Science fiction has its own #gamergate movement—and they’re ruining the genre’s most prestigious award

“The same dynamics that gave rise to the #gamergate phenomenon—essentially, the trolls’ backlash to women, people of color, and LGBT people adding their voices to the fan and creator community—are present in the science fiction community as well.”

This is a thoroughly disproven meme in in both cases. At least this guy isn’t one of the idiots claiming that LGBT writer Annie Bellet wasn’t on the SP list.

If the last two months have taught me anything, it’s that the Hugos have been ruined for years. If a few hundred people becoming dues paying members of worldcon is enough to upset the applecart, the wheels weren’t bolted on right to begin with.

The Stake

It’s been said that laws are a bit like sausages: it’s best not to know how they’re made.

I submit that the same is true of book awards.

Consider the Hugo, which is—along with the Nebula—among the highest honor for works of science fiction and fantasy. As a bit of marketing copy on a book cover (“Hugo winner!”), the award is great. But the more you know about how the winners are chosen, the less confident and more nauseated you become. The sausage-making isn’t pretty.

A quick primer for the uninitiated: the Hugo is perhaps the most democratic book award out there. The nominees and winners are selected, essentially, by fans: by supporting or attending members of Worldcon, which takes place in a different city every year. The sole obstacle to voting for the yearly winners of the Hugo is a relatively small membership fee.

Not that this is a…

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