I just finished reading Forever Peace (Remembering Tomorrow) by Joe Haldeman and checked it off on my list of Hugo and Nebula award winners for novels.
I decided a while ago that since I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy, I might as well read those works considered the best. I created the above list as a way to track my progress. It’s been useful as I look for new books to read, but also as a way to get into the work of authors I’ve not encountered before. I’ve not been keeping strictly to the list, as when I read several works in the “Chalion” universe by Lois McMaster Bujold after reading Paladin of Souls.
We have a used bookstore in my town that I never paid much attention to until I discovered that it had a lot of science fiction paperbacks, each selling for $2 to $3. In the last week I’ve been able to pick up several books on my “winners list,” or at least works by winning authors. When I have time, I need to augment the list to not just track the books I’ve read, but also the books I own, lest I inadvertently buy the same book twice.
A few observations:
- I’ve read far more Hugo winners than Nebula winners, except for books that have won both.
- I’ve read more than half of the Hugo winners for the last three decades.
- At some point I need to go back and reread some of the books I first encountered when I was a teenager and in my twenties, such as those by Heinlein, Asimov, and Le Guin.
- Though I’ve tried several times, I’ve never been able to get into Dune by Frank Herbert. At least I now own it, which I suppose is progress.