2015 Hugo Award Nominees Announced

Written by Natalie Luhrs

I'm a lifelong geek with a passion for books and social justice.

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April 4, 2015


So this happened.

Congratulations to everyone who chose not to game the system. Special congratulations to Noah Ward, who I expect will have a very strong showing this year.

You fucking assholes. I hope you’re happy.

World Science Fiction Society? The Hugos are broken. You might want to look into fixing them. Somehow.

(I can’t take credit for the logo: it arrived in my inbox, unattributed.)

ETA: I have some more thoughts here.

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  1. Paul Weimer (@princejvstin)

    That logo says it all, Natalie.

  2. dichroic

    I hope people *don’t* protest with No Award votes, in cases where there’s something deserving on the ballot. The Goblin Emperor, for instance, would be a strong contender in any year. I haven’t read the Jim Butcher book, but I suspect it deserves consideration too.

    • Natalie Luhrs

      As I nominated both the Addison and Leckie novels, I’m thrilled that they are on the ballot and it’s going to be hard for me to rank them as they both are doing things with genre that I find incredibly interesting.

  3. Caitrin

    For the most part it makes me sick. This was my first year nominating and I was really excited about it and the nominees I put up. Just so disappointing. I was going to go to WorldCon but I’ve decided against it now. Ugh.

    • Natalie Luhrs

      Caitrin, I’m so sorry that your first year participating turned out like this. At least you’ll have nominating rights for next year, too.

  4. Jude

    The Hugos are broken so as to be very nearly meaningless now. I’m sure the shitbakers are thrilled, because they apparently have so little in their lives that they enjoy, they have to make sure everyone’s delight in something is destroyed.

  5. Cheryl

    WSFS is us (ie. any member, supporting or attending of Worldcon). And there are proposals being presented at this year’s business meeting to try to mitigate the voting block thing. If you *are* attending, please go to the business meeting to hear, discuss and vote on the proposals!

    And vote! Put No Award before any of the works you feel do not merit a Hugo.

    I will see you there.

    I may be hosting a Glittery Hoo-Ha party as well.

  6. Professor Moriarty

    “You fucking assholes. I hope you’re happy.”

    And that about says it all doesn’t it, about that whole Tolerance thing?

    Until last year, I was on the so called “SJW” side. Then that “side” championed trash like Swirsky’s dinosaur…thing. And I realized, the damnable Vox Day maybe, actually had a point, though it pained me to say it.

    So, here’s to a possible end to Fascist Exclusivity masquerading as Tolerance and Inclusivity !

    “You fucking assholes. I hope you’re happy.” -NICE. Thanks for removing the mask for a second.

    • Natalie Luhrs

      Lol. You’re adorable. Bye now.

  7. yamamanama

    That’s why you vote for Ancillary Sword, The Goblin Emperor, and No Award.

    Argh, to think that Vandermeer of all people got kicked off the nominee list for this. argargrghhrff.

  8. yamamanama

    Of course I’m like the patron saint of being late to the party so I haven’t read any of the nominees.

  9. Chris Gerrib

    As one of the people writing proposals to “fix” this problem, I *do* hope people show up at the WSFS business meeting.

    • Natalie Luhrs

      Thanks for your work on this, Chris. I know that the business meeting can be a challenge. I won’t be there, as it’s on the other side of the country, I don’t like to fly, and I just started a new job so vacation time is limited, but I do wish you–and the other people working on proposals to mitigate this kind of damage in the future–the very best of luck.

    • Deirdre Saoirse Moen

      Chris, I’ll be there with you. I’d be happy to talk over proposals and work with you on them if you’d like (though I’ve never done them before, I have been to my fair share of business meetings).

      In fact, after tonight, I was considering skipping the business meeting until I realized that I had to go. So: I’ll be there, universe permitting.

  10. Deirdre Saoirse Moen

    Sorry, I was considering skipping the con until I realized I had to go to the business meeting. It’s 2:38 am in Amazon.

  11. Thomas

    I see the big winner in the Sad Puppies collective is the person who fantasized about punching Terry’s Pratchett, after Pratchett became ill. Classy. It’s interesting that Professor Moriarty doesn’t seem to have any problem with that; its nominating a terrific story that makes his blood boil and convinces him to “change” sides.

  12. Veronica Schanoes

    What I find amusing is the notion that being “tolerant” and “inclusive” means not disliking anybody for any reason. That’s just…odd. Where did Moriarty get that idea?

  13. Professor Moriarty

    “I see the big winner in the Sad Puppies collective is the person who fantasized about punching Terry’s Pratchett, after Pratchett became ill. Classy. It’s interesting that Professor Moriarty doesn’t seem to have any problem with that; its nominating a terrific story that makes his blood boil and convinces him to “change” sides.”

    Who said I even knew about it? And which Author said this? While my literary namesake had his people and ears everywhere, I do not and thus, am not omniscient. I’ve been reading here, off and on, for about a year, when it was still Radish Reviews. I did so because I followed some links and discovered someone who seemed to be mostly reasonable. And I usually find something good in the Links. For what it’s worth, I rarely comment here or anywhere, for that matter. (I think this may be my first time, here)

    My views are unorthodox and don’t fit neatly into any one side.

    I detest Vox Day. I also detest NK Jemisin. Two hateful people shouting past each other. But I think very highly of Brad Torgerson. Likewise, John Scalzi. And have, against my better judgment, even enjoyed a couple of Larry Correia’s works (I liken them to Literary Cheetos).

    If it was Vox Day that made that comment about Pratchett it doesn’t surprise me. But I wouldn’t know, since I avoid his blog and haven’t read his books.

    So, who said it? I’m interested to know.

