No Consensus on the Best Science Fiction of 2014

What does it say that the four top awards for science fiction had zero consensus on what deserved to be honored last year? In America, the Hugo is awarded by the fans, and the Nebula by professional authors (technically the Hugo is worldwide, but American voters are the majority). Where a minority of fans, called either the Rabid Puppies or Sad Puppies tried to stack the Hugo nominees, there is great disparity between the two lists. Where these groups failed to stack the nominations, the lists align fairly closely.

Now let’s look at the British side: The Arthur C. Clarke and BFSA (British Fantasy and Science Fiction) Awards don’t align with the American choices at all, and don’t match up with each other either, with only one nominee being on both lists, and winning on neither. Also interesting is that the winners of both the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Nebula Award don’t appear as a finalist on any of the other awards.

    Hugo Awards Nebula Awards Arthur C Clarke Awards BFSA Awards
Winner, Best Novel:
  The Three Body Problem, Cixin Liu, Ken Liu translator Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer Station Eleven, Emily St John Mandel Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie
Finalists, Best Novel:

The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison

The Girl With All The Gifts, M.R. Carey

The Race, Nina Allan


Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie

The Book Of Strange New Things, Michel Faber

Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge

  Skin Game, Jim Butcher

Trial by Fire, Charles E. Gannon

Europe In Autumn, Dave Hutchinson

The Dark Between the Stars, Kevin J. Anderson

The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu translated by Ken Liu

Memory Of Water, Emmi Itäranta

Wolves, Simon Ings


Coming Home, Jack McDevitt

The First Fifteen Lives Of Harry August, Claire North
        Lagoon, Nnedi Okorafor

The Moon King, Neil Williamson

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