FINALISTS: 2009 Nebula Awards

[2/19 UPDATE: Added story links from Torque Control and Adventures in Reading]

[2/27 UPDATE: Added story links from Adventures in Reading]

[3/1 UPDATE: Added audio links to some stories, via Asimov’s]

The Science Fiction Writers of America announced the 2009 Nebula Awards Final Ballot:


  • The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi (Nightshade, Sep09) [See SF Signal review]
  • The Love We Share Without Knowing, Christopher Barzak (Bantam, Nov08) [See SF Signal review]
  • Flesh and Fire, Laura Anne Gilman (Pocket, Oct09)
  • The City & The City, China Miéville (Del Rey, May09)
  • Boneshaker, Cherie Priest (Tor, Sep09) [See SF Signal review]
  • Finch, Jeff VanderMeer (Underland Press, Oct09) [See SF Signal review]

Short Story



  • The Women of Nell Gwynne’s, Kage Baker (Subterranean Press, Jun09) [See SF Signal review]
  • Arkfall,” Carolyn Ives Gilman (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Sep09)
  • Act One,” Nancy Kress (Asimov’s Science Fiction, Mar09)
  • Shambling Towards Hiroshima, James Morrow (Tachyon, Feb09) [See SF Signal review]
  • Sublimation Angels,” Jason Sanford (Interzone, Oct09) [See SF Signal review]
  • The God Engines, John Scalzi ( Subterranean Press, Dec09)

Bradbury Award

  • Star Trek, JJ Abrams (Paramount, May09)
  • District 9, Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell (Tri-Star, Aug09)
  • Avatar, James Cameron (Fox, Dec 09) [See SF Signal review]
  • Moon, Duncan Jones and Nathan Parker (Sony, Jun09)
  • Up, Bob Peterson and Pete Docter (Disney/Pixar, May09)
  • Coraline, Henry Selick (Laika/Focus Feb09)

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

  • Hotel Under the Sand, Kage Baker (Tachyon, Jul09) [See SF Signal review]
  • Ice, Sarah Beth Durst (Simon and Schuster, Oct09)
  • Ash, Malinda Lo (Little, Brown and Company, Sep09)
  • Eyes Like Stars, Lisa Mantchev (Feiwel and Friends, Jul09)
  • Zoe’s Tale, John Scalzi (Tor Aug08) [See SF Signal review]
  • When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead (Wendy Lamb Books, 2009)
  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making, Catherynne M. Valente (Catherynne M. Valente, Jun09)
  • Leviathan, Scott Westerfeld (Simon, Oct09)

Congratulations to all the nominees!

See also: Past winners

8 thoughts on “FINALISTS: 2009 Nebula Awards”

  1. Most years I’ve at least heard of most of the nominated novellas and other short fiction…but I don’t recognize any of this year’s short stories or novelettes. Which is weird, because I read Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, and The Magazine of Fantasy & Sci-Fi–or, rather, I buy them (the latter two, at least)…hoping against hope that maybe one of the stories will be worth reading. I think I’ve finished maybe three stories in the last 10 issues of each.

  2. This is the strongest Nebula list in a long time.  Looks like the recent reforms in the voting process paid off.

  3. I’m particularly torn in the movie category. Up? Coraline? Star Trek? Moon? I’d really hate to have to pick…

    It’s a great ballet. I love award season, because so many more short stories get put online and I get to read them. 

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