These are obviously people who believe in science, are reasonably educated, technologically savvy, readers and often writers of SFF themselves. In India, people like that are not often understood to be conservatives. What the Puppies are really trying to “conserve” is the dominance of white men in the genre. They are “conserving” the casual racism, misogyny, homophobia and so on, which a lot of the older classics of science fiction are full of, alongside their perhaps scientifically and technologically accomplished visions of the future. Recently the Rabid Puppies were uncovered to have direct links with Milo Yiannopoulos and the alt-right movement. These are modern, futuristic, progress-loving conservatives. Just as long as the progress remains confined to their own community.