As you guys may remember, I'm currently absorbed by Cyteen, the Hugo award winning novel by C.J. Cherryh (I'm starting to sound like her publicist, aren't I?)
What's a "Hugo"? Well, I googled it, and the Hugo Award, also known as the Science Fiction Achievement Award, is given annually by the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS). The distinguishing characteristics of the Hugo Award are that it is sponsored by WSFS, administered by the committee of the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) held that year, and determined by nominations from and a popular vote of the membership of WSFS. In general, a Hugo Award given in a particular year is for work that appeared in the previous calendar year. [source]
Now, don't you feel informed? J. K Rowling was one of the past Hugo winners -- though that was something of a fluke and a lot of hardcore SF fans were not too happy about that.
On a curious whim, I decided to google the past Hugo Award winners and just see how many of the past Hugo winners for Best Novel I have actually read.
For the Hugo Best Novel alone, I have read the following:
- 2001: HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE by J.K. Rowling
- 1989: CYTEEN by C. J. Cherryh
- 1988: THE UPLIFT WAR by David Brin
- 1987: SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD by Orson Scott Card
- 1986: ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card
- 1985: NEUROMANCER by William Gibson
- 1982: DOWNBELOW STATION by C. J. Cherryh
- 1981: THE SNOW QUEEN by Joan D. Vinge
- 1968: LORD OF LIGHT by Roger Zelazny
- 1962: STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND by Robert A. Heinlein
- 1960: STARSHIP TROOPERS by Robert A. Heinlein
Eleven. Is that good or bad?
You know, somebody can make a Reading Challenge out of this.