My 1943 Retro Hugo Reading List

hugo_smLooking for things to read for the 1943 Retro Hugos?  Here is my reading list in hopes that it may give you some ideas.  Note that 1943 Hugos are awarded to stories that had their first publication in 1942.

This list contains all the eligible stories in my library (according to my database).  I only listed volumes that contain at least one unique eligible story, but I did leave in story duplications if they appeared in more than one of these books.  This list may help you identify eligible stories that you have already read.  It may help you identify volumes that you have that contain eligible stories.  Or it may be useful as a starting point for finding these stories in other volumes or on the internet (places like archive.org for example).  For finding other volumes in which these stories appear, I suggest using isfdb.org (paste the story title in the search box and choose ‘Fiction Titles’ from the pull down menu).

The format of this list, or how to interpret what you are looking at: Titles of volumes containing eligible stories begin with three equal signs (===).  Stories themselves are preceded by one hyphen (-).  Story titles are followed by the author’s name, then a two letter code for the nomination category (length).  n. = novel / na = novella / nv = novelette / ss = short story.  I have not verified these categories, so I suggest verifying both eligibility year and length before casting your ballot.  I should also mention that I have not included author pseudonyms, so don’t be surprised if a different name is given as the author for some of these stories.

This is nowhere near a complete list of eligible stories, but I suspect that this list contains the majority of eventual finalists (at least in the short categories).  And don’t forget that the nomination ballot deadline is March 16th.

Anthologies

===Isaac Asimov Presents The Great Science Fiction Stories Volume 4, 1942 – eds. Asimov & Greenberg  (Isaac Asimov Presents: The Golden Years of Science Fiction: Second Series has all but 2 of these stories)
-The Star Mouse – Frederic Brown – nv
-The Wings of Night – Lester Del Rey – ss
-Cooperate – Or Else! – A. E. van Vogt – nv
-Foundation – Isaac Asimov – nv
-The Push of a Finger – Alfred Bester – na
-Asylum – A. E. van Vogt – na
-Proof – Hal Clement – ss
-Nerves – Lester del Rey – na
-Barrier – Anthony Boucher – na
-The Twonky – Henry Kuttner – nv
-QRM-Interplanetary – George O. Smith – nv
-The Weapons Shop – A. E. van Vogt – nv
-Mimic – Donald A. Wollheim – ss

===Adventures in Time and Space – ed. Raymond J. Healy & J. Francis McComas
-Nerves – Lester del Rey – na
-The Link – Cleve Cartmill – ss
-Asylum – A. E. van Vogt – nv
-The Twonky – Lewis Padgett – nv
-The Star Mouse – Fredric Brown – ss

===Classic Science Fiction: The First Golden Age – ed. Terry Carr
-Child of the Green Light – Leigh Brackett – nv
-Victory Unintentional – Isaac Asimov – ss
-The Twonky – Henry Kuttner – nv
-Storm Warning – Donald A. Wollheim – ss

===Journey to Infinity – ed. Martin Greenberg
-Breakdown – Jack Williamson – nv
-There Shall Be Darkness – C. L. Moore – nv
-Overthrow – Cleve Cartmill – na

===Treasury of Science Fiction, A – ed. Groff Conklin
-With Flaming Swords – Cleve Cartmill – na
-The Embassy – Donald A. Wollheim – ss
-Tools – Clifford D. Simak – nv

===Unknown Worlds: Tales from Beyond – ed. Stanley Schmidt & Martin H. Greenberg
-The Refugees – Frank Belknap Long – ss
-Hell Is Forever – Alfred Bester – na
-The Hag Seleen – Theodore Sturgeon & James H. Beard – nv

===Golden Age of Science Fiction, The (vt Best of Science Fiction) – ed. Groff Conklin
-Goldfish Bowl – Robert A. Heinlein – nv
-Jackdaw – Ross Rocklynne – nv

===Invaders of Earth – ed. Groff Conklin
-Storm Warning – Donald A. Wollheim – ss
-Not Only Dead Men – A. E. van Vogt – ss

===Omnibus of Science Fiction, The – ed. Groff Conklin
-Recruiting Station (vt Masters of Time) – A. E. van Vogt – na
-Heritage – Robert Abernathy – nv

