For some reason I woke up thinking about Robert A. Heinlein’s body of work – his Hugo winners (novels) in particular. Heinlein’s Hugo winners Stranger in a Strange Land and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress were some of the first works of Science Fiction I ever read. Not only were they fun to read, the conception of Earth and Humanity (in both) as weird and the pursuit of revolutionary social and political change (in both) resonated with me and inspired me to seek out more like them. Strangely enough, in attempting a systematic approach to the genre through the Hugo Award, these two have become my least and most favorite of his five winners for best novel. So this morning I decided that I couldn’t decide if I had ever formalized a complete Hierarchy of Heinlein’s Hugo Novels, so here they are. I should make a graphic huh?
1. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
2. Double Star
3. Farmer in the Sky
4. Starship Troopers
5. Stranger in a Strange Land