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Mar. 12th, 2016


arno_axolotl

1941 Retro Hugos: Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

I had trouble finding information on radio programs that were broadcast in 1940. Moreover, many of the programs were serialized and would not be appropriate for Dramatic Presentation, Short Form, although there may have been anthology series that would have individual episodes that would. If anyone has information about such shows, please post it. (Of course, the great majority of radio programs from that era are no longer available, so our ability to listen and judge them is now very limited.)
There were a number of animated shorts produced in 1940, including the first appearances of Bugs Bunny and Tom and Jerry, but it’s unknown whether voters in 1941 would have considered them as science fiction/fantasy. Here are a few of the better cartoons from 1940.

• Ghost Wanted, Dir: Chuck Jones, 7 mins., Warner Bros.
• Popeye Presents Eugene, the Jeep, Dir: Dave Fleischer, 6 mins., Fleischer Studios
• Puss Gets the Boot, Dir: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Rudolf Ising, 9 mins., MGM (The first Tom & Jerry cartoon.)
• A Wild Hare, Dir: Tex Avery, 8 mins., Warner Bros. (The first Bugs Bunny cartoon.)
• You Ought to Be in Pictures, Dir: Friz Freleng, 9 mins., Warner Bros.

Some people might also consider nominating segments from Fantasia, but I think it's more appropriate to nominate Fantasia in its entirety in the Long Form category.

Mar. 11th, 2016


arno_axolotl

1941 Retro Hugos: Best Graphic Story

Comic books were rapidly gaining popularity in 1940, but for fans voting in 1941 the most popular science fiction/fantasy graphic stories would have been the daily newspaper comic strips that had long predated comic books. Looking back 75 years, we can see the historical importance of something like Batman #1, but back then it was just another superhero comic book. Moreover, comic books typically contained 3 or more short, self-contained stories, so nominating something like “Batman #1” would probably not fulfill Hugo eligibility rules; the individual stories would have to be nominated. Then as now, too, I suspect Hugo voters would be somewhat biased against superheroes, talking animals, and crime fighters, no matter how much science fiction/fantasy they contained, in favor of the “pure” science fiction of Buck Rogers, et al. Here are some of the comic strip collections that I think voters in 1941 might have considered.

• “Brick Bradford and the Metal Monster” (Central Press Association/King Features Syndicate) (02/13/1939 – 03/16/1940) Writer: William Ritt, Artist: Clarence Gray
• “Brick Bradford Seeks the Diamond Doll” (Central Press Association/King Features Syndicate) (03/18/1940 – 12/28/1940) Writer: William Ritt, Artist: Clarence Gray
• Buck Rogers: "The Super-Dwarf of Space" (National Newspaper Service Syndicate) (8/1/39 to 3/23/40) Rick Yager (needs confirmation)
• Buck Rogers: "Forgotten Earth Colony" (National Newspaper Service Syndicate) (3/25/40 to 6/20/40) Rick Yager (needs confirmation)
• Flash Gordon: "Ice Kingdom of Mongo" (King Features Syndicate) (3/12/39 to 4/7/40) Writer: Don Moore, Artist: Alex Raymond
• Tarzan: “The Pirates of the Jungle” (United Feature Syndicate) (8/28/39 to 3/15/40) Writer Don Garden, Artist: Rex Maxon

Prince Valiant (King Features Syndicate) by Hal Foster would probably also be a contender, but I couldn't find information about storyline titles.

arno_axolotl

1941 Retro Hugos: Best Editor, Short Form

John W. Campbell, Jr., Astounding Science-Fiction, Unknown
Dorothy McIlwraith, Weird Tales (note: Farnsworth Wright’s last issue as editor was December 1939)
Raymond A. Palmer, Amazing Stories, Fantastic Adventures
Frederik Pohl, Astonishing Stories, Super Science Stories
F. Orlin Tremaine, Comet
Mort Weisinger, Captain Future Magazine, Startling Stories, Thrilling Wonder Stories

arno_axolotl

1941 Retro Hugos: Best Professional Artist

Hannes Bok
Margaret Brundage
Edd Cartier
Virgil Finlay
Robert Fuqua
John R. Neill
Paul Orban
Frank R. Paul
Hubert Rogers
George Rozen
Norman Saunders
Alex Schomburg
J. Allen St. John
H. W. Wesso

Mar. 8th, 2016

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kevin_standlee

BASFA 1941 Hugo Award Recommendations

As in previous years, the Bay Area Science Fiction Association held Hugo (and Campbell) Recommendation Nights in January and February and we are posting our accumulated recommendations in a series of entries here.

A key to the initials of the people making recommendations is in basfa's community journal. This post may change if we receive additional recommendations from club members.

Because there are many categories in which the club made no recommendations for the 1941 Retro-Hugos, we have combined all of our recommendations in a single post. If a category is not mentioned, there are no recommendations in that category.

BEST FAN ARTIST

Hannes Bok, MM, MYS
jack Gaughan, MYS, CES, MM


BEST FAN WRITER

Forrest J Ackerman, CYS, AJF, MM, DWG, LDH, CIP, DAB, RAB, BL
Art Widner, DWG, BH, CJG, BL
Harry Warner, DC. CJG, BL
Ray Bradbury, MM, DWG, LDH, CJF, RAB, BL
H. P. Lovecraft, MYS


BEST FANZINE

Futuria Fantasia, RSB
YHOS, DWS, DC, CJG
Spaceship, CJG


BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST

Ed Cartier, DWG, CJG
Hubert Rogers, DWG, BL
Margaret Brundage, MYS, CES, AJF, DC, BL, KAS
Frank R. Paul, CJG, MYS, KAS


BEST EDITOR, LONG FORM

John W. Campbell, DWG, KAS, LDH, BL


BEST EDITOR, SHORT FORM

John W. Campbell, DWG, BH
Farnsworth Wright, DC, DWG, CJG [Appears to be ineligible, per comment below]
Raymond Palmer, CJG


BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, SHORT FORM

The Milky Way, CJG


BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, LONG FORM

Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe, BH, CJG, CES, VF
Dr. Cyclops, DC, CES, MYS, CJG
The Ghost Breakers, DC, MYS, CES
The Devil Bat, DC, MYS, CES
Invisible Man Returns, CJG, CES
Fantasia, CJG, CES, AF, LDH, BJH, DC
Pinocchio, CJG, CES, LEH, DWG, DC


BEST GRAPHIC STORY

Flash Comics #1, CJG, CES
Whiz Comics #2, CES, CJG
Doc Savage Comics #1, CJG


BEST SHORT STORY

Requiem, Robert A Heinlein, ASF 1/40, DWG, CES, BH, KAS
Martian Quest, Leigh Brackett, ASF 2/40, DWG, MYS, CJG
Warlords of Mars, Festus Pragnell, Amazing 6/40, CJG
Dark Mission, Lester Del Rey, Amazing 7/40, CJG


BEST NOVELETTE

The Roads Must Roll, Robert A Heinlein, ASF 6/40, DWG, BH, KAS, BL
Vault of the Beast, A E Van Vogt, ASF 8/40, DWG, BL
Blowups Happen, Robert A Heinlein, ASF 9/40, DWG, KAS, BL
Farewell to the Master, Harry Bates, ASF 10/40, DWG, DC, CJG, BL


BEST NOVEL

Gray Lensman, E E Smith, ASF 10/39-1/40, DWG, BH, CES, MYS, CJG, BJH, LDH, BL
Final Blackout, L. Ron Hubbard, ASF 4/40-6/40, DWG, BL
Slan, A E Van Vogt, ASF 9/40-12/40, DWC, BH, CJG, LDH, BL
Synthetic Men of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1940, DWC, MYS, DAB
Captain Future & the Space Emperor, Edmond Hamilton, , CES
Typewriter in the Sky, L. Ron Hubbard, Gnome Press, CJG
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kevin_standlee

BASFA 2016 Hugo Award Recommendations: Best Novel

As in previous years, the Bay Area Science Fiction Association held Hugo (and Campbell) Recommendation Nights in January and February and we are posting our accumulated recommendations in a series of entries here.

A key to the initials of the people making recommendations is in basfa's community journal. This post may change if we receive additional recommendations from club members.

