Sad Puppies, Rabid Puppies lose big at the Hugos UPDATED
AUG 23, 2015
Cixin Liu’s “Three Body Problem” is the first-ever translation to win Best Novel; meanwhile, the uprecedented effort to put together an organized slate of science fiction that appealed to sexist (Sad Puppies) and misogynist/white supremacist (Rabid Puppies) and homophobic (both) orthodoxy to sweep the Hugos was a flop.
Six categories came in as “No Award.” Some particularly galling defeats for the Puppies: Laura Mixon winning Best Fan Writer for her investigative piece on the sociopathic troll Requires Hate (Mixon ended her acceptance speech with “Black lives matter”); and Wesley Chu winning the Campbell Award for Best New Writer (Chu had been outspoken in his criticism of the puppies).
Why Cosmic Horror is at the root of post-modern nihilism.
The version of existence which acknowledges the horror of an unknowable cosmos has been called “weird realism” or “speculative realism” and it undermines all anthropocentric belief systems (religious or humanist). There is a tendency, even nowadays, to think of the world in which we live as a product/representation of mind or language: a human construct. As John Gray of The Atlantic put it: “For Lovecraft, human beings are too feeble to shape a coherent view of the universe. Our minds are specks tossed about in the cosmic melee; though we look for secure foundations, we live in perpetual free fall.”