So, apropos of yesterday’s post I decided to see who does, in fact, actually get nominated for (and who wins) the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.
Note that the data below was primary collected from Wikipedia. The “unknown” slices in the pies are because I didn’t go “deep doxxing” for biographical details, in the cases where nominees didn’t have obvious internet presences (e.g. Wikipedia pages, well-known social media profiles, etc.).
So, in other words: Who wins the Campbells? Americans, basically.
Other bonus fun facts (all caveats about unknown details applying):
- The Campbell has been awarded since 1973.
- In the first decade of the award, there was one Canadian winner (Spider Robinson in 1974), and one British nominee (James P. Hogan in 1979).
- The first nominee I could find outside of the “US-UK-Canada” triad was Tobias S. Buckell, in 2002 (although note he currently lives in the US).
- All known non-US-UK-Canada nominees are from the 2000s.
- Nominees are about 37% female-identified to 49% male-identified (with 12% unknown, 2% nonbinary-identified).
- Winners are 51% female-identified versus 49% male-identified.