Thursday, January 1, 1970

1961 Hugo Award Nominees

Location: Seacon in Seattle, Washington.

Comments: In 1961 A Canticle for Liebowitz won the Best Novel category. I have seen several people talk about how this was the moment when science fiction incorporated questions of religion into its work, but I always wonder how short the memories of those people are. A Case of Conscience won the Best Novel award just two years before, and Arthur C. Clarke had been dealing with religious issues in his short fiction for years.

In any event, this was a pretty good year for Theodore Sturgeon, who garnered a nomination in the Best Novel and Best Short Story categories, although he didn't win either. The Twilight Zone won the Best Dramatic Presentation award for the second year in a row, and John W. Campbell, Jr. picked up a win for Astounding, which was fresh from being renamed to Analog Science Fact/Science Fiction.

Best Novel

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

Other Nominees:
Deathworld by Harry Harrison
The High Crusade by Poul Anderson
Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys
Venus Plus X by Theodore Sturgeon

Best Short Story

The Longest Voyage by Poul Anderson (reviewed in The Hugo Winners, Volume 1)

Other Nominees:
The Lost Kafoozalum by Pauline Ashwell
Need by Theodore Sturgeon
Open to Me, My Sister by Philip José Farmer

Best Dramatic Presentation

The Twilight Zone (season two)

Other Nominees:
The Time Machine
Village of the Damned

Best Professional Magazine


Other Nominees:
Amazing Stories edited by Cele Goldsmith
Fantasy & Science Fiction edited by Robert P. Mills

Best Professional Artist

Ed Emshwiller

Other Nominees:
Virgil Finlay
Frank Kelly Freas
Mel Hunter

Best Fanzine

Who Killed Science Fiction? edited by Earl Kemp

Other Nominees:
Discord edited by Redd Boggs
Fanac edited by Terry Carr and Ron Ellik
Habakkuk edited by Bill Donaho
Shangri L'Affaires edited by Betty Jo "Bjo" Trimble and John Trimble
Yandro edited by Robert Coulson and Juanita Coulson

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