The True History of the Great Puppy Kerfuffle of 2015 CE

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As with the earlier versions… caveats apply.

This is literally a narrative as it is a story shown over time with a plot and complications but it is also a subjective mapping of headspace. It looks more serious than my map but the same caveats apply – it is how I perceive the kerfuffle and while it is made out of truthful bricks (I believe) the structure itself is a fabricated thing. Same warnings about false balance apply and also the timeline has the issue of stirring up old arguments.

Suggestions and corrections are welcome within the limit of not wanting to re-kerfuff old kerfuffles and certainly not wanting to re-open old wounds.

Major sources: Mike Glyer’s puppy round ups (, Jim C Hines’s article , The Hugo Awards blog, and the blogs of Larry Correia, Vox Day, Brad Torgersen and John C Wright.

Event Reference
Antequam catuli certamen Long before the Puppy Kerfuffle


The Hugo Awards – awarded by fans with membership for the notable SF/F convention ‘WorldCon’


Nominal start of the New Wave of SF


Tom Doherty establishes Tor Books


Jim Baen establishes Baen books
Antequam pugnaretur ex catulis Prior to the Kerfuffle


Vox Day (aka Theodore Beale) attends Minicon and claims to have disavowed attending SF conventions there after.


Ace Books publishes ‘Singularity Sky’ by Charles Stross. The book is nominated for a Hugo.


Vox Day is appointed as a juror on the Science Fiction Writers Association of America’s Nebula Award Jury


Vox Day publishes an article on World Net Daily on “Why Women Can’t Think”


Patrick Neilsen Hayden (notable Tor editor) on his blog ‘Electrolite’ publishes an article critical of Vox Day’s article and critical of him being a juror for the Nebula Awards. John Scalzi comments on the article defending Vox Day’s role on the jury but noting: “From what I know of Beale’s politics, he’s a jackass, and a fairly ignorant jackass at that. I feel pleased that my own politics, to the extent that they play any role in Nebula selection, are likely to counteract his “


Tor books publishes ‘Old Man’s War’ by John Scalzi


Your Hate Mail Will be Graded’ a collection of pieces from John Scalzi’s blog ‘Whatever’ is published by Subterranean Press. In 2009 it wins the Hugo Award for Best Related work.


John Scalzi elected President of the Science Fiction Writers Association of America


Larry Correia is a finalists for the Campbell Award for best new science fiction/fantasy (not a Hugo Award but part of the same voting process and awarded at WorldCon). Correia attends WorldCon but does not win the award.


Vox Day post an article on his blog mocking a satirical letter John Scalzi had written on the topic of rape. Height of verbal feuding between Scalzi and Day.
Certantibus appropinquare facis The lead up to the Kerfuffle


Larry Correia posts on his blog an article called “How to get Correia nominated for a Hugo” in a bid to get Monster Hunter Nation nominated.


Larry Correia posts a second message on the topic in which he makes reference to ‘sad puppies’. Nominal start of the ‘Sad Puppy’ theme.


John Scalzi donates money to charity every time Vox Day makes a reference to him in his columns.


Apex Magazine publishes the short story ‘If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love’ by Rachel Swirsky


Hugo 2013 Nominees announced. Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter Nation is not successful in Best Novel Category.


Larry Correia posts on his blog saying: “So the Sad Puppies Hugo stacking campaign was a success for almost everybody else I pushed, but me, as we didn’t get enough to break MHL into best novel.  It will be interesting to see how close we got when the numbers come out after the awards.”


Steven Gould is elected President of SFWA beating Vox Day in a landslide. Rachel Swirsky is elected Vice-presidents. They are set to take office in July.


SFWA President John Scalzi announces a task force to look into the SFWA bulletin, after major controversy over sexist content.


Steven Gould replaces John Scalzi as SFWA President


Author N.K.Jesmin gives Guest of Honor speech at Continuum in Melbourne. Her speech addresses some of the issues in the SFWA at the time as well as broader issues of race, gender and sexuality. It also makes reference to Vox Day’s failed bid for SFWA President but not by name – referring to one candidate as ‘a self-described misogynist, racist, anti-Semite, and a few other flavors of asshole’


Vox Day posts an attack on N.K.Jesmin’s speech referring to her in derogatory terms and calling her a ‘savage’. He does this via his blog but also via a SFWA branded twitter account.


