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Hugo Award

First known as the Science Fiction Achievement Awards until 1992, the Hugo Award has been awarded annually for achievements in Science Fiction since 1955. The number of winners and categories can vary year to year, and they cover all aspects of the Science Fiction genre, from Best Novel and Best Short Story to best Fanzine and Best Website. The Hugo Awards are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention, and the location of the convention changes each year.

The Hugo Awards are an international affair, and any single work published in the preceding year can be submitted for consideration. The notable exception to that rule regards the submission of fanzines or magazines, for which an entire year's worth of publications can be considered for award.

The Hugo Awards was named after famed magazine editor Hugo Gernsback in 1992. Gernsback founded the first major American Science Fiction magazine, Amazing Stories, in 1926, and is widely regarded as the "Father of Magazine Science Fiction". There is even a crater in the moon named after Gernsback.

Since this is a worldwide organization, there is a complex nominating and voting process, and winners receive a statuette, the design of which has evolved over the years, but almost always includes the shape of a rocket about to be launched into space. Past winners of the Hugo Award have included Orson Scott Card for Cardography, Kate Wilhelm for Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, and Ursula Leguin for The Dispossessed.

2011 Winner

Blackout

Blackout By Connie Willis

In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds--great and small--of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this a... read more


2010 Winner

The City & the City

The City & the City By China Mieville

China Miéville is the author of King Rat ; Perdido Street Station, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the British Fantasy Award; The Scar , winner of the Locus Award and the British Fantasy Award; Iron Council , winner of the Locus ... read more


2009 Winner

The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book By Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book is a children's fantasy novel by British-born author Neil Gaiman. The story is about a boy named Nobody Owens who, after his family is killed by a mysterious man, is subsequently adopted and raised by the occupants of an old gr... read more


2007 Winner

Rainbows End

Rainbows End By Vernor Vinge

Rainbows End is a 2006 science fiction novel by Vernor Vinge. It was awarded the 2007 Hugo Award for Best Novel. The book is set in San Diego, California, in 2025, in a variation of the fictional world Vinge explored in his 2002 Hugo-winning novella ... read more


2005 Winner

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell By Susanna Clarke

Two magicians shall appear in England. The first shall fear me; the second shall long to behold me ... The year is 1806. England is beleaguered by the long war with Napoleon, and centuries have passed since practical magicians faded into the nation's... read more


2004 Winner

Paladin Of Souls

Paladin Of Souls By Lois McMaster Bujold

Paladin of Souls is a 2003 fantasy novel by Lois McMaster Bujold.


2002 Winner

American Gods

American Gods By Neil Gaiman

American Gods is a Hugo and Nebula Awards winning novel by Neil Gaiman. The novel is a blend of Americana, fantasy, and various strands of ancient and modern mythology, all centering on a mysterious and taciturn protagonist, Shadow. It is Gaiman'... read more


2001 Winner

Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire

Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire By J K Rowling

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) keeps having horrible dreams that wake him with the scar on his forehead throbbing. He is relieved to return to the magical realm from his summer break early to attend the Quidditch World Cup... read more


2000 Winner

A Deepness In the Sky

A Deepness In the Sky By Vernor Vinge

A Deepness in the Sky is a Hugo Award winning science fiction novel by Vernor Vinge. Published in 1999, the novel is a loose prequel (set twenty thousand years earlier) to his earlier novel A Fire Upon the Deep (1992). The title is coined by one of t... read more


1999 Winner

To Say Nothing Of the Dog

To Say Nothing Of the Dog By Connie Willis

To Say Nothing of the Dog: How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last is a 1997 comedic science fiction novel by Connie Willis. It takes place in the same universe of time-traveling historians she explored in her story Fire Watch and novel Doom... read more


1998 Winner

Forever Peace

Forever Peace By Joe Haldeman

Forever Peace is a 1997 science fiction novel by Joe Haldeman. It won the Nebula Award, Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 1998.


1997 Winner

Blue Mars

Blue Mars By Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson is a winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards. He is the author of eleven previous books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the critically acclaimed Fifty Degrees Below, Forty Signs of Rain, The Years of Rice and Sa... read more


1996 Winner

The Diamond Age

The Diamond Age By Neal Stephenson

The Diamond Age or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer is a postcyberpunk novel by Neal Stephenson. It is a bildungsroman focused on a young girl named Nell, and set in a world in which nanotechnology affects all aspects of life. Some main motifs ... read more


1994 Winner

Green Mars

Green Mars By Kim Stanley Robinson

The Mars trilogy is a series of award-winning science fiction novels by Kim Stanley Robinson that chronicle the settlement and terraforming of the planet Mars through the intensely personal and detailed viewpoints of a wide variety of characters span... read more


1993 Winner

Doomsday Book

Doomsday Book By Connie Willis

The Domesday Book is the record of the great survey of England completed in 1086, executed for William I of England, or William the Conqueror. While spending the Christmas of 1085 in Gloucester, William "had deep speech with his counsellors and ... read more


