The Puppy Kerfuffle Map


Being a map of the head-space of Camestros Felapton based upon his voyages during the Great Puppy Kerfuffle of 2015.

A key to the map is given below and version notes and previous maps are given below.

Key to the Map

Name, description, URL (not for Facebook because I don’t get it) and ⚔ description of issue that arose. Note the descriptions of issues are DRAFT and meant to be short and limited. If I get it wrong please say so and I’ll fix. Nothing is intended to be provocative or restart old arguments. 🙂 … but yeah

Thatway semisphere (Upness to Downess)

Torlandia – part of the Greater MacMillan Empire. Tor ,

Gallo FB, Irene Gallo’s Facebook Page ⚔ Irene Gallo commented on the Puppies by describing the Sad and Rabids as “extreme rightwing to neo-nazis respectively”.

Making Light, Blog of Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden – the EPH nominating reform proposal was discussed extensively at Making Light.

Whatever…, Blog of John Scalzi blogged extensively on the Puppies.

Hines, Jim C Hines blog ⚔ Blogged some notable criticism of the Puppies and also collated a selection of quotes by notable Puppies. Publicized Lou Antonelli’s claim to have alerted Spokane Police warning them about David Gerrold

GRRM LJ, Not a Blog George RR Martin’s Live Journal ⚔ several posts on the Puppy campaign with several visits to the comment by Brad Torgersen.

Gerrold FB, David Gerrold’s Facebook page ⚔ several posts on the Puppies and Gerrold if Guest of Honour at Sasquan. Gerrold was also the subject of a letter sent by Lou Antonelli to the Spokane Police (later withdrawn)

Erin, Blue Author is About to Write, Alexandra Erin’s blog home of some excellent Puppy parodies.

Deidre Saoirse Moen, Early post giving a guide on how to vote No Award on Puppy nominees.

Sandifer, Philip Sandifer’s blog ⚔ Early post on voting No Award on all categories. Lengthy analysis of the Puppy campaign (focused on Rabids and Vox Day) leading to visit from Brad Torgersen in comments section. Later podcast with Vox Day reviewing John C Wright’s puppy nominated story ‘One Bright Star’ and Iain Banks’s Wasp Factory

Amazing Stories, Early announcement of possible Puppy success in nominations. Early advocate of No Award and multiple Puppy related stories.

File770, Mike Glyer’s blog/fanzine Published daily Puppy Round-ups chronicling the kerfuffle. ⚔ Notable comments from Brad Torgersen on people who declined Puppy nominations.

Other features

Islets of Review include
Lis Carey’s blog, Spacefaring Kitten, and many others
Sea-lions – are expressing concern about EPH
Standlee Island (not labelled) near rumored location of WorldCon

Off Map

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

io9 – pop culture news site, published several articles on the Puppy Kerfuffle critical of the Puppies

The Guardian, notable left of centre British newspaper, published several articles on the Puppy Kerfuffle critical of the Puppies ⚔ articles cited by notable Puppies as demonstrating the anti-Puppy SJW media bias.

Thisway semisphere

Non-puppy locations
Kingdom of Baen, Baen Books publisher of SF/F

Flint, Eric Flint blog, Flint is a leftwing author published by Baen, critical of the WorldCon establishment but also critic of the Puppies ⚔ His analysis caused some consternation on multiple sides.

Baen’s Bar, Baen’s online forum probably shouldn’t be a separate island but let’s assume I was too lazy to try to circumnavigate and just thought it was an island.

English, Kary English’s blog Kary English was nominated by Puppies and did not withdraw her nomination but has been critical of Rabid Puppies and Vox Day ⚔ Her open letter to Puppies was the strongest criticism of the Puppy movement from a Puppy nominee who hadn’t withdrawn


According To Hoyt, Sarah Hoyt’s blog

Mad Genius, Mad Genius Club blog – multiple authors including Hoyt, Paulk, Freer, Grant, Green, and Torgesen

Brad Torgesen, Brad Torgersen’s blog ⚔ launched Sad Puppy 3 campaign

Monster Hunter Nation, Larry Correia’s blog ⚔ led Sad Puppy 1 and 2 campaigns

Bayou Renaissance Man, Peter Grant’s blog – ⚔ leader of Tor Boycott

Sea of Puppies

This Way to Texas, Lou Antonelli’s blog and also Facebook page ⚔ warned Spokane Police about David Gerrold but later apologized – only for the issue to spring back to life due to his later actions

MZW, Michael Z Williamson’s blog and also Facebook page. Writer of Wisdom from My Internet and assorted offensive Facebook jokes. Notably voted ‘No Award’

Sci-Phi Journal,  science-fiction and philosophy journal, available from Amazon and Castalia.


