The 62nd World Science Fiction Convention

  • Sept. 2-6, 2004
  • Boston, MA

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January 11, 2004

Hugo and Retro Hugo Online Nominations

Nominate for Noreascon Four's Hugo and Retro Hugo awards — our online Hugo and online Retro Hugo nomination forms are now available. For printable (pdf) versions of both nomination forms, go to printable Hugo nomination form or printable Retro Hugo nomination form.

If you're interested in learning more about who and what are eligible for Retro Hugos for work done in 1953, download a copy of our Introduction to the Retro Hugo Awards for 1953. If you'd like a paper copy, send mail to Additional information, including lists of professional artists active in 1953 and most of the short stories published in 1953, is available at Fanac, the Fan History Project.


I read Don D'Ammassa's article in the Retro Hugo Introduction with interest. In general I thought it very good, very useful.

I would like to nitpick a couple of points, however.

The Theodore Sturgeon story about homosexual aliens is "The World Well Lost", not "A Saucer of Loneliness". However, "A Saucer of Loneliness" is a MUCH better story, and was also published in 1953, so it's definitely a great Retro Hugo candidate.

He mentioned Fritz Leiber's Conjure Wife as a potential novel nominee. Indeed, my paperback copy of the book says copyright 1953 by Twayne. However, my copy of the Twayne triplet Witches Three, containing Conjure Wife, is copyright 1952. Moreover, Conjure Wife originally appeared in 1943 in Unknown. It could have been revised for the later publication, but I have never heard that it was. (And at any rate that appears to have occurred in 1952.) So I don't think it's eligible.

(Leiber did, to be sure, have two novels published in 1953: The Sinful Ones (a significant expansion of 1950's "You're All Alone", and an excellent book), and The Dream Millennium.)

Rich Horton

Thank you very much for your note. We appreciate any comments and corrections to our 1953 Retrospective Hugo publication (and knowledge base!). We are *definitely* keeping track of corrections.