Best Non-Fiction Book Hugo Category

(Including Best Related Book and Best Related Work.)

This category was created in 1980 and has existed ever since, though it has twice undergone small changes in scope.

It began in 1980 as the "Best Non-Fiction Book", aimed at books about SF and fandom. In 1999 it was changed to "Best Related Book" and the wording was changed to make it clear that any non-fictional book about SF or fandom was eligible and to recognize that voters had awarded this Hugo to things like art books which were not clearly "non-fiction". Still later, in 2010 it was changed to "Best Related Work" to make it clear that the content did not have to appear in a printed and bound volume to be eligible. It is still awarded for a single work (not a series) which is not fiction and which is related to SF and fandom.

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Year Winner
1946 Retro Hugo: Not awarded because there were insufficient nominations, so this category did not appear on the final ballot.
1951 Retro Hugo: Not awarded because there were insufficient nominations, so this category did not appear on the final ballot.
1954 Conquest of the Moon by Wernher von Braun, Fred L. Whipple and Willy Ley
1980 The Science Fiction Encyclopedia by Peter Nicholls
1981 Cosmos by Carl Sagan
1982 Danse Macabre by Stephen King
1983 Isaac Asimov: The Foundations of Science Fiction by James E. Gunn
1984 The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy through 1968, Vol 3: Miscellaneous by Donald H. Tuck
1985 Wonder's Child -- My Life in Science Fiction by Jack Williamson
1986 Science Made Stupid by Tom Weller
1987 Trillion Year Spree by Brian W. Aldiss and David Wingrove
1988 Michael Whelan's Works of Wonder by Michael Whelan
1989 The Motion of Light in Water: Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village 1957–1965 by Samuel R. Delany
1990 The World Beyond the Hill by Alexei Panshin and Cory Panshin
1991 How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card
1992 The World of Charles Addams by Charles Addams
1993 A Wealth of Fable by Harry Warner, Jr.
1994 The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction by John Clute and Peter Nicholls
1995 I. Asimov: A Memoir by Isaac Asimov
1996 Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia by John Clute
1997 Time & Chance by L. Sprague de Camp
1998 The Encyclopedia of Fantasy by John Clute and John Grant
Category title changed to "Best Related Book"
1999 The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World by Thomas M. Disch
2000 Science Fiction of the 20th Century by Frank M. Robinson
2001 Greetings from Earth: The Art of Bob Eggleton by Bob Eggleton and Nigel Suckling
2002 The Art of Chesley Bonestell by Ron Miller and Frederick C. Durant III with Melvin H. Schuetz
2003 Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril by Judith Merril and Emily Pohl-Weary
2004 The Chesley Awards for Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: A Retrospective by John Grant, Elizabeth L. Humphrey and Pamela D. Scoville
2005 The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction by Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn
2006 Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers' Workshop by Kate Wilhelm
2007 James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon by Julie Phillips
2008 Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction by Jeff Prucher
2009 Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, 1998-2008 by John Scalzi
Category title changed to "Best Related Work"
2010 This is Me, Jack Vance! (Or, More Properly, This is "I") by Jack Vance
2011 Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It, edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O'Shea
2012 The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Third Edition edited by John Clute, David Langford, Peter Nicholls, and Graham Sleight
2013 Writing Excuses, Season 7, edited by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Jordan Sanderson
2014 "We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle and Slaves Narrative," by Kameron Hurley

See also: Hugo Awards, and List of Hugo Categories.