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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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10 Essential SF Titles from the 1940s

by Paul

And our ongoing history of the key sf works takes a step backwards to the 1940s. Two extraordinary events of 1939 had a profound effect on the science fiction of this decade. In the first instance, John W. Campbell became editor of Astounding. He didn’t just turn Astounding into the most important sf magazine of the period, […]

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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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