The 1978 Best Novel Hugo was presented September 3 at Iguanacon.
Iguanacon only listed the order of finish for the first three places.
- Gateway by Frederik Pohl (Galaxy Nov, Dec 1976, Mar 1977; St. Martin's Press, 1977)
- The Forbidden Tower by Marion Zimmer Bradley (DAW, 1977)
- Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle (Playboy, 1977)
- Time Storm by Gordon R. Dickson (St. Martin's Press, 1977)
- Dying of the Light by George R. R. Martin (Analog Apr, May, Jun, Jul 1977; Simon & Schuster, 1977)
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Some nominations data leaked out (See File 770 #6 p4.) (This was a time when people imagined that not reporting the details was meritorious.)
- The Forbidden Tower was one of the top three in terms of nominations.
- In the Ocean of Night placed somewhere in 7th-10th place in nominations.
- There was a significant gap between #5 and #6 place in nominations.