List of awards and nominations received by William Gibson
Portrait of Gibson in Paris on the occasion of his 60th birthday, May 17, 2008
William Gibson is an American-Canadian writer who has been called the "noir prophet" of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction. Since first being published in the late 1970s, Gibson has written more than twenty short stories and nine critically acclaimed novels. His early works are bleak, noir near-future stories about the relationship between humans and technology – a "combination of lowlife and high tech". Several of these garnered critical attention and popular acclaim, receiving Hugo and Nebula Awards nominations in the categories of best short story and best novelette and being featured prominently in the annual Locus Awards reader's poll.
The themes, settings and characters developed in these stories culminated in his first novel, Neuromancer (1984), which proved to be the author's breakout work, achieving critical and commercial success and virtually initiating the cyberpunk literary genre. It became the first novel to win the "triple crown" of science fiction awards – the Nebula and the Hugo Awards for best novel along with the Philip K. Dick Award for paperback original, an unprecedented achievement described by the Mail & Guardian as "the sci-fi writer's version of winning the Goncourt, Booker and Pulitzer prizes in the same year". It also won the Ditmar and Seiun awards, received nominations for the year's "outstanding work" Prix Aurora Award and the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) award for best novel, topped the annual Science Fiction Chronicle poll and finishing third in the standings for the 1985 John W. Campbell Award.
Much of Gibson's reputation remained associated with Neuromancer, and though its sequels in the Sprawl trilogy – Count Zero (1986) and Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988) – also attracted Hugo and Nebula nominations for best novel, major award wins eluded the writer thereafter. "The Winter Market", a short story first published in November 1985, was well-received, garnering Hugo, Nebula, Aurora, and BSFA nominations and finished highly in the Locus, Interzone and Science Fiction Chronicle polls. Having completed the cyberpunk Sprawl trilogy, Gibson became a central figure in the steampunk subgenre by co-authoring the 1990 alternate history novel The Difference Engine, which was nominated for the Nebula, Campbell, Aurora and BSFA awards and featured in the Locus poll. His most recent novels – Pattern Recognition (2003) and Spook Country (2007) – put his work onto mainstream bestseller lists for the first time, and the former was the first of Gibson's novels to be shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. Gibson was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2008.
- 1 Awards
- 2 Polls
- 3 Career honours
- 4 Related pages
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The Hugo Awards are given every year for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The nominees and winners are chosen by members of the annual Worldcon convention. Gibson has won one award, the Hugo Award for Best Novel for his Neuromancer in 1985, and has been nominated on five other occasions.
|1985||NeuromancerNeuromancer||Hugo Award for Best Novel||Won||—|
|1986||Dogfight"Dogfight"||Hugo Award for Best Novelette||Nominated||Co-authored with Michael Swanwick|
|1987||The Winter Market"The Winter Market"||Hugo Award for Best Novelette||Nominated||—|
|1987||Count ZeroCount Zero||Hugo Award for Best Novel||Nominated||—|
|1989||Mona Lisa OverdriveMona Lisa Overdrive||Hugo Award for Best Novel||Nominated||—|
|1994||Virtual LightVirtual Light||Hugo Award for Best Novel||Nominated||—|
The Nebula Award is an award given each year to the best science fiction or fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years. It is awarded by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, whose members determine the nominations and winners. Gibson's only Nebula Award was for Neuromancer in 1985, though he has received seven other nominations.
|1982||Johnny Mnemonic"Johnny Mnemonic"||Nebula Award for Best Short Story||Nominated||Originally published in 1981|
|1983||Burning Chrome"Burning Chrome"||Nebula Award for Best Novelette||Nominated||Originally published in 1982|
|1985||NeuromancerNeuromancer||Nebula Award for Best Novel||Won||Originally published in 1984|
|1987||The Winter Market"The Winter Market"||Nebula Award for Best Novelette||Nominated||Originally published in 1985|
|1986||Dogfight"Dogfight"||Nebula Award for Best Novelette||Nominated||Co-authored with Michael Swanwick; originally published in 1985|
|1987||Count ZeroCount Zero||Nebula Award for Best Novel||Nominated||Originally published in 1985|
|1989||Mona Lisa OverdriveMona Lisa Overdrive||Nebula Award for Best Novel||Nominated||Originally published in 1988|
|1992||The Difference EngineThe Difference Engine||Nebula Award for Best Novel||Nominated||Co-authored with Bruce Sterling; originally published in 1990|
John W. Campbell Memorial Award
The John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel is awarded by a jury to an outstanding novel published during the previous year. Gibson has been nominated twice for the award, but has not won.
