Recommendations – Best Related Work

Post your suggestions for Best Related Work to this thread.

Eligible works are (quoting from the Hugo Award Categories page because there’s no easy way to summarize this):

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.”

Please list the following:

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  • Author/Creator
  • About a sentence saying why you think it’s great
  • Links to somewhere people can buy it/read it/watch it are also great

83 thoughts on “Recommendations – Best Related Work

        1. Declan: Your “Sad Puppies Bite Back” would (presumably) be eligible for Related Work as it doesn’t fit in any other category. That’s mostly what the category is for, though it generally seems to be used as Best Nonfiction – with some notable exceptions.

          You would be eligible for Fan Writer. That category is for an individual and his or her overall body of fan writing work (non professional / unpaid). That you also have published work that would consider you a Professional does not matter so much as long as you are also producing unpaid fannish work, which is what “Sad Puppies Bite Back” would be.

          As a side note, I think your blog A Pius Geek could also be considered for Fanzine for the same reason, though it is fairly uncommon for a professional’s blog to be nominated for Fanzine. While it is relatively common *now* for Pro Writers to also get nominated as Fan Writer (and win), I don’t believe that has carried over to Fanzine at all. Quickly scanning the nominees from the last decade, I don’t see any.

  1. Rocket Talk – the podcast by Justin Landon.

    This is pretty much one of two podcasts I’ll listen to on even a semi-regular basis (the other is professional wrestling, which is a completely separate conversation) – I think Justin does a fantastic job with it.

    The reason I put it here rather than in Fancast is that while Justin does not get paid much for it and it isn’t professionally produced by Tor or, I think the hosting of it by really starts to slide that bar more towards a professional work rather than a fan work. At the very least, I think that’s the perception of it. As such, the one place for it would be Related Work.

  2. I rather liked Sad Puppies Bite Back, and not just because my SWATted self is apparently able to walk properly AND has a house made of Lego. 😉 And a lot of other people enjoyed it, making it one of the most popular Hugo-related series not written by people named Larry. I think it definitely merits a nomination for Best Related.

    1. Another one for You’re Never Weird on the Internet. It’s freaking hilarious at times, an thought-provoking as well.

      I think every early-onset geek and nerd will relate to it.

      Also, the gaming and entertainment industries are weirder than ever suspected.

  3. Jeffro Johnson’s “Appendix N” series. An ambitious look back at every work or author mentioned by Gary Gygax in the “Inspirational and Educational Reading” appendix ( of the original AD&D Dungeon Master’s Guide. Jeffro attempts to analyze how each book could have influenced Gygax, what a DM can learn from the book, and also comes to some broader conclusions regarding certain now-forgotten and obscure aspects of the SFF genre.

    Available at:
    plus supplementary material (reader reactions etc.):

  4. Tom Simon, “Legosity”. An attempt to answer the question: why do certain fictional universes seem to attract a creative fandom, while others don’t?

    Tom Simon, “Life, Carbon and the Tao”. Great commentary on morality in literature.

    John C. Wright, “Live Long and Prosper”. A short commentary on the magnitude of Leonard Nimoy’s achievement.

    1. Thirding “Legosity” and adding “Ozamataz” as an alternative. Ideally they’d be considered Parts I and II of the same work.

  5. Winchell Chung’s “Atomic Rockets”.
    Extensive collection of source material on the limits and possibilities of actual space travel, for those who want their hard science fiction as hard as possible with minimal unobtainium or handwavium.

    It’s been around for a while but it’s been continuously evolving, and if I’m not mistaken, had a major revamp in the past year or so.

  6. The Wheel of Time Companion, by Robert Jordan, Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, Maria Simons.

    So there’s a bit of a bias here – WoT was my intro to online fandom, and the Hugo’s as well when it got nominated. For all it’s flaws, it remains one of my favourites – incredible worldbuilding, detailed continuity, and set pieces that had me staying up late to devour.

