Hugo Award for Best Short Story

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Hugo Award for Best Short Story
Awarded forThe best science fiction or fantasy story of less than 7,500 words published in the prior calendar year
Presented byWorld Science Fiction Society
First awarded1955
Most recent winnerS. L. Huang ("")
Websitethehugoawards.org

The Hugo Award for Best Short Story is one of the Hugo Awards given each year for science fiction or fantasy stories published or translated into English during the previous calendar year. The short story award is available for works of fiction of fewer than 7,500 words; awards are also given out for pieces of longer lengths in the novelette, novella, and novel categories. The Hugo Awards have been described as "a fine showcase for speculative fiction" and "the best known literary award for science fiction writing".

The Hugo Award for Best Short Story has been awarded annually since 1955, except in 1957. The award was titled "Best Short Fiction" rather than "Best Short Story" in 1960–1966. During this time no Novelette category was awarded and the Novella category had not yet been established; the award was defined only as a work "of less than novel length" that was not published as a stand-alone book. In addition to the regular Hugo awards, beginning in 1996 Retrospective Hugo Awards, or "Retro Hugos", have been available to be awarded for 50, 75, or 100 years prior. Retro Hugos may only be awarded for years after 1939 in which no awards were originally given. To date, Retro Hugo awards have been given for short stories for 1939, 1941, 1943–1946, 1951, and 1954.

During the 73 nomination years, 204 authors have had works nominated; 56 of these have won, including co-authors and Retro Hugos. Harlan Ellison has received the most Hugos for Best Short Story at four, Arthur C. Clarke, Larry Niven, Mike Resnick, Michael Swanwick, and Connie Willis have each won three times, and Poul Anderson, Joe Haldeman, and Ken Liu have won twice, the only other authors to win more than once. Resnick has received the most nominations at 18, while Swanwick has received 14; no other author has gotten more than 7. Michael A. Burstein, with 7, has the highest number of nominations without winning.

Selection[]

Hugo Award nominees and winners are chosen by supporting or attending members of the annual World Science Fiction Convention, or Worldcon, and the presentation evening constitutes its central event. The selection process is defined in the World Science Fiction Society Constitution as instant-runoff voting with six nominees, except in the case of a tie. The short stories on the ballot are the six most-nominated by members that year, with no limit on the number of stories that can be nominated. The 1955 and 1958 awards did not include any recognition of runner-up stories, but since 1959 all six candidates have been recorded. Initial nominations are made by members in January through March, while voting on the ballot of six nominations is performed roughly in April through July, subject to change depending on when that year's Worldcon is held. Prior to 2017, the final ballot was five works; it was changed that year to six, with each initial nominator limited to five nominations. Worldcons are generally held near Labor Day, and are held in a different city around the world each year. Members are permitted to vote "no award", if they feel that none of the nominees is deserving of the award that year, and in the case that "no award" takes the majority the Hugo is not given in that category. This happened in the Best Short Story category in 2015.

Winners and nominees[]

In the following table, the years correspond to the date of the ceremony, rather than when the short story was first published. Each year links to the corresponding "year in literature" article. Entries with a blue background have won the award; those with a white background are the nominees on the short-list. If the short story was originally published in a book with other stories rather than by itself or in a magazine, the book title is included after the publisher's name.

