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 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)
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
"Rule 18" Clifford D. Simak Astounding Science-Fiction, July 1938 Fellow nominees: "Pigeons From Hell" by Robert E. Howard"Werewoman" by C. L. Moore"Hollywood on the Moon" by Henry Kuttner"Dead Knowledge" by Don A. Stuart [John W. Campbell] There couldn’t be a better time to discuss the future of sports, than the first week of regular season … Continue reading Retro-Hugo 1939, Best Novelette
"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
Well, not quite. You see, what we need to remember about the Hugo Awards is that each award year looks back at those works published the year prior. For instance, the winners awarded a 2019 Hugo published back during the 2018 cycle. So, while our first award year is 1939, we need to consider those … Continue reading The year is 1939