Retro Hugo

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Retrospective Hugo awards may be voted under certain circumstances to fill the perceived gap left by a past World SF Convention at which no Hugos were presented. Besides voting the usual Hugos for the previous year's sf, a Worldcon can optionally allow its members to choose Retro Hugos which might have been but were not presented at the actual (not hypothetical) Worldcon of 50, 75 or 100 years previously. These awards have been presented five times: in 1996 for 1945 work, in 2001 for 1950 work, in 2004 for 1953 work, in 2014 for 1938 work and in 2016 awards for 1940 work. Since Hugo presentations have continued without a break since 1954, all the 50-years-ago opportunities have now been taken and Retro Hugos are currently (since 2014) being given for Worldcons 75 years in the past. The next potential Retro Hugo presentation will be for 1946 work at the 2022 Worldcon.

Several acknowledged sf and fantasy classics have been honoured in this way, but the influence of hindsight (and of reputations swelled by later work) makes these belated awards a distinctly unreliable guide to the preferences of past Worldcon members. Ray Bradbury, for example, was very far from being either the best or best-liked fan writer of 1938 or 1940, but in the twenty-first century has vastly greater name recognition than other, more plausible candidates. [DRL]

Novel

Novella

  • 1938: John W Campbell Jr, "Who Goes There?" (August 1938 Astounding) as by Don A Stuart
  • 1940: Robert A Heinlein "If This Goes On –" (February-March 1940 Astounding)
  • 1945: George Orwell, Animal Farm (1945 chap)
  • 1950: Robert A Heinlein, "The Man Who Sold the Moon" (in The Man Who Sold the Moon, coll 1950)
  • 1953: James Blish, "A Case of Conscience" (September 1953 If)

Novelette

Short story

  • 1938: Arthur C Clarke "How We Went to Mars" (March 1938 Amateur Science Stories)
  • 1940: Isaac Asimov, "Robbie" (September 1940 Super Science Stories as "Strange Playfellow")
  • 1945: Hal Clement, "Uncommon Sense" (September 1945 Astounding)
  • 1950: Damon Knight, "To Serve Man" (November 1950 Galaxy)
  • 1953: Arthur C Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God" (in Star Science Fiction Stories 1, anth 1953, ed Frederik Pohl)

Graphic story

Related book

Dramatic presentation

Professional editor

Professional artist

Fanzine

  • 1938: Forrest J Ackerman, editor, Imagination!
  • 1940: Ray Bradbury, editor, Futuria Fantasia
  • 1945: Forrest J Ackerman, editor, Voice of the Imagi-Nation
  • 1950: Science Fiction Newsletter
  • 1953: Walt Willis, editor, and James White, art editor, Slant

Fan writer

Fan artist

Special committee award (not a formal Retro Hugo)

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