But both the winners and the ballot as a whole reflect a trend that has dominated the Hugos for several years--towards nostalgia, fannishness, sentimentality, and stories that look inwards and backwards. The combination of an author I've never gotten along with and a subject matter that didn't appeal to me meant that I haven't read Among Others, but both that subject matter and the book's reception seem to confirm it as the epitome of that trend. In her acceptance speech, Walton quoted one of the commenters on her LiveJournal, who called Among Others "a love letter to fandom." I don't want the Hugos to be in the self-flattering business of rewarding their own love letters. I want them to look outward, for what's new and exciting and different in the field, for the works that will be shape and change genre writing in the years to come. But saying that again and again is starting to feel pointless.
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