    • Natalie Luhrs

      So. If you’ve been reading here a while, I’d like to know where you got the idea that I am tolerant of intolerance or that I’m going to sit down and keep my mouth shut when a bunch of jerks do their best to ruin an award on ideological grounds?

  14. Professor Moriarty

    “Tolerant of Intolerance…”

    I guess that part about “Off and On” and “Not omniscient” went unnoticed. What kept me reading here, off and on, was some of the stuff being written during the Marion Zimmer Bradley brouhaha. I was impressed with what I saw, at the time, as intellectual honesty. At least enough to check back every once in a while.

    • Natalie Luhrs


      I do appreciate you taking the time to check in and read, for what it’s worth.

  15. Professor Moriarty

    And I still will, for what it’s worth. I hate echo chambers. Of every kind, on either side.

    But you called Torgersen an asshole. Aside from the Sad Puppies debacle, what has he done to deserve that?

    I don’t think Sad Puppies is any thing to get too bent about. It’s legal. Why not just organize against, if one is so inclined.

    • Natalie Luhrs

      Brad Torgersen has made it clear that he doesn’t like me. He’s an adult, I’m sure he can handle me calling him an asshole. Because that is my honest opinion of both him and Vox Day.

      I agree that putting forth a slate is legal and within the rules. I am not inclined to organize an opposing slate because I believe that slates are a violation of the spirit of the Hugo Awards. I don’t think anyone should be telling anyone else how to nominate or vote–recommendation lists or eligibility posts I am generally okay with because the field is so large and diverse and they help me triage come nominating time, but I am absolutely not okay with “Here’s a list of people the we should all get together and nominate because it’ll really piss off all those people we don’t like!”

  16. Mark

    Re Torgersen, one would think the Sad Puppies debacle is sufficient. That it is legal doesn’t make it right. (Some of us don’t _want_ to see the Hugos turn into a contest of opposing slates, thank you very much.)

  17. yamamanama

    How is Jemisin in any way on the level of Vox “I think that women’s rights are a disease to be eradicated and non-whites are not fully human and also I stalked a woman and posted some videos and art she made in an effort to humiliate her” Day?

  18. Dawn Incognito

    I detest Vox Day. I also detest NK Jemisin. Two hateful people shouting past each other.

    I disagree. Vox Day is shouting right at NK Jemisin. She is demanding to be treated as a human being, and Vox Day is informing her that she is not as human as he is. That is not equivalent in the slightest.

    But what do I know? I’m just a woman, and therefore not as human as Vox Day either. I’m probably just on my period or something. [/snark]

  19. Professor Moriarty


    Thank you. I was unaware of Wright’s remarks. Good thing I never read anything of his.


    I won’t argue/debate it any further. If you think Torgersen is an asshole, nothing I can say will change that.

    @Dawn Incognito,

    My apologies. So, while his remarks are aimed directly at her, rather than at blacks in general, hers are only aimed at every white person. But , to paraphrase yourself, what do I know, I’m just a white person and thus not allowed to be offended, unless it’s in the service of someone else. Because it’s a given that no matter what, I’m racist and nothing I say will ever change that. Just ask NK Jemisin.

    We can argue degree of hate all day. But Jemisin is certainly a hateful person.

  20. delagar

    If that is what you believe, about Jemisin and Vox Day, Professor, you are sadly misinformed about both of them.

    I suspect you of being disingenuous. In the event that you are not — that you are as ignorant as you claim to be above — I invite you to spend a few hours read Vox Day’s charming little blogs, either of them. Educate yourself before you start lecturing anyone else, please.

  21. Professor Moriarty

    Huh? You mean I’m mistaken about Vox Day being an asshole? I thought we all agreed on that.

    And you need to read NK Jemisin more. She’s as hateful as he is and I don’t give her a pass.

    Well, anyway.

    Thank you, Natalie. My apologies if I came on too strong before. But every once in a while, even I get offended. It’s been an interesting discussion. I won’t clutter your blog further.

  22. delagar

    Nice dodging, Professor.

    But there is a difference between being a generalize asshole, and being a white Supremacist / racist / misogynistic hate monger, which is what Vox Day is, and which — since apparently you do have some familiarity with his blog — you must know he is.

    I have read Jemisin. If you are equating her with Vox Day, as you seem to be with your comment “She is as hateful as he is,” then you are either a fool or a liar. Since you claim over and over to be ignorant, I’ll let you choose which category you belong in.

  23. yamamanama

    I still don’t get it. How is Jemisin at all hateful, let alone as hateful as a man who stalked a woman who wrote a negative review of his book and posted it on his blog and stalked another woman and posted some videos she made on his blog in an effort to humiliate her and also he said that women’s rights are a disease to be eradicated?

    • Deirdre Saoirse Moen

      Email addy’s at the bottom of each of my web pages. hint: deirdre@ (followed by my domain name)

  24. Dara

    Jim Butcher, I have from reliable but sadly anonymous primary sources _other than the puppies_, was aware of the slate and is more or less onboard with it.

    (The puppies, of course, say that they contacted everyone they included and got clearance. Several people have denied that in public. Jim Butcher, to the best of my knowledge, has not.)

    • Natalie Luhrs

      I have similar information on Butcher, Dara. I’ve been told that if you go to Larry Correia’s FB page and dig through the comments, you can see Butcher posting on the subject. I don’t have that kind of stomach.

  25. Andrew Barton

    I’d be sad if Jim Butcher really was a knowing participant. I will say that the Hugo nominations came out while he was in the UK as Eastercon GoH, and on the Friday of the con he was severely jet lagged and had not slept for thirty hours. I doubt he’s been able to give any proper consideration to the issues in recent days.


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