THE ALFIE AWARDS
October 6, 2015
This years Hugo awards were overshadowed by the “Sad Puppy” controversy. In response to this George RR Martin took two matters into his own hands. First the historic Hugo losers party originated by Martin and his cohort Gardner Dozois in 1976 and ran it till 1985 before other parties took over. This year the Hugo Losers party was taken back by its creator. Thrown at Spokane’s own Glover Mansion, and featuring a live band, full bar and fun Sci-Fi decorations as well as promising humiliation to any Hugo winners who dared arrive. During the epic event Martin presented his own awards, The Alfie’s (named for the very first Hugo winner Alfie Bester.) The Alfie’s were given based on the actual Hugo voter numbers and nomination sheets, which were attained only after the official Hugo’s ceremony and were holistically void of any members of the Sad or Rabid Puppies. They were given in protest of the Puppies means of highjacking the Hugo ballot this year and with the fond hope that they wouldn’t have to be given again. Each unique award was made from antique Oldsmobile hood ornaments much like the Hugo itself by the talented artist and metal worker T.E. Smith. Listed below are the official Alfie winners as well as a photo of the Alfie’s and some from this years one and only most infamous Hugo Losers Party.
BEST EDITOR, SHORT FORM awarded to JOHN JOSEPH ADAMS, who had come in sixth behind the slates with 149 nominations
BEST EDITOR, LONG FORM awarded to LIZ GORINSKY of Tor, with 96 nominations.
Next was BEST RELATED WORK. award to Jo Walton took this one, with 105 nominations, for WHAT MAKES THIS BOOK SO GREAT.
BEST SHORT STORY awarded to “Jackalope Wives” by Ursula Vernon. 76 nominations.
BEST NOVELLA. “The Slow Regard of Silent Things,” by Patrick Rothfuss, 124 nominations.
Additional Alfies were given to
ERIC FLINT for remaining a calm voice of reason among the blogging community during the heavily debated Puppygate and he was awarded for his common sense and ability to report without becoming heated beyond reason.
ANNIE BELLET AND MARKO KLOOS for turing down their nominations for Best Novel and Best Short Story for their courage and their willingness to stand up.