  *   Winners and joint winners   +   No winner selected

Winners and nominees
Year Author(s) Short story Publisher or publication Ref.
1955 Eric Frank Russell* "Allamagoosa" Astounding Science-Fiction
1956 Arthur C. Clarke* "The Star" Infinity Science Fiction
F. L. Wallace "End as a World" Galaxy Science Fiction
James Blish "King of the Hill" Infinity Science Fiction
Algis Budrys "Nobody Bothers Gus" Astounding Science-Fiction
Cordwainer Smith "The Game of Rat and Dragon" Galaxy Science Fiction
Ray Bradbury "The Dragon" Esquire
Robert Sheckley "Spy Story" Playboy
Theodore Sturgeon "Twink" Galaxy Science Fiction
1958 Avram Davidson* "Or All the Seas with Oysters" Galaxy Science Fiction
1959 Robert Bloch* "That Hell-Bound Train" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Anton Lee Baker "They've Been Working On..." Astounding Science-Fiction
Alfred Bester "The Men Who Murdered Mohammed" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
J. F. Bone "Triggerman" Astounding Science-Fiction
Algis Budrys "The Edge of the Sea" Venture Science Fiction
C. M. Kornbluth "The Advent on Channel Twelve" Star Science Fiction Stories #4 (Ballantine Books)
C. M. Kornbluth "Theory of Rocketry" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Fritz Leiber "Rump-Titty-Titty-Tum-Tah-Tee" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Stanley Mullen "Space to Swing a Cat" Astounding Science-Fiction
Manly Wade Wellman "Nine Yards of Other Cloth" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
1960 Daniel Keyes* "Flowers for Algernon" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Philip José Farmer "The Alley Man" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Alfred Bester "The Pi Man" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Theodore Sturgeon "The Man Who Lost the Sea" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Ralph Williams "Cat and Mouse" Astounding Science-Fiction
1961 Poul Anderson* "The Longest Voyage" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
Pauline Ashwell "The Lost Kafoozalum" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
Philip José Farmer "Open to Me, My Sister" (aka. "My Sister's Brother") The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Theodore Sturgeon "Need" Beyond Fantasy Fiction
1962 Brian Aldiss* "Hothouse" (series) The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Lloyd Biggle, Jr. "Monument" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
Fritz Leiber "Scylla's Daughter" Fantastic
Mack Reynolds "Status Quo" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
James H. Schmitz "Lion Loose" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
1963 Jack Vance* "The Dragon Masters" Galaxy Science Fiction
Gary Jennings "Myrrha" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Fritz Leiber "The Unholy Grail" Fantastic
Theodore Sturgeon "When You Care, When You Love" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Thomas Burnett Swann "Where Is the Bird of Fire?" Science Fantasy
1964 Poul Anderson* "No Truce with Kings" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Rick Raphael "Code Three" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
Roger Zelazny "A Rose for Ecclesiastes" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Edgar Rice Burroughs "Savage Pellucidar" Amazing Stories
1965 Gordon R. Dickson* "Soldier, Ask Not" Galaxy Science Fiction
Rick Raphael "Once a Cop" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
Robert F. Young "Little Dog Gone" Worlds of Tomorrow
1966 Harlan Ellison* ""Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman" Galaxy Science Fiction
Poul Anderson "Marque and Reprisal" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Philip José Farmer "Day of the Great Shout" Worlds of Tomorrow
Fritz Leiber "Stardock" Fantastic