Superversive – name of a SF/F movement coined by L J Lamplighter

SuperversiveSF a multi-author blog – reviews of Sad Puppies 3

Off the Downward cost of Rabidonia: Lamplighter , L J Lamplighter’s blog

Wright, blog of John C Wright Numerous pro-Puppy posts and posts on sexuality that many find disturbing and

Castalia, Castalia House publisher owned by Vox Day

Voxpopoli, Vox Day’s blog ⚔ Instigator of Rabid Puppies 2015

Off the Map

The Amazon Empire – threat to traditional publishing? Hope for indie publishers? Or destroyer of bookshops and exploiter of authors? Not directly involved but a lurking presence…

Breitbart – conservative news and comment site has published articles complementing the Puppies.

GamerGate – A separate video game kerfuffle. Vox Day aligns himself with GamerGate. Rumours abound about possible GamerGate involvement in the nomination process but with no evidence of any significant role.

Version 0.4

John C Wright respectfully asked if L J Lamplighter’s position on the map could be altered as she is not aligned with Rabid Puppies per-se.

Version 0.3


Brad Torgersen’s surname had a typo – for which I both burn with shame and yet oddly surprised that there aren’t more.

Laura Mixon has been given an island. In some ways her nominated work for this years Hugo is not Puppy related but when I started an early draft of a timeline I found that references to the significant past fandom controversy were part of the broader narrative. As she has had some books published by Tor I put her island nearish the Tor Sea.

Compass rose added. The map is orientated Up and Down and This way and That way.

Various requests:

  • A tank added at Marmot gulch but unfortunately it got a bit crowded and additionally Marmot Gulch sort of violated my policy of not using names given by others. The tank is better and people can apply their own semiotic approach to it.
  • A manatee added just off shore from Monster Hunter Nation due to multiple Puppy requests. It sorts of looks a bit like a beaver or a platypus but it was the best I could do. To make room MHN was made smaller.
  • There were multiple Rabid requests for various things in Voxpopoli. Given the tanke as well I could only really neatly do one. A skull shaped mountain replaced a regular mountain. Spooky!
  • The Gyre of FUD is a dangerous maelstrom that wanders the Sea of Fandom and capture wary sailors in a cycle of endless discussion that seem to go nowhere. Originally it was supposed to be named after Brian Z but that would either be an unnecessary insult or an unwarranted ego boost. People may apply their own FUD source to it.
  • Wind cherubs requested by Kurt Busiek. I totally failed at drawing a cherub blowing winds upon the Puppy lands but then I remembered my beagle heads. Now gentle beagles go off in a huff.
  • Various re-orientations, changes to landmasses, sizes, islands etc. All excellent notions but I have to stop. Consider the inaccuracies as realistic reflection of the errors in a voyager’s map.

Version 0.2

The revised version is here. Thanks to File770 folks for suggestions and also thanks to the puppy love for the map. Maps are the ultimate political statement disguised at an attempt at objective fact – so please see this as this particular socialist’s skewed perspective (but I’ve attempted some fairness). Some have expressed concern regarding relative sizes of land – do not be misled! It is the seas that represent fandom 🙂 and we all sail upon them – or we are merpeople or maybe selkies or something.

I’ve also included some sites mentioned in Sarah Hoyt’s recent account of how she saw the kerfuffle. Publishing houses appear as Greek-style temples. I’ve stuck with the crossed swords for places where significant disputes were centered or notable discussions or announcements took place. Places beyond greater fandom are marked as being off the map with green arrows.

Stage 3 will be a list of links and unless I get bored Stage 4 will be an attempt at a timeline.


Version 0.1

This is a work in progress. A map of the various websites and groupings involved in the on-going internet kerfuffle over the Hugo Awards. Most symbols don’t really mean anything. Groupings of bloggers under a heading in bold. Crossed swords represent places where a notable discussion/argument etc occurred. This may include Brad Torgersen explaining what he intended or some kind of deceleration of intent (e.g. a boycott) or somebody pointing out what somebody else had done.


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