Well, I only hit 52-53% correct in my predictions (though I did hit 80% in the lit categories and 75% in the fan categories…).
Sad Puppies successfully recommended 47% of the winners.
Rabid Puppies successfully recommended 41% of the winners.
Now we all knew that the Rabid ones were going to claim even one successful pick as a victory, considering that they thought last year’s No Award landslide was a victory, despite the fact that it was the 2015 and not the 1984 Hugo Awards…so whatever they claim out of this year is really meaningless.
What I do think has a bit of signifigance is: neither puppy slate managed to get above half the picks, while I did, basing mine not on a political agenda, but rather experiences with Fandom.
In other words, the negative outlook on things lost and the positive outlook won, if you want to put it that way.
But now here is the really interesting thing: In those categories that I did not predict correctly, my prediction was the runner up through the entirety of the vote count, with one exception (Short Story); No Award was the 2nd runner up.
You can see the tallies here: In all of the others, Best Graphic, Dramatic: Long Form and Short Form, Best Editor: Long Form and Short Form, Professional Artist, my picks came in second.
It doesn’t really mean anything other than I was pretty damn close throughout the categories, picking first or second in all but one!
I’ll take it.
The really interesting conclusion to be had from the stats is that the voters really honed in on quality in those categories where they had to choose among puppy pics – zeroed right in on the quality works, ignoring the shield effect and sending a very clear message that political shenanigans will not be allowed to negatively affect the Hugo Awards.
I don’t know what happened at GRRM’s Loser’s Party last night, but he sure had fewer awards to give out this year than last!
Congrats to ALL the winners and the Finalists!
And thanks to the MidAmericon2 crew for an excellent broadcast (even if the comment feed was littered with garbage).
Lets see how everyone else did:
|THE FINALISTS||ACTUAL WINNER||SAD PUPPY NOMINEE||RABID PUPPY NOMINEE||MY PICKS|
|BEST NOVEL (3695 ballots)|
|Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie (Orbit)||X*|
|The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher (Roc)||X||X|
|The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)||X||The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)|
|Seveneves: A Novel by Neal Stephenson (William Morrow)||X||X|
|Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Del Rey)||X|
|BEST NOVELLA (2416 ballots)|
|Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com)||X||X||Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com)|
|The Builders by Daniel Polansky (Tor.com)||X||X|
|Penric’s Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold (Spectrum)||X*||X|
|Perfect State by Brandon Sanderson (Dragonsteel Entertainment)||X||X|
|Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds (Tachyon)||X*||X|
|BEST NOVELETTE (1975 ballots)|
|“And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead” by Brooke Bolander (Lightspeed, Feb2015)||X|
|“Flashpoint: Titan” by CHEAH Kai Wai (There Will Be War Volume X, Castalia House)||X|
|“Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang, trans. Ken Liu (Uncanny Magazine, Jan-Feb 2015)||X||X||X||“Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang, trans. Ken Liu (Uncanny Magazine, Jan-Feb 2015)|
|“Obits” by Stephen King (The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Scribner)||X||X|
|“What Price Humanity?” by David VanDyke (There Will Be War Volume X, Castalia House)||X|
|BEST SHORT STORY (2451 ballots)|
|“Asymmetrical Warfare” by S. R. Algernon (Nature, Mar 2015)||X||X|
|“Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld, January 2015)||X||X||X|
|“If You Were an Award, My Love” by Juan Tabo and S. Harris (voxday.blogspot.com, Jun 2015)||X|
|“Seven Kill Tiger” by Charles Shao (There Will Be War Volume X, Castalia House)||X|
|Space Raptor Butt Invasion by Chuck Tingle (Amazon Digital Services)||X||Space Raptor Butt Invasion by Chuck Tingle (Amazon Digital Services)|
|BEST RELATED WORK (2080 ballots)|
|Between Light and Shadow: An Exploration of the Fiction of Gene Wolfe, 1951 to 1986 by Marc Aramini (Castalia House)||X|
|“The First Draft of My Appendix N Book” by Jeffro Johnson (jeffro.wordpress.com)||X||X|
|“Safe Space as Rape Room” by Daniel Eness (castaliahouse.com)||X||X|
|SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police by Vox Day (Castalia House)||X|
|“The Story of Moira Greyland” by Moira Greyland (askthebigot.com)||X|
|No Award||X||No Award|
