Favorite Novels Which Won the Hugo Award
Vote for your favorites from amongst the novels which have won a Hugo Award.

This list also includes Retro Hugo awards for novels.

The Hugo Awards are awarded annually by the World Science Fiction Society to honor excellent works of science fiction and fantasy. This list is only for novels which have won the prize.

See also:
Hugo Award Winning Novellas
Hugo Award Winning Best Related Work
Most Popular Science Fiction on Goodreads with at least 50,000 ratings

Hugo 2015 Eligible Works

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message 30: by Greyweather (new)

Greyweather We've already got one of these:
http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/21...


message 29: by Irina (new)

Irina Paley Ah, to choose between American Gods and Ender's Game. If I were voting on the qualities of the author, Gaiman would be an absolute shoe-in. But, Ender's Game is the first sci-fi book that I ever read, and it got me into this genre to start with. Decisions, decisions.


message 28: by Greyweather (last edited Sep 04, 2009 01:37PM) (new)

Greyweather Maren, only one of those books (The Persistence of Vision) won a Hugo. Some of the ones you added were never even nominated. Everything but The Persistence of Vision has been removed.


message 27: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Brave New World has not won a Hugo - it was published in 1932, but the Hugos didn't start until 1953.

Any chance a Librarian could fix this?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed:

1984 (no Hugo, either regular or Retro, given for 1949)
2001: A Space Odyssey (neither nominated or a winner)
A Wrinkle in Time (neither nominated or a winner)
Rama Revealed (neither nominated or a winner)
The Device (neither nominated or a winner)
Brave New World (no Hugo, either regular or Retro, has been given for 1932)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (neither nominated or won)
Buffalo Girls Won't You Come Out Tonight (neither nominated or a winner)

Question: are we including Hugo categories beside Best Novel? At any rate, did they give that award to the Graphic Novel edition of Coraline, or only to the regular book?


message 25: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Thanks so much for your diligence, Susanna!

Coraline won best Hugo for novella in 2003 - the graphic novel didn't come out until 2008.

The description of this list mentions novels, so my opinion is that we should stick to novels. But I'm easy...


message 24: by Nicholas (new)

Nicholas Haven't read American Gods yet, but can say Enders Game, Speaker for the Dead and the rest of the quartet as well as the Shadow series are among my all-time favorites bar none!

Irina wrote: "Ah, to choose between American Gods and Ender's Game. If I were voting on the qualities of the author, Gaiman would be an absolute shoe-in. But, Ender's Game is the first sci-fi book that I ever ..."


message 23: by Mike (last edited Oct 21, 2011 04:57PM) (new)

Mike Moore Tend to agree with Cindy that the list should stick to novels. There are also some books here which do not have Hugos including

Old Man's War (nominated, not a winner)
The Ghost Brigades (not nominated, not a winner)
The Player of Games (not nominated, not a winner)
Flowers for Algernon (The short story won a hugo, the novel was nominated in 1967 but lost to "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress")


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed:

Old Man's War (nominee in 2008, but did not win)
The Ghost Brigades (neither a nominee or a winner)
The Player of Games (neither a nominee or a winner)

Retained Flowers for Algernon, as the edition's info page says it won the Hugo.


message 21: by Zak (new)

Zak When did Fahrenheit 451 win a Hugo? Was it a Retro award? If it didn't it should be taken off the list


message 20: by Josh (new)

Josh As far as I'm able to tell, Persistence of Vision was never nominated and never won.


message 19: by Boots (last edited May 05, 2012 02:50PM) (new)

Boots Zak wrote: "When did Fahrenheit 451 win a Hugo? Was it a Retro award? If it didn't it should be taken off the list"

Fahrenheit 451 won a Retro Hugo in 2004.

Josh wrote: "As far as I'm able to tell, Persistence of Vision was never nominated and never won."

