Hugo and Nebula awards

Visualizing the annual literary awards for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year.

What's the difference between the Hugo and the Nebula?

The short answer is that the Hugo is awarded by science fiction and fantasy fans, while the Nebula is awarded by science fiction and fantasy writers. Both awards are available for works of fiction that have 40,000 words or more.

The Hugo Awards

According to Wikipedia, the award is administered by the World Science Fiction Society. It is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories. Hugos were first given in 1953, at the 11th World Science Fiction Convention, and have been awarded every year since 1955.

Beginning with the 1996 Worldcon, the World Science Fiction Society created the concept of "Retro-Hugos", in which the Hugo award could be retroactively awarded for 50, 75, or 100 years prior. Retro-Hugos may only be awarded for years in which a Worldcon was hosted, but no awards were originally given. Retro-Hugos have been awarded seven times, for 1939, 1941, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1951, and 1954.

The Nebula Awards

According to Wikipedia, the awards are organized and awarded by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), a nonprofit association of professional science fiction and fantasy writers.

The Nebula Award for Best Novel has been awarded annually since 1966.

Data collection and design

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Winning novels

In total, 105 novels have been awarded. 75 novels have won the Hugo and 55 novels have won the Nebula. 25 novels have won both awards.

Winning authors

68 authors in total have been awarded. 49 have won the Hugo, and 41 have won the Nebula. 21 have been awarded both.

The Hugo and Nebula are awarded to works published in English, so it's no surprise that most authors were born in english speaking countries.

The author's age at receiving an award ranges from 25 years old to 80 years old.

Winning publishers

47 publishers have published winning novels. Tor books has been awarded much more than other publishers, with 17 total awards for 13 novels.