Debarkle

Debarkle

Finalist for 2022 Hugo Award, Best Related Work.

Debarkle traces the history, events and subsequent consequences of the Sad Puppy/Rabid Puppy Kerfuffle at the 2015 Hugo Awards while looking at the broader political context of science fiction’s culture wars.

You can read the whole thing in book form (with fewer typos) by downloading this PDF.

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Volume 1 1880-2014

  • Part 1 looks at the historical background, tracing politics and fandom history up to 2010.
  • Part 2 looks at events from 2011 to 2014 including the controversies around the SFWA and the first two Sad Puppy campaigns

Volume 2 2015-2017

  • Part 3 follows the events of the 2015 Hugo Awards and the so-called Puppy Kerfuffle, month by month.
  • Part 4 follows the decline of the Puppy Campaigns over 2016 and 2017, amid the rise of far right politics on a national stage.

Volume 3 2018-2020

  • Part 5 follows the aftermath of the Puppy years, the ongoing culture war and the turmoil of the Trump years from 2018 to 2019.
  • Part 6 follows the shifting views of the major figures in the Puppy campaigns during the turbulent pandemic year of 2020

You can read the individual chapters in blog form using the links below.

Individual Chapters:

  1. Introduction to Debarkle: January 6 2021 https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/02/06/debarkle-introduction/
  2. Notes, Caveats and Excuses https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/02/09/debarkle-notes-caveats-and-excuses/
  3. Part 1 Overview 1880-2010 https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/02/11/debarkle-chapter-3-part-1-overview-1880-2010/
  4. An Inadequate History of Fandom & Worldcon 1939-2000 https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/02/14/debarkle-chapter-4-an-inadequate-history-of-fandom-worldcon-1939-2000/
  5. Dramatis Personae – John Scalzi https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/02/16/debarkle-chapter-5-dramatis-personae-john-scalzi/
  6. Second Chapter 5: Dramatis Personae – Vox Day https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/02/18/debarkle-second-chapter-5-dramatis-personae-vox-day/
  7. The SFWA https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/02/23/debarkle-chapter-7-the-sfwa/
  8. Electrolite 2005/03/01 https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/02/24/debarkle-chapter-8-electrolite-2005-03-01/
  9. Dramatis Personae – Jim Baen (1943-2006) https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/03/02/debarkle-chapter-9-dramatis-personae-jim-baen-1943-2006/
  10. 2006 – A Baen Sweep of the Hugos? https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/03/03/debarkle-chapter-10-2006-a-baen-sweep-of-the-hugos/
  11. Dramatis Personae – Larry Correia https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/03/06/debarkle-chapter-11-dramatis-personae-larry-correia/
  12. Meanwhile…Obama 2008 https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/03/10/debarkle-chapter-12-meanwhile-obama-2008/
  13. Meanwhile…RaceFail’09 https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/03/14/debarkle-chapter-13-meanwhile-racefail09/
  14. 2010 [end of Part 1] https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/03/18/debarkle-chapter-14-2010/
  15. PART 2 OVERVIEW 2011-2014 https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/03/23/debarkle-chapter-15-part-2-rise-of-the-puppies-2011-2014/
  16. Larry goes to Reno https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/03/25/debarkle-chapter-16-larry-goes-to-reno/
  17. Vox Day’s Gamma Game https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/03/27/vox-days-gamma-game/
  18. Meanwhile…Romney versus Obama https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/03/29/debarkle-chapter-18-meanwhile-2012-romney-versus-obama/
  19. SP1—How to get Correia Nominated for a Hugo https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/03/31/debarkle-chapter-19-sp1-how-to-get-correia-nominated-for-a-hugo/
  20. Redshirts https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/04/02/debarkle-chapter-20-redshirts/
  21. Dramatis Personae – N.K.Jemisin https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/04/05/debarkle-chapter-21-dramatis-personae-n-k-jemisin/
  22. The SFWA Civil War Part 1 https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/04/09/debarkle-chapter-22-the-sfwa-civil-war-part-1/
  23. The SFWA Civil War Part 2 https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/04/11/debarkle-chapter-23-sfwa-civil-war-part-2/
  24. Dramatis Personae — Sarah Hoyt & The Mad Genius Club https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/04/16/debarkle-chapter-24-dramatis-personae-sarah-hoyt-the-mad-genius-club/
  25. The SFWA Civil War Part 3 https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/04/17/debarkle-chapter-25-the-sfwa-civil-war-part-3/
  26. Sad Puppies (season 2) crosses the streams https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/04/20/debarkle-chapter-26-sad-puppies-season-two-crosses-the-streams/
  27. Vox Day, Racism, Sexism and Opera Vita Aeterna https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/04/22/debarkle-27-vox-day-racism-sexism-and-opera-vita-aeterna/
  28. Gamergate 2014 meets Vox Day https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/04/27/debarkle-chapter-28-gamergate-2014-meets-vox-day/
  29. Dramatis Personae — Mike Glyer and File 770 https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/05/02/debarkle-chapter-29-dramatis-personae-mike-glyer-file-770/
  30. Hate, Myth and Puppies https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/05/08/debarkle-chapter-30-hate-myth-and-puppies/
  31. The Hugos Go to London https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/05/10/debarkle-chapter-31-the-hugos-go-to-london/
  32. Justice, Dinosaurs and the Water that Falls on You from Nowhere https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/05/15/debarkle-chapter-32-justice-dinosaurs-and-the-water-that-falls-on-you-from-nowhere/
  33. Dramatis Personae — Brad, John and the Evil League of Evil https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/05/17/debarkle-chapter-33-dramatis-personae-brad-john-and-the-evil-league-of-evil/
