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Another Hugo withdrawal

By / April 19, 2015 / no comments

The fall-out from the Sad/Rabid Puppies slates continues to affect this year’s Hugo Awards.

Now, Black Gate, which was nominated in the Best Fanzine category, has announced that it is withdrawing.

Matthew David Sturridge, one of the writers on Black Gate, had also been nominated as Best Fan Writer, but he declined the nomination before it was announced.

Now editor John O’Neill has found that the majority of the 40 or so people who write for Black Gate shared Sturridge’s reservations. So on Saturday 18th April he informed Sasquan that he wished for Black Gate to be withdrawn from the ballot.

Whether this will actually happen is open to question. Sasquan had previously announced that the ballot would be fixed on 16th April, which presumably means that ballot papers would be printed after that date. Whether O’Neill’s announcement came in time for the change to take effect is therefore uncertain.

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