Retro-Hugo 1943, Best Short Story

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)

Retro-Hugo 1941, Best Short Story

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)

Retro-Hugo 1939, Best Short Story

"How We Went to Mars" Arthur C. Clarke Amateur Science Stories, March 1938 Fellow nominees: "Helen O'Loy" by Lester del Rey"Hollerbochen's Dilemma" by Ray Bradbury"Hyperpilosity" by L. Sprague de Camp"The Faithful" by Lester del Rey Imagine, if you will, man's first interactions with an alien society. How do they appear? How do they communicate? What … Continue reading Retro-Hugo 1939, Best Short Story