The 2015 Hugo Awards were presented last Saturday highlighting the best in science fiction. Past winners of the awards range from Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Ursula K. Le Guin.
This year, the awards were not without controversy.
Three years ago, a group formed calling themselves Sad Puppies (oddly named after the Sarah Mclachlan SPCA commercials). The Sad Puppies were initially formed to protest the Hugo Award's drift into what they felt was not true science fiction — traditional strong male heroes, aliens and rocket ships.
But with sci-fi becoming widely accepted with mainstream audiences, the stories told are also branching out. And becoming increasingly diverse — racially, politically and with sexual identity.
A splinter group of the Sad Puppies has emerged, the Rabid Puppies. (I am not joking.) And they do not like this diversity. This year they set to rig the voting system to swing to what they view as true science fiction.
(The voting system for Hugo Awards is a odd and complicated system, which can be found elsewhere on the web.)
The result? Awards were not handed out in a majority of categories. The voters felt the quality of the materials the Rabid Puppies set forth was not worthy of awards. "Game of Thrones" author, George RR Martin, called it a sound defeat of these puppy protesters trying to keep diversity out.
But the truest victory for diversity this year comes from Kamala Khan in the break-out hit, "Ms. Marvel," written by G. Willow Wilson winner for best graphic novel.
I cannot say enough how wonderful this comic is. Teenage Kamala juggles being a Pakistani-Muslim with traditional immigrant parents, the struggles of highschool and being a superhero. She is strong willed, frequently confused, but determined to keep fighting to become the best young woman and superhero she can be. Proud of everything that makes her who she is, including her skin color and religion.
And I for one, cannot wait to see her come to life in the movies.
Marvel, what are you waiting for? Audiences are waiting for this type of superhero.