I reposted the following link at work, on my Kindle, and the mobile version of WordPress is really screwy, so I am updating this post now. Go read that link–it’s from the woman who is behind Sad Puppies now. Not what somebody thinks that she meant, but what she is actually saying.
This isn’t about racism or sexism or transphobia or any of that. Tor is not a race, it is a big company that has had a hammerlock on the Hugos for too long. Many people believe–I am one of them–that the Hugo awards used to belong to all science fiction fans, not simply the well connected chosen few, and it ought to be that way again.
The Sad Puppies aren’t the old guard trying to hold onto its power in the face of change. They are the change that is being thwarted by traditional publishers who have had the reigns for so long that they refuse to let them go.
You may still think that they are wrong. You may believe that only the publishing industry should have any voice in the Hugo awards and those filthy independents should just shut up and go away. You have the right to believe what you want.
But you really should know what you’re condemning and what you’re supporting.