Comparing the Nebula and Hugo noms is a study in contrasts. The Nebulas reflect the membership of the SFWA, which is driven by the fact that the majority of the membership is, well from the crazy cat lady set, driven by feminist politics. The Huffpo lauds this this as “diversity” but it’s not hard to see why.
Just look at how diverse the HuffPo editorial staff is.
QuQu Watching raises some very interesting point in the Hugo controversy and perhaps puts his finger in the key issue of the whole argument.
Looking at the noms this year, I was wondering why, after all the fuss, none of the puppy kickers actually made up nomination lists and got books nominated. I’m beginning, though to get the feeling that for all the noise about books, the major kickers in the media don’t actually read very much. As he points out, you don’t see PNH, for instance, talking about books he’s read. Maybe the reason is that PNH doesn’t read as much as he used to, instead watching TV or other things. I can see burnout happening, but it’s strange. One would think that they would read for research if nothing else and talk about what they read. How can you know what the coming trends are if you don’t have your ear to the ground?
That may be why the kickers haven’t been able to bring anything to the table but politics and endlessly rewriting the rules.
It’s as Jim Baen pointed out a long time ago.
If you don’t read SF, you don’t understand SF and it appears, from what the big five are publishing and the noise the kickers are making that they don’t understand SF and only want SF to be yet another genre used as affirmative action for crazy cat ladies. Which is something that has a very small market.
The Hugo Awards used to be prominent because they represented what was selling in SF. The Hugo was the FAN, EVERY FAN, choice and if you change that, the Hugo just turns into a plastic hood ornament on a wooden asterisk.