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Re: Best SF ever [message #114247] Tue, 17 September 2013 15:20
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"Best" is highly subjective.  Just because some group votes something the best
doesn't mean it is.  Look at the people we elect to public office. :-)

When did "members of the World SF Convention" vote these awards?  The
membership is different each year, so this claim is not very meaningful to
begin with.  THE FOUNDATION TRILOGY was voted best multi-series (trilogy?)
one year, beating out LORD OF THE RINGS!  And I think the "Nightfall" vote
you're talking about *was* by SFWA for the SF HALL OF FAME series of
anthologies.

To dispute DUNE's claim on the basis that it was only one year's vote is to
ignore that these other votes were one year only also.

					Evelyn C. Leeper
					...{ihnp4, houxm, hocsj}!ahuta!ecl

> >   Dune  was  rejected  13  times  before  being  published.
> > Pretty amazing for a book that  is  undisputably  the  BEST
> > SCIENCE  FICTION  NOVEL  EVER  WRITTEN (not necessarily the
> > most popular ; the Bible still holds that title).
> > 
> > iddic!brucec
> 
>      I dispute your claim.  Nightfall, by Isaac Asimov was voted
> the best short story, and the Foundation Trilogy, also by Asimov,
> the best longer work.  The vote was by the members of the World
> SF Convention.  The only other comparable selection might be
> if the Science Fiction Writers Association decided to vote on
> all time bests.  
> 
>      Both groups give annual awards for best work of one year,
> the Hugos by the Worldcon, and the Nebulas by SFWA.  I believe
> Dune won both, but that's only one year.
> 
> Dani Eder /  Boeing  /  ssc-vax!eder  /  Ad Astra! (To the Stars!)
> 
> 
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