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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
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7 Comments 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. With regards Dread Empire’s Fall: if by “get” you mean “borrow from John”, say the word.

  3. I read exactly zero of these :S But its not that I haven’t been trying, and going postal is now on my list 🙂

  4. 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.

  5. You mention that “The People of Sand and Slag” is online on the F&SF website. That’s true, but now so are all the other nominees. They’re over here: .

  6. Sweet! Thanks, John! 😀

    I’ve updated the links where appropriate.

  7. Updated with a link to “Identity Theft” by Robert J. Sawyer.

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