Mary Robinette Kowal posts a message addressed to the “Twelve Rabid Weasels of the SFWA”


The SFWA President, Steven Gould, announces that a member has been expelled. Vox Day confirms that he is the member expelled.


Ann Leckie’s ‘Ancillary Justice’ published. The book is a space adventure featuring the AI of a warship that now exists in a human body and is seeking revenge. The protagonist also tends to only use female pronouns.


Larry Correia announces Sad Puppies 2 and request suggestions for nominees.


A further Sad Puppy 2 announcement with cartoons and a manatee

2014/1/21 publishes essay by Alex Dally MacFarlane called “Post-Binary Gender in SF: Introduction”


Larry Correia strongly criticises Alex Dally MacFarlane’s article.


Jm C Hines criticises Larry Correia’s post


Potential Sad Puppy 2 nominees suggested at Larry Correia’s blog.


Toni Weisskopf, publisher of Baen Books, posts an essay of Sarah Hoyt’s blog “But awards lists only maintain their legitimacy so long as they in fact accurately reflect the field. So if a large part of the field feels that its interests are not being served–and they do–the award is compromised.”


The Guardian publishes an article called ‘Science fiction needs to reflect that the future is queer ‘ by Damien Walter. The article criticises Larry Correia’s position.


Hugo 2014 Nominees announced. Nominees include Rachel Swirsky’s Apex short story. Nominees also include several Sad Puppies 2 picks.


Larry Correia announces the success of his slate at gaining nominations.


Charles Stross in a joint letter with Ann Leckie and Mira Grant announce that their publisher (Orbit) won’t be releasing their works for free in the Hugo Packet. In the comments Stross says this about Larry Correia’s nomination: “which is on the ballot as a protest nomination, not a real contender”


John C Wright coins the term The Evil League of Evil for the main Puppy supporters “I hereby will vote Vox Day our Supreme Dark Lord, declare Larry Correia to be our International Lord of Hate, decree Sarah Hoyt to be our Beautiful but Evil Space Princess whom we all love and obey, and — let me see, all the good positions are taken — perhaps I can be the Evil Brain in a Jar just like my ancestor, Simon Wright. Perhaps Sarah Hoyt will carry me around in a handbag, as she walks the grounds of her secret base hidden in a cold volcano cone, commanding innocent and cringing minions to be flogged with electric whips, or sent screaming to the Agony Vat.”


Vox Day publishes how he intends to vote in the Hugo awards for several categories. The short story category has only ‘No Award’


Hugo Awards 2014 announced at LonCon. Ann Leckie wins Best Novel. Larry Correia’s novel Warbound wins 5th place above No Award. Vox Day’s novelette Opera Vita Aeterna is beaten to 5th place by No Award after preferences. Rachel Swirsky does not win best short story.
Catuli conflictu initium The start of the Kerfuffle


Brad Torgersen announces the start of Sad Puppies 3


Sad Puppies 3 logo displayed for the first time.


SAD PUPPIES 3: the 2015 Hugo slate


Vox Day announces the Rabid Puppies 2015 slate.


Teresa Nielsen Hayden posts a message suggesting that “I think the subject of this year’s Hugo nominations is about to explode. “


Brad Torgersen criticises Teresa Nielsen Hayden opinions of the Sad Puppies


Brad Torgersen coins the term ‘CHORF’ on his blog.
Primo conflictu catuli The early phase of the kerfuffle


Amazing Stories publishes an editorial ahead of the Hugo nominee announcement, indicating that Puppies had likely got many nominations and says: “I’m going to place ANY nominee that is associated with advancing a political agenda BELOW No Award.  If that means that No Award is my top pick in one or more categories, then so be it.  (I’ll read the works in the voters pack so I can rate the works as #1 behind No Award, #2 behind No Award, etc.)”


Hugo 2015 Award finalists announced


Deirdre Saoirse Moen posts ‘The Puppy-free Hugo Award Voting Guide’


Matthew David Surridge posts an article at fanzine Black Gate that he had declined a Hugo nomination for Best fan Writer before the announcement. “Had anybody contacted me to explain the thinking behind the Puppy campaign and ask if I wanted me to be on the slate, I would have politely refused. In retrospect, I certainly should have sent everybody involved e-mails asking to be withdrawn from the Puppy lists in February.”


