Alas, the 1980s were a rather dry period for Gollancz Hugo Award winners, with only one for Arthur C. Clarke in 1980. Luckily, the world was put to rights in the following decade, with Gollancz claiming nearly half of the awards for Best Novel in the 1990s. All eBook editions of our winners are currently available for £2.99 but grab them whilst you still can – the price won’t stay that low for much longer!
1980 The Fountains of Paradise, Arthur C. Clarke (SF Masterworks paperback | SF Gateway eBook)
The Fountains of Paradise, which also won a Nebula Award, is set in the 22nd century and describes the construction of the most grandiose engineering project of all time: a space elevator, 30,000 kilometres high.
1990 Hyperion, Dan Simmons (SF Masterworks paperback | SF Gateway eBook)
Hyperion, which established Dan Simmons’ reputation as one of the greats of contemporary SF, is the first in his famous Hyperion Cantos series. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction describes it as “the most ambitious Space Opera epic since E E Smith’s Lensmen sequence, though far more comprehensive, literate, and intense”.
1993 (tie) Doomsday Book, Connie Willis (SF Masterworks paperback | SF Gateway eBook)
Connie Willis has won more major SF awards than Philip K. Dick, Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov combined – quite the feat! Doomsday Book was her first big breakthrough title, in which a 21st century historian travels back through time in order to complete her doctoral thesis, only to land in the middle of the Black Plague of 1348.
1993 (tie) A Fire Upon the Deep, Vernor Vinge (In Zones of Thought omnibus | SF Gateway eBook)
Tied with Connie Willis’ Doomsday Book for the 1993 Hugo, Vinge’s A Fire Upon the Deep is a wide-screen space opera in which he presents a galaxy divided into Zones – regions where different physical constraints allow very different technological and mental possibilities. It was also nominated for the Nebula and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards in the same year.
1998 Forever Peace, Joe Haldeman (Gollancz omnibus paperback | SF Gateway eBook)
Also winner of the Nebula and John W. Campbell Awards, Forever Peace is a thematic sequel to the bestselling and highly acclaimed The Forever War, for which Haldeman also won a Hugo. The novel takes place on Earth, much closer to the present day, where the Alliance military fights third world guerrillas in an endless series of economy-driven wars, using remotely controlled “soldierboys” that are nearly invincible.
1999 To Say Nothing of the Dog, Connie Willis (SF Masterworks paperback | SF Gateway eBook)
To Say Nothing of the Dog won Connie Willis her second Hugo Award for best novel in the 1990s. Like Doomsday Book, it contains another time-travelling historian. Unfortunately Ned Henry has made so many drops into the past that he’s suffering from a dangerously advanced case of “time-lag”, which could jeopardise his next errand – for which he is the only available historian – and, should he fail, all of history itself could be unravelled…
Next: come with us to . . . THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY! (Sorry ’bout the hyperbole, but that still sounds coolly science fictional to us)
[Please note that it is only the eBook editions of the above that we are able to discount for this promotion; print editions will remain at their regular price. This is a UK-only promotion.]