Hugo Demographics – Best Novelette.

In this post I look at the demographics (sex and nationality) of the winners of the Hugo Award for Best Novelette.

I originally only intended to cover Best Novel, so sorry if things are a little disorganised. You can find a parent post for these little studies here.

Best Novelette – some numbers.

I’m going to just quote wholesale from Wiki here as Novelette has had a bit of a weird history. Here we go;

The Hugo Award for Best Novelette is one of the Hugo Awards given each year for science fiction or fantasy stories published in English or translated into English during the previous calendar year. The novelette award is available for works of fiction of between 7,500 and 17,500 words…

The Hugo Award for Best Novelette was first awarded in 1955, and was subsequently awarded in 1956, 1958, and 1959, lapsing in 1960. The category was reinstated for 1967 through 1969, before lapsing again in 1970; after returning in 1973, it has remained to date.

This award has never been given as a shared win. This Hugo has been awarded 49 times.

9 writers have won more than one, led by Harlan Ellison and Poul Anderson with 3 each.

Men have won 78% of these Hugos (38 wins), women have won 20% (10 wins) and genderqueer 2% (1 win).

38 individuals have won one of these Hugos. 27 of these individuals are men (71%). 10 are women (26%). 1 was genderqueer (3%).

I believe only three nations have won this Hugo (*). The breakdown looks like this (it’s on wins, not individual winners);

American 45 (92%)
Female 9
Genderqueer 1
Male 35
British 2 (4%)
Male 2
Canadian 1 (2%)
Male 1
Unknown 1 (2%)
Female 1

Some flippant observations.

American men have won this Hugo 35 times (72%), which is more than double the Hugos for Best Novelette won by the rest of humankind.

American women,  9 wins (18%), have won more than double of this Hugo than all non-Americans (8%) combined.

Some graphs.

Best Novele, Pie

Best Novele, Col

My data.

I basically just used Wikipedia. I’ve included the list I used below. I’m pretty comfortable with most of it, but please let me know if you spot any errors.

My rounding is always lazy, so if you see a tiny bit of flutter you know what happened.

My only serious concerns were;

1. As mentioned above, I couldn’t find Janet Kagan’s nationality anywhere. If anyone could help I’d appreciate it. I have scored her as unknown.

2. Pat Cadigan moved to the Britain a little bit after she won her award. I scored her as American.

If I’ve got any of the above wrong, please let me know.

Year Author(s) Novelette Publisher or publication Nationality Sex
1955 Walter M. Miller, Jr. “The Darfsteller” Astounding Science-Fiction American Male
1956 Murray Leinster “Exploration Team” Astounding Science-Fiction American Male
1958 Fritz Leiber “The Big Time”[Note 1] Galaxy Science Fiction American Male
1959 Clifford D. Simak “The Big Front Yard” Astounding Science-Fiction American Male
1967 Jack Vance “The Last Castle” Galaxy Science Fiction American Male
1968 Fritz Leiber “Gonna Roll the Bones” Dangerous Visions (Doubleday) American Male
1969 Poul Anderson “The Sharing of Flesh” Galaxy Science Fiction American Male
1973 Poul Anderson “Goat Song” The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction American Male
1974 Harlan Ellison “The Deathbird” The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction American Male
1975 Harlan Ellison “Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans: Latitude 38° 54′ N, Longitude 77° 00′ 13″ W” The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction American Male
1976 Larry Niven “The Borderland of Sol” Analog Science Fact & Fiction American Male
1977 Isaac Asimov “The Bicentennial Man” Stellar #2 (Ballantine Books) American Male
1978 Joan D. Vinge “Eyes of Amber” Analog Science Fact & Fiction American Female
1979 Poul Anderson “Hunter’s Moon” Analog Science Fact & Fiction American Male
1980 George R. R. Martin “Sandkings” Omni American Male
1981 Gordon R. Dickson “The Cloak and the Staff” Analog Science Fact & Fiction American Male
1982 Roger Zelazny “Unicorn Variation” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Male
1983 Connie Willis “Fire Watch” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Female
1984 Greg Bear “Blood Music” Analog Science Fact & Fiction American Male
1985 Octavia E. Butler “Bloodchild” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Female
1986 Harlan Ellison “Paladin of the Lost Hour” Universe #15 (Bantam Spectra) American Male
1987 Roger Zelazny “Permafrost” Omni American Male
1988 Ursula K. Le Guin “Buffalo Gals, Won’t You Come Out Tonight” Fantasy & Science Fiction American Female
1989 George Alec Effinger “Schrödinger’s Kitten” Omni American Male
1990 Robert Silverberg “Enter a Soldier. Later: Enter Another” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Male
1991 Mike Resnick “The Manamouki” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Male
1992 Isaac Asimov “Gold” Analog Science Fact & Fiction American Male
1993 Janet Kagan “The Nutcracker Coup” Asimov’s Science Fiction Unknown Female
1994 Charles Sheffield “Georgia on My Mind” Analog Science Fiction and Fact British Male
1995 David Gerrold “The Martian Child” Fantasy & Science Fiction American Male
1996 James Patrick Kelly “Think Like a Dinosaur” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Male
1997 Bruce Sterling “Bicycle Repairman” Intersections (Tor Books) American Male
1998 Bill Johnson “We Will Drink a Fish Together…” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Male
1999 Bruce Sterling “Taklamakan” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Male
2000 James Patrick Kelly “1016 to 1” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Male
2001 Kristine Kathryn Rusch “Millennium Babies” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Female
2002 Ted Chiang “Hell Is the Absence of God” Starlight #3 (Tor Books) American Male
2003 Michael Swanwick “Slow Life” Analog Science Fiction and Fact American Male
2004 Michael Swanwick “Legions in Time” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Male
2005 Kelly Link “The Faery Handbag” The Faery Reel (Viking Publishers) American Female
2006 Peter S. Beagle “Two Hearts” Fantasy & Science Fiction American Male
2007 Ian McDonald “The Djinn’s Wife” Asimov’s Science Fiction British Male
2008 Ted Chiang “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate” Fantasy & Science Fiction American Male
2009 Elizabeth Bear “Shoggoths in Bloom” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Female
2010 Peter Watts “The Island” The New Space Opera #2 (Eos) Canadian Male
2011 Allen Steele “The Emperor of Mars” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Male
2012 Charlie Jane Anders “Six Months, Three Days” Tor.com American Genderqueer
2013 Pat Cadigan “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi” Edge of Infinity (Solaris Books) American Female
2014 Mary Robinette Kowal “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” Tor.com American Female
(*) I couldn’t find the late Janet Kagan’s nationality anywhere. I assume she was American, but if anyone could help it’d be appreciated.
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3 thoughts on “Hugo Demographics – Best Novelette.

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  2. I think Kagan was American; one of her photojournal entries is of a bug “found in north-eastern New Jersey” while she was weeding her yard. Another entry includes, “When we got home to NJ”. Both photos are 2005. Also, I wish her estate would re-release her books & short stories, because they were really good. (I web searched her name, then poked at the links from her homepage.)

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