Monday, September 2, 1991

1991 Hugo Award Finalists

Location: Chicon V in Chicago, Illinois.

Comments: In 1991, Lois McMaster Bujold took home the Best Novel prize for her Miles Vorkosigan adventure The Vor Game. While this represented yet another step for women in science fiction, the full import of this victory would not be clear until 1992. In the other written fiction categories, reasonably solid choices were made, although all were won by men, and the bulk of the nominees were men. Science fiction has made strides with respect to gender equality, but it still has a long way to go.

In the Best Dramatic Presentation category, the bizarre Tim Burton-directed Edward Scissorhands took the prize, beating out a mostly indifferent collection of competitors, demonstrating that the Hugo voters are willing to look past the popular but mundane, such as Back to the Future III, and embrace the ethereal, the weird, and the surreal.

Best Novel

The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold

Other Finalists:
Earth by David Brin
The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Queen of Angels by Greg Bear
The Quiet Pools by Michael P. Kube-McDowell

Best Novella

The Hemingway Hoax by Joe Haldeman

Other Finalists:
Bones by Pat Murphy
Bully! by Mike Resnick
Fool to Believe by Pat Cadigan
A Short, Sharp Shock by Kim Stanley Robinson

Best Novelette

The Manamouki by Mike Resnick

Other Finalists:
A Braver Thing by Charles Sheffield
The Coon Rolled Down and Ruptured His Larinks, A Squeezed Novel by Mr. Skunk by Dafydd ab Hugh
Over the Long Haul by Martha Soukup
Tower of Babylon by Ted Chiang

Best Short Story

Bears Discover Fire by Terry Bisson

Other Finalists:
Cibola by Connie Willis
Godspeed by Charles Sheffield
The Utility Man by Robert Reed
VRM-547 by W.R. Thompson

Best Nonfiction, Related, or Reference Work

How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card

Other Finalists:
Bury My Heart at W.H. Smith's by Brian W. Aldiss
Hollywood Gothic by David J. Skal
Science Fiction in the Real World by Norman Spinrad
Science Fiction Writers of America Handbook edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith

Best Dramatic Presentation

Edward Scissorhands

Other Finalists:
Back to the Future III
Total Recall
The Witches

Best Professional Editor

Gardner Dozois

Other Finalists:
Ellen Datlow
Edward L. Ferman
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Stanley Schmidt

Best Professional Artist

Michael Whelan

Other Finalists:
Thomas Canty
David A. Cherry
Bob Eggleton
Don Maitz

Best Semi-Prozine

Locus edited by Charles N. Brown

Other Finalists:
Interzone edited by David Pringle
The New York Review of Science Fiction edited by Kathryn Cramer, David G. Hartwell, and Gordon van Gelder
Quantum edited by D. Douglas Fratz
Science Fiction Chronicle edited by Andrew Porter

Best Fanzine

Lan's Lantern edited by George "Lan" Laskowski

Other Finalists:
File 770 edited by Mike Glyer
FOSFAX edited by Janice Moore and Timothy Lane
Mainstream edited by Jerry Kaufman and Suzanne Tompkins
Mimosa edited by Richard Lynch and Nicki Lynch

Best Fan Writer

Dave Langford

Other Finalists:
Avedon Carol
Mike Glyer
Teresa Nielsen Hayden
Arthur Hlavaty
Evelyn C. Leeper

Best Fan Artist

Teddy Harvia

Other Finalists:
Merle Insinga
Peggy Ranson
Stu Shiffman
Diana Stein

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Julia Ecklar

Other Finalists:
Nancy A. Collins
John Cramer
Scott Cupp
Michael Kandel

What Are the Hugo Awards?

Go to previous year's nominees: 1990
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 1992

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