I’m pulling this out of comments, with thanks to Mike S, in case any of you find it interesting or helpful:
This year’s Hugos also include the 1941 Retro Hugos, for works published in 1940. Those include
The Wheels of If – L. Sprague de Camp (seminal alternate history/parallel world story)
Three stories by Heinlein: Requiem (especially appropriate in the age of Musk and Bezos), , The Roads Must Roll (a trademark Heinlein look at the social and political ramifications of a technology), and If This Goes On– (to which every SFnal revolution-against-repression down to The Hunger Games owes a debt)
Robbie – Isaac Asimov (first of his robot stories)
Gray Lensman – E.E. Smith (the prototypical space opera, and still one of the best)
Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius – Jorge Luis Borges (surreal and difficult to describe, but classic Borges)
Thanks, Mike! Looks like the links go to free collections of stories, suitable for epub or Kindle.
Also provided: tables of contents for the collections.
Although these stories are historically interesting and I’d probably like many of them, I doubt I’ll have time to do more than dabble a toe in the shallow end of these collections. For me, the Retro Hugo pretty much falls under So Much To Read, So Little Time.
If any of you want to specifically recommend particular stories, though, I’ll try to take a look at a least a couple, because I do like the *idea* of the Retro Hugo Awards.