You might be wondering about why I’ve posted the lengthy lists of tabular data below.
Last summer and so on, when I was writing blog posts critical of the Hugo Awards, WorldCon, and a seeming lack of objectivity in how the Hugos are awarded, I learned a lot.
I’m not going to post a bunch of links to past blog missives, but I did learn that the Hugos were never meant to be particularly objective. Various works, including novels, are voted on by people who have paid to be at that year’s convention, people who are, for all appearances, very hard-core Science Fiction and Fantasy fans, and not necessarily the sort of person who might casually pick up a SciFi novel to read here and there (like most of us).
I also noted one of the criticisms leveled against SF author Robert Silverberg in the comments section at File 770 after Silverberg criticized NK Jemisin’s most recent Hugo Award acceptance speech, was that it was said Silverberg hadn’t read a SF novel in the past decade, like that’s a bad thing.
So, in order to be fair in my assessment of more recent SF/F novels and short stories, last month I said I’d make an effort to read works published within the last ten years, which should be anything since 2008/09.
I put a hold on NK Jemisin’s Hugo Award winning novel The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth) (2015) and I’ve just been notified via email that it’s waiting for me at my local public library. I’m going to pick it up over my lunch hour.
To prepare myself for the experience, I decided to catalog, as best as my memory would allow, all of those Hugo Award winning and nominated novels I’ve read. In the list below, novels with an asterisk (*) by their title are winners and all the others were nominated.
In total (again, to the best my memory serves), I’ve read 51 novels which have won or been nominated between 1953 and 1988, or a span of 35 years. I didn’t read them year by year, but in clusters. I did notice that I haven’t read a winning novel more recently than 1988. That’s the year my youngest daughter was born, and perhaps the duties of family and work interrupted somehow. It’s not that I stopped reading books, including SF, but I guess I just wasn’t choosing them based on any award-winning criteria.
Take a look at the tables below, and if you’re a Science Fiction fan, tell me how many of these you’ve read. I remember how much fun they were to read back in the day, but creative works are a product of their time. I haven’t read a novel that’s won a Hugo in the past 30 years. I wonder what differences I will find, both in the nature of SF and culture when I apply myself to NK Jemisin’s book?
When I’m finished, I’ll write a review and let you know.
|1953||Alfred Bester*||The Demolished Man||Galaxy Science Fiction|
|1960||Robert A. Heinlein*||Starship Troopers||The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction|
|Gordon R. Dickson||Dorsai! (also known as The Genetic General)||Astounding Science-Fiction|
|1961||Walter M. Miller, Jr.*||A Canticle for Leibowitz||J. B. Lippincott & Co.|
|1962||Robert A. Heinlein*||Stranger in a Strange Land||Putnam Publishing Group|
|1963||Philip K. Dick*||The Man in the High Castle||Putnam Publishing Group|
|1966||Frank Herbert*||Dune||Chilton Company|
|Robert A. Heinlein||The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress||If|
|Edward E. Smith||Skylark DuQuesne||If|
|1967||Robert A. Heinlein*||The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress||If|
|1967||Daniel Keyes||Flowers for Algernon||Harcourt Trade Publishers|
|1968||Roger Zelazny*||Lord of Light||Doubleday|
|1969||John Brunner*||Stand on Zanzibar||Doubleday|
|1970||Ursula K. Le Guin*||The Left Hand of Darkness||Ace Books|
|1970||Kurt Vonnegut||Slaughterhouse-Five||Delacorte Press|
|1971||Larry Niven*||Ringworld||Ballantine Books|
|Poul Anderson||Tau Zero||Doubleday|
|1972||Philip José Farmer*||To Your Scattered Bodies Go||Putnam Publishing Group|
|Ursula K. Le Guin||The Lathe of Heaven||Amazing Stories|
|Anne McCaffrey||Dragonquest||Ballantine Books|
|Roger Zelazny||Jack of Shadows||The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction|
|1974||Arthur C. Clarke*||Rendezvous with Rama||Galaxy Science Fiction|
|Robert A. Heinlein||Time Enough for Love||Putnam Publishing Group|
|1975||Ursula K. Le Guin*||The Dispossessed||Simon & Schuster|
|Larry Niven||The Mote in God’s Eye||Harper & Row|
|1976||Joe Haldeman*||The Forever War||St. Martin’s Press|
|1977||Joe Haldeman||Mindbridge||St. Martin’s Press|
|Frank Herbert||Children of Dune||Analog Science Fact & Fiction|
|Frederik Pohl||Man Plus||The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction|
|1978||Frederik Pohl*||Gateway||Galaxy Science Fiction|
|Larry Niven||Lucifer’s Hammer||Playboy Press|
|Gordon R. Dickson||Time Storm||St. Martin’s Press|
|1979||Vonda N. McIntyre*||Dreamsnake||Houghton Mifflin|
|1980||Arthur C. Clarke*||The Fountains of Paradise||Victor Gollancz Ltd|
|Frederik Pohl||Jem||St. Martin’s Press|
|1981||Robert Silverberg||Lord Valentine’s Castle||The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction|
|Larry Niven||The Ringworld Engineers||Galileo Magazine of Science & Fiction|
|Frederik Pohl||Beyond the Blue Event Horizon||Del Rey Books|
|1982||C. J. Cherryh*||Downbelow Station||DAW Books|
|1983||Isaac Asimov*||Foundation’s Edge||Doubleday|
|C. J. Cherryh||The Pride of Chanur||DAW Books|
|Arthur C. Clarke||2010: Odyssey Two||Del Rey Books|
|Robert A. Heinlein||Friday||Holt, Rinehart and Winston|
|1984||David Brin*||Startide Rising||Bantam Books|
|John Varley||Millennium||Berkley Books|
|Isaac Asimov||The Robots of Dawn||Doubleday|
|1985||Larry Niven||The Integral Trees||Del Rey Books|
|1986||Orson Scott Card*||Ender’s Game||Tor Books|
|1987||Orson Scott Card*||Speaker for the Dead||Tor Books|
|1988||David Brin*||The Uplift War||Bantam Spectra|
2 thoughts on “Hugo Award Winning Novels I Have Read”
I have read many of those. I love the Hugo Awards. I’m not really one for awards picked by “committees or selected individuals” no matter how “close” they supposedly are to the field. I dislike the ALA awards for that reason. Librarians may have an ear on what people are reading, but they are not the ones reading it (for the most part, and I know many librarians lol).
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Interesting commentary about the ALA. I hadn’t considered it before.
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