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Jeet This Week: the sci-fi boys club strikes back

A vocal block of anti-diversity sci-fi fans have organized to control the nominations for this year's prestigious Hugo Awards. Jeet Heer weighs in on why it matters.
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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)
     

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