We’re pleased to share the cover for Jo Walton’s An Informal History of the Hugos, publishing in July 2017 with Tor Books. The book collects a series of essays written by Walton—herself a winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards—for Tor.com, surveying the Hugo finalists and winners from 1953 up to the year 2000. Engaged, passionate, and consistently entertaining, this is an excellent companion to Walton’s previous essay collection, What Makes This Book So Great.
Learn more about the collection and check out the full cover below!
An Informal History of the Hugos publishes July 4, 2017 from Tor Books. From the catalog copy:
The Hugo Awards, named after pioneer science-fiction publisher Hugo Gernsback, and voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Society, have been given out since 1953. They are widely considered the most prestigious award in science fiction.
Between 2010 and 2013, Jo Walton wrote a series of posts for Tor.com, surveying the Hugo finalists and winners from the award’s inception up to the year 2000. Her contention was that each year’s full set of finalists generally tells a meaningful story about the state of science fiction at that time.
Walton’s cheerfully opinionated and vastly well-informed posts provoked valuable conversation among the field’s historians. Now these posts, lightly revised, have been gathered into this book, along with a small selection of the comments posted by SF luminaries such as Rich Horton, Gardner Dozois, and the late David G. Hartwell.
Engaged, passionate, and consistently entertaining, this is a book for the many who enjoyed Walton’s previous collection of writing from Tor.com, the Locus Award-winning What Makes This Book So Great.