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Retro-Hugos for 1941

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On a happier note, there is one set of Hugos that are Puppy-free. The shortlists for the Retro Hugos for 1941 were announced at the same time as the main awards. The list is as follows:

BEST NOVEL

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Kallocain
by Karin Boye (Bonnier)

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Gray Lensman
by E.E. “Doc” Smith (Astounding Science-Fiction, Jan 1940)

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Slan
by A.E. Van Vogt (Astounding Science-Fiction, Dec 1940)

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The Ill-Made Knight
by T.H. White (Collins)

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The Reign of Wizardry
by Jack Williamson (Unknown, Mar 1940)

BEST NOVELLA 

“The Mathematics of Magic” by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt (Unknown, Aug 1940)

“The Roaring Trumpet” by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt (Unknown, May 1940)

“Coventry” by Robert A. Heinlein (Astounding Science-Fiction, July 1940)

“If This Goes On…” by Robert A. Heinlein (Astounding Science-Fiction, Feb 1940)

“Magic, Inc.” by Robert A. Heinlein (Unknown, Sept 1940)

BEST NOVELETTE 

“Farewell to the Master” by Harry Bates (Astounding Science-Fiction, Oct 1940)

“Blowups Happen” by Robert A. Heinlein (Astounding Science-Fiction, Sept 1940)

“The Roads Must Roll” by Robert A. Heinlein (Astounding Science-Fiction, June 1940)

“It!” by Theodore Sturgeon (Unknown, Aug 1940)

“Darker Than You Think” by Jack Williamson (Unknown, Dec 1940)

BEST SHORT STORY 

“Strange Playfellow” (a.k.a. “Robbie”) by Isaac Asimov (Super Science Stories, Sept 1940)

“Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius” by Jorge Luis Borges (Sur, 1940)

“Martian Quest” by Leigh Brackett (Astounding Science-Fiction, Feb 1940)

“The Stellar Legion” by Leigh Brackett (Planet Stories, Winter 1940)

“Requiem” by Robert A. Heinlein (Astounding Science-Fiction, Jan 1940)

BEST GRAPHIC STORY 

Batman #1 (Detective Comics, Spring 1940)

Captain Marvel: “Introducing Captain Marvel” by Bill Parker and C. C. Beck (Whiz Comics #2, Feb 1940)

Flash Gordon: “The Ice Kingdom of Mongo” by Alex Raymond and Don Moore (King Features Syndicate, Apr 1940)

The Spectre: “The Spectre”/”The Spectre Strikes! ” by Jerry Siegel and Bernard Baily (More Fun Comics #52/53, Feb/Mar 1940)

The Origin of the Spirit by Will Eisner (Register and Tribune Syndicate, June 1940)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (LONG FORM) 

Dr. Cyclops written by Tom Kilpatrick, directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack (Paramount Pictures)

Fantasia written by Joe Grant and Dick Huemer, directed by Samuel Armstrong et al. (Walt Disney Productions, RKO Radio Pictures)

Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe written by George H. Plympton, Basil Dickey, and Barry Shipman, directed by Ford Beebe and Ray Taylor (Universal Pictures)

One Million B.C. written by Mickell Novack, George Baker, and Joseph Frickert, directed by Hal Roach and Hal Roach, Jr. (United Artists)

The Thief of Bagdad written by Lajos Bíró and Miles Malleson, directed by Michael Powell, Ludwig Berger, and Tim Whelan (London Films, United Artists)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (SHORT FORM)

Merrie Melodies: “A Wild Hare” written by Rich Hogan, directed by Tex Avery (Warner Bros.)

The Adventures of Superman: “The Baby from Krypton” written by George Ludlam, produced by Frank Chase (WOR)

The Invisible Man Returns written by Joe May, Kurt Siodmak, and Lester Cole, directed by Joe May (Universal Pictures)

Pinocchio written by Ted Sears et al., directed by Ben Sharpsteen and Hamilton Luske (Walt Disney Productions, RKO Radio Pictures)

Looney Tunes: “You Ought to Be in Pictures” written by Jack Miller, directed by Friz Freleng (Warner Bros.)

BEST EDITOR – SHORT FORM 

John W. Campbell

Dorothy McIlwraith

Raymond A. Palmer

Frederik Pohl

Mort Weisinger

BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST 

Hannes Bok

Margaret Brundage

Edd Cartier

Virgil Finlay

Frank R. Paul

Hubert Rogers

Note: Category has 6 nominees due to a tie for 5th place.

BEST FANZINE 

Futuria Fantasia by Ray Bradbury

Le Zombie by Arthur Wilson “Bob” Tucker

Novacious by Forrest J Ackerman and Morojo

Spaceways by Harry Warner, Jr.

Voice of the Imagi-Nation by Forrest J Ackerman and Morojo

BEST FAN WRITER 

Forrest J Ackerman

Ray Bradbury

H. P. Lovecraft

Arthur Wilson “Bob” Tucker

Harry Warner

I’m not exactly sure what H.P. Lovecraft is doing on the Fan Writer ballot, since he had died in March 1937. Other than that, these are very interesting lists. Personally, I happen to regard “Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius” as one of the best science fiction stories ever written, so it is a real delight to see it get this recognition.

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