Hugo Award Winners
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The Hugo award is given to science fiction or fantasy stories published or translated into English the previous calendar year. It is awarded by the World Science Fiction Society from the most nominated books by its membership. Awards are announced in September at the WorldCon event. This list reflects winning novels since 2000. (we're working on adding them all)
**When a book we review is a winner in one of the other categories, we'll note it in the review.
2019 - The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal, 431 pages
also Nebula award, Lady Astronaut #1 - In 1952 a huge meteorite demolishes the east coast of the US. In the ensuing climate changes, earth becomes uninhabitable so the urgency to travel to space increases. One woman dreams of becoming an astronaut to explore the moon.
2018 - The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin, 416 pages
Broken Earth #3 - conclusion to the trilogy of a post apocalyptic world where two women hold the future in their hands - a mother and daughter. Which will prevail?
2017 - The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin, 410 pages
Broken Earth #2 - takes place on a supercontinent which suffers from catastrophic climate change every few centuries and follows a mother and daughter separated during the last event as they try to find each other.
2016 - The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin, 468 pages
Broken Earth #1 - Three disasters in one day: a woman finds her husband has abducted her daughter, there are mass murders around the world and a giant rift in the world is spewing ash. The woman only focuses on finding her daughter.
2015 - The Three-Body Problem, Liu Cixin, 399 pages
Earth's Past #1 - Hard core sci-fi blends with good characterizations in this novel about the classic physics problem of three-bodies. A father is brutally killed in front of his young daughter who is then forced to work for a government facility exploring extraterrestrial intelligence.
2014 - Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie, 386 pages
also Nebula award, Imperial Radch #1 - Once a premier soldier in the empire that conquered the galaxy, Breq is drawing close to the end of her quest. But now she has only a frail human body, questions, and a desire for vengeance.
2013 - Redshirts, John Scalzi, 320 pages
2456, Assigned to a prestigious space ship, an ensign notices 3 odd things: 1) every away mission involves a deadly battle with aliens, 2) the captain, science officer and Lt. always survive, 3) at least one low-ranked crew member dies. The ensign stumbles on something that changes the crew's understanding of their mission, and perhaps a way to save their lives.
2012 - Among Others, Jo Walton, 408 pages
also Nebula award - After being injured in a magical battle, a teenage girl runs to her long-lost father to escape her mother. There she turns to her magic and books to get by.....but her mother lurks.
2011 - Blackout, Connie Willis, 610 pages
also Nebula award, All Clear #1 - Three time traveling historians working on separate projects, return to WWII and unexpectedly find themselves in air raids, blackouts and dive bombing planes. A glitch has developed in the time system.
2010 (TIE) - The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi, 359 pages
also Nebula award, Windup Universe #1 - An undercover calorie hunter meets a New Person (engineered being). What happens when calories become currency? What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits?
2010 (TIE) - The City & the City, China Mieville, 312 pages
A murder mystery on the surface, two detectives from neighboring warring cities join efforts to find who killed a woman in this fantasy novel. The detectives struggle with their psychic transitions between cities while uncovering a truth that could cost more than their lives.
2009 - The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman, 307 pages
A toddler's family is killed, he wanders off into a graveyard. The ghosts decide to raise, protect, and educate him until years later the killer returns to finish the job. A YA fantasy, Newberry Medal winner.
2008 - The Yiddish Policeman's Union, Michael Chabon, 414 pages
also Nebula winner; Jews of the "Sitka District" are dreaming of becoming American but as the district is about to return to Alaskan control, a murder sets the area on edge. Part mystery, love story, exile, and redemption as one man tries to put his life back together.
2007 - Rainbows End, Vernor Vinge, 381 pages
An elderly man cured of Alzheimers finds himself in a techy world he no longer recognizes and gets suckered into a world-control conspiracy that wants to remove all physical books from the world. Protest and conspiracy collide.
2006 - Spin, Robert Charles Wilson, 464 pages
Spin #1; One night all the stars and moon disappear; the sky goes black. And the world gets much stranger.
2005 - Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke, 1006 pages
Magicians in England have gradually lost their powers until Norrell & Strange show up with very different ideas of how the magic should be used to help England in its war against Bonaparte.
2004 - Paladin of Souls, Lois McMaster Bujold, 470 pages
also Nebula winner, World of Five Gods #2; a royal dowager (40ish) overcomes perceptions of madness and an untrustworthy god to save her realm from demons.
2003 - Hominids, Rober J. Sawyer, 444 pages
Neanderthal Parallax#1; Neanderthals exist on a parallel Earth and when one accidentally crosses universes, culture and language are the easiest of the problems to be faced.
2002 - American Gods, Neil Gaiman, 635 pages
also Nebula winner; A man just released from prison meets a former god and king of America. Together them embark on a journey across America as a giant battle is about to begin between gods old and new.
2001 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling, 636 pages
Harry Potter #4; As Harry and friends return to school, they can't know that the atmosphere is darkening around them and his enemy is preparing a fate that seems inescapable.
2000 - A Deepness in the Sky, Vernor Vinge, 775 pages
Zones of Thought #2; Two groups stand ready to make first contact with an alien race but must wait for their planet to reawaken. Treachery leads to near disaster as one group tries to save the innocents on the planet below.