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The Most Award Winning Science Fiction & Fantasy Books Of 1979

April 21, 2017
1979 Most Award Winning Books Final Final

“What are the most award-winning Science Fiction & Fantasy books of 1979?” We looked at all the large SFF book awards given, aggregating and ranking the books that appeared so we could answer that very question!

A note on our grading system: We give 5 points for every nomination a book received and an additional 5 points for each win. These values are purely arbitrary, easy to add up, numbers. For more info on our super scientific grading system visit our Info page. For a full list of the awards and award winners can be found below our rankings at the bottom of the page.

Before we take a look at the top Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of 1979, let’s set the scene for those awards by taking a look at what else was happening that year:

1979

Iranian Revolution. Mardi Gras canceled due to Police strike. Voyager 1 photos reveal Jupiter’s rings. Compact Discs demonstrated publicly for the first time. Egypt and Israel sign Peace Treaty. McDonald’s introduces the Happy Meal. Steven Weinberg wins Physics Nobel Prize. Mother Teresa Wins Nobel Peace Prize. Seattle SuperSonics win NBA Championship. LA city council passes city’s first homosexual rights bill. First International Election in history held between European community member states. Sony Walkman goes on sale. Pioneer 11 becomes the first spacecraft to visit Saturn. ESPN is launched. Iran Hostage Crisis begins. Eradication of Smallpox is certified. The one-child policy is introduced in China. Worldwide per capita oil production reaches peak. Deaths: Nelson Rockefeller, Sid Vicious, John Wayne, Zeppo Marx, etc. Other popular culture released – Alien, Apocalypse Now, The Warriors, Mad Max, Life of Brian, Kramer vs. Kramer, Being There, Manhattan, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Jerk, The Muppet Movie. Non-SFF books – If on a Winters Night a Traveler, The Neverending Story, Sophie’s Choice, The Right Stuff, Godel, Escher, Bach, etc.

And now, on to the list…

 



The Top Science Fiction & Fantasy Books Of 1979



24 .) A.K.A.: A Cosmic Fable by Rob Swigart

A.K.A.:A Cosmic Fable by Rob Swigart

Award Points
BSFA 5 ( Nomination )

Total

5

Avery K. Augenblaue, gazillionaire, leaves for outer space in his bagel shaped space ship. When he gets back all hell breaks loose

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23 .) Altered States by Paddy Chayefsky

Altered States by Paddy Chayefsky

Award Points
John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 5 ( Nomination )

Total

5

Altered States is the ultimate horror story– the story of one young scientist’s terrifying experiment to find the origins of consciousness. Entombed in an isolation tank, fed with a powerful hallucinogenic drug, he experiences finally the supreme moment of terror that is the beginning of life

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22 .) And Having Writ… by Donald R. Bensen

And Having Writ... by Donald R. Bensen

Award Points
John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 5 ( Nomination )

Total

5

Four aliens crash-land on Earth in 1908 and then journey around the planet, trying to jump-startWorld War I. Even though they fail to do this, they succeed in creating the circumstances for their ultimate departure from Earth after a period ofsuspended animation

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21 .) Kalki by Gore Vidal

Kalki by Gore Vidal

Award Points
Nebula 5 ( Nomination )

Total

5

Who is Kalki, and why is he planning to destroy the world — and everything in it? And if Kalki is a mystical legend, then why does his ultimate world include only a select few chosen to breed a new human race?

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20 .) Night’s Master by Tanith Lee

Night's Master (Tales from the Flat Earth #1) by Tanith Lee

Award Points
The World Fantasy Awards 5 ( Nomination )

Total

5

Rediscover Tanith Lee’s classic, most popular fantasy series,Tales from the Flat Earth, where demons and gods grant wonders and wreak havoc. Visit the Upperearth, where dwell the gods; the Underearth, the realm of nightmarish demons; the Innerearth, the domain of the dead; and the Flat Earth itself, the home of mortals. Supreme amongst them all is the demon god Azhrarn, Night’s Master, whose deadly whims could change the lives of those in the Flat Earth. Azhrarn holds in his heart a mystery which could alter the very existence of the Flat Earth forever

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19 .) On Wings of Song by Thomas M. Disch

On Wings of Song by Thomas M. Disch

Award Points
BSFA 5 ( Nomination )

