Tqwana: There’s been a ton of confusion surrounding these nominations and the impact this Sad Puppies organization has had. The most depressing part is that now literary awards have become political battlegrounds and that a push for more diverse representation is seen a political. Sorry to disappoint, but diversity is reality. Keeping women and POC authors in the background is political, though.
Heather: I’m dipping my feet in the water of SF/F to check the temperature. Right now it is boiling with rage at the recent Hugo Award nominations. How am I supposed to feel, basically as an outsider, when I see a campaign so strongly opposed to many of the values I hold dear, like showcasing POC and women writers in SF/F, a genre overwhelmingly white and male? It’s disappointing. (Now that I’ve had time to calm down, I can say it was disappointing. When I first was reading about it all I could think was “This is stupid.”) I thought SF/F was a genre that was open to new and interesting people and a place where everyone could feel inclusive. This Sad Puppies thing does exactly the opposite. I’ll be over here reading books I want to read, but don’t expect me to willingly get involved with WorldCon, the Hugos, or read any of the books by the authors running the campaign because it’s not something I feel comfortable doing.