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Retro Hugo summary


834 votes cast on final ballot - more than for the 1943 Retro Hugos in 2018, but fewer than for the 1941 Retro Hugos in 2016 or the 1939 Retro Hugos in 2014.

217 nominating ballots received. Again, more than the 1943 Retro Hugos in 2018, but fewer than for the 1941 Retro Hugos in 2016 or the 1939 Retro Hugos in 2014.

All but one of the winners had the most first preferences in their categories. The exception: Virgil Finlay had the second highest number of first preferences in the Best Professional Artist category, but gained enough transfers to beat Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

Most decisive result was in the Best Editor, Short Form category, where John W. Campbell won on the first count with 56.8% of first preferences. The second place count in this category was almost as decisive, with Donald A. Wollheim getting 55.7% of first preferences.

Closest results:
Best Fan Writer, where Forrest J. Ackerman beat Wilson “Bob” Tucker by 18 votes.
Best Fanzine, where Le Zombie beat Futurian War Digest by 23 votes, after several rounds of very close eliminations.
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form, where Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman beat I Walked With a Zombie by 25 votes

At lower rankings, there were two ties:
Best Novel: Earth’s Last Citadel and Perelandra tied for 4th place
Best Fanzine: Futurian War Digest and Voice of the Imagi-Nation tied for 3rd place.
Best Graphic Story: Nelvana of the Northern Lights and the Ice-Beam, first published 1941–1942.
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: Only the first two episodes of The Phantom were broadcast in 1943, and their combined length is much less than 90 minutes.
Best Fanzine: Fantasy News initially announced as a finalist, due to incorrect tallying; Guteto was entitled to that slot.
Best Series: Mary Poppins, Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser and C.S. Lewis’ Cosmic Trilogy all ineligible, which left the category unviable.
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