- The Art of Chesley Bonestell by Ron Miller and Frederick C. Durant III with Melvin H. Schuetz (Paper Tiger, 2001)
- Being Gardner Dozois by Michael Swanwick (Old Earth Books, 2001)
- J. R. R. Tolkien: Author of the Century by Tom Shippey (HarperCollins, 2000; Houghton Mifflin, 2001)
- Meditations on Middle-Earth by Karen Haber (St. Martin's Press, 2001)
- The Art of Richard Powers by Richard Powers and Jane Frank (Paper Tiger, 2001)
- I Have This Nifty Idea…Now What Do I Do with It? by Mike Resnick (Wildside Press, 2001)
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume XVII edited by Algis Budrys received enough votes on the nominating ballot to secure a place on the final ballot, but was ruled to be ineligible because anthologies are not covered by this category.