And it’s a good day at the Mad Genius Club. Kate Paulk (“Terry Pratchett and the Sadness of Puppies”) has revealed another reason the gatekeepers of the Hugos must go.
Terry Pratchett never won a Hugo.
The man was only the greatest writer in the last thirty years or so. He was only consistently head and shoulders above every other author in the field – and I include out of genre authors in that assessment – for almost his entire writing career. Only capable of stopping traffic when he held a signing because so many people showed up. Not Hugo-worthy at all.
But then, he didn’t fit the criteria endorsed by the self-appointed luminaries of the field.
And would you like to know who to blame, what self-appointed luminary had the most to do with this outcome? I’ll give you a hint. He’s a famous writer. He was knighted by the Queen. His name is — Sir Terry Pratchett!
Going Postal was a finalist for the 2005 Best Novel Hugo and would have been voted on by members of a Worldcon hosted in the UK — the best chance he ever had to win – except Pratchett chose to withdraw it.
You can’t win the lottery if you don’t take a ticket.
Why did he do that? Tom Galloway says Pratchett publicly stated two different reasons. “One was that he didn’t want to spend the evening under the state of suspense and anxiety as to whether he’d win. Two was that he wanted others not as established and doing well as an author to get the nomination.” Pratchett even told Tom a third reason that has never been made public — which only proves how deeply Sir Terry was implicated in this terrible conspiracy.