Annal: 2001 Hugo Award for Novel

Results of the Hugo Award in the year 2001.

Book:Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Book 4 of Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Book 4 of Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter is back! A teenager pitching headfirst into the world of near adulthood, Harry returns to Hogwarts for his fourth year. Will he be allowed to play in the Quidditch World Cup? Has Lord Voldemort and his sinister cohorts, the Death Eaters, returned for murder? What will happen at the Triwizard Tournament? Will Hogwarts beat the Beauxbatons and the Durmstran? Will Harry be one of the contenders? And what about girls? All of the familiar characters are back along with several new ones in a tale that will make this book another favorite among Muggles of all ages. There are also enough loose strands at the end to keep us all in eager anticipation of book five.

Book:Calculating God

Calculating God

Robert J. Sawyer

Calculating God is the new near-future SF thriller from the popular and award-winning Robert J. Sawyer. An alien shuttle craft lands outside the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. A six-legged, two-armed alien emerges, who says, in perfect English, “Take me to a paleontologist.”

It seems that Earth, and the alien’s home planet, and the home planet of another alien species traveling on the alien mother ship, all experienced the same five cataclysmic events at about the same time (one example of these “cataclysmic events” would be the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs). Both alien races believe this proves the existence of God: i.e. he’s obviously been playing with the evolution of life on each of these planets.

From this provocative launch point, Sawyer tells a fast-paced, and morally and intellectually challenging, SF story that…[more]

Book:Midnight Robber

Midnight Robber

Nalo Hopkinson

It’s Carnival time and the Caribbean-colonized planet of Toussaint is celebrating with music, dance, and pageantry. Masked “Midnight Robbers” waylay revelers with brandished weapons and spellbinding words. But to young Tan-Tan, the Robber Queen is simply a favorite costume to wear at the festival—until her power-corrupted father commits an unforgivable crime.

Suddenly, both father and daughter are thrust into the brutal world of New Half-Way Tree. Here monstrous creatures from folklore are real, and the humans are violent outcasts in the wilds. Here Tan-Tan must reach into the heart of myth—and become the Robber Queen herself. For only the Robber Queen’s legendary powers can save her life… and set her free.

Book:The Sky Road

The Sky Road

Ken MacLeod

Centuries after the catastrophic Deliverance, humanity is again reaching into space. And Clovis, a young scholar working in the spaceship-construction yard, could make the difference between success and failure. For his mysterious new lover, Merrial, has seduced him into the idea of extrapolating the ship’s future from the dark archives of the past.

A past in which, centuries before, Myra Godwin faced the end of a different space age—her rockets redundant, her people rebellious, and her borders defenseless against the Sino-Soviet Union. As Myra appealed to the crumbling West for help, she found history turning on her own strange past—and on the terrible decisions she faces now.

Decisions which, centuries later, will determine the direction of the new space age. Merrial’s people, the mysterious “tinkers,” know this. And they know that the truth lies in the secret files left by Myra Godwin.

Book:A Storm of Swords

A Storm of Swords: Book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire

George R.R. Martin

Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey, of House Lannister, sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the land of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, the victim of the jealous sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall. But young Robb, of House Stark, still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Robb plots against his despised Lannister enemies, even as they hold his sister hostage at King’s Landing, the seat of the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world…

But as opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others—a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords…

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