[Content warning for racism, transphobia and discussion of abuse]
Following the 2015 Hugo Award ceremony there had been much speculation on what action Vox Day would take next. The nomination and final voting statistics had revealed what many had suspected. The Rabid Puppies had a much bigger impact on the outcomes than less disciplined Sad Puppies and it would be Day who would determine what the Puppy conflict would be like in 2016.
Day kicked off Rabid Puppies 2016 on February 2 with a discussion of his choices for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His choices were mainly non-partisan choices such as Andy Weir who stood some chance of being nominated regardless but also included Castalia House published writer Cheah Kai Wai.
What was more interesting was the date of the start of Day’s public campaign. Behind the scenes in “Brainstorm” online meet-ups, Day had been planning the 2016 Hugo campaign but the Rabid Puppy announcement took place after the cut-off for people to join 2016 Worldcon in time to have the right to nominate. In the comments Day provided a very limited explanation:
“I’m not asking anyone to shell out more money to the Hugo crowd. The Brainstorm people know what is going on. But don’t bother trying to anticipate me. You can’t.https://web.archive.org/web/20160204040612/http://voxday.blogspot.com/2016/02/rabid-puppies-2016-best-new-writer.html#c619761123149888909
And you do understand that the SJWs in SF read this blog, right? I’m not explaining anything.”
Worldcon membership rules allowed members of the 2015 Worldcon to nominate in the Hugo Awards for 2016. Day would have the votes of any willing Rabid Puppy (or disgruntled/radicalised Sad Puppy) who had joined Worldcon in 2015. However, Day was not making a major effort to recruit new members which also meant that the numbers of Rabid Puppies voting in the final round of the 2016 Hugo Awards might be limited. Given Day’s stated desire to burn the Hugo Awards to the ground, 2015 had demonstrated a basic dilemma for the Rabid Puppy campaign. For Day, Worldcon was a bastion of liberals and so-called Social Justice Warriors and the only way to vote in the Hugo Awards was to pay Worldcon more money. Whatever else the Puppy campaigns of 2015 had done, they had led to a major increase in supporting memberships which had provided extra money to the convention.
A very short culture war
The Hugo Awards were not the first or only target for Day’s Rabid Puppies. Part of the point of the campaign was for Day to give his supporters (aka “minions”) something to do. Day had borrowed the “raid” culture from the 4Chan imageboard communities that had helped fuel GamerGate and he was attempting to use it within the world of science fiction books. His first target of 2016 was the book review site Goodreads.
Goodreads had become a major site for book reviews and unsurprisingly many of the Puppy nominated works for the 2015 Hugo Awards and many Castalia House books were receiving poor reviews. Some of those reviews were dubious due to Goodread’s odd policy of allowing reviews of books that had been announced on the site but not yet actually published but many of the reviews, while scathing, were genuine.
Day established a Rabid Puppy group on Goodreads and looked set to make the review sit a major site of activity for his followers with Day calling the site “the new battleground”:
“I created my Goodreads account yesterday, as it is clear that with Amazon increasingly policing their reviews, Goodreads has become a primary locus of effort for SJWs. It’s time to for us to start contesting that territory; create an account there and friend me. If you’ve already got a Goodreads account, friend me. You can also follow my author page there. And then start rating. Don’t worry about writing reviews for now, just hit the ratings for the time being.”https://web.archive.org/web/20160113210713/http://voxday.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-new-battleground.html
The Rabid Puppy Goodreads campaign started by targeting one of the most prolific reviewers of the Puppy works of 2015, Lis Carey. However, just as the conflict was starting with duelling coverage on both Day’s blog and at File 770, the battleground itself intervened and promptly chucked the Rabid Puppies out.
“This is hilarious. Goodreads not only deleted my account in less than 36 hours, but they deleted the Rabid Puppies group as well.https://web.archive.org/web/20210224233326/https://voxday.blogspot.com/2016/01/social-justice-convergence-at-goodreads.html
Your account was recently brought to our attention. Upon review, we have decided to remove it from the site. A CSV of the books you shelved is attached for your personal records. You are banned from using Goodreads in any capacity going forward.
