Hugo awards: reading the Sad Puppies' petsThe rightwing lobby are gunning for books to win the sci-fi awards that match their ideological project. They really don't care about writing well.For the last few years, the Hugo awards for science fiction have been campaigned against by a group of writers and fans calling themselves the Sad Puppies - mostly male, very white, and overwhelmingly conservative. Unhappy with sci-fi's growing diversity, the Puppies have deliberately block-voted for certain titles to get them nominated for Hugos at the expense of a wider field. They say it is their goal to "poke the establishment in the eye" by nominating "unabashed pulp action that isn't heavy-handed message fic". I say it is to sponsor awful writers.The Puppies have two criteria for what they deem excellence: does it turn a buck? And has the author dared to say anything, ever, that they disagree with? This, paired with their conspiracy theories about some big sci-fi publishers, means that they tend to champion mostly self-published authors. Nothing about quality - though you don't need an in-depth knowledge of sci-fi to understand that a short story called Space Raptor Butt Invasion (yes, really) has not arrived on the Hugo lists because of its calibre.