Probably the biggest news of the week has still been Hugo Awards stuff. I said my last piece on it (previous pieces are on my personal Tumblr) the day after the awards, but there have been a lot of other great pieces published this week:
- Foz Meadows – “Hugos & Puppies: Peeling the Onion” is probably my favorite thing I’ve read about the issue since the awards, although I do think that Meadows’ sense-making will be largely lost on the Puppy crowd.
- Wired seems to have published the sort of definitive (albeit imperfect) news piece on the awards.
- From Playboy, of all places, comes a necessary addendum that addresses both the biggest flaw in the Wired piece and the biggest misconception perpetuated by the Puppies.
- The Guardian – “Diversity wins as the Sad Puppies lose at the Hugo Awards”
- Terribleminds – “The Obligatory Hugo Awards Recap Post”
- Cora Buhlert – “How the 2015 Hugo Awards proved against all odds that SF is becoming more international and more diverse”
- Feminist Fiction – “Analyzing the Hugo Award Results”
- Dreaming About Other Worlds – “Biased Opinion – 2015 Hugo Awards Post Mortem”
- Matthew M. Foster (husband of late SF writer Eugie Foster) – “The Hugo Results – Don’t Be a Dick”
- Arthur Chu – “The scifi fans are alright: I saw the future at the Hugo Awards–and it will never belong to the toxic right-wing trolls”
- We Hunted the Mammoth – “Puppies soundly defeated at Hugo Awards; Vox Day declares ‘I meant to do that'”
- Eric Flint – “DO WE REALLY HAVE TO KEEP FEEDING STUPID AND HIS COUSIN IGNORAMUS?”
- Alexandra Erin has written no less than three excellent pieces about the Hugos and the Puppies this week.
- John Scalzi has turned in two pieces that are both worth a read.
- THIS happened.
- Finally, George R.R. Martin took a break from (no doubt) busily finishing The Winds of Winter to write FOUR posts about the Hugos.
- FINALLY, finally, for anyone who is planning on nominating and voting for the awards next year, there’s a wiki for listing eligible works.
In other, less frustrating, news:
- io9 has a great preview of this fall’s most exciting sci-fi and fantasy books.
- Think Progress looks at what happens when pop culture collides with real-life violence.
- iDiva has an excellent list of must-read women sci-fi writers.
- Book Riot is searching for a faithful adaptation of Frankenstein.
- A Dribble of Ink presents “A Fantasy Foodie’s Baker’s Dozen” by Fran Wilde.
- The Atlantic examines of the failure of the 1990 Handmaid’s Tale film.
- Open Democracy was on a roll this week with two excellent pieces: one on Afrofuturism and another discussing the Manic Pixie and Cool Girl tropes.
- James Tiptree Jr./Alice Sheldon gets profiles at Conceptual Fiction AND Tor.com.
- Erin Kisane writes about quitting male-written fiction.
- Amanda Palmer writes an open response to an incredibly insulting question from a fan, and G. Willow Wilson has some additional thoughts on it.
Finally, if you’ve already read N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season, go read her most recent blog post about it. If you haven’t read The Fifth Season, what on earth are you doing reading anything else?