Mailvox: that’s a tough one

Nate asks: Vox, who’s your favorite Hugo winner from the last 20 years?

First, I have to point out that Zelazny won in 1968, so Nate’s own answer should be disqualified. Stuck in the ’80’s, are we, Nate? I’m basing this on ouvre to date, not solely on the book for which they won, since Zelazny’s LORD OF LIGHT is one of my all-time favorites, but he also wrote a lot of lesser fiction. Anyhow, I’ll go back to 1968 since Zelazny is in the game and I can leave both Heinlein and Herbert out of the mix.

1. Neal Stephenson

2. William Gibson

3. Dan Simmons

4. Roger Zelazny

5. Tie: Lois McMaster Bujold and Joan D. Vinge. Bujold should get the nod based on cumulative, but THE SNOW QUEEN is too fantastic to leave out entirely.