I’m starting to think the Hugo Awards are kind of silly and stupid

The Hugo Awards are given each year for great works in science fiction and fantasy for the prior year. This year’s winner for Best Novel is two novels, Blackout and All Clear by Connie Willis.

Blackout was published first and then All Clear was published as a sequel. How can two books win one award? It sounds like a basic math problem to me. Since both books won the Hugo, does this mean Willis gets two fancy rocket trophies?

No, she doesn’t.

Blackout isn’t even the beginning of the story. The story begins with Doomsday Book, published in 1992. I tried reading it awhile ago, but I found it to be a tad boring. The pacing was slow. Reading it made me feel as though I had taken a fistful of Excedrin PM and washed it down with a forty of malt liquor.

I wanted to read it. I really did. It involves time travel, a genre I love, and it won the Hugo in 1993. For a book to win such a respected award, it has to be good, right?

Right.

Let this be a lesson to sci-fi authors everywhere. If you want to win the Hugo for Best Novel, write two novels, not just one. A single novel just wont cut it.

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