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Monday, September 19, 2016 

Neil Gaiman's ungrateful to the Sad Puppies campaign

Though the Hugo awards have come and gone last month, the Sandman writer won one for his Overture story, thanks in part to the Sad Puppies campaign, which did a bit better this year than last, despite the MSM's attempts to make it seem otherwise. But did Gaiman have any thanks to offer? As the following makes clear, that's not exactly the case:
Gaiman also nodded to the controversy of recent years as fan groups the Sad Puppies and the Rabid Puppies have urged the Hugo’s voting members to follow a specific slate of candidates. The author ridiculed such slates:

“It meant a lot to see ‘Sandman: Overture’ nominated for a Hugo Award and was disappointing to see that it had been dragged into the unfortunate mess that the pitiable people who call themselves Puppies had attempted to inflict on World Con and its awards. I would have withdrawn it from consideration, but even that seemed like it would have been giving these sad losers too much acknowledgment.”
They did him a favor and demonstrated that they weren't letting any politics get in the way, and how does he thank them? By parroting the exaggerated narrative that Sad Puppies are just evil meddlers and not folks who don't want the awards hijacked by SJWs. Yet another clown who rejects half his audience over peanuts.

That said, I personally found his Sandman work overrated, if only because I don't think he made good use of Fury/Lyta Hall in that 1989-96 series (and come to think of it, not even Silver Scarab/Hector Hall). Making Morpheus sound like he wanted possession of Lyta's infant son Daniel was ludicrous, ditto turning Lyta de facto insane with anguish later on when her kid went missing so she could be seen exacting revenge on Morpheus with the Furies in tow. And where were her Infinity Inc. colleagues during most of this? And Geoff Johns made everything worse.

I guess that's Gaiman for us, being a PC buffoon who doesn't want a big audience, and doesn't show any gratitude to people who don't make too big a deal out of his politics, no matter what the quality of his books.

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