As preparations for Loncon, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, continue, we move our attention to Gollancz and SF Gateway’s past Hugo winners from the 1960s, a decade in which – as you will soon see – we did quite well . . .
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1961 A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr. (SF Masterworks hardback edition only)
One of the seminal works of religious-themed SF, set in a post-apocalyptic future where the rediscoveries of science are secretly nourished by cloistered monks dedicated to the study and preservation of knowledge.
1964 Way Station, Clifford D. Simak (contained in SF Gateway Omnibus | SF Gateway eBook)
Enoch Wallace is an ageless hermit, striding across his untended farm as he has done for over a century, still carrying the gun with which he had served in the Civil War. Chosen by Ulysses to be the keeper of Earth’s only galactic transfer station, Wallace meets with a host of unimaginable friends from the farthest stars and is alone in his knowledge of these aliens – until his failure to age and die attracts the attention of the US government…
1965 The Wanderer, Fritz Leiber (SF Gateway eBook)
The Wanderer, set in a near-future (from the time of publication) where the space race between the USA and the Soviet Union is in full flow, portrays the widespread impact that a wandering planet has when it enters the solar system seemingly out of nowhere during an eclipse.
1966 Dune, Frank Herbert (SF Masterworks hardback | SF Gateway eBook)
Widely considered to be one of the greatest SF works in history, Dune is a multi-award-winning novel of epic proportions. Although it is almost completely without water, Dune is a planet of fabulous wealth, for it is the only source of a drug prized throughout the Galactic Empire… A tale as engrossing and heart-rending today as it was when it was first published half a century ago.
1967 The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, Robert A. Heinlein (SF Masterworks hardback edition only)
Luna is a 21st century open penal colony and the regime is a harsh one. Not surprisingly, revolution against the hated Authority is planned. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, winner of Heinlein’s second Hugo Award, was also nominated for a Nebula Award.
1968 Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny (SF Masterworks paperback edition only)
Roger Zelazny took the SF world by storm, with is first three novels winning major SF awards. Over the course of his career Zelazny won six Hugo Awards, and Lord of Light was his first. Imagine a distant world where gods walk as men, but wield vast and hidden powers. Here they have made the stage on which they build a subtle pattern of alliance, love, and deadly enmity. Are they truly immortal? Who are these gods who rule the destiny of a teeming world?
1969 Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner (SF Masterworks paperback | SF Gateway eBook)
Generally regarded as John Brunner’s greatest work, Stand on Zanzibar also won the 1970 BSFA and was nominated for the 1969 Nebula Award. There are seven billion-plus humans crowding the surface of 21st century Earth. It is an age of intelligent computers, mass-market psychedelic drugs, politics conducted by assassination, scientists who burn incense to appease volcanoes … all the hysteria of a dangerously overcrowded world, portrayed in a dazzlingly inventive style.
So: we have seven of the total ten books for that decade. Quite a nice showing – or, as we prefer to look at it: the Right and Proper State of Affairs. Next: the 1970s . . .
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