Most sf writers have never been on trading cards either, but they get a lot more worked up about their shot at winning a Hugo Award.
Today in a discussion on Lou Antonelli’s Facebook page Ej Shumak pointed out that right after the 2008 Hugos were given at Denvention 3, Kathryn Cramer made a list of 100+ writers who have never won a Hugo.
I have been irritated enough by discussions as to why more people under 40 haven’t won Hugos, that I have spent a few hours composing a list of people who you might think had won Hugos, or perhaps ought to have won a Hugo or two, or are just plain pretty good writers —— but haven’t won a Hugo. There are bestselling writers here, hall-of-famers, and at least one person who turned down the Nebula.
Looking over this list, I think it’s fair to say that most good writers in the science fiction and fantasy field have never won a Hugo Award.
It’s an impressive list. (Except Ray Bradbury never should have been on it – he won a Retro Hugo in 2004 for Fahrenheit 451.) And the passage of time since 2008 has done little to alter the status quo.
Only four of the writers named by Cramer have won any of the 60-70 Hugos given since then:
- 2010: China Miéville. Best Novel: The City & the City
- 2010: Peter Watts. Best Novelette: “The Island”
- 2012: Kij Johnson. Best Novella: “The Man Who Bridged the Mist”
- 2013: Pat Cadigan. Best Novelette: “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi”