CoNZealand presented the 1945 Retro-Hugos today. The results included the first tie in the award’s history, for the Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form Retro-Hugo. (The full voting stats are online, and Deputy Hugo Awards Administrator Nicholas Whyte has done a quick analysis here.)
In addition to the regular Hugos, which will be presented later this week, the WSFS Constitution permits Retrospective Hugo Awards to be presented by a Worldcon held an even multiple of 25 years after a year after 1939 at which no Hugo Awards were presented. Due to World War II, there was no Worldcon in 1945, and no Retro-Hugos have previously been given for sff published in the 1944 eligibility year.
The winners of the Retro Hugo Awards 1945 are:
- “Shadow Over Mars” (The Nemesis from Terra) by Leigh Brackett (Startling Stories, Fall 1944)
- “Killdozer!” by Theodore Sturgeon (Astounding Science Fiction , November 1944)
- “City” by Clifford D. Simak (Astounding Science Fiction , May 1944)
Best Short Story
- “I, Rocket” by Ray Bradbury (Amazing Stories , May 1944)
- The Cthulhu Mythos by H. P. Lovecraft, August Derleth, and others
Best Related Work
- “The Science-Fiction Field” by Leigh Brackett (Writer’s Digest, July 1944)
Best Graphic Story or Comic
- Superman: “The Mysterious Mr. Mxyztplk” by Jerry Siegel, Ira Yarbrough and Joe Shuster (Detective Comics, Inc.)
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
- The Canterville Ghost, screenplay by Edwin Harvey Blum from a story by Oscar Wilde, directed by Jules Dassin (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM))
- The Curse of the Cat People, written by DeWitt Bodeen, directed by Gunther V. Fritsch and Robert Wise (RKO Radio Pictures)
Best Editor, Short Form
- John W. Campbell, Jr.
Best Professional Artist
- Margaret Brundage
- Voice of the Imagi-Nation , edited by Forrest J Ackerman and Myrtle R. Douglas
Best Fan Writer
- Fritz Leiber
Update 08/11/2020: Added Ira Yarbrough’s name to creators of Superman, per correction issued by Hugo Administrators.