The Puppy Works – Ranked from Bad to OKness

This is also a bit of an experiment with putting a table into the blog editor.

So below the fold is an attempt to rank all the Puppy nominated works (not including dramatic, editorial or artistic) altogether from the worst to the least worst. I’ll spoil the suspense by revealing that “Wisdom From My Internet” not only came top but also provides a neat demonstration why rankings can be inadequate when what you need is some kind of measurement scale.

Award Work/author SP RP Awfulness
BEST RELATED WORK  “Wisdom From My Internet” by Michael Z. Williamson, self-published Y Y

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BEST GRAPHIC STORY Reduce Reuse Reanimate by Carter Reid, (independent) Y Y

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BEST RELATED WORK  “The Science is Never Settled” by Tedd Roberts, Baen Free Library Y Y

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BEST RELATED WORK Transhuman and Subhuman: Essays on Science Fiction and Awful Truth, by John C. Wright, Castalia House Y Y

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BEST NOVELETTE  “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” by John C. Wright,TheBook of Feasts & Seasons/ Castalia House ** N Y

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BEST NOVELLA “One Bright Star to Guide Them” by John C. Wright, Castalia House (Spanish) Y Y

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BEST NOVELLA “Big Boys Don’t Cry” by Tom Kratman, Castalia House (German, Italian) Y Y

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BEST NOVELLA  “Pale Realms of Shade” by John C. Wright, , The Book of Feasts & Seasons / Castalia House ** N Y

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BEST NOVELETTE “Championship B’tok” by Edward M. Lerner, Analog Sept 2014 Y Y

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BEST NOVELETTE  “The Triple Sun: A Golden Age Tale”, by Rajnar Vajra, Analog July/Aug 2014 Y Y

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BEST NOVELLA “The Plural of Helen of Troy” by John C. Wright, City Beyond Time / Castalia House ** N Y

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BEST RELATED WORK  “Letters from Gardner” by Lou Antonelli, Sci Phi Journal #3 Y Y

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BEST SHORT STORY “The Parliament of Beasts and Birds” by John C. Wright, The Book of Feasts & Seasons ** N Y

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BEST NOVELLA “Flow” by Arlan Andrews Sr., Analog November 2014 Y Y

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BEST NOVELETTE  “Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, Earth to Alluvium” by Gray Rinehart, Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show Y Y

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BEST NOVELETTE “The Journeyman: In the Stone House” by Michael F. Flynn, Analog June 2014 Y Y

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BEST NOVEL The Dark Between the Stars by Kevin J. Anderson, Tor Books Y Y

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BEST RELATED WORK  “The Hot Equations: Thermodynamics and Military SF” by Ken Burnside, Riding the Red Horse / Castalia House Y Y

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BEST NOVEL Skin Game by Jim Butcher, ROC Y Y

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BEST SHORT STORY “Turncoat” by Steve Rzasa, Riding the Red Horse ** N Y

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BEST SHORT STORY “On A Spiritual Plain”, Lou Antonelli, Sci Phi Journal #2 Y Y

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BEST SHORT STORY  “Totaled” by Kary English, Galaxy’s Edge Y Y

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6 thoughts on “The Puppy Works – Ranked from Bad to OKness”

  1. I think my major disagreement would be The Parliament of Beasts and Birds – true, it demonstrates some real word craft at the start, but to no real effect other than to try to sneak some commentary about the evilness of man under the readers radar. The unevenness of tone as he lurches into open religious fable sends it tumbling down my list, although still higher than One Bright Star to Guide Them, whose tone is even but appallingly badly chosen.
    If I could chop out about a third of Kratman’s Big Boys Don’t Cry, including his “Eff You Libruls” diversions, I’d put it a bit higher. Still not Hugo-worthy, but an acceptable derivation from Bolo. Kratman can write, I just can’t stand what he writes.
    I also had a crack at The Dark Between the Stars, but fell short. The best I can say is that it’s a professionally written novel demonstrating craft and ability, just not enough craft and ability to make me want to finish the book or vote it for a Hugo. I was finding one of the opening narrative strands interesting enough, but a quick look at the contents page revealed that would make up less than 20% of the book.

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