December 16th, 2013
|hatgirl||07:12 pm - About Retro Hugo Women |
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 )
( FAQsCollapse )
April 22nd, 2014
|hatgirl||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!
March 25th, 2014
|memphismaniac||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.
March 22nd, 2014
March 20th, 2014
|coth||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.
Sarllog The Brenn
Stockwell Ca1938 First Edition
Elinda or Love in Carnation Valley
(In Bleiler's Checklist)
Stockwell 1938 First Edition
Destiny on Demand
(In Bleiler's Checklist)
Skeffington 1938 First Edition
Josephine Young Case
At Midnight on the 31st of March
1938 First Edition
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.
The Moon is Feminine
(In Bleiler's Checklist)
Heinemann  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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clemence_Dane - must go fix that sometime.)
Appleton-Century 1938 First Edition
(Included because by Norton, not obviously sf)
Not All Sleep
Arnold 1938 First Edition
Mabel L. Tyrrell
Pull The House Down
Hodder & Stoughton 1938 First Edition
March 19th, 2014
|memphismaniac||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.
March 5th, 2014
March 1st, 2014
February 27th, 2014
|memphismaniac||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.
February 26th, 2014
|memphismaniac||07:15 am - "The Cavern" by Manly Wade Wellman and Gertrude Gordon|
"The Cavern" was published in the September 1938 issue of Weird Tales. It appears to be the only piece of short fiction written by Gertrude Gordon during the year of eligibility. According to the Internet Speculative Fiction Database, it has been reprinted several times, so it shouldn't be too hard to find the story in print.