a bunch of hugos

I’ve read lots of science fiction over the years, or speculative fiction, or fantasy, or other things that sort of look like those things. I’ve realised recently that in my 50s I am increasingly seeking out award winners to purchase and read. As a librarian I am supportive of loaning and lending; folk reading books and passing them on to others. Whereas I collect and acquire, I own and I retain, I hold and I cherish. I have occasionally loaned books to others and sometimes get them back, occasionally I realise years later that there are some I don’t get back.

On to award winners. I have tended to read them incidentally, as I have come across them in my meanderings through bookshops: physically and digitally. I have read things I’ve loved that haven’t won awards, and not loved some award winners. Yet award winners tend to be at least interesting, perhaps a step in a different direction. There are some I’ve skipped eg Connie Willis’ Doomsday Book as they concern alternate histories which I’m not fond of, yet I have read alternate histories by others such as Dick’s The Man in the High Castle.

Below is a list of all the winners of the Hugo awards which I tend to regard as one of the top awards, along with the Nebula, Locus, Aurealis, Philip K Dick, and others. Anyway I thought it’d be interesting to go through each and list the ones I read and owned. A different sort of list to circulate. For each book listed I have added 2 of 3 symbols such:

  • + I own
  • $ I own fancy edition – usually Easton Press or Folio Society or Subterranean or Suntup or Centipede or Grim Oak etc
  • # read – have I actually read the bloody thing.

I’ve included one of the Retro Hugos which were awarded much later to fill missing years. Of those I gather, only one has been awarded post 1953 when the awards themselves began – as that’s a Bradbury I can’t help but include it.

  • 1953 The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
  • 1954 $# Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury [retro hugo]
  • 1955 They’d Rather Be Right (also known as The Forever Machine) by Mark Clifton & Frank Riley
  • 1956 Double Star Robert A Heinlein
  • 1958 The Big Time by Fritz Leiber
  • 1959 $# A Case of Conscience by James Blish [beat Heinlein’s Have Space Suit Will Travel]
  • 1960 $# Starship Troopers by Robert A Heinlein
  • 1961 +# A Canticle For Leibowitz by Walter M Miller
  • 1962 $# Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A Heinlein
  • 1963 $# The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick
  • 1964 +# Way Station by Clifford D Simak [also known as Here Gather the Stars]
  • 1965 +# The Wanderer by Fritz Leiber
  • 1966 $# [joint winner] Dune by Frank Herbert [I own multiple editions: basic omnibus, Easton Press, Folio Society, eventually Centipede Press I hope]
  • 1966 [joint winner] The Immortal by Roger Zelazny [also known as …And Call Me Conrad]
  • 1967 The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
  • 1968 Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
  • 1969 $ Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
  • 1970 $ The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin [I’ve read so many of her’s yet still it waits]
  • 1971 +# Ringworld by Larry Niven [Centipede Press are planning to release a special edition]
  • 1972 To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer [used to see it the shops and never quite bought it]
  • 1973 The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
  • 1974 +# Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C Clarke
  • 1975 $# The Dispossessed by Ursula K Le Guin [this was the first of her’s I read]
  • 1976 The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
  • 1977 Where Late the Sweet Birds Sing by Kate Wilhelm [not read much by her but have read some of a 2 volume collection of her short stories from Centipede Press]
  • 1978 +# Gateway by Frederik Pohl
  • 1979 +# Dreamsnake by Vonda N McIntyre [she wrote a bunch of star trek novels which is I came across her initially]
  • 1980 The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C Clarke
  • 1981 The Snow Queen by Joan D Vinge
  • 1982 Downbelow Station by CJ Cherryh
  • 1983 +# Foundation’s Edge by Isaac Asimov [been a long time since I read his Foundation series but I tend to feel this is a weaker entry]
  • 1984 + Startide Rising by David Brin [also meant to read it and read others of his]
  • 1985 +# Neuromancer by William Gibson [I can’t afford the special editions of this one]
  • 1986 $# Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card [love it and have read it several times, hate the politics of the author]
  • 1987 +# Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card [I anticipate getting the fancy edition in a few weeks]
  • 1988 The Uplift War by David Brin
  • 1989 Cyteen by CJ Cherryh [never read her adnd was alas never attracted by the blurbs – perhaps I need to try her hugos at least]
  • 1990 Hyperion by Dan Simmons
  • 1991 +# The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • 1992 +# Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • 1993 +# [joint winner] A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
  • 1993 [joint winner] Doomsday Book by Connie Willis [I recently skipped the SubPress edition of this as I’m nostly not interested in alternate histories]
  • 1994 Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • 1995 +# Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • 1996 The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
  • 1997 Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • 1998 Forever Peace by Joe Haldeman
  • 1999 To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
  • 2000 A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge
  • 2001 +# Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
  • 2002 +# American Gods by Neil Gaiman [if anything I s’pose I’m disappointed he didn’t get a hugo for Sandman]
  • 2003 Hominids by Robert J Sawyer
  • 2004 Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • 2005 ?# Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke [? as I can no longer find my paperback; I suspect I loaned it to someone long ago. Currently tempted to replace with a fancy edition]
  • 2006 Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
  • 2007 Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge
  • 2008 The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
  • 2009 $# The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman [possibly one of my favourite Gaiman books]
  • 2010 $# [joint winner] The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi [I only read it recently and then bought the fancy edition]
  • 2010 $ [joint winner] The City & The City by China Mieville
  • 2011 Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis
  • 2012 Among Others by Jo Walton
  • 2013 Redshirts by John Scalzi [I have read others by him but not this one yet]
  • 2014 Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie [had an opportunity in the last week to buy the fancy version of the trilogy but passed as I bought a trilogy by Jemisin – see below]
  • 2015 $# The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu; translated by Ken Liu
  • 2016 $ The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin [Book 1 of first trilogy ever for all 3 books to get a hugo; managed to find fancy set with matching numbers this week]
  • 2017 $ The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin [Book 2 of first trilogy to win hugo]
  • 2018 $ The Stone Sky by NK Jemisin [Book 3 of first trilogy to win hugo]
  • 2019 The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • 2020 A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

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