You’re probably familiar with the Hugo awards if you’re a science-fiction or fantasy writer/reader. Big award, said to celebrated the best that sci-fi and fantasy has to offer? Well, for a while now it hasn’t. Celebrated the best, I mean. And I know that science fiction and fantasy can be pretty nebulous on what’s “the best,” especially among dedicated fans who can have entertaining debates over whether Star Trek or Star Wars is more technically feasible. But the Hugo award was starting to see entirely too much control from one small insular group of “fans.” Well, a bunch of authors got tired of it and decided to do something about it to broaden the Hugo audience back to what it once was, and the sad puppies campaign was formed.
Long story short, it’s kicked off the closest thing I’ve seen in the time I’ve been following the publishing industry to a form of war. And I’m not going to cover it all here. I’ve covered it on my other blog before, and you can catch up on the battle pretty readily yourself with a few quick Google searches, though be wary of what you read: the insular group is pretty nasty.