by Doctor Science
That would be the Sad Puppies.
I sent a summary of my previous post to the Sasquan Hugo Committee, and they wrote back very promptly:
Thank you for your concern and suggestion. We have reviewed the nominations received this year thoroughly and are convinced that the nominations did not violate the rules governing the Hugos.In that case, we can say that SP3, and almost certainly SP4, are working as the marketing department for Castalia House -- and doing an *outstanding* job. Congratulations.
If you feel the rules should be changed, then that is something to be addressed at the Business meeting at Sasquan. Kevin Standlee is chairing the meeting this year and he can advise you of the procedures for initiating that discussion.
As far as I know, a publisher has never before successfully manipulated Hugo nominations to get an entire slate, not just a single work, onto the ballot. The closest documented case was the 1987 Hugos, where Scientology publishers pushed L. Ron Hubbard's Black Genesis onto the ballot, along with a bunch of promotional material and displays that *really* put fans' backs up. Black Genesis finished below No Award.
It's a curious coincidence, or something, that a number of the Sad Puppies have been involved with the Scientology-sponsored Writers of the Future program. It's also coincidental, probably, that they frequently harken back to the Campbell era, and that Campbell heavily promoted Hubbard, Dianetics, and Scientology.
Back in 2015, I'm going to think of the Sad Puppies campaign as a stalking horse for Castalia House and Vox Day's profits. I don't think for a moment that the urge to get money for Vox Day is *motivating* the Sad Puppies, but that's what they're *doing*, regardless of their motives. This probably means that next year will see a lot of No Award action, too, because I can't imagine that Day is going to stop using this proven technique to promote Castalia House and his pocketbook. I await with interest to see when (or if) the Sad Puppies will notice how they're being used. I also wonder if they'll respond by trying to distance themselves from Day, or if they'll double down and embrace him as the conservative SF publisher of their dreams.