Tableturning

Annalee Newitz’s excellent comment on the Hugos:

The only controversial win, at least in my mind, was Michael Chabon’s Yiddish Policemen’s Union for best novel. Certainly it’s a brilliant novel, and is undoubtedly a work of SF-ish alternate history, but it felt a little wrong to me that the award went to somebody who writes mainstream literary fiction that merely borrows a few tropes from SF. Chabon was too busy to attend the awards, but he did write a sweet and genuine acceptance speech which was read with ironic gravity by venerable fantasy author (and Chabon influence) George R. R. Martin.

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