Annal: 1992 Hugo Award for Novel

Results of the Hugo Award in the year 1992.

Book:Barrayar

Barrayar

Lois McMaster Bujold

Cordelia Naismith had married a simple retired soldier. Now pregnant with their first child, she expected a peaceful country life with Aral Vorkosigan and their children. Instead, dying Emperor Ezar Vorbarra appointed Aral to rule Barrayar until Prince Gregor, four-year-old heir to the throne, could come of age.

Just months after Aral was sworn in, an attempt was made to kill him. Who would most benefit from killing the new Regent? Cetaganda? Komarr? A disgruntled Vor lord? Who will control Barrayar?

Book:All the Weyrs of Pern

All the Weyrs of Pern

Anne McCaffrey

For generations, dragonriders had dedicated their lives to fighting Thread, the dreaded spores that rained from the sky to ravage the land. Now Masterharper Robinton and F’Lar and Lessa, Weyrleader and Weyrwoman of Benden Weyr, have excavated Pern’s original settlement, uncovering a computer that has news for them: they can annihilate Thread forever!

Book:Bone Dance

Bone Dance

Emma Bull

Sparrow’s my name. Trader. Deal-maker. Hustler, some call me. I work the Night Fair circuit, buying and selling pre-nuke videos from the world before. I know how to get a high price, especially on Big Bang collectibles. But the hottest ticket of all is information on the Horsemen—the mind-control weapons that tilted the balance in the war between the Americas. That’s the prize I’m after.

But it seems I’m having trouble controlling my own mind.

The Horsemen are coming.

Book:Stations of the Tide

Stations of the Tide

Michael Swanwick

The fiction of Michael Swanwick transports readers through thought and space; into dark, fantastic worlds teeming with awesome creations, characters and ideas. From the critically acclaimed author of Jack Faust comes an award-winning vision of cataclysm and transformation; an extraordinary excursion into questionable realms of morality and godhood.

The world of Miranda is dying—doomed to drown beneath the weight of its own oceans. In the final days before the unavoidable natural disaster, the race is on to locate Gregorian—a brilliant renegade scientist and wizard who, with his forbidden technology and charismatic magic, plans to remake the moribund planet in his own image. Gregorian must be found— and stopped—before the rising Jubilee Tides obliterate his trail and Miranda is inexorably hurtled toward a terrifying confrontation with death and transcendence.

Brilliantly realized, suspenseful and compelling, Stations of the Tide is speculative fiction at its provocative best.

Book:The Summer Queen

The Summer Queen

Joan D. Vinge

The Summer Queen is the extraordinary sequel to one of science fiction’s most celebrated novels, The Snow Queen. Set in a fully realized universe of wonders, this spectacular space epic, itself a finalist for the Hugo Award, is one of the most remarkable novels in the field.

A story that spans millennia, from the ruins of an ancient interstellar empire to the planets of the Hegemony that rules human space, The Summer Queen is the multi-layered story of Tiamat, a world where the dolphin-like mers are harvested for the youth-prolonging serum extracted from their blood. But Tiamat is much more, for beneath Carbuncle, its capital, lies the old empire’s greatest secret: an enormous forgotten technology which, though decaying, continues to affect the fates of the fallen empire’s remnant cultures via the sybil-network—a data bank that binds the past and the future in its web of knowledge, As the…[more]

Book:Xenocide

Xenocide

Orson Scott Card

The war for survival of the planet Lusitania will be fought in the hearts of a child named Gloriously Bright.

On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequininos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought.

Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus that kills all humans it infects, but which the pequininos require in order to become adults. The Startways Congress so fears the effects of the descolada, should it escape from Lusitania, that they have ordered eh destruction of the entire planet, and all who live there. The Fleet is on its way, a second xenocide seems inevitble.

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