Removed.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Red Mars was a nominee, but did not win.


message 17: by Oni (last edited Nov 17, 2012 12:47AM) (new)

Oni Several double entry:
1. The Left Hand of Darkness, no.17 and 68
2. Neuromancer, no.9 and 77
3. Starship Troopers, no.10 and 74
4. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, no.8 and 76
5. Gateway, no.24 and 80
6. The Man in High Castle, no.22 and 73
7. The Demolished Man, no.29 and 75
8. Ringworld, no.11 and 71
9. The Forever War, no.12 and 69
10. The Gods Themselves, no.34 and 78
11. Diamond Age, no.13 and 72
12. Dispossessed, no.19 and 69
13. Coraline, no.44 and 56 (note: no.56 is the graphic novel adaptation, which I think didn't win Hugo Award)
14. Hyperion, no.5 and 61 (note: no.61 is a books set, from Hyperion #1-4, which I think didn't win Hugo Award)


message 16: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell Coraline won the Hugo Award for Best Novella in 2003 - however this is a list of Hugo Award winning Novels - so removed.


message 15: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell Hyperion - the four book set - certainly did not win the Hugo - so removed.


message 14: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell Flowers for Algernon actually won two hugos - as a short story in 1960 and as a novel in 1966.


message 13: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell The Persistence of Vision by John Varley won the Hugo Award for Best Novella in 1979.


message 12: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell Footfall by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle was nominated for Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1986 but lost to Ender's Game - so removed.


message 11: by Michael (last edited Dec 08, 2013 12:12PM) (new)

Michael Bacon Mitchell wrote: "Coraline won the Hugo Award for Best Novella in 2003 - however this is a list of Hugo Award winning Novels - so removed."

This is actually NOT a list of Hugo Award Winning Novels. Coraline should not have been removed. Please do not remove books from lists arbitrarily for reasons of your own.

The description said that the Hugo is given to sci-fi novels, which was overly narrow statement, which might have led you to the mistake. The Hugo is also given to other works of science fiction. I edited the description to make this more clear, and to correct spelling.


message 10: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Dec 08, 2013 12:16PM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads As far as I know, Red Mars (#44) was nominated, but did not win. Game of Thrones (#66) was nominated for the Nebula, but not the Hugo. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (#68) was not nominated. Neither was Clan of the Cave Bear (#69).


message 9: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell Michael wrote: "Mitchell wrote: "Coraline won the Hugo Award for Best Novella in 2003 - however this is a list of Hugo Award winning Novels - so removed."

This is actually NOT a list of Hugo Award Winning Novels...."


I'm sorry for your interpretation. However the group who comment on this list certainly looks like it thinks this was intended to be novels which apparently WAS what the description said before YOU who were not the list creator, changed it.

I haven't gone hunting but I'd expect that the novellas that won the hugos would be an awesome list. But frankly I wouldn't expect to find them all separately in print.


message 8: by Michael (last edited Dec 08, 2013 01:46PM) (new)

Michael Bacon Actually, if you look at the changelog, you can see the old description. No need to make false assumptions. The old description still calls this list "Hugo Award Winners," which is how I left it. It does have a slightly incorrect description of the awards (not a description of the list), claiming that the Hugo award is for novels, which is untrue - it's for a variety of works.

It also claimed that the Hugo award is only for science fiction, which is also untrue.

I corrected these two misrepresentations of the Hugo Awards.


message 7: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell I'm not sure what your seeing. The changelog showed 9 entries - none of which changed the wording from novels until your change. The wayback machine showed that on Dec 7 2008 (the first entry) this list read "The Hugo Awards are awarded annually by World Science Fiction Society to honor excellent science fiction novels. ". And it read the same on Oct 2nd 2013.

No one disagrees that the Hugo Award awards a number of awards each year as well as Retro Hugo Awards. Nor is there any dispute that the award includes Fantasy as well as Science Fiction.

The question is what is THIS list for. And the people who have commented on this list have gone along with the list creators description calling out Novels - not short stories, not novellas, not screen plays, not non-fiction, not other works by grandmasters.


message 6: by Michael (last edited Dec 08, 2013 08:34PM) (new)

Michael Bacon Mitchell wrote: "I'm not sure what your seeing. The changelog showed 9 entries - none of which changed the wording from novels until your change. The wayback machine showed that on Dec 7 2008 (the first entry) this..."

