Monday, September 5, 1983

1983 Hugo Award Nominees

Location: ConStellation in Baltimore, Maryland.

Comments: 1983 was one of the few times that members of the "Big Three" of Asimov, Clarke, and Heinlein went head to head in the Hugo Awards, and as far as I know, it was the only time all three were competing against each other in the same category. Sadly, all three were nominated for work that was clearly not up to their best standards, and realistically none of them should have won. In the end, Asimov took home the rocket statue for the decidedly mediocre Foundation's Edge. Asimov's win in the Best Novel category was possibly partially driven by the win for James Gunn's win in the Best Nonfiction, Related, or Reference Work category for his biography of Asimov, Isaac Asimov: The Foundations of Science Fiction.

Jim Henson returned to the Hugo nominating ballot in 1983, this time for the fantasy film The Dark Crystal, which was represented twice in the nominations: once for the film itself in the Best Dramatic Presentation category, and also in the Best Nonfiction, Related, or Reference Work category for the book The World of the Dark Crystal by J.J. Llewellyn. It didn't win in either category, losing to James Gunn's aforementioned biography of Isaac Asimov in the Nonfiction, Related, or Reference Work category, and losing the Dramatic Presentation award to the Philip K. Dick inspired movie Blade Runner. 1983 also marks the second time a Star Trek feature length movie had been nominated for a Hugo award, but had lost.

Best Novel

Foundation's Edge by Isaac Asimov

Other Nominees:
2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke
Courtship Rite by Donald M. Kingsbury
Friday by Robert A. Heinlein
The Pride of Chanur by C.J. Cherryh
The Sword of the Lictor by Gene Wolfe

Best Novella

Souls by Joanna Russ

Other Nominees:
Another Orphan by John Kessel
Brainchild by Joseph H. Delaney
The Postman by David Brin
To Leave a Mark by Kim Stanley Robinson
Unsound Variations by George R.R. Martin

Best Novelette

Fire Watch by Connie Willis

Other Nominees:
Aquila by Somtow Sucharitkul
Nightlife by Phyllis Eisenstein
Pawn's Gambit by Timothy Zahn
Swarm by Bruce Sterling

Best Short Story

Melancholy Elephants by Spider Robinson

Other Nominees:
The Boy Who Waterskied to Forever by James Tiptree, Jr.
Ike at the Mike by Howard Waldrop
Spider Rose by Bruce Sterling
Sur by Ursula K. Le Guin

Best Nonfiction, Related, or Reference Work

Isaac Asimov: The Foundations of Science Fiction by James E. Gunn

Other Nominees:
The Engines of the Night by Barry N. Malzberg
Fear Itself: The Horror Fiction of Stephen King edited by Tim Underwood and Chuck Miller
A Reader's Guide to Fantasy by Baird Searles, Beth Meacham, and Michael Franklin
The World of the Dark Crystal by J.J. Llewellyn, illustrated by Brian Froud

Best Dramatic Presentation

Blade Runner

Other Nominees:
The Dark Crystal
E.T. The Extraterrestrial
The Road Warrior
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Best Professional Editor

Edward L. Ferman

Other Nominees:
Terry Carr
David G. Hartwell
Stanley Schmidt
George Scithers

Best Professional Artist

Michael Whelan

Other Nominees:
Frank Kelly Freas
Don Maitz
Rowena Morrill
Barclay Shaw
Darrell Sweet

Best Fanzine

Locus edited by Charles N. Brown

Other Nominees:
Fantasy Newsletter edited by Robert A. Collins
File 770 edited by Mike Glyer
Science Fiction Chronicle edited by Andrew Porter
Science Fiction Review edited by Richard E. Geis

Best Fan Writer

Richard E. Geis

Other Nominees:
Mike Glyer
Arthur Hlavaty
Dave Langford

Best Fan Artist

Alexis Gilliland

Other Nominees:
Joan Hanke-Woods
William Rotsler
Stu Shiffman
Dan Steffan

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Paul O. Williams

Other Nominees:
Joseph H. Delaney
Lisa Goldstein
Sandra Miesel
Warren G. Norwood
David R. Palmer

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