An Informal History of the Hugos

An Informal History of the Hugos

The Hugo Awards, named after pioneer science-fiction publisher Hugo Gernsback, and voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Society, have been given out since 1953. They are widely considered the most prestigious award in science fiction. Between 2010 and 2013, Jo Walton wrote a series of posts for Tor.com, surveying the Hugo finalists and winners from the award?s i The Hugo Awards, named after pioneer science-fiction publisher Hugo Gernsback, and voted on by members of the World...

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Title:An Informal History of the Hugos
Author:Jo Walton
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:An Informal History of the Hugos: A Personal Look Back at the Hugo Awards, 1953-2000
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:576 pages pages

An Informal History of the Hugos Reviews

  • Chris
    Aug 20, 2018
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  • Mark
    Mar 09, 2019
    So, this is one I?ve been meaning to get to for a while since it was published last July, around the time of the Hugo Worldcon. (I know, I?ve been busy.) As most of you reading this will know, the Hugo Awards have been awarded, almost annually, since 1953. The Hugos are voted fo...
  • Sarah Guldenbrein
    Nov 10, 2018
    Well, this wasn't as wonderful and affirming as What Makes This Book So Great, which arguably helped me go from feeling a little embarrassed about my sci-fi reading habit, to fully and loudly embracing my love of the genre. However, my "to-read" list was finally, almost going to be sho...
  • Mitchell
    Sep 18, 2018
    Exhausting. And I'm glad to be done with it. But was it good. Was it readable. Mostly it was a book of lists. Lists of nominees and winners for the hugo. Lists of books that got nominated for the nebula and locus and eventually other awards. It was definitely better at the beginning of...
  • Jim
    Sep 06, 2018
    This was a fun read strolling down the memory lane of Hugo awards. However, I wanted a lot more from this book. I was expecting more literary analysis. It's really just lists and lists of titles with some annotation from memory Jo Walton's memories. What really adds to the book are the...
  • Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
    Aug 31, 2018
    Did you know that in 1953 a Hugo Award was given out for "Excellence in Fact Articles"? (The winner was Willy Ley.) Or that Brian W. Aldiss was up for a Hugo in 1958 for "Best New Author"--and lost (to "No Award"!)? Did you know that one year the Hugo for "Best Dramatic Presentation" w...
  • Mark
    Sep 28, 2018
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  • Timo
    Jan 20, 2019
    It is not so much a history of the Hugo awards, but rather a history of Hugo winners and nominees (and about what else might have been worthy of nominating). There have been very many books and stories I have somehow missed. There also are many books I have read, enjoyed and almost ...
  • Andrija
    Feb 07, 2019
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  • Kathleen
    Oct 07, 2018
    Very entertaining listing and critiques of Hugo (and other) award winners from 1953 to 2000. Includes several essays on Hugo winners and comments from others to Walton's original posts. I think at least one author/title index, and preferably novel and non-novel indices, would be useful...
  • Krista D.
    Aug 16, 2018
    What a fascinating series! Plus, this works as a massive Jo Recommends series, too; Walton doesn't shy from expressing her opinions (which improves the book, I think) and you can find a lot of books to read because of the comments. One thing that annoyed me was how many of the sh...
  • Claire
    Aug 30, 2018
    Jo and I aren't always on the same page vis a vis our favourites and tastes but this is a fabulous social document showing the evolution of the genre and it's trends. ...
  • Donna
    Sep 01, 2018
    Jo Walton's review of what won the Hugo (and several other awards) and what else could have been nominated, from 1953 - 2000. This book contains a series of blog posts along with some of the comments that were made in response to them. I loved it! It felt like a knowledgeable, opini...
  • Marlene
    Aug 31, 2018
    Originally published at Reading Reality I read these in reverse order. I started reading An Informal History of the Hugos while I was at Worldcon, anticipating the upcoming Hugo Awards ceremony. I was also looking for something big that I wouldn?t have to write up in the middle of...
  • heartmint
    Sep 14, 2018
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  • M.L.D.
    Jan 29, 2019
    So, 5 stars for the content I wanted, which was Jo Walton's take on the Hugos and intermittent book essays. 0 stars for the crap I didn't want, which was all the blog comments from all those guys. Ugh. Not only were they dull--it is a skill to make non-fiction pleasurable to read, whic...
  • Amanda
    Aug 23, 2018
    I bought this book immediately upon publication because I loved What Makes This Book So Great, also by Walton and of a similar format, so much. I was looking forward to great SFF recommendations and book reviews from Walton. This book definitely has that, but it also has lists. Hundred...
  • Peter Tillman
    Nov 11, 2018
    As always, you should read the publishers blurb (top of page) first, before you read my review, or any other. In this case, it?s an unusually good preview. There are (at least) two good reviews here, which I shall now bring to your attention: * Short & sweet, by Mitchell Frie...
  • Pedro L. Fragoso
    Nov 20, 2018
    I couldn't stop reading this book! How odd is that? Wonderful, amazing service to any lover of science-fiction. Jo Walton stopped in the year 2000, the year prior to her becoming a party to this narrative when she got her first award nomination, for the John W. Campbell (she would g...
  • Roy
    Jan 27, 2019
    Second time that I have to thank Jo Walton for a wonderful tribute to what I love about science fiction. Her Among Others captured that joy in astounding fiction, and her she has given us another love letter to science fiction by reviewing the Hugo Awards and wondering whether they rea...
  • Cait
    Oct 05, 2018
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  • fieldtoolarge
    Jan 15, 2019
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  • Nina
    Oct 05, 2018
    It's not a history of the Hugos, informal or otherwise. It's just a compilation of Waltons' columns for Tor.com essentially listing the books, stories, people nominated for Hugos, year by year, with Walton's opinions on whether the awards given were justified. Useful as a reference on ...
  • Erin Boyington
    Oct 11, 2018
    Just as with ?What Makes This Book So Great,? there?s an overwhelming number of good old books to track down. There are also many MANY long lists of titles with zero context, which I find less useful. But maybe someday I?ll be as well-read as Walton and her commenters.... Al...
  • kerrycat
    Feb 05, 2019
    a lot of very insightful, amusing, and enlightening commentary from so many readers - gathered by the brilliant Jo Walton. if you've missed some of the greats (and not so greats but moderately entertaining or worth reading for some obscure reasons) this is what you need. ...
  • Ryan Ward
    Jan 20, 2019
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  • Jefferson
    Nov 22, 2018
    For fans of science fiction, this should be on everyone's Christmas list. It is many things at once: a history of the Hugo Awards, science fiction's most coveted prize. A history of the genre as a whole. A glimpse into the writers and personalities who have shaped the genre. A critical...
  • Kieran McAndrew
    Apr 08, 2019
    This is a good exploration of the development of the Hugo Awards, which is all the better for Walton's analysis of not only why she likes the nominees but why she doesn't - even to the point of not reading them at all. Recommended. ...
  • N Courtman-Kalms
    Dec 31, 2018
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  • Josh
    Oct 27, 2018
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