The Hugo Awards, one of science fiction’s most prestigious accolades, has faced controversy in 2015 due to two groups, the Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies. Both groups aimed to influence the awards’ voting process, claiming that they wanted to counter a perceived liberal bias. Their efforts resulted in many categories being filled by their preferred nominees, which led to a backlash from other parts of the science fiction community.

In response, voters chose “No Award” in five categories, a previously unprecedented move. This decision was seen as a rejection of the Puppies groups’ attempts to sway the awards. Despite the controversy, some awards were given out: ‘The Three Body Problem’ by Cixin Liu won Best Novel, and ‘Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal’ won in the Best Graphic Story category.

The controversy has sparked a debate about the future of the Hugo Awards, with some arguing for changes to the voting process to prevent similar incidents. Despite the contention, the Hugo Awards remain a key recognition in the science fiction genre.

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