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Discovering the Award Winners: Retro Hugos

by Paul

Back in the early 1950s, when the Hugo Awards were born, Worldcon organizers had much more liberty to choose what was and was not included in their programme. So after the 1953 Worldcon decided to introduce the awards, the following year’s convention chose not to repeat the idea. It wasn’t until the 1955 Worldcon that […]

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5 ways history changed

by Paul

They are called “jonbar points”, from the moment in Jack Williamson’s The Legion of Time when a small boy, John Barr, picks up either a magnet or a pebble. One choice turns the world towards the good Jonbar empire, the other turns it towards the bad Gyronchi empire. They are, other words, the point of change […]

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Retro-Hugos for 1941

by Paul

Awards Categories: Awards

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 Kallocain by Karin Boye (Bonnier) Gray Lensman by E.E. “Doc” Smith (Astounding Science-Fiction, Jan 1940) Slan by […]

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