===Science Fiction Adventures in Dimension – ed. Groff Conklin
-The Flight That Failed (vt Rebirth: Earth) – A. E. van Vogt & E. Mayne Hull – nv
-To Follow Knowledge – Frank Belknap Long – nv

===Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Treasury – eds. Olander & Greenberg & Asimov
-Secret Unattainable – A. E. van Vogt – na

===Knights of Madness – ed. Peter Haining
-The Little Man Who Wasn’t All There – Robert Bloch – ss

===Men Hunting Things – ed. David Drake
-Gentlemen, The Queen! – Wilson Tucker – ss

===Rainbow Fantasia; 35 Spectrumatic Tales of Wonder – ed. Forrest J. Ackerman
-The White Lady – Dorothy Quick – ss

===Treasury of Great Science Fiction, A, Volume One – ed. Anthony Boucher
-Waldo – Robert A. Heinlein – na

===Treasury of Great Science Fiction, A, Volume Two – ed. Anthony Boucher
-Piggy Bank – Henry Kuttner & C. L. Moore – nv

===Worlds to Come – ed. Damon Knight
-Sunken Universe – James Blish – nv

Author Collections

===Complete Robot, The – Isaac Asimov
-Robot AL-76 Goes Astray – Isaac Asimov – ss
-Victory Unintentional – Isaac Asimov – ss
-Runaround – Isaac Asimov – nv

===Early Asimov or, Eleven Years of Trying, The – Isaac Asimov
-The Imaginary – Isaac Asimov – ss
-The Hazing – Isaac Asimov – ss
-Time Pussy – Isaac Asimov – ss
-Christmas on Ganymede – Isaac Asimov – ss
-Black Friar of the Flame – Isaac Asimov – nv

===Foundation – Isaac Asimov
-Foundation (vt The Encyclopedists) – Isaac Asimov – nv
-Bridle and Saddle (vt The Mayors) – Isaac Asimov – nv

===Lancelot Biggs: Spaceman (fixup, stories altered from original) – Nelson Bond
-The Ghost of Lancelot Biggs [Chapter 11] – Nelson Bond – ss
-The Return of Lancelot Biggs [Chapters 12-13] – Nelson Bond – ss
-The Love Song of Lancelot Biggs [Chapters 16-18] – Nelson Bond – nv
-Mr. Biggs Goes to Town [Chapters 22-24] – Nelson Bond – ss

===Other Worlds Than Ours – Nelson Bond
-Luxury Liner – Nelson S. Bond – nv
-Jessifer Rides Again – Nelson S. Bond – nv
-Gods of the Jungle – Nelson S. Bond – n.
-Colossus of Chaos – Nelson S. Bond – nv
-Captain Chaos – Nelson S. Bond – ss

===Compleat Boucher, The – Anthony Boucher
-The Complete Werewolf (vt The Compleat Werewolf) – Anthony Boucher – nv
-Barrier – Anthony Boucher – na
-The Ghost of Me – Anthony Boucher – ss

===Martian Quest: The Early Brackett – Leigh Brackett
-Child of the Green Light – Leigh Brackett – ss
-The Sorcerer of Rhiannon – Leigh Brackett – nv
-Child of the Sun – Leigh Brackett – nv
-Out of the Sea – Leigh Brackett – ss
-Cube from Space – Leigh Brackett – nv
-Outpost on Io – Leigh Brackett – ss

===Collected Stories of Ray Bradbury: A Critical Edition: Volume I: 1938-1943 – Ray Bradbury
-The Candle – Ray Bradbury – ss
-Eat, Drink and Be Wary – Ray Bradbury – ss

===Escape on Venus (fixup, stories altered from original) – Edgar Rice Burroughs
-War on Venus – Edgar Rice Burroughs – na

===Savage Pellucidar – Edgar Rice Burroughs
-The Return to Pellucidar – Edgar Rice Burroughs – nv
-Men of the Bronze Age – Edgar Rice Burroughs – na
-Tiger Girl – Edgar Rice Burroughs – na

===Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke, The – Arthur C. Clarke
-The Awakening – Arthur C. Clarke – ss
-Whacky – Arthur C. Clarke – ss

===Essential Hal Clement, The, Volume. 2: Music of Many Spheres – Hal Clement
-Proof – Hal Clement – ss
-Impediment – Hal Clement – nv
-Avenue of Escape – Hal Clement – ss

