Previously i posted a spreadsheet of some sci-fi writing. Gradually i’ve expanded that list, until it’s included all the Hugo, Locus, Nebula, Campbell and Sturgeon winners and most of the runner-ups. Then i threw in some other works from early sci-fi and to complete some series. All told, it now contains about 700 novels, and with shorter works 2153 items.
In order to keep all this straight, i’ve calculated the “Combo Rank” of all the works. This spreadsheet takes into account how well a work did in all 5 of the awards, and using a convoluted formula produces a single number roughly between 0 and 10. Thus a book that got second place in 3 awards would rank higher than one that got first in one award but did not place in any other award.I have no delusions that this method is the perfectly corresponds to a work’s greatness. Frederik Pohl’s Gateway and A. C. Clarke’s Rendevous with Rama are at the top of the list, being the only two novels to take first place in four of the awards i use. Though they are not unknown novels, i don’t expect to find them at the top of many “All Time Sci-fi Greats” lists. But in as much as winning a Nebula or a Hugo award indicates a work’s quality, this rank can be a useful tool to discover books of quality. Continue reading ‘Award-Winning Sci-fi List’