Let’s Read Vox Day’s Post-Hugo Analysis

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If you can look at this image without cringing so hard your skeleton collapses in on itself, I will mail you €10

I’m laid up in bed with the ills at the moment, so why not have a bit of fun at the expense of Vox Day (aka Theodore Beale) and his Rabid Puppies?

If you’re lucky enough to not know what I’m talking about, this Gizmodo article does a good job of quickly breaking down the story. I was intrigued to see that Beale had put a congratulatory post on his blog outlining the many ways that his second failure to secure Hugo awards for books published by his own vanity press (for example, whatever the fuck this is) was somehow a victory for the forces of traditional SFF, and I thought it might be fun to take a little dip into this sad, pathetic, very sad corner of the internet.

Things went very much according to form, and we have the SF-SJWs exactly where we want them at this point in time.

The Rabid Puppies campaign last year was a bit like like Donald Trump’s recent presidential maneuverings, in that it sailed onto the world stage with lofty victory conditions that it had already started to back-pedal on before the actual voting took place. Beale’s goal at the beginning very much seemed to be to secure Hugo wins for selections from his slate, but when that didn’t happen he declared it to be EXACTLY ACCORDING TO PLAN, somehow.

It’s unsurprising to see him pulling the same stunt this time, which just muddies the waters further on what the Rabid Puppies campaign is actually trying to accomplish, if anything.

Observe that after only two years, we already have them voting almost entirely in reaction to us, changing and complicating their rules, and awarding SJWs instead of merit in most categories.

Supposedly, the entire point of this shit-fit is that the Hugos were being awarded to SJW writers on the basis of diversity representation rather than merit, but here Beale claims that this is now being done in response to the Rabid Puppies campaign, which would seem to imply that it wasn’t happening before…. in which case, what was the point of the Rabid Puppies to begin with? Doesn’t this mean that they’ve now caused the very thing they were trying to prevent?

We were only able to burn two categories this year, but we reduced their choices to X or No Award in 5 other categories.

“Burning” two categories means getting people to vote no award instead of electing a Rabid Puppies pick for an award. After this happened en masse last year, Beale tried to claim it as a victory and retroactively changed the Puppies’ goal to “burning down the Hugos” rather than taking them back from the SJWs.

It’s true that in five categories the only choice was to either vote for a Puppies pick or vote no award, but that’s only because the Puppies pulled a fast one by nominating things like The Martian and a Jessica Jones episode that were popular and likely to be nominated anyway.

We got them to show the public their true colors and demonstrate that what the Hugo Award primarily means is public adherence to the SJW Narrative.

Again, Beale seems to be openly admitting that he caused the Hugo voters to do the thing that he claimed to be trying to stop them from doing, and somehow, this is a victory.

Among the finalists no awarded this year: Jerry Pournelle, Larry Elmore, Toni Weisskopf, Moira Greyland, David Vandyke, Pierce Brown, and RazörFist.

Now, you might be wondering what “no awarded” means and why Beale is presenting it as nefarious. It’s closely related to the alt-right/anti-progress idea of “no-platforming”, which is where you refuse to give someone a platform for their views such as a panel at a convention. In the alt-right universe, free speech doesn’t consist of not curtailing someone’s ability to speak their mind, but of actively promoting and enabling them in reaching as wide an audience as possible; if you fail to do so, you’re censoring them.

But wait, aren’t there limited avenues by which any one person’s speech can be elevated above others? Well yes, but you see, some people’s ideas and creative output are objectively and inherently superior to others, and everyone secretly recognizes who is worthy of being given a platform; it’s just that evil SJWs refuse to acknowledge it because they have to keep promoting The Narrative.

In most cases, the awards were given to people whose work is of observably lower quality. For example, the bestselling Pierce Brown, whose novel was not even nominated, wrote what was almost certainly, by any reasonable standard, the best science fiction novel published this year.

Case in point. “Observably lower quality”. “By any reasonable standard”. These phrases really mean “according to Theodore Beale” and “by Theodore Beale’s standards”.

