Word comes from semiprozine.org that there is yet another idiotic proposal to redefine the Semiprozine Hugo category (and the Fanzine one), this time to exclude audio podcasts or any other non-text format.
I don’t quite understand the print purists’ furor over new media, such as audio. But I’m shocked at the ancillary effect that their revision, which was rejected by the Semiprozine revision committee, would have. They want to cross out the stipulation of “non-professional”, which would effectively put all magazines into the Semiprozine category.
Yes, Asmiov’s, Analog, and F&SF would all become semipro zines.
I am boggled that anyone could think that for example F&SF, which currently has an exclusive business arrangement with one of the largest corporations in the world (Amazon), is on equivalent footing with magazines like Strange Horizons, which is a charity that has to beg for donations every year.
But this incessant Hugo politics seems to get more mind-boggling with each iteration. The idiotic minority proposal I blogged about a few days ago would exclude every zine that had been nominated in the past four years; this one would include nearly all magazines in the field.
I hope cooler heads will prevail. For the good of the entire field.