Let’s Vote for President!

By Sam F., Libby A., and Dana W.

It’s election season, in case you haven’t noticed, and the staff at Pudding Shot has been thinking hard about who we would like to see in the Oval Office for the next four years. Thus, we’ve put together a list of (literary) nominees. Vote in the comments!

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What to Make of the 2016 Locus Awards YA Category

Somehow, the readers of Locus managed to vote four men into the five finalist spots for the Young Adult category in this year’s Locus Awards rather than include a single woman or non-binary person. It’s causing quite an unhappy stir among sci-fi and fantasy authors and readers who feel a significant portion of the field has been unfairly ignored or passed over. Here are the controversial finalists:

Half a War (Third in The Shattered Sea Trilogy), Joe Abercrombie

Half the World (Second in The Shattered Sea Trilogy), Joe Abercrombie

Harrison Squared, Daryl Gregory

Shadowshaper, Daniel José Older

The Shepherd’s Crown, Terry Pratchett

If you’re not familiar with the Locus Awards, they’re organized by the Science Fiction Foundation (LSFF), an organization described on its homepage as a “nonprofit dedicated to the promotion and preservation of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.” LSFF also publishes Locus, which it proudly proclaims “the Magazine of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Field,” and the magazine’s associated website. The Locus Awards are designed to recognize “excellence in science fiction and fantasy,” and the finalists are chosen from Locus’s annual curated Recommended Reading List by a survey of readers reached through an open online poll.

Sounds great, you know, merit-based and democratic. But, I think we can all recognize that it’s pretty ridiculous that slightly over 50% of the population by gender is not represented among this category’s authors, especially considering that women authors write the majority of YA books.

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