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Hopefully this is my last Hugo-related post before the end of nominations?

So I think there was a winner in the whole Puppies awfulness. The winner was everyone who published something in 2015, because I am reading (mostly library/available-online copies, but in some cases buying) all kinds of things I would never otherwise read in the year it was published, and in some cases never read at all.

Other potential best related work thingies!

Rave and Let Die (amazon link) - Adam Roberts. 3+/5. I really like Roberts' writing. I don't always agree with him; in fact, sometimes I disagree with him vehemently. Take, for example, his assertion in the Prologue (this part of which is available to read free from the link) "Putting yourself forward for an award is inevitably predicated upon the following premise: I think my work should win this award. And that means only one thing: I think my work is the best novel/short story/essay published this year."

Umm... no. That is a false chain of reasoning. It can mean that you think other people might think it's worth winning an award, which of course does not (and Roberts even says this right in the same essay!) necessarily relate to being the best anything. It can mean that you'd like other people to be able to FIND all the stuff you published that year, regardless of whether they, or you, think it's the best. (I am really happy when I find an author page where they have nicely listed the stuff they've published that year.)

Anyway! Later on in the Prologue (part of which is free) he talks about Harry Potter using an extended quotation from G.K. Chesterson who is talking about Sir Walter Scott. You can see why I think this guy is amazing :) He's not for everyone, I think! But I like him a lot. Definitely putting him down for Best Related Work.

Lois McMaster Bujold - amazon link - Edward James. Have not finished. Probably will not finish before the voting deadline. I'm not sure there's a whole lot here I don't already know, but unless I quickly find something three things better (I'm also nominating Letters from Tiptree) I'm gonna put this on my ballot, because quite frankly I'd rather have this than anything the puppies can come up with. (Why yes, I'm more bitter about Related Work 2014 than any other category.)

Date: 2016-03-30 03:04 am (UTC)
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I think a bunch of us are winners, too - I for one wouldn't have read almost any of this stuff if I hadn't been making a specific effort to read for the Hugos. And there's been some I've really enjoyed and am glad to have read! And I've discovered some new authors I want to explore more from. Honestly, on the whole, I think it might turn out to be a net gain for the award (although that'll depend on how this year's turn out, obviously).

Date: 2016-03-31 03:49 am (UTC)
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Yeah, there's been more stuff nominated in the last few years that was free online, but I bet there'll be another surge this year. That'll be interesting to see!

Date: 2016-03-30 03:51 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the link to the book about Bujold. I'm a huge fan of hers. I'm going to see if I can get the library to order it.

EDIT: The central library has a copy! It's already loaned out but I should get it within a few weeks if I put a hold on it.
Edited Date: 2016-03-30 03:56 pm (UTC)

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