David Brin's Startide Rising takes off, but could use more gravity

Dolphin starship pilots! Chimpanzee scientists! Hordes of vicious aliens! And a fleet of billion-year-old warships connected to a galactic conspiracy. 1984's Hugo-winning novel Startide Rising has everything — yet something important is missing. » 10/22/11 11:00am 10/22/11 11:00am

In which a great work is finally completed: Isaac Asimov's Forward the…

Though not without its flaws, Forward the Foundation is a fascinating book, in which both author Isaac Asimov and his hero scientist Hari Seldon strive to finish the works that would define them after they were gone. » 5/15/11 7:00am 5/15/11 7:00am

In Prelude to Foundation, Isaac Asimov delves into psychohistory's…

In the prequel Prelude to Foundation, Isaac Asimov takes us back to see how psychohistory, the science that saved humanity, was born — and it's kind of a crazy ride. Knife fights, mustaches, and high-level math await! » 5/14/11 12:00pm 5/14/11 12:00pm

Home again, home again, in so many ways: Isaac Asimov's Foundation and…

Having determined the fate of the galaxy, our intrepid space travelers move on to the next task at hand — finding the long-lost planet where humanity was born. It's a strange trip into yesteryear, in Isaac Asimov's Foundation and Earth. » 5/13/11 3:30pm 5/13/11 3:30pm

Foundation's Edge by Isaac Asimov: The end is the beginning is the end

Three decades after his Foundation stories became classics, Isaac Asimov returned to that universe. In Hugo winner Foundation's Edge, he covers old ground and new, and shows how a whole galaxy can work in harmony, in more than one sense. » 5/12/11 3:00pm 5/12/11 3:00pm

Mind games and mysteries abound in Isaac Asimov's Second Foundation

The Mule has disrupted Hari Seldon's plan, and nothing can save the Foundation. Unless — yes! There's another Foundation, hidden away at Star's End. Or is there? Let's find out, as we dig into Second Foundation, by Isaac Asimov. » 5/11/11 3:44pm 5/11/11 3:44pm

In which events take a generally darker turn: Foundation and Empire by…

Hari Seldon's plan is working perfectly, and thanks to psychohistory, the Foundation is well on its way to saving what remains of Galactic civilization. And then Isaac Asimov throws a wrench or two into the works, in Foundation and Empire. » 5/10/11 3:00pm 5/10/11 3:00pm

Isaac Asimov's Foundation: The little idea that became science…

On the planet Terminus, a group of academics struggles to survive as the Galactic Empire crumbles. With no weapons, all they can rely on are the predictions of a dead genius named Hari Seldon. That's right - it's time to discuss Isaac Asimov's Foundation! » 5/09/11 3:30pm 5/09/11 3:30pm

Downbelow Station: Here's how you write a novel

Take one highly vulnerable space station. Pack it with realistic characters. And then start a war. You'll end up with 1982's Hugo winner, Downbelow Station, by C.J. Cherryh — and a hell of a story. » 1/15/11 2:30pm 1/15/11 2:30pm

Joan Vinge’s The Snow Queen: The girl-power counterpart to Star Wars

Do you enjoy space opera, fantastic technologies, millennia-old mysteries, and terrifically wicked villains who want their offspring to embrace their dark side? Do you like women too? Then you'll love 1981's Hugo winner, The Snow Queen, by Joan D. Vinge. » 11/28/10 5:56pm 11/28/10 5:56pm

In Arthur Clarke's Fountains of Paradise, man makes tidy work of the…

If cleanliness is next to godliness, then I can't help but think God must like 1980's Hugo-winning novel, The Fountains of Paradise, by Arthur C. Clarke — even if it's all about getting in His face. » 11/07/10 2:00pm 11/07/10 2:00pm

Feminism, astronauts, and riding sidesaddle: Talking to Dreamsnake's…

It's Dreamsnake weekend for Blogging the Hugos! Today, an interview with author Vonda McIntyre about writing 1979's Hugo-winning novel, how much things have changed for women in SF, and how she hopes you don't notice the trick she pulled. » 10/24/10 9:00am 10/24/10 9:00am

Dreamsnake: The controversial Hugo winner that's no longer in print

Back when it won the Hugo in 1979, Vonda McIntyre's Dreamsnake was one woman's radical ride through a post-apocalyptic world. Too bad it's been out of print for over a decade. » 10/23/10 11:30am 10/23/10 11:30am

Gateway by Frederik Pohl: The most dreadful of Hugo winners

Long before he was named Best Fan Writer — way back in 1978, in fact — Frederik Pohl won another Hugo (and a Nebula too), for his novel Gateway. And yikes, what a book. » 10/09/10 12:30pm 10/09/10 12:30pm

Kate Wilhelm's Sweet Birds: How protecting a species can endanger it

The musical, measured Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, by Kate Wilhelm — which won the Hugo in 1977 — is an artful admixture of clones and poetry, with a message that'll never get old. » 9/26/10 10:00am 9/26/10 10:00am

The Forever War remains timeless, especially on September 11

It's been nine years since our own interminable War on Terror started. Can we learn anything from 1976's Hugo-winning novel, Joe Haldeman's The Forever War? » 9/11/10 3:00pm 9/11/10 3:00pm

Ursula Le Guin's The Dispossessed: When you want to like a book but…

After a short break, "Blogging the Hugos" is back with 1975 Hugo winner The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin. I thought it was right in so many ways — so what went wrong? » 8/29/10 2:00pm 8/29/10 2:00pm

Hey, Morgan Freeman: Here's how to make a Rendezvous With Rama movie

People have talked about turning Arthur C. Clarke's 1974 Hugo winner into a movie, but no one's done it. Should that change, here are some thoughts on how a Rendezvous With Rama screenplay should look. » 7/31/10 11:45am 7/31/10 11:45am

Isaac Asimov’s The Gods Themselves: In which scientists are jerks and…

At long last we come to perhaps the biggest name in science-fiction literature. Settle in for a long, long — long — look at what might be the least Asimovian story Isaac Asimov ever wrote. » 7/17/10 4:00pm 7/17/10 4:00pm

The first novel of Riverworld covers deep waters, but it's a rough ride

There's a lot going on in 1972's Hugo-winning novel, Philip José Farmer's To Your Scattered Bodies Go. But in this introduction to his legendary Riverworld, the waters can get a bit choppy and muddy. » 7/03/10 3:26pm 7/03/10 3:26pm