Now that I’m well on my way to watching the Top 250 movies on IMDb, I’m slowly turned my attention to fiction. My interest is mainly in the Fantasy & Science Fiction area. Unfortunately, I don’t know of any list like the IMDb Top 250, but there are a few awards that could take the place of the Oscars for books. That’s probably a good place to start.
The most popular awards in Science Fiction are the Hugo award and Nebula award, followed by the Philip K Dick award, John W. Campbell award, Arthur C Clarke award and other awards. I collated a list of all the awards (from LocusMag) into the spreadsheet below
Very few of these books have won multiple awards. None have won more than 3 on this list. Of these, only five have 3 awards:
Over 20 books have won two of these awards.
I haven’t read most of these books. The ones I have read are:
- The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov (which I loved)
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (which I loved)
- Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card (which was OK)
- Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke (which I didn’t like)
- Dune by Frank Herbert (which I didn’t like)
That’s about a 50% ratio, so I guess this list doesn’t quite very well work for me. Or at least, my taste doesn’t match the Award critics. But maybe you will find something interesting to read…