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)
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.
"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
Stellar Publishing - Wonder Stories, January 1932 It’s that time of the week again where we look at another featured writer from the Hugo Awards. This week we have the influential writer and editor, John W. Campbell. As mentioned previously, this month finds us at the beginning of the Golden Age of Science Fiction. It … Continue reading Featured Writer: John W. Campbell
"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
Welcome back to another round of Hugo, A History, wherein this week we’ll look at another featured writer from the Hugo Awards. This week we’re looking at American writer and journalist, Clifford D. Simak. Best known for his pastoral style of writing, Simak made a name for himself with more than thirty novels and a … Continue reading Featured Writer: Clifford D. Simak
"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
Ziff-Davis Publishing - Amazing Stories, June-July 1953 Writer. Futurist. Engineer. Considered a member of the "Big Three," alongside Heinlein and Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke became one of the most influential science fiction writers. He wrote in genres such as hard science fiction or proper science, which appealed to both hardcore enthusiasts and general audiences alike. … Continue reading Featured Writer: Arthur C. Clarke