Conservative news and comment site Brietbart publishes a supportive story about the Puppies.


In ‘The Day Fandom Ended’ Philip Sandifer says ‘The Hugo Award Nominations have just been successfully hijacked by neofascists.’  and advocates that ‘if you can spare $40, I highly encourage you to join and, when the Hugo Ballot is released, vote No Award in all categories’


Brad Templeton lists various approaches to solving the problem of slate voting in the Hugo Awards.


Entertainment Weekly, publishes a error filled account of the Puppy success in the nominations


On the blog Making Light, Bruce Schneier starts a discussion thread on ways of ammending the nomination voting process to reduce the impact of slate voting.


George RR Martin writes one of a series of posts on what he calles ‘Puppygate’


In another of George RR Martin posts on what he calls ‘Puppygate’, Brad Torgersen replies in the comments.


Brad Torgersen answers questions on whether people nominated by Sad Puppies had been contacted.


Mary Robinette Kowal posts an article on the Hugo Awards which concludes with an offer. “I encourage you to buy a membership to WorldCon and become part of fandom. If you cannot afford it…  I will buy a supporting membership to WorldCon for ten people, chosen at random, who cannot afford it.”


George RR Martin argues against the ‘nuclear option’ of No Award for everything.


Sasquan rules two nominees as ineligible and removes the from the ballot: John C Wright’s ‘Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus’ from best Novelette and John Eno from Best professional Artist. Wright’s novelette is replaced by “The Day The World Turned Upside Down” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt. John Eno is replaced by Kirk DouPonce.


George RR Martin writes a reply to Larry Correia


Daily Kos publishes an article called “Freeping the Hugo Awards”


In response to a claim by Vox Day that Amazon ratings demonstrate that the Puppy nominees are ‘objectively’ superior,  Glen Hauman  notes that Amazon ratings can be gamed and encourages people to add their own reviews to Puppy works on Amazon. http://www.comicmix/2015/04/13/what-do-you-do-to-rabid-puppies-answer-below/


David Gerrold writes an essay on the Puppies on his Facebook page: ‘This year — this stuff, this little turd in the punch bowl — the community will survive it. Whatever happens, the Hugo will survive. With an asterisk, perhaps. (Maybe we’ll hand out official asterisks with the trophies this year.) But the one thing that is growing more and more likely … the architects of this squabble will have indelibly damaged themselves in the eyes of the SF community. There are invitations and acknowledgments that will never be offered — not because it’s a blacklist, but because nobody wants to hang out with assholes. ‘


Connie Willis withdraws as a Guest of Honor for WorldCon 2015 because of the Puppy slate.


Annie Bellet withdraws her Hugo nominated story ‘Goodnight Stars’. “ll joy that might have come from this nomination has been co-opted, ruined, or sapped away. This is not about celebrating good writing anymore, and I don’t want to be a part of what it has become.”


Marko Kloos withdraws his Puppy nominated novel ‘Lines of Departue’ from the Hugos. “I also wish to disassociate myself from the originator of the “Rabid Puppies” campaign. To put it bluntly: if this nomination gives even the appearance that Vox Day or anyone else had a hand in giving it to me because of my perceived political leanings, I don’t want it. I want to be nominated for awards because of the work, not because of the “right” or “wrong” politics.”


The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu replaces Lines of Depature in Best Novel and A Single Samurai by Steven Diamond replaces Goodnight Stars in Best Short Story


Puppy nominee Lou Antonelli suggests that Bellet and Kloos withdrew because of fear. “They are both young and probably afraid theircareers will be hurt. Quite frankly, I think it’s a futile gesture. Their flirtation with deviancy will never be forgiven by the SF establishment.”


Eric Flint posts his first essay on what he calls the ‘Hugo controversy’.


Larry Correia publishes a post entitled: I’m not Vox Day


Brad Torgersen publishes a post entitled: Sad Puppies: we are not rabid.


Fanzine Black Gate withdraws its Hugo nomination.


Brad Torgersen posts an article called “Why Do It?” explaining his motives behind Sad Puppies 3.


