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1941 Retro Hugo Awards Winners

Winners of the 1941 Retro Hugo Awards, honoring work from 1940, were announced August 18, 2016 at a ceremony at MidAmericon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, held at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City MO, August 17-21, 2016.

The Retro Hugos are awarded 50, 75, or 100 years after a Worldcon in which the Hugos were not previously awarded.

Best Novel (352 nominating ballots)

  • Slan, A.E. Van Vogt (Astounding Science-Fiction 12/40)
  • Kallocain, Karin Boye (Bonnier)
  • Gray Lensman, E.E. ‘‘Doc’’ Smith (Astounding Science-Fiction 1/40)
  • The IllMade Knight, T.H. White (Collins)
  • The Reign of Wizardry, Jack Williamson (Unknown 3/40)

Best Novella (318)

  • “If This Goes On…”, Robert A. Heinlein (Astounding Science-Fiction 2/40)
  • “The Mathematics of Magic”, L. Sprague de Camp & Fletcher Pratt (Unknown 8/40)
  • “The Roaring Trumpet”, L. Sprague de Camp & Fletcher Pratt (Unknown 5/40)
  • “Coventry”, Robert A. Heinlein (Astounding Science-Fiction 7/40)
  • “Magic, Inc.”, Robert A. Heinlein (Unknown 9/40)

 Best Novelette (310)

  • “The Roads Must Roll”, Robert A. Heinlein (Astounding Science-Fiction 6/40)
  • “Farewell to the Master”, Harry Bates (Astounding Science-Fiction 10/40)
  • “Blowups Happen”, Robert A. Heinlein (Astounding Science-Fiction 9/40)
  • “It!”, Theodore Sturgeon (Unknown 8/40)
  • “Vault of the Beast”, A.E. Van Vogt (Astounding Science-Fiction 8/40)**
  • “Darker Than You Think”, Jack Williamson (Unknown 12/40)

 Best Short Story (324)

  • “Robbie”, Isaac Asimov (Super Science Stories 9/40 as “Strange Playfellow”)
  • “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius”, Jorge Luis Borges (Sur 1940)
  • “Martian Quest”, Leigh Brackett (Astounding Science-Fiction 2/40)
  • “The Stellar Legion”, Leigh Brackett (Planet Stories Winter 1940)
  • “Requiem”, Robert A. Heinlein (Astounding Science-Fiction 1/40)

 Best Dramatic Presentation – Short (123)

  • Pinocchio
  • The Adventures of Superman: “The Baby from Krypton”
  • The Invisible Man Returns
  • Looney Tunes: “You Ought to Be in Pictures”
  • Merrie Melodies: “A Wild Hare”

Best Dramatic Presentation – Long (250)

  • Fantasia
  • Dr. Cyclops
  • Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe
  • One Million B.C.
  • The Thief of Bagdad

Best Graphic Story (92)

  • Batman #1 (Detective Comics, Spring 1940)
  • “The Origin of the Spirit”, Will Eisner (Register and Tribune Syndicate 6/40)
  • Captain Marvel: “Introducing Captain Marvel”, Bill Parker & C.C. Beck (Whiz Comics #2, 2/40)
  • Flash Gordon: “The Ice Kingdom of Mongo”, Alex Raymond & Don Moore (King Features Syndicate, 4/40)
  • The Spectre: “The Spectre”/”The Spectre Strikes!”, Jerry Siegel & Bernard Baily (More Fun Comics #52/53, 3/40, 4/40)

Best Professional Editor Short Form (183)

  • John W. Campbell
  • Dorothy McIlwraith
  • Raymond A. Palmer
  • Frederik Pohl
  • Mort Weisinger

 Best Professional Artist (86)*

  • Virgil Finlay
  • Hannes Bok
  • Margaret Brundage
  • Edd Cartier
  • Frank R. Paul
  • Hubert Rogers

 Best Fanzine (63)

  • Futuria Fantasia
  • Le Zombie
  • Novacious
  • Spaceways
  • Voice of the Imagi-Nation

Best Fan Writer (70)

  • Ray Bradbury
  • Forrest J Ackerman
  • H.P. Lovecraft
  • Arthur Wilson “Bob” Tucker
  • Harry Warner

*The Best Professional Artist category has six finalists due to a tie for fifth place.

**Added to ballot June 19, 2016. MidAmericon II announced a correction to the 1941 Retro Hugo Award finalists on June 19, 2016.

There were 481 nominating ballots received from members of Sasquan, MidAmericonII, and Worldcon 75.


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