I am very, very pleased to announce that I will be co-hosting the Retro Hugos in London with Robert Shearman.
I have been sitting on this news since February, which was not easy. I mean, there’s a live band; we’re incorporating a radio play into the script. I might be singing. Robert Shearman is a delight and a seriously brilliant playwright. Well, I mean, he’s a brilliant writer in general, but I’m a huge geeky fan of his plays.
And I get to wear a pretty, pretty dress.
This is where you come in, because my particular brand of geekery kicked in when the Hugo committee asked me to host and went, “1939! I get to make a dress.” But which dress? That is the question. I can’t decide so… recognizing that the Hugos are awards by and for the fans, I thought that the most appropriate thing would be to ask you to help me make the choice.
Here are four evening gown patterns from 1939. Ignoring the color, which one would you like to see me wear for the night of the Retro Hugos?
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(Here they are in gallery form, for those of you who want to see them bigger. Just click and you’ll get the large form.)