Hugo Awards

I’m on the fence about the Hugo Awards. Some truly great books have been awarded this prize but, looking at certain years, I get the feeling that certain authors get the award simply because voters felt like “it’s about time X won something” or because it’s the most popular author, not the best book of the year.

But my first voting experience has made a lot of difference. I may only be one voter among many, but putting your two cents in just feels good. I may not like all the Hugo winners I’ve read, but I’ll certainly do my best to push the books I love during the upcoming awards. ETA: After the 2015 Hugo drama, I am more determined than ever to nominate and vote for the books I loved best. If you have 40$ to spare and care about SFF, I urge you to do the same!

Year Winner
2019 The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal
2018 The Stone Sky, N. K. Jemisin
2017 The Obelisk Gate, N. K. Jemisin
2016 The Fifth Season, N. K. Jemisin
2015 The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu
2014 Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
2013 Redshirts, John Scalzi
2012 Among Others, Jo Walton
2011 Blackout/All Clear, Connie Willis
2010 The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi
(tie) The City & the City, China Miéville
2009 The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
2008 The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Michael Chabon
2007 Rainbows End, Vernor Vinge
2006 Spin, Robert Charles Wilson
2005 Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke
2004 Paladin of Souls, Lois McMaster Bujold
2003 Hominids, Robert J. Sawyer
2002 American Gods, Neil Gaiman
2001 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J. K. Rowling
2000 A Deepness in the Sky, Vernor Vinge
1999 To Say Nothing of the Dog, Connie Willis
1998 Forever Peace, Joe Haldeman
1997 Blue Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson
1996 The Diamond Age, Neal Stephenson
1995 Mirror Dance, Lois McMaster Bujold
1994 Green Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson
1993 A Fire Upon the Deep, Vernor Vinge
(tie) Doomsday Book, Connie Willis
1992 Barrayar, Lois McMaster Bujold
1991 The Vor Game, Lois McMaster Bujold
1990 Hyperion, Dan Simmons
1989 Cyteen, C. J. Cherryh
1988 The Uplift War, David Brin
1987 Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card
1986 Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
1985 Neuromancer, William Gibson
1984 Startide Rising, David Brin
1983 Foundation’s Edge, Isaac Asimov
1982 Downbelow Station, C. J. Cherryh
1981 The Snow Queen, Joan D. Vinge
1980 The Fountains of Paradise, Arthur C. Clarke
1979 Dreamsnake, Vonda N. McIntyre
1978 Gateway, Frederik Pohl
1977 Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, Kate Wilhelm
1976 The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
1975 The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin
1974 Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
1973 The Gods Themselves, Isaac Asimov
1972 To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip José‚ Farmer
1971 Ringworld, Larry Niven
1970 The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
1969 Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
1968 Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
1967 The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, Robert A. Heinlein
1966 “…And Call Me Conrad” (This Immortal), Roger Zelazny
(tie) Dune, Frank Herbert
1965 The Wanderer, Fritz Leiber
1964 “Here Gather the Stars” (Way Station), Clifford D. Simak
1963 The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
1962 Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
1961 A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
1960 Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
1959 A Case of Conscience, James Blish
1958 The Big Time, Fritz Leiber
1956 Double Star, Robert A. Heinlein
1955 They’d Rather Be Right (The Forever Machine), Mark Clifton & Frank Riley
1953 The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester

2 thoughts on “Hugo Awards

  1. marick99 says:

    Agreed about being on the fence when it comes to the Hugos. I’ve been slowly working my way through the winners for the past year or two, and while some have been fantastic, others have been dreadful bombs. “Oh, Lois McMaster Bujold’s written another book in Vorkosigan? Hugo!” That’s what it feels like sometimes. :-I


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