This year's Hugo awards nominees were announced earlier today. As is the case basically every single year, the annual Hugo kerfluffle was quick to ensue. Now, if you are like 99% of speculative fiction readers, you likely don't give a shit about this or any other award, and you probably don't keep track of the back-and-forth between the two most vocal factions that came to dominate the voting process in 2015.
Which is why so many people have been surprised -- and a little shocked -- by the amount of hate and mudslinging which have swamped our Facebook and Twitter feeds today. Personally, I find the whole mess hilarious. I never would have thought that the Sad Puppies movement organized by Brad R. Torgersen and Larry Correia would manage to place so many of their "contenders" on the ballot by going against the SJW clique.
If this tempest in a teacup has piqued your curiosity and you have a few minutes to kill, io9.com have just posted a good summary of the events which led to this year's ballot, with relevant links and stuff.
I've been expecting some sort of backlash for a number of years, ever since the start of the Scalzi/Robinette Kowal era of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. But I never in my life expected things to go this far. This undermines the credibility of the Hugo Awards, but that's nothing new.
Expect way more shit to hit the proverbial fan until the votes are tallied, with worst to come when the winners are announced next summer. . . :/