Philip Sandifer posts an analysis of the Rabid Puppies. Brad Trogersen replies in the comments.


Kary English posts an essay on her blog discussing how the controversy over the Puppy nominations is affecting the authors who were nominated. “There’s a trope made famous by Anita Sarkeesian that in the game of patriarchy, women aren’t the opposing team, they’re the ball. There’s a contingent that’s going to be upset that I’ve name checked Sarkeesian, but her comment is applicable to the Hugos, too. In the Hugo debate, the nominees aren’t the opposing team. We’re the ball.”


George RR Martin speculates on who the many new supporting members that have joined WorldCon are.


Edmund Schubert withdraws his Hugo nomination for Best Editor (Short Form) “I believe that while the Sad Puppies’ stated goal of bringing attention to under-recognized work may have been well-intentioned, their tactics were seriously flawed.”


On Jim Hine’s blog Annie Bellet clarifies the extent to which she felt under pressure to withdraw. “Because I wanted to make sure my withdrawal was for me and that it could be something I felt comfortable with instead of just a reaction to other people’s pain.”
Certantibus in medio catulorum The middle phase of the kerfuffle


Voting opens for the Hugo Awards


On File 770 Juliette Wade provides an account of how Brad Torgersen invited onto Sad Puppies 3 and why she later withdrew. Brad disputes her account in the comments.


Alexandra Erin reviews “The Little Prince” in character as John Z. Upjohn, USMC (Aspired) – a satirical Puppy commentator


John Scalzi posts an essay on why he regards the Hugos as not broken. “he flaw is fixable by addressing the nomination process so that a) slating is made more difficult, while b) the fundamental popular character of the Hugos (i.e., anyone can vote and nominate) is retained. There are a number of ways to do this (the simplest would be to allow folks to nominate three works/people in each category and have six finalist slots on the ballot; there are more complicated ways as well), but the point is that there are options.”


Tor Creative Director Irene Gallo posts a message on her personal Facebook page that describes the Sad and Rabid Puppies as “extreme right wing to neo-nazi, respectively”. The comment goes unremarked beyond her Facebook page at the time.


At Making Light, Keith ‘Kilo’ Watts posts the wording of a proposal for the Hugo Awards to adopt a single divisible vote with least popular eliminated system (SDV-LPE)


Hugo Packet (a collection of nominated works made free to members) is released online for members.


At Making Light the name ‘E Pluribus Hugo’ is first suggested by Joshua Kronengold, as a name for the SDV-LPE proposal,


A $3.4 million deal between Tor and John Scalzi is announced.


At Making Light a thread starts on finalising the wording of the E Pluribus Hugo proposal


Nebula Award winners announced


Jim C Hines posts a collection of quotes by notable Puppies.


On Twitter Vox Day Tweets a screen grab of Irene Gallo’s 11 May comment on Puppies.


Several authors post negative responses to Irene Gallo’s comments. Writer Peter Grant posts a message on his blog saying “THIS CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE”


Tom Doherty, founder of Tor Books, posts an open letter to readers, apologising for Irene Gallo’s comments and stating that she should have made it clear she wasn’t speaking for the company. Comments are left open.


Vox Day calls for action against Tor: “I have can count dozens of Tor and Forge books on my bookshelves surrounding me, and that doesn’t count the bookshelves in the halls, in the bedrooms, and in the attic. But I don’t have to buy any more.”


Eric Flint posts an essay entitled ‘In Defense of the Sad Puppies’. The article is deeply critical of Irene Gallo’s comments “Irene Gallo has slandered the Sad Puppies by trying to make them identical with the Rabid Puppies.”


The Pex Lives podcast broadcasts a debate between Philip Sandifer and Vox Day in which they discuss John C Wright’s Hugo nominated story ‘One Bright Star…’ and Iain Bank’s debut novel ‘The Wasp Factory’.


Popular culture site The Mary Sue posts a news article critical of Tom Doherty’s letter and supportive of Irene Gallo.


Numerous people post messages in support of Irene Gallo and critical of Tom Doherty’s letter.


Tor editor Moshe Feder defends Irene Gallo’s comments on his Facebook page and criticises the campaign against her and Tor.


