Short Fiction Eligible for the 1941 Retro-Hugos Vol. 4, a collection of
13 12 public domain novellas published in 1940, is the latest collection from File 770 commenter von Dimpleheimer. (Earlier posts contain links to Volume One, Volume Two, and Volume Three.)
Volume Four is the all novella volume, with
nine eight new novellas and four others repeated from previous volumes.
These books are created to help MidAmeriCon II members who will vote next year on the Retro Hugos (along with the regular Hugos).
The links lead to a Google storage drive.
Von Dimpleheimer’s introduction explains the limits of his own collection, and drops loud hints where to find the others, at least some of which are still be under copyright.
The 13 novellas included here constitute 20% of the approximately 62 novellas published in 1940. So if you dust off your copy of The Complete Compleat Enchanter, rummage though your stack of Heinlein paperbacks, and shell out a few bucks for a collection or two, you will not only become an authority on the novellas of 1940 and be invited to speak at conferences around the world, you will be able to nominate with a confidence unobtainable in the short story category.
And he obligingly includes a list of 49 other 1940 novellas that are not in the collection.
Meanwhile, here is the table of contents of Volume Four.
- Nelson S. Bond “The Ultimate Salient” Planet Stories, Fall 1940
- Ray Cummings “Space-Liner X-87” Planet Stories, Summer 1940
- Oscar J. Friend “Roar of the Rocket” Thrilling Wonder Stories, April 1940
André Maurois “Fatapoufs and Thinifers” Fatapoufs and Thinifers French 1930. Translated from French by Rosemary Benét. Fattypuffs and Thinifiers, English, 1940
- Phil Nowlan “Space Guards” Astounding Science-Fiction, May 1940
- Norvell W. Page “But Without Horns” Unknown, June 1940
- Ray Palmer “Black World” Amazing Stories, March 1940 and April 1940
- John Murray Reynolds “Goddess of the Moon” Planet Stories, Spring 1940
- Nat Schachner “Master Gerald of Cambray” Unknown, June 1940
- Don Wilcox “The Robot Peril” Fantastic Adventures, January 1940
- Don Wilcox “The Whispering Gorilla” Fantastic Adventures, May 1940
- Robert Moore Williams “The Golden Princess” Fantastic Adventures, August 1940
- Robert Moore Williams “Jongor of Lost Land” Fantastic Adventures, October 1940
A fifth volume is in the works, and he says, “Barring the unforeseen inheritance of a literary estate or a pile of 75 year-old magazines, all new stories in Volumes Five and up will be less than 17,500 words long.”
Update 12/07/2015: Von Dimpleheimer has removed “Fattypuffs and Thinifiers” from Volume Four and uploaded a new file without the story. He says: “Someone pointed out they had a version that has a copyright renewal date of 2006. After doing some more research, I don’t know if it is protected by copyright or not, so I have to assume it is.”