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Among Others by Jo Walton

Updated on February 1, 2013

The Latest Book to win both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award

When the Squidoo Book Club held a quest for members to write about " What's the next book you're going to read? " it was a fairly easy choice for me to select the book I would write about.

I am a fan of science fiction and fantasy books and am working my way through the list of 22 novels that have won both the Hugo award and the Nebula Award. These are the two most prestigious awards given out for those genres, and having read several many years ago I decided to work my way through the others on the list so I could sample the works that have been voted as the very best. The most recent novel to score both prizes was the 2012 winner Among Others by Jo Walton.

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The Hugo Awards and the Nebula Awards

The Hugo Awards began in 1953 and are awarded to the best science fiction or fantasy works published in the previous year. They are given out by the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) and are nominated and voted on by supporting or attending members of the annual World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon). There are several categories including novels, novellas, short story, fanzine and more.

The Nebula Awards began in 1966 and are awarded for the best science fiction or fantasy works published in the United States during the previous year. They are given out by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and have four categories for literary works depending on the length.

Because one award is voted by mainly fans and the other by writers I decided the novels that can win both awards must be pretty special.

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List of Novels that won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards

  1. 1966 Dune by Frank Herbert
  2. 1970 The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
  3. 1971 Ringworld by Larry Niven
  4. 1973 The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
  5. 1974 Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
  6. 1975 The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
  7. 1976 The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
  8. 1978 Gateway by Frederik Pohl
  9. 1979 Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre
  10. 1980 The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke
  11. 1984 Startide Rising by David Brin
  12. 1985 Neuromancer by William Gibson
  13. 1986 Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
  14. 1987 Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
  15. 1993 Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
  16. 1998 Forever Peace by Joe Haldema
  17. 2002 American Gods by Neil Gaima
  18. 2004 Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
  19. 2008 The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
  20. 2010 The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
  21. 2011 Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis
  22. 2012 Among Others by Jo Walton

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Who is Jo Walton?

Jo Walton was born 1 December 1964 in Wales. She published her first novel in 2000 and won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2002. She has been very successful in winning awards for her fantasy and science fiction. She currently lives in Montreal , Quebec with husband Dr. Emmet A. O'Brien. Her novel Among Others is one of only seven novels to have been nominated for a Hugo Award, Nebula Award, and World Fantasy Award.

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Among Others

All I know about the book so far is what I have read in reviews. I also know it won the British Fantasy award for best novel at Brighton's Fantasycon 2012.

Among Others is about a girl called Morwenna or Mori. The story is told through her diary entries over the time period of 1979 to early 1980. Mori was born a twin, and her sister Mor died in a car crash that left Mori disabled. Mori leaves Wales leaving behind her possibly mad and possibly magically wicked mother, and moved in with her father Daniel.

In a way it is partly a fantasy autobiography as the author was born in Wales and walks with a stick. Mori is an avid science fiction reader and often converses with beings that she calls "fairies".

That is about all I know, but I have high expectations and will replace this with a review after the book is read.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      This is a new writer to me, too. My bookclub meets next week, and I will have to pass on this suggestion to the group.

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      TedWritesStuff 4 years ago

      A new writer to me!

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      There are a lot of good books on that list. Maybe I should read the rest as well! Interesting lens.

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      Marika 4 years ago from Cyprus

      Nice review, have to get this book.

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      Stephen Bush 4 years ago from Ohio

      An excellent criteria for choosing books to read!