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1939 Retro Hugo Suggestions - Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)

At memphismaniac's suggestion, I listened to "Speed Gibson of the International Secret Police", a classic juvenile adventure radio serial that aired from 1937 to 1940. It's entire run was written by Virginia Cooke.

What fun this was! Lot's of "golly, gee whizz" and amazing disguises - but also mind-reading devices and death rays. So if you are OK with categorizing the futuristic technology in "James Bond" or "Mission Impossible" as SF, then this certainly qualifies.

The episodes are very short, and I feel are really are best appreciated together rather than as individual episodes, so I will be nominating them in Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form) rather than Short Form.

In 1938 the First Adventure ended and the Second began, so I will be nominating "Speed Gibson" in two nomination slots in Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form):

  • Speed Gibson of the International Secret Police - The Case of The World Vs. The Octopus Episodes #45 - #100

  • Speed Gibson of the International Secret Police - The Atlantian Expedition Episodes #1 - #42
  • Edit: As "The Atlantian Expedition" continued into 1939, it's not eligible for the 1939 Retro Hugos

You can listen to the episodes in a number of places online, including here
And here is an excellent resource for airdate information


Only a serial that ended in 1938 would be eligible. Eligibility of serialized works is based on the publication of the final episode/issue/part. Are you saying that The Menace of the Octopus ended in 1938?
Ooh, good catch Kevin! I had forgotten rule 3.2.4:" [...] a work appearing in a number of parts shall be eligible for the year of the final part."

So "The Atlantian Expedition" started in 1938 and ended in 1939, so isn't eligible in this go round. But as according to this site the final episode of "The Case of The World Vs. The Octopus" (#100) premiered in April 1938 it is eligible.

Excellent! Would have hated to have "wasted" a slot on "The Atlantian Expedition" when it's ineligible this year.

Edited at 2014-03-27 11:46 pm (UTC)
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