Hooray for the Hugos. They still for the most part represent some quality reading.
On the other hand, after Jack McDevitt won a Nebula for Seeker, the Nebulas have lost all respect from me. There is more to a good book than just the premise.
I've managed to read just about every Hugo and Nebula winner since they started, and the Hugos are consistanly fun books to read, whereas many of the Nebula winners over the years are not always the best written book for that year.
And don't even get me started on the Nebula Awards book they put out every year. Essay top heavy much? If I wanted to read a term paper on a author I would have been a high school teacher.
Other things that irritate me?
The band-of-travelers story. It's nothing more that book filler, much like a maze in a video game. It was done in Lord of Rings. It doen't need to be in Judas Unchained.
/and don't get me started on the what-does-it-mean-to-be-human story.
But I digress.
The best site I've found for every book award imaginable (but mostly sci-fi) is at
They also track the nominations for each year.