Let’s Go to the Hugos: 2004!

The 2014 Hugo Awards ceremony is this Sunday, August 17th at LonCon3. As we count down to the big day, let’s review the best novel nominees from previous decades.

Next up: 10 years ago! (See my previous posts on 1964 and 1974.)

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2004 Winner!

2004: Not a good year. It began with promise when Opportunity knocked on Mars, and Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriage, but another divisive U. S. presidential election, followed by the deadly Indian Ocean tsunami ended the year on a depressing note.

Plus, Facebook launched, making it possible for grandparents worldwide to argue with other elderly family members in a public forum. Yay for technology. Continue reading

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Let’s Go to the Hugos: 1974!

The 2014 Hugo Awards ceremony is this Sunday, August 17th at LonCon3. As we count down to the big day, let’s review the best novel nominees from previous decades.

Next up: forty years ago! (See my previous post on 1964.)

rendezvouswithrama1stUK1974: Nixon resigns, “Lucy” is discovered, and the world population reaches 4 billion. Stephen King publishes Carrie, the Rubik’s Cube is invented, and Dungeons & Dragons is released.

And Arthur C. Clarke wins the Hugo Award for Best Novel for Rendezvous with Rama (1973). Continue reading

Let’s Go to the Hugos: 1964!

The 2014 Hugo Awards ceremony is this Sunday, August 17th at LonCon3. As we count down to the big day, let’s review the best novel nominees from previous decades.

First up: Fifty years ago!

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1964 Hugo winner

1964: the U. S. abolishes legalized racial segregation, Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life in prison, and Che Guevara has a nice chat with the United Nations. The Beatles invade the west, Diet Pepsi is introduced, and Stanley Kubrick releases “Dr. Strangelove.”

… and Clifford Simak wins the Hugo Award for his 1963 novel Here Gather the Stars (Way Station) at Pacificon II in Oakland, CA in September.

 

I was -15 years old. Too young to vote, I suppose. Continue reading