The Goodreads Team“
La, whatever shall I do without SJWs telling me what to read? In any event, that should certainly suffice to demonstrate what sort of playing field they have established there. It’s an interesting sort of business plan that revolves around marketing only to the left side of the political spectrum.”
Goodreads was far from immune from trolls but by taking very swift action against the Rabid Puppies, they quickly avoided becoming embroiled in Vox Day’s culture war campaigns. Nonetheless, Day declared victory of a sort:
“The goal had absolutely nothing to do with committing any vandalism on the site. The goal was to see to what extent the SJWs were running amok on Goodreads and smoke them out. I also wanted to learn the system in the build-up to the next Reader’s Choice award, which is not something to which I had hitherto paid any attention, but at least superficially looked less corrupt than the Hugo Awards. We discovered how converged the site is much faster than I had anticipated, thanks to Sean and Rivka, who is not only a librarian, but a moderator. It should be obvious that if I had any desire to wreak havoc, I would not have formed a public group of around 200 people and permitted anyone to join it. I would have simply unleashed the 466 Vile Faceless Minions sworn to mindless obedience of the Supreme Dark Lord.”https://web.archive.org/web/20170119072121/http://voxday.blogspot.com/2016/01/they-owe-him.html
If Day did attempt to influence future Goodreads Reader’s Choice awards, there is no sign of any impact. Thus ended the very short story of the Rabid Puppy raid on Goodreads. As a coda, in April of 2016, Day also announced a Rabid Puppy move against the Locus Magazine Award but without any visible results.
Hoyt v Day
Between these failed attempts to influence Goodreads and Locus Awards, the Rabid Puppies 2016 campaign continued. Day had little hope of winning a Hugo Award for any of his or his publishing house’s works. Instead, he had learned the lesson that Larry Correia had demonstrated from the Sad Puppies. The nomination phase of the Hugo Awards was highly vulnerable to being shaped by a relatively small number of disciplined voters following a slate of works.
Day was not expecting the same level of help from the Sad Puppies this time either. The Sad Puppies 4 recommendation list might serve to give him some ideas of works to include on his own slate but the nature of the campaign (and the fact that it was being run by people of his least favourite science-fiction gender) meant the Rabid Puppies campaign would be by itself.
2015 had been a year in which the Sad Puppies had struggled to distance themselves from Vox Day and indeed, Day had often left it to Sad Puppy leaders to defend him:
“Last year, my alliance with the others tied my hands. You may recall that I did not talk much to the media or bother to protest most of their ridiculous characterizations, but left that to Brad, the SP3 spokesman. I had no need to defend myself against spurious charges, and there was no point in doing so anyhow.”https://web.archive.org/web/20160117230406/http://voxday.blogspot.com/2016/01/sad-puppies-cant-protect-them-now.html
It was not surprising that Day would eschew the Sad Puppies in 2016 but he went further and took steps to actively alienate a key figure in the Sad camp.
Early in 2016, Sarah Hoyt was still very sceptical about Donald Trump as a candidate, although she was also fiercely opposed to the current state of immigration to the USA and alarmed by what she perceived as high levels of illegal immigration. Hoyt herself was an immigrant, having moved from Portugal as a young woman and set up a new life for herself with an American husband. For Hoyt, this was deeper than a personal choice about where to live. For her, America was a set of ideals and her claim was that she was effectively “born American”, something she had discovered in her youth in Portugal through the works of Robert A. Heinlein.
“I bought Stranger in a Strange Land, based on the title, because that’s how I felt. Then I came here and found I belonged here, all along. The day of my citizenship ceremony, after we came home, I walked out to the mailbox and on the way there it hit me “I am an American now. I belong, in law as I always did in my heart.” Then as now the thought is enough to bring tears to my eyes. Thank you, guys, for accepting me as one of your own. (And that total acceptance regardless of national origin is nowhere else as complete as in the US. (Though some other ex-British-colonies come close.))https://accordingtohoyt.com/2016/02/28/i-was-born-american-a-blast-from-the-past-7-4-2014/
In Portugal I felt strange because I believed in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Hoyt was hardly the first science-fiction fan who felt alienated from the world she grew up in but then later found a home and a community within fandom but she was perhaps a little unusual in seeing her core fandom being “the USA”. In her fiction, Hoyt had described this as a quasi-religion/ideology of people she called USAians.
