To my friends who are going to vote No Award at the Hugos this year
(This is a guest post by long time MGC reader and SF/F fan Phil Sevetson. When he asked if I would be interested in letting our readers see how a fan is reacting to the Hugo controversy, I jumped at it. After all, fans are the ones who we ought to be listening to, not our small cliques of like-minded writers. It is the fans who pay us by buying our work and by telling their friends if they like what we are doing or not. — Amanda)
To my friends who are going to vote No Award at the Hugos this year:
This is your right. You’re going to be voting out some good people and some bad ones without regard to which is which, though.
But if you’re going to do this, and make any claim to having integrity, you need to nominate works for next year’s Worldcon when the noms open next year (purchasing this year’s supporting membership entitles you to do so). It wouldn’t hurt you to buy a supporting membership and vote next year, too.
Worldcon is dying of old age, and failing to recruit younger fen. They’re going, instead, to places they find more congenial — Dragon Con, Gen Con, SDCC Comic Con, NY Comic Con, Salt Lake Comic Con, all sorts of other places. I have my own opinions about why this is happening — mostly about exclusive behaviors exhibited by the longterm fans when the Wrong Kind of People show up, or have differing political opinions. (For any who don’t know me after all this time, I’m liberal/populist, with a big side order of Freedom of Speech.) You don’t agree with me about the reasons, or you wouldn’t be voting No Award.
If you don’t get involved, then you’re complaining about your choices without doing the work required to have more choices. Get on it, people. If you don’t like what’s happening, get involved to make positive changes. Don’t just firebomb the people who are already trying, according to their best lights. Because firebombing/flaming/downvoting this year’s Sad Puppies3 and Rabid Puppies nominees won’t help the Worldcon, unless more people start getting involved as a result; without a large influx of new people, WC will be dead in less than a generation.
If this doesn’t matter to you, then you have no business registering or voting. Put your time where your mouth is.