If the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) wanted to call me a hater, I would be inclined to agree. I have been one of the Hugo Awards’ hugest detractors in recent years with blog post after blog post excoriating the WSFS for their silly rules, the award for its myopic view, and the voters for their borderline idiocy. After attending my first Worldcon I want to tell the entire science fiction and fantasy community that I was wrong.
Let me say that again for emphasis. I was wrong.
Before I went to Worldcon I thought it was Camelot. I thought it must be this magical place where science fiction and fantasy fans went to create something larger than themselves. It was a place where they went to further the genre, to explore new lines of thought, and to inspire a new generation of content creators (whatever their age). The reality is something quite different.… Read the rest