Tuesday, September 1, 1987

1987 Hugo Award Nominees

Location: Conspiracy '87 in Brighton, England.

Comments: In 1987, Orson Scott Card accomplished something that no other author had before when Speaker for the Dead won the Hugo Award for Best Novel becoming the first author to win the Best Novel award in consecutive years for a book and its sequel. In an interesting twist, Card's book beat out another sequel to a Hugo winning novel, William Gibson's follow up to Neuromancer titled Count Zero. On a lesser note, somehow L. Ron Hubbard's incredibly crappy Black Genesis managed to secure a Hugo nomination, possibly due to Scientologists stuffing the ballot box.

In the Best Dramatic Presentation category another sequel won the Hugo, as the James Cameron directed Aliens took home the prize. And once more, a Star Trek movie was nominated for a Hugo, but lost.

Best Novel

Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

Other Nominees:
Black Genesis by L. Ron Hubbard
Count Zero by William Gibson
Marooned in Realtime by Vernor Vinge
The Ragged Astronauts by Bob Shaw

Best Novella

Gilgamesh in the Outback by Robert Silverberg

Other Nominees:
Eifelheim by Michael F. Flynn
Escape from Kathmandu by Kim Stanley Robinson
R&R by Lucius Shepard
Spice Pogrom by Connie Willis

Best Novelette

Permafrost by Roger Zelazny

Other Nominees:
The Barbarian Princess by Vernor Vinge
Hatrack River by Orson Scott Card
Thor Meets Captain America by David Brin
The Winter Market by William Gibson

Best Short Story

Tangents by Greg Bear

Other Nominees:
The Boy Who Plaited Manes by Nancy Springer
Rat by James Patrick Kelly
Robot Dreams by Isaac Asimov (reviewed in Robot Dreams)
Still Life by David S. Garnett

Best Nonfiction, Related, or Reference Work

Trillion Year Spree by Brian W. Aldiss with David Wingrove

Other Nominees:
The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller with Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley
Industrial Light and Magic: The Art of Special Effects by Thomas G. Smith
Only Apparently Real: The World of Philip K. Dick by Paul Williams
Science Fiction In Print: 1985 by Charles N. Brown and William G. Contento

Best Dramatic Presentation


Other Nominees:
The Fly
Little Shop of Horrors
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Best Professional Editor

Terry Carr

Other Nominees:
Gardner Dozois
Edward L. Ferman
David G. Hartwell
Stanley Schmidt

Best Professional Artist

Jim Burns

Other Nominees:
Frank Kelly Freas
Tom Kidd
Don Maitz
J.K. Potter
Barclay Shaw

Best Semi-Prozine

Locus edited by Charles N. Brown

Other Nominees:
Fantasy Review edited by Robert A. Collins
Interzone edited by Simon Ounsley and David Pringle
Science Fiction Chronicle edited by Andrew Porter
Science Fiction Review edited by Richard E. Geis

Best Fanzine

Ansible edited by Dave Langford

Other Nominees:
File 770 edited by Mike Glyer
Lan's Lantern edited by George "Lan" Laskowski
Texas SF Inquirer edited by Pat Mueller
Trapdoor edited by Robert Lichtman

Best Fan Writer

Dave Langford

Other Nominees:
Mike Glyer
Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Arthur Hlavaty
Simon Ounsley
D. West
Owen Whiteoak [nomination withdrawn]

Best Fan Artist

Brad W. Foster

Other Nominees:
Steve Fox
Stu Schiffman
Arthur "Atom" Thomson
Taral Wayne

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Karen Joy Fowler

Other Nominees:
Lois McMaster Bujold
Leo Frankowski
Katharine Eliska Kimbriel
Rebecca Ore
Robert Reed

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