Nominally, both Hoyt and Day have been self-described libertarians, although Day had started avoiding using that term for himself by 2016. However, this idea that the defining quality of what makes somebody an American being a set of ideological beliefs and attitudes was absolute anathema to Day. This should not have been a surprise to anybody. Day had made no secret of his beliefs that America was a country intended for people of English descent. True, Day did obfuscate in several ways the basic racial aspects of his beliefs (for example by pointing to his own ancestry which included Mexican and Native American ancestors) but in his columns and in books such as Cuckservative, Day had advanced the idea that politics derived from culture and culture derived from personality and personality predominately derived from DNA and that DNA demonstrated that culture was deeply tied to race. Day objected fundamentally to Hoyt claiming she was American.
From mid-February to March 2016, Vox Day and Sarah Hoyt became embroiled in a war of words over the interrelated question of immigration and Donald Trump, with Day specifically targeting Hoyt’s factually correct claim to be American.
For Hoyt, Donald Trump was a closet Democrat who was using populism to gain support. In the comments of her blog on February 21, she described Trump in these terms:
“Look, he is “European Right Wing” which is why VD likes him. Americans following VD MUST understand he’s not an American conservative. He’s an European right winger. They’re not the same. And here in the states, they’re both socialists. The only difference is leftists in Europe are INTERNATIONAL socialists, and right wing is NATIONAL socialist. That’s all.https://accordingtohoyt.com/2016/02/21/the-carol-of-the-bells-a-blast-from-the-past-2202014/#comment-346876 
You want national socialism here? Yeah. Trump is your man. He’s into the banks for millions and he’s corrupted everything he touched. But you guys believe he’s a white Knight sans peur et sans reproche. Good LORD.”
To other comments in the same post, Day responded on his own blog:
“Contra Sarah, Trump is neither the potential problem nor is he the solution. What he offers is one last chance to get it right. That’s all. He will buy America a little more time to find itself again, to find itself and embrace the strong, self-confidence of White Anglo-Saxon Protestant American nationalism that made the USA a world power and turned it into a place to which people around the world wanted to come.https://web.archive.org/web/20160225044931/http://voxday.blogspot.com/2016/02/a-pernicious-influence.html 
Race does matter. Sex does matter. Nationality does matter. Not because the Left lies about these things, but because they are materially and objectively significant. The romantic Right is outdated, ill-informed, and intellectually irrelevant. Here is a hint: if you’re even mentioning the word “mercantilism”, you are arguing against nationalist Frenchmen dead 300 years, not the nationalist Mil-Right of today.”
On February 26 in response to another of Hoyt’s posts, Day was breaking things down into simpler terms.
“The white race is not imaginary. America as an Anglo-Saxon nation is not imaginary. What is imaginary is the “proposition nation” version of America that she, the Portuguese immigrant, erroneously believes America to be. Red Eagle and I cover this in moderate detail in Cuckservative: How “Conservatives” Destroyed America.https://web.archive.org/web/20200930025134/http://voxday.blogspot.com/2016/02/racial-identity-is-dispositive.html 
We’re not killing “the republic that she loves”. It never existed in the first place. Nations are not places, governments, or ideas. Nations are people. Nations are, as the Founding Fathers wrote, posterity.
Sarah may want to consider herself their posterity, but she is not and they would not regard her as such either. Her position requires denying both history and reality, and her postnationalism is as deluded as any progressives. And it’s hardly a surprise that the immigrant declares immigration, the very issue that is propelling Trump to the White House, isn’t a problem.”
