1st Hugo Award Program Signed 1953 World Science Fiction Convention Worldcon #11
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1st Hugo Award Program Signed 1953 World Science Fiction Convention Worldcon #11:
Back in the day when cats and dogs wre living together.
One Of A Kind Piece Of Worldcon and The Hugo Awards HistorySigned by 20 Attendees including
Isaac Asimov the 1st Hugo Awards Ceremony's Toastmaster1953 World Science Fiction Convention Program
11th Worldcon / Philcon II
September 5, 6, & 7, 1953 Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniaby the World Science Fiction Society or the WSFSThe 1953 Worldcon is known for holding the first Hugo Award Ceremony.
In 1953 the awards were not yet called the Hugo Awards, but started out as the Science Fiction Achievement Awards,
but are considered by all today as the 1st Hugo Awards. (see pics. 2&3)Alfred Bester won the first Best Novel Award for his book The Demolished ManThe "Toastmaster" of the 1st Hugo Awards Ceremony was Isaac Asimov,
who is 1 of the 20 attendees to have signed this program. (see pics. 1&6)This program is signed by 20 authors, editors, & fans
on 3 different pages of this program.
see pics. (#1 & #6 (Last Page), #7 (Page 11), & #8 (Page 14))Signed by:
01 - Isaac Asimov
02 - Don Ford
03 - George W. Earley
04 - Dave Martin
05 - T. D. Hamm
06 - William D. Grant
07 - S L Baneto
08 - E. T. Mills
09 - Walter Pratt
10 - Judy May Dikty (Julian Clare May)
11 - Frank Andrasovsky
12 - E Everett Evans
13 - Jean Smith
14 - Mif Hunter
15 - Joan Skirvin
16 - Joe Gibson
17 - Don E???bach
18 - Frank M. Robinson
19 - Larry T. Shaw - Editor pg. 11 (see pic. 7)
20 - Lyoyd Arthur Eshbach - Fantasy Press Author pg. 14 (see pic. 8)
The 1953 Hugo Award Winners & Categories:
1 The Demolished Man Alfred Bester
Best Professional Magazine
1 Astounding Science Fiction - 1952 John W. Campbell, Jr.
1 Galaxy Science Fiction - 1952 H. L. Gold
Best Cover Artist
1 ---- Hannes Bok
1 ---- Ed Emshwiller
Best Interior Illustrator
1 ---- Virgil Finlay
#1 Fan Personality
1 ---- Forrest J Ackerman
Best New SF Author or Artist
1 ---- Philip José Farmer
Excellence in Fact Articles
1 ---- Willy Ley
This program also contains many advertisements for book's, publishers, and magazines of the day.
One advertisement of particular note is an advertisement on page 3 for Ballantine Books Science Fiction Preview Club. It stated that if you joined the club now that the first book that you would receive is a new book that would be published the following month called Fahrenheitt 451 by Ray Bradbury. Which of course was published by Ballantine in October 1953.The program also list 639 names of its members who had registered by August 01, 1953, and that another 200 members had registered as of August 26, 1953 but were not listed. The membership list is a "Who's Who" Boy Club of the 1954 World Science Fiction Society.
Here are just a handful of WSFS members.
1954 WSFS Membership Number # & Name
01 - Harlan Ellison
41 - Forrest J. Ackerman
48 - Sam Moskowitz
61 - Lester Del Rey
66 - L. Sprague de Camp
116 - Donald A. Wollheim
148 - Robert "Bob" Silverberg
160 - Robert Bloch
173 - Donald E. Ford
191 - Fredrick Pohl
257 - Julius Schwartz
301 - Jack Williamson
302 - Poul Anderson
387 - James E. Gunn
407 - Otto Binder
424 - Martin Greenberg
445 - William Gaines
446 - Al Feldstein
447 - Al Williamson
448 - Arthur C. Clarke
461 - Isaac Asimov....... I became tired of typing at this point, but the list goes on and contains many many many others who were in attendance.Program is 8" x 5 1/2" - 38 pagesCONDITION: Very Good + (see pics. 11&12 which show the front & back covers)**NOTE:
- The program does show some mild handling & reading wear.
- No tears, stains, smells, dog eared pages, or missing pages.
- The only writing in the program other than the signatures, is on page 22. (see pic. 2)
- It appears that the original owner was recording the winners of each award as they were announced at the ceremony.
VIEW ALL PHOTOS TO DETERMINE TRUE AND FINAL CONDITION FOR YOURSELFPlease feel free to ask any questions & I will be happy to answer them as best as I can.
Program will be bagged & boarded,
sandwiched between 2 pieces of heavy cardboard,
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