Philip Sandifer post a message on his blog entitled ‘John C Wright Has Just Advocated for My Murder’. The post is in reference to comments by Wright on Vox Day’s blog regarding the Sandifer/Day podcast.


Mike Glyer’s daily Puppy roundup is entitled ‘The Hydrophobia that Falls on You from Nowhere’. The title is a play on the title of a past Hugo winning story that included themes around same-sex marriage, and a play on the name of the rabid puppies.


Peter Grant claims to have been contacted by an ‘individual’ at Tor Books. Grant claims that at Tor “Some have even asserted that the thousands of e-mails complaining about Irene Gallo’s statement aren’t genuine, but the product of a bot-net, a manufactured wave of pseudo-indignation that has no foundation in reality. “


L. Jagi Lamplighter expresses dismay ‘to see posts suggesting that emails to Tor…were not legitimate but were sent from automated bots’. She calls on readers to send printouts of photos of their Tor books to Tor and to also send her photos of readers books.


Sarah Hoyt is critical of the Mike Glyer’s Puppy roundup title saying that it implied she was homophobic.


Larry Correia states ‘The Sad Puppies Campaign is NOT calling for any boycotts.’


Amazing Stories announces a ‘Buy Tor’ day to counteract any effects of the boycott.


Peter Grants announces that ‘The Tor Boycott is on’ but he also makes clear that ‘I am not a member of, and I do not speak for, either the ‘Sad Puppies’ or ‘Rabid Puppies’ campaigns (although I support the former).’


An article in Starburst Magazine claims the Tor boycott has backfired.


Vox Day says that Moshe Feder is fanning ‘the flames’ of the Tor boycott.


In a long comment on File770, Puppy nominated writer vary English expresses her frustration with the Puppy campaigns. “All that stuff about nominating liberals just to watch them self-flagellate and see how fast they withdraw? I’m not his marionette, and I won’t dance to his tune. He set us up to be targets, just like he set up Irene Gallo. I’m not giving in to Vox Day.”


Kary English follow up her comment with an open letter on her own blog, explaining her motivations and issues with Sad and Rabid Puppies.


Vox Day replies to English’s File770 comment. “I think it’s interesting that she thinks I have given her any thought whatsoever. Kary, my dear, I don’t give a quantum of a damn what you do. Withdraw, don’t withdraw, retire to a nunnery, it makes absolutely no difference to me.”
Certantibus exitu catulis Towards the end of the Kerfuffle


Peter Grant publishes an update on the Tor boycott.


Blog comments and stories on the Kerfuffle become more summative overall. Mike Resnick writes an intro to Galaxy’s Edge magazine discussing past controversy at WorldCon.


Mike Glyer publishes his final daily Puppy roundup.


Puppy nominated Michael Z Williamson announces on his blog that he will be voting ‘No Award’ in all categories.


Vox Day publishes his voting suggestion for 2015


Superversive SF holds a podcast roundtable with John C Wright, Lou Antonelli, L J Lamplighter and others. During the podcast Antonelli says that he has warned the Spokane Police about David Gerrold. “ I personally wrote a letter addressed to the police chief in Spokane and said I thought the man was insane and a public danger and needs to be watched when the convention’s going on, and I mean it”


Jim Hines takes issue with Lou Antonelli apparently warning the Spokane Police about Sasquan Guest of Honor David Gerrold. Lou Antonelli apologises on Hines’s Facebook page.


Carrie Cuin of Lakeside Circus writes to Antonelli saying that a story she had accepted from him was no longer welcome because of his comments about David Gerrold.


Antonelli publishes an edited version of Carrie Cuin’s rejection letter on his Facebook page, as a ‘cautionary tale’. Several comments a very negative towards Carrie Cuin.


Carrie Cuin describes how she has received threats as a consequence of rejecting Antonelli’s story.


Sasquan publishes a ruling on Antonelli’s behaviour on the grounds that he is an attending member and his actions were directed towards another member (Gerrold). After discussions with both Gerrold and Cuin they decide not to take action.


Sarah Hoyt posts her account of the events in the kerfuffle


Sasquan, the 73rd WorldCon opens. World doesn’t end but sky look apocalyptic due to near by forest fires.


Hugo Awards announced. No Award wins many categories.

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