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Loncon 3 - 1939 Retro Hugos
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December 16th, 2013

07:12 pm - About Retro Hugo Women [sticky post]
In August 2014, Worldcon: LonCon3 will award the 1939 Retro Hugos for works published in 1938. Some items from 1938 are still in print and talked about today, such as CS Lewis' "Out of the Silent Planet". But many excellent works have fallen into obscurity... especially those created by women.

Retro Hugo Women is a discussion group for Retro Hugo-eligible works by women creators. Because how will we know what is worthy of nomination if we never read it in the first place?

An (incomplete) list of works by women creators that are eligible for the 1939 Retro HugosCollapse )

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August 28th, 2014

11:04 pm - 1939 Retro Hugo Winners Announced
The winners of the 1939 Retro Hugos were announced at Loncon3, and two women would have taken home rockets!

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form): The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. Written by Howard Koch & Anne Froelick, directed by Orson Welles (The Mercury Theater on the Air, CBS)
Best Fanzine: Imagination! edited by Forrest J Ackerman, Morojo, and T. Bruce Yerke

I watched the ceremony live at Loncon3, in a very sparkly frock, and had a fantastic time. You can view a video of the awards ceremony here.

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April 22nd, 2014

08:28 pm - 1939 Retro Hugo Nominees Announced
The 1939 Retro Hugo Nominees have been announced, and the full list of finalists can be read here.

A few women did make the ballot!
Best Novella: Anthem by Ayn Rand (Cassell)
Best Novelette: “Werewoman” by C. L. Moore (Leaves #2, Winter 1938)
Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form): The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. Written by Howard Koch & Anne Froelick, directed by Orson Welles (The Mercury Theater on the Air, CBS)
Best Professional Artist: Margaret Brundage
Best Fanzine: Imagination! edited by Forrest J Ackerman, Morojo, and T. Bruce Yerke

I have checked with Sasquan, and they shan't be hosting the 1940 Retro Hugos. Many thanks to everyone who helped with this project, and I hope you enjoyed discovering these forgotten authors as much as I did.

See you all at Loncon3!

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March 25th, 2014

07:35 pm - Myrtle Douglas (Morojo) - Best Fan Writer
Myrtle Douglas (commonly known as Morojo) began editing the fanzine Novacious (with Forrest J. Ackerman) in December, 1938. Based on the rules of eligibility for Best Fanzine, Novacious is not eligible in that category, but any writings within the first issue would make the writer eligible for Best Fan Writer. Myrtle Douglas also edited Imagination! with Forrest J. Ackerman and T. Bruce Yerke.

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March 22nd, 2014

01:16 pm - "Master of the Serpent Women" by Mary Dale Buckner (Novellette Discussion Thread)
"Master of the Serpent Women" by Mary Dale Buckner was first published in the magazine Terror Tales #32 (January-February 1938), under the pseudonym Donald Dale.

Links Of Interest

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March 20th, 2014

09:45 am - Some names for consideration - please can anyone else provide further information
I'm sorry I didn't think to do this earlier, but my partner and I have just trawled the Porcupine Books research catalogue for 1938 first editions by people with recognisable (to us) female names. (Porcupine Books has been buying and selling SF for around 30 years and will be trading in the dealers room at Loncon 3, but none of these books are currently for sale.) I'm posting now with what I've got for fear that I won't have time to do any more before the nomination deadlines. I hope someone has the time to pick up and do the further work.

If we have any information about the source of the information or the contents I've included it here. The books may be sf, fantasy, horror, or any of those near-future or realities or adventures that are barely "sf" at all - sorry I have no time to sort any of that out.

We only ever catalogued Bleiler A-D so there may well be more to find in Bleiler if anyone has time and access.

Please forgive the formatting and any duplication with works already notified.

Muriel    Armitage
Sarllog The Brenn
Stockwell Ca1938 First Edition

Johanna    Brandt
Elinda or Love in Carnation Valley
(In Bleiler's Checklist)
Stockwell 1938 First Edition

Margaret Butcher
Destiny on Demand
(In Bleiler's Checklist)
Skeffington 1938 First Edition

Josephine Young  Case
At Midnight on the 31st of March
1938 First Edition

Joan Conquest
Veiled Lover  
Jarrolds 1938 First Edition  
Lost race romance novel set in North Africa; descendants of ancient Romans in the Sahara desert. Pseudonym for Mrs Leonard Cooke.

Clemence Dane  
The Moon is Feminine  
(In Bleiler's Checklist)  
Heinemann [1938] First Edition  
Novel about a were-seal in Brighton, England and how it affects, with tragic results, the romance between a young a young woman and a man who is ''preoccupied with the myth of his green ancestors from St. Martin's Land.. The story, keenly observed and brilliantly told, is flawed because nothing in what starts as a rather pleasant fantasy prepares you for its horrifying and violent end.
(This sounds rather interesting. Clemence Dane went on to edit the first major British SF line 'Novels of Tomorrow, publishing Clarke, Sheckley and Pangborn among others, which is interestingly not mentioned in her Wikipedia page - must go fix that sometime.)

Andre Norton  
Ralestone Luck      
Appleton-Century 1938 First Edition
(Included because by Norton, not obviously sf)

Sheila Radice  
Not All Sleep      
Arnold 1938 First Edition

Mabel L. Tyrrell  
Pull The House Down      
Hodder & Stoughton 1938 First Edition

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March 19th, 2014

06:12 pm - Speed Gibson Aviation Radio Show -- written by Virginia Cooke
One radio show that I recently read about, but haven't yet checked out, is the Speed Gibson radio show. Speed Gibson was a teenage boy interested in aviation, shortwave radio, and the International Secret Police. The scripts were written by Virginia Cooke and the radio show ran weekly from January 2, 1937 to May 25, 1940. 178 episodes of the 15-minute adventure serial were made, and surprisingly, all have survived intact. The series is available on the Internet Archive website and the My Old Radio website. Some of the episodes appear to be strictly action-adventure, but others, like Episode 69, "Thought Recording Machine," (episode date April 23, 1938) sound like they might be eligible.

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March 5th, 2014

08:17 pm - "Werewoman" by C. L. Moore (Novellette Discussion Thread)
"Werewoman" by C. L. Moore was first published in R. H. Barlow's fanzine "Leaves" #2 (Winter 1938).

Links Of Interest

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March 1st, 2014

05:02 pm - "With and Without Buttons" by Mary Butts (Short Story Discussion Thread)
"With and Without Buttons" by Mary Butts was first published in her posthumous collection "Last Stories".

Links Of Interest

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February 27th, 2014

07:31 am - "Toean Matjan" by Vennette Herron
"Toean Matjan" was published in the January 1938 issue of Weird Tales. It appears to have only been re-printed once, but quite recently, in the trade paperback Cats of Shadow, Claws of Darkness: Stories of Were-Cats, Ghost Cats, and Other Supernatural Felines (2012) from Coachwhip Publications.

The Tellers of Weird Tales website has an interesting biography on Vennette Herron. Also note that her 1917 book, Perfume and Poison, a combination of poetry and fable, is available for free online.

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