Total

5

In Disch’s dazzlingly imagined future America, Daniel Weinraub dreams of escaping the repressive midwest of the mid-twenty-first century through an electronic device with which the user takes flight into cyberspace when activated with a quasi-musical code called “The Symphonette.” Daniel’s adventures take him from Iowa’s God-fearing police state and its “correctional” labor camps for the sinful to Manhattan’s mean streets and “cyberspatial flight paths

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18 .) Starseed by Spider Robinson and Jeanne Robinson

Starseed (Stardance #2) by Spider Robinson

Award Points
Ditmar Award 5 ( Nomination )

Total

5

another dancer of genius faced the end of her career when her body failed her, and Rain McLeod followed Shara into space. If she joined with a symbiotic lifeform that would let her live without artificial protection in the vacuum of space, she would take a quantum leap in human evolution.

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17 .) Strangers by Gardner Dozois

Strangers by Gardner R. Dozois

Award Points
Nebula 5 ( Nomination )

Total

5

Hundreds of years in the future, Earthmen have moved out into the galaxy of inhabited worlds, only to find that space travelers from Earth are second-class citizens or worse on most of the planets they visit. Joseph Farber, an artist, is part of an Earth colony among the alien Cian on the planet Weinunnach. He is deeply moved by the rituals of the Cian—and by the captivating Liraun, a humanoid Cian. With love between races forbidden, Faber allows himself to be genetically altered so that he and Liraun may marry and interbreed. But the couple soon discovers that the fundamental differences between their very modes of being may lead to tragedy and, perhaps, ultimate revelation

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16 .) The Avatar by Poul Anderson

The Avatar by Poul Anderson

Award Points
Prometheus 5 ( Nomination )

Total

5

In the future, humankind has taken only limited advantage of a miraculous gift left for it in the far-distant past. A beneficent and inscrutable alien race called the Others has provided “gates” that enable passage to all corners of the galaxy. But after the colonization of a single star system, a repressive government on Earth has forbidden all further explorations, seizing the returning starship Emissary and taking its crew captive along with an alien passenger the vessel encountered on its voyage

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15 .) The Black Castle by Les Daniels

The Black Castle (Don Sebastian Vampire Chronicles #1) by Les Daniels

Award Points
The World Fantasy Awards 5 ( Nomination )

Total

5

The Black Castle is a fast-moving tale of battle between brothers. One is seen as evil because he is a vampire, while the other is perceived as good because he is a man of God. But the vampire only does what he has to do to survive while the churchman, an Inquisitor, inflicts pain for the power it confers upon him. Which is the greater evil? And who will win the soul (and body) of a pretty witch?

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14 .) The Far Call by Gordon R. Dickson

The Far Call by Gordon R. Dickson

Award Points
Ditmar Award 5 ( Nomination )

Total

5

Jens Wylie would never leave Earth, but his heart was with the brave men and women of the first Mars Expedition, enchanted by the siren song of the stars. As U.S. Undersecretary of Space, he thought he could share some small part of that bold adventure. But as the mission progressed, Jens saw the sure signs of imminent disaster, a mission failure that could bring Earth’s Space program to a halt. He knew that he must risk his future, and maybe even his life, to keep humanity on the road to the stars-the only question was whether he had the courage to do it.

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13 .) The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clark

The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke

Award Points
BSFA 5 ( Nomination )

Total

5

Renowned structural engineer Dr. Vannevar Morgan seeks to link Earth to the stars-through the construction of a space elevator connecting to an orbiting satellite 22,300 miles from the planet’s surface. The elevator would lift interstellar spaceships into orbit without the need of rockets to blast through the Earth’s atmosphere-making space travel easier and more cost-effective. Unfortunately, the only appropriate surface base for the elevator is located at the top of a mountain already occupied-by an ancient order of Buddhist monks who strongly oppose the project. Morgan must face down their opposition-as well as enormous technical, political, and economic challenges-in order to make the project successful

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12 .) The Genesis Machine by James P. Hogan

The Genesis Machine by James P. Hogan

Award Points
Prometheus 5 ( Nomination )

Total

5

In an America becoming repressive in the face of world tensions, Brad Clifford, a young mathematical physicist, had been virtually drafted from academia to work on defense projects. But Brad’s true dedication was to bring about the unification of all fields and forces, and his theory was too wild for his superiors to take seriously. So he defied the political authorities and went AWOL to work with a fellow maverick scientist. They built the machine that his theory made possible – but the machine made all weapons impotent, and could either wreck the world or save it. And the Powers That Be wanted to control it for their own benefit

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11 .) The Persistence of Vision by John Varley

The Persistence of Vision (Persistance de la vision #1) by John Varley

Award Points
Ditmar Award 5 ( Nomination )

Total

5

The Persistance of Vision collects nine amazing fiction stories—including the Hugo and Nebula award-winning title novella—that could only come from the mesmerizing imagination of one of science fiction’s most renowned and respected writers.

