The Summer of Sausage

BBQ Sausage

…at least that’s what I’ve been calling all these lists and essays about books by men and about how it’s just so hard out there for a male writers.  It’s gotten fairly ridiculous.  I haven’t even been looking that hard and had no problem collecting links. And this has been mostly after my post about priorities back in July (E. Catherine Tobler’s post is also pretty great). is one of the big offenders here; I can only assume that’s because their traffic goes up when people get mad at them. It’s mainly their “Five Books” series: Five SFF Novels with Perfect Opening LinesFive Books About Awful, Awful People, and Five Novels with Different Cosmological Outlooks. Because only men write books with perfect opening lines, about awful people, and involving different views of the world–am I right or am I right?

Not to be outdone by, Nerds of a Feather has also gotten into the book listicle business and their first two entries were suspiciously lady free, featuring six books each recommended by authors James Cambias and Django Wexler. Subsequent entries in this series appear to much more diverse, for which this lady can only breathe a sigh of relief that this was an aberration.

It’s all just too much for a lady writer–so much so that Catherine Nichols created a male pseudonym for querying agents. And is surprised at the immediate and positive response she receives. Especially after the fifty prior queries sent out under her own name which netted a much less enthusiastic response.

Sometimes, though, male writers just can’t bear the burden. It’s so hard, you know? It’s so hard that sometimes they need to take on a new identity, one which is–wait for it–gender neutral. You didn’t think that they’d actually consider taking a female name, did you? For a male writer, two initials plus a last name is enough to fool most people–especially the lady-people who actually buy most of their books.

But for some, this is just all too much.  Men are under attack, y’all. Horrors!

(I would like to take this moment to acknowledge that not all men are in possession of a, er, sausage. Nor do they need to be!)

No More Memory Holes

So remember how Sasquan decided that even though Lou Antonelli violated their Code of Conduct they weren’t going to enforce the Code of Conduct because David Gerrold didn’t want them to?  Turns out that Gerrold wasn’t the only one feeling harassed and intimidated–and he wasn’t the only one to report it.

Meg Frank, the Events Deputy Division Head also reported same against Lou Antonelli and was told by the head of operations, Robbie Bourget, that she had not been harassed and one of the vice-chairs, Glenn Glazer, attempted to guilt her into backing down.  Instead of backing down, Meg Frank resigned a week before the convention.  Frank has provided a PDF of emails to back up her assertions.

I wish I could say I was surprised, but I’m not.  Here are a some screencaps from the Journeymen of Fandom group on Facebook in which it is clear that Robbie Bourget sees the rehabilitation of offenders back into community as a higher priority than attendee safety:

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And here’s Glenn Glazer defending Robbie Bourget when she comes in for some criticism in the same thread. He is clearly putting his personal alliances and friendships over that of the convention. If he doesn’t know you, your opinion and experience are irrelevant.

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Edited to add: If you’re interested in the full context: Facebook discussion.  If you’re not Facebook-enabled: screencap (right click and open in a new tab/window). Since someone was complaining about that (screencap–again, right click, open in new tab/window).

Oh, but Sasquan is over and done with! There isn’t anything to be upset about!

Not true.  Both these individuals are heavily involved in con-running and they have the potential to sidetrack and hijack the enforcement of Codes of Conduct in favor of offender rehabilitation in the future.  Robbie Bourget was co-chair of Anticipation, the last Worldcon held in Montreal (note her co-chair). And this is what she had to say in 2012 on the SMOFS mailing list on the subject of harassment and codes of conduct (click to embiggen):

And lest we forget, someone just last year thought this was appropriate to send to the the Sasquan mailing list when they were trying to figure out what their Code of Conduct should be–that someone felt that they could send this to the mailing list speaks to the general mindset of the organizers (click to embiggen):

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So, yeah. This is a thing. I have no idea how to remedy it except that we can’t keep letting these incidents be forgotten. We can’t be complacent and we can’t pretend that there’s no responsibility to the membership outside of legal requirements. I do recognize and understand that running a convention is a lot of work and is often thankless. But the safety of the members should be one of the top priorities of the convention committee and I simply cannot understand why–so often–it isn’t.

