In addition to selecting the winner, each jury chooses an Honor List (previously called a “Short List”). The Honor List is a strong part of the award’s identity and is used by many professors as a guide to creating syllabi and by many readers as a recommended reading list.

Honor List

The 1991 jury chose 5 works for the Honor List

Orbital Resonance, The Century Next Door Book 1, by John Barnes (Tor, 1991)

“This book deserves serious consideration because of the viewpoint character (a teenage girl on a space station) and because of the changes Barnes postulates in people living in a new environment. It’s very good science fiction; excellent speculation. Quirky and interesting politics. He’s done a fine job of imagining what living in his creation would be like.”

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Series Title: The Century Next DoorSeries Number: 1
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Publisher Name: TorYear: 1991
Work Type: NovelOriginal Language: English

Sarah Canary by Karen Joy Fowler (Henry Holt, 1991)

Karen disqualified this one early, because she administers the Tiptree with Pat Murphy, but the judges didn’t let her keep it off the shortlist. “Every bit as distinguished as The White Queen. After eight years of cyberpunk as a more masculine than feminine endeavor, two very strong writers [Fowler and Jones] have invented a feminist reply. In so doing, they’ve made a long overdue contribution to the great dialog of the SF field.”

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Publisher Name: Henry HoltYear: 1991
Work Type: NovelOriginal Language: English

The Architecture of Desire, White Crow Sequence #2, by Mary Gentle (Bantam Press, 1991)

“Gentle not only successfully blurs the gender lines around rape, she raises all the questions so prevalent in contemporary culture about date rape, marital rape, and other situations where the lines are blurred. … One of the best things about the book is that the protagonist understands what she’s done, and why, and through that, comes to understand what the rapist did, and why. Gentle also, in the relationship between the protagonist and her husband, deals with two [essential] gender issues (or at least relationship issues)-love without beauty and love in a context of controlled jealousy.”

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Series Title: White Crow SequenceSeries Number: 2
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Publisher Name: Bantam PressYear: 1991
Work Type: NovelOriginal Language: English

Moonwise by Greer Ilene Gilman (Roc / New American Library, 1991)

“Women of various ages and stages and forms struggle over a most basic and grand ‘magical’ achievement, the accomplishment of the winter solstice and release towards spring. A victory is won without the toot of a single war-horn or clash of battle, and it works-without argument, without over-protection, without polemic of any kind, but just by being told, and well-told.”

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Publisher Name: Roc / New American LibraryYear: 1991
Work Type: NovelOriginal Language: English

He, She and It by Marge Piercy (Alfred A. Knopf, 1991)

“Women tend to talk differently from men … Part of the reason women speak differently is because their concerns are different. I think that Piercy has taken on cyberpunk and made it answer the questions that women are most likely to ask about the future. Shira and Malkah, the protagonists, are not sleazoid-underworld-street-samurai; they’re women who’d like to raise a kid successfully as well as jack in. … This was new; it is not a minor triumph.”

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Publisher Name: Alfred A. KnopfYear: 1991
Work Type: NovelOriginal Language: English