Science Fiction Book Awards
|2004||Paladin of Souls: A Novel by Lois McMaster Bujold||Paladin of Souls: A Novel by Lois McMaster Bujold|
|2003||Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer||The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon|
|2002||American Gods by Neil Gaiman**||American Gods by Neil Gaiman**|
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
I know that our kids would vote for this book time and again. Certainly, it has more inventiveness and cleverness than most other books will ever have.
|The Quantum Rose by Catherine Asaro|
|2000||Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge||Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear|
|1999||To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis||Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler|
|1998||Forever Peace by Joe Haldeman**||Forever Peace by Joe Haldeman**|
|1997||Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson||Moon and the Sun by Vonda N. McIntyre|
|1996||Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson||Slow River by Nicola Griffith|
|1995||Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold||Hobson's Choice (also known as Terminal Experiment) by Robert J Sawyer|
|1994||Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson||Moving Mars by Greg Bear|
Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis**
|Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson|
|1992||Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold||Doomsday Book by Connie Willis**|
|1991||Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold||Stations of the Tide by Michael Swanwick|
|1990||Hyperion by Simmons, Dan||Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin|
|1989||Cyteen by C.J. Cherryh||Healer's War by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough|
|1988||Uplift War by David Brin||Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold|
|1987||Speaker For The Dead by Orson Scott Card**||Falling Woman by Pat Murphy|
|1986||Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card**||Speaker For The Dead by Orson Scott Card**|
|1985||Neuromancer by William Gibson**
This book foretold the future coming of the hacker community. While still futuristic in terms of the human/machine interface, this novel continues to channel the near-term future. The grittiness of this book, in combination with other books by Gibson, has created a unique alternative universe completely controlled by corporate fiefdoms
|Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card**
I remember reading a short version (novella?) of this book before I got the full novel and thinking how powerfully it presented a case for the inhumanity of war as it relates to the training of the young. It may be even scarier now as high-tech remote weapon systems have converted warfare into something more like a big video game.
|1984||Startide Rising by David Brin**||Neuromancer by William Gibson**|
|1983||Foundation's Edge by Isaac Asimov||Startide Rising by David Brin**
This wonderful book portrays mankind's entry into a universe of sentient races where man occupies the low rung on the ladder, with allies but without a sponsor race. This is the first of several novels (continued in Uplift War) that outline an alternative universe.
|1982||Downbelow Station by C.J. Cherryh
Most science fiction books present the human characters as almost fearless explorers of the universe. Not in Cherryh's books. In this book (as in Cherryh's other books), the lead characters are fearful even as they explore. While disconcerting at first, I came to realize that in many ways this is more realistic because, while man is curious, there is no telling when you will unknowingly come across something more powerful that could crush you.
|No Enemy But Time by Michael Bishop|
|1981||Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge||Claw of the Conciliator by Gene Wolfe|
|1980||Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke||Timescape by Gregory Benford|
|1979||Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre**||Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke|
|1978||Gateway by Frederik Pohl**||Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre**|
|1977||Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm||Gateway by Frederik Pohl**|
|1976||Forever War by Joe Haldeman**||Man Plus by Frederik Pohl|
|1975||Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin**||Forever War by Joe Haldeman**|
|1974||Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke**||Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin**|
|1973||The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov**||Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke**|
|1972||To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer||The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov**|
|1971||Ringworld by Larry Niven**||Time of Changes by Robert Silverberg|
|1970||Left Hand Of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin**||Ringworld by Larry Niven**
This book was one of the first books that really nailed the definition of 'hard' science fiction for me. Every fact is theoretically possible, albeit highly imaginative, and it all hangs together in a compelling story. As a plus, this book fits into the alternative future envisioned by Niven in a number of his other books.
|1969||Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
This is an enormously powerful book that reflects the chaos and coming of age of the 60s generation as I think back on the time period in which it was written. I didn't appreciate this book when I first read it nearly as much as I do now.
|Left Hand Of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin**|
|1968||Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny||Rite of Passage by Alexei Panshin|
|1967||The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
This libertarian tale of the lunar colony struggling to reach for independence continues to catch my imagination thirty years after I read it for the first time. Maybe it was the self-deprecating commentary from the lead character or maybe it was because the struggle for freedom in a harsh environment wasn't so unlikely. Still one of my favorites even though it is a bit simplistic.
|Einstein Intersection by Samuel R. Delany|
And Call Me Conrad by Roger Zelazny
Dune by Frank Herbert**
Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
|1965||Wanderer by Fritz Leiber||Dune by Frank Herbert**
This book was an eye-opener for me; it's one of the real classics of the genre. I first read (and re-read) this book one summer when I was working on a farm in what must have been sometime around 1974. The range and scope of this novel made it wonderful.
|1964||Way Station by Clifford D. Simak|
|1963||Man In The High Castle by Philip K. Dick|
|1962||Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein|
|1961||Canticle For Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.|
|1960||Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein|
|1959||Case of Conscience by James Blish|
|1958||Big Time by Fritz Leiber|
|1957||(No award for best novel)|
|1956||Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein|
|1955||They'd Rather Be Right by Frank Riley and Mark Clifton|
|1954||Demolished Man by Alfred Bester|
The Nebula Award is nominated and voted on by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). The SFWA was founded in 1965 by Damon Knight and, subsequently, it has brought together the most successful and daring writers of speculative fiction throughout the world. It is now widely recognized as one of the most effective non-profit writers' organizations in existence. Over 1200 science fiction and fantasy writers, artists, editors, and allied professionals are members. Each year, SFWA presents the prestigious Nebula Awards for the best short story, novelette, novella, and novel of the year across both SF and fantasy categories.