The puppy category and its candidates received no award in the Hugo Award Ceremony. This has sparked controversy.
Chinese sci-fi author, Liu Cixin was best novelist at the Hugo Awards held in Washington. However, there was no award in many odd categories which had too many winners. These included five categories.
Best novella and best short story were two of the sub-genres. Last time no awards were given in the series was in 1977. That was a long time ago. But today it seems that history has repeated itself. The Sad or Rabid Puppies was also a specific category voting group that caused much confusion.
The Puppies are reacting to the transformation of the platform. They don't want to see the Hugo Awards as a free-for-all forum. They want to include more of the WASPS in the list of winners. It should not be a case of reverse discrimination.
After all, affirmative action can be taken too far. This is a shame since now it is the predator who becomes the prey. The White Man’s Burden has been lessened. This has happened to the extent that he is left without a single responsibility. And that is sad indeed.
As for the critics of the Puppies, they say a lot of things. One of them is that most of the white authors promoted tend to spread ideas. These include those type that are parochial, conservative and anti-gay, according to WSJ.
Vox Day and Brad Torgerson are among the notable authors the puppies tend to promote. Some of the white authors have condemned the Puppies. They say that they are homophobic and following an agenda.
As for the winners of the Hugo Awards this year they are many. The Three Body Problem won the prize for the best novel. The Day the World Turned Upside Down was the best novelette hands down. Ms Marvel was the best graphic story. Guardians of the Galaxy happened to be the best dramatic presentation.
The short form best dramatic presentation was Orphan Black. Journey Planet was the best fanzine. The Hugo Awards celebrate the writing of prose and stories that have a moral lesson to them.
They are named after the great author and Frenchman, Victor Hugo. Victor Hugo wrote Les Miserables. The novel is a big fat tome that speaks of the miseries of a runaway criminal who fights to escape the clutches of the law.
He also has a young girl in his custody whom he is trying to protect from the bad elements of society. The novel was the magnum opus of Victor Hugo and a classic of literature.
Those categories in which there were Hugo Awards presented are listed below:
The Three Body Problem, Cixin Liu, Ken Liu translator (Tor Books)
“The Day the World Turned Upside Down”, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Lia Belt translator (Lightspeed, 04-2014)
BEST GRAPHIC STORY
Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal, written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Adrian Alphona and Jake Wyatt, (Marvel Comics)
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)
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, SHORT FORM
Orphan Black: “By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried”, ” written by Graham Manson, directed by John Fawcett (Temple Street Productions, Space/BBC America)
BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST
Lightspeed Magazine, edited by John Joseph Adams, Stefan Rudnicki, Rich Horton, Wendy N. Wagner, and Christie Yant
Journey Planet, edited by James Bacon, Christopher J Garcia, Colin Harris, Alissa McKersie, and Helen J. Montgomery
Galactic Suburbia Podcast, Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Presenters) and Andrew Finch (Producer)
BEST FAN WRITER
Laura J. Mixon
BEST FAN ARTIST
JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER
Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2012 or 2013, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award).
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