    This book works not only as a guide to the various elements of the incredibly detailed setting that Jordan created, but also helps provide some intriguing background to some of the players.

    1. First: Thanks, Jeffro, for the repeated nods.

      Second: Lots of really good stuff in this category, which as Jeffro notes is often a better fit for how blogging and other meta-writing (writing about writing, writing about stories, writing about games, etc) seems to go.

      I joked with Jeffro that Fan Writer should be summarized “People who write great things and pair them with the bad judgement to not get paid for those great things.” Tongue in cheek of course, since my own blog contains something over a million words for free as well.

  7. I recommend FRAZETTA SKETCHBOOK 2 (Vanguard).

    His artwork speaks for itself– how many of us have purchased/ kept books solely for his work, non-sf/f fans know him (networks ran a ribbon on the bottom of the screen announcing his death) , most authors would have been tickled pink if he did their covers, revered by his peers. Yet look at his Hugo nominations: a win in 1966, followed by nominations in 1968, in 1974, and then in 2004. His books from Underwood were ignored at award time. Art books (Michael Whalen, Bob Eggleton, Charles Addams, a retrospective of the Chesley Awards) have won in previous years. We should make it up by honoring one of imaginative fiction’s finest artists with a nomination if not an award.

  8. I want to nominate Black Light the world of L.B. Cole. It is a collection of his cover art unpublished works/sketches and some bio information. You have probably seen his work and remember it even if you didn’t know his name. Get it at Amazon for the best price. I also 2nd 3rd etc; and back up the noms of: Frazetta Sketchbook 2, Safe space or rape room, There will be war volume X, Appendix N, Sad puppies bite back.

  9. I would like to nominate Declan Finn’s blog posts about Sad Puppies for Related Work. His writing is equal parts satire and humor and worth the read.

  10. And here I’ll recommend “Sad Puppies Bite Back”, again by Declan Finn. The material is hilarious, biting satire, and I have been curious (since reading the first piece of it) what the facial expressions on both the people made fun of must have looked like. I can imagine some of them were throwing fits. Finn pulled NO punches, and I’d say he made those works say/do exactly what he wanted them to.

  11. Galactic Journey

    Meet the Traveller, who is living through the Golden Age of SF (1958 onwards anyway), and sharing their thoughts and impressions of the works of the time – seeing Gojira, Twilight Zone, reading Clarke et al in those times.

    Quite an amusing conceit, and pulled of rather well.

    1. Flattered beyond words! Best birthday present ever.

      Context is key to appreciating the past; so far as I know, this is the only site of its kind. Plus, I love focusing on the surprisingly strong cadre of woman authors: Henderson, MacLean, MacCaffrey, DeFord, Russ, Merril, Rice, Gold, Norton…

  12. The Outlandish Companion, by Diana Gabaldon

    I didn’t even know about Outlander/ Gabadon before the Outlander TV series came out, but it’s now one of my to-watch shows, and this is a fantastic guide to the world for those who are not up to following the novels.

      1. Yup, correct. I got this and the Revised edition together, didn’t realise the revised Vol 1 may not qualify. You’re right though, Vol 2 is definitely eligible.

      1. Yup, I’ll recommend John Scalzi Is Not A Very Popular Author… as well. A funny take on how monomania can go oh so very wrong. Amazon purchase link is down, but the audiobook is available here, for free.

        Trigger warning: contains mockery.

  13. For the 1940 retro-Hugo’s:

    The Japanese Comfort Women system: This innovative system foreshadows the future of female conscription to be brought about by permitting women to serve in combat forces.

    The Winter War:

    Operation Weserübung:

    Battle of France:

    Battle of Britain: This science fictional battle of a science fictional war was fought almost entirely by airplanes.

    For the 2015 Hugo:

    The conflict in the Ukraine:

    The conflicts in Syria:

    The cartel conflicts in northern Mexico and southwest USA:

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