Monday, September 3, 1973

1973 Hugo Award Nominees

Location: Torcon II in Toronto, Canada.

Comments: In 1973, after complaining about being overlooked for years, Isaac Asimov finally won a Hugo Award, taking home the trophy for his novel The Gods Themselves. Also in 1973, the Best Professional Magazine Award was eliminated and replaced by the Best Professional Editor Award, which went to Ben Bova who had taken over the reins at Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact in 1972 following the death of John W. Campbell, Jr.

The nominee list for this year also highlights yet again what a prolific writer Robert Silverberg has been throughout his career, as once again he had two novels and a short story nominated for awards. Given how often he shows up on the nominee lists, I have to wonder if Silverberg actually slept during the 1970s, or just kept writing twenty-four hours a day for weeks on end.

Best Novel

The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov

Other Nominees:
The Book of Skulls by Robert Silverberg
A Choice of Gods by Clifford D. Simak
Dying Inside by Robert Silverberg
There Will Be Time by Poul Anderson
When H.A.R.L.I.E. Was One by David Gerrold

Best Novella

The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. Le Guin (reviewed in The Hugo Winners, Volume 3, Book 2)

Other Nominees:
The Fifth Head of Cerberus by Gene Wolfe
The Gold at the Starbow's End by Frederik Pohl
Hero by Joe Haldeman
The Mercenary by Jerry Pournelle

Best Novelette


Other Nominees:
Basilisk by Harlan Ellison
A Kingdom by the Sea by Gardner Dozois
Painwise by James Tiptree, Jr.
Patron of the Arts by William Rotsler

Best Short Story

(tie) Eurema's Dam by R.A. Lafferty (reviewed in The Hugo Winners, Volume 3, Book 2)

Other Nominees:
And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill's Side by James Tiptree, Jr.
When It Changed by Joanna Russ
When We Went to See the End of the World by Robert Silverberg

Best Dramatic Presentation


Other Nominees:
Between Time and Timbuktu (television movie)
The People (television movie)
Silent Running

Best Professional Editor

Ben Bova

Other Nominees:
Terry Carr
Edward L. Ferman
Ted White
Donald A. Wollheim

Best Professional Artist

Frank Kelly Freas

Other Nominees:
Vincent Di Fate
Jack Gaughan
Mike Hinge
John Schoenherr

Best Fanzine

Energumen edited by Michael Glicksohn and Susan Wood Glicksohn

Other Nominees:
Algol edited by Andrew Porter
Granfalloon edited by Ron and Linda Bushyager
Locus edited by Charles Brown and Dena Brown
SF Commentary edited by Bruce Gillespie

Best Fan Writer

Terry Carr

Other Nominees:
Charles Brown
Richard E. Geis
Susan Glicksohn
Sandra Miesel
Rosemary Ullyot

Best Fan Artist

Tim Kirk

Other Nominees:
Grant Canfield
Bill Rotsler
Jim Shull
Arthur Thomson

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Jerry Pournelle

Other Nominees:
Ruth Berman
Geo. Alec Effinger
George R.R. Martin
Robert Thurston
Lisa Tuttle

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