Black Easter, Dario Ciriello, Panverse Publishing, CAD, DNO
A Red-Rose Chain, Seanan McGuire, DAW, BJH, LDH, DNO
Saturn Run, John Sandford & Ctein, Putnam, MM, DC, GN
Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie, Orbit, DWG, DC, KAS, DNO
Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard, Lawrence M. Schoen, Tor, LDH, CS, BH, DNO
The Grace of Kings, Ken Liu, Saga Pr., CS, DNO
Unbound, Jim C. Hines, DAW, VF
Aurora, Kim Stanley Robinson, Orbit, BL
The Dark Forest, Cixin Liu, Tor, BL, DNO
The Fifth Season, N. K. Jemisin, Orbit, DNO
Uprooted, Naomi Novik, Del Rey, DNO
Chimera, Mira Grant, Orbit, DNO
Joe Steele, Harry Turtledove, KAS
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kevin_standlee

BASFA 2016 Hugo Award Recommendations: Best Novella

As in previous years, the Bay Area Science Fiction Association held Hugo (and Campbell) Recommendation Nights in January and February and we are posting our accumulated recommendations in a series of entries here.

A key to the initials of the people making recommendations is in basfa's community journal. This post may change if we receive additional recommendations from club members.

The Pauper Prince & the Eucalyptus Jinn, Usman T. Malik, Tor.com 4/22, RS
Rolling in the Deep, Mira Grant, Subterranean Press, VF, JOH, BJH, DNO
Witches of Lychford, Paul Cornell, Tor, JOH, DWC, MYS, VF, LDH
Binti, Nnedi Okorafor, Tor, DNO
Wings of Sorrow & Bone, Beth Cato, Harper Voyager, DNO
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kevin_standlee

BASFA 2016 Hugo Award Recommendations: Best Novelette

As in previous years, the Bay Area Science Fiction Association held Hugo (and Campbell) Recommendation Nights in January and February and we are posting our accumulated recommendations in a series of entries here.

A key to the initials of the people making recommendations is in basfa's community journal. This post may change if we receive additional recommendations from club members.


There is No Place for Sorrow in the Kingdom of the Cold, Seanan McGuire, The Doll Collection, RS, VF, LDH
Our Lady of the Open Road, Sarah Pinsker, Asimov 6/15, DNO
Grandmother-nai-Leylit's Cloth of WInds, Rose Lemberg, Beneath Ceaseless Skies 6/15, DNO
Down Deep Down Below the Waves, Seanan McGuire, The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft, 12/15, DNO
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kevin_standlee

BASFA 2016 Hugo Award Recommendations: Best Short Story

As in previous years, the Bay Area Science Fiction Association held Hugo (and Campbell) Recommendation Nights in January and February and we are posting our accumulated recommendations in a series of entries here.

A key to the initials of the people making recommendations is in basfa's community journal. This post may change if we receive additional recommendations from club members.

Candy from Srangers, Jay O'Connell, Asimov's Jan, RS
Gaze, Gemma Files, The Doll Collection, RS
Cassandra, Ken Liu, Clarkesworld Mar, RS
The Empress in her Glory, Robert Reed, Clarkesworld Apr, RS
Three Cups of Grief by Starlight, Aliette de Bedard, Clarkesworld Jan, RS
Dark Pixil, Wen Specter, Chicks & Balances, CAD
Cat Pictures Please, Naomi Kritzer, Clarkesworld Jan, JOH, CMO
Dixon's Road, Richard Chwedyk, F&SF Aug, AJF, MYS
Madeline, Amal El-Mohtar, Lightspeed 6/15, DNO
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kevin_standlee

BASFA 2016 Hugo Award Recommendations: Best Related Work

2015 Hugo Photos, John O'Halloran, good 1/0 + CP30, CAD, JOH, CMO, LDH, MYS, KR, BAV, DNO
Transformations: Cosplay, Richard Man, [illegible], JOH, CMO, LDH, MYS, KR, DNO
Tomorrow's Songs Today, Gary McGath, [illegible]
Empowered...Wonder Woman, Valerie Estelle Frankel, , VF, MYS, LDH, GN
After the Avengers, Valerie Estelle Frankel, Popmatters, VF
Art of Elfquest, Wendi Pini, , LDH, MYS
Companion Piece, L M Myles/Liz Barr, Mad Norwegian Press, DC
Space Helmet for a Cow, Paul Kirkley, Mad Norwegian Press, DC
The Skywalker Incursion (Big Bang Theory), AF (Listed here on the grounds that it's only related to SF/F, and Dramatic Presentations are for works of SF/F, which this was not.)

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