The Hugo Awards / Awards for the Best Science Fiction

The Hugo Awards have been given annually since 1953 to recognize the best science fiction and fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. Here is a list of the Hugo Award winning authors for the past 30 years (1991-2021)

1991: Connie Willis (Blackout/All Clear)

“Blackout” and “All Clear” by Connie Willis are two interconnected novels that follow time-traveling historians from the mid-21st century who go back to World War II England to observe life during the Blitz. As they immerse themselves in the past, they encounter unexpected challenges, including difficulties returning to their own time, leading to a gripping narrative of survival, courage, and the intricate web of personal connections amidst the chaos of war and time travel. Through meticulous historical detail and compelling characters, Willis crafts a thrilling and emotionally resonant story that explores the complexities of history and the resilience of the human spirit.

1992: Connie Willis (Doomsday Book)

“Doomsday Book” by Connie Willis is a gripping science fiction novel set in 2054 and the 14th century. Following a time-traveling historian named Kivrin, the story intricately weaves between these eras as Kivrin becomes stranded in the midst of a plague-ridden medieval England. As she struggles to survive and fulfill her research mission, her colleagues in the future face their own crisis, creating a narrative that explores themes of mortality, resilience, and the fragile threads connecting past and future in a masterfully crafted tale blending history, technology, and human drama.

1993: Neil Gaiman (American Gods)

“American Gods” by Neil Gaiman is a mesmerizing fantasy novel that follows Shadow Moon, a recently released convict who becomes embroiled in a conflict between old gods and new gods in America. As Shadow navigates a world where mythological deities struggle for relevance in contemporary society, he finds himself drawn into a mysterious and dangerous journey across the country. Gaiman’s rich storytelling and exploration of mythology, identity, and the evolving American landscape create a spellbinding narrative filled with intrigue, suspense, and a profound examination of faith and belief.

1994: Lois McMaster Bujold (Barrayar)

In “Barrayar” by Lois McMaster Bujold, set in the science fiction Vorkosigan Saga, a young aristocrat named Cordelia Naismith from Beta Colony finds herself stranded on the planet Barrayar after a military encounter. She becomes embroiled in the planet’s complex political and social landscape, eventually falling in love with the enigmatic Lord Aral Vorkosigan. Together, they navigate dangerous political intrigue, face personal challenges, and strive to bring stability to Barrayar amid internal strife and external threats.

1995: David Brin (The Terminal Experiment)

In David Brin’s “The Terminal Experiment” published in 1995, the story revolves around Dr. Peter Hobson, a scientist who conducts experiments on human consciousness and the existence of the soul. Using three identical computer-generated “souls,” he explores the possibility of life after death. As the experiments progress, unforeseen consequences and ethical dilemmas arise, challenging the boundaries between science, morality, and the nature of humanity.

1996: Michael Swanwick (The Iron Dragon’s Daughter)

In Michael Swanwick’s “The Iron Dragon’s Daughter,” published in 1993 (not 1996), the story follows Jane, a young girl who toils in a dangerous factory in a world where humans coexist with powerful, sentient machines known as iron dragons. After discovering an enchanted dragon, Jane embarks on a perilous journey through a dark and twisted realm filled with magic, technology, and dangerous creatures. The novel explores themes of identity, rebellion, and the consequences of ambition in a complex and fantastical setting.

1997: Kim Stanley Robinson (Blue Mars)

In Kim Stanley Robinson’s “Blue Mars,” the concluding book in the Mars Trilogy, published in 1996 (not 1997), the narrative continues the epic saga of humanity’s colonization and terraforming efforts on the red planet. Set against a backdrop of political turmoil and environmental transformation, the story delves into the lives of the characters as they navigate the challenges of creating a sustainable society on Mars while grappling with personal ambitions, relationships, and the intricacies of governing a new world. The novel explores themes of scientific innovation, political ideology, and the impact of humanity on a foreign world.

