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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Hugo Award Nominated Novels that I've Read

So, based on this list of the 50 most significant science fiction and fantasy books of the last 50 years, I was thinking about doing the same thing for the 50 or so Hugo and Nebula award nominated novels. I figure I'll start with the Hugo Award nominees and then create a list of the Nebula's. That way, the next time I stop by my local second hand book store I'll have a typewritten list of the books that I should read, but haven't yet.

For the Hugo nominees, 50 novels is around 10 years worth of nominees, from 2007 back to 1998, but due to 2002's six nominations, that didn't come out evenly to 50, so I included 51. That includes all of the works nominated from 2007 through 1998. Information on nominated books is based on information from Wikipedia's page on Hugo Award nominations.

Bold indicates books that I've read, asterisks indicate books that I really liked, and italics indicate books that I started and never finished. Pluses indicate the Hugo Award winners.
  1. Rainbows End*+ by Vernor Vinge
  2. Eifelheim by Michael Flynn
  3. His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
  4. Glasshouse by Charles Stross
  5. Blindsight by Peter Watts
  6. Spin+ by Robert Charles Wilson
  7. Learning the World by Ken MacLeod
  8. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
  9. Old Man's War* by John Scalzi
  10. Accelerando by Charles Stross
  11. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell+ by Susanna Clarke
  12. The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks
  13. Iron Council by China Miéville
  14. Iron Sunrise by Charles Stross
  15. River of Gods by Ian McDonald
  16. Paladin of Souls+ by Lois McMaster Bujold
  17. Humans by Robert J. Sawyer
  18. Ilium by Dan Simmons
  19. Singularity Sky by Charles Stross
  20. Blind Lake by Robert Charles Wilson
  21. Hominids+ by Robert J. Sawyer
  22. Kiln People by David Brin
  23. The Scar by China Miéville
  24. The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
  25. Bones of the Earth by Michael Swanwick
  26. American Gods+ by Neil Gaiman
  27. The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
  28. Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
  29. Cosmonaut Keep by Ken MacLeod
  30. Passage by Connie Willis
  31. The Chronoliths by Robert Charles Wilson
  32. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire*+ by J.K. Rowling
  33. Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson
  34. The Sky Road by Ken MacLeod
  35. A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
  36. Calculating God by Robert J. Sawyer
  37. A Deepness in the Sky*+ by Vernor Vinge
  38. Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear
  39. A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold
  40. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban* by J.K. Rowling
  41. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
  42. To Say Nothing of the Dog+ by Connie Willis
  43. Children of God by Mary Doria Russell
  44. Darwinia by Robert Charles Wilson
  45. Distraction by Bruce Sterling
  46. Factoring Humanity by Robert J. Sawyer
  47. Forever Peace+ by Joe Haldeman
  48. Frameshift by Robert J. Sawyer
  49. The Rise of Endymion* by Dan Simmons
  50. Jack Faust by Michael Swanwick
  51. City on Fire by Walter Jon Williams
So, what does this list indicate to me? It indicated that I need to read books by China Miéville, Charles Stross, and Robert Charles Wilson, first off. Second, it means that I have a lot of reading to do before this list becomes respectable enough to even post publicly.

Idea via Bruce B. and his list here. I have no idea why it isn't viewable.

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