“Posterity” was a keyword that Day had fished out of the preamble to the US constitution which Day took to mean the direct descendants of the primarily English colonists at the time of US independence. Day’s argument was that the US constitution is intended only for people he described as “White Anglo-Saxon” and presumably protestant. A couple of day’s later, he would more overtly belittle Hoyt’s status as an American:
“One cannot no more become an American by virtue of one’s thoughts or feelings about revolution or equality than one can become Australian, Canadian, or any other nation of English descent. That’s why, unlike Irish-Americans, Swedish-Americans, and Italian-Americans, there are no hybrid “English-Americans”. Like it or not, the fact is that they are the American nation and the posterity of the Constitution.https://web.archive.org/web/20201108170717/http://voxday.blogspot.com/2016/02/no-you-really-werent.html
The Japanese have a word for a foreigner who is so enamored of Japanese concepts and culture that they come to identify with it. We had a few in my class in Tokyo; they would wear their yukatas and religiously perform tea ceremonies every day. Sarah could be reasonably described as an American weebo.”
The following day, he would tie his objections to Hoyt to his objections to transgender people:
“My, these transamericans are certainly entitled, aren’t they? Not only can they tell Americans what Real Americans are and are not, but they are going to kick out everyone who doesn’t think like they do, no matter whose posterity they happen might be! Nations aren’t genetically-related peoples, after all, but mere collections of similarly-minded groupthinkers.https://web.archive.org/web/20210302231054/https://voxday.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-mask-comes-off.html
Notice that I never said anything about Sarah being good enough to be an American. I never said anything about being American being something good, or even desirable. What I stated is a simple fact, one no more controversial than Sarah being female. She is Portuguese. She is not American. Becoming a U.S. citizen is paperwork; the mere fact that one has to become a U.S. citizen is sufficient to indicate that one is not an American. As it happens, I even know a few Americans who are not U.S. citizens.”
Day’s reputation as a debater is low on the left but surprisingly high on the right. The reason can be seen in these exchanges. He would find the confused assumptions and assertions within a conservative’s or libertarian’s arguments and attack those but in doing so advance a more extreme right-wing position. In the same post he would point out the inherent authoritarianism within Hoyt’s claim that beliefs determine whether a person is a true American or not:
“Their “proposition nation” is not even theoretically possible without the sort of thought police that their self-definitive ideals must reject. Defining a nation as a proposition is as intrinsically absurd and self-negating as feminism or communism or open-borders libertarianism. These transamerican idealists consider themselves to be intelligent and well-educated, and yet they have observably failed to even begin to think through the necessary consequences of the very values they erroneously claim makes one American.”ibid
But Day was knocking down Hoyt’s confused idea to push the even more alarming notion of America being defined genetically.
In a later post, as this cross-blog argument was dying down, he made his analysis even more overt:
“But the post does serve to nicely illustrate the intrinsically dishonest, pernicious, and untenable nature of the concept of the proposition nation, which anyone can join “by belief and choice”. Such a nation requires, absolutely requires, thought policing of the most stringent and ruthless variety, and is intrinsically totalitarian in a way that the most authoritarian “blood and soil” regime could never be.https://web.archive.org/web/20170922192408/http://voxday.blogspot.com/2016/03/that-which-goes-unlinked.html
It is no surprise that as a result of immigration and the necessary redefinition of what it is to be American, the country has become considerably less free despite the influx of these “belief and choice” citizens. The Know-Nothings were, more or less, correct. Indeed, the present situation is a direct consequence of the inability of 19th century immigrants to fully grasp the Rights of Englishmen, because they were never English and they will never be what might be described as Americans version 1.0. More recent arrivals are observably even less able to do so.”
Notably, while Day’s arguments were targetted at Sarah Hoyt many of them were as applicable to Larry Correia although he didn’t target him by name.
As we will see in later chapters, Sarah Hoyt’s opposition to Donald Trump would shift but from early 2016 onward the Sad Puppy leaders no longer went to the same lengths to defend Vox Day or Vox Day’s prior involvement. This did not extend to conceding that Day’s critics had been correct. Instead, accounts by Sad Puppy leaders of the events of 2015 quietly side-lined Vox Day’s role or avoided mentioning the Rabid Puppies at all.
Making Awards Rabid Again
The press release encapsulated the zeitgeist:
‘RABID PUPPIES 2016 Make the Hugos Greathttps://web.archive.org/web/20171022064359/http://voxday.blogspot.com/2016/03/rabid-puppies-press-release.html
On the heels of last year’s magnificent campaign, which successfully placed 58 of its 67 recommended nominees on the ballot and inspired no less than 5 No Awards, the Supreme Dark Lord of the Evil Legion of Evil is proud to Make the Hugos Great Again by announcing his recommendations for the 2016 Hugo Awards.
