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General notes about the 1941 Retro Hugo Awards

There are two philosophies regarding how to nominate for works that are 75 years old and that many modern readers are not familiar with. First, try to guess what voters in 1941 would have nominated, or second, nominate works that have stood the test of time. From previous Retro Hugos, it is clear that the second method dominates. In my recommendations I have tried to strike a balance between the two philosophies. If you don’t know where to start, I strongly suggest using the reprint anthology The Great Science Fiction Stories Volume 2, 1940, edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg, as a guide. I left non-U.S. works off my lists, as I assumed readers in 1940-41 would have limited access to them.
I have no idea if the Puppies will take any interest in the Retro Hugos, but I can foresee that Scientologists will. L. Ron Hubbard was still a decade away from publishing Dianetics, and in 1940 he was a popular and prolific science fiction writer. Several of his works are legitimate contenders for the Retro Hugo ballot, but I am fearful that his bloc will nominate all of his works regardless of quality, pushing worthier works off the final ballot. Just as with the regular Hugos, if there is a large amount of participation, the influence of special interests will be minimized.

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Thanks for compiling these lists, and for the heads-up about the Scientologists.
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