Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

Gorgeous Goodreads graphs of award-winning sf

I am sitting back and marvelling at the work of ErsatzCulture, who has compiled beautiful Goodreads graphs for all of the major sf awards.

You should really go and explore them for yourself. I’ve been having fun identifying highs and lows for the major awards as follows:

Highest-ranked Hugo Best Novel finalist: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling (2000) - winner that year was A Deepness in the Sky
Highest-ranked Hugo Best Novel winner: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J.K. Rowling (2001)

Highest-ranked Hugo Best Novel finalist of the twentieth century (which ended in 1999): Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut (1970), beaten by The Left Hand of Darkness
Highest-ranked Hugo Best Novel winner of the twentieth century: Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card (1986) - just a smidgeon behind Slaughterhouse-Five.

Lowest-ranked Hugo Best Novel winner: not surprisingly, They’d Rather be Right, by Mark Clifton and Frank Riley (1955)
Lowest-ranked Hugo Best Novel finalist: Second Ending, by James White (1962), beaten by Stranger in a Strange Land

Lowest-ranked Hugo Best Novel winner this century: A Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine (2020) - just behind Hominids by Robert Sawyer (2003); but I think this year’s winner will rise.
Lowest-ranked Hugo Best Novel finalist this century: The Sky Road, by Ken MacLeod (2001), which coincidentally I have just started rereading.

If you want to count the Retros, the lowest-ranked Best Novel finalist ever is this year’s winner, Shadow over Mars, by Leigh Brackett (1945), though a 1946 finalist, Red Sun of Danger/Danger Planet, by Edmond Hamilton aka Brett Sterling, didn’t even make the chart; the highest-ranked Best Novel winner is Fahrenheit 451 (1954); and the highest-ranked Best Novel finalist is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1951), beaten by Farmer in the Sky.

For the Nebulas:

Highest-ranked Best Novel finalist is A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin (1995), beaten by The Moon and the Sun
Highest-ranked Best Novel winner is Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card (1986)

Highest-ranked Best Novel finalist this century is A Clash of Kings, by George R.R. Martin (2000), beaten by Parable of the Talents
Highest-ranked Best Novel winner this century is American Gods, by Neil Gaiman (2002)

Lowest-ranked Best Novel finalist is Rogue Dragon, by Avram Davidson (1966 - a very long shortlist for the first Nebula award won by Dune)
Lowest-ranked Best Novel winner is No Enemy but Time, by Michael Bishop (1983)

Lowest-ranked Best Novel finalist this century is From the Files of the Time Rangers, by Richard Bowes (2007), beaten by Seeker
Lowest-ranked Best Novel winner this century is A Song for a New Day, by Sarah Pinsker (2020 again, therefore likely to rise)

For the BSFA Award:

Highest-ranked Best Novel finalist is American Gods (2001), beaten by Chasm City
Highest-ranked Best Novel winner is Rendezvous with Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke (1973)

Highest-ranked Best Novel finalist last century is Neuromancer, by William Gibson (1984), beaten by Mythago Wood
Highest-ranked Best Novel winner this century is Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie (2013)

Lowest-ranked Best Novel finalist on record (some years seem to be missing) is The Memory Palace, by Gill Alderman (1996), beaten by Excession
Lowest-ranked Best Novel winner is Grainne, by Keith Roberts (1987)

Lowest-ranked Best Novel finalist this century is Cyber-Circus, by Kim Lakin-Smith (2011), beaten by The Islanders
Lowest-ranked Best Novel winner this century is End of the World Blues, by Jon Courtenay Grimwood (2006)

For the Arthur C. Clarke Award:

Highest-ranked finalist is The Time-Traveller’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger (2005), beaten by Iron Council
Highest-ranked winner is the very first, The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Attwood (1987), also the highest-ranked finalist last century
Highest-ranked winner this century is Station Eleven, by Emily St John Mandel (2015 - the year I was one of the judges)

Lowest-ranked finalist is Streaking, by Brian Stableford (2007) which is almost off the scale, beaten by Nova Swing
Lowest-ranked winner is Dreaming in Smoke, by Tricia Sullivan (1999)
Lowest-ranked finalist last century is again Grainne, by Keith Roberts (1988), which for the record I rather liked, beaten by The Sea and the Summer
Lowest-ranked winner this century is Bold As Love, by Gwyneth Jones (2002)

But really, as I said, go explore the tables for yourself - great fun. If I had time I'd do the same calculation for LibraryThing, which would produce similar results with quirky differences.
Tags: goodreads/librarything stats, sf: bsfa award, sf: clarke award, sf: hugos, sf: nebulas

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