One of the lesser fronts in the culture wars is in the area of science fiction writing. But even here, the keyboard warriors of the social justice left carry on their tireless War on Joy.
The facts of this case are the same as in gaming and in every other industry that social justice warriors touch. They do not care about art forms. They do not care about science fiction. They do not even particularly care about talent. They care about enriching and ennobling themselves and their friends, and pushing a twisted, discredited, divisive brand of authoritarian politics.
The skirmish is between the Sad Puppies and the Social Justice Warriors. The Sad Puppies are group of science fiction writers and fans who believe that works should be judged on their quality and entertainment value, not whether they serve The Agenda. Their opposite numbers are entrenched writers and editors who believe that the value of a literary work is based solely on A. NOT being written by a white male and B. serving to advance the left’s social agenda.
The Sad Puppies were successful in organizing their nominations to SciFi writing’s Hugo Awards such that, for the first time in many years, a number of nominees were based on actual literary merit and not identity politics.
The SJW’s would have none of that, such that they decided that No Awards were preferable to awards that might be won by one of the Pale Penis People. They organized a campaign advising their brownshirts that if there were no works in a category with correct politics, they should all vote “No Award.”
The results of Hugo Awards voting were ugly and unprecedented. 5 major categories including best novella and best short story went with “no award.” To put that in perspective, in the previous 60 years of Hugo Awards, a total of 5 “no awards” have been given previously.
Puppies supporters say that slew of “no award” wins this year can at least partially be attributed to the fact that SJW votes were concentrated on that choice, while Puppies votes were distributed between as many as four deserving authors.
Maybe this topic isn’t as important, in the long run, as Obama’s Deal with Iran that lets the Mullahs inspect their own facilities for compliance, or the domination of public education by doctrinaire Marxists, but it is a reminder that be it a Lesbian Luau, a Christian-owned bakery, or the SciFi aisle at Barnes & Noble; there is no respite from the bullying and propaganda of the social left.