2005 Preliminary Nebula Ballot

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have announced the 2005 Preliminary Nebula Ballot.

And the preliminary nominees are…


  • The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  • Survival (Species Imperative 1) by Julie E. Czerneda
  • The Rebel: An Imagined Life of James Dean by Jack Dann
  • Camouflage by Joe Haldeman
  • Mortal Love by Elizabeth Hand
  • The Child Goddess by Louise Marley
  • Polaris by Jack McDevitt
  • Cusp by Robert A. Metzger
  • Iron Council by China Mieville
  • Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
  • Forty Signs of Rain by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Air by Geoff Ryman
  • Trash, Sex, Magic by Jennifer Stevenson
  • Dread Empire’s Fall: The Sundering by Walter Jon Williams



  • “Flat Diane” by Daniel Abraham (online at F&SF)
  • The People of Sand and Slag” by Paolo Bacigalupi (online at Fantasy & Science Fiction website hosted by SF Site)
  • “Harvest Moon” by William Barton
  • The Oceans of the Blind” by James L. Cambias (online at F&SF)
  • “Anda’s Game” by Cory Doctorow (online at Salon)
  • “Nirvana High” by Eileen Gunn and Leslie What
  • Men are Trouble” by Jim Kelly (online at the author’s website)
  • “The Faery Handbag” by Kelly Link
  • “Keyboard Practice Consisting of an Aria with Diverse Variations for the Harpsichord with Two Manuals” by John G. McDaid (online at F&SF)
  • “Strength Alone” by Paul Melko
  • “Dragon’s Eye” by Beth Shope

Short Stories

  • “Rough Draft” by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta
  • “The End of the World as We Know It” by Dale Bailey (online at F&SF)
  • “There’s a Hole in the City” by Richard Bowes (online at SCI FICTION)
  • “I Live With You” by Carol Emshwiller (online at F&SF)
  • “Still Life With Boobs” by Anne Harris
  • “Small Moments in Time” by John G. Hemry
  • My Mother, Dancing” by Nancy Kress
  • “Super Goat Man” by Jonathan Lethem
  • “A Princess of Earth” by Mike Resnick
  • “Cold Fires” by M. Rickert (online at F&SF)
  • Start the Clock” by Benjamin Rosenbaum (online at the author’s website)
  • “The Sky’s the Limit” by Lawrence M. Schoen
  • “Glinky” by Ray Vukcevich (online at F&SF)
  • “Christus Destitutus” by Bud Webster
  • “Born-Again” by K.D. Wentworth (online at F&SF)


  • The Old Negro Space Program by Andy Bobrow [Note: the eligibility of this work has been questioned and has yet to be ruled on by the rules committee.]
  • Serenity by Joss Whedon
  • Serenity: The Official Visual Companion

Andre Norton Award

  • Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie by Holly Black

7 thoughts on “2005 Preliminary Nebula Ballot”

  1. So many books/stories, I’ve only read Iron Council and Jonathan Strange. Other notes of interest: Terry Pratchett nominated? Wow. I’ll have to get Going Postal now. I read the first Dread Empire’s Fall from Williams and thought it was just mediocre. Now I see this volume is nominated for a Hugo. I guess I’ll have to get the others now…

  2. I’ve not read any of these either, though Ryman’s novel is sitting on my shelf, waiting for me to pick it up.

    Fortunately, I did read Doctorow’s “Anda’s Game”, so I don’t have to admit to not having read a single thing on the ballot.

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