A reference post of things too tabular to contain within the next chapter.
In the last chapter I covered the announcement of Sad Puppies 3. In the comments to that thread, Brad crowd-sourced suggestions for the forthcoming slate. I’ve done a rough compilation of those suggestions here and semi-cleaned them up https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_6mfGeQcRYvNUXt5BOuE-v7TeVEUUbTrOi6TR18GDR4/edit?usp=sharing
Because people didn’t necessarily mention categories or check word counts for short fiction or check eligibility etc, I’ve only given rough categories eg “short” means anything other than an obvious novel. Likewise, I haven’t distinguished editor or BDP length. A number of anthologies were suggested, which wasn’t necessarily ignorance about Hugo categories as they are an obvious source of short fiction ideas but for convenience, as some anthologies were suggested as possible Best Related Work, I’ve thrown them all in there for ease of counting.
66 people were suggested, most of them just the once. The top picks (at least 2 suggestions) were:
|John C. Wright||14|
|Thomas A Mays||6|
|Kevin J Anderson||2|
|James L. Cambias||2|
Works suggested (with less than 2 suggestions filtered out)
|Categories||Work||Author||COUNTA of Link|
|Guardians of the Galaxy||2|
|BRW||The Hot Equations||Ken Burnside||2|
|editor||Sci Phi Journal||Jason Rennie||5|
|fan works||Sci Phi Show||Jason Rennie||2|
|fan works Total||9|
|novel||Skin Game||Jim Butcher||4|
|The Martian||Andy Weir||3|
|The Lost Fleet||Jack Campbell||3|
|Monster Hunter Nemesis||Larry Correia||3|
|Judge of Ages||John C. Wright||3|
|Trial by Fire||Charles Gannon||2|
|A Sword Into Darkness||Thomas A Mays||2|
|One Bright Star To Guide Them||John C. Wright||3|
|The Plural Helen of Troy||John C. Wright||2|
|Queen of the Tyrant Lizards||John C. Wright||2|
|Island in a Sea of Stars||Kevin J Anderson||2|
People with long memories will see the beginnings of a sketch of the eventual SP3 slate there.
How do these compare with the actual Sp3 slate? The first question to ask is ‘which SP3 slate?’
I think there are maybe four versions. Unfortunately, I don’t have the very first version that Brad put out but by looking at reposts and archives I’ve collated some versions at different dates. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1mozMBDZayTw2Kd0APAsFDjX4KpFbr3iKxFP3WCqBve4/edit?usp=sharing
I have arranged it so the same things appear on the same line but that means changing the order they were presented in. The Rabid Puppies slate in particular, had a deliberate re-ordering to make certain nominees more prominent.
BPD-long is oddly stable and derived from suggestions. I don’t know why they bothered though, except for completeness. The only interesting suggestion was the indie film Coherence.
BDP short was a complete mess. The agenda I suppose was to oust Doctor Who but Game of Thrones wasn’t exactly a contrarian suggestion. The brilliant tacticians at ELoE HQ probably shouldn’t have bothered.
There were only two suggestions for Best Graphic Story both of which were better than the eventual SP3 pick. Again, tactically, strategically, they’d have been better leaving it blank. This was the biggest unforced error of Sad Puppies 3 and was simply handing their opponents a rhetorical stick to be beaten with.
Best Related Work had a number of suggestions but this was another category where the smart thing to do even on a cynical, trollish ‘make liberal heads explode’ strategy was to just pick ONE thing: Ken Burnside’s The Hot Equations. Better written than the others and included in Vox Day’s Castalia House, Riding the Red Horse anthology and yet very Baenish and MilSF. The rest were a mix of dull, bad, wrong and objectionable in ways that helped discredit the whole enterprise.
I’ll have more analysis and speculation in the proper chapter.