Hugo Category Highlight: Best Related Work
Best Related Work: Awarded to a work related to the field of science fiction, fantasy, or fandom, appearing for the first time during the previous calendar year or which has been substantially modified during the previous calendar year. The type of works eligible include, but are not limited to, collections of art, works of literary criticism, books about the making of a film or TV series, biographies and so on, provided that they do not qualify for another category. Nonfiction collections are eligible here, but fiction anthologies generally are not because all of the individual works within the anthology are eligible in one of the “story” categories. There is no category for “Best Anthology.”
As Ben Yalow pointed out in his excellent guest post, this category is something of an “anything else” category that got there because of really good work that didn’t exactly fit into the existing categories. It mostly goes to non-fiction, and tends to be awarded to works about science fiction, fantasy, and fandom rather than works that are science fiction, fantasy, or fan works.
Precisely what counts as related can get pretty interesting at times – science articles, how to write series targeted at our genre, blogs and books about people in the industry… There is a huge list of potential contenders and making a decision on which are truly outstanding is not a simple matter.
I’d say the Castalia House series about pedophilia in the science fiction and fantasy community is a worthy entry if seriously disturbing – and frankly, I expect this suggestion to be controversial because the series does not tiptoe around any of the major figures in the genre.
I can’t think of any other examples right now even though I read a lot – none of the other pieces I’ve read has really stuck with me.
Suggestions for this category can be added here, and as always, if you’re nominating something for the retros, please say it’s a retro nomination.
Obligatory warning message: I will be closing the site to recommendations at the end of February. Don’t be left out!
Obligatory warning message 2: It might be too late to sign up to nominate, but you can still sign up to vote!
Obligatory warning message 3: Oh wait. This isn’t a warning so much as a postscript. I understand the Evil Lord of Evil Himself has recommended Mad Genius Club as a nominee for the Best Fanzine Hugo Award. I’m flattered that anyone thinks something I contribute to is worthy of the award even though I personally won’t be accepting any Hugo for anything. I wouldn’t accept a Hugo nomination if it had been made by God Himself and all the Angels in Heaven (although I would have some serious concerns about His mental health should this come to pass). If the recommendation becomes a nomination (unlikely, frankly), one of my fellow loo… er… colleagues will have to take it. Or not, as they choose. Comments about the recommendation will be steadfastly ignored.