No more memory holes.

Links: 08/28/15

Alternate Timeline Hugo Awards


I think the voters sent a pretty clear message last night on the subject of slates: NOPE.

Wired has a pretty good write-up of the evening.

But, of course, since both faction of Puppies have goalpost moving as one of their main hobbies, they’re claiming this is some sort of victory for them.  I do not think that word means what you think it means.


Here’s the full results–you can see that no award was given out in five categories. This is unprecedented in the history of the awards.

That’s all well and good and I’m glad this is how things turned out last night.

One of the things that happens after the ceremony is that all the statistics are released. Including nominating ballots.  And if you look at those, you can see the ballot that we probably would have happened if a minority of people in our community hadn’t decided to nominate via slate.

This is that ballot (to the best of my ability and ignoring the 5% rule).

Best Novel

Best Novella

Best Novelette

Best Short Story

Best Related Work

Best Graphic Story

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

Honestly, I can’t figure out how this category would have gone without Puppy influence–Guardians of the Galaxy certainly would have been nominated regardless, and I can’t see that some of the others wouldn’t have been, either.

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

  • Doctor Who: “Listen”
  • Orphan Black: “By Means Which Have Never Been Tried Yet”
  • Agents of Shield: “Turn, Turn, Turn”
  • Game of Thrones: “The Lion and the Rose”
  • The Legend of Korra: “The Last Stand”

Best Editor, Short Form

  • John Joseph Adams
  • Neil Clarke
  • Ellen Datlow
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Sheila Williams

Best Editor, Long Form

  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Beth Meacham
  • Patrick Nielsen Hayden
  • Lee Harris
  • Anne Perry

Best Professional Artist

  • Julie Dillon
  • John Picacio
  • Galen Dara
  • Stephan Martiniere
  • Chris McGrath

Best Semiprozine

Best Fanzine

Best Fancast

Best Fan Writer

  • Laura J. Mixon
  • Abigail Nussbaum
  • Liz Bourke
  • Natalie Luhrs
  • Mark Oshiro

Best Fan Artist

This was the only category which had no slate nominees.

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

  • Wesley Chu
  • Andy Weir
  • Alyssa Wong
  • Carmen Marchado
  • Django Wexler

This would have been a very different ballot and one that was both interesting and exciting, particularly in the short fiction categories. There’s so much good work here, work that I am genuinely excited about and work that really shows the direction the genre is heading–not just reflecting where it’s been. It’s a shame that were weren’t able to recognize and celebrate these works and their creators for the last four months.

(I am also very grateful to the 76 people who nominated me. That means a lot, thank you. Maybe next year? We’ll see what happens.)

Hugo Awards Drinking Game

hugo-poopNow, I know that Jason Sanford has already posted one, but certainly our field is large and diverse enough to contain more than one Hugo Awards Drinking Game (drink!).  So, in that spirit, here is my rendition of the theme.

As in years past, there will be live video streaming of the awards ceremony. More information on ways to keep up with the awards ceremony can be found at the official site.

Interpret “drink” however you’d like: in the hope of saving my liver, I’m going to be conservative in my interpretation.

Take a drink every time:

Take two drinks every time:

  • A Sad Puppy wins a Hugo Award.
  • David Gerrold makes a joke about Lou Antonelli’s slo-mo SWATting of the convention.
  • Someone refers to “politcs” or “controversies” or “puppies”.
  • Someone equates editorial control or being vigorously disagreed with to censorship.
  • A dead white male writer is held up as the gold standard of SFF writing.

Take as many drinks as you need to dull the pain:

  • A Rabid Puppy wins a Hugo Award.

Alternate drinking games:

Feel free to make additional suggestions in the comments.