Best Novelette Hugo Category

The Best Novelette Hugo category is one of the long-time stable Hugo categories. It was first used in 1955 and 1956, dropped in 1957 and 1958, merged with the other short fiction categories into Best Short Fiction from 1960 to 1966, returned in 1967-1969, dropped for 1970-1972 and finally returned permanently starting in 1973.

The category is for fiction in lengths longer than the Best Short Story category and shorter than the Best Novella category: 7,500-17,500 words. See Hugo category boundaries for a discussion of some of the finer points of defining Hugo categories.

See also the Hugo Awards and List of Hugo Categories.

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Year Winner
1939 Rule 18 by Clifford D. Simak
1941 The Roads Must Roll by Robert A. Heinlein
1946 First Contact by Murray Leinster
1951 The Little Black Bag by C. M. Kornbluth
1954 Earthman, Come Home by James Blish
1955 The Darfsteller by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
1956 Exploration Team by Murray Leinster
1959 The Big Front Yard by Clifford D. Simak
1967 The Last Castle by Jack Vance
1968 Gonna Roll the Bones by Fritz Leiber
1969 The Sharing of Flesh by Poul Anderson
During 1970-72, the Best Novelette Hugo category was merged into the Best Short Story category
1973 Goat Song by Poul Anderson
1974 The Deathbird by Harlan Ellison
1975 Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans by Harlan Ellison
1976 The Borderland of Sol by Larry Niven
1977 The Bicentennial Man by Isaac Asimov
1978 Eyes of Amber by Joan D. Vinge
1979 Hunter's Moon by Poul Anderson
1980 Sandkings by George R. R. Martin
1981 The Cloak and the Staff by Gordon R. Dickson
1982 Unicorn Variation by Roger Zelazny
1983 Fire Watch by Connie Willis
1984 Blood Music by Greg Bear
1985 Bloodchild by Octavia E. Butler
1986 Paladin of the Lost Hour by Harlan Ellison
1987 Permafrost by Roger Zelazny
1988 Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight by Ursula K. Le Guin
1989 Schrödinger's Kitten by George Alec Effinger
1990 Enter a Soldier. Later: Enter Another by Robert Silverberg
1991 The Manamouki by Mike Resnick
1992 Gold by Isaac Asimov
1993 The Nutcracker Coup by Janet Kagan
1994 Georgia on My Mind by Charles Sheffield
1995 The Martian Child by David Gerrold
1996 Think Like a Dinosaur by James Patrick Kelly
1997 Bicycle Repairman by Bruce Sterling
1998 We Will Drink a Fish Together… by Bill Johnson
1999 Taklamakan by Bruce Sterling
2000 1016 to 1 by James Patrick Kelly
2001 Millennium Babies by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
2002 Hell Is the Absence of God by Ted Chiang
2003 Slow Life by Michael Swanwick
2004 Legions in Time by Michael Swanwick
2005 The Faery Handbag by Kelly Link
2006 Two Hearts by Peter S. Beagle
2007 The Djinn's Wife by Ian McDonald
2008 The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate by Ted Chiang
2009 Shoggoths in Bloom by Elizabeth Bear
2010 The Island, Peter Watts
2011 The Emperor of Mars, Allen M. Steele
2012 Six Months, Three Days by Charlie Jane Anders
2011 The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi, Pat Cadigan
2012 The Lady Astronaut of Mars by Mary Robinette Kowal
2013 The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi by Pat Cadigan
2014 The Lady Astronaut of Mars by Mary Robinette Kowal
2015 The Day the World Turned Upside Down by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, translated by Lia Belt
2016 Folding Beijing by Hao Jingfang, translated by Ken Liu
2017 The Tomato Thief by Ursula Vernon
2018 The Secret Life of Bots by Suzanne Palmer

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