1989 Hugo Awards

1989 Hugo Award Trophy Presented at: Noreascon 3, Boston, Massachusetts, August 31 – September 4 1989

Toastmaster: Frederik Pohl

Base design: Don Campbell (Design Etc., Inc.)

Awards Administration: Ellen Franklin

Noreascon 3 received a total of 547 Hugo nomination ballots: 8 of which were declared invalid. Of the 539 valid ballots, 514 were from members of Noreascon 3, and 25 from NOLAcon members who were not also Noreascon members. Noreascon 3 received a total of 980 valid Hugo final voting ballots.

Full Nominating Ballot Details (PDF)
Full Final Ballot Voting Details (PDF)

Best Novel

  • Cyteen by C. J. Cherryh [Warner, 1988]
  • Red Prophet by Orson Scott Card [Tor, 1988]
  • Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold [Analog Dec,mid-Dec 1987,Jan,Feb 1988; Baen, 1988]
  • Islands in the Net by Bruce Sterling [Morrow/Arbor House, 1988]
  • Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson [Gollancz, 1988; Bantam Spectra, 1988]

Best Novella

  • “The Last of the Winnebagos” by Connie Willis [Asimov’s Jul 1988]
  • “The Scalehunter’s Beautiful Daughter” by Lucius Shepard [Ziesing, 1988; Asimov’s Sep 1988]
  • “Journals of the Plague Years” by Norman Spinrad [Full Spectrum (Doubleday), 1988]
  • “The Calvin Coolidge Home for Dead Comedians” by Bradley Denton [F&SF Jun 1988]
  • “Surfacing” by Walter Jon Williams [Asimov’s Apr 1988]

Best Novelette

  • “Schrödinger’s Kitten” by George Alec Effinger [Omni Sep 1988]
  • “Peaches for Mad Molly” by Steven Gould [Analog Feb 1988]
  • “Do Ya, Do Ya, Wanna Dance” by Howard Waldrop [Asimov’s Aug 1988]
  • “The Function of Dream Sleep” by Harlan Ellison [Midnight Graffiti Jun 1988; Asimov’s mid-Dec 1988]
  • “Ginny Sweethips’ Flying Circus” by Neal Barrett, Jr. [Asimov’s Feb 1988]

Best Short Story

  • “Kirinyaga” by Mike Resnick [F&SF Nov 1988]
  • “The Giving Plague” by David Brin [Interzone #23 Spr 1988; Full Spectrum (Doubleday), 1988]
  • “Ripples in the Dirac Sea” by Geoffrey A. Landis [Asimov’s Oct 1988]
  • “Our Neural Chernobyl” by Bruce Sterling [F&SF Jun 1988]
  • “Stable Strategies for Middle Management” by Eileen Gunn [Asimov’s Jun 1988]
  • “The Fort Moxie Branch” by Jack McDevitt [Full Spectrum (Doubleday), 1988]

Best Related Non-Fiction Book

  • The Motion of Light in Water: Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village 1957&endash;1965 by Samuel R. Delany [Morrow/Arbor House, 1988]
  • First Maitz by Don Maitz [Ursus, 1988]
  • The New Encyclopedia of Science Fiction by James E. Gunn [Viking Press, 1988]
  • A Biographical Dictionary of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists by Robert Weinberg [Greenwood, 1988]
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror: 1987 by Charles N. Brown and William G. Contento [Locus Press, 1988]

Best Dramatic Presentation

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988) [Amblin/Touchstone] Directed by Robert Zemeckis; Screenplay by Jeffrey Price & Peter S. Seaman; based on the novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? by Gary K. Wolf
  • Beetlejuice (1988) [Geffen/Warner Brothers] Directed by Tim Burton; Screenplay by Michael McDowell and Warren Skaaren; Story by Tim Burton, Michael McDowell and Larry Wilson
  • Big (1988) [20th Century Fox] Directed by Penny Marshall; Written by Gary Ross & Anne Spielberg
  • Willow (1988) [Imagine/Lucasfilm/MGM] Directed by Ron Howard; Screenplay by Bob Dolman; Story by George Lucas
  • Alien Nation (1988) [20th Century Fox] Directed by Graham Baker; Written by Rockne S. O’Bannon

Best Professional Editor

  • Gardner Dozois
  • David G. Hartwell
  • Edward L. Ferman
  • Stanley Schmidt
  • Charles C. Ryan

Best Professional Artist

  • Michael Whelan
  • Don Maitz
  • David A. Cherry
  • Bob Eggleton
  • Thomas Canty

Best Semiprozine

  • Locus ed. by Charles N. Brown
  • Science Fiction Chronicle ed. by Andrew I. Porter
  • The New York Review of Science Fiction ed. by David G. Hartwell, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Susan Palwick and Kathryn Cramer
  • Interzone ed. by David Pringle
  • Thrust ed. by D. Douglas Fratz

Best Fanzine

  • File 770 ed. by Mike Glyer
  • Lan’s Lantern ed. by George “Lan” Laskowski
  • Niekas ed. by Edmund R. Meskys
  • FOSFAX ed. by Timothy Lane
  • Other Realms ed. by Chuq Von Rospach

Best Fan Writer

  • Dave Langford
  • Mike Glyer
  • Arthur D. Hlavaty
  • Avedon Carol
  • Chuq Von Rospach
  • No Award
  • Guy H. Lillian III

Best Fan Artist

  • Brad W. Foster
  • Diana Gallagher Wu
  • Stu Shiffman
  • Teddy Harvia
  • Taral Wayne
  • Merle Insinga

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 1987 or 1988, sponsored by the publisher of Analog magazine. (Not a Hugo Award, but administered along with the Hugo Awards.)

  • Michaela Roessner
  • Delia Sherman
  • Christopher Hinz
  • Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Melanie Rawn
  • P. J. Beese and Todd Cameron Hamilton
  • William Sanders

Note: The 1989 nominating and final ballot figures were reconstructed by contemporaneous accounts of the 1989 Hugo Awards by Jo Van Ekeren in September 2017. The Hugo Awards web site thanks Jo for her effort in collating this information.