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10 .) The Sound of Midnight by Charles L. Grant

The Sound Of Midnight (Oxrun Station) by Charles L. Grant

Award Points
The World Fantasy Awards 5 ( Nomination )

Total

5

Fiery lights are seen in the the small town of Oxrun Station. A series of strange murders, a group of odd, apparently possessed children terrorizing the adults of the town, all serve to make things interesting in the Chinese sense for toy store owner Dale, and her beau Vic, who find themselves drawn into a web of ancient intrigue, pitted against powers that were old when the New World was a big, empty garden

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9 .) The Stand by Stephen King

The Stand by Stephen King

Award Points
The World Fantasy Awards 5 ( Nomination )

Total

5

A patient escapes from a biological testing facility, unknowingly carrying a deadly weapon: a mutated strain of super-flu that will wipe out 99 percent of the world’s population within a few weeks. Those who remain are scared, bewildered, and in need of a leader. Two emerge—Mother Abagail, the benevolent 108-year-old woman who urges them to build a peaceful community in Boulder, Colorado; and Randall Flagg, the nefarious “Dark Man,” who delights in chaos and violence. As the dark man and the peaceful woman gather power, the survivors will have to choose between them—and ultimately decide the fate of all humanity

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8 .) Ringworld by Larry Niven

Ringworld (Ringworld #1) by Larry Niven

Award Points
Japan Seiun Translated 10 ( Win )

Total

10

A new place is being built, a world of huge dimensions, encompassing millions of miles, stronger than any planet before it. There is gravity, and with high walls and its proximity to the sun, a livable new planet that is three million times the area of the Earth can be formed. We can start again!

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7 .) The Faded Sun: Kesrith by C. J. Cherryh

Kesrith (The Faded Sun #1) by C.J. Cherryh

Award Points
Nebula 5 ( Nomination )
Hugo 5 ( Nomination )

Total

10

This is the story of three people: Sten Duncan, a soldier of humanity; Niun, last warrior of the MRI, humanity’s enemies; and Melein, priestess-queen of the final fallen MRI stronghold. It is the story of two mighty species fighting for a galaxy, humanity driving out from Earth, and the enigmatic regul struggling to hold their stars with MRI mercenaries. It is a story of diplomacy and warfare, of conspiracy and betrayal, and of three flesh-and-blood people who found themselves thrown together in a life-and-death alliance

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6 .) The Unlimited Dream Company by J. G. Ballard

The Unlimited Dream Company by J.G. Ballard

Award Points
BSFA 10 ( Win )

Total

10

When a light aircraft crashes into the Thames at Shepperton, the young pilot who struggles to the surface minutes later seems to have come back from the dead. Within hours everything in the dormitory suburb is transformed. Vultures invade rooftops, luxuriant tropical vegetation overruns the quiet avenues, and the local inhabitants are propelled by the young man’s urgent visions through ecstatic sexual celebrations toward an apocalyptic climax. In this characteristically inventive novel Ballard displays to devastating effect the extraordinary imagination that has established him as one of the twentieth century’s most visionary writers

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5 .) Wheels Within Wheels by F. Paul Wilson

Wheels Within Wheels (The LaNague Federation #2) by F. Paul Wilson

Award Points
Prometheus 10 ( Win )

Total

10

A monstrous conspiracy is brewing against the LaNague Federation and the freedoms its guarantees to its member planets—at least that’s what Old Pete says. He’s come to the offices of Interstellar Business Advisors, a firm he co-founded more than half a century before, to enlist the aid of its current CEO, Josephine Finch. Dubious at first, Jo humors the old man by promising to look into the matter

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4 .) Blind Voices by Tom Reamy

Blind Voices by Tom Reamy

Award Points
Nebula 5 ( Nomination )
Hugo 5 ( Nomination )
BSFA 5 ( Nomination )

