The Hugo Awards

The 1939 Retro Hugo Awards Ceremony

The 1939 Retro Hugo Awards can be watched online via ustream.

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The Retro Hugo Awards Ceremony starts at 8PM BST on Thursday 14 August.

Loncon 3 will begin with the first of two fantastic Hugo events – the Retro Hugo Awards for 1939. The ceremony will be held at 8PM on Thursday 15 August 2014 in the ICC Auditorium at ExCeL.

The Retro Hugo Awards Ceremony will celebrate the science fiction that attendees would have known at the time of the very first Worldcon, held in New York 75 years before Loncon 3. Celebration is definitely the word! Taking 1939 and pulp visions of the future as its theme, presenters, guests and audience are invited to come in period or retro-futuristic clothing.

Helping to cement the idea of a New York / London fusion, the awards themselves will be co-presented by a Yank and a Brit – Mary Robinette Kowal and Rob Shearman.

The music for the evening will be provided by the Brideshead Ballroom Stompers, specialising in the swing music of the late 1930s. The Stompers will be on stage throughout the awards, and the evening will culminate in a swing dance that will go on into the small hours! (Do you need tuition in any of the dances of the day? There will be a swing dance class on Thursday afternoon at 3PM.)

The Loncon 3 Retro Hugo Awards Ceremony will be a spectacular affair and certainly not something you will want to miss!

© 2012 Rod Searcey

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Glamourist Histories series of historical fantasy novels. In 2008 she won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2011, her short story “For Want of a Nail” won the Hugo Award for Short Story. Her work has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Her most recent novel, Valour and Vanity, was published in April 2014 by Tor.

Mary, a professional puppeteer and voice actor, has performed for LazyTown (CBS), the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures and founded Other Hand Productions. Her designs have garnered two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence, the highest award an American puppeteer can achieve. She also records fiction for authors such as Kage Baker, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi.

Mary lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Visit and follow her on Twitter: @maryrobinette


Rob Shearman has written four short story collections, and between them they have won the World Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Edge Hill Readers Prize and three British Fantasy Awards.

His background is in the theatre, resident dramatist at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter, and regular writer for Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough; his plays have won the Sunday Times Playwriting Award, the Sophie Winter Memorial Trust Award, and the Guinness Award in association with the Royal National Theatre. He regularly writes plays and short stories for BBC Radio,  and he has won two Sony Awards for his interactive radio series, ‘The Chain Gang’.

The Brideshead Ballroom Stompers provide a show specialising in the Jazz Age music of the 1920s and the Swing Music of the 1930s. The band takes all the elegance and humour of the era, making your experience as authentic as possible. The Stompers were featured in the movie-adaptation of Brideshead Revisited (2008), starring in the famous ballroom scene filmed at Castle Howard.

Consisting of the UK's finest musicians in this style, and with fantastic music and costumes to match, the band will give you the real feel of an authentic 1930s evening – ideal to sit-back and enjoy, and even better to get up and dance to!