Science Fiction Chronicle Awards

The Science Fiction Chronicle Awards, sponsored by the magazine Science Fiction Chronicle and its editor, long-time fan Andrew Porter, were determined by a poll of the magazine’s readers.

The magazine was founded in 1978 as a department in Porter’s earlier fanzine Algol, and became a separate publication in 1979. The first Chronicle Awards were given in 1982 for works published in 1981. Typically, the vote totals for Chronicle Awards were very large.

Some authorities have argued that the Locus and Chronicle Awards are more representative of the best work in the field than the more celebrated Hugos and Nebulas, drawing as they do upon larger vote totals. In fact, however, in any given year, the two awards rarely went to the same nominees.

The Science Fiction Chronicle Awards were given in a variety of categories. The first Chronicle Award for Best Novel was given in 1982 to Gene Wolfe for his The Claw of the Conciliator.

After 1998 the awards were discontinued.


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