It’s Dave Freer again! This time in the comments of his recent post. For context it is in reply to a longer comment by ‘Papa Pat’. That’s the chap who attempted to read most of the Dragon Award Novels:
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When I saw the titles that were on the finalist list, I feared for the worst.
Particularly when I read the earliest pieces applauding the “mainstream” move for the Dragons; which apparently was the result of a concerted effort by one or more special interest groups. I posted what I discovered on two of my blog entries.
Alas, when I actually READ the entries, in the SF, Fantasy, Mil SF, and Alt Hist categories, I discovered rancid things. There were notable exceptions: in particular, the very last book I reviewed, “Spinning Silver” by Naomi Novik, was OUTSTANDING, and others were very, very good.
But that which I feared most did NOT take place. While invasive species did supplant some deserving titles on the finalist list, they were not given the award.
I would sho’nuff love to know how that took place, ‘deed I would. September 2, 2019″
Weirdly, Dave earlier in the comments was claiming the Dragon Awards as one “which is broadly in synch with sales and population demographics in its nominations.”
The ‘rancid’ things Papa found were, gasp, characters whose gender wasn’t immediately obvious. Apparently he managed to survive that trauma.