Up through the 1994 Hugos, there were anthologies of the Hugo winners. Now, there is a new anthology, The Hugo Award Showcase
, with all but one of the 2008 winners, plus many of the nominees. It would be really nice if some publisher would close the gap.
I've read all of the fiction Hugo winners except for the ones for the past couple of years. I plan to read those now, and report back here.
I've just read Ted Chiang's "Exhalation", which was published in an anthology of original stories, Eclipse Two
. It was mostly boring, and reminded me of the sf stories published a hundred years ago, before there was a science fiction genre. There is only one character in the story, and he only exists to explain the science of a world different from our own. The science is original, I'll give Ted Chiang that, but there is no real "story" here. I wonder if, as I suspect often happens, the story won the Hugo not because a lot of people read it (how many people read original anthologies?) but because the voters recognized the author's name. If you want to read the story, which does not appear in The Hugo Award Showcase
, you can read it here. http://www.nightshadebooks.com/Download ... Chiang.pdf