10 Years of Hugo Awards List

Need an Award Winning Sci-Fi Book Recommendation?

Well here are the last 10 years of Hugo Award winners. What are the Hugo Awards? Well... The Hugo Awards, first presented in 1953 and presented annually since 1955, are science fiction’s most prestigious award. The Hugo Awards are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”), which is also responsible for administering them. So now you know! You can visit them HERE. But back to the list. And the winners go to...

The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin -- 2018

The Stone Sky is the concluding book to the amazing post-apocalyptic and NYTimes best selling The Broken Earth trilogy that started with The Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate. It is always amazing when an author can win 3 Hugo awards, let alone 3 in a row, let alone 1 for each of a trilogy. Flipping amazing. Depth, originality, complexity, and vivid plots and characters. Worth the investment. Click on the book to buy!

The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin -- 2017

The Obelisk Gate is the sequel to The Fifth Season and the 2nd book in The Broken Earth trilogy. Beyond the meticulous pacing, the thorough character work, and the staggering ambition and revelations of the narration, Jemisin is telling a story of our present, our failures, our actions in the face of repeated trauma, our responses to the heat and pressure of our times. Her accomplishment in this series is tremendous. It pole-vaults over the expectations I had for what epic fantasy should be and stands in magnificent testimony to what it could be. Again, what a great book and well worth the read. Click on the book to buy!

The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin -- 2016

The Fifth Season is the first novel in The Broken Earth trilogy and the novel that started it all. All I can say is that Jemisin challenges your mind in a way not done by most SF authors. From the Amazon description: A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter.  It starts with betrayal, and long-dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy. Click on the book to buy! Or  Buy the whole Trilogy Here.

The Three Body Problem, by Cixin Liu -- 2015

The Three-Body Problem is actually the first of a trilogy called The Remembrance of Earth's Past Trilogy. And the author, Liu Cixin, is probably China's most beloved science fiction writer. It is honestly a fantastic book. Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision. Click on the book to buy!

Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie -- 2014

Ancillary Justice is the first of the NYTimes bestselling trilogy of the Ancillary World. Is it me or do all of these Hugo awards authors cash in and write a few more books in the same world? Anyway, Ancillary Justice is the only novel ever to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards. The should be named something like the Trilogy Crown or something. I like that. Copywrited. On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Once, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance. Action - Intrigue - Strong Female Lead. I'm sold. Click on the book to buy! Or Buy the Trilogy Here.

Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas, by John Scalzi -- 2013

RedShirts is another book by Scalzi. I just keep hearing this guy's name. And why do all of his books need to be so dam entertaining?! Life couldn't be better for Ensign Andrew Dahl aborad his newly assigned ship...until Andrew begins to realize that 1) every Away Mission involves a lethal confrontation with alien forces, 2) the ship's senior officers always survive these confrontations, and 3) sadly, at least one low-ranking crew member is invariably killed. Unsurprisingly, the savvier crew members belowdecks avoid Away Missions at all costs. A crazy high-risk space adventure sounds right up my alley. By the way, I read ever one of the Old Man's War Series. Click on the book cover to buy!

Among Others, by Jo Walton -- 2012

Among Others was an absolute pleasure to read and an amazing book to have won The Hugo Award. This book is not like the others. But almost better, because it plays in a world of speculative fiction or hard fiction, yet this book is soft, fleeting, yet just as powerful. Startling, unusual, and yet irresistibly readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment. Click the book cover to buy!

Blackout/All Clear, by Connie Willis -- 2011

Blackout/All Clear are two separate books of historical speculative fiction. Willis does an amazing job as usual. Oxford in 2060 is a chaotic place, with scores of time travelling historians being sent into the past. Michael Davies is prepping to go to Pearl Harbor. Merope Ward is coping with a bunch of bratty 1940 evacuees and trying to talk her thesis adviser into letting her go to VE-Day. Polly Churchill’s next assignment will be as a shopgirl in the middle of London’s Blitz. But now the time-travel lab is suddenly cancelling assignments and switching around everyone’s schedules. And when Michael, Merope, and Polly finally get to World War II, things just get worse. Click on the cover to buy the book! And get the Second one Here!

The City & The City, by China Miéville -- 2010

City & City was not only a Hugo Award-winning book but it was also named one of the best books of the year by The LA Times, The Seattle Times, and Publishers Weekly. I thought it was fantastic. A mind trip of a hard detective novel diving head first into the belly of the city and depths of the soul. When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad. To investigate, Borlú must travel from the decaying Beszel to its equal, rival, and intimate neighbour, the vibrant city of Ul Qoma. But this is a border crossing like no other, a journey as psychic as it is physical, a seeing of the unseen. Future Cops GO! Click on the cover to buy the book!

The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman -- 2009

The Graveyard Book won both the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal, like actual literature awards. Also, you had me at Neil G. So, here is another weird ass book but somehow it's fantastic. Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place—he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their ghostly teachings—such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him. Click the book cover to buy!

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