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Great Hugo Read, 2013 Schedule

Last week when talking about the Great Hugo Read, I was posting largely off the cuff. Today, I post with a little more of an idea in mind about how to work this event. To encourage anyone else who wants to join in, either for the entire run or just for a novel or three, I’m going to make this a monthly event rather than a random when-I-feel-like-starting-the-next-one thing. I hope that also gives it more of a book club feel. Seven months of the year (January through March and September through December) will go to the past winners. Five months (April through August) will go to that year’s nominees. Because the nominees are announced during April, that month will be devoted to the shortest nominee, the other months will see the remaining nominees visited in alphabetical order by author, then by title if by some strange voodoo one author gets double nominated. I don’t know when to expect the 2013 nominees to appear, in 2010 and 2012 it was the first Sunday of April, but in 2011 it was the last Sunday. If it’s late in the month, we’ll work something out. Likewise if we hit a six nominee year.

So, without further ado, this will be the 2013 schedule for the Great Hugo Read:

  • January: (1953) The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
  • February: (1955) They’d Rather Be Right aka The Forever Machine by Mark Clifton and Frank Riley
  • March: (1956) Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein
  • April: 2013 Nominee (shortest)
  • May: 2013 Nominee
  • June: 2013 Nominee
  • July: 2013 Nominee
  • August: 2013 Nominee
  • September: (1958) The Big Time by Fritz Leiber
  • October: (1959) A Case of Conscience by James Blish
  • November: (1960) Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
  • December: (1961) A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

Each month will probably have at least two posts, the first to kick the novel off, and the second to go over my thoughts and open things up for anyone else reading along. I’ll also try to provide posts about where and how to find the upcoming month’s novel, at least for the past winners. To kick that off, the first three months:

The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

They’d Rather Be Right aka The Forever Machine by Mark Clifton and Frank Riley

Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein

Yeah, looking ahead for the rest of the year, the novels by authors not named “Robert Heinlein” will be harder to procure. Thank goodness for alibris.

If you look at the number of winners, and the pace I’m setting, you’ll realize this is going to be for the long haul. 62 books have won or tied for the Hugo. The last book of the catchup read will be 2012’s winner, Among Others, which will come up in November of 2021. Maybe then we can double back and start the Nebula winners that didn’t also win the Hugo. Or start on the novellas. And what happens if I get a Hugo nomination between now and then you may be asking. What? You’re not? Oh, well, forget I brought it up then.

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