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The Hugo Awards and the Nebula Awards are the traditional yardsticks for fantasy and science fiction writing and have been for decades. Winners are guaranteed a place in literary history and first editions of these acclaimed novels have become highly collectable.

If money was no object and you wanted to create the ultimate modern science fiction and fantasy rare book collection in a single swoop, then you missed the boat - recently The Fine Books Company in Rochester, Michigan, offered first editions of all the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novels for a cool $116,530 (£85,000). The collection has now sold.

The listing included 126 books covering 82 titles (many titles won both awards), and 95% of the titles were signed or inscribed, and in fine or better condition. When a paperback is the true first edition, then the first hardcover is also included. In some cases, US and UK hardcovers had been included where the paperback was the true first.

A Case of Conscience by James BlishThe Hugos began in 1953, the Nebulas started in 1965 and the list of books honored – by one or the other, or sometimes both - includes Dune by Frank Herbert, Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein, The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick, Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke, The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin, Foundation’s Edge by Isaac Asimov, Neuromancer by William Gibson, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, and Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke.

Amazing Stories - October 1926 - Vol. 1, No. 7Both the Hugo and Nebula Awards are to be celebrated not only for their recognition and reward of science fiction writing, but also their dedication to the inclusion and consideration of lesser-known writers, and the resulting publicity to them. As well, the Hugo in particular is dedicated to excellence: in an unusual option, voters can select "no award" if they feel no entrant was worthy of being named. If the "no award" category receives the most votes, there will not be a winner named that year, although that has never occurred in the Best Novel category.

Both awards eschew exclusivity, as well, taking into account applicable selections from writers whose typical genre may not be strictly science fiction or fantasy, but literature or contemporary fiction. For example, Michael Chabon's novel The Yiddish Policeman's Union took the Hugo in 2008.

The Nebula Awards are handed out by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America and their annual event celebrates the books of the previous year. The Hugos are chosen by members of Worldcon and the event is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories.

A selection of Hugo and Nebula winners:

Dune by Frank Herbert
Dune
Frank Herbert
This Immortal by Roger Zelazny
This Immortal
Roger Zelazny

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
Stranger in a Strange Land
Robert A. Heinlein

Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
Rendezvous with Rama
Arthur C. Clarke
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card
To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer
To Your Scattered Bodies Go
Philip Jose Farmer


Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
Starship Troopers
Robert A. Heinlein

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller
A Canticle for Leibowitz
Walter M. Miller

Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
Lord of Light
Roger Zelazny

Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
Stand on Zanzibar
John Brunner

Nebula Novel Winners

1965 - Dune by Frank Herbert Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
1966 (tie)- Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
1966 (tie)- Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany
1967 - The Einstein Intersection, by Samuel R. Delany
1968 - Rite of Passage by Alexei Panshin
1969 - The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
1970 - Ringworld by Larry Niven
1971 - A Time of Changes by Robert Silverberg
1972 - The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
1973 - Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
1974 - The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
1975 – The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
1976 - Man Plus by Frederik Pohl
1977 - Gateway by Frederik Pohl
1978 - Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre
1979 - The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke
1980 - Timescape by Gregory Benford
1981 - The Claw of the Conciliator by Gene Wolfe
1982 - No Enemy but Time by Michael Bishop
1983 - Startide Rising by David Brin
1984 - Neuromancer by William Gibson
1985 - Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
1986 - Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
1987 - The Falling Woman by Pat Murphy
1988 - Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold
1989 - The Healer's War by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
1990 - Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
1991 - Stations of the Tide by Michael Swanwick
1992 - Doomsday Book by Connie Willis Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
1993 - Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
1994 - Moving Mars by Greg Bear
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 - Forever Peace by Joe Haldeman
1999 - Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler
2000 - Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear
2001 - The Quantum Rose by Catherine Asaro,
2002 - American Gods by Neil Gaiman
2003 - The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
2004 - Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
2005 – Camouflage by Joe Haldeman
2006 – Seeker by Jack McDevitt
2007 - The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
2008 - Powers by Ursula K. Le Guin
2009 - The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
2010 - Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis
2011 - Among Others by Jo Walton

 

Hugo Novel Winners

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury 1953 - The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
1954 - No awards given - Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury won at
Retro Awards event in 2004 for this year
1955 - They'd Rather Be Right by Mark Clifton
and Frank Riley (also known as The Forever Machine)
1956 - Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein
1957 - No best novel award
1958 - The Big Time by Fritz Leiber
1959 - A Case of Conscience by James Blish
1960 - Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
1961 - A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr
1962 - Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
1963 - The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
1964 - Way Station by Clifford Simak
1965 - The Wanderer by Fritz LeiberThe Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin
1966 (tie)- And Call Me Conrad by Roger Zelazny (also known as This Immortal)
1966 (tie) - Dune by Frank Herbert
1967 - The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
1968 – Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
1969 - Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
1970 - The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
1971 - Ringworld by Larry Niven
1972 - To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip José Farmer
1973 - The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
1974 - Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
1975 - The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
1976 - The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
1977 - Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm
1978 - Gateway by Frederik Pohl
1979 - Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyreFoundation's Edge by isaac Asimov
1980 - The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke
1981 - The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge
1982 - Downbelow Station by C. J. Cherryh
1983 - Foundation’s Edge by Isaac Asimov
1984 - Startide Rising by David Brin
1985 - Neuromancer by William Gibson
1986 - Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
1987 - Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
1988 - The Uplift War by David Brin
1989 - Cyteen by C. J. Cherryh
1990 - Hyperion by Dan Simmons
1991 - The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold
1992 - Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
1993 (tie) - A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
1993 (tie) -Doomsday Book by Connie Willis American Gods by Neil Gaiman
1994 - Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
1995 - Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold
1996 - The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
1997 - Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
1998 - Forever Peace by Joe Haldeman
1999 - To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
2000 - A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge
2001 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
2002 - American Gods by Neil Gaiman
2003 - Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer
2004 - Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
2005 - Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
2006 - Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
2007 - Rainbow's End by Vernor Vinge
2008 - The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
2009 - The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
2010 (tie) - The City & The City, China Miéville
2010 (tie) - The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi
2011 - Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis
2012 -Among Others by Jo Walton

 


And of those lists above, there have been many titles awarded both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award. They include Dune by Frank Herbert, The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin, Ringworld by Larry Niven, The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov, Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke, The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin, The Forever War by Joe Haldeman, Gateway by Frederik Pohl, Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre, The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke, Startide Rising by David Brin, Neuromancer by William Gibson, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card, Doomsday Book by Connie Willis, Forever Peace by Joe Haldeman, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon, and more.