“Many of the things that were said about the Puppies last year by luminaries of the field such as George R.R. Martin, David Gerrold, and John Scalzi were deeply hurtful,” said Vox Day, as he quaffed blood from the silvered skull of an SJW. “But I think we’ve learned from our past mistakes and put together a kindler, gentler, list of recommendations that will entertain the casual reader of science fiction and fantasy, as well as inform the more serious observers of the field what a ghastly collection of criminally sick freaks have been inhabiting the community of science fiction fandom for decades.”‘
Echoing Donald Trump’s catchphrase, Day announced the finalised list close to the nomination closing date for the 2016 Hugo Awards. In the press release, Day highlighted five entries of particular note:
• “Moira Greyland’s account of her childhood abuse at the hands of her mother, the award-winning science fiction writer Marion Zimmer Bradleyibid
• Five-time 2015 Hugo nominee John C. Wright’s novel Somewhither: A Tale of the Unwithering Realm.
• SF great Jerry Pournelle, whose groundbreaking There Will Be War series returned after a 25-year absence due to the end of the Cold War.
• “Safe Space as Rape Room”, a five-part series on the pedophiles and child molesters who have preyed upon children in the science fiction community.
• “Space Raptor Butt Invasion”, a sensuous space romance that is a tribute to true diversity in science fiction.”
These five nominees demonstrated three of the four major aspects of Day’s choices for his slate.
Moira Greyland was the daughter of Marion Zimmer Bradley. In 2014 writer Deirdre Saoirse Moen had contacted Greyland to discuss the degree to which Bradley had known about or enabled the abuse inflicted by her husband, convicted paedophile Walter Breen (see chapter 25). Greyland had revealed Bradley’s own abusive action towards her children, reopening the discussion of the so-called Breendoggle within the science-fiction community. Vox Day had included aspects of the scandal in his attack on the SFWA after he had been expelled. Greyland’s own harrowing account of her experiences had an added element attractive to Day: Greyland tied the issue of child abuse to the sexuality of Marion Zimmer Bradley and Walter Breen to argue against the legitimacy of same-sex marriages.
More directly tied to Day’s earlier campaign against the SFWA was Daniel Eness’s series for the Castalia House blog entitled “Safe Space as Rape Room”. The series was little more than an expansion of Day’s own blog posts from 2014 attempting to tie the SFWA leadership at the time to the abusive behaviour of individuals within the broader science fiction community.
Together, these nominees were part of Day’s attempt to tie paedophilia to the Hugo Awards and more broadly as part of a right-wing strategy to discredit support for LGBTQI rights by conflating paedophilia with a tolerance of diverse sexualities, genders and gender expression.
The second aspect of Day’s picks was to promote Castalia House as a publisher. While it was unlikely that many Worldcon members would be won over to his books, the publicity around the Rabid Puppy campaign would likely bring Castalia House to the attention of a right-wing audience.
Lastly, and most interestingly was Space Raptor Butt Invasion by Chuck Tingle. I have written a much fuller account of the history of Tingle and this book in my series The Hugosauriad, which I won’t repeat here. The self-publishing phenomenon had been a regular inside joke in the comments at File 770 during 2015 and it is likely that Day picked up the existence of Tingle’s idiosyncratic take on gay erotica there. Day’s intent was to get things on the ballot that would inherently discredit the worth of the Hugo Awards by being laughably awful, possibly inspired by the Sad Puppy choice of Wisdom from My Internet in 2015. Tingle’s book was a poor choice for this strategy and would eventually backfire for Day and the Rabid Puppies when Tingle used the ensuing controversy to not only boost his own popularity but also to satirise Day and the Puppies.
The full list revealed the fourth plank of Day’s slate strategy: hostages.
The slate contained numerous works and nominees that could easily have appeared as Hugo finalists without the intervention of a campaign. Many of these, like Alistair Reynolds’s novella Slow Bullets, had been drawn from the Sad Puppy 4 recommendation list. Some appeared to be unlikely choices for Day, especially his pick of File 770 in the Best Fanzine section (although he was clearly an active follower of the Hugo Award coverage there).