1992 Winner

Barrayar

Barrayar By Lois McMaster Bujold

Barrayar is a fictional planet in Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga series of science fiction novels and stories. The series takes place at a time which is, apparently, one thousand years in the future. It is an Earth-like planet with a 26.7... read more


1989 Winner

Cyteen

Cyteen By C J Cherryh

Cyteen (1988) is a Hugo Award winning science fiction novel by C. J. Cherryh set in her Alliance-Union universe. The murder of a major Union politician and scientist has deep, long-lasting repercussions. The sequel, titled Regenesis, was published by... read more


1988 Winner

The Uplift War

The Uplift War By David Brin

The Uplift War is a 1987 science fiction novel by David Brin and the third book of six set in his Uplift Universe. It was nominated as the best novel for the 1987 Nebula Award and won the 1988 Hugo and Locus Awards. The previous two books are Sundive... read more


1987 Winner

Cardography

Cardography By Orson Scott Card

Cardography (1987) is a short story collection by Orson Scott Card. It contains five stories and an introduction by David Hartwell. All five of these stories were later published in Maps in a Mirror


1986 Winner

Wyrms

Wyrms By Orson Scott Card

A wyrm is a European dragon. Other uses of the term include: Wyrm (Tides of Darkness), a malefic entity in the World of Darkness role-playing games Wyrms (novel), a science fiction novel by Orson Scott Card Wyrm, a song on the album Space Eternal Voi... read more


1985 Winner

Neuromancer

Neuromancer By William Gibson

Neuromancer is a 1984 novel by William Gibson, notable for being the most famous early cyberpunk novel and winner of the science-fiction "triple crown"—the Nebula Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, and the Hugo Award. It was Gibson's fi... read more


1984 Winner

Startide Rising

Startide Rising By David Brin

Startide Rising is a 1983 science fiction novel by David Brin and the second book of six set in his Uplift Universe. It earned both Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Novel. It was revised by the author in 1993 to correct errors and omissions from the o... read more


1983 Winner

Foundation's Edge - the Fourth Novel In the Foundation Series

Foundation's Edge - the Fourth Novel In the Foundation Series By Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov began his Foundation Series at the age of twenty-one, not realizing that it would one day be considered a cornerstone of science fiction. During his legendary career, Asimov penned pver 470 books on subjects ranging from science to Shak... read more


1982 Winner

Downbelow Station

Downbelow Station By C J Cherryh

Downbelow Station is a science fiction novel written by C. J. Cherryh and published in 1981 by DAW Books. It won the Hugo Award in 1982, was shortlisted for a Locus Award that same year, and was named by Locus Magazine as one of the top 50 science fi... read more


1981 Winner

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen By Joan D Vinge

The Snow Queen is a fairy tale by author Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875). The tale was first published in 1845, and centers on the struggle between good and evil as experienced by a little boy and girl, Kaj and Gerda. The story is one of Anders... read more


1980 Winner

Fountains Of Paradise

Fountains Of Paradise By Arthur C Clarke

The Fountains of Paradise is a Hugo and Nebula Award winning 1979 novel by Arthur C. Clarke. Set in the 22nd century, it describes the construction of a space elevator. This "orbital tower" is a giant structure rising from the ground and li... read more


1979 Winner

Dreamsnake

Dreamsnake By Vonda McIntyre

Dreamsnake is a 1978 science fiction novel written by Vonda McIntyre. Dreamsnake won the 1979 Hugo Award, the 1978 Nebula Award, and the 1979 Locus Award. The novel follows a healer on a journey while she seeks to replace one of her healer snakes. Nu... read more


1977 Winner

Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang

Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang By Kate Wilhelm

Before becoming one of today's most intriguing and innovative mystery writers, Kate Wilhelm was a leading writer of science fiction, acclaimed for classics like The Infinity Box and The Clewiston Test . Now one of her most famous novels returns... read more


1976 Winner

The Forever War

The Forever War By Joe Haldeman

The Forever War is a 1974 science fiction novel by Joe Haldeman. It won the Nebula Award in 1975, and both the Hugo and Locus Awards in 1976. An action-laden and contemplative story of an interstellar war between humanity and the enigmatic Tauran spe... read more


1975 Winner

The Dispossessed

The Dispossessed By Ursula K Leguin

The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia is a 1974 utopian science fiction novel by Ursula K. Le Guin, set in the same fictional universe as that of The Left Hand of Darkness. The book won the Nebula Award in 1974, both the Hugo and Locus Awards in 1975... read more


1974 Winner

Rendezvous With Rama

Rendezvous With Rama By Arthur C Clarke

Rendezvous with Rama is a novel by Arthur C. Clarke first published in 1972. Set in the 22nd century, the story involves a fifty-kilometer-long cylindrical alien starship that enters Earth's solar system. The story is told from the point of view ... read more


1973 Winner

The Gods Themselves

The Gods Themselves By Isaac Asimov

The Gods Themselves is a 1972 science fiction novel written by Isaac Asimov. It won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1972, and the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1973. The book is divided into three main parts, originally published in magazine form a... read more


