Even USA Today has an opinion about Larry Correia and the Hugo Awards.
A guest op-ed by Glenn Harlan Reynolds, University of Tennessee law professor and Instapundit blogger, appearing under the misleading headline “Politics Don’t Belong In Science Fiction”, takes fandom to task for its response to Larry Correia’s Hugo nomination.
The Hugo Awards are presented at the World Science Fiction Society’s convention (“Worldcon”) and nominees and awardees are chosen by attendees and supporters. The Hugo is one of the oldest and most prestigious awards in science fiction, but in recent years critics have accused the award process — and much of science fiction fandom itself — of becoming politicized.
That’s certainly been the experience of Larry Correia, who was nominated for a Hugo this year. Correia, the author of numerous highly successful science fiction books like Monster Hunter International and Hard Magic, is getting a lot of flak because he’s a right-leaning libertarian. Makes you wonder if Robert Heinlein could get a Hugo Award today. (Answer: Probably not.)
Clearly, Reynolds is not saying his politics don’t belong in science fiction.