Hugo Nominations were announced today, and among them is one for Jeffro Johnson for Best Fan Writer!
Already there is a wailing and gnashing of teeth as though the Devil himself had made a clean sweep of the nominations. Yes, apparently the Sad Puppies have dominated the slate, and ugly fat socialists with frumpy clothes and rolls of neckfat are announcing that they plan on voting “No Award” in nearly a dozen categories so that their ballots can be “Puppy Free”.
Frankly, I don’t give a damn about most of the rest of it, and honestly, from what I’ve learned in the past two months the Hugos have lost a lot of the cache they had in my mind from back when I was a little kid who was all “Oh, hey, Babylon 5 won a Hugo! That’s awesome, right?” I mean, sure, If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love was not as bad as Interior Semiotics, but it hardly lends a lot of credibility to something nominally going to the ‘best of the best’. But it’s still, it’s awesome that someone I know is up for what was a once prestigious award in the field!
I suck and am a loser because I was two days late in meeting the registration deadline (“You mean I could actually vote for a Hugo nom? Cool! Oh, shit, I had to send in my form two days ago!”), but if you were smart and had better timing than me, I strongly recommend that you vote for Jeffro Johnson. If he can make you forget about what a PR debacle the Dwimmermount Kickstarter was and actually sell people on the idea that it’s worth having a look (gone are the stigmatic days of “9 rats/2000 copper” and Dwimmerdust!), then he can probably also make you forget how bad the Hugos were in the recent past. It’s a new day!