Hugo Awards

I love the Hugo Awards!

I didn’t always love them. 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 they are the most popular author, not necessarily because they wrote the best book of the year. But awards are awards and they will never satisfy everyone.

My first voting experience (2014)  has made a big difference. I may only be one voter among many, but having your voice heard really means something. It matters and it makes me care even more about this most prestigious award for SFF fiction. I may not like all the Hugo winners I’ve read, but I’ll certainly do my best to nominate and vote for the books I love during the upcoming awards. And to catch up on all those winners I haven’t discovered yet.

2022A Desolation Called Peace, Arkady Martine
2021Network Effect, Martha Wells
2020A Memory Called Empire, Arkady Martine
2019The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal
2018The Stone Sky, N. K. Jemisin
2017The Obelisk Gate, N. K. Jemisin
2016The Fifth Season, N. K. Jemisin
2015The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu
2014Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
2013Redshirts, John Scalzi
2012Among Others, Jo Walton
2011Blackout/All Clear, Connie Willis
2010The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi
(tie)The City & the City, China Miéville
2009The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
2008The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Michael Chabon
2007Rainbows End, Vernor Vinge
2006Spin, Robert Charles Wilson
2005Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke
2004Paladin of Souls, Lois McMaster Bujold
2003Hominids, Robert J. Sawyer
2002American Gods, Neil Gaiman
2001Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J. K. Rowling
2000A Deepness in the Sky, Vernor Vinge
1999To Say Nothing of the Dog, Connie Willis
1998Forever Peace, Joe Haldeman
1997Blue Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson
1996The Diamond Age, Neal Stephenson
1995Mirror Dance, Lois McMaster Bujold
1994Green Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson
1993A Fire Upon the Deep, Vernor Vinge
(tie)Doomsday Book, Connie Willis
1992Barrayar, Lois McMaster Bujold
1991The Vor Game, Lois McMaster Bujold
1990Hyperion, Dan Simmons
1989Cyteen, C. J. Cherryh
1988The Uplift War, David Brin
1987Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card
1986Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
1985Neuromancer, William Gibson
1984Startide Rising, David Brin
1983Foundation’s Edge, Isaac Asimov
1982Downbelow Station, C. J. Cherryh
1981The Snow Queen, Joan D. Vinge
1980The Fountains of Paradise, Arthur C. Clarke
1979Dreamsnake, Vonda N. McIntyre
1978Gateway, Frederik Pohl
1977Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, Kate Wilhelm
1976The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
1975The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin
1974Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
1973The Gods Themselves, Isaac Asimov
1972To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip José‚ Farmer
1971Ringworld, Larry Niven
1970The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
1969Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
1968Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
1967The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, Robert A. Heinlein
1966“…And Call Me Conrad” (This Immortal), Roger Zelazny
(tie)Dune, Frank Herbert
1965The Wanderer, Fritz Leiber
1964“Here Gather the Stars” (Way Station), Clifford D. Simak
1963The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
1962Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
1961A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
1960Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
1959A Case of Conscience, James Blish
1958The Big Time, Fritz Leiber
1956Double Star, Robert A. Heinlein
1955They’d Rather Be Right (The Forever Machine), Mark Clifton & Frank Riley
1953The 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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