Roger Zelazny "The Doors of His Face, The Lamps of His Mouth" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
1967 Larry Niven* "Neutron Star" If
Brian Aldiss "Man In His Time" Who Can Replace a Man? (Signet Books)
Harlan Ellison "Delusions for a Dragon Slayer" Knight
Raymond F. Jones "Rat Race" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
Richard McKenna "The Secret Place" Orbit #1 (Putnam Publishing Group)
Fred Saberhagen "Mr. Jester" If
Bob Shaw "Light of Other Days" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
Roger Zelazny "Comes Now the Power" Magazine of Horror
1968 Harlan Ellison* "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream" If
Larry Niven "The Jigsaw Man" Dangerous Visions (Doubleday)
Samuel R. Delany "Aye, and Gomorrah" Dangerous Visions (Doubleday)
1969 Harlan Ellison* "The Beast that Shouted Love at the Heart of the World" Galaxy Science Fiction
Larry Niven "All the Myriad Ways" Galaxy Science Fiction
Terry Carr "The Dance of the Changer and the Three" The Farthest Reaches (Pocket Books)
Betsy Curtis "The Steiger Effect" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
Damon Knight "Masks" Playboy
1970 Samuel R. Delany* "Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones" New Worlds
Robert Silverberg "Passengers" Orbit #4 (Putnam Publishing Group)
Larry Niven "Not Long Before the End" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Gregory Benford "Deeper than the Darkness" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Ursula K. Le Guin "Winter's King" Orbit #5 (Putnam Publishing Group)
1971 Theodore Sturgeon* "Slow Sculpture" Galaxy Science Fiction
R. A. Lafferty "Continued on Next Rock" Orbit #7 (Putnam Publishing Group)
Gordon R. Dickson "Jean Duprès" Nova #1 (Delacorte Press)
Keith Laumer "In the Queue" Orbit #7 (Putnam Publishing Group)
Ben Bova "Brillo" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
1972 Larry Niven* "Inconstant Moon" All the Myriad Ways (Ballantine Books)
Ursula K. Le Guin "Vaster than Empires and More Slow" New Dimensions #1 (Doubleday)
Clifford D. Simak "The Autumn Land" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Stephen Tall "The Bear with the Knot on His Tail" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
R. A. Lafferty "Sky" New Dimensions #1 (Doubleday)
George Alec Effinger "All the Last Wars at Once" Universe #1 (Bantam Spectra)
1973 R. A. Lafferty* "Eurema's Dam" New Dimensions #2 (Doubleday)
Frederik Pohl* "The Meeting" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
C. M. Kornbluth*
Robert Silverberg "When We Went to See the End of the World" Universe #2 (Bantam Spectra)
James Tiptree, Jr. "And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill's Side" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Joanna Russ "When It Changed" Again, Dangerous Visions (Doubleday)
1974 Ursula K. Le Guin* "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" New Dimensions #3 (Doubleday)
George R. R. Martin "With Morning Comes Mistfall" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
Clifford D. Simak "Construction Shack" If
Vonda N. McIntyre "Wings" The Alien Condition (Ballantine Books)
1975 Larry Niven* "The Hole Man" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
Alfred Bester "The Four-Hour Fugue" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
Michael Bishop "Cathadonian Odyssey" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Ursula K. Le Guin "The Day Before the Revolution" Galaxy Science Fiction
Robert Silverberg "Schwartz Between the Galaxies" Stellar #1 (Ballantine Books)
1976 Fritz Leiber* "Catch That Zeppelin!" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Harlan Ellison "Croatoan" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
P. J. Plauger "Child of All Ages" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
Richard A. Lupoff "Sail the Tide of Mourning" New Dimensions #5 (Doubleday)