These works quickly became talked about as “hostages”. Their role in the slate was multifold. Firstly, they were works that supporters of the Puppy campaigns could point to as unarguably meritorious works, lending credibility to the slate. Secondly, being included in the Rabid Puppy slate might make life difficult for these so-called hostages and perhaps might lead some legitimate contenders to withdraw from the Hugo Awards rather than be associated with Vox Day’s slate or the Puppy brand. Thirdly, their presence on the final ballot would make it harder for voters to simply ‘no award’ any Rabid Puppy nominee or, equally delightful for Day, vote ‘no award’ over a finalist who might have won if it hadn’t have been for the Rabid Puppy slate. Lastly, including likely Hugo finalists would increase the chance of Day’s slate appearing to be successful at the nomination stage.
If Day had retained the support of the people who voted for his choices in 2015, then his Rabid Puppy slate would have significant support in the nomination phase of the 2016 Hugo Awards. The Sad Puppies were now little more than a sideshow, their recommendation list helping Day fill empty slots in his slate but niether wanted nor needed for his objective. He was setting out not to win the Hugo Awards but to disrupt them. A term had arisen in the 1990s among the world of online game players that neatly encapsulated Day’s strategy:
“A griefer or bad faith player is a player in a multiplayer video game who deliberately irritates and harasses other players within the game (trolling), by using aspects of the game in unintended ways, such as destroying something another player made or built. A griefer derives pleasure primarily or exclusively from the act of annoying other users, and as such is a particular nuisance in online gaming communities. To qualify as griefing, a player must be using aspects of the game in unintended ways to annoy other players—if they are trying to gain a strategic advantage, it is instead called “cheating”.”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Griefer
The difference was, this time people were expecting him.
Next Time: Enter the Dragon
-  A Singaporean author who mainly now publishes under the name Kai Wai Cheah but also as Benjamin Cheah http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?257508
-  a description here https://theconversation.com/4chan-raids-how-one-dark-corner-of-the-internet-is-spreading-its-shadows-68394 “Raids are somewhat similar to distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks used by hackers to bring down websites. But rather than aiming to interrupt the service at a network level, they attempt to disrupt a site’s community by actively harassing users or taking over the conversation.”
-  http://file770.com/pixel-scroll-13-the-man-from-p-i-x-e-l/comment-page-2/#comment-385155
-  https://web.archive.org/web/20201108105844/http://voxday.blogspot.com/2016/04/rampaging-puppies.html
-  https://accordingtohoyt.com/2016/01/17/through-fire/
-  the pronoun reference of ‘he’ here gets a little ambiguous but I read ‘he’ here being Trump throughout. Does Hoyt overtly say Day or Trump is a Nazi? Not quite but close enough.
-  “Mil-Right” I believe is for “militant right”, a coinage Day was trying to push early in 2016 as something more advanced than “alt-right”
-  for example https://web.archive.org/web/20170119092413/http://voxday.blogspot.com/2015/12/cuckservative-at-return-of-kings.html
-  and yes, that does mean Day thinks people of Irish descent are not proper Americans also. This is a very traditional form of racism he is pushing.
