KS: It sounds very much to me like, “Because there aren’t more people who think JUST LIKE ME!”
VD: Then why are so many of you bitching about the fact that we’re flooding
the Hugo voting with more people who do, in fact, think like us? Larry
brought in a few dozen voters last year. Now we’re bringing in a few
hundred more. You want more people? Fine. We’ll give you more people.
KS: Yep, go ahead. What many of us object to is the implication that people should nominate/vote for things without reading them, because it will make the Bad People Cry. Even more annoying to me is the implication that those of us who have been voting have been doing so for Evil Political Reasons, not because we like the works involved. This strikes me very much as an argument made by people who have so little empathy that they can’t believe any rational person would like things other than what they like, and therefore the only reason things they don’t like win is because of the system being borked by Evil People.
VD: The rules were established last year when the other side declared they
did not have to read our works to vote on them…. How can you condemn us for nothing more than
following the example they set last year? We were being generous. If you actually think mediocre hackwork like
Redshirts and Ancillary Justice and “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love”
represents the best of science fiction today, I feel pity for you. If
you were supporting that sort of thing for Evil Political Reasons, at
least I could understand that. If you simply like wallowing in literary
excrement, well… that is your prerogative.
It’s interesting to see how the goalposts move, is it not? But I encourage you all to note that everyone from Kevin Standlee to John Scalzi now publicly declares it’s fine, it’s great, it’s wonderful that so many Sad Puppies have gotten involved in the Hugo voting process. They never seem to mention the Rabid Puppies though. I wonder why that might be?
Meanwhile, they continue to ignore the fact that the pinkshirts are continuing to do the very thing they accuse our side of doing, which is to say, voting and nominating without reading everything and blindly rejecting the other side’s works on pure political grounds. Consider this very typical and telling comment from a Whatever rabbit: