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On August 21, 2016 we had a meetup at Jack Stack Barbecue – Freight House in Kansas City. The occasion that brought a critical mass of us together in Kansas City was the World Science Fiction Convention.  This was attended by @tg, @hankrhody, @mattbalzer, @amyschley, @donaldscrankshaw, my wife and myself.  If you’re nerd enough to […]

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@mattbalzer, @amyschley, @hankrhody, @tg, @donaldscrankshaw, and I are all attending the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, typically abbreviated to WorldCon. This particular WorldCon also goes by the name of MidAmeriCon II. The convention starts tomorrow and will run through August 21st. We will have a Ricochet Meetup the evening of the 21st. Since there are […]

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Those of you who are science fiction fans probably know about the Hugo Awards. If you don’t, these are nominated and voted on by the members of the current World Science Fiction Convention. So I thought it might be interesting to talk a little about the nominated works and tell you how I voted. There […]

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Amy Schley and I will be co-hosting a Ricochet Meetup the evening of August 21st, 2016 in Kansas City, MO. The venue hasn’t been selected yet, but Amy will choose someplace when we get closer to the date. The event that precipitates the meetup is Mid-Americon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention. Amy, Hank […]

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No Award at the Hugos

 

hugo-award-logoWell, if you’ve been following the Sad Puppies story, the votes are in. Rather than swallowing their pride and liking something on the merits, the Social Justice Warriors out of spite voted for no awards to be given in several categories.

Before the Hugos were a proxy for politics, they were about good science fiction. I’ve got a book on my shelf, or in a box, or maybe my brother has it, that is a compilation of Hugo winning stories from the ’50s and ’60s. Some of the stories are fantastic, amongst the greatest things I’ve ever read. Some aren’t all that great in my estimation, but they got the award because other people disagreed with me. It’s about the science fiction, not about the politics, right?

Even if it isn’t about the politics on the surface, it usually is in the end. It seems a group of people realized that A) it’s a major career boost to have that “Hugo Award Winning” on your dust jacket, and B) A relatively small group of people could swing the voting one way or another. And so the Hugos in recent years have gone to a small, poorly written, and overwhelmingly leftist set of stories.

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Based on numerous posts and comments I’ve seen – and people I’ve talked to at Ricochet Meetups – the Ricochet membership is almost bursting at the seams with science fiction readers. I don’t know that many Ricochet SF fans attend conventions, but I’m here to invite you to join me at next year’s World Science […]

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