2004 Hugo Award Winners

The Hugo Awards were held this weekend. Here a brief summary of the award winners:

  • NOVEL: Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • NOVELLA: “The Cookie Monster” by Vernor Vinge
  • NOVELETTE: “Legions in Time” by Michael Swanwick
  • SHORT STORY: “A Study in Emerald” by Neil Gaiman

8 thoughts on “2004 Hugo Award Winners”

  1. I’ve read Cookie Monster and A Study in Scarlet and liked them both. The Vinge story was really rather cool and thought provoking, while Gaiman’s story had Sherlock Holmes and Cthuhlu, how could you go wrong? You couldn’t!

  2. What I always look for after the award announcements is the list of how many votes each nominee got, as well as the list of not-quite-made-its. Usually, that appears as soon as the Hugo ceremonies end. I haven’t been able to find them yet for this year; they’ll turn up eventually, but it’s always interesting to see what might have made the final ballot if only one or two more Worldcon members had nominated it.

  3. Good point. Some blog posting I can no longer locate did a mini rant about Bujold winning again and questioning the validity of the voting process; I think the poster said that there were less than 500 voters – not sure if that’s true.

    My worry with any yearly awards is that it has the potential to slight a masterpiece and promote an average book. Say, for example, one year produces 10 deserving books. Only one can get the award; the others are viewed by many to be unworthy. Then say the next year, the only things that are published are mediocre at best. Well, one of those has to now win the award. Is that fair to the previous year’s winners who got bubkiss? It’s the same fear the movie industry had when competing against the Lord of The Rings. Plus, there is the reality that people obnly vote for stories that they’ve read. And what percentage of all the books published does the average (non-Klausner) reader read?

  4. Mike – the near misses for Best Novel were (in order), A Forest of Stars by Kevin J. Anderson; Pattern Recognition by William Gibson; and Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon. There will, of course, be in depth analysis in the next Emerald City.

    A total of 789 people voted in the Best Novel category. If anyone can find me the person who claiming that the vote was fixed I’d be happy to point the Noreascon 4 management at them.

  5. Cheryl – Let me clarify from my obviously-less-than-perfect memory. The poster did make it clear that the voting process was legitimate, they were just expressing surprise at the number of wins by a single writer.

  6. Thanks for the clarification, John. There are few nightmares that one has after winning a Hugo. The obvious one is that you wake up and find it was all a dream. But the really awful one is that people should start believing that the vote was fixed. Much relief in this corner of the world.

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