Thursday, January 1, 1970

1963 Hugo Award Nominees

Location: Discon I in Washington, D.C.

Comments: Novels in which the Nazis win World War II are fairly common in the science fiction subgenre of alternate history, so it was somewhat inevitable that one would win the Hugo Award at some point. To prevent this from being a dull selection, the voters picked Philip K. Dick's somewhat surreal version of the story The Man in the High Castle as the Best Novel winner this year, beating out a decent but unspectacular field.

The only real surprise of the year was the fact that the Best Dramatic Presentation votes once again produced a "No Winner" result, the second time in the short history of the award that this had happened. Granted, the field was not particularly strong, but The Day the Earth Caught Fire was probably the most deserving winner among the nominees. This "No Winner" result marked the end of The Twilight Zone's three year winning streak, and given the indifferent quality of the fourth season, it was probably not an undeserved loss.

Best Novel

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

Other Nominees:
A Fall of Moondust by Arthur C. Clarke
Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper
The Sword of Aldones by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Sylva by Vercors

Best Short Story

The Dragon Masters by Jack Vance

Other Nominees:
Myrrha by Gary Jennings
The Unholy Grail by Fritz Leiber
When You Care, When You Love by Theodore Sturgeon
Where Is the Bird of Fire? by Thomas Burnett Swann

Best Dramatic Presentation

No Winner

Other Nominees:
Burn, Witch, Burn
The Day the Earth Caught Fire
Last Year at Marienbad
The Twilight Zone (season four)

Best Professional Magazine

Fantasy & Science Fiction edited by Robert P. Mills and Avram Davidson

Other Nominees:
Fantastic edited by Cele Goldsmith
Galaxy edited by Frederik Pohl
Science Fantasy edited by John Carnell

Best Professional Artist

Roy Krenkel

Other Nominees:
Ed Emshwiller
Virgil Finlay
Jack Gaughan
John Schoenherr

Best Amateur Magazine

Xero edited by Pat Lupoff and Richard A. Lupoff

Other Nominees:
Mirage edited by Jack L. Chalker
Shangri L'Affaires edited by Fred Patten, Albert Lewis, Betty Jo "Bjo" Trimble, and John Trimble
Warhoon edited by Richard Bergeron
Yandro edited by Robert Coulson and Juanita Coulson

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