Science Fiction Chronicle Reader Award

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The Science Fiction Chronicle [Reader] 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.

Year Author Book
1982 Gene Wolfe The Claw of the Conciliator
1983 Gene Wolfe The Sword of the Lictor
1984 Tim Powers The Anubis Gates
1985 William Gibson /Neuromancer
1986 Orson Scott Card Ender's Game
1987 Orson Scott Card Speaker for the Dead
1988 Gene Wolfe The Urth of the New Sun
1989 C. J. Cherryh Cyteen
1990 George Alec Effinger A Fire in the Sun
1991 Dan Simmons The Fall of Hyperion
1992 Michael Swanwick Stations of the Tide
1993 Vernor Vinge A Fire Upon the Deep
1994 Greg Bear Moving Mars
1995 Michael Bishop Brittle Innings
1996 Neal Stephenson The Diamond Age
1997 Bruce Sterling Holy Fire
1998 Dan Simmons The Rise of Endymion

After 1998 the awards were discontinued.

Award Website 19821988
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