arkessian: (eschers cat)
There's a conversation going on here and elsewhere about this year's Hugo shortlist, and by extension, whether the Hugos are a popularity contest or a reflection of the quality (for some value of quality) of the SF published in the relevant year.

Frankly (and happily) I don't believe that either the SF community or the collected published works of SF are monolithic enough for any single award to represent the opinions of the first or the quality of the second to everybody's (or anybody's?) satisfaction. The Hugos have always seemed to me to represent the views of a small and specific sub-group, whose opinions were unlikely to overlap hugely with mine, but I thought it would be interesting to look at the numbers to test that theory.

It turns out... )