The John W. Campbell Award

The John W. Campbell Award is awarded annually and honors the best science fiction novel. It is presented at a variety of venues.

Award Year Authors(s) Title
2012 Joan Slonczewski The Highest Frontier
2012 Christopher Priest The Islanders
2011 Ian McDonald The Dervish House
2010 Paolo Bacigalupi The Windup Girl What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits? And what happens when this forces humanity to the cusp of post-human evolution? This is a tale of Bangkok struggling for survival in a post-oil era of rising sea levels and out-of-control mutation.
2009 Ian McDonald Song of Time
2009 Cory Doctorow Little Brother After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.
2008 Kathleen Ann Goonan In War Times
2007 Ben Bova Titan It's 2095. After long months of travel, the gigantic colony ship Goddard has at last made orbit around Saturn, carrying a population of more than of 10,000 dissidents, rebels, extremists, and visionaries seeking a new life. Among Goddard's missions is the study of Titan, which offers the tantalizing possibility that life may exist amid its windswept islands and chill black seas.
2006 Robert J. Sawyer Mindscan Jake Sullivan has cheated death: he's discarded his doomed biological body and copied his consciousness into an android form. The new Jake soon finds love, something that eluded him when he was encased in flesh: he falls for the android version of Karen, a woman rediscovering all the joys of life now that she's no longer constrained by a worn-out body either. But suddenly Karen's son sues her, claiming that by uploading into an immortal body, she has done him out of his inheritance. Even worse, the original version of Jake, consigned to die on the far side of the moon, has taken hostages there, demanding the return of his rights of personhood. In the courtroom and on the lunar surface, the future of uploaded humanity hangs in the balance.
2005 Richard Morgan Market Forces Set in a near-future world, where the classes are in direct conflict, media sets the rules, and war is just another commodity to be traded.
2004 Jack McDevitt Omega For a quarter of a century, mankind has known about the existence of the malignant omega clouds. Huge waves of deadly energy, they seem bent on destroying any civilization they come across. Now, Earth itself is in the line of fire - though not imminently. An omega is headed toward the planet, but it will not enter the solar system for nine hundred years.
2003 Nancy Kress Probability Space In the powerful conclusion to the Probability Trilogy, humanity is losing the war with the alien Fallers. As the action moves from Earth to Mars to the farthest reaches of known space, four humans try to enter the Fallers' home star system.
2002 Robert Charles Wilson The Chronoliths In the early 21st century, an American software developer living in Thailand witnesses an event that changes him forever. As he attempts to get his life back on track, he is caught in a strange loop that keeps drawing him back to do battle with the future.
2002 Jack Williamson Terraforming Earth In 1942, Jack Williamson coined the term "terraforming" in his novel "Seetee Ship", to refer to what people from Earth did to modify an alien world to make it suitable for humans. Serialized in "Science Fiction Age" and "Analog" magazines, "Terraforming Earth" is a story of struggle and adventure in a future whose history stretches back for millennia and whose civilization spans the stars.
2001 Poul Anderson Genesis In classic Anderson fashion, "Genesis" investigates the subjects of human immortality and artificial intelligence a billion years into the future.
2000 Vernor Vinge A Deepness in the Sky Readers will marvel at Vernor Vinge's science fiction creation about Qeng Ho who awaits planet Arachna's awakening into a Golden Age of technology while other traders lurk nearby.
1999 George Zebrowski Brute Orbits
1998 Joe Haldeman Forever Peace 2043 A.D.: The Ngumi War rages. A burned-out soldier and his scientist lover discover a secret that could put the universe back to square one--not a terrifying prospect, but a tempting one.
1997 Paul McAuley Fairyland
1996 Stephen Baxter The Time Ships
1995 Greg Egan Permutation City
1994 No Award Given
1993 Charles Sheffield Brother to Dragons
1992 Bradley Denton Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede
1991 Kim Stanley Robinson Pacific Edge Each of the novels in Robinson's "Three Californias" trilogy uses the same setting--Orange County in Southern California--but each envisions a radically different future. Pacific Edge shows readers a place transformed by the "green" politics of environmental awareness.
1990 Geoff Ryamn The Child Garden, or, A Low Comedy
1989 Bruce Sterling Islands in the Net
1988 Connie Willis Lincoln's Dream As a researcher for a popular historical novelist, Jeff Johnston finds himself immersed in the minutiae of the Civil War. His meeting with Annie, the patient of old friend Dr. Richard Madison, changes his perspective - Annie is having vivid, horrid dreams of the civil war with details she couldn't possibly know.
1987 Joan Slonczewski A Door Into Ocean
1986 David Brin The Postman He was a survivor, a wanderer who traded tales for food and shelter in the dark and savage aftermath of a devastating war. Fate touches him one winter's day when he borrows the jacket of a long-dead postal worker. The old, worn uniform still has power as a symbol of hope, and with it he begins to weave his greatest tale, of a nation on the road to recovery.
1985 Frederik Poul The Years of the City
1984 Gene Wolfe The Citadel of the Autarch This dramatic adventure follows Severian as he transforms from a ruthless monster to a savior of a world.
1983 Brian W. Aldiss Helliconia Spring A planet orbiting binary suns, Helliconia has a Great Year spanning three millennia of Earth time: cultures are born in spring, flourish in summer, then die with the onset of the generations-long winter. Helliconia is emerging from its centuries-long winter. The tribes of the equatorial continent emerge from their hiding places and are again able to dispute possession of the planet with the ferocious phagors. In Oldorando, love, trade and coinage are being redisovered. This is the first volume of the Helliconia Trilogy -- a monumental saga that goes beyond anything yet created by this master among today's imaginative writers.
1982 Russell Hoban Riddley Walker
1981 Gregory Benford Timescape In the year 1998, a group of scientists works desperatey to communicate with the scientists of 1962, warning of an ecological disaster that will destroy the oceans in the future--if it is not averted in the past.
1980 Thomas M. Disch On Wings of Song
1979 Michael Moorcock Gloriana
1978 Frederik Pohl Gateway
1977 Kingsley Amis The Alteration
1976 Wilson Tucker The Year of the Quiet Sun
1975 Philip K. Dick Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said Stunningly plausible in its portrayal of a neo-fascist America, where everyone informs on everyone else, this Orwellian novel bores deeply into the bedrock of the self--and plants dynamite at its center.
1974 Arthur C. Clarke Rendezvous With Rama
1974 Robert Merle Malevil
1973 Barry N. Malzberg Beyond Apollo