One of the more ridiculous and contemptible things about Vox Day (and there are many) is that he waits to see what the results of his trolling are, and then whatever they are he says “that’s what I wanted, you fell into my trap, I am a supergenius!”
I’m not going to do that. I am going to make very clear now, months in advance, what will be in my eyes a good result, and what will be a bad one, so I can show later when celebrating or mourning that I am basically consistent.
Firstly, this Worldcon will *only* be successful if E Pluribus Hugo passes. 4/6 passing might help too, though not as much. That’s the single most important thing to me.
As far as the awards go, there are three categories this year — genuine nominees, Rabid nominees, and Vox Day’s poison pills. The latter are genuinely worthy or popular works that Day included so if they win he can say “ha! Some of my picks won, I am kingmaker!” and if they don’t he can say “ha! You voted against your own SJW kind! I destroyed the Hugos!”
I will consider the Hugos successful if the awards go to the nominees in red here, to any nominees that get added after Day’s picks withdraw, or to “No Award”.
I will be grudgingly happy if Day’s poison pill works win. What’s a poison pill is a bit of a grey line, but the ones I am considering poison pills here are Seveneves, Penric’s Demon, Slow Bullets, Folding Beijing, Obits, Sandman: Overture, Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Martian, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily SF, Strange Horizons, File770, and Andy Weir. I may add one or two to this list once I’ve read everything, in case something I’ve not heard about was just me not being aware, but they are the ones that I think could at least potentially have made the list on their own merits.
I will consider it a loss should any other Rabid Puppy pick win, and a *devastating* loss should anything published by Castalia House win, or even place above No Award.
There. Now you have something you can hold me to. I’ll either get what I want, or I won’t.