Best SF Books that weren't Nominated for Hugo or Nebula

Vote for your favourite Science Fiction novels and novellas that, to your shock and surprise, weren't even nominated for either a Hugo or a Nebula!

No Fantasy titles please!

Hugo Award history for both winners and nominees can be seen here:
http://www.thehugoawards.org/hugo-his...

Nebula Award winners and nominees are listed here:
http://www.locusmag.com/SFAwards/Db/N...

Please add only books published 1945 and after; no Hugos have been given for years before that.
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148 books · 242 voters · list created July 10th, 2009 by Rasheed (votes) .
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message 18: by Killthepopular (new)

Killthepopular wouldnt a list of books that didnt win be better? Books that werent even nominated for the two biggest awards in the genre seems a bit limiting...


message 17: by Greyweather (last edited Jul 17, 2009 05:00PM) (new)

Greyweather Killthepopular wrote: "wouldnt a list of books that didnt win be better?"
Those lists already exist.
http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/67...
http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/66...

"Books that werent even nominated for the two biggest awards in the genre seems a bit limiting..."
It could reasonably be argued that the Locus Award is the biggest award in the genre since it has the largest pool of voters.

As for limiting, I'd say no. At most we're excluding 10 books a year (a number of which are fantasy instead of sci-fi), usually less with books often being nominated for both awards. The annual Locus Recommended Reading list for sci-fi has at least twice that number of novels each year. Also, because these are American awards there is a bias towards American authors, since those are the authors with the highest profile here.

Take for example The Sparrow. It has won the Arthur C. Clarke Award, James Tiptree, Jr. Award, Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis and the British Science Fiction Association Award, but was not even nominated for the Hugo or Nebula, not even the Nebula longlists (preliminary ballots with usually about two dozen books).


message 16: by Greyweather (new)

Greyweather I assume we're only excluding Nebula shortlist nominees since finding the old Preliminary Ballot longlists is a pain in the neck.


message 15: by Rasheed (new)

Rasheed Can someone please remove "The Time Machine"?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads The Time Machine - removed.

Anything else?


message 13: by Minglis (new)

Minglis cant believe 1984 wasn't nominated. was that before the award started or something?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads The Hugos were given for the first time in 1953, and the Nebula for 1965 (Dune was the first winner).

1984 was first published in 1949, I think.


message 11: by Rasheed (new)

Rasheed The first awards were given in 1953 (for books published in 1952).

However, reto-awards for 1951 (1950) and 1954 (1953) were held in 2001 and 2004 respectively.


message 10: by Rasheed (new)

Rasheed Susanna wrote: "The Time Machine - removed.

Anything else?"


Yes, please: Starmaker (1937).

It's a great book but its place is on other lists like Best Classic SF Novels (1930-1950).


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Uflinks wrote: "The first awards were given in 1953 (for books published in 1952).

However, reto-awards for 1951 (1950) and 1954 (1953) were held in 2001 and 2004 respectively."


Yep. None have been given for 1949 so far, however.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed:

Star Maker, by Olaf Stapledon


message 7: by Sabrecat (new)

Sabrecat Watchmen by Alan Moore shouldn't be on this list, because it did win the Hugo award in 1988. If you look at the cover posted here, it even says "winner of the Hugo award" in the top left.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You're absolutely right. I shall remove it.


message 5: by Alex (new)

Alex Red Mars was nominated and should be removed from this list.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Y'all want me to remove Red Mars, and another one that doesn't belong here, Caves of Steel (1954 Hugo winner)?


message 3: by Rasheed (new)

Rasheed Go ahead Susanna. You don't need to ask every time as long as you verify the fact. A very good source is ISFDB:
http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cg...
http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cg...


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Alrighty, both Red Mars and Caves of Steel removed.


message 1: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Poltz The Uplift War by David Brin needs to be removed. It won the Hugo and was nominated for the Nebula.


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