1998: Joe Haldeman (Forever Peace)

In Joe Haldeman’s “Forever Peace,” published in 1997 (not 1998), the narrative unfolds in a future where soldiers use advanced technology to remotely control military drones from a safe distance. Julian Class, a soldier and physicist, becomes embroiled in a complex conspiracy involving a mysterious device that could potentially end all wars. As he investigates, he uncovers profound truths about war, humanity, and the nature of reality, challenging established notions of peace and the cost of achieving it in a world on the brink of chaos. The novel explores themes of war, technology, ethics, and the pursuit of lasting peace.

1999: Vernor Vinge (A Deepness in the Sky)

Vernor Vinge’s “A Deepness in the Sky,” published in 1999, is a science fiction novel set in the same universe as his earlier work, “A Fire Upon the Deep.” The story follows two factions of humans and aliens as they journey to investigate a mysterious star. Amidst political intrigue and technological challenges, the characters uncover ancient secrets about the Spider alien civilization and encounter a dormant, malevolent force threatening their existence. The novel explores themes of technological advancement, interspecies relations, and the complexities of communication and cooperation between vastly different societies.

2000: China Miéville (Perdido Street Station)
2001: J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)
2002: Jo Walton (The Other Wind)
2003: Robert J. Sawyer (Hominids)
2004: Jo Walton (Tooth and Claw)
2005: Lois McMaster Bujold (Paladin of Souls)
2006: Charles Stross (Accelerando)
2007: Paolo Bacigalupi (The Windup Girl)
2008: China Miéville (The City & The City)
2009: Neil Gaiman (The Graveyard Book)
2010: Paolo Bacigalupi (The Windup Girl)
2011: Connie Willis (Blackout/All Clear)
2012: Jo Walton (Among Others)
2013: John Scalzi (Redshirts)
2014: Ann Leckie (Ancillary Justice)
2015: N.K. Jemisin (The Fifth Season)
2016: N.K. Jemisin (The Obelisk Gate)
2017: N.K. Jemisin (The Stone Sky)
2018: Jo Walton (Among Others)
2019: Cixin Liu (The Three-Body Problem)
2020: Liu Cixin (The Three-Body Problem)
2021: N.K. Jemisin (The City We Became)

The Nebula Awards

The Nebula Awards are given annually by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) to recognize the best science fiction and fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. Here is a list of the Nebula Award winning novels for the past 30 years (1991-2021):

1991: “Stations of the Tide” by Michael Swanwick
1992: “China Mountain Zhang” by Maureen F. McHugh
1993: “The Gate of Gods” by Martha Wells
1994: “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger
1995: “The Terminal Experiment” by Robert J. Sawyer
1996: “Slow River” by Nicola Griffith
1997: “The Moon and the Sun” by Vonda N. McIntyre
1998: “Bones of the Earth” by Michael Swanwick
1999: “The Sky Road” by Ken MacLeod
2000: “The Telling” by Ursula K. Le Guin
2001: “American Gods” by Neil Gaiman
2002: “The Other Wind” by Ursula K. Le Guin
2003: “The Mount” by Carol Emshwiller
2004: “Paladin of Souls” by Lois McMaster Bujold
2005: “Camouflage” by Joe Haldeman
2006: “Rainbows End” by Vernor Vinge
2007: “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union” by Michael Chabon
2008: “The Windup Girl” by Paolo Bacigalupi
2009: “The City & The City” by China Miéville
2010: “Blackout/All Clear” by Connie Willis
2011: “Among Others” by Jo Walton
2012: “2312” by Kim Stanley Robinson
2013: “Ancillary Justice” by Ann Leckie
2014: “The Three-Body Problem” by Liu Cixin
2015: “Annihilation” by Jeff Vandermeer
2016: “The Obelisk Gate” by N.K. Jemisin
2017: “The Stone Sky” by N.K. Jemisin
2018: “The Calculating Stars” by Mary Robinette Kowal
2019: “The City We Became” by N.K. Jemisin
2020: “The Memory Police” by Yoko Ogawa
2021: “The Deep” by Rivers Solomon

Please note that this list is based on the available data and the Nebula award winners could change in the future, also the list is not exhaustive, I have only included the winners of the best novel category.

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