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The Hugos-1943

As a wonderful look at some of the programming coming to LibertyCon 35 and DeepSouthCon 61 this year, here is a look at the panel The Hugos-1943.

Description: Ben Yalow will host a discussion on fannish history - what was interesting and important that was published in 1943 to include the Hugo Awards 80 years ago and the historical context wherein the works were created.

Not everyone is versed in the science fiction and fantasy writings of eighty years ago though. Thankfully, Toni Weisskopf of Baen Books has provided a list of the novelettes, novellas, and novels that will be discussed during the panel. This way you can look them up, read about them, and in some cases actually get legal e-book versions for free.

Titles in bold are available from Project Gutenberg ( and linked to be available for download. The magazines are linked to the Internet Speculative Fiction Database ( which gives information about each fiction piece.

This first section is

stories found in John W. Campbell’s magazines Astounding Science-Fiction and Unknown Worlds.

Anthony Boucher

We Print the Truth (hard fantasy)


Astounding Science-Fiction, December 1943

Fredric Brown

The Angelic Angleworm (typical longer short and incredibly clever)


Unknown Worlds, February 1943

Hal Clement

Attitude (one of the early stories that was establishing him as the exemplar of hard science fiction)


Astounding Science-Fiction, September 1943

Fritz Leiber

Gather Darkness (science and religion as a mixture of fantasy and science fiction tropes)


Astounding Science-Fiction, May-July 1943

Thieves' House (A Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser story)


Unknown Worlds, February 1943

Conjure Wife (Leiber’s first novel)


Unknown Worlds, April 1943

Lewis Padgett (Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore)

Clash By Night (the same setting as their later novel, Fury)


Astounding Science-Fiction, March 1943

Mimsy Were the Borogoves (Future science and Lewis Carroll)


Astounding Science-Fiction, February 1943

Eric Frank Russell

Symbiotica (one of the Jay Score robot stories)


Astounding Science-Fiction, October 1943

James H. Schmitz

Greenface (the first story by someone who would become one of the major authors of the 1960s/70s)


Unknown Worlds, August 1943

George O. Smith

Calling the Empress (A Venus Equilateral story)


Astounding Science-Fiction, June 1943

Recoil (A Venus Equilateral story)


Astounding Science-Fiction, November 1943

A. E. van Vogt

The Weapon Makers (early Libertarian-ish science fiction)


Astounding Science-Fiction, February 1943

And, in Planet Stories, Leigh Brackett was, by example, helping define the planetary romance genre, with two of the Venus stories.

Leigh Brackett

Citadel of Lost Ships


Planet Stories, March 1943

The Blue Behemoth


Planet Stories, May 1943

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