The Hugo Awards as Chosen by Goodreads – 1950s

The Hugo Awards are a set of awards given to the best science fiction and fantasy works of fiction of the previous year. Since 1953, they’ve been given out more or less annually. They’re generally voted on by those supporting or attending the World Science Fiction Convention, or Worldcon. There are several categories.

But what would it be like if those who decided who the winners are were Goodreads members? I decided to find out how different the awards would be. I will only be covering novels for this. I will be posting the results by decade, starting with the 1950s.

The ’50s didn’t see many awards given, and the first few had no competition. They were just awarded, it seemed. No other nominees were listed for the first four. I will include them with their Goodreads ratings, though. So, let’s find out who the winners (new and old) are.

1953

The nominees were:

As it was the only listed nominee, the winner is still The Demolished Man.

thedemolishedman
Old winner
thedemolishedman
New winner

1955

The nominees were:

As it was the only nominee listed, the winner stays the same.

theforevermachine
Old winner.
theforevermachine
New winner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1956

The nominees were:

Yet again, only one nominee listed, so the winner doesn’t change.

doublestar
Old winner.
doublestar
New winner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1958

The nominees were:

This is the final year that only one nominee is listed. The winner is unchanged, of course.

thebigtime
Old winner.
thebigtime
New winner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1959

The nominees were:

For the first time, we have a list of nominees. This was a close one, but there is a new winner.

Old winner.
Old winner.
New winner.
New winner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And that completes the 1950s. It’s not very exciting, since the award had just started, and we didn’t get to see many nominees for most of the years. However, after this, we will see many changes. It’s fascinating to see how different today’s reader’s opinion can change the winner of a prestigious award like the Hugo Award. Coming soon is the 1960s.

Do you agree with the change in 1959? Discuss the results in the comments below.

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