The Reading List

This is a list of every book that has won a Hugo Award for Best Novel, and as such, forms my reading list for the Book of Hugo Project. The year at the end of each entry is the year the book won the Hugo, not the year it was published.

There have been five “retro Hugos” for Best Novel awarded to books that would have been eligible for the award in a year that WorldCon took place, but during which no awards were given. For the most part, I’m electing to ignore these, partially because those books don’t interest me, and partially because starting the list with the first Hugos in 1953 provides the most continuity from year to year. However, I have opted to include Fahrenheit 451, because it patches the strange hole in 1954 (not sure whose idea it was to start an annual award one year and then fail to award it the next), and because I really, really want to read and write about it.

  1. The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester (1953)
  2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1954)
  3. They’d Rather Be Right by Mark Clifton and Frank Riley (1955)
  4. Double Star by Robert Heinlein (1956)
  5. The Big Time by Fritz Leiber (1958)
  6. A Case of Conscience by James Blish (1959)
  7. Starship Troopers by Heinlein (1960)
  8. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller (1961)
  9. Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein (1962)
  10. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (1963)
  11. Here Gather the Stars by Clifford Simak (1964)
  12. The Wanderer by Leiber (1965)
  13. Dune by Frank Herbert (1966)
  14. …And Call Me Conrad by Roger Zelazny (1966)
  15. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Heinlein (1967)
  16. Lord of Light by Zelazny (1968)
  17. Stand on Zanzibar by Johm Brunner (1969)
  18. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Leguin (1970)
  19. Ringword by Larry Niven (1971)
  20. To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer (1972)
  21. The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov (1973)
  22. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke (1974)
  23. The Dispossessed by Leguin (1975)
  24. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman (1976)
  25. Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm (1977)
  26. Gateway by Frederik Pohl (1978)
  27. Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre (1979)
  28. The Foundations of Paradise by Clarke (1980)
  29. The Snow Queen by Joan Vinge (1981)
  30. Downbelow Station by C.J. Cherryh (1982)
  31. Foundation’s Edge by Asimov (1983)
  32. Startide Rising by David Brin (1984)
  33. Neuromancer by William Gibson (1985)
  34. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (1986)
  35. Speaker for the Dead by Card (1987)
  36. The Uplift War by Brin (1988)
  37. Cyteen by Cherryh (1989)
  38. Hyperion by Dan Simmons (1990)
  39. The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold (1991)
  40. Barrayar by Bujold (1992)
  41. A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge (1993)
  42. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (1993)
  43. Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson (1994)
  44. Mirror Dance by Bujold (1995)
  45. The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson (1996)
  46. Blue Mars by Robinson (1997)
  47. Forever Peace by Haldeman (1998)
  48. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Willis (1999)
  49. A Deepness in the Sky by Vinge (2000)
  50. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (2001)
  51. American Gods by Neil Gaiman (2002)
  52. Hominids by Robert Sawyer (2003)
  53. Paladin of Souls by Bujold (2004)
  54. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (2005)
  55. Spin by Robert Charles Wilson (2006)
  56. Rainbows End by Vinge (2007)
  57. The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon (2008)
  58. The Graveyard Book by Gaiman (2009)
  59. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (2010)
  60. The City& the City by China Mieville (2010)
  61. Blackout/All Clear by Willis (2011)
  62. Among Others by Jo Walton (2012)
  63. Redshirts by John Scalzi (2013)
  64. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (2014)
  65. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (2015)
  66. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemison (2016)