Saturday, December 31, 1977

1977 Campbell Award Nominees

Location: Campbell Conference Awards Banquet in Lawrence, Kansas.

Comments: One interesting thing about looking back at genre fiction awards is that you can see how some winners and nominees have aged well, and how others have not. For the field of 1977 Campbell Award nominees, the enduring appeal of the work seems to have an inverse relationship to its finishing order. Kate Wilhelm's Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang remains a well-regarded landmark in science fiction, Frederik Pohl's Man Plus is still somewhat notable and read on occasion, and Kingley Amis' The Alteration languishes in relative obscurity. This is not a comment on the quality of the novels, just how well they have endured in the eyes of fans.

Best Novel

The Alteration by Kingsley Amis

Second Place:
Man Plus by Frederik Pohl

Third Place:
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm

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