Saturday, August 16, 1975

1975 Hugo Award Nominees

Location: Aussiecon One in Melbourne, Australia.

Comments: In 1975 Ursula K. Le Guin won the Hugo Award for Best Novel with one of my favorite science fiction novels, The Dispossessed. George R.R. Martin won his first Hugo for A Song for Lya, and Ellison added yet another trophy to his collection with Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans: Latitude 38° 54' N, Longitude 77° 00' 13" W. Robert Silverberg took just enough time off from his editing duties to garner two Hugo nominations, and Larry Niven won a Hugo and was nominated for another with The Mote in God's Eye coauthored with Jerry Pournelle. None of these developments were particularly surprising.

The list of nominees for the Best Dramatic Presentation Award, however, was embarrassingly awful. The winner was Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks' send up of classic monster movies, which was a decent movie, and not a particularly awful winning entry. The other nominees, however, made this year's slate a truly awful field of candidates: Zardoz, which features Sean Connery in a diaper and an incomprehensible plot, Phantom of the Paradise, an indifferent and forgettable musical, and Flesh Gordon, a soft core porn parody of the Flash Gordon movie serials. The only worthwhile competitor for Young Frankenstein was the made for television movie The Questor Tapes, and that's setting the bar pretty low for a Hugo ballot.

Best Novel

The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

Other Nominees:
Fire Time by Poul Anderson
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick
The Inverted World by Christopher Priest
The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

Best Novella


Other Nominees:
Assault on a City by Jack Vance
Born with the Dead by Robert Silverberg
Riding the Torch by Norman Spinrad
Strangers by Gardner Dozois

Best Novelette

Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans: Latitude 38° 54' N, Longitude 77° 00' 13" W by Harlan Ellison (reviewed in The Hugo Winners, Volume 3, Book 2)

Other Nominees:
After the Dreamtime by Richard Lupoff
A Brother to Dragons, a Companion of Owls by Kate Wilhelm
Extreme Prejudice by Jerry Pournelle
Midnight by the Morphy Watch by Fritz Leiber
Nix Olympica by William Walling
-That Thou Art Mindful of Him! by Isaac Asimov

Best Short Story

The Hole Man by Larry Niven (reviewed in The Hugo Winners, Volume 3, Book 2)

Other Nominees:
Cathadonian Odyssey by Michael Bishop
The Day Before the Revolution by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Four-Hour Fugue by Alfred Bester
Schwartz Between the Galaxies by Robert Silverberg

Best Dramatic Presentation

Young Frankenstein

Other Nominees:
Flesh Gordon
Phantom of the Paradise
The Questor Tapes (television movie)

Best Professional Editor

Ben Bova

Other Nominees:
Jim Baen
Terry Carr
Edward L. Ferman
Robert Silverberg
Ted White

Best Professional Artist

Frank Kelly Freas

Other Nominees:
Steve Fabian
Tim Kirk
John Schoenherr
Rick Sternbach

Best Fanzine

The Alien Critic edited by Richard E. Geis

Other Nominees:
Algol edited by Andrew Porter
Locus edited by Charles Brown and Dena Brown
Outworlds edited by Bill Bowers and Joan Bowers
SF Commentary edited by Bruce Gillespie
Starling edited by Hank Luttrell and Lesleigh Luttrell

Best Fan Writer

Richard E. Geis

Other Nominees:
John Bangsund
Sandra Miesel
Don C. Thompson
Susan Wood

Best Fan Artist

Bill Rotsler

Other Nominees:
George Barr
Grant Canfield
Jim Shull

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

P.J. Plauger

Other Nominees:
Alan Brennert
Suzy McKee Charnas
Felix C. Gotschalk
Brenda Pearce
John Varley

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