  34. Part 3 Overview Twenty fifteen https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/05/27/debarkle-chapter-34-part-3-twenty-fifteen/
  35. January https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/05/29/debarkle-chapter-35-january/
  36. February Part 1 — the slates https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/05/31/debarkle-chapter-36-february-part-1-the-slates/
  37. February Part 2 — Reactions https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/06/02/debarkle-chapter-37-february-part-2-reactions/
  38. March https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/06/05/debarkle-chapter-38-march/
  39. April Part 1 — the Finalists https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/06/06/debarkle-chapter-39-april-part-1-the-finalists/
  40. April Part 2 — Early Reactions https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/06/09/debarkle-chapter-40-april-part-2-early-reactions/
  41. April Part 3 — Battlelines https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/06/13/debarkle-chapter-41-april-part-3-battlelines/
  42. May https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/06/16/debarkle-chapter-42-may/
  43. June Part 1 — The Tor Boycott https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/06/19/debarkle-chapter-43-june-part-1-the-tor-boycott/
  44. June Part 2 https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/06/22/debarkle-chapter-44-june-part-2/
  45. The Reviews (April to July) https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/06/26/debarkle-chapter-45-the-reviews/
  46. July https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/06/27/debarkle-chapter-46-july/
  47. August Part 1 https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/07/06/debarkle-chapter-47-august-part-1/
  48. August Part 2 https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/07/07/debarkle-chapter-48-august-part-2/
  49. August Part 3 https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/07/13/debarkle-chapter-49-august-part-3/
  50. Aftermath — July to December https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/07/19/debarkle-chapter-50-2015-aftermath-july-to-december/
  51. Meanwhile…Donald Trump https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/07/23/debarkle-chapter-51-meanwhile-donald-trump/
  52. Part 4 OvervieW 2016-2017 https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/07/29/debarkle-chapter-52-part-4-puppy-fall-2016-2017/
  53. The Ironic Story of Sad Puppies 4 https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/08/01/debarkle-chapter-53-the-ironic-story-of-sad-puppies-4/
  54. Rabid Puppies 2016 https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/08/04/debarkle-chapter-54-rabid-puppies-2016/
  55. The Dragon Award Begins https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/08/11/debarkle-chapter-55-the-dragon-award-begins/
  56. Meanwhile…the Nationalist Shift Part 1 Brexit https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/08/15/debarkle-chapter-56-meanwhile-the-nationalist-shift-part-1-brexit/
  57. Meanwhile…the Nationalist Shift Part 2 The Alt Right https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/08/20/debarkle-chapter-57-the-nationalist-shift-part-2-the-alt-right/
  58. Hugos and Puppies and Dragons Again https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/08/23/debarkle-chapter-58-hugos-and-dragons-and-puppies-again/
  59. Meanwhile…Trump, Pizza and Puppies https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/08/29/debarkle-chapter-59-trump-puppies-and-pizza/
  60. Dramatis Personae — The Next Generation https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/09/01/debarkle-chapter-60-dramatis-personae-the-next-generation/
  61. The Sad Demise of the SP5 https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/09/02/debarkle-chapter-61-the-sad-demise-of-the-sp5/
  62. The Last Dangerous Bark https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/09/06/debarkle-chapter-62-the-last-dangerous-bark/
  63. What the Evil League of Evil (and Friends) Did Next https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/09/08/debarkle-chapter-63-what-the-evil-league-of-evil-and-friends-did-next/
  64. Meanwhile…Trump Year One https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/09/16/debarkle-chapter-64-trump-year-one/
  65. PART FIVE OVERVIEW POST-APUPALYPSE 2018-2019 https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/10/02/debarkle-chapter-65-post-apupalypse-2018-2019/
  66. The Rise and Self Destruction of Comicsgate https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/10/09/debarkle-chapter-66-the-rise-and-self-destruction-of-comicsgate/
  67. Vox and Q https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/10/15/debarkle-chapter-67-vox-and-q/
  68. History Rhymes — Nebulas 2019 https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/10/17/debarkle-chapter-68-history-rhymes-nebulas-2019/
  69. Life After Puppies — Hugo Awards 2018 https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/10/25/chapter_69-hugo-2019/
  70. Life After Campbell https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/10/31/debarkle-chapter-70-life-after-campbell/
  71. Meanwhile…2019 https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/11/04/debarkle-chapter-71-meanwhile-2019/
  72. Part 6 overview Pandemic -2020 https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/11/07/debarkle-chapter-72-part-6-overview-pandemic-2020/
  73. Covid, Contrarians and Cons https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/11/14/debarkle-chapter-73-covid-contrarians-and-cons/
  74. Meanwhile…Election 2020 https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/11/21/debarkle-chapter-74-meanwhile-election-2020/
  75. Conclusion https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/11/23/debarkle-conclusion/
  76. *Afterword: Dramatis Personae https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/11/25/debarkle-afterword-dramatis-personae/

All chapters: https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/category/puppies/debarkle/

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