Stina Leicht has a Worldcon post up, from which I learned a lot about the origin and meaning of the song, “Yellow Rose of Texas”. That came as part of a discussion of a “women writers” panel, much like the WFC one that Kameron Hurley was complaining about. However, despite the fact that the panel premise is annoying, Stina says that the panelists made something good out of it, and most of the audience went along with that rather than trying to shout them down, mansplain or walk out. That’s good to know, and hopefully Stina is less likely to accused of having imagined it, or been got at by Evil SMOFs, than the reporter from the Austin Chronicle.
I woke up around 4:45 this morning, presumably because Kevin was just tweeting that he’d got to his overnight stop so I could stop worrying about his being on the road after a long, tiring convention. Because I did so, I saw a tweet from John Scalzi linking to a Facebook post by John Ringo. Mr. Ringo is upset about Redshirts winning Best Novel, and he explains that this outrage is because Scalzi is, “beloved by all the hasbeen liberal neurotics who control the Hugo voting and balloting.”
Well, yes, I guess that would be Kevin and myself. As everyone knows, we secretly control the results of the Hugos, which is how I have managed to cheat my way to four of the things. This year John offered me a substantial sum of money (I gather the profits he has made from his successful blog and modeling career) to get him Best Novel, and on the proceeds of that I shall be retiring to a secret base on a Pacific Island from which I shall continue to control all of fandom at my leisure.
I note in passing that Mr. Ringo is actually accusing Hugo Administrators of deliberate ballot fraud over a number of years. He makes that very clear in follow-up comments.
I shall leave the last word to Saladin Ahmed.
So the Hugo Award is simultaneously a haven of reactionary dinosaurs *and* a bastion for rabid liberals? Neat trick, that.
— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) September 4, 2013