Welcome back to Hugo, A History in which this week we’re looking at our next award-winning short, “The Twonky.” Receiving the Retro-Hugo for 1943, the short story, written by the husband and wife duo of Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore, is yet another story featuring a robot. Though as we’ll quickly understand, this robot, this “Twonky,” doesn’t concern itself to follow Asimov’s Three Laws. (Cont'd)
As promised, today’s post looks at the other half of “The Twonky” writing team, Henry Kuttner. Often overshadowed by his numerous pseudonyms, including those shared with wife, C. L. Moore, Kuttner gained much prominence after his passing. With nearly three hundred stories to his name, it’s no wonder many contemporaries count him among their influences. … Continue reading Featured Writer: Henry Kuttner
Science fiction was never just a man’s domain. Many cite the whole of science fiction owes its creation to Mary Shelley and her seminal work Frankenstein. Throughout the genre’s history, many women rose to prominence with their influential stories. Today, we’ll meet the first powerhouse female of the project, C. L. Moore. Nothing I have … Continue reading Featured Writer: C. L. Moore
As I promised last time, today’s post is all about Asimov’s award-winning short, “Robbie.” Written while at the age of nineteen, the story became the first robot story produced by Asimov. It’s the story that sparked both his acclaimed Robot series and his most revered tenets, The Laws of Robotics. Despite its future importance, the story had trouble finding a home. Initially rejected by John W. Campbell, it eventually published in Super Science Stories thanks to editor Frederick Pohl. At the time, you could find the story listed as “Strange Playfellow,” but subsequent collections reverted to its original title. (Cont'd)
Photo by Phillip Leonian from New York World-Telegram & Sun This week we return with another of our “Big Three” writers. A prominent figure of the Golden Age, Isaac Asimov rose to fame with over 500 works written and edited by his hand. Probably most known for his science fiction series, like his Robot series … Continue reading Featured Writer: Isaac Asimov
Today, I wanted to take a moment and announce some changes to the blog. As I alluded to in my previous post, the past week allowed me to reflect on the project thus far. I am proud of the work I produced, but I also understand my limits. I knew when I started this project, … Continue reading State of the Blog Address
In this bonus post, we look at the three Hollywood adaptations of John W. Campbell's "Who Goes There?"
I think we’re all familiar with the legend of King Arthur. You know, a young boy pulls the legendary Excalibur from the stone to become the king of England. Accompanied by his tutor Merlin and his Knights of the Round Table, Arthur would become the legendary leader of Great Britain. But where did it all begin? Today we uncover these origins in the Retro-Hugo award-winning novel, The Sword in the Stone.
Burns Library, Boston College This week we have a less well-known writer of the Hugo Awards, the English author, T. H. White. Best known for his Once and Future King series (the first novel of which is this week’s feature), White would have a subdued career comparatively to our other writers. White, born into a … Continue reading Featured Writer: T. H. White
"Who Goes There?" Don A. Stuart [John W. Campbell] Astounding Science-Fiction, August 1938 Fellow nominees: "The Time Trap" by Henry Kuttner"Sleepers of Mars" by John Beynon [John Wyndham]"A Matter of Form" by H. L. GoldAnthem by Ayn Rand This week we enter the paranoia-filled world of Don A. Stuart’s novella, “Who Goes There?” A tale … Continue reading Retro-Hugo 1939, Best Novella