This year is one of those years that the “Retro Hugos”, Hugos for years that never had a Hugo Award winner, were awarded.
I can’t argue with the results, but, still, I am not entirely sure I like this idea. Many of those voting weren’t even alive back in 1954. The books winning awards are often those which have stood the test of time. While that is a laudable point of view…its also not quite what the Hugos are about.
Ah well. Read on for the winners this year.
1954 Retro Hugo Winners
Best Novel – Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Best Novella – “A Case of Concsience” by James Blish
Best Novelette – “Earthman, Come Home” by James Blish
Best Short Story – “The Nine Billion Names of God” by Arthur C. Clarke
Best Related Book – Conquest of the Moon by Wernher von Braun, Fred L. Whipple & Willy Ley
Best Professional Editor – John W. Campbell, Jr.
Best Professional Artist – Chesley Bonestell
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form – The War of the Worlds
Best Fanzine – Slant, Walter Willis, ed.; James White, art editor
Best Fan Writer – Bob Tucker