In my previous post, I said I wanted to know more about the Puppies’ origins and claims (sad, rabid, lunatic, or in any other mental state.) Although sometimes it seems more like a controversy about what silly people say on Twitter, it’s essentially a literary one, and the main issue is the belief that the quality of science fiction and fantasy has degraded and the genre has become dominated by a clique of ideologues. Now, that there are a lot of ideologues out there on social media is true, and obvious, but I wanted to read their books. Are they really that bad, or are some people projecting their hopes and Internet drama?
I wrote a few thoughts on Nethereal for the Puppy of the Month Club. Also, I’m trying to learn a bit more about the origins and claims of the Puppies, so I may need a little help. What I plan to do is to read those books and authors that, according to the critics, have infested Science Fiction, to see if they are as dreadful as people claim. I’ve read the original Puppy’s post by Larry Correia, but he doesn’t give any examples, he just states that the genre has become infested (and he says it naturally, implying it’s common knowledge, and that it’s a problem that has gone for a long time.) I don’t doubt that, but I want to know the specifics, to know if almost every Hugo Award of the last years has gone to ideological warriors and their friends and/or it’s just that a few of them are goddam annoying, loud, and obnoxious (which may give the impression that they are everywhere.)
I already know a few of the “problematic” authors, but probably more for their social media antics than for anything else. So the question is this: because I don’t want to read thousands of books from the last 5 decades (the problem probably started in the 70s anyway,) at which point (a) did Hugo and Nebula winners started to go full ideological warrior (2012? earlier?) and (b) are there any especially outrageous examples (like Ancillary Justice or that thing about If you were a Dinosaur, my Love,) that forced people to say “No, way, this is too much. This will not stand, man!” A tipping point, basically.