Another book read on my Hugo and Nebula award winners list

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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.

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  1. I’ve set myself the same goal (I’ve got about half-way through Hugo so far) and I thought lots of other people must do the same thing so I created a web site that covers the Hugo and Nebula and 8 other top awards like Locus, Clarke and Campbell. Check out my site, I think you’ll like the BookTrackr feature. It allows you to tag the books you’ve read, your favorites and put books on your reading list for later. It’ll color code your books so you can see at a glance which books you still need to read etc. We’ve got synopses and excerpts as well as author and publisher info and a host of other features to help you find your next great read.

    Just as you said it’s a great way to find good books and especially new authors. I have mostly restricted myself to the award nominated books as I figure they’re a good basic indicator of quality. Better than pot luck at the bookstore at any rate. There are over 1,400 books to choose from by 494 authors so I don’t feel limited and the 10 awards I follow have enough variety in them that I get a broad spectrum to choose from.

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