August 23rd’s show had host Declan Finn (A Pius Man, Honor At Stake), welcome back author Tom Knighton (author of Bloody Eden, Bad Moon on the Rise) as the Hugo nominations of 2015, wrapping up Sad Puppies 3. If you don’t know what are sad puppies (aside from youthful canines with mood problems), check out Tom’s first appearance, and that will more than catch you up. Will Sad Puppies win? Or will their adversaries destroy the Hugos before letting ‘outsiders’ into the clubhouse? Then, Daniella Bova will join us for commentary on the Planned Parenthood train wreck, and how they dovetail frighteningly with her distopian novels, Tears of Paradox and The Notice.
Now, here’s a fun fact about me. I have tried a few times to get into the armed forces. I have been rejected every time based on weight concerns. I’ve even tried to into Wing historian positions, library positions, but I’m not within regulation weight limits. However, I respect, admire, and to some degree envy those who have served. Yes, I envy those people who have been shot at. I’m strange.
Among my acquaintances, I know numerous soldiers and veterans. One of which is Jonathan LaForce. He is trying to start his own business, the Aloha Snack Bar, which sells ribs. Lots and lots of ribs. I opened with a promotion for his kickstarter to get the business going.
Now, onto the news.
You may remember a while back that the Hugo awards had been taken hostage by the forces of political correctness, and the Sad Puppies, as led by the great and powerful Larry Correia, set out to expose these self-important schmucks for the political hacks they were.
This year, Vox Day started Rabid Puppies, with the goal to destroy the Hugos by making the leftists who ran it self destruct.
This year, with the large numbers of Sad Puppy nominees, author and SJB John Scalzi wanted to not put out awards for categories with Sad Puppies. They wanted to give no awards in the category – even when there was an option to vote for someone who agreed with them.
The creator of Babylon 5, JMS, heard about this plan, and while he did not care for the blatant campaigning of the SPs, he also denounced the plan to No Award whole categories, because if there was malfeasance, they should cancel the awards, and if there wasn’t, the Puppy Kickers should shut they hell up, because encouraging the fans to vote No Award was just hiding behind the skirts of tha fans, and making the fans do the job of the professionals. Put up or shut up.
So, who won last night? Scalzi? The Puppies? Vox Day? Be this the end of the Hugos?
Let’s find out, with our guest tonight, the return of His Tankness himself, Tom Knighton.