-  https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2019/08/23/hugosauriad-4-6-extinction-event-2-chuck-tingle-versus-the-alt-right-space-raptor-butt-invasion/
The Rabid Puppies 2016 Slate
- BEST NOVEL
- Seveneves: A Novel, Neal Stephenson, William Morrow
- Golden Son, Pierce Brown, Del Rey
- Somewhither: A Tale of the Unwithering Realm, John C. Wright, Castalia House
- The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass, Jim Butcher, Roc
- Agent of the Imperium, Marc Miller, Far Future
- BEST NOVELLA
- Fear of the Unknown and Self-Loathing in Hollywood, Nick Cole, Tales of Tinfoil
- Penric’s Demon, Lois McMaster Bujold, Spectrum
- Perfect State, Brandon Sanderson, Dragonsteel Entertainment
- The Builders, Daniel Polansky, Tor.com
- Slow Bullets, Alastair Reynolds, Tachyon Publications
- BEST NOVELETTE
- Flashpoint: Titan, Cheah Kai Wai, There Will Be War Vol. X, Castalia House
- Folding Beijing, Hao Jingfang, Uncanny Magazine
- What Price Humanity?, David VanDyke, There Will Be War Vol. X, Castalia House
- Hyperspace Demons, Jonathan Moeller, Castalia House
- Obits, Stephen King, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Scribner
- BEST SHORT STORY
- Asymmetrical Warfare, S. R. Algernon, Nature Nr. 519
- Seven Kill Tiger, Charles Shao, There Will Be War Vol. X, Castalia House
- The Commuter, Thomas Mays, Amazon Digital Services
- If You Were an Award, My Love, Juan Tabo and S. Harris, Vox Popoli
- Space Raptor Butt Invasion, Chuck Tingle, Amazon Digital Services
- BEST RELATED WORK
- Appendix N, Jeffro Johnson, Castalia House blog
- Between Light and Shadow: An Exploration of the Fiction of Gene Wolfe, 1951 to 1986, Marc Aramini, Castalia House
- The Story of Moira Greyland, Moira Greyland, Askthebigot.com
- Safe Space as Rape Room, Daniel Eness, Castalia House blog
- SJWs Always Lie, Vox Day, Castalia House
- BEST GRAPHIC STORY
- The Divine, Boaz Lavie, Asaf Hanuka, Tomer Hanuka, First Second
- Full Frontal Nerdity, Aaron Williams, Do Gooder Press
- Erin Dies Alone, Cory Rydell and Grey Carter, The Escapist
- The Sandman: Overture, Neil Gaiman and JH Williams III, Vertigo
- Invisible Republic Vol 1 (#1–5), Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman, Image Comics
- BEST EDITOR, SHORT FORM
- Jerry Pournelle
- BEST EDITOR, LONG FORM
- Anne Sowards, Penguin
- Jim Minz, Baen Books
- Mike Braff, Del Rey
- Toni Weisskopf, Baen Books
- Vox Day, Castalia House
- BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, LONG FORM
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Konrad Tomaszkiewicz and Mateusz Kanik Sebastian, CD Projekt RED
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Hideo Kojima, Kojima Productions
- Until Dawn, Will Byles, Supermassive Games
- Avengers: Age of Ultron, Zak Penn and Joss Whedon, Marvel Studios
- The Martian, Ridley Scott, Scott Free Productions
- BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, SHORT FORM
- Supernatural, “Just My Imagination” Season 11, Episode 8, Richard Speight Jr, Supernatural
- Grimm, Season 4 Episode 21, “Headache”, Jim Kouf, Grimm
- Tales from the Borderlands Episode 5, “The Vault of the Traveller”
- Life is Strange, Episode 1, Raoul Barbet and Michel Koch, Life is Strange
- My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic, Season 5, Episodes 1-2, “The Cutie Map”, Jayson Thiessen, Jim Miller and Rebecca Dart, My Little Pony
- BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST
- Larry Elmore
- Michal Karcz (Karezoid on Deviant Art)
- Abigail Larson
- Lars Braad Andersen, example
- Larry Rostant, example
- BEST SEMIPROZINE
- Abyss & Apex, Wendy Delmater
- Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Scott H. Andrews
- Daily Science Fiction, Jonathan Laden and Michele Barasso
- Sci-Phi Journal, Jason Rennie
- Strange Horizons, Niall Harrison
- BEST FANZINE
- Black Gate
- Castalia House blog
- File 770
- Superversive SF
- Tangent Online
- BEST FANCAST
- The Rageaholic by Razorfist
- Hello Greedo
- 8-4 Play
- Cane and Rinse
- Tales to Terrify
- BEST FAN WRITER
- Jeffro Johnson
- Morgan (Castalia House)
- Shamus Young
- Douglas Ernst
- BEST FAN ARTIST
- Matthew Callahan
- BEST NEW WRITER (Campbell Award)
- Pierce Brown
- Cheah Kai Wai
- Sebastien de Castell
- Brian Niemeier
- Andy Weir