Official Hugo and Retro Hugo Nominations

The final ballot for the Hugo and Retro-Hugo awards is available.

6 thoughts on “Official Hugo and Retro Hugo Nominations”

  1. Wow, that battle for best novel of 1953 is rough. Which do you pick? To me its a two book race between Fahrenheit 451 and Childhood’s End. I’d probably vote for F 451, but I wouldn’t argue with CE.

    The only recent novel for the Hugo that I’ve read is Singularity Sky. I’d say I’d vote for Illium over it, even though I haven’t read Illium yet. Not that SS was bad (it wasn’t) but I don’t think it warrents a Hugo.

  2. Retro Hugo: My vote goes to Caves of Steel. Maybe it’s because I’ve read the other two (Childhood’s End and F451) so many times they don’t feel as “fresh”.

  3. I’ve read all nominees for the retro novel category.

    • The Caves of Steel ? Isaac Asimov – This first robot novel is his best robot novel. A finely crafted detective story. The society Asimov sets up (spacers, robots, etc.) is creative and the story moves quickly. How can you hate the book that introduces R. Daneel Olivaw?
    • Fahrenheit 451 ? Ray Bradbury – The intriguiing concept of outlawed books marks this classic. The only compliant I had was that Bradbury’s lyrical writing style started to get annoying after a while. I rated it a 4 out of 5.
    • Childhood’s End ? Arthur C. Clarke – An engrossing tale about the transcendance of mankind. As usual, Clarke’s writing style shines through in his clear descriptions, immersive plots and cool SF ideas.
    • Mission of Gravity ? Hal Clement – A hard SF classic. Clement’s starightforward story is enhanced by the cool physics of the M&M shaped world of Mesklin where gravity uncreases as you approach the poles. Cool concept. The worst thing I could say about MOG is that the writing style was a bit dry. So I rated it a 4 out of 5.
    • More than Human ? Theodore Sturgeon – Of all authors, nominted or otherwise, Sturgeon’s style is the best. Every sentence is a finely crafted work of art and it shows. I found myself many times just smiling at the simplest of sentences. Sturgeon proves the power of the written word again and again. More Than Human is a collection (“fixup”) of 3 excellent novelettes that, taken together, tell the story of five people who make up a single gestalt entity.

    All are worthy classics so it would be a tough choice. But if I had to, I would choose More than Human as the winner.

  4. Update:

    Poul Anderson’s “Three Hearts and Three Lions” has replaced Judith Merril’s “Daughters of Earth” as a nominee in the novella category, due to prior (1952) publication of Merril’s story

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