Worldcon Members who are looking forward to the forthcoming Hugo Voter Packet – which traditionally contains as many of the works nominated for a Hugo Award as possible so that all voters can review the nominees in a unified set of documents – will notice a special warning from MidAmeriCon II in this year’s edition of the Packet:
As the World Science Fiction Convention, MidAmeriCon II has members from 35 countries. Safe Space as Rape Room quotes extensively from a written work containing explicit descriptions of children engaged in sexual activities. This material may be illegal in some home countries of members. MidAmeriCon II does not wish to put any member at risk of inadvertently violating the law in their country of residence by downloading it in the packet without intent. As such, under legal advice, we are not hosting or distributing this material directly. However, Safe Space as Rape Room is freely available on the Internet and can be found by anyone at
The “written work” referred to in the above is the novel Hogg, by the SFWA’s Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Samuel R. Delany. “Safe Space” also contained extensive quotes from Walter Breen and Marion Zimmer Bradley whose joint work on Greek Love attempted to justify child molestation as well.
You can follow all the blog posts by following MidAmeriCon’s link in the above quoted material, but if you want the entire collected work as it would have appeared in the Hugo Voter Packet, you can download the following .PDF:
Although Safe Space as Rape Room: SF Fandom and Childhood’s End has been banned from the Hugo Packet, MidAmeriCon II could simply have opted to exclude any mention of the work altogether without referring readers to the blog post. As author participation in the Packet is completely voluntary and is not intended in any way to favor or disfavor a nominee’s chances of winning the Hugo Award, it would not have been the only nominated work simply missing from the Packet.
Although the exclusion of this work from the Hugo Packet underscores the ease of action that pedophiles currently enjoy in fandom – as even exposing their philosophies and actions may be interpreted by some organizations as legally entangling – I simply wanted to ensure that all Worldcon members and the general public had access to the formatted material that had originally been intended for the Hugo Packet.