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It’s Time

The time has come, the walrus said… Except it was actually the huge manatee, and what he said was “HOON!”

Because yes, it is time to start Sad Puppies 4 in Earnest. And Houston. And Philadelphia. And Back-o-Beyond. You get the idea.

Nominations will open in January 2016, and probably close in March (the closing date hasn’t been officially announced). I’m planning to have The List posted mid to late February (depending, as always, on just how feral my work schedule happens to be). Recommendations have been trickling in, but we need more. MOAR!

Next week, I’ll be starting a series of category posts, starting with the more obscure award categories and working my way towards Best Novel. There’ll also be more news showing up periodically on the Sad Puppies website (which is about to get rather more active than it’s been), and on Facebook.

In the meantime, we can all bask in the warm glow of the knowledge that Sad Puppies have gone mainstream and appeared on Jeopardy. Okay, they got the name wrong (“Puppygate”? Really. Watergate was named for a freaking hotel you twits. Appending -gate to something does not automatically make it a scandal. But I rant…), but still. It’s the big time, baby!

 

JeopardyQ

 

And if all goes as planned, the real Puppy Gate will be at Worldcon in 2016 keeping the eager hordes at bay. Or something.

(Worldcon Puppy Presence Preview…)

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42 Comments
  1. Draven #

    ‘scandal’ hrmpf.

    December 10, 2015
    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard #

      Oh? You don’t think what the Puppy-Kickers did was a scandal? [Evil Grin]

      December 10, 2015
      • Christopher M. Chupik #

        Gerroldgate.

        December 10, 2015
        • Kate Paulk #

          There isn’t a gate BIG enough for that. Oh wait… that’s GRRMgate.

          December 10, 2015
          • Christopher M. Chupik #

            Also, TNH hated my Leigh Brackett piece over at Sarah’s. 🙂

            December 10, 2015
            • Christopher M. Chupik #

              Oh, I meant to post this in reply to the post below. Sorry.

              December 10, 2015
  2. Christopher M. Chupik #

    “Puppygate” was used a bit by the other side, but it was never that common.

    Mean while, at File 770, we had this:

    “Teresa Nielsen Hayden on December 10, 2015 at 5:12 am said:
    I’m waiting to see who the Puppies blame this time for the mainstream attention.”

    Hmmm . . .

    December 10, 2015
    • Nathan #

      Yet again the Puppykickers work themselves up into euphoria over salt flows that never come…

      December 10, 2015
      • Kate Paulk #

        Their grasp on reality is a little on the shaky side.

        December 10, 2015
    • “Blame”? Doesn’t she mean “thank”?

      And I think they are trying to mix us up with GamerGate. But still . . . Jeopardy!

      December 10, 2015
      • Kate Paulk #

        It’s certainly “thank” on this side of the screen. PR like that can’t be bought.

        December 10, 2015
        • So, now that they know that our initial response was not to look for blame, but to squeal in delight, how are they responding? 😉

          Obviously, they don’t understand us as well as they thought they did. (Or understand us at all.)

          December 12, 2015
          • wanderingmuses #

            Nope. Just more proof positive that they just don’t get it.

            December 12, 2015
    • Kate Paulk #

      Blame? I want to know who to *thank*. That question has now pretty much permanently associated the Puppies with the Hugos. PR win, baybee.

      December 10, 2015
    • Shouldn’t someone in the higher echelons of publishing be expected to know the difference between “who” and “whom”?

      December 12, 2015
  3. “What is the lie spread by File770, GRRM, John Scalzi and TOR Publishing?”

    December 10, 2015
    • Kate Paulk #

      “Who?”

      December 10, 2015
      • Seriously, though, did anyone outside of the File770 commentariat call it “Puppygate”?

        December 11, 2015
  4. Not enough ‘O’s: I thought it was spelled, “HOOOOOOOOOOOOON!”

    December 10, 2015
    • And you need to pitch your voice lower, for a really good, deep bass resonance.

      December 10, 2015
      • Kate Paulk #

        Forgive my inadequate transliteration of Huge Manatee.

        December 10, 2015
  5. That is so freaking cool.

    December 10, 2015
    • Kate Paulk #

      It is, yeah. And the timing is almost perfect.

      December 10, 2015
  6. That reminds me, I need to see if anyone has recommended The Master’s Voice by Brendan DuBois.

    December 10, 2015
    • Kate Paulk #

      If nobody has, make sure you drop your own recommendation in.

      December 10, 2015
      • Sam L. #

        That WILL truly ENRAGE the Puppykickers!

        December 11, 2015
      • wanderingmuses #

        I’m seriously embarrassed to ask, but does anyone have the link ready where I can drop my recommendations? I’ve read some pretty awesome books this year that will qualify.

        December 12, 2015
  7. C4c

    December 10, 2015
  8. Christopher M. Chupik #

    More 770:

    “RedWombat on December 10, 2015 at 7:41 am said:

    @Teresa – Clearly Tor’s secret cabal visited Alex Trebec in the night!

    …Which in my head looks a lot like that X-files episode with Jesse Ventura.

    “The object most often mistaken for a Hugo Award is the planet Venus.”

    No, after last year, it will be most often mistaken for the planet Uranus.

    December 10, 2015
    • Kate Paulk #

      You, sir, win the Internets for today.

      December 10, 2015
      • Christopher M. Chupik #

        Oooh, whatever will I do with a whole Internet?

        December 10, 2015
        • Kate Paulk #

          I’m sure you’ll think of something

          December 10, 2015
        • The Other Sean #

          Whatever you do, don’t “close that Internet up.” 🙂

          December 10, 2015
          • Christopher M. Chupik #

            Damn it, Sean, I was about to make that joke . . .

            December 10, 2015
    • Actually, that episode (Jose Chung’s ‘From Outer Space’) had Jesse Ventura and…..Alex Trebek. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0751147/

      Great episode, BTW. A real classic.

      December 11, 2015
      • And now I’m diving into the IMDB trivia, but Johnny Cash was considered for the Trebek “man in black” cameo. How perfect would that have been?

        December 11, 2015
  9. Break down the Puppy Gate!
    And yes, drop -gate from little thing some one or other dislikes and use an accurate, or at least creative name. -gate is just plain lazy. There was one, and one, use post-Watergate that was any good at all. One wag dubbed a religious scandal ‘Pearligate’.

    December 12, 2015
    • Kate Paulk #

      Now THAT one, I like!

      December 12, 2015
    • thehockeyczar31 #

      Do we have our very own Gategate?

      December 14, 2015

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