Retro-Hugo

Hugo awards may be given out retroactively, along with the regular Hugos, to works and people eligible 50 or 75 years prior to a current World SF Convention, and of course for years in which the regular Hugos were not given out. (Whether or not to give them out is a left to the host Worldcon.)

The purpose of the Retros is for today's fans to judge the work of the past, not for them to try to replicate what voters "back then" would have chosen. The Retros were the brainchild of Bruce Pelz.

Retro Hugos have thus far been awarded four times – the first time was in 1996 at L.A.Con III for works and people eligible in 1945 (but awarded for 1946); in 2001 (at the Millennium Philcon for works and people eligible in 1950 (but awarded for 1951), in 2004 at Noreascon 4 for works and people eligible in 1953 (but which would have been awarded in 1954), and in 2014 at Loncon 3 for works and people eligible in 1938 (but which would have been awarded in 1939. The first actual Hugos were awarded at the 1953 Worldcon for works and people eligible in 1952, but the next set was not given out until the Worldcon two years later, so the last retro Hugos filled in the blank. Worldcon 76 will present the 1943 awards.

Awards Eligibility Year Presented At In
1939 1938 Loncon 3 2014
1941 1940 MidAmeriCon 2 2016
1943 1942 2018 Worldcon 2018
1944 1943 Dublin 2019 (announced) 2019
1946 1945 L.A.Con III 1996
1951 1950 Millennium Philcon 2001
1954 1953 Noreascon 4 2004
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