More than anyone could have expected, the voting bloc of the Sad Puppies has made the vast majority of the
nomination slots, and indeed, of their proposed slate, to BE the nomination slate this year.
Brad and his friends are crowing about ‘stealing the Enterprise.’. Jason Sanford
has some analysis of the nominees and book sales, concluding that the Non Puppy nominees, despite what has been asserted, do sell significant numbers of books.. Mike Glyer at File 770 looks at the slate in detail. An interesting note: Larry Correia declined a Hugo nomination for his book. I wonder who got on the final nominee list as a result.
Also of interest, Matthew David Surridge, who also gotten a nomination thanks to the Sad Puppies slate, declined it. At long length, he talks about it at Black Gate.
John Scalzi, who is a Bete Noire to the Sad Puppies, has some good thoughts too.
I do not believe that all of the Sad Puppies nominators read the entire slate of Sad Puppies and found those works to be the only Hugo nominateable ones, and nominated on that basis. Of course that is true of more nominators than just the Sad Puppies, but the practical upshot of a slate of nominees and an active set of fans nominating solely on that basis is the results today.
I know there has always been logrolling behind the scenes for a particular author, or a particular book, but the Sad Puppies have, in the modern internet age, proved that they can and did logroll nearly an entire year’s Hugo slate. There is work on this ballot that has nothing to do with the Puppies, and there are Puppies nominees who are worth consideration. But by and large, they have made this year’s Hugo’s all about the politics, as Charlie Jane Anders says.
If you compare the nominating ballot numbers from this year, and last year, you can see the Puppies activism. I’m not against lots of new voters, I’m on the record
as saying the Hugos need to expand. What I am against is bringing in hundreds of new voters voting a party slate. The results speak for themselves.
Further, here’s the thing. This Sad Puppies ballot voting and their political motivations makes the Hugo Award look like a parochial US only thing. What about fans in Britain? Germany? Australia? Pakistan? Their voices are only slowly being heard in SF awards, and with this slate, those voices are silenced completely this year.