Chaos Horizon Declaring Itself Ineligible for 2016 Hugos

After careful thought, I’m declaring that Chaos Horizon (and myself) will not accept a Hugo nomination in 2016. Because Chaos Horizon reports so extensively on the numbers related to the Hugo process, I feel it would be a conflict of interest to be part of that process in any way.

Since I do reporting and analytical work here at Chaos Horizon, it’s important from me to maintain some journalistic distance from the awards. I couldn’t do that if I were nominated. This is consistent with my past practice; I haven’t voted in the Hugos since I began Chaos Horizon. Simply put, the scorekeeper can’t play the game.

I do want to thank anyone who has said nice things about Chaos Horizon or suggested me for a Hugo. Everyone, of course, is free to discuss the merits (or lack thereof) of Chaos Horizon in any venue they so wish. I’ll just silently turn down the nomination if I happen to be nominated.

I waffled on making a statement like this. I don’t think Chaos Horizon is competitive in the Hugo, so this seems a little like too much like grandstanding . Still, my old journalism professors would say it’s necessary: you either report on the story or you are the story, not both.

To be safe, I’m also going to declare myself ineligible for the Pulitzer, the Nobel Prize, and the NBA MVP.

Thanks to everyone for supporting Chaos Horizon this year! The site grew by about 100 times from 2014, and I think we’ve done some interesting work creating lists, looking at data, and making predictions. Thanks to everyone for keeping my honest by double-checking the stats. Here’s to a great 2016!

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6 responses to “Chaos Horizon Declaring Itself Ineligible for 2016 Hugos”

  1. Shirley Marquez says :

    I agree with your reasons for withdrawing from consideration for the Hugos. But I hope we don’t see a mass exodus of authors from the process; that would make the awards meaningless and be just as much a victory for the Puppies as actually winning the rockets for their favored few.

  2. Peter O says :

    Aww. I may still write you in, as I think you were doing some of the best analysis of the statistics and break downs in voting patterns, and I’m not sure who I’d replace you with.

    Thanks for all the work.

  3. airboy says :

    I disagree with your reasons for declining any possible nominations. The only possible conflict of interest would be predicting a nomination in a category where you were in the voting pool.

    But it is your call to make.

    I got a moment, finally, and posted a link about your choice on the Sad Puppies 4 website where I and others had suggested your name for Best Fan Writer.

    • chaoshorizon says :

      There’s always room for healthy disagreement here at Chaos Horizon. I respect your position, and there definitely is something to it. I’ll keep that in mind as I think about future years.

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