===Scribblings – L. Sprague de Camp
-The Effects of Time Travel – L. Sprague de Camp – ss
-The Negative Wugug – L. Sprague de Camp – ss

===Robots and Magic: Selected Short Stories of Lester Del Rey. Volume 2 – Lester Del Rey
-Though Poppies Grow – Lester del Rey – nv

===Fourth Book of Jorkens, The – Lord Dunsany
-On the Other Side of the Sun – Lord Dunsany – ss
-The Khamseen – Lord Dunsany – ss
-The Welcome – Lord Dunsany – ss

===Off the Main Sequence: The Other Science Fiction Stories of Robert A. Heinlein
-“My Object All Sublime” – Robert A. Heinlein – ss
-Pied Piper – Robert A. Heinlein – ss

===Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag, The – Robert A. Heinlein
-The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag – Robert A. Heinlein – na

===His Share of Glory: The Complete Short Science Fiction of C.M. Kornbluth
-The Golden Road – C. M. Kornbluth – nv
-Masquerade – C. M. Kornbluth – ss
-The Perfect Invasion – C. M. Kornbluth – nv
-Crisis! – C. M. Kornbluth – ss
-The Core – C. M. Kornbluth – nv

===Thunder in the Void – Henry Kuttner
-The Crystal Circe – Henry Kuttner – na
-War-Gods of the Void – Henry Kuttner – nv
-Thunder in the Void – Henry Kuttner – nv
-We Guard the Black Planet! – Henry Kuttner – nv

===Two-Handed Engine: The Selected Stories of Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore
-The Twonky – Henry Kuttner & C. L. Moore – nv
-Compliments of the Author – Henry Kuttner & C. L. Moore – nv

===Leiber Chronicles, The – Fritz Leiber
-The Hound – Fritz Leiber – ss

===Smoke Ghost & Other Apparitions – Fritz Leiber
-The Power of the Puppets – Fritz Leiber – ss
-The Hill and the Hole – Fritz Leiber – ss

===Swords Against Death – Fritz Leiber
-The Sunken Land – Fritz Leiber – ss

===Men, Martians and Machines – Eric Frank Russell
-Mechanistria – Eric Frank Russell – nv

===Microcosmic God, Volume II: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon
-The Jumper – Theodore Sturgeon & James H. Beard – ss

===Killdozer!, Volume III: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon
-Medusa – Theodore Sturgeon – nv
-The Hag Seleen – Theodore Sturgeon & James H. Beard – nv

===Seventy-Five: The Diamond Anniversary of a Science Fiction Pioneer – Jack Williamson
-Collision Orbit – Jack Williamson – nv

Novels  (apparently I don’t have many novels from 1942)

-Gods of the Jungle – Nelson S. Bond – n.
-Solomon’s Stone – L. Sprague de Camp – n.
-Undesired Princess, The – L. Sprague de Camp – n.
-Beyond This Horizon – Robert A. Heinlein – n.
-Screwtape Letters, The – C. S. Lewis – n.
-Second Stage Lensman – Edward E. Smith – n.

Series

The following series are eligible for Best Series Retro Hugo 1943 (as far as I can tell). Related titles can be found in the above lists.

-Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs
-Venus by Edgar Rice Burroughs
-Lensman by E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith
-Jorkens by Lord Dunsany

As stated, many more titles are eligible than I have here.  This is just a quick and dirty list from my library.  I hope you find it useful.

P.S.  If you are wondering if I have written any stories eligible for the 2018 Hugos, the answer is yes.  Both “Toasterpocalypse” & “Spooky Action” are eligible in the short story category.  See the short stories menu at the top of the page for more information on where they were published, etc…

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Worldcon Hangover

Worldcon was a blast, which means my brain is mush right now.  I’m going to have to postpone my recap until after my fantasy football draft this weekend (yeah, I know, brain mush part two).  Hello to all the new friends I made at Worldcon.  Check back next week for my thoughts on the Retro Hugos, con events and late night activities vaguely remembered.

