Following Scientology strategy, novel ‘Space Raptor Butt Invasion’ up for Hugo award

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Following Scientology strategy, novel ‘Space Raptor Butt Invasion’ up for Hugo award.

Washington Post: Why erotic novel ‘Space Raptor Butt Invasion’ is up for the prestigious Hugo sci-fi award

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...-is-up-for-the-prestigious-hugo-sci-fi-award/

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What do “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the Netflix series “Jessica Jones” and British fantasy author Neil Gaiman have in common with a 4,100-word piece of erotica titled “Space Raptor Butt Invasion”?

They’re all up for a Hugo Award.

A Hugo Award, for the non-fan of genre fiction, is one of the highest accolades an author can receive for a work of fantasy or sci-fi. It’s a 61-year-old tradition named for Hugo Gernsback, who founded one of the first science fiction magazines in 1926. Past winners of the award include Arthur C. Clarke, J.K. Rowling and Ursula K. Le Guin.

The nominations this year, however, aren’t all such stalwarts of the science-fiction field. “It is, to say the least, a mixed bag. A lot of good books and stories, writers and artists… cheek by jowl with some stuff that is considerably less worthy,” Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin remarked on his blog on Tuesday.

For the second year in a row, the Hugo Awards have become a culture war flashpoint. The finalists, announced Tuesday, reflect the influence of a collection of conservative science fiction authors and their fans. Despite splintering into several cells, which go by names like Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies, these groups have successfully gamed the nomination process.

Voting en bloc for a specific slate of names, the Puppies say, is their way to take back the Hugos. Brad Torgersen, a leader of the Sad Puppies faction, wrote on his blog in 2015 that “we’ve seen the Hugo voting skew ideological, as [the World Science Fiction Convention] and fandom alike have tended to use the Hugos as an affirmative action award.” In 2015 and again in 2016, the Sad Puppies pooled their collective votes to ensure that the works they supported made it onto the finalist ballot.

By the rules of the Hugo Awards, such collusion isn’t verboten, strictly speaking. Per a tradition that dates back some six decades, the sole requirement needed to nominate someone for a Hugo Award is a supporting membership to the World Science Fiction Convention, or Worldcon. (This cost $40 in 2015.) Because only about two thousand or so Worldcon members cast a nominating vote in a given year, according to the New Republic, a cohort of some 300 people can push specific authors to the forefront. Such collusion is not unprecedented, in fact — the Church of Scientology was able to secure L. Ron Hubbard on the 1987 list of finalists, though voters declined to give him an award.

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Following Scientology strategy, novel ‘Space Raptor Butt Invasion’ up for Hugo award.

Washington Post: Why erotic novel ‘Space Raptor Butt Invasion’ is up for the prestigious Hugo sci-fi award

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...-is-up-for-the-prestigious-hugo-sci-fi-award/

* * * * * BEGIN EXCERPT * * * * *

What do “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the Netflix series “Jessica Jones” and British fantasy author Neil Gaiman have in common with a 4,100-word piece of erotica titled “Space Raptor Butt Invasion”?

They’re all up for a Hugo Award.

A Hugo Award, for the non-fan of genre fiction, is one of the highest accolades an author can receive for a work of fantasy or sci-fi. It’s a 61-year-old tradition named for Hugo Gernsback, who founded one of the first science fiction magazines in 1926. Past winners of the award include Arthur C. Clarke, J.K. Rowling and Ursula K. Le Guin.

The nominations this year, however, aren’t all such stalwarts of the science-fiction field. “It is, to say the least, a mixed bag. A lot of good books and stories, writers and artists… cheek by jowl with some stuff that is considerably less worthy,” Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin remarked on his blog on Tuesday.

For the second year in a row, the Hugo Awards have become a culture war flashpoint. The finalists, announced Tuesday, reflect the influence of a collection of conservative science fiction authors and their fans. Despite splintering into several cells, which go by names like Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies, these groups have successfully gamed the nomination process.

Voting en bloc for a specific slate of names, the Puppies say, is their way to take back the Hugos. Brad Torgersen, a leader of the Sad Puppies faction, wrote on his blog in 2015 that “we’ve seen the Hugo voting skew ideological, as [the World Science Fiction Convention] and fandom alike have tended to use the Hugos as an affirmative action award.” In 2015 and again in 2016, the Sad Puppies pooled their collective votes to ensure that the works they supported made it onto the finalist ballot.

By the rules of the Hugo Awards, such collusion isn’t verboten, strictly speaking. Per a tradition that dates back some six decades, the sole requirement needed to nominate someone for a Hugo Award is a supporting membership to the World Science Fiction Convention, or Worldcon. (This cost $40 in 2015.) Because only about two thousand or so Worldcon members cast a nominating vote in a given year, according to the New Republic, a cohort of some 300 people can push specific authors to the forefront. Such collusion is not unprecedented, in fact — the Church of Scientology was able to secure L. Ron Hubbard on the 1987 list of finalists, though voters declined to give him an award.

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Interesting that LRH used this trick and Neil Gaiman, who may also be a Scientologist, has used the same trick. They didn't explicitly state that in the article, so it is unclear whether it is just Neil Gaiman's fans or Scientology responsible.
 

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Interesting that LRH used this trick and Neil Gaiman, who may also be a Scientologist, has used the same trick. They didn't explicitly state that in the article, so it is unclear whether it is just Neil Gaiman's fans or Scientology responsible.

Neil Gaiman isn't a Scientologist. He was born and raised in it but left in the 1980s I believe.

His mother and sisters and other family members are all die-hard Scientologists so Neil has to keep quiet about it.
 

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This Washington Post story gives the impression that Sad Puppies and their like have co-opted the Hugo Awards, whereas the Puppies are actually a reaction to the Social Justice Warriors (SJWs) who first attempted to push their ideology on the Hugos.

From 2015, How SJWs Took Over Science Fiction, And How They’re Losing Control:
Almost any author who didn’t tow the SJW line was out, and that line moved further and further the more the SJWs consolidated their grip on power. Last January, an editor at Tor, the largest science fiction publishing company, called for a quota where every book must contain at least one transsexual character. This February, SJWs started a campaign telling people not to read any straight, white, and male authors at all.

The SJWs are a product of the "cultural Marxism" promoted by U.S. educators, especially at the university level:
They largely abandoned the old “class struggle” rhetoric involving the capitalist and worker “classes” and replaced them with an oppressor and an oppressed class. The oppressed include women, minorities, LGBT, and several other mascot categories. The oppressor class consists of white heterosexual males who are not ideological Marxists like them.

Scientology has this in common with the SJWs: The end justifies the means.
 
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