By the by, the Pierce Brown he’s talking about is Doing In The Wizard’s very own Pierce Brown, author of the Red Rising trilogy. Having read the novel in question and the best novel winner, I can tell you that it was most certainly not the best science fiction novel published this year. Morning Star isn’t even the best novel of Pierce Brown’s career.

They no-awarded a serious literary work about Gene Wolfe. Remember, these are the same people that have repeatedly claimed a blog post was “the Best Related Work” in science fiction that year.

Yes, the darn SJWs “no awarded” a serious literary work about Gene Wolfe that was published by… Castelia House, Theodore Beale’s small press publisher. Given that, it’s quite likely that it didn’t win an award because none of the voters knew it existed before the Puppiers got it onto the nomination list to score rhetorical points.

And I actually agree with him that the blog post in question shouldn’t have won for best related work last year, but that has nothing to do with it being a blog post and more to do with the fact that it was a vindictive hit-piece masquerading as anti-abuse investigative journalism.

The four fiction categories are increasingly becoming No White Male territory. The winners were: black woman, black woman, Asian woman, white woman, none of whom are bestselling or even very well-known authors.

As opposed to the writers that Theodore Beale published via Castelia House and who were heavily represented in last year’s slate? Were they bestselling or well known? Since when was that a requirement to win a Hugo award?

Contra all their unconvincing pretenses of delight, the nomination of “Space Raptor Butt Invasion” embarrassed them greatly. Chuck Tingle’s masterpiece was no-awarded, exactly as I predicted.

The most hilarious own-goal of this year’s Rabid Puppies slate was the nomination of Space Raptor Butt Invasion by Chuck Tingle (greatest author in the world), apparently in an attempt to make the prudish anti-sex  no-fun SJWs clutch their pearls and retire to the fainting couch or something. Instead, everyone thought it was awesome and Tingle turned the tables on Beale by inviting Gamergate target-zero Zoe Quinn to the award ceremony as his representative. Given how badly this backfired I expected Beale to skip right over the whole debacle, so I was kind of blown away to find him claiming that in fact, the Hugo voters were embarrassed by Space Raptor Butt Invasion, and he knows this because… they didn’t give it an award?

I seriously wonder whether Beale actually understands how competitions like this work, and whether he realizes that only one of the nominations in each category can win. He acts as though every nomination that didn’t win was somehow snubbed, as though they all could have been given awards but the darn SJWs chose not to do so for some agenda-driven reason.

Alternatively, maybe he’s just stupid.

We played kingmaker in Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form, where The Martian beat Fury Road, and in the John W. Campbell Award, where Andy Weir beat Alyssa Wong, thanks to our votes. And, of course, in Best Novel, where Jemisin’s win was primarily a vote against us.

Dude’s got a good point here. It’s entirely due to the Rabid Puppies that Fury Road was defeated by this little-known, unpopular movie called The Martian, which surely wouldn’t have stood a chance at nomination otherwise. And of course, one of the best-reviewed SFF novels of the year– a book that’s garnered wild applause and near-universal critical acclaim, written by an established genre author with a pre-existing fanbase– would never have made it to the top of the heap unless people were trying to vote in spite of Beale’s shenanigans.

And even if people did vote for Jemisin only because of Beale’s influence, doesn’t that once again mean that he’s causing the very phenomenon that he’s claiming to want to prevent? Shouldn’t he therefore stop tampering with the Hugos, if his influence is the only thing causing it to be corrupted by SJW voting?

It’s interesting to note that SJWs aren’t celebrating the fact that more of the awards went to women this year than ever before, including all of the fiction categories.

I don’t know where exactly Beale is going for his “SJW” commentary, but do me a quick favour: do a twitter search for “Hugos” and “women”. See what comes up.

Beale goes on to double down on calling Jemisin a “half savage” (he got in trouble for this several years back and is evidently still spiteful about it) and insists that the SJWs only think they won because they haven’t grasped the five-dimensional Machiavellian chess game going on behind the scenes that only hyper-rational Dark Enlightenment philosopher kings like himself are capable of understanding.

It’s quite clear most of these people cheering her Best Novel award have never read even a little of The Fifth Season, which makes George Martin’s masterpiece of rape, death, and grimdark look cheerful and features a protagonist less likeable than Rand al’Thor and Ramsay Bolton combined.

I’m not sure why Beale thinks the people cheering for The Fifth Season haven’t read it. I guess because it’s pretty dark (it’s about the end of the world), and some of the same people have criticised Game of Thrones for overdoing it on the rape and murder front, so therefore, according to traditionalist neo-monarchist logic-bro reasoning, they must only be pretending to like the book, quid pro ipsus habeus corpus.

As one reviewer of the 2016 Best Novel put it:

The fact that Beale is resorting to quoting random un-named reviewers to make his point makes me suspect that he’s the one who hasn’t read The Fifth Season, despite expounding at length on how the book is bad and not worthy of a Hugo award.

The Impossibility of SJW Convergence is increasingly working in our favor. It won’t be long it won’t even need our paws on the scale to help the process along.

Oh okay, I get it now. Beale and his cohorts are making people vote for SJW books because the Impossibility of SJW Convergence (whatever the fuck that is) is already occurring, and they’re going to make it occur, like, more. For some reason.

In the most ridiculously pathetic part of the post, Beale refutes The Guardian’s assessment that the Puppies lost this year’s Hugos by pointing out that the Gene Wolfe essay published by his vanity press outlet came second to No Award, which means that they attained a “limited victory.” I assume Beale also considers the Bay of Pigs invasion a limited victory because not all of the soldiers on the anti-Castro side were killed. If Beale was doing surgery on someone, would he consider it a “limited victory” if his patient died after the surgery instead of on the operating table?

And hey, they had a post-award party, and one guy wrote him to say he enjoyed it! In the end, aren’t the real Hugo awards the friends we made along the way?

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Let’s Read Vox Day’s Post-Hugo Analysis

  1. sonamib

    In the most ridiculously pathetic part of the post, Beale refutes The Guardian’s assessment that the Puppies lost this year’s Hugos by pointing out that the Gene Wolfe essay published by his vanity press outlet came second to No Award, which means that they attained a “limited victory.”

    Also, the Remain side came in at an impressive second place in this year’s Brexit referendum.

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  2. Aaron A.O. (@AaronAO)

    Gimme my money.

    Beale’s reaction is like a nerd provoking a jock into beating him up, then declaring himself the victor because he didn’t succumb to his animalistic urge towards violence and that this makes him the better man.

    “But wait, aren’t there limited avenues by which any one person’s speech can be elevated above others? Well yes, but you see, some people’s ideas and creative output are objectively and inherently superior to others, and everyone secretly recognizes who is worthy of being given a platform; it’s just that evil SJWs refuse to acknowledge it because they have to keep promoting The Narrative.”

    This sentiment pops up everywhere. For the true believer everyone is either totally ignorant of the beliefs you’re espousing, or agrees with them completely. Unless they’re working for, say, Satan or the International Jewish Conspiracy. Then at least they know they’re wrong, but they’re pure evil and have to be destroyed. And if you’re fighting against ultimate evil every fight has to be a victory, or setting you up for one because otherwise the self-evident righteousness of your cause is called into doubt.

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  3. MightyDwarf

    “If you can look at this image without cringing so hard your skeleton collapses in on itself, I will mail you €10”

    I can! I laughed so hard they had to call an ambulance, but it still counts, surely!

    “SJW Convergence (whatever the fuck that is)”

    I can only assume he’s referencing either Dead Space or the Harmonic Convergence…?

    I’ve heard about Beale making this post after the Hugos and my first thought that it basically amounted to ALL ACCORDING TO KEIKAKU written desperately and repeatedly over three-to-four pages of self-aggrandizing tripe. It seems I was in no way mistaken!

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