|1985||NeuromancerNeuromancer||John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel||3rd||—|
|1992||The Difference EngineThe Difference Engine||John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel||2nd||Co-authored with Bruce Sterling|
Philip K. Dick Award
The Philip K. Dick Award is awarded annually by a jury of writers and academics to the best original science fiction paperback published in the United States. Neuromancer won the award in 1984, and Gibson sat on the jury of the 1986 award.
Arthur C. Clarke Award
The Arthur C. Clarke Award is a British award given for the best science fiction novel first published in the United Kingdom during the previous year as determined by a panel of judges from the British Science Fiction Association, the Science Fiction Foundation and a third selected organization. Gibson's Pattern Recognition (2003) was shortlisted for the award in 2004.
Prix Aurora Award
The Prix Aurora Awards are granted annually by the Canadian SF and Fantasy Association (and chosen by its members) for the best Canadian science fiction and fantasy. Gibson won the best Long-form English work award twice, and received four other nominations.
|1986||The Winter Market"The Winter Market"||Short-form, English||Nominated||—|
|1989||Mona Lisa OverdriveMona Lisa Overdrive||Long-form, English||Won||—|
|1992||The Difference EngineThe Difference Engine||Long-form, English||Nominated||Co-authored with Bruce Sterling|
|1994||Virtual LightVirtual Light||Long-form, English||Nominated||—|
|1995||Virtual LightVirtual Light||Long-form, English||Won||—|
The British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) annually presents four awards, traditionally on the basis of a vote of its members. Gibson has been nominated for an award on six occasions, but has not won.
|1987||The Winter Market"The Winter Market"||Short story||Nominated||—|
|1987||Count ZeroCount Zero||Novel||Nominated||—|
|1991||The Difference EngineThe Difference Engine||Novel||Nominated||Co-authored with Bruce Sterling|
|2004||Pattern RecognitionPattern Recognition||Novel||Nominated||—|
|2007||Spook CountrySpook Country||Novel||Nominated||—|
The Ditmar Award is granted by the members of the annual Australian National Science Fiction Convention (the "Natcon") to recognize achievement in Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror and its fandom. Gibson has been nominated for two awards, winning for Neuromancer in 1985.
|1989||Mona Lisa OverdriveMona Lisa Overdrive||International novel||Nominated||—|
The Seiun Award is awarded for the best science fiction published in Japan during the preceding year, as decided by a vote of attendees of the Japan Science Fiction Convention. Gibson won once, for Neuromancer in 1987, and received a second nomination for All Tomorrow's Parties in 2001.
|1987||NeuromancerNeuromancer||Best Foreign Language Novel of the Year||Won||—|
|2001||All Tomorrow's PartiesAll Tomorrow's Parties||Best Foreign Language Novel of the Year||Nominated||—|
Conferred by vote at the annual Italcon, the Italia Awards have been granted since 1972. Gibson's Virtual Light was nominated in the inaugural "International novel" category in 1995, finishing second.
Southeastern SF Awards
The Southeastern SF Awards recognizing achievements in fantasy, horror and science fiction by authors connected to the Southeastern United States, were granted from 2002 to 2006 by a vote of members. Gibson, a native of South Carolina who grew up in Virginia, was recognized in 2004, when Pattern Recognition was shortlisted for the Southeastern SF Achievement Award.
The Locus Awards are presented to winners of Locus magazine's annual reader's poll. For each category of award, readers submit five nominations in order of preference, with the leading work declared the winner. As such, the number of nominated works per category varies from year to year. Though none of Gibson's works have claimed first position, they have polled twenty-four times.
