Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

All the Hugo winners

I have now completed one of my reading projects - to have a write-up on-line, be it ever so humble, of every winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel. Some of them are mere one-para stubs awaiting expansion if I ever get back to my project of writing up all of the joint Hugo/Nebula winners in detail, but at least they are all there now.

The Mule by Isaac Asimov (Retro, 1946)
Farmer in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein (Retro, 1951)
The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester (1953)
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Retro, 1954)
They'd Rather Be Right (aka: The Forever Machine) by Mark Clifton and Frank Riley (1955)
Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein (1956)
The Big Time by Fritz Leiber (1958)
A Case of Conscience by James Blish (1959)
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein (1960)
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. (1961)
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein (1962)
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (1963)
Here Gather the Stars (aka: Way Station) by Clifford D. Simak (1964)
The Wanderer by Fritz Leiber (1965)
Dune by Frank Herbert (co-winner, 1966)
...And Call Me Conrad (aka: This Immortal) by Roger Zelazny (co-winner, 1966)
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein (1967)
Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny (1968)
Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner (1969)
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (1970)
Ringworld by Larry Niven (1971)
To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip José Farmer (1972)
The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov (1973)
Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke (1974)
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin (1975)
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman (1976)
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm (1977)
Gateway by Frederik Pohl (1978)
Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre (1979)
The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke (1980)
The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge (1981)
Downbelow Station by C. J. Cherryh (1982)
Foundation's Edge by Isaac Asimov (1983)
Startide Rising by David Brin (1984)
Neuromancer by William Gibson (1985)
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (1986)
Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card (1987)
The Uplift War by David Brin (1988)
Cyteen by C. J. Cherryh (1989)
Hyperion by Dan Simmons (1990)
The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold (1991)
Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold (1992)
A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge (co-winner, 1993)
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (co-winner, 1993)
Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson (1994)
Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold (1995)
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson (1996)
Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson (1997)
Forever Peace by Joe Haldeman (1998)
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis (1999)
A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge (2000)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling (2001)
American Gods by Neil Gaiman (2002)
Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer (2003)
Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold (2004)
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke (2005)
Spin by Robert Charles Wilson (2006)
Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge (2007)
The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon (2008)
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (2009)
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (co-winner, 2010)
The City & the City by China Miéville (co-winner, 2010)

My favourites (at least, those I've given five stars on LibraryThing) in no particular order are Barrayar, Mirror Dance, Gateway, Green Mars, Blue Mars, Lord of Light, Doomsday Book, The Dispossessed, Rendezvous With Rama, Hyperion, A Canticle for Leibowitz, The Left Hand of Darkness and Fahrenheit 451. If I had to pick one out of those as my all-time favourite Hugo winner, I think it would be A Canticle for Leibowitz.

My least favourite - those I've given fewer than three stars to on Librarything - are Neuromancer, To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Cyteen, The Gods Themselves, The Uplift War, Downbelow Station, Hominids, and They'd Rather Be Right/The Forever Machine. I know that my failure to grok Cherryh or Gibson is not widely shared, but I think that the Farmer, the Asimov, the Sawyer and the Brin are genuinely awful books which should not have won in normal circumstances.

Right, Nebula winners next - I have read all but one (Powers) but there are another nine I haven't written up on-line (Man Plus, Timescape, Falling Free, Tehanu, Slow River, The Moon and the Sun, Parable of the Talents, The Quantum Rose and The Speed of Dark).

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