1956 Hugo Nominees

The full nomination ballot for the 1956 Hugo Awards has been found by Olav Rokne who discovered the listing in the third progress report issued by NYCon II. The ballot is listed below. The winners appear first in each category.

Best Novel

  • Double Star, by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Call Him Dead, by Eric Frank Russell
  • End of Eternity, by Isaac Asimov
  • Not this August, by Cyril Kornbluth
  • The Long Tomorrow, by Leigh Brackett

Best Novelette

  • “Exploration Team,” (alt: “Combat Team”) by Murray Leinster
  • “A Gun for Dinosaur,” by L. Sprague de Camp
  • “Brightside Crossing,” by Alan Nourse
  • “Home There’s No Returning,” by Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore
  • “Legwork,” by Eric Frank Russell
  • “The Assistant Self,” by P.L. Wallace
  • “The End of Summer,” by Algis Budrys
  • “Who?,” by Theodore Sturgeon

Best Short Story

  • “The Star,” by Arthur C. Clarke
  • “End as a World,” by F.L. Wallace
  • “King of the Hill,” by James Blish
  • “Nobody Bothers Gus,” by Algis Budrys
  • “The Game of Rat and Dragon,” by Cordwainer Smith
  • “The Dragon,” by Ray Bradbury
  • “Spy Story,” by Robert Sheckley
  • “Twink,” by Theodore Sturgeon

Best Professional Magazine

    No shortlist of finalists was published in this category. The ballot instructions read “Pro mag names must be written in.”

Best Professional Artist

  • Frank Kelly Freas
  • Chesley Bonestell
  • Ed Emshwiller
  • Virgil Finlay
  • Mel Hunter
  • Edward Valigursky

Best Fanzine

  • Inside, edited by Ron Smith
  • (Science Fiction Advertiser, edited by Ron Smith)*
  • A Bas
  • Fantasy-Times
  • Grue
  • Hyphen
  • Oblique
  • Peon
  • Psychotic-SF Review
  • Skyhook
    *Science Fiction Advertiser was not listed among the finalists on the ballot; however, the ballot for this year included spaces for write-in votes.

Best Feature Writer

  • Willy Ley
  • L. Sprague de Camp
  • Robert A. Madle
  • Rog Phillips
  • R.S. Richardson

Best Book Reviewer

  • Damon Knight
  • Henry Bott
  • F. Schyler Miller
  • Anthony Boucher
  • Groff Conklin
  • Villers Gerson
  • Floyd Gale
  • Hans Stefan Santesson

Most Promising New Author

  • Robert Silverberg
  • Harlan Ellison
  • Frank Herbert
  • Henry Still

For more information (Progress report, pdf).