Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
Nicholas
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Best Novel 1939 Retro Hugos

This wasn't too difficult a ranking.

6) I thoroughly bounced off Galactic Patrol, by E.E. "Doc" Smith when I tried it eight years ago, and I don't see any reason to revisit it now. I am sure that 1939 fandom, as it then was, probably would have awarded it the Hugo if they had thought of awarding Hugos that year. But we are not bound to replicate the mistakes that 1939 fans might have made; we should make our own judgements (and our own mistakes).

5) Carson of Venus, by Edgar Rice Burroughs

4) No Award

3) The Legion of Time, by Jack Williamson

2) Out of the Silent Planet, by C. S. Lewis

1) The Sword in the Stone, by T. H. White

What I did find striking was that in all but Galactic Patrol (possibly even there, if I had read more sympathetically) there is a real sense of the impending conflict, of the old order being about to disintegrate in violence, again. I wonder what the readers of 2089 will spot as common themes of this year's Hugo nominees?

You can vote in this year's Hugos, and the 1939 Retro Hugos, by joining Loncon 3 at http://www.loncon3.org/memberships .

2014: Best Novel | Best Novella | Best Novelette | Best Short Story | Best Related Work | Best Graphic Story | Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) | Best Professional Artist | Best Fan Artist
1939: Best Novel | Best Novella | Best Novelette | Best Short Story | Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) | Best Professional Artist
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