The highly anticipated Sad Puppies 4 recommended reading list has been released. Just in the nick of time for Hugo Award nominations, which close at the end of this month, these works were suggested by SF fans from around the world and across the web.
Suggestions were completely open to the public, and SP4 even received signal boosts from genre heavyweights who’ve taken issue with past Puppy campaigns, like Mike Glyer and George R. R. Martin. These factors support the view of SP4’s recommendations as a representative sample of broader SF fandom’s tastes.
Sad Puppies 4 gave the fans a chance to speak. What did they say? If the most-suggested works are any indication, SP4 voters made a statement that echoes what folks like Larry Correia, Sarah Hoyt, and Tom Simon have been saying for a while, now.
The Superversive Mandate
A quick recap for those who are just joining us: the Superversive movement seeks to return SFF to the service of beauty, truth, and the good–a service which the curators of literature in NY publishing have not only abandoned, but betrayed. Tom Simon in particular has called for overturning the gatekeepers’ subversion of SF, not from below, but from above, i.e. superversion.
Judging by SP4 participants’ choices, most of them are sympathetic to Tom’s vision. So many recommended works contain superversive elements, or were written by authors affiliated with the movement, that it’s no exaggeration to say that Sad Puppies 4 represents a superversive mandate.
|The old guard’s open contempt for 70% of their audience may have contributed to the backlash.|
SP4 List Highlights
Here are highly placed entries from the official recommendations list that contain superversive themes, were written by superversive authors, or both.
- Best Novel: Somewhither, Honor at Stake, The Aeronaut’s Windlass, A Long Time Until Now, Son of the Black Sword, Nethereal
- Campbell Award for Best New Writer: Andy Weir, Brian Niemeier
- Best Short Story: Tuesdays with Molakesh the Destroyer
- Best Related Work: Sad Puppies Bite Back, Appendix N, Legosity
- Best Dramatic Presentation – Long: The Martian
- Best Dramatic Presentation – Short: Daredevil, Season 1, episodes 2 and 13
- Best Editor – Long Form: Toni Weisskopf, Jim Mintz, Tony Daniel
- Best Editor – Short Form: Jason Rennie
- Best Fan Writer: Jeffro Johnson, Declan Finn, Dave Freer, John C. Wright, Peter Grant, Tom Simon
- Best Fancast: Geek Gab, The Rageaholic
- Best Fanzine: Superversive SF, According to Hoyt, Bayou Renaissance Man, Declan Finn, Mad Genius Club
- Best Semiprozine: Sci Phi Journal
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|Obligatory reminder of author’s well-received book for sale.|
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|Obligatory reminder that the well-received book has an even better sequel. (Eligible next year.)|