Voting the Retro Hugos

Retro HugoIn the November, December and January editions of Scide Splitters, I reviewed humorous stories eligible for the 1941 Retro Hugo short categories (novella, novelette & short story).  I followed this up with a list of “25 Stories Worth Reading Before Making Retro Hugo Nominations” (the list included humor and non-humor stories).  Now that we are into the final phase of voting (the deadline for casting ballots is July 31st), here are my thoughts on the official nominees as I work on filling out my ballot.

First, let me throw out a few statistics.  10 of my 25 “Worth Reading” were humor.  Only two of those made the final ballot.  However, 11 of the final 15 nominees were on my list of 25 recommended reads.  So, on the whole, I would say the nominees are a fairly worthy bunch.  I’m just a little disappointed (though not surprised) that more humor didn’t make the cut.

Novellas – Heinlein vs. de Camp & Pratt.  The only nominee not to make my recommended list was Heinlein’s “Magic, Inc.” so it should be no shock that it ends up at the bottom of my ballot.  I was a little surprised not to see “Darker Than You Think” by Jack Williamson make it.  The reason it did not is largely due to some people mistakenly promoting it as a novelette.  So it was initially announced as a novelette finalist before award administrators realized it was ineligible due to length.

The hard decision for me here is picking between “The Roaring Trumpet” and “If This Goes On…”  I call it a tie, but since I can only give one the top spot, I defer to the old axiom, “When in doubt, laugh.” “The Roaring Trumpet” marked the beginning of the Incomplete Enchanter series.  It is filled with adventure, Norse gods and laughs.  What more could you want?

  1. “The Roaring Trumpet” by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt
  2. “If This Goes On…” by Robert A. Heinlein
  3. “The Mathematics of Magic” by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt
  4. “Coventry” by Robert A. Heinlein
  5. “Magic, Inc.” by Robert A. Heinlein

My nominations that failed to make the cut: “Darker Than You Think” by Jack Williamson & “The Indigestible Triton” by L. Ron Hubbard

Novelettes – All five finalists were on my recommended list, though my favorite (“The Hardwood Pile” by L. Sprague de Camp) failed to garner a nomination.  I knew it was a long shot given the worthy competition.

My top four here are all close together.  But ultimately, 1940 was Heinlein’s year, and it is possible that he could sweep all three short Retro categories.  It was his breakout year as a writer.  He was the Guest of Honor at the 1941 WorldCon in Denver.  He was born in Missouri and later lived in Colorado.  All the stars seem to be in alignment.  And while I more-or-less coin tossed him into second place in the novella category, I won’t do that here.

“Vault of the Beast” is the replacement for “Darker Than You Think” and while it is a solid story and created quite a buzz at the time of publication, it finishes a distant fifth.  “Farewell to the Master” is the classic that became the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still.  Damn good, but just short of Heinlein’s narrative powers.  “It!” is exceptionally well written, but I am not much of a horror fan.  If this were the Retro Stokers, I would have to give it the nod.

  1. “Blowups Happen” by Robert A. Heinlein
  2. “The Roads Must Roll” by Robert A. Heinlein
  3. “Farewell to the Master” by Harry Bates
  4. “It!” by Theodore Sturgeon
  5. “Vault of the Beast” by A. E. Van Vogt

My nominations that failed to make the cut: “The Hardwood Pile” by L. Sprague de Camp & “The Voyage That Lasted 600 Years” by Don Wilcox.

Short Stories – The class of this group, at least for me, is “Requiem.”  Maybe younger generations don’t get it, but this story perfectly expressed the yearning for space that I grew up with and that I continue to carry to this day.

“Strange Playfellow,” or “Robbie” as it was later renamed, was the first of Asimov’s robot stories, and a very good one at that.  In many other years, this would be my first choice.  Of the two Brackett stories, “The Stellar Legion” is by far the best.  “Martian Quest” is comparatively amateurish.  Borges’ “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius” is good but uneventful.

  1. “Requiem” by Robert A. Heinlein
  2. “Robbie” by Isaac Asimov
  3. “The Stellar Legion” by Leigh Brackett
  4. “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius” by Jorge Luis Borges
  5. No Award
  6. “Martian Quest” by Leigh Brackett

My nominations that failed to make the cut: “Revolt of the Ants” by Milton Kaletsky & “Quietus” by Ross Rocklynne & “The Gods Gil Made” by Ross Rocklynne.

