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For my own notes, in Retro Hugo nominations season; and maybe yours too: fifteen sff novels by women, and two by writers of color, first published (or first published in English, or first published in the USA) in 1942. First ten listed in descending Goodreads popularity, with links to Goodreads pages; next five are not on Goodreads so listed in random order. NB I have not checked length eligibility.

Also two sff novels first published / first published in English in 1942 by non-white authors:


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Feb. 15th, 2018 07:41 am (UTC)
Fantastic list--many more options than I found! Unfortunately, I think Monkey isn't eligible. I considered it, but Timothy Richard's translation The Monkey King's Amazing Adventures was published in 1913. An introduction to it by Daniel Kane even says, "One can scarcely believe this is the same book that Arthur Waley called Monkey [...] But it is."
Feb. 15th, 2018 07:56 am (UTC)
Re: Monkey
I reckon that the Waley version is sufficiently different to qualify as a new work! Indeed, your quotation from Daniel Kane goes pretty far in that direction.
Feb. 15th, 2018 08:23 am (UTC)
Re: Monkey
Hm, in context, I think Daniel Kane was pointing to very odd translation choices but emphasizing it's still the same story. There's another predecessor to consider too: Helen M. Hayes's The Buddhist Pilgrim's Progress (1930). The notice in the Spectator Archive is pretty clear it's a translation of "The Journey to the Western Paradise." I'm sure people can nominate what they like and see what happens, but Monkey may stretch clause 3.4.1 as a Hugo qualification. I suspect 3.4.2 isn't helpful either, because it looks like Monkey didn't appear in the US until 1943.
Feb. 15th, 2018 08:39 am (UTC)
Re: Monkey
Hmm, if it didn’t appear in the US until 1943, it may become my problem rather than this year’s administrator’s!
Feb. 15th, 2018 08:09 am (UTC)
Hm, The Hour of the Angel looks relevant to my interests. (And I've just had to check I still own Gobbolino - I do.)
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