The Rabid Awards 2016


With just 3 days left to go until online voting closes for the Hugo Awards for 2016, I have just finished submitting my ballot. Whether you are one of the VFM or not, if you are a MidAmeriCon member, please remember to submit your ballot as soon as you can; this is the last year in which "slates" can realistically clean up at the awards ceremonies, since the introduction of the new "E Pluribus Hugo" rule from next year onward will apparently greatly reduce the impact of straight-up slate votes.

For the record, here is how I voted for this ballot. It may be noted that the selections below are virtually identical to those of the Supreme Dark Overlord of the Evil Legion of Evil. This is, of course, purely coincidental and unintentional, and any resemblance to any slate, alive or dead, is merely a product of outright happenstance. I have no doubt that you understand completely, n'est-ce pas?

I did make a change for the "Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)" ballot, though. There is simply no way in the Devil's Imperial Hell that I could cast any kind of vote for SJW-driven shitfests like Mad Max: Fury Road or, dear God have mercy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I absolutely HATED the latter, and could not in good conscience cast any kind of vote for it.

I also made a small change to the category for "Best Fanzine". I cannot in good conscience vote for File 770. It's just that simple. Castalia House Blog, on the other hand, is certainly something I'll vote for.

But the most important vote, BY FAR, has got to be for "Best Short Story". The number one pick for that award category is, of course, Chuck Tingle's criminally underrated classic, "Space Raptor Butt Invasion".

I consider it our sworn duty, our moral obligation, our absolute calling, to make sure that this classic of the genre is given the award that it totally deserves this year. Vote for it, even if- like me- you haven't read it.

Hey, it's not like the Torlings read most of the bilge that they nominate for awards either. Turnabout is fair play, after all.

So go forth, fellow Minions, for the awards are upon us. Glory awaits us, for soon we shall drink blood from the skulls of our enemies!


BEST NOVEL
  1. Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Del Rey)
  2. Seveneves: A Novel by Neal Stephenson (William Morrow)
  3. The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher (Roc)
  4. No Award
BEST NOVELLA
  1. Penric’s Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold (Spectrum)
  2. Perfect State by Brandon Sanderson (Dragonsteel Entertainment)
  3. Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds (Tachyon)
  4. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com)
  5. The Builders by Daniel Polansky (Tor.com)
BEST NOVELETTE
  1. “Obits” by Stephen King (The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Scribner)
  2. “What Price Humanity?” by David VanDyke (There Will Be War Volume X, Castalia House)
  3. “Flashpoint: Titan” by Cheah Kai Wai (There Will Be War Volume X, Castalia House)
  4. “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang, trans. Ken Liu (Uncanny Magazine, Jan-Feb 2015)
  5.  No Award
BEST SHORT STORY
  1. “Space Raptor Butt Invasion” by Chuck Tingle (Amazon Digital Services)
  2. “Seven Kill Tiger” by Charles Shao (There Will Be War Volume X, Castalia House)
  3. “If You Were an Award, My Love” by Juan Tabo and S. Harris (voxday.blogspot.com, Jun 2015)
  4. “Asymmetrical Warfare” by S. R. Algernon (Nature, Mar 2015)
  5. “Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld, January 2015)
BEST RELATED WORK (2080 ballots)
  1. Between Light and Shadow: An Exploration of the Fiction of Gene Wolfe, 1951 to 1986 by Marc Aramini (Castalia House)
  2. “The Story of Moira Greyland” by Moira Greyland (askthebigot.com)
  3. “Safe Space as Rape Room” by Daniel Eness (castaliahouse.com)
  4. “The First Draft of My Appendix N Book” by Jeffro Johnson (jeffro.wordpress.com)
  5. SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police by Vox Day (Castalia House)
BEST GRAPHIC STORY
  1. The Sandman: Overture written by Neil Gaiman, art by J.H. Williams III (Vertigo)
  2. No Award
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (LONG FORM)
  1. The Martian screenplay by Drew Goddard, directed by Ridley Scott (Scott Free Productions; Kinberg Genre; TSG Entertainment; 20th Century Fox)
  2. Avengers: Age of Ultron written and directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel Studios; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  3. No Award
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (SHORT FORM)
  1. My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: “The Cutie Map” Parts 1 and 2 written by Scott Sonneborn, M.A. Larson, and Meghan McCarthy, directed by Jayson Thiessen and Jim Miller (DHX Media/Vancouver; Hasbro Studios)
  2. Supernatural: “Just My Imagination” written by Jenny Klein, directed by Richard Speight Jr. (Kripke Enterprises; Wonderland Sound and Vision; Warner Bros. Television)
  3. Grimm: “Headache” written by Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt, directed by Jim Kouf(Universal Television; GK Productions; Hazy Mills Productions; Open 4 Business Productions; NBCUniversal Television Distribution)
  4. Jessica Jones: “AKA Smile” written by Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg, and Jamie King, directed by Michael Rymer (Marvel Television; ABC Studios; Tall Girls Productions;Netflix)
  5. Doctor Who: “Heaven Sent” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Rachel Talalay (BBC Television)
BEST EDITOR – SHORT FORM
  1. Jerry Pournelle
  2. No Award
BEST EDITOR – LONG FORM
  1. Vox Day
  2. Toni Weisskopf
  3. Jim Minz
  4. No Award
BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST
  1. Larry Elmore
  2. Lars Braad Andersen
  3. Michal Karcz
  4. Larry Rostant
  5. Abigail Larson
BEST SEMIPROZINE
  1. No Award
BEST FANZINE
  1. Castalia House Blog edited by Jeffro Johnson
  2. Superversive SF edited by Jason Rennie
  3. Tangent Online edited by Dave Truesdale
BEST FANCAST
  1. The Rageaholic, RazörFist
  2. 8-4 Play, Mark MacDonald, John Ricciardi, Hiroko Minamoto, and Justin Epperson
  3. Cane and Rinse, Cane and Rinse
  4. HelloGreedo, HelloGreedo
  5. Tales to Terrify, Stephen Kilpatrick
BEST FAN WRITER
  1. Jeffro Johnson
  2. Morgan Holmes
  3. Mike Glyer
  4. Shamus Young
  5. Douglas Ernst
BEST FAN ARTIST
  1. Christian Quinot
  2. Kukuruyo
  3. disse86
  4. Matthew Callahan
  5. Steve Stiles
JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER
  1. Andy Weir *
  2. Pierce Brown *
  3. Sebastien de Castell *
  4. Alyssa Wong *
  5. Brian Niemeier

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