No Puppy love: Hugo Awards results reject ‘Sad,’ ‘Rabid’ political block voting

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The annual Hugo Awards were presented — some of them, anyway — on Saturday at Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention in Spokane, Wash.

Faced with a ballot that was rife with controversy, voters overwhelmingly selected “No Award” in several categories. Hugo AwardsThese included Best Novella, Best Short Story, Best Related Work, and Best Editor for both Long Form and Short Form.

The strife took the form of a “Sad/Rabid Puppy” revolt against perceived “social justice warrior” rigged diversification of the awards in recent years that led to block voting to nominate as many allegedly persecuted white males, or works that catered chiefly to them, as possible.

In categories that voting members of the World Science Fiction Society didn’t deem hopelessly tainted:

The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu and translated by Ken Liu was the Best Novel winner. The Day the World Turned Upside Down by Thomas Olde Heuvelt and translated by Lia Belt won best Novelette.

Ms. Marvel Volume I: No Normal was named Best Graphic Story.

In the screen realm, Guardians of the Galaxy was honored as Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form, and Orphan Black’s second season finale, “By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried,” won for short form.

Wesley Chu was honored with the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

For the full list of winners and finalists, see the official Hugo Awards website.

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