Comments: 1996 represents a clear turnaround from 1994, when apparently no science fiction novel was good enough to win the Campbell Award, because in this year the first and the second place novels were both deserving of the top prize. Both Stephen Baxter and Neal Stephenson are brilliant, although very different, writers, and The Time Ships and The Diamond Age are both examples of them at the top of their respective games. Unfortunately for Stephenson, the judges didn't see fit to place his novel in a tie for first place, and Baxter walked away with the trophy.
The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
Chaga (aka Evolution's Shore) by Ian McDonald
Go to previous year's nominees: 1995
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 1997
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