Michael Bishop "Rogue Tomato" New Dimensions #5 (Doubleday)
Gregory Benford "Doing Lennon" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
1977 Joe Haldeman* "" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
Charles L. Grant "A Crowd of Shadows" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Damon Knight "I See You" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
James White "Custom Fitting" Stellar #2 (Ballantine Books)
1978 Harlan Ellison* "Jeffty Is Five" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
John Varley "Air Raid" Asimov's Science Fiction
Spider Robinson "Dog Day Evening" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
Randall Garrett "Lauralyn" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
James Tiptree, Jr. "Time-Sharing Angel" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
1979 C. J. Cherryh* "Cassandra" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Harlan Ellison "Count the Clock that Tells the Time" Omni
Joan D. Vinge "View From a Height" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
Edward Bryant "Stone" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Ian Watson "The Very Slow Time Machine" Anticipations (Faber and Faber)
1980 George R. R. Martin* "The Way of Cross and Dragon" Omni
Orson Scott Card "Unaccompanied Sonata" Omni
Ted Reynolds "Can These Bones Live?" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
Edward Bryant "giANTS" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
Connie Willis "Daisy, In the Sun" Galileo
1981 Clifford D. Simak* "Grotto of the Dancing Deer" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
Robert Silverberg "Our Lady of the Sauropods" Omni
Susan C. Petry "Spidersong" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Jeff Duntemann "Cold Hands" Asimov's Science Fiction
Jeff Duntemann "Guardian" Asimov's Science Fiction
1982 John Varley* "" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Gene Wolfe "The Woman the Unicorn Loved" Asimov's Science Fiction
Somtow Sucharitkul "Absent Thee from Felicity Awhile" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
George Guthridge "The Quiet" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
1983 Spider Robinson* "Melancholy Elephants" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
Ursula K. Le Guin "Sur" The New Yorker
James Tiptree, Jr. "The Boy Who Waterskied to Forever" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Bruce Sterling "Spider Rose" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Howard Waldrop "Ike at the Mike" Omni
1984 Octavia E. Butler* "Speech Sounds" Asimov's Science Fiction
Frederik Pohl "Servant of the People" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
Hilbert Schenck "The Geometry of Narrative" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
Gardner Dozois "The Peacemaker" Asimov's Science Fiction
William F. Wu "Wong's Lost and Found Emporium" Amazing Stories
1985 David Brin* "The Crystal Spheres" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
George Alec Effinger "The Aliens Who Knew, I Mean, Everything" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Lee Killough "Symphony for a Lost Traveler" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
Lucius Shepard "Salvador" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Kim Stanley Robinson "Ridge Running" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Steven Gould "Rory" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
1986 Frederik Pohl* "Fermi and Frost" Asimov's Science Fiction
Howard Waldrop "Flying Saucer Rock & Roll" Omni
John Crowley "Snow" Omni
Bruce Sterling "Dinner in Audoghast" Asimov's Science Fiction
William F. Wu "Hong's Bluff" Omni
1987 Greg Bear* "Tangents" Omni
Isaac Asimov "Robot Dreams" Robot Dreams (Berkley Books)
Nancy Springer "The Boy Who Plaited Manes" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
David S. Garnett "Still Life" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
James Patrick Kelly "Rat" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
1988 Lawrence Watt-Evans* "Why I Left Harry's All-Night Hamburgers" Asimov's Science Fiction
Kate Wilhelm "Forever Yours, Anna" Omni
Pat Cadigan "Angel" Asimov's Science Fiction
Howard Waldrop "Night of the Cooters" Omni
Karen Joy Fowler "The Faithful Companion at Forty" Asimov's Science Fiction
Lisa Goldstein "Cassandra's Photographs" Asimov's Science Fiction
1989 Mike Resnick* "Kirinyaga" Fantasy & Science Fiction
David Brin "The Giving Plague" Interzone
Geoffrey A. Landis "Ripples in the Dirac Sea" Asimov's Science Fiction
Bruce Sterling "Our Neural Chernobyl" Fantasy & Science Fiction
Eileen Gunn "Stable Strategies for Middle Management" Asimov's Science Fiction
Jack McDevitt "The Fort Moxie Branch" Full Spectrum (Doubleday)
1990 Suzy McKee Charnas* "Boobs" Asimov's Science Fiction
Orson Scott Card "Lost Boys" Fantasy & Science Fiction
Eileen Gunn "Computer Friendly" Asimov's Science Fiction
Larry Niven "The Return of William Proxmire" What Might Have Been? Vol. 1: Alternate Empires (Bantam Spectra)
Michael Swanwick "The Edge of the World" Asimov's Science Fiction
Bruce Sterling "Dori Bangs" Asimov's Science Fiction
1991 Terry Bisson* "Bears Discover Fire" Asimov's Science Fiction
Connie Willis "Cibola" Asimov's Science Fiction
Charles Sheffield "Godspeed" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
Robert Reed "The Utility Man" Asimov's Science Fiction
W. R. Thompson "VRM-547" Analog Science Fact & Fiction
1992 Geoffrey A. Landis* "A Walk in the Sun" Asimov's Science Fiction
Mike Resnick "One Perfect Morning, With Jackals" Asimov's Science Fiction
Connie Willis "In the Late Cretaceous" Asimov's Science Fiction
Mike Resnick "Winter Solstice" Fantasy & Science Fiction
Terry Bisson "Press Ann" Asimov's Science Fiction
John Kessel "Buffalo" Fantasy & Science Fiction
Martha Soukup "Dog's Life" Amazing Stories
1993 Connie Willis* "Even the Queen" Asimov's Science Fiction
Nancy Kress "The Mountain to Mohammed" Asimov's Science Fiction
Mike Resnick "The Lotus and the Spear" Asimov's Science Fiction
Martha Soukup "The Arbitrary Placement of Walls" Asimov's Science Fiction
Nicholas A. DiChario "The Winterberry" Alternate Kennedys (Tor Books)
1994 Connie Willis* "" Asimov's Science Fiction
Mike Resnick "Mwalimu in the Squared Circle" Asimov's Science Fiction
Martha Soukup "The Story So Far" Full Spectrum 4 (Doubleday)
Bridget McKenna "The Good Pup" Fantasy & Science Fiction
Terry Bisson "England Underway" Omni
1995 Joe Haldeman* "None So Blind" Asimov's Science Fiction
Kate Wilhelm "I Know What You're Thinking" Asimov's Science Fiction
Mike Resnick "Barnaby in Exile" Asimov's Science Fiction
Terry Bisson "Dead Man's Curve" Asimov's Science Fiction
Barry N. Malzberg "Understanding Entropy" SF Age
M. Shayne Bell "Mrs. Lincoln's China" Asimov's Science Fiction
1996 Maureen F. McHugh* "The Lincoln Train" Fantasy & Science Fiction
Esther Friesner "A Birthday" Fantasy & Science Fiction
Michael A. Burstein "TeleAbsence" Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Tony Daniel "Life on the Moon" Asimov's Science Fiction
Michael Swanwick "Walking Out" Asimov's Science Fiction
1997 Connie Willis* "The Soul Selects Her Own Society: Invasion and Repulsion: A Chronological Reinterpretation of Two of Emily Dickinson's Poems: A Wellsian Perspective" Asimov's Science Fiction
James White "Un-Birthday Boy" Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Michael Swanwick "The Dead" Starlight #1 (Tor Books)
Robert Reed "Decency" Asimov's Science Fiction
John Crowley "Gone" Fantasy & Science Fiction
1998 Mike Resnick* "The 43 Antarean Dynasties" Asimov's Science Fiction
James Patrick Kelly "Itsy Bitsy Spider" Asimov's Science Fiction
