Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

Next list of award-winning books for my reading

When I realised that I was getting to the end of the Nebula winners, I began to consider my next SF reading project. Apart from the Hugos and Nebulas, the only other awards that really interest me are the BSFA award, the Arthur C Clarke Award and the Tiptree Award. I had been vaguely planning to read each of the long fiction winners of each award in the order in which they were established, starting with the BSFA and finishing with the Tiptree.

But as I looked down the lists of past winners, I realised the shocking fact (which probably everyone else knew) that the BSFA Award has been a very male affair. Women have won the BSFA Best Novel Award precisely twice since it was instituted in 1969. (Men have won 40 times, and no award was made for 1972.) It is already over a decade since the last time a woman won.

The whys and wherefores of this are for the BSFA to evaluate. But I like to try and build in a certain diversity to my plans, and prioritising BSFA winners alone would actually reverse that by emphasising male writers.

So I have decided to combine the three lists, including the retrospective winners of the BSFA and Tiptree awards, and will go through those in chronological order, skipping any that I have read in the last ten years or so (basically since I started bookblogging in late 2002). It still ends up being a rather masculine assortment, and I'll try to compensate for that in other ways. In the list below, BSFA winners are in green, Arthur C. Clarke Award winners in blue and Tiptree Award winners in red, with attempts to mix and match the colours for winners of two or three of the awards. Bold indicates that I have read the book at some time in my life, and underlining should take you to an online review of some kind, and also probably indicates I won't reread the book as part of that sequence.

1958 retrospective: Non-Stop by Brian W. Aldiss

Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
1969 (1996 retrospective): The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

1970: The Jagged Orbit by John Brunner

1971: The Moment of Eclipse by Brian W. Aldiss

Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

1974 (1996 retrospective): Motherlines by Suzy McKee Charnas
1974: Inverted World by Christopher Priest

1975: Orbitsville by Bob Shaw

1975 (1996 retrospective): The Female Man by Joanna Russ

1976: Brontomek! by Michael G. Coney

1977: The Jonah Kit by Ian Watson

1978 (1996 retrospective): Walk to the End of the World by Suzy McKee Charnas
1978: Collection: Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison
1978: A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick

1979: The Unlimited Dream Company by J. G. Ballard

Timescape by Gregory Benford

The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe

1982: Helliconia Spring by Brian W. Aldiss

1983: Tik-Tok by John Sladek

Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock

1985: Helliconia Winter by Brian W. Aldiss

1986: The Ragged Astronauts by Bob Shaw

1987: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

1987: Grainne by Keith Roberts
1988: The Sea and Summer by George Turner

1989: Unquenchable Fire by Rachel Pollack

1988: Lavondyss by Robert Holdstock

1990: The Child Garden by Geoff Ryman
Pyramids by Terry Pratchett

1991: A Woman of the Iron People by Eleanor Arnason
White Queen by Gwyneth Jones
1990/1991: Take Back Plenty by Colin Greenland

1992: Synners by Pat Cadigan
1992: China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh
1991: The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons

1993: Ammonite by Nicola Griffith
1993: Body of Glass by Marge Piercy (published as He, She and It in the U.S.)
1992: Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

1993: Aztec Century by Christopher Evans
1994: Larque on the Wing by Nancy Springer
1994: Vurt by Jeff Noon

1995: The Memoirs Of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Theodore Roszak
1995: Fools by Pat Cadigan
1995: Waking The Moon by Elizabeth Hand
1994: Feersum Endjinn by Iain M. Banks

1996: Fairyland by Paul J. McAuley
1995: The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter

1997: Black Wine by Candas Jane Dorsey
1997: The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh
1996: Excession by Iain M. Banks

1996/1997/1998: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

1999: The Conqueror's Child by Suzy McKee Charnas
1999: Dreaming in Smoke by Tricia Sullivan
1998: The Extremes, by Christopher Priest

2000: Wild Life by Molly Gloss
1999: The Sky Road by Ken MacLeod
2000: Distraction by Bruce Sterling

2001: The Kappa Child by Hiromi Goto
2000: Ash: A Secret History by Mary Gentle
2001: Perdido Street Station by China Miéville

2002: Bold As Love by Gwyneth Jones
2002: Light by M. John Harrison
Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds

2002/2003: The Separation by Christopher Priest
2003: Set This House In Order: A Romance Of Souls by Matt Ruff

2003: Felaheen by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
2004: Not Before Sundown by Johanna Sinisalo
2004: Camouflage by Joe Haldeman
2004: Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson

2004: River of Gods by Ian McDonald
2005: Iron Council by China Miéville

2005/2005/2006: Air by Geoff Ryman

2006: Half Life by Shelley Jackson
2006: In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente

2006: End of the World Blues by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
2007: The Carhullan Army by Sarah Hall
2007: Nova Swing by M. John Harrison

2008: Filter House by Nisi Shawl
2007: Brasyl by Ian McDonald
2008: Black Man by Richard Morgan
2008: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

2009: Song of Time by Ian R. MacLeod
2009: Cloud and Ashes: Three Winter’s Tales by Greer Gilman
2009: Ōoku: The Inner Chambers by Fumi Yoshinaga (Vol 1, Vol 2)
The Night Sessions by Ken MacLeod

2010: Baba Yaga Laid an Egg by Dubravka Ugresic
2009/2010: The City & the City by China Mieville

2011: Redwood and Wildfire by Andrea Hairston
2011: Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
The Dervish House by Ian McDonald

2011: The Islanders by Christopher Priest
2012: The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers

That should keep me out of trouble for a while. This list was also the basis for this poll.

NB that Wikipedia has Ishiguro winning the Clarke Award in 2006, but that is wrong and I cannot be bothered to fix it.
Tags: sf: bsfa award, sf: clarke award, sf: tiptree / otherwise award

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