I’ve been thinking about this for a while. It’s nothing ground-breaking, so don’t go getting excited. I’ve decided to read my way through the Hugo Best Novel Award winners. I know it’s been done before. I’m sure it’s been done better than I will do it. I don’t have a new spin or a gimmick to make it interesting because, really, I’m not doing it for anyone but me. The more I read the more I’m aware of holes in my reading and I want to fill in and broaden my knowledge a bit. I also want a project. I do love a project.
So I’m going to do this thing. Without any kind of time limit or pressure. I have only three rules for myself:
- I’m aiming to read all the winners up to around the year 2000 in as near to chronological order as I can (acquisition permitting).
- If something on the list is part of a series I will try to read all of the series (because I wouldn’t be able not to).
- I will ignore the Retro-Hugos, and also the short fiction and novella winners. The latter not because I don’t care, but because I think that getting hold of some of the short fiction and novellas is going to be pretty hard and I don’t want to set myself up to fail.
I will be using Jo Walton’s An Informal History of the Hugos as a rough guide because I loved these posts and the discussions they sparked on tor.com and as I have them all in this handy book format it would be silly not to refer to them when I need to.
I’ve made a page here for this project so I can keep an eye on my progress (I will add links to my posts as I go along). And … that’s all really.
The thing I’m most excited about right at this minute is my kickass banner above. Took me all morning that did. Seriously though, I am pretty stoked to do this … I think I might learn something!