Gene Wolfe "No Planets Strike" Fantasy & Science Fiction
Robert J. Sawyer "The Hand You're Dealt" Free Space (Tor Books)
Karen Joy Fowler "Standing Room Only" Asimov's Science Fiction
Andy Duncan "Beluthahatchie" Asimov's Science Fiction
1999 Michael Swanwick* "The Very Pulse of the Machine" Asimov's Science Fiction
Bruce Sterling "Maneki Neko" Fantasy & Science Fiction
Michael Swanwick "Radiant Doors" Asimov's Science Fiction
Michael Swanwick "Wild Minds" Asimov's Science Fiction
Michael A. Burstein "Cosmic Corkscrew" Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Robert Reed "Whiptail" Asimov's Science Fiction
2000 Michael Swanwick* "Scherzo with Tyrannosaur" Asimov's Science Fiction
Michael Swanwick "Ancient Engines" Asimov's Science Fiction
Mike Resnick "Hothouse Flowers" Asimov's Science Fiction
Terry Bisson "macs" Fantasy & Science Fiction
Nicholas A. DiChario "Sarajevo" Fantasy & Science Fiction
2001 David Langford* "" Fantasy & Science Fiction
Michael A. Burstein "Kaddish for the Last Survivor" Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Michael Swanwick "Moon Dogs" Asimov's Science Fiction
Mike Resnick "The Elephants on Neptune" Asimov's Science Fiction
Stephen Baxter "The Gravity Mine" Asimov's Science Fiction
2002 Michael Swanwick* "The Dog Said Bow-Wow" Asimov's Science Fiction
Ursula K. Le Guin "The Bones of the Earth" Tales from Earthsea (Harcourt)
Mike Resnick "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" Asimov's Science Fiction
Stephen Baxter "The Ghost Pit" Asimov's Science Fiction
Michael A. Burstein "Spaceships" Analog Science Fiction and Fact
2003 Geoffrey A. Landis* "Falling Onto Mars" Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Michael Swanwick "'Hello,' Said the Stick" Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Michael Swanwick "The Little Cat Laughed to See Such Sport" Asimov's Science Fiction
Jeffrey Ford "Creation" Fantasy & Science Fiction
Molly Gloss "Lambing Season" Asimov's Science Fiction
2004 Neil Gaiman* "A Study in Emerald" Shadows Over Baker Street (Del Rey Books)
Michael A. Burstein "Paying It Forward" Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Mike Resnick "Robots Don't Cry" Asimov's Science Fiction
Joe Haldeman "Four Short Novels" Fantasy & Science Fiction
David D. Levine "The Tale of the Golden Eagle" Fantasy & Science Fiction
2005 Mike Resnick* "Travels with My Cats" Asimov's Science Fiction
James Patrick Kelly "The Best Christmas Ever" Scifi.com
Mike Resnick "A Princess of Earth" Asimov's Science Fiction
Robert J. Sawyer "Shed Skin" Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Michael A. Burstein "Decisions" Analog Science Fiction and Fact
2006 David D. Levine* "Tk'tk'tk" Asimov's Science Fiction
Michael A. Burstein "Seventy-Five Years" Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Dominic Green "The Clockwork Atom Bomb" Interzone
Margo Lanagan "Singing My Sister Down" Black Juice (Eos)
Mike Resnick "Down Memory Lane" Asimov's Science Fiction
2007 Tim Pratt* "Impossible Dreams" Asimov's Science Fiction
Neil Gaiman "How to Talk to Girls at Parties" Fragile Things (William Morrow and Company)
Robert Reed "Eight Episodes" Asimov's Science Fiction
Bruce McAllister "Kin" Asimov's Science Fiction
Benjamin Rosenbaum "The House Beyond Your Sky" Strange Horizons
2008 Elizabeth Bear* "Tideline" Asimov's Science Fiction
Michael Swanwick "A Small Room in Koboldtown" Asimov's Science Fiction
Stephen Baxter "Last Contact" The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction #1 (Solaris Books)
Ken MacLeod "Who's Afraid of Wolf 359?" The New Space Opera (Eos)
Mike Resnick "Distant Replay" Asimov's Science Fiction
2009 Ted Chiang* "Exhalation" Eclipse #2 (Night Shade Books)
Kij Johnson "26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss" Asimov's Science Fiction