|BEST GRAPHIC STORY (1838 ballots)|
|The Divine written by Boaz Lavie, art by Asaf Hanuka and Tomer Hanuka (First Second)||X|
|Erin Dies Alone written by Grey Carter, art by Cory Rydell (dyingalone.net)||X|
|Full Frontal Nerdity by Aaron Williams (ffn.nodwick.com)||X|
|Invisible Republic Vol 1 written by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman, art by Gabriel Hardman (Image Comics)||X|
|The Sandman: Overture written by Neil Gaiman, art by J.H. Williams III (Vertigo)||X||X|
|No Award||No Award|
|BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (LONG FORM) (2904 ballots)|
|Avengers: Age of Ultron written and directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel Studios; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)||X|
|Ex Machina written and directed by Alex Garland (Film4; DNA Films; Universal Pictures)||X|
|Mad Max: Fury Road written by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, and Nico Lathouris, directed by George Miller (Village Roadshow Pictures; Kennedy Miller Mitchell; RatPac-Dune Entertainment; Warner Bros. Pictures)||X||Mad Max: Fury Road written by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, and Nico Lathouris, directed by George Miller (Village Roadshow Pictures; Kennedy Miller Mitchell; RatPac-Dune Entertainment; Warner Bros. Pictures)|
|The Martian screenplay by Drew Goddard, directed by Ridley Scott (Scott Free Productions; Kinberg Genre; TSG Entertainment; 20th Century Fox)||X||X||X|
|Star Wars: The Force Awakens written by Lawrence Kasdan, J. J. Abrams, and Michael Arndt, directed by J.J. Abrams (Lucasfilm Ltd.; Bad Robot Productions; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)||X|
|BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (SHORT FORM) (2219 ballots)|
|Doctor Who: “Heaven Sent” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Rachel Talalay (BBC Television)||X||Doctor Who: “Heaven Sent” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Rachel Talalay (BBC Television)|
|Grimm: “Headache” written by Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt, directed by Jim Kouf(Universal Television; GK Productions; Hazy Mills Productions; Open 4 Business Productions; NBCUniversal Television Distribution)||X|
|Jessica Jones: “AKA Smile” written by Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg, and Jamie King, directed by Michael Rymer (Marvel Television; ABC Studios; Tall Girls Productions;Netflix)||X|
|My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: “The Cutie Map” Parts 1 and 2 written by Scott Sonneborn, M.A. Larson, and Meghan McCarthy, directed by Jayson Thiessen and Jim Miller (DHX Media/Vancouver; Hasbro Studios)||X||X|
|Supernatural: “Just My Imagination” written by Jenny Klein, directed by Richard Speight Jr. (Kripke Enterprises; Wonderland Sound and Vision; Warner Bros. Television)||X|
|BEST EDITOR – SHORT FORM (1891 ballots)|
|John Joseph Adams||X|
|Neil Clarke||Neil Clarke|
|BEST EDITOR – LONG FORM (1764 ballots)|
|Sheila E. Gilbert||X|
|Liz Gorinsky||Liz Gorinsky|
|BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST (1481 ballots)|
|Lars Braad Andersen||X|
|No Award||No Award|
|BEST SEMIPROZINE (1457 ballots)|
|Beneath Ceaseless Skies edited by Scott H. Andrews||X|
|Daily Science Fiction edited by Michele-Lee Barasso and Jonathan Laden||X|
|Sci Phi Journal edited by Jason Rennie||X||X|
|Strange Horizons edited by Catherine Krahe, Julia Rios, A. J. Odasso, Vanessa Rose Phin,Maureen Kincaid Speller, and the Strange Horizons staff||X|
|Uncanny Magazine edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, and Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky||X||Uncanny Magazine edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, and Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky|
|BEST FANZINE (1455 ballots)|
|Castalia House Blog edited by Jeffro Johnson||X|
|File 770 edited by Mike Glyer||X||X*||X||File 770 edited by Mike Glyer|
|Lady Business edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan||X|
|Superversive SF edited by Jason Rennie||X||X|
|Tangent Online edited by Dave Truesdale||X||X|
|BEST FANCAST (1267 ballots)|
|8-4 Play, Mark MacDonald, John Ricciardi, Hiroko Minamoto, and Justin Epperson||X|
|Cane and Rinse, Cane and Rinse||X|
|The Rageaholic, RazörFist||X|
|Tales to Terrify, Stephen Kilpatrick||X*||Tales to Terrify, Stephen Kilpatrick|
|BEST FAN WRITER (1568 ballots)|
|Mike Glyer||X||X*||Mike Glyer|
|BEST FAN ARTIST (1073 ballots)|
|Steve Stiles||X||Steve Stiles|
|JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER (1922 ballots)|
|Pierce Brown *||X|
|Sebastien de Castell *||X||X|
|Andy Weir *||X||X||X||Andy Weir *|
|Alyssa Wong *||X|