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Connie Willis Bows Out of Hugo Presenting

The Hugo Awards have been a mess for years, but have been particularly messy this year due to a group of nasty, selfish individuals who have hijacked the awards by essentially stuffing the ballot box in a coordinated effort to get books nominated that they think should be nominated.  Not necessarily the books that the fan base think should be nominated, nor the books that Worldcon attendees think should be nominated . . . but the books that they like, or books/authors that feed their agenda.  And like everything today it’s become a politicized mess.

Eleven time Hugo and seven time Nebula award winner Connie Willis is having none of it.  When she was asked by emcee David Gerrold to be a presenter at this year’s award, she graciously declined . . . and came out swinging at the jackboots trying to steal the award away from the true fans.

Here’s part of what she had to say about it:

Connie WillisBut then Vox Day and his followers made it impossible for me to remain silent , keep calm, and carry on. Not content with just using dirty tricks to get on the ballot, they’re now demanding they win, too, or they’ll destroy the Hugos altogether. When a commenter on File 770 suggested people fight back by voting for “No Award,” Vox Day wrote: “If No Award takes a fiction category, you will likely never see another award given in that category again. The sword cuts both ways, Lois. We are prepared for all eventualities.”

I assume that means they intend to use the same bloc-voting technique to block anyone but their nominees from winning in future years. Or, in other words, “If you ever want to see your precious award again, do exactly as I say.” It’s a threat, pure and simple. Everyone who votes has been ordered (under the threat of violence being done to something we love) to let their stories–stories which got on the ballot dishonestly–win.

And finally, to Vox Day, Brad Torgeson, and their followers, I have this to say:

“You may have been able to cheat your way onto the ballot. (And don’t talk to me about how this isn’t against the rules–doing anything except nominating the works you personally liked best is cheating in my book.) You may even be able to bully and intimidate people into voting for you. But you can’t make me hand you the Hugo and say “Congratulations,” just as if you’d actually won it. And you can’t make me appear onstage and tell jokes and act like this year’s Hugo ceremony is business as usual and what you’ve done is okay. I’m not going to help you get away with this. I love the Hugo Awards too much.”

You can read her entire statement here.

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