Friday, February 2, 2024

Nerds of a Feather 2024 Hugo Award Recommend Reading List, Part 4: Institutional Categories

Welcome to the fourth and final installment of the Nerds of a Feather, Flock Together 2024 Hugo Awards Longlist!

This time we are looking at what are, for lack of a better term, the "nonfiction and institutional categories": Best Related Work, Best Semiprozine, Best Fanzine, and Best Fancast. Some of these categories are the hardest to figure out eligibility for, either because they require intimate knowledge of Hugo rules ("Semiprozine", why are you a word in our vocabulary) or because the precedent for them has historically been weird (e.g. recognising the podcasts of profit-making websites in Best Fancast).

We do feel obliged to mention that 'nerds of a feather, flock together' is eligible in Best Fanzine but we have already won a Hugo Award (thank you again!) and we won't hold it against anyone who wants to recognize the breadth of the incredible fan work being done in and around the community. We'd much rather talk about all the other sites we like to read!

Before moving on to the recommendations, we'd like to remind everyone once again that this list is not and does not intend to be a comprehensive survey of genre or fandom. Rather, these are recommendations we suggest you consider alongside whatever other candidates you have in mind.

Nerds of a Feather 2024 Recommendation List Series:

Part 1: Fiction Categories (Novel, novella, novelette, short story, series, Lodestar Award for best Young Adult)

Part 2: Visual Work Categories (graphic story, dramatic presentation, video game)

Part 3: Individual Categories (editor, fan writer, professional artist, fan artist, Astounding Award for Best New Writer)

Part 4: Institutional Categories (related work, semiprozine, fanzine, fancast)

Best Related Work

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by Tilly Bridges
A City on Mars by Kelly Weinersmith and Zach Weinersmith
The Folklore of Wales: Ghosts by Delyth Badder and Mark Norman
Follow Me: Religion in Fantasy and Science Fiction ed. Francesca T. Barbini
I Am the Law by Michael Molcher
Magical Readathon: Orillium by G
The Narrow Cage and Other Modern Fairy Tales, translated by Adam Kuplowsky
Nocturnal Apparitions, translated by Stanley Bill
Philosophy of Astrophysics, edited by Nora Mills Boyd et al.
All These Worlds: Reviews and Essays, by Niall Harrison
A Rome of One’s Own: The Forgotten Women of the Roman Empire, by Emma Southon
They Flew by Carlos Eire
This is How You Lose the Time War Promotional Tweets by Bigolas Dickolas Wolfwood
To Infinity and Beyond by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Lindsey Nyx Walker
A Traveller in Time: The Critical Practice of Maureen Kincaid Speller ed. Nina Allen
Under Alien Skies by Philip Plait
Unofficial Hugo Voter Packet by ErsatzCulture, Arthur Liu and RiverFlow editor's note - this is not eligible as one of the contributors is on the Glasgow Worldcon Committee
Wolfish by Erica Berry


Apparition Lit
Baffling Magazine
Cast of Wonders
Escape Pod
FIYAH Literary Magazine
The Future Fire
Grimdark Magazine
Shoreline of Infinity
Strange Horizons
Sunday Morning Transport

Black Nerd Problems

The Full Lid
Journey Planet
Lady Business
Runalong the Shelves
Unofficial Hugo Bookclub Blog
Zero Gravity Newspaper

Barcart Bookshelf
Breaking the Glass Slipper
Hugos There
SFF Yeah!
The Skiffy and Fanty Show
The Sword and Laser
Xiran Jay Zhao's TikTok