The Young Podawans Ep. 24 – The 2016 Hugo Awards

How serendipitous! Last time we talked about Conventions and this past weekend was one of the biggest SFF cons of the year – Worldcon! This convention is host the annual Hugo Awards, one of the most prestigious awards in the Geek community. This week we’re talking all bout the Hugos themselves, but also some of the controversies surrounding the awards in recent years. Plus a whole bunch of talk about Dressage and Wrasslin – pretty much as close to Sportsball talk as we’re going to get.

Segment 1: What Are You Geeking Out About? (1:06)

Every week in the opening segment we discuss what we’re currently geeking out about! This week Kristin is geeking about Olympics Equestrian Events (with bonus thoughts on the rest of our favorite niche Olympic sports), and Brian is geeking out about the NXT Takeover Brooklyn II (with bonus talk about drunk Wrassle Bros and probably not drunk Dressage Bros).

Segment 2: What Are We Drinking This Week? (19:30)

Another regular segment where we discuss – you guessed it – what we’re drinking. Kristin’s drinking Sun King Wee Mac and Brian’s drinking Stillwater Artisanal Ales Extra Dry.

Segment 3: Hugo Awards Discussion (31:04)

  • What the Hugo Awards are and why they’re important.
  • How the Hugos are voted on and how that can be used for nefarious purposes.
  • The Puppies movement and their machinations the last few years.
  • The new and innovative writers are important to SFF and the real world.
  • The Hugos are one of the major battlegrounds between the Old Guard of SFF and the New and Upcoming Class.
  • Top Four Categories won by women, 3 of them WOC.
  • Our thoughts on the Nominees and Winners.
  • Short Stories – YAY CAT PICTURES
  • The Man, The Myth, The Butt Slammed – Chuck Tingle!
  • Jessica Jones won! Listen to our episode about it!  
  • No award on Related Work and that trashfire.
  • No Award for Best Fancast – THIS OUR OPPORTUNITY
  • The Truesdale Incident and the continuing insistence that “SJWs” are ruining SFF.
  • Incident with Alyssa Wong and the threat of harassment at Cons.
  • The entitlement of fans and fandoms.
  • The importance of personal space and artists ability to maintain it.
  • Don’t be a jerk – give people the right to be respected in any situation.
  • WorldCon & WFC – the last stand of the “old boys club”?
  • We’re watching Steven Universe! Finally we picked a thing!

Segment 4: Outro, Contact Info & Outtakes! (73:03)

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