Thursday, January 1, 1970

1956 Hugo Award Finalists

Location: NewYorCon aka NyCon II in New York, New York.

Comments: 1956 was both an average year for the Hugo Awards, and an unusual one. The year was average in that the winners in the three fiction categories - Heinlein's Double Star, Leinster's Exploration Team, and Clarke's The Star - were solid, albeit unspectacular choices. John W. Campbell, Jr. racked up another award for Best Magazine for Astounding, and Frank Kelly Freas added another Best Artist Hugo to his collection.

The year was unusual in that three new categories - Most Promising New Author, Best Feature Writer, and Best Book Reviewer - were introduced in this award cycle, and were only handed out in this particular set of Hugos. All three of these award categories were discontinued the next year and were never reintroduced, although variations of the "Best New Author" award did crop up a couple times after this year.

Best Novel

Winner:
Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein

Other Finalists:
None

Best Novelette

Winner:
Exploration Team by Murray Leinster (reviewed in The Hugo Winners, Volume 1)

Other Finalists:
None

Best Short Story

Winner:

Other Finalists:
None

Best Magazine

Winner:
Astounding edited by John W. Campbell, Jr.

Other Finalists:
None

Best Artist

Winner:
Frank Kelly Freas

Other Finalists:
None

Best Fanzine

Winner:
Inside and Science Fiction Advertiser edited by Ron Smith

Other Finalists:
None

Most Promising New Author

Winner:
Robert Silverberg

Other Finalists:
None

Best Feature Writer

Winner:
Willy Ley

Other Finalists:
None

Best Book Reviewer

Winner:
Damon Knight

Other Finalists:
None

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