2016 Best Related Work

Ok, sorry, a bit behind, I will try to schedule next week’s ahead of time.

Although the title is relatively clear, it’s not as obvious of a category as “Best Novel.” So here is the description fro the Hugo Awards site:

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.”

And the finalists are:

Any thoughts on which are worthy for the Hugo Award?

As always, keep in mind the Comment Rules, and let’s discuss the Hugo finalists!

Best Related Work

I haven’t received any Best Editor (Long Form) recommendations, which isn’t surprising since that is a category that is difficult for readers rather than industry insiders to get a firm grasp on. But if anyone has anything, definitely let me know!

Below are some Best Related Work recommendations that came in. Next, please submit recommendations for Best Graphic Story and Best Fancast! I will get any that I received posted this weekend. Thanks!


Downfall, by Caroline Hobbs – Downfall is a fascinating story game of inventing a society, flourishing but flawed, and then playing out its total collapse. It’s a tragic, powerful game which is all about speculation, extrapolation, and asking what our society can be.

Invisible 2: Personal Essays on Representation in SF/F – More than pushing a message or trying to persuade readers, these essays present complex human beings sharing their personal experiences.

Letters to Tiptree – A multi-faceted exploration of the legacy of “James Tiptree Jr.”, by the writers who were influenced by her.

Thing Explainer – Randall Munroe of xkcd explains complex ideas in really excessively simple language.

Wheel of Time Companion – a mammoth concordance of facts about the universe and characters of the late Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series, edited and assembled by Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons. It’s a labor of love, and everything one could possibly want to know about Jordan’s universe is in there.

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) (scroll down) – Felicia Day’s delightful look at her life.

End is Near! Send me Recs!

Hugo recommendation season is winding down, and thankfully many people are talking about recommendations. Last time I opened it up to everything, which, unfortunately, meant I didn’t get much of anything. 🙂

A few recommendations came through, but let’s try to push this through to the end and hit every category. So today and tomorrow (Tuesday and Wednesday) submit recommendations for Best Related Work and Best Editor (Long Form). Then I will do a couple days of the next, etc.

To get you started, I know George R.R. Martin had several good posts on Editor (Long Form):


And one on Related Work:


Sad Puppies 4 has been getting some ink lately (and not necessarily in a good way), but their comment threads do have some good starting points to look for works to consider:

Best Editor (Long Form) and Best Related Work

The Bay Area Science Fiction Association has a site listing their recommendations including for our current purposes:

Best Editor (Long Form) and Best Related Work

[If you know of other recommendation round-ups, let me know! These are ones I just happened to already have seen, but certainly far from thorough.]

Unfortunately, many of these are just lists with little to no information. So, they are useful starting points to consider recommendations, but I am most interested in hearing WHY they should be recommended. At least a paragraph, please. So, do some considering today and tomorrow and then, please, post some recommendations and then submit the links! (I will also leave this open for comments if you want to post recommendations here rather than in your own blogs/Facebook/Goodreads/other spaces. Just please tell us why the work or person should be recommended, not just listing a name or title. Thanks!!