By April 2014, John C. Wright and Brad Torgersen had both resigned from the SFWA, citing the organization’s support of a “political agenda.” Larry Correia published comments to the effect that SF&F is currently in the grip of a “systematic campaign to slander anybody who doesn’t toe their line.” His response was to attempt to put together a Puppies’ slate for 2014 that featured “neglected” traditional authors.

Because of hard feelings left from the sexism scandal, this was not well-received. A more determined slate presented in 2015 was even less well-received. However, I can’t say the Puppies are wrong either about the political agendas advanced during the sexism scandal or the fact that many very talented authors are never considered for awards. Read through past blogs for a discussion of these points.

Their basic problem is now that the Puppies have set themselves up in an adversarial position to the main body of the SF&F community. Because of their responses to the sexism scandal, they are now pretty much outcasts. People are still hot about both the scandal and the Hugo kerfluffle, which means no one will really look at what the Puppies are saying. They are off the mark in a number of ways, but I think they have pointed out some real trouble in the SF genre.

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