Thursday, January 17, 2013
The Hugo Awards
Good evening constant reader.
You may have heard the name Hugo Awards mentioned in conjunction with science fiction and fantasy writing.
The Hugo Awards are a group of awards given each year for the best achievement in science fiction and fantasy for the preceding year.
The awards are named after Hugo Gernsback, founder of the science fiction magazine Amazing Stories.
They are organized and overseen by the World Science Fiction Society, and are presented to the recipients each year at the annual World Science Fiction Convention.The first set of presentations was in 1953.
At present, Hugo Awards are given in more than a dozen areas, including both written and dramatic works.
The Hugo is considered the highest honor in science fiction and fantasy writing.
For your consideration, here are the winners of the Hugo for best science fiction novel since 2000.
2000 - A Deepness in the Sky - Vernor Vinge
2001 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling
2002 - American Gods - Neil Gaiman
2003 - Hominids - Robert J. Sawyer
2004 - Paladin of Souls - Lois McMaster Bujold
2005 - Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke
2006 - Spin - Robert Charles Wilson
2007 - Rainbows End - Vernor Vinge
2008 - The Yiddish Policeman's Union - Michael Chabon
2009 - The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
2010 - The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi (tie)
The City & the City - China Mieville (tie)
2011 - Blackout/All Clear - Connie Willis
2012 - Among Others - Jo Walton