|1981||The Gernsback Continuum"The Gernsback Continuum"||Short story||24th||—|
|1982||Johnny Mnemonic"Johnny Mnemonic"||Novelette||20th||—|
|1983||Burning Chrome"Burning Chrome"||Novelette||7th||—|
|1984||Red Star, Winter Orbit"Red Star, Winter Orbit"||Novelette||19th||Co-authored with Bruce Sterling|
|1985||NeuromancerNeuromancer||Locus Award for Best First Novel||2nd||—|
|1985||NeuromancerNeuromancer||Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel||8th||—|
|1985||New Rose Hotel"New Rose Hotel"||Short story||19th||—|
|1985||Dogfight"Dogfight"||Short novelette||5th||Co-authored with Michael Swanwick|
|1987||Burning ChromeBurning Chrome||Collection||2nd||—|
|1987||Count ZeroCount Zero||Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel||3rd||—|
|1987||The Winter Market"The Winter Market"||Novelette||4th||—|
|1989||Mona Lisa OverdriveMona Lisa Overdrive||Novel||2nd||—|
|1991||The Difference EngineThe Difference Engine||Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel||8th||Co-authored with Bruce Sterling|
|1992||Skinner's Room"Skinner's Room"||Short story||15th||—|
|1992||The Difference EngineThe Difference Engine||Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel||20th||Co-authored with Bruce Sterling|
|1994||Virtual LightVirtual Light||Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel||4th||—|
|1997||IdoruIdoru||Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel||6th||—|
|1998||NeuromancerNeuromancer||All-time science fiction novel (before 1990)||15th||—|
|1999||Burning Chrome"Burning Chrome"||All-time novelette||13th (tie)||—|
|1999||Burning ChromeBurning Chrome||All-time collection||18th (tie)||—|
|2000||All Tomorrow's PartiesAll Tomorrow's Parties||Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel||15th||—|
|2004||Pattern RecognitionPattern Recognition||Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel||2nd||—|
|2008||Spook CountrySpook Country||Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel||2nd||—|
Science Fiction Chronicle
The semiprozine Science Fiction Chronicle of Andrew I. Porter conducted a reader's poll from 1982 to 1998. Gibson claimed first place once, for Neuromancer in 1985, and finished in the top three on four other occasions.
|1986||"Dogfight"||Novelette||2nd||Co-authored with Michael Swanwick|
|1987||"The Winter Market"||Novelette||2nd (tie)||—|
In addition to the recognition of his individual works, Gibson has been accorded several career honours. In a 1989 Interzone poll to determine the All-time best SF author, Gibson finished 19th, while in the Locus All-Time Poll taken a decade later, he was tied at 42nd for the All time short fiction writer. He received nominations for a Life achievement Southeastern SF Achievement Award in 2005 and 2006, and was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2008.
- Bennie, Angela (September 7, 2007). "A reality stranger than fiction". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved March 15, 2009.
- Gibson, William; Bruce Sterling (1986). "Introduction". Burning Chrome. New York City, New York: Harper Collins. ISBN 0-06-053982-8. OCLC 51342671.
- McCaffery, Larry. "An Interview with William Gibson". Storming the Reality Studio: a casebook of cyberpunk and postmodern science fiction. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. pp. 263–285. ISBN 978-0-8223-1168-3. OCLC 23384573.
- Cheng, Alastair. "77. Neuromancer (1984)". The LRC 100: Canada's Most Important Books. Literary Review of Canada. Retrieved September 9, 2007.
- Walker, Martin (September 3, 1996). "Blade Runner on electro-steroids". Mail & Guardian Online (M&G Media).
- Johnston, Antony (August 1999). "William Gibson: All Tomorrow’s Parties : Waiting For The Man". Spike Magazine. Retrieved October 14, 2007.
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- "The John W. Campbell Memorial Award". Center for the Study of Science Fiction. University of Kansas. November 16, 2009. Retrieved December 27, 2009.
- "The Locus Index to SF Awards: About the Philip K. Dick Award". Locusmag.com. Locus Publications. Retrieved March 23, 2009.
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- Kelly, Mark R. (2008). "The Locus Index to SF Awards: Index of Judges and Jurors". Locusmag.com. Locus Publications. Retrieved March 15, 2009.
- Sourbut, Elizabeth (May 8, 2004). "Mall of the imagination". New Scientist (Reed Business Information). Retrieved December 27, 2009.
- "BSFA Awards: 2007 Nominations". bsfa.co.uk. British Science Fiction Association. Retrieved September 23, 2009.
- "BSFA Awards: Past Awards". bsfa.co.uk. British Science Fiction Association. Retrieved September 23, 2009.
- "The Locus Index to SF Awards: About the Locus Awards". Locusmag.com. Locus Publications. Retrieved January 21, 2010.