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Herbert Rossoff's Hugo award

Rossoff's award

For info on actual Hugo Awards awarded to Star Trek, please see Hugo Award.

A Hugo Award was a 20th century award for excellence in science fiction, shaped like a rocket.

Writer Herbert Rossoff had a Hugo award, which, as of 1953, he kept on his desk at Incredible Tales magazine. (DS9: "Far Beyond the Stars")

The awards were first given out in September 1953, the year the episode was set, suggesting that Rosskoff had only recently gotten his, in the inaugural awards. According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 351), this was one of the reasons given by episode co-writer (and executive producer) Ira Steven Behr for setting the episode in this year. In the "real world", the Hugo for Best Novel of 1953 was won by Alfred Bester for the The Demolished Man.
The "prop" was a real award, provided by Hugo award winner Rick Sternbach. He won the award twice for "Best Professional Artist". (Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 351); [1]; [2]
The Hugo award, which was presented annually at the World Science Fiction Convention, was named after pioneering science fiction magazine editor Hugo Gernsbeck. Star Trek has won the award four times for "Best Dramatic Presentation" - in 1967 ("The Menagerie, Part I" & "The Menagerie, Part II"), in 1968 ("The City on the Edge of Forever", in 1993 ("The Inner Light"), and in 1995 ("All Good Things..."). (Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 351)

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