1972 Winner

To Your Scattered Bodies Go

To Your Scattered Bodies Go By Philip Jose Farmer

To Your Scattered Bodies Go (1971) is a science fiction novel and the first book in the Riverworld series of books by Philip José Farmer. It won a Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1972 at the 30th Worldcon. The title is derived from the 7th of the "... read more


1971 Winner

Ringworld

Ringworld By Larry Niven

Ringworld is a Hugo, Nebula, and Locus award-winning 1970 science fiction novel by Larry Niven, set in his Known Space universe and considered a classic of science fiction literature. It is followed by three sequels, and ties into numerous other book... read more


1970 Winner

The Left Hand Of Darkness

The Left Hand Of Darkness By Ursula K Leguin

The Left Hand of Darkness is a science fiction novel by Ursula K. Le Guin, first published in 1969. The book is one of the first major works of feminist science fiction and is one in a series of books by Le Guin all set in the fictional Hainish unive... read more


1969 Winner

Stand On Zanzibar - Hugo Award Winner 1969

Stand On Zanzibar - Hugo Award Winner 1969 By John Brunner

Stand on Zanzibar is a dystopic New Wave science fiction novel written by John Brunner and first published in 1968. The book won a Hugo Award for Best Novel at the 27th World Science Fiction Convention in 1969.


1968 Winner

Lord Of Light

Lord Of Light By Roger Zelazny

Lord of Light (1967) is an epic science fiction/fantasy novel by American author Roger Zelazny. It was awarded the 1968 Hugo Award for Best Novel, and nominated for a Nebula Award in the same category. Two chapters from the novel were published as no... read more


1967 Winner

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress By Robert a Heinlein

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is a 1966 science fiction novel by American writer Robert A. Heinlein, about a lunar colony's revolt against rule from Earth. The novel expresses and discusses libertarian ideals in a speculative context. Originally s... read more


1966 Winner

And Call Me Conrad By Roger Zelazny

... And Call Me Conrad is a science fiction novel by American author Roger Zelazny. In its original publication, it was abridged by the editor and serialized in two parts in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in October and November of 1965.... read more


1966 Winner

Dune

Dune By Frank Herbert

The first in the epic science fiction series of the same name, Dune is set on the desert planet Arrakis, host to "the Spice" - the most important resource in the universe, needed for interplanetary travel and coveted for its effects on longevity and ... read more


1965 Winner

Wanderer

Wanderer By Fritz Leiber

The Wanderer inspires feelings of pure terror in the hearts of the five billion human being inhabiting planet earth. The presence of the alien planet causes increasingly severe tragedies and chaos. However, one man stands apart from the mass of fri... read more


1964 Winner

Way Station

Way Station By Clifford D Simak

Way station may be: Way Station (novel) a 1963 science fiction novel by Clifford D. Simak The Way Station - chapter 2 of 'The Dark Tower I – The Gunslinger' by Stephen King. Waystation Studio


1963 Winner

The Man In the High Castle

The Man In the High Castle By Philip K Dick

The Man in the High Castle (1962), by Philip K. Dick, is a science fiction novel of the alternative history sub-genre. The novel won a Hugo Award. The story of The Man in the High Castle, about daily life for the victors and the vanquished under tota... read more


1962 Winner

Stranger In a Strange Land

Stranger In a Strange Land By Robert a Heinlein

Stranger in a Strange Land is a best-selling 1961 Hugo Award-winning science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein. It tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, a human raised by Martians on the planet Mars, after his return to Earth in early adultho... read more


1961 Winner

A Canticle For Leibowitz

A Canticle For Leibowitz By Walter M, Jr Miller

A Canticle for Leibowitz is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by American Walter M. Miller, Jr. , first published in 1960. Based on three short stories Miller contributed to the science fiction magazine The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fict... read more


1960 Winner

Starship Troopers

Starship Troopers By Robert a Heinlein

Starship Troopers is a military science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein, first published (in abridged form) as a serial in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (October, November 1959, as "Starship Soldier") and published h... read more


1959 Winner

A Case Of Conscience

A Case Of Conscience By James Blish

A Case of Conscience is a science fiction novel by James Blish, first published in 1958. It is the story of a Jesuit who investigates an alien race that has no religion; they are completely without any concept of God, an afterlife, or the idea of sin... read more


1958 Winner

Big Time

Big Time By Fritz Leiber

The Big Time (1957) is a short science fiction novel by Fritz Leiber. It won the Hugo Award in 1958. The Big Time is a vast, cosmic back story, hidden behind a claustrophobic front story with only a few characters. The storyline involves two factions... read more


1956 Winner

Double Star

Double Star By Robert a Heinlein

Double Star is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein, first serialized in Astounding Science Fiction (February, March, April 1956) and published in hardcover the same year. At the 1957 Worldcon it received the Hugo Award for Best Novel of the... read more


1953 Winner

The Demolished Man

The Demolished Man By Alfred Bester

The Demolished Man, by Alfred Bester, is a science fiction novel that was the first Hugo Award winner in 1953. The story was first serialized in three parts, beginning with the January 1952 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction, followed by publication of ... read more


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