The wording of the description says that this list is for The Hugo Awards. It does not say that anything about this list being specifically about novels. However, it does say that the Hugo awards are specifically about novels. If there's a tradition here of only accepting novels that has actually been followed, the name of the list should change to reflect that, and the description should match that name change. If it does not, newcomers will continually add books that match the name of the list rather than follow a very unclear "tradition" that requires the newcomer to guess that a commenter is correct.



Once again, to clarify:

Here is the old description: "The Hugo Awards are awarded annually by World Science Fiction Society to honor excellent science fiction novels."

That description incorrectly claims that the Hugo Awards are exclusive to novels. It says *nothing* about this list. It clearly indicates that it is describing the awards, and does not give any indication to the contrary.

The description's other major error was its claim that the Hugo Award is for science fiction. It is for science fiction and fantasy.

The title of this list is "Hugo Award Winners." That title makes it very clear that this list is for all Hugo Award winners, not just novels, and not just science fiction.

Anyway, on a more productive, less argumentative note, one of two things should happen:

1. We can leave things as they are and start allowing every award.

2. We can edit the title and description to something like this:

Title
"Hugo Award-winning Novels"

Description

"Vote for your favorites from amongst the novels which have won a Hugo Award.

The Hugo Awards are awarded annually by the World Science Fiction Society to honor excellent works of science fiction and fantasy. This list is only for novels which have won the prize."

At this point, option 1 is the only that makes sense because this is the list for Hugo Award winners. No clearly competing list has been created because it's obvious from the name of this list that it is the place for all Hugo Award winners. There is no need for a second list for the fantasy winners or for non-novel winners.

Option 2 would become viable if lists were created for all of the other Hugo categories first.


message 5: by Mitchell (last edited Dec 08, 2013 09:47PM) (new)

Mitchell Michael, I think what you miss is that there isn't any list on goodreads that all people will follow directions on regardless of explicit directions.

This list as it stands right now IS a list only of novels. If you think a list needs to exist that includes all Hugo winners regardless of whatever it is a novel or not, then you should create it.

And when people add books that don't fit that criteria, I hope you - and certainly other librarians - will remove those books that don't fit the criteria.

If you don't accept this, than I would suggest you change the description of this list to state this explicitly and in some detail - listing example categories and the fact that their was some confusion in the past AND that there is now another list just for Hugo novel winners.


message 4: by Michael (last edited Dec 09, 2013 01:26AM) (new)

Michael Bacon I'm not really sure why you think I'm assuming people would follow directions. They rarely do, which is why I was pointing out that you had violated the directions on this list. When you deleted Coraline, there was a message on the screen that said "Only delete books from the list that are totally miscategorized. Deleting books that aren't will result in a loss of librarian privileges, and possible deletion of account. We're super serious!"

Coraline was not "totally miscategorized" but actually fit the list, as this list was defined. Anyway, I'll just assume that you checked and that this list is in fact currently made up entirely of novels. Because of that fact, it makes sense to go with option 2. Does that seem like a good compromise to you?

EDIT: I edited the title and description to match the reality of the list as you described it. Feel free to edit it further if I missed something or did not understand something.

The title is a bit wordy because there is already a list called "Hugo Award for Best Novel." Since there is already a list with that name fulfilling the same purpose that this list has been covertly doing, I cannot create a duplicate title.

(I don't quite understand your last paragraph, so I didn't respond to it. I think we're past it now though, aren't we?)


message 3: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell A Game of Thrones was not even a nominee - though later books in the series were nominated.

Clan of the Cave Bear is not a hugo winner.

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is not a hugo winner.

Coraline is still NOT a hugo novel winner.


message 2: by Michael (new)

Michael Bacon The people that add those aren't likely to read the comments, unfortunately.


message 1: by Matt (new)

Matt Hersey Zak wrote: "When did Fahrenheit 451 win a Hugo? Was it a Retro award? If it didn't it should be taken off the list"

It won in 1955...I think that's what it said, which is odd because it came out in '53; but it did win.


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