Total

15

One summer day in the 1920s, Haverstock’s Traveling Curiosus and Wondershow rides into a small Midwestern town. Haverstock’s show is a presentation of mysterious wonders: feats of magic, strange creatures, and frightening powers. Three teenage girls attend the opening performance that evening which, for each, promises love and threatens death. The three girls are drawn to the show and its performers-a lusty centaur, Angel the magical albino boy, the rowdy stage hands-but frightened by the enigmatic owner, Haverstock. The girls at first try to dismiss these marvels as trickery, but it becomes all too real, too vivid to be other than nightmare reality

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3 .) The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey

The White Dragon (Pern (Publication Order) #5) by Anne McCaffrey

Award Points
Hugo 5 ( Nomination )
Ditmar Award 10 ( Win )

Total

15

Jaxom, a rebellious young aristocrat, and Ruth, his white dragon, fly into another time to retrieve the queen’s stolen egg, thereby averting a dragonrider war, and find their planet threatened once again by a Threadfall

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2 .) Gloriana by Michael Moorcock

Gloriana, or The Unfulfill'd Queen by Michael Moorcock

Award Points
The World Fantasy Awards 10 ( Win )
John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 10 ( Win )

Total

20

A fable satirizing Spenser’s “The Fairie Queen” and reflecting the real life of Elizabeth I, tells of a woman who ascends to the throne upon the death of her debauched and corrupted father, King Hern. Gloriana’s reign brings the Empire of Albion into a Golden Age, but her oppressive responsibilities choke her, prohibiting any form of sexual satisfaction, no matter what fetish she tries. Her problem is in fact symbolic of the hypocrisy of her entire court. While her life is meant to mirror that of her nation – an image of purity, virtue, enlightenment and prosperity – the truth is that her peaceful empire is kept secure by her wicked chancellor Monfallcon and his corrupt network of spies and murderers, the most sinister of whom is Captain Quire, who is commissioned to seduce Gloriana and thus bring down Albion and the entire empire

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1 .) Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre

Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre

Award Points
Ditmar Award 5 ( Nomination )
Hugo 10 ( Win )
Locus (Pre Split) 10 ( Win )
Nebula 10 ( Win )

Total

35

This is the haunting story of an extraordinary woman and her dangerous quest to reclaim her healing powers. Revered healer Snake must undertake a journey in search of the dreamsnake, whose bite eases the fear and pain of death

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The 1979 Award Nominations & Winners

(Winners Highlighted)


 

Nebula Award – Best Novel

Book Author
Dreamsnake Vonda N. McIntyre
Blind Voices Tom Reamy
The Faded Sun: Kesrith C. J. Cherryh
Kalki Gore Vidal
Strangers Gardner Dozois

 

Hugo Award – Best Novel

Book Author
Dreamsnake Vonda N. McIntyre
The White Dragon Anne McCaffrey
The Faded Sun: Kesrith C. J. Cherryh
Blind Voices Tom Reamy

 

BSFA (British Science Fiction Association) – Best Novel

Book Author
The Unlimited Dream Company J. G. Ballard
The Fountains of Paradise Arthur C. Clark
On Wings of Song Thomas M. Disch
Blind Voices Tom Reamy
A.K.A.: A Cosmic Fable Rob Swigart

 

The World Fantasy Award – Best Novel

Book Author
Gloriana Michael Moorcock
The Black Castle Les Daniels
Night’s Master Tanith Lee
The Sound of Midnight Charles L. Grant
The Stand Stephen King

 

Prometheus Award – Best Novel

Book Author
Wheels Within Wheels F. Paul Wilson
The Avatar Poul Anderson
The Genesis Machine James P. Hogan

 

Seiun (Japanese) Award – Best Translated Novel

Book Author
Ringworld Larry Niven

 

John W. Campbell Memorial Award – Best Science Fiction Novel

Book Author
Gloriana Michael Moorcock
Altered States Paddy Chayefsky
And Having Writ… Donald R. Bensen

 

Locus Award – Best Science Fiction Novel

Book Author
Dreamsnake Vonda N. McIntyre

 

The Ditmar (Australian) Award – Best International Long Fiction

Book Author
The White Dragon Anne McCaffrey
Dreamsnake Vonda N. McIntyre
Stardance II Spider Robinson and Jeanne Robinson
The Far Call Gordon R. Dickson
The Persistence of Vision John Varley

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