Tuesday, April 11, 2006

The Hugo's: My Take

My take on Speculative Fiction's premiere award, by year. I only include the Best Novel category, because that is what I know. My knowledge of shorts is limited, to put it mildly.


2005
Who won: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke
Who should have won: The Wizard Knight (A split novel consisting of The Knight and The Wizard) - Gene Wolfe

2004
Who won: Paladin of Souls - Lois McMaster Bujold
Who should have won: Tie: Altered Carbon - Richard K. Morgan
-The Darkness That Comes Before - R. Scott Bakker

2003
Who won: Hominids - Robert J. Sawyer
Who should have won: Light - M. John Harrison

2002
Who won: American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Who should have won: Perdido Street Station - China Mieville

2001
Who won: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling
Who should have won: Tie: A Storm of Swords - George R.R. Martin
-The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay - Michael Chabon

2000
Who won: A Deepness in the Sky - Vernor Vinge
Who should have won: A Deepness in the Sky - Vernor Vinge

1999
Who won: To Say Nothing of the Dog - Connie Willis
Who should have won: A Clash of Kings - George R. R. Martin

1998
Who won: Forever Peace - Joe Haldeman
Who should have won: The Physiognomy - Jeffrey Ford

1997
Who won: Blue Mars - Kim Stanley Robinson
Who should have won: A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin

1996
Who won: The Diamond Age - Neal Stephenson
Who should have won: Requiem - Graham Joyce

1995
Who won: Mirror Dance - Lois McMaster Bujold
Who should have won: Gun, With Occasional Music - Jonathan Lethem

1994
Who won: Green Mars - Kim Stanley Robinson
Who should have won: Anno Dracula - Kim Newman

1993
Who won: Tie: Doomsday Book - Connie Willis
-A Fire Upon The Deep - Vernor Vinge
Who should have won: Tie: Red Mars - Kim Stanley Robinson
-A Fire Upon The Deep - Vernor Vinge

1992
Who won: Barryar - Lois McMaster Bujold
Who should have won: Stations of The Tide - Michael Swanwick

1991
Who won: The Vor Game - Lois McMaster Bujold
Who should have won: Tie: Tigana - Guy Gavriel Kay
-Good Omens - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

1990
Who won: Hyperion - Dan Simmons
Who should have won: Hyperion - Dan Simmons

1989
Who won: Cyteen - C.J. Cherryh
Who should have won: The Last Coin - James P. Blaylock

1988
Who won: The Uplift War - David Brin
Who should have won: Tie: Life During War Time - Lucius Shephard
-Dawn - Octavia E. Butler

1987
Who won: Speaker For The Dead - Orson Scott Card
Who should have won: The Handmaids Tale - Margaret Atwood

1986
Who won: Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
Who should have won: Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card

1985
Who won: Neuromancer - William Gibson
Who should have won: Neuromancer - William Gibson

1984
Who won: Startide Rising - David Brin
Who should have won: The Anubis Gates - Tim Powers

1983
Who won: Foundation's Edge - Isaac Asimov
Who should have won: The Dragon Waiting - John M. Ford

1982
Who won: Downbelow Station - C.J. Cherryh
Who should have won: Little, Big - John Crowley

1981
Who won: The Snow Queen - Joan D. Vinge
Who should have won: Tie: Timescape - Gregory Benford
-Shadow of the Torturer - Gene Wolfe

1980
Who won: The Fountains of Paradise - Arthur C. Clarke
Who should have won: The Land of Laughs - Jonathan Carroll

1979
Who won: Dreamsnake - Vonda N. McIntyre
Who should have won: Glorianna - Michael Moorcock

1978
Who won: Gateway - Frederick Pohl
Who should have won: The Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien

1977
Who won: Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang - Kate Wilhelm
Who should have won: Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang - Kate Wilhelm

1976
Who won: The Forever War - Joe Haldeman
Who should have won: Tie: The Forever War - Joe Haldeman
-Dhalgren - Samuel R. Delany

1975
Who won: The Disposessed - Ursula K. LeGuin
Who should have won: Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said - Philip K. Dick

1974
Who won: Rendezvous With Rama - Arthur C. Clarke
Who should have won: Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon

1973
Who won: The Gods Themselves - Isaac Asimov
Who should have won: The Book of Skulls - Robert Silverberg

1972
Who won: To Your Scattered Bodies Go - Philip Jose Farmer
Who should have won: To Your Scattered Bodies Go - Philip Jose Farmer

1971
Who won: Ringworld - Larry Niven
Who should have won: Ringworld - Larry Niven

1970
Who won: The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. LeGuin
Who should have won: Tie: Slaughter-House Five - Kurt Vonnegut Jr
-The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. LeGuin

1969
Who won: Stand on Zanzibar - John Brunner
Who should have won: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick

1968
Who won: Lord of Light - Roger Zelazny
Who should have won: Lord of Light - Roger Zelazny

1967
Who won: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Robert A. Heinlein
Who should have won: Tie: Flowers For Algernon - Daniel Keyes
-Day of The Minotaur - Thomas Burnett Swann

1966
Who won: Tie: This Immortal - Roger Zelazny
-Dune - Frank Herbert
Who should have won: Dune - Frank Herbert

1965
Who won: The Wanderer - Fritz Lieber
Who should have won: The Wanderer - Fritz Leiber

1964
Who won: Way Station - Clifford D. Simak
Who should have won: Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut Jr

1963
Who won: The Man in The High Castle - Philip K. Dick
Who should have won: The Man in The High Castle - Philip K. Dick

1962
Who won: Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein
Who should have won: Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein

1961
Who won: A Canticle For Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller Jr
Who should have won: A Canticle For Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller Jr

1960
Who won: Starship Troopers - Robert A. Heinlein
Who should have won: Starship Troopers - Robert A. Heinlein

1959
Who won: A Case of Conscience - James Blish
Who should have won: Have Spacesuit -- Will Travel - Robert A. Heinlein

1958
Who won: The Big Time - Fritz Leiber
Who should have won: No opinion.

1957
No Award

1956
Who won: Double Star - Robert A. Heinlein
Who should have won: No opinion

1955
Who won: They'd Rather Be Right - Mark Clifton & Frank Riley
Who should have won: No opinion

1954
No Award

1953
Who won: The Demolished Man - Alfred Bester
Who should have won: No opinion

Comments on "The Hugo's: My Take"

 

Blogger Ran said ... (4:26 PM) : 

Some nice thoughts here. I'll just note some where I take exception:

1969: I think Androids is one of Dick's lesser works (even if it did spawn the brilliant Bladerunner film). Then again, I prefer Brunner's The Shockwave Rider to Stand, so it's kind of a coin flip.

1975: I stand by The Dispossesed here. Flow My Tears shows a lot of Dick's talents, but it's also nigh-incomprehensible, IMO.

1978: I'm as much a fan of Tolkien as anyone, but The Silmarillion is a posthomous work pieced together by his son, Christopher Tolkien, with some extra writing by him (and, IIRC, a young Guy Gavriel Kay). It's got some truly awe-inspiring stuff in it, but
I wouldn't feel right about calling it the best book of that year.

Pohl's Gateway is a brilliant novel. It reminds me that his collaboration with Kornbluth, The Space Merchants, would have been a worthy Best Novel in 1953 (I'm guessing it would have been eligible for that year; it was published in 1952, as was Bester's book), although The Demolished Man was absolutely the rightful winner there (looking over the Hugos for the next years, I don't think there's a winner to match it until Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz).

1983: On many of these, I don't have a strong feeling, but here I'm absolutely with you. The Dragon Waiting is a brilliant fantasy.

1991: Yep, with you on this one, as well. And, you know, I say this as someone who appreciates the Vorkosigan books. It's a well put together book, but Tigana is beautiful from start-to-finish, and Gaiman and Pratchett melded their talents together pretty much seamlessly in Good Omens.

1995: OTOH, Mirror Dance is an excellent novel. Fully deserving, and I can't think of book from that year that ought to unseat it.

 

Blogger William Lexner said ... (12:43 PM) : 

Thanks for the comments, Ran.

I do suggest, however, that if you've not yet read Gun, With Occasional Music, you check it out.

 

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