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I have now finished reading the non-Puppy finalists for Best Novel: Ancillary Sword, The Three Body Problem, and The Goblin Emperor (listed in the order I read them). I'm not going into detail of my reactions here and now but it struck me as interesting that two of the three make use of pronoun customs different from English.

Characters in the Ancillary novels use a language without gendered pronouns and the text uses "she" for everyone, to the discomfort of the Sad Puppies.

The language of The Goblin Emperor takes the other option and has more pronouns than English, and an emperial court takes much notice of formal speach. The author uses some interesting methods to present this reasonably unobtrusively.

Coincidence, I'm sure, but it amuses me to imagine this as a trend in science fiction (or a new thing for Puppies to be offended by). I'm not sure what I could make of an experimental pronoun fad but it's amusing to imagine.
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Okay, this is a pleasant surprise. Apparently a high school student confronted with a banned books list decided to open a library, turning an ordinary hall locker into a secret library for contraband literature. Names are redacted from the story for obvious reasons. This gives me great hope for our future.

Quipped a friend of mine, "The school doesn't exist to prevent illiteracy, the school exists to preserve illiteracy."

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