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The Hugo Awards have been at the centre of a furore after two campaigns successfully prevented female authors and authors of colour from being proportionally nominated. Some people are comparing the controversy to GamerGate, which in 2014 saw coordinated misogynist attacks aimed at people who spoke out about sexism in the gaming industry.
In 2014 the Hugo Awards celebrated the increasing diversity of sci-fi and fantasy writers, with younger writers, women and people of colour all picking up awards. [Didact: All of this wonderful VIBRANCY!!! At the cost of actual, y'know, talent that would have given fans of science fiction some real pleasure.] At the time, pop culture website io9 commented that the awards heralded "a sea change".
The nominations for this year's awards were announced on Saturday and showed that two campaign groups, the Gamergate-affiliated Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies, have succeeded in getting a list of predominately male, white writers nominated. [Didact: Dear God Almighty, but these people are morons.]
The Hugo Awards are voted for by members of World Science Fiction Convention, who pay $40 (£26) for membership, which allows them to vote for nominations in 2016, too. For the third year running, Sad Puppies encouraged their followers to vote for their selection of nominees, making the greatest impact yet.
On February 1, Sad Puppies released their selection, urging readers: "If you agree with our slate below — and we suspect you might — this is YOUR chance to make sure YOUR voice is heard."
Sad Puppies has been spearheaded by Brad R Torgersen and Larry Correia, two members of the sci-fi and fantasy community who have critised the "rarefied and insular" group of fans they believe were responsible for women and non-white authors winning Hugo Awards last year. Debut author Kameron Hurley was among the women picking up Hugos in the 2014 ceremony.
Torgersen accused the Hugos of being "an affirmative action award: giving Hugos because a writer or artist is (insert underrepresented minority or victim group here) or because a given work features (insert underrepresented minority or victim group here) characters."
Theodore Beale, who goes under the pen-name of Vox Day and runs Rabid Puppies, has received Hugo Award nominations in two different Editing categories, following his own inclusion on the Rabid Puppies' suggested slate. Beale is also lead editor of Castalia House, which has received nine Hugo Award nominations this year.
Members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have called for Beale's exclusion from the group after he has written against women's suffrage and posted racist views towards black writer NK Jemisin.
Io9 has commented, "it's a weird turn of events that, the year after Hurley's double win, we see list of nominees that includes someone published by Patriarchy Press." Patriarchy Press is a "joke" e-publisher created by Hugo-nominated author Michael Z Williamson.
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