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Written by Natalie Luhrs

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August 23, 2015


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.)

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