One more stat for you – 12 of 15 nominees in the short categories were edited by John W. Campbell.  Ergo Best Editor ‐ Short Form = John W. Campbell.

Retro Hugos & March Scide Splitters

Scide Splitters Mar 2016 Image 1bHugo and Retro Hugo nominations close tonight, so if you have been procrastinating your vote, time is running out.  If you need a reminder list of some fantastic short stories eligible for the Retro Hugos, check out this list.

March has another Scide Splitters (in case you are wondering how that works, I am on a four week schedule at Amazing Stories).  This time I look at Ben Bova’s The Starcrossed.  The story is loosely based on Bova’s real experience as technical advisor for The Starlost, a 1973 television show that demonstrated nearly all the pitfalls that can sink a promising SF television series.

 

25 Stories Worth Reading Before Making Retro Hugo Nominations

MidAmeriCon II has announced that nominations are now open for the Hugos and Retro Hugos. While I can’t help you much on the Hugos, I did spend the later portion of 2015 immersed in reading short fiction eligible for the 1941 Retro Hugos (stories first publishing in 1940). Part of my purpose was to identify all the humorous stories so that I could review them on my Scide Splitters blog at Amazing Stories Magazine. Those reviews can be found via the links below (be aware that they contain story summaries heavy with spoilers):

Scide Splitters: 1941 Retro Hugo Eligible Novellas

Scide Splitters: 1941 Retro Hugo Eligible Novelettes

Scide Splitters: 1941 Retro Hugo Eligible Short Stories

My other purpose was to get ready for casting my nomination ballot. After reading so many stories that I started Retro dreaming, I came up with a list of top contenders for my ballot. Granted, tastes will vary, and I would certainly like to hear other suggestions if you care to take the time to comment (I read hundreds of stories, but there are sure to be some gems that escaped my notice). These are in alpha order by category and the ones reviewed at Amazing Stories are marked (*humor):

Novellas:

“Coventry” by Robert A. Heinlein

“Darker Than You Think” by Jack Williamson [not to be confused with the expanded novel]

”If This Goes On…” by Robert A. Heinlein   [most versions you will find are of the expanded novel]

”The Indigestible Triton” by L. Ron Hubbard (*humor)

“The Mathematics of Magic” by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt (*humor) [the version in The Incomplete Enchanter is reasonably close to the original]

”The Roaring Trumpet” by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt (*humor) [the version in The Incomplete Enchanter is reasonably close to the original]

Novelettes:

“All Is Illusion” by Henry Kuttner & C. L. Moore (*humor)

”Blowups Happen” by Robert A. Heinlein

“Butyl and the Breather” by Theodore Sturgeon (*humor)

“The Exhalted” by L. Sprague de Camp (*humor)

”Farewell to the Master” by Harry Bates

”The Hardwood Pile” by L. Sprague de Camp (*humor)

“It” by Theodore Sturgeon

“The Roads Must Roll” by Robert A. Heinlein

“Vault of the Beast” by A. E. van Vogt

“The Voyage That Lasted 600 Years” by Don Wilcox

Short Stories:

“Are You There?” by Mona Farnsworth (*humor)

“The Bleak Shore” by Fritz Leiber

“The Chaser” by John Collier

“The Gods Gil Made” by Ross Rocklynne (*humor)

“Quietus” by Ross Rocklynne

”Requiem” by Robert A. Heinlein

”Revolt of the Ants” by Milton Kaletsky (*humor) [can be read for free in the von Dimpleheimer anthologies mentioned below]

”Strange Playfellow” by Isaac Asimov [aka “Robbie,” though the version in I, Robot is modified]

“When It Was Moonlight” by Manly Wade Wellman

Some of these will be hard to find, but seven of them are in Asimov and Greenberg’s The Great Science Fiction Stories Volume 2, 1940 (included in the omnibus Isaac Asimov Presents The Golden Years of Science Fiction). All of the Heinlein (except the shorter version of ”If This Goes On…”) can be found The Past Through Tomorrow. And although only one of the above stories is included, you can read well over 100 eligible public domain stories in ebook anthologies assembled by a fan named von Dimpleheimer (you can download these through links at File770).

Nominations do not close until March 31st. But be aware that if you aren’t registered by Sunday (January 31st), you will not be able to make nominations. Please do recommend additional stories in the comments field.