Jeet This Week: the sci-fi boys club strikes back
They're called the sad puppies, and they see themselves as the guard dogs of the Hugo Awards — the Science Fiction world's most prestigious honour.
A group of vocal sci-fi fans say undeserving nominees, propelled by "political correctness" and the literati, are intruding on nerd culture. They've organized a voting block to keep them from zeroing in on a Hugo.
Cultural critic Jeet Heer joins Shad to discuss the group's mandate and the significance of this rift in geekdom.
Jeet's references: The following authors and titles are mentioned in the segment:
- Star Wars
- Star Trek
- 1984 - George Orwell
- The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
- Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K Le Guin
- Astounding Science Fiction
- Clement C. Moore
- James Tiptree, Jr. (aka Alice Shelton)