The Hugo Awards OR I am a very bad, terribly unhip reader

There was a brief moment during my sophomore year in college when I was about as hip as reading speculative fiction can make you (which is not such a terribly laughable amount of hipness these days). I was reading ma blogs, and I was buying the books as they came out, and one day I looked at the hugo nominations and realized that I had read most of those stories, when they originally came out, in magazines.

Those days are not these days. The winners of the Hugo award have just been announced, and not only have I not read a single one of them, but I haven’t read any of the nominees either.

In fact, in the last year, I have only read five of which were published in the last five years: The Year’s Best Science Fiction 26th Annual Collection (from last year), The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, David Sedaris’ When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Holly Black’s Valiant, and Stephanie Meyers’ Breaking Dawn.

I am so far from the cutting edge right now…the cutting edge cut me in half and then moved on…

…this is why I find it so hard to imagine that there could possibly be any demand for new books…yet, somehow, there is…

3 thoughts on “The Hugo Awards OR I am a very bad, terribly unhip reader

  1. Ben Godby

    Better to let the award committees decide what’s what and tell you what you ought to read as a consequence. You can’t keep up on all those new books forever; they never end.


    1. R. H. Kanakia

      One of the main pleasures of reading new books, though, is getting a chance to read something that hasn’t been too thoroughly vetted. I think that can be important for two reasons. First, because the gatekeepers might be keeping you away from good stuff. And second, it’s exciting to be able to approach a book without knowing that it’s supposed to be good.

  2. David Barron

    I read ‘The Windup Girl’ before it was cool. Er, before I had heard of its nomination, at least.

    I put down “Bridesicle” after the first paragraph, so I suppose that confirms my view that things are good or not good independent of awards. (But now I’ll go back and give it another try…)

    I guess my point is, I will cheerfully accept any rewards that get thrust at me.

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