Michael Swanwick "From Babel's Fall'n Glory We Fled" Asimov's Science Fiction
Mary Robinette Kowal "Evil Robot Monkey" The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction #2 (Solaris Books)
Mike Resnick "Article of Faith" Jim Baen's Universe
2010 Will McIntosh* "Bridesicle" Asimov's Science Fiction
Mike Resnick "The Bride of Frankenstein" Asimov's Science Fiction
Lawrence M. Schoen "The Moment" Footprints (Hadley Rille Books)
N. K. Jemisin "Non-Zero Probabilities" Clarkesworld Magazine
Kij Johnson "Spar" Clarkesworld Magazine
2011 Mary Robinette Kowal* "" Asimov's Science Fiction
Carrie Vaughn "Amaryllis" Lightspeed Magazine
Kij Johnson "Ponies" Tor.com
Peter Watts "The Things" Clarkesworld Magazine
2012 Ken Liu* "The Paper Menagerie" Fantasy & Science Fiction
E. Lily Yu "The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees" Clarkesworld Magazine
Mike Resnick "The Homecoming" Asimov's Science Fiction
Nancy Fulda "Movement" Asimov's Science Fiction
John Scalzi "Shadow War of the Night Dragons: Book One: The Dead City: Prologue" Tor.com
2013 Ken Liu* "" The Future is Japanese (Viz Media)
Aliette de Bodard "Immersion" Clarkesworld Magazine
Kij Johnson "Mantis Wives" Clarkesworld Magazine
2014 John Chu* "The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere" Tor.com
Rachel Swirsky "If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love" Apex Magazine
Thomas Olde Heuvelt "The Ink Readers of Doi Saket" Tor.com
Sofia Samatar "Selkie Stories Are for Losers" Strange Horizons
2015 (no award)+
Lou Antonelli "On a Spiritual Plain" Sci Phi Journal
Steven Diamond "A Single Samurai" The Baen Big Book of Monsters (Baen Books)
Kary English "Totaled" Galaxy's Edge
Steve Rzasa "Turncoat" Riding the Red Horse (Castalia House)
John C. Wright "The Parliament of Beasts and Birds" The Book of Feasts & Seasons (Castalia House)
2016 Naomi Kritzer* "Cat Pictures Please" Clarkesworld Magazine
S. R. Algernon "Asymmetrical Warfare" Nature
Juan Tabo "If You Were an Award, My Love" voxday.blogspot.com
S. Harris
Charles Shao "Seven Kill Tiger" There Will Be War Volume X (Castalia House)
Chuck Tingle Space Raptor Butt Invasion Amazon Digital Services
2017 Amal El-Mohtar* "Seasons of Glass and Iron" The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales (Saga Press)
N. K. Jemisin "The City Born Great" Tor.com
Alyssa Wong "A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers" Tor.com
Brooke Bolander "Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies" Uncanny Magazine
Carrie Vaughn "That Game We Played During the War" Tor.com
John C. Wright "An Unimaginable Light" God, Robot (Castalia House)
2018 Rebecca Roanhorse* "" Apex Magazine
Caroline M. Yoachim "Carnival Nine" Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Fran Wilde "Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand" Uncanny Magazine
Vina Jie-Min Prasad "Fandom for Robots" Uncanny Magazine
Linda Nagata "The Martian Obelisk" Tor.com
Ursula Vernon "Sun, Moon, Dust" Uncanny Magazine
2019 Alix E. Harrow* "A Witch's Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies" Apex Magazine
Brooke Bolander "The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat" Uncanny Magazine
P. Djèlí Clark "The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington"
Sarah Gailey "STET"
Ursula Vernon (as T. Kingfisher) "The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society" Uncanny Magazine
Sarah Pinsker "The Court Magician" Lightspeed
2020 S. L. Huang* "As the Last I May Know" Tor.com
Shiv Ramdas "And Now His Lordship Is Laughing" Strange Horizons
Rivers Solomon "Blood Is Another Word for Hunger" Tor.com
Fran Wilde "A Catalog of Storms" Uncanny Magazine
Alix E. Harrow "Do Not Look Back, My Lion" Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Nibedita Sen "Ten Excerpts from an Annotated Bibliography on the Cannibal Women of Ratnabar Island" Nightmare Magazine

