On the 2015 Hugos, and the Promise of Fantasy and SciFi

I very, very rarely reblog. However, Maggie Clark writes a well-researched, fair-toned piece on the recent scandal/concerns behind the 2015 Hugo Nominations list. I will say that I have read articles written by supporters of Vox and Sad Puppies to try and get a balanced view on the matter, but I don’t think I could have compiled my thoughts any better than this wonderful piece.

While I think it is interesting that the Hugos are getting a kickback on this when (reportedly) Scalzi received none while “doing the same thing” while President of SFWA (conflict of interest?), my opinions are still out while the situation develops. I will be following this closely, though.

11 thoughts on “On the 2015 Hugos, and the Promise of Fantasy and SciFi

  1. As a woman who writes science fiction, I’ve kept somewhat abreast of the controversies as the old guard of SF tries to keep things the way they like. Not all male SF writers are like that but there is a powerful group of white males who think women and anyone not like them are polluting the genre. Some of the stuff they say is disgusting and nearly insane. I’ll just keep cashing my paycheck and hope they vanish into obscurity,

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  2. I was asked if I was ‘having a feminist agenda’ for writing a novel with a central female protagonist and making the rest of the cast mostly male. Ironically, my reason for choosing such gender ‘imbalance’ was that in that specific culture (species) only 1/3 of the population who were female. Because worldbuilding.

    I hope I wrote my bisexual characters not because I have a bisexual agenda… No, wait.

    Sometimes I see and read things that make my jaw drop. I guess I’m too European…

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    1. I think the world is just that nutty sometimes. But hey, if you wrote a bisexual character, share the link! I’d love to read it. 🙂

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      1. Will do, when the whole series is published and done with. In the first story there wasn’t much of them. *That* part was explored in the sequel book to be published later this month (or, if my editor takes too long, in early May). It is adult (graphic) science fiction, though. I find hard time categorizing it properly, but it is not erotica.

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          1. Well, it was fun exploring stories that deal with polyamorous rela­tion­ships between straight, bisex­ual and het­eroflex­i­ble kinky people. (The keywords are relationships and community, with a touch of exploring such topics as sexuality.)

            The links to both serial novels, their descriptions and publication dates are on my blog — just click the cover pictures on the right panel. But I usually blog about my fresh releases, so you won’t miss that one. (Sorry to hijack your important post thread like this. Advertising myself is not my plan. It’s just that I rarely get asked about this thing I wrote. LOL)

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            1. No, feel free! I am literally inviting you to post a link on my comment section. You never know if someone else might see it. 🙂

              I will state the caveat that I just tried a LGBT+ book, “Ascension”, that didn’t do it for me. It wasn’t really erotic in any way, but the flexibility of sexuality between characters felt contrived. I’m a confirmed, monogamous bisexual, and it would take me a while to accept the idea of a polyamorous relationship.

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              1. Well, here it is: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LGXSFAW/

                This is not a romance, it is Hard SF/Space Opera. This is the first in the series of two books (the second one is graphic and explores characters to even greater extent; this one’s family-friendly), and it deals with how that poly-everything relationship began.

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