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 1992 jury chose 7 works for the Honor List

Venus Rising by Carol Emshwiller (Edgewood Press, 1992)

“Liked the alien sense of Emshwiller’s amphibious people. An explicitly feminist story which also has an underlying, rationalized yet subtle science-fictional rationale. I like the way Venus Rising can be read both metaphorically and as a ‘pure’ science fiction story.”

This story is in Flying Cups and Saucers.

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Title: Venus RisingAuthor:
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Publisher Name: Edgewood PressYear: 1992
Work Type: Short FictionOriginal Language: English

Grownups by Ian MacLeod (Davis Publications, 1992)

“This taps into some basic male discomfort with what pregnancy does to women’s bodies (although there is no pregnancyper se in the story), and also with adolescent fears about adulthood, the perception of growing up as a loss of vitality and identity.”

This story is in Flying Cups and Saucers.

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Title: GrownupsAuthor:
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Title: Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine June 1992Editor: Gardner Dozois
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Publisher Name: Davis PublicationsYear: 1992
Work Type: Short FictionOriginal Language: English

Time, Like an Ever-Rolling Stream, Holy Ground Trilogy Book 2, by Judith Moffett (St. Martin's Press, 1992)

“A good science fiction novel about incest or the threat or possibility thereof. Moffett also does a good job of showing the connection-for many conservative Christians-between religion, consumerism, disrespect for the planet and fear of different people.”

“Moffett’s writing on gender issues, and on the future of humanity, is profoundly and insidiously pessimistic. Under the placid surface of Time, there’s a truly terrible, and grimly justified, vision of the relationship between the sexes.”

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Title: Time, Like an Ever-Rolling StreamAuthor:
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Series Title: Holy Ground TrilogySeries Number: 2
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Publisher Name: St. Martin's PressYear: 1992
Work Type: NovelOriginal Language: English

Red Mars, Mars Trilogy Book 1, by Kim Stanley Robinson (Harper Collins, 1992)

“Liked this book’s openly sexual interpretation of human power broking, and the way that sex-drive scrabbling for dominance is shown as being destructive on every possible level.”

“If this novel isn’t explicitly about gender roles, they certainly underlie and drive the characters and their interactions. This is rich, realistic, beautifully done science fiction with the kind of detail that makes one feel the writer has actually lived in the world he creates.”

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Title: Red MarsAuthor:
Series:
Series Title: Mars TrilogySeries Number: 1
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Publisher Name: Harper CollinsYear: 1992
Work Type: NovelOriginal Language: English

Correspondence by Sue Thomas (The Women's Press, 1992)

“Thoughtful, philosophical, intelligent exploration of human/machine interfacing and transformations.”

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Title: CorrespondenceAuthor:
Publisher:
Publisher Name: The Women's PressYear: 1992
Work Type: NovelOriginal Language: English

Lost Futures by Lisa Tuttle (Grafton, 1993)

“This book is a multiverse riff, strongly reminiscent of The Female Man and Woman on the Edge of Time, but the device is used for a personal, not a political story. It’s mildly yet pervasively eerie and disorienting.”

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Title: Lost FuturesAuthor:
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Publisher Name: GraftonYear: 1993
Work Type: NovelOriginal Language: English

In the Mother's Land by Élisabeth Vonarburg (Bantam Spectra, 1992)

“Vonarburg’s writing has a seriousness of purpose that much American science fiction, even some of the best, lacks; moral issues and intellectual debates are an important and exciting part of her work. Change may be necessary, but one has a sense, in this novel, of how problematic it is and how much pain it can cause. One of the delights of this novel is that the reader learns about the protagonist’s world in much the way she does, first discovering her immediate environment and then, gradually, the world beyond it.

Work Information

Title: In the Mother's LandAuthor:
Alternate Titles:
Title: Chroniques du pays des mèresPublisher: Québec AmériqueCountry: CanadaYear: 1992Title: The Maerlande ChroniclesPublisher: Tesseract / Beach HolmeCountry: CanadaYear: 1993
Publisher:
Publisher Name: Bantam SpectraYear: 1992
Work Type: NovelOriginal Language: FrenchTranslator: Jane Brierley