Retro Hugos[]

Beginning with the 1996 Worldcon, the World Science Fiction Society created the concept of "Retro Hugos", in which the Hugo award could be retroactively awarded for years 50, 75, or 100 years before the current year, if no awards were originally given that year. Retro Hugos have been awarded seven times, for 1939, 1941, 1943–1946, 1951, and 1954.

Retro Hugo winners and nominees
Year Year awarded Author(s) Short story Publisher or publication Ref.
1939 2014 Arthur C. Clarke* "How We Went to Mars" Amateur Science Stories
Lester del Rey "The Faithful" Astounding Science-Fiction
Lester del Rey "Helen O'Loy" Astounding Science-Fiction
Ray Bradbury "Hollerbochen's Dilemma" Imagination!
L. Sprague de Camp "Hyperpilosity" Astounding Science-Fiction
1941 2016 Isaac Asimov* "Robbie" Super Science Stories
Leigh Brackett "Martian Quest" Astounding Science Fiction
Robert A. Heinlein "Requiem" Astounding Science Fiction
Leigh Brackett "The Stellar Legion" Planet Stories
Jorge Luis Borges "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius" Sur
1943 2018 C. L. Moore* "The Twonky" Astounding Science Fiction
Henry Kuttner*
Fredric Brown "Etaoin Shrdlu" Unknown
Donald A. Wollheim (as Martin Pearson) "Mimic" Astonishing Stories
Hal Clement "Proof" Astounding Science Fiction
Isaac Asimov "Runaround" Astounding Science Fiction
Fritz Leiber "The Sunken Land" Unknown
1944 2019 Ray Bradbury* "King of the Gray Spaces" (aka "R is for Rocket") Famous Fantastic Mysteries
Isaac Asimov "Death Sentence" Astounding Science Fiction
C. L. Moore "Doorway into Time" Famous Fantastic Mysteries
Edmond Hamilton "Exile" Super Science Stories
Anthony Boucher (as H. H. Holmes) "Q.U.R." Astounding Science-Fiction
Robert Bloch "Yours Truly – Jack the Ripper" Weird Tales
1945 2020 Ray Bradbury* "I, Rocket" Amazing Stories
Fredric Brown "And the Gods Laughed" "Planet Stories
Clifford D. Simak "Desertion" Astounding Science-Fiction
A. E. van Vogt "Far Centaurus" Astounding Science-Fiction
Clifford D. Simak "Huddling Place" Astounding Science-Fiction
Isaac Asimov "The Wedge" ("The Traders") Astounding Science-Fiction
1946 1996 Hal Clement* "Uncommon Sense" Astounding Science-Fiction
Murray Leinster "The Ethical Equations" Astounding Science-Fiction
Fredric Brown "The Waveries" Astounding Science-Fiction
Lewis Padgett "What You Need" Astounding Science-Fiction
Raymond F. Jones "Correspondence Course" Astounding Science-Fiction
1951 2001 Damon Knight* "To Serve Man" Galaxy Science Fiction
Fritz Leiber "Coming Attraction" Galaxy Science Fiction
Richard Matheson "Born of Man and Woman" The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
A. J. Deutsch "A Subway Named Möbius" Astounding Science-Fiction
Reginald Bretnor "The Gnurrs Come from the Voodvork Out" The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
1954 2004 Arthur C. Clarke* "The Nine Billion Names of God" Star Science Fiction Stories #1 (Ballantine Books)
Jerome Bixby "It's a Good Life" Star Science Fiction Stories #2 (Ballantine Books)
Alfred Bester "Star Light, Star Bright" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Theodore Sturgeon "A Saucer of Loneliness" Galaxy Science Fiction
Robert Sheckley "Seventh Victim" Galaxy Science Fiction

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Notes[]

  1. Several categories, including Best Short Story, were awarded to "No award" in 2015 in response to the Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies ballot manipulation campaigns. Additionally, "Goodnight Stars" by Annie Bellet was initially nominated for Best Short Story in 2015, but was withdrawn by the author after the nominees were announced in protest for being promoted by the Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies nomination slates, the first time a nominee was withdrawn after announcement. It was replaced on the ballot by "A Single Samurai" by Steven Diamond.
  2. Although no "Best Short Story" Hugo was awarded at the 1957 convention, Hugos were awarded in other categories, hence no "Retro Hugos" for 1957 could be awarded in 2007 nor in any future year.

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