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Collect All 21: Hugo eligibility

Kenner Death Star 1978

The author tests the blowupability of the Kenner Death Star gun.

Please note: As of April 2012, Hukilau has closed its virtual doors, but the expanded digital edition of Collect All 21! is available through Amazon.

So, thanks to the fantastically supportive editors at Hukilau, it seems that Collect All 21! could be eligible for 2012 Hugo Award nomination in the Best Related Work category. Here’s how the Hugo Awards site describes the category:

Best Related Work: 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.

And while it doesn’t get more specific than that, I would think that expanding the book by almost one-third and widening its scope to include cast and crew features and interviews – thanks in large part to the encouragement of Hukilau editor Matt Kelland – might be seen as a substantial enough modification to count as a “new” 2011 publication. (Hugo voters, nominating Worldcon/Chicon 7 members and other in-the-know types? Please feel free to give me or someone at Hukilau a heads-up if we’re misinterpreting.)

I know the whole 1970s-’80s nostalgia angle is a turn-off in some quarters, and I know that George Lucas has done precious few favors for the legacy of his original 1977 version of Star Wars. Regardless of that still-evolving perception, I think it’s still more than fair to say that Star Wars was at the very least the gateway through which many science fiction fans and writers were introduced to the genre, and that’s something I tried to preserve and recognize in Collect All 21!  And hey – it did nab a spot last year on the Topless Robot list of the 10 Greatest Non-Fiction Star Wars Books.)

This year, the Hugos will be awarded at Chicon 7, about which I’ve been excited for some time because it’s an easy drive from Northeast Ohio, and I’ve been hoping to attend no matter what. All sorts of details about nominating memberships and attending memberships can be found here at the Chicon site.

January 9, 2012 - Posted by | 1970s, 1980s, Books, eighties, geek, science fiction, writing | , , , , , , , ,


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  3. There’s no definitive answer regarding whether the amount of expansion/revision makes it a new edition and thus newly eligible. It’s certainly a Related Work by definition; the only question would be the publication date. The only people who could definitively answer whether they’d consider it a new edition published in 2011 and therefore eligible for 2012 are this year’s Hugo Award Administrators, and they might decline to answer a hypothetical question like that. Most Hugo Administrators (I’ve been one) are loathe to answer an eligibility question unless enough people nominate a work to make it potentially eligible. (This is similar to how US courts won’t rule on a question without an actual case before them.)

    Comment by Kevin Standlee | January 10, 2012 | Reply

    • Thanks for the insight, Kevin. I appreciate you taking the time to respond!

      Comment by jrbooth | January 10, 2012 | Reply

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