Hugo Demographics – Best Novella.

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

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 Novella – some numbers

The Hugo for Best Novella is awarded to a work of speculative fiction of between 17,500 and 40,000 words. It was first awarded in 1968 and, unlike some of the other categories, has been awarded anually since.

50 awards have been granted and there have been shared wins in 1968, 1977 and 1978.

13 writers have won more than one Hugo for Best Novella, led by Connie Willis and Charles Stross on 4 and 3 respectively.

Men have won 72% (36) of these Hugos, women 28% (14).

34 individuals have won one (or more) of these Hugos. 74% are men (25) and 26% women (9)

Only three (!) nationalities have won this Hugo. The breakdown works like this (it’s on wins, not individual winners);

American 45 (90%)
Female 14
Male 31
Australian (huzzah) 1 (2%)
Male 1
British 4 (8%)
Male 4

Some flippant observations.

Again, American men have won 31 times (62%) – which is more of these Hugos than the rest of humankind.

And again, American women have won 14 times (28%) – which more than double of this Hugo than all non-Americans (10%) combined.

Some graphs.

Novella Pies
Novella 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. Anne McCaffrey moved to Ireland soon after winning her Hugo. She later became an Irish citizen – I have scored her as American.

2. Spider Robinson became a Canadian citizen in 2002. This was significant time after his wins and I have scored him as American.

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

Year Author(s) Novella Publisher or publication Nationality Sex
1968 Philip José Farmer “Riders of the Purple Wage” Dangerous Visions (Doubleday) American Male
1968 Anne McCaffrey “Weyr Search” Analog Science Fact & Fiction American Female
1969 Robert Silverberg “Nightwings” Galaxy Science Fiction American Male
1970 Fritz Leiber “Ship of Shadows” The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction American Male
1971 Fritz Leiber “Ill Met in Lankhmar” The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction American Male
1972 Poul Anderson “The Queen of Air and Darkness” The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction American Male
1973 Ursula K. Le Guin “The Word for World Is Forest” Again, Dangerous Visions (Doubleday) American Female
1974 James Tiptree, Jr. “The Girl Who Was Plugged In” New Dimensions 3 (Doubleday) American Female
1975 George R. R. Martin “A Song for Lya” Analog Science Fact & Fiction American Male
1976 Roger Zelazny “Home Is the Hangman” Analog Science Fact & Fiction American Male
1977 Spider Robinson “By Any Other Name” Analog Science Fact & Fiction American Male
1977 James Tiptree, Jr. “Houston, Houston, Do You Read?” Aurora: Beyond Equality (Fawcett Publications) American Female
1978 Spider Robinson “Stardance” Analog Science Fact & Fiction American Male
1978 Jeanne Robinson “Stardance” Analog Science Fact & Fiction American Female
1979 John Varley “The Persistence of Vision” The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction American Male
1980 Barry B. Longyear “Enemy Mine” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Male
1981 Gordon R. Dickson “Lost Dorsai” Destinies #2 (Ace Books) American Male
1982 Poul Anderson “The Saturn Game” Analog Science Fact & Fiction American Male
1983 Joanna Russ “Souls” The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction American Female
1984 Timothy Zahn “Cascade Point” Analog Science Fact & Fiction American Male
1985 John Varley “Press Enter ■” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Male
1986 Roger Zelazny “24 Views of Mt. Fuji, by Hokusai” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Male
1987 Robert Silverberg “Gilgamesh in the Outback” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Male
1988 Orson Scott Card “Eye for Eye” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Male
1989 Connie Willis “The Last of the Winnebagos” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Female
1990 Lois McMaster Bujold “The Mountains of Mourning” Analog Science Fact & Fiction American Female
1991 Joe Haldeman “The Hemingway Hoax” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Male
1992 Nancy Kress “Beggars in Spain” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Female
1993 Lucius Shepard “Barnacle Bill the Spacer” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Male
1994 Harry Turtledove “Down in the Bottomlands” Analog Science Fiction and Fact American Male
1995 Mike Resnick “Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge” Fantasy & Science Fiction American Male
1996 Allen Steele “The Death of Captain Future” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Male
1997 George R. R. Martin “Blood of the Dragon” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Male
1998 Allen Steele “…Where Angels Fear to Tread” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Male
1999 Greg Egan “Oceanic” Asimov’s Science Fiction Australian Male
2000 Connie Willis “The Winds of Marble Arch” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Female
2001 Jack Williamson “The Ultimate Earth” Analog Science Fiction and Fact American Male
2002 Vernor Vinge “Fast Times at Fairmont High” The Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge (Tor Books) American Male
2003 Neil Gaiman Coraline HarperCollins British Male
2004 Vernor Vinge “The Cookie Monster” Analog Science Fiction and Fact American Male
2005 Charles Stross “The Concrete Jungle” The Atrocity Archives (Golden Gryphon Press) British Male
2006 Connie Willis “Inside Job” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Female
2007 Robert Reed “A Billion Eves” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Male
2008 Connie Willis “All Seated on the Ground” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Female
2009 Nancy Kress “The Erdmann Nexus” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Female
2010 Charles Stross “Palimpsest” Wireless (Ace Books) British Male
2011 Ted Chiang The Lifecycle of Software Objects Subterranean Press American Male
2012 Kij Johnson “The Man Who Bridged the Mist” Asimov’s Science Fiction American Female
2013 Brandon Sanderson The Emperor’s Soul Tachyon Publications American Male
2014 Charles Stross “Equoid” Tor.com British Male
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