Those of you who are readers of science fiction and follow the awards given each year, this is an interesting time of year because the Hugo Award nominations are posted. I usually look forward to the list as a guide to the best of the SF novels, novellas and short stories from the previous year that I may have missed or just need to be reminded of.
However, this year politics has taken over what should be a process to identify the best quality writing. A group – two of them, actually – of what appear to be far right wingers have created a slate and in the name of whatever it is they think is right (think Ted Cruz here) have legally jiggered the nomination process to force their special favorites onto the ballot.
In my opinion the credibility of the Hugo Awards has been compromised to the point of the awards becoming inconsequential. It’s a real shame. For more on this here are a couple of links worth your time:
There are also many (many!) posts available via Google featuring smug right wing gloats and brags, if that’s your thing.