City Beyond Time: Tales of the Fall of Metachronopolis, Castalia House)

Best Novelette

  • “Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, Earth to Alluvium”, Gray Rinehart (Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show, 05-2014)
  • “Championship B’tok”, Edward M. Lerner (Analog, 09-2014)
  • “The Journeyman: In the Stone House”, Michael F. Flynn (Analog, 06-2014)
  • “The Triple Sun: A Golden Age Tale”, Rajnar Vajra (Analog, 07/08-2014)

Best Short Story (All of the people in this category were nominated by the manipulative process.)

  • “A Single Samurai”, by Steven Diamond (The Baen Big Book of Monsters, Baen)
  • “On A Spiritual Plain”, Lou Antonelli (Sci Phi Journal #2, 11-2014)
  • “The Parliament of Beasts and Birds”, John C. Wright (The Book of Feasts & Seasons, Castalia House)
  • “Totaled”, Kary English (Galaxy’s Edge Magazine, 07-2014)
  • “Turncoat”, Steve Rzasa (Riding the Red Horse, Castalia House)

Best Related Work (All of the people in this category were nominated by the manipulative process.)

  • “The Hot Equations: Thermodynamics and Military SF”, Ken Burnside (Riding the Red Horse, Castalia House)
  • Letters from Gardner, Lou Antonelli (The Merry Blacksmith Press)
  • Transhuman and Subhuman: Essays on Science Fiction and Awful Truth, John C. Wright (Castalia House)
  • “Why Science is Never Settled”, Tedd Roberts (Baen.com)
  • Wisdom from My Internet, Michael Z. Williamson (Patriarchy Press)

Best Graphic Story

  • The Zombie Nation Book #2: Reduce Reuse Reanimate, Carter Reid (The Zombie Nation)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

  • Guardians of the Galaxy, written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman, directed by James Gunn (Marvel Studios, Moving Picture Company)
  • Interstellar, screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, directed by Christopher Nolan (Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures, Lynda Obst Productions, Syncopy)
  • The Lego Movie, written by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, story by Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, LEGO System A/S, Vertigo Entertainment, Lin Pictures, Warner Bros. Animation (as Warner Animation Group))

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

  • The Flash: “Pilot”, teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg & Geoff Johns, story by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg & Geoff Johns, directed by David Nutter (The CW) (Berlanti Productions, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television)
  • Game of Thrones: “The Mountain and the Viper”, written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss, directed by Alex Graves ((HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions)
  • Grimm: “Once We Were Gods”, written by Alan DiFiore, directed by Steven DePaul (NBC) (GK Productions, Hazy Mills Productions, Universal TV)

Best Editor, Short Form (All of the people in this category were nominated by the manipulative process.)

  • Jennifer Brozek
  • Vox Day
  • Mike Resnick
  • Edmund R. Schubert
  • Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Best Editor, Long Form (All of the people in this category were nominated by the manipulative process.)

  • Vox Day
  • Sheila Gilbert
  • Jim Minz
  • Anne Sowards
  • Toni Weisskopf

Best Professional Artist

  • Kirk DouPonce
  • Nick Greenwood
  • Alan Pollack
  • Carter Reid

Best Semiprozine

  • Abyss & Apex, Wendy Delmater editor and publisher
  • Andromeda Spaceways In-Flight Magazine, Andromeda Spaceways Publishing Association Incorporated, 2014 editors David Kernot and Sue Bursztynski

Best Fanzine

  • Black Gate, edited by John O’Neill
  • Elitist Book Reviews, edited by Steven Diamond
  • The Revenge of Hump Day, edited by Tim Bolgeo
  • Tangent SF Online, edited by Dave Truesdale

Best Fancast

  • Adventures in SF Publishing, Brent Bower (Executive Producer), Kristi Charish, Timothy C. Ward & Moses Siregar III (Co-Hosts, Interviewers and Producers)
  • Dungeon Crawlers Radio, Daniel Swenson (Producer/Host), Travis Alexander & Scott Tomlin (Hosts), Dale Newton (Host/Tech), Damien Swenson (Audio/Video Tech)
  • The Sci Phi Show, Jason Rennie

Best Fan Writer

  • Dave Freer
  • Amanda S. Green
  • Jeffro Johnson
  • Cedar Sanderson

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

  • Jason Cordova
  • Kary English
  • Rolf Nelson
  • Eric S. Raymond

 

 

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.

No Award is not theoretical. The last time it won was the 1977 Hugo Awards, where there was no Hugo Award presented for Best Dramatic Presentation.

How should I mark my ballot if I don't like any of the candidates at all? Well, if you dislike them all equally, just put a 1 by No Award and leave the rest of your ballot in that category blank.

I like some of the candidates, but not all of them and don't want any of the others to win. How should I vote? Rank the candidates that you do want to win in preference order, then No Award. If you dislike all of the remaining candidates equally, leave them all off your ballot.

What happens when I rank things below No Award? This is where people seem to get the most confused. In the initial counting of ballots, we count No Award like any other candidate. That means it can be eliminated like any other candidate. (Most years, it drops off first, as it gets fewer votes than any of the other candidates.) As with the item above, when you've ranked every candidate you liked and reach the point where you'd rather have nothing win than what's left, mark No Award. Then comes the tricky part:

  1. If you dislike all of the remaining candidates equally, leave them all off your ballot. You've just voted against all of them identically. Anything you leave off your ballot is (in effect) tied for last place.

  2. If there are candidates that you nominally prefer over others below No Award, rank them in the order you prefer them. This is saying that "I'd rather X, Y, and Z not win at all, but if one of them must win, I'd prefer X over Y over Z." You've still voted against all of them, but you've said that one of them winning is slightly less obnoxious than the others.

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:
  1. In the preliminary vote counting, your vote for No Award counts until it's eliminated. Your vote for further preferences never count until No Award is eliminated.

  2. After the preliminary winner is determined (assuming it's not No Award), your vote for No Award gets a "second chance" to knock out the winner in a head-to-head showdown.

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:
  • If the Preliminary Winner ranks higher than No Award (or the PW is ranked and NA isn't mentioned), count this as a YES vote for the Preliminary Winner.

  • If No Award ranks higher than the Preliminary Winner (or NA is ranked and the PW isn't mentioned), count this as a NO vote against the Preliminary Winner.

  • If neither the Preliminary Winner nor No Award is listed, this is a blank ballot and doesn't count at all.
Total the YES and NO votes. If YES wins, the Preliminary Winner is confirmed. If NO wins, then No Award wins.

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.


Summary:
  1. If you dislike everything on the ballot equally, vote No Award 1 and leave the rest blank.

  2. If you like some and dislike everything else equally, rank your favorites in preference order, then No Award, then leave the rest blank.

  3. If you like some candidates, dislike the others, but want to influence the relative placement of the works you dislike, then mark the candidates you like, then No Award, then the ones you dislike.

* This is a clear description of the process by Kevin Standlee.

 

This artwork is used under a non-commercial Creative Commons license. The original appears at Deviant Art.

 

Information on this page also comes from the Hugo Awards official web site.

Comments may be directed to webmaster@noaward.com. They are unlikely to be read in a timely manner, but we'll get around to them eventually.

 

 

 

 

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