1982 Hugo Awards

1982 Hugo Award Trophy Presented at: Chicon IV, Chicago, September 2-6, 1982

Toastmaster: Marta Randall

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Best Novel

  • Downbelow Station by C. J. Cherryh [DAW, 1981]
  • The Claw of the Conciliator by Gene Wolfe [Timescape, 1981]
  • The Many-Colored Land by Julian May [Houghton Mifflin, 1981]
  • Project Pope by Clifford D. Simak [Ballantine Del Rey, 1981]
  • Little, Big by John Crowley [Bantam, 1981]

Best Novella

  • “The Saturn Game” by Poul Anderson [Analog Feb 1981]
  • “In the Western Tradition” by Phyllis Eisenstein [F&SF Mar 1981]
  • “Blue Champagne” by John Varley [New Voices #4, 1981]
  • “With Thimbles, with Forks, and Hope” by Kate Wilhelm [Asimov’s Nov 1981]
  • “True Names” by Vernor Vinge [Binary Star #5, 1981]
  • “Emergence” by David R. Palmer [Analog Jan 1981]

Best Novelette

  • “Unicorn Variation” by Roger Zelazny [Asimov’s Apr 1981]
  • “Guardians” by George R. R. Martin [Analog Oct 1981]
  • “The Thermals of August” by Edward Bryant [F&SF May 1981]
  • “The Fire When It Comes” by Parke Godwin [F&SF May 1981]
  • “The Quickening” by Michael Bishop [Universe 11, 1981]

Best Short Story

  • “The Pusher” by John Varley [F&SF Oct 1981]
  • “The Woman the Unicorn Loved” by Gene Wolfe [Asimov’s Jun 1981]
  • “Absent Thee from Felicity Awhile…” by Somtow Sucharitkul [Analog Sep 1981]
  • “The Quiet” by George Florance-Guthridge [F&SF Jul 1981]

Best Related Non-Fiction Book

  • Danse Macabre by Stephen King [Everest, 1981]
  • The Art of Leo & Diane Dillon by Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon and Byron Preiss [Ballantine, 1981]
  • The Grand Tour by Ron Miller and William K. Hartmann [Workman, 1981]
  • After Man by Dougal Dixon [Macmillan, 1981]
  • Anatomy of Wonder, Second Edition by Neil Barron [R.R. Bowker, 1981]

Best Dramatic Presentation

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) [Lucasfilm] Directed by Steven Spielberg; Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan; Story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman
  • Time Bandits (1981) [Handmade Films] Directed by Terry Gilliam; Written by Michael Palin & Terry Gilliam
  • Excalibur (1981) [Warner Brothers] Directed by John Boorman; Screenplay by Rospo Pallenberg and John Boorman; Adaptation by Rospo Pallenberg; based on the book Le Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Malory
  • Dragonslayer (1981) [Paramount/Disney] Directed by Matthew Robbins; Written by Hal Barwood & Matthew Robbins
  • Outland (1981) [Outland/The Ladd Company] Written and directed by Peter Hyams

Best Professional Editor

  • Edward L. Ferman
  • Terry Carr
  • George H. Scithers
  • Stanley Schmidt
  • David G. Hartwell

Best Professional Artist

  • Michael Whelan
  • Vincent Di Fate
  • Rowena Morrill
  • Don Maitz
  • Carl Lundgren

Best Fanzine

  • Locus ed. by Charles N. Brown
  • Science Fiction Review ed. by Richard E. Geis
  • File 770 ed. by Mike Glyer
  • Science Fiction Chronicle ed. by Andrew I. Porter

Best Fan Writer

  • Richard E. Geis
  • Mike Glyer
  • Dave Langford
  • Arthur D. Hlavaty

Best Fan Artist

  • Victoria Poyser
  • Joan Hanke-Woods
  • Alexis Gilliland
  • William Rotsler
  • Stu Shiffman

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