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Hugo Award Winners

I did the Research so you don't have to!

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. (I'm working on adding them all)

** Books I've read are in bold, reviewed books are bold and purple.

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2022 - A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine, 496 pages

Also Locus winner - An alien armada lurks on the edges of Teixcalaanli space. No one can communicate with it, no one can destroy it, and the captain has sent for a diplomatic envoy that will be faced with the impossible task of trying to communicate with a hostile entity.

network effect

2021 - Network Effect by Martha Wells, 350 pages

Also Nebula winner - The longest book of the Murderbot series: the most relatable A.I. imaginable and when his human associate (not friends) are captured, Murderbot must choose between drastic action and inertia. Drastic action it is, then.

a memory called empire

2020 - A Memory Called Empire #1 by Arkady Martine, 462 pages

Ambassador Mahit must discover who is behind a murder, rescue herself, and save her Station from Teixcalaan's unceasing expansion—all while navigating an alien culture that is all too seductive, engaging in intrigues of her own, and hiding a deadly technological secret—one that might spell the end of her Station and her way of life—or rescue it from annihilation.

2019 - The Calculating Stars by 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 by 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  by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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  by 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  by 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  by 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  by 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 by 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  by 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 by 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 by 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  by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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.

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