This years Hugos went so far beneath my radar I didn’t know they had happened.
I think we have finally reached the point where a Hugo Award is actually damaging to an author’s reputation. Certainly, no one who loves Science Fiction will want to buy a book with the words Hugo Award winner on the cover.
As you may know by now. George R.R. Martin hosted the 2020 Hugo Awards and he was apparently too old to be Woke. He hadn’t really kept up with things like who is an Unperson and who is the Greatest Thing-Evah! (We gave her the Hugo for best novel three years in a row so that proves it!).
He also couldn’t be bothered to get the names right of such luminaries in the field as Bogi Takács, Nibedita Sen, and Devi Pillai.
The marginally more pronounceable Jeannette Ng was making a lot of pronouncements. She won the John W. Campbell award last year and got a Hugo this year for the speech she made last year where she called the guy who her award was named after, a racist and “fascist.”
And she was apparently pissed that Martin had nice things to say about the guy who gave him his career.
“John W. Campbell, for whom this award was named, was a fascist,” Ng said at the time. “Through his editorial control of Astounding Science Fiction, he is responsible for setting a tone of science fiction that still haunts the genre to this day. Sterile. Male. White. Exalting in the ambitions of imperialists and colonisers, settlers and industrialists.”
And also he would never have bought any your dull-ass SJW doggrel.
Campbell is better known today than you are Ng and will be remembered long after you are completely forgotten.