The winners of the 2013 Nebula Awards Winners have been announced!
- NOVEL: Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
- NOVELLA: “The Weight of the Sunrise” by Vylar Kaftan (Asimov’s 2/13)
- NOVELETTE: “The Waiting Stars” by Aliette de Bodard (The Other Half of the Sky)
- SHORT STORY: “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” by Rachel Swirsky (Apex 3/13)
- RAY BRADBURY AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING DRAMATIC PRESENTATION: Gravity
- ANDRE NORTON AWARD FOR YOUNG ADULT SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY BOOK: Sister Mine, Nalo Hopkinson (Grand Central)
- KEVIN O’DONNELL JR. SERVICE TO SFWA AWARD: Michael Armstrong
- 2013 DAMON KNIGHT GRAND MASTER AWARD: Samuel R. Delany
Congrats to the winners!
The 2013 Nebula Awards were presented May 17, 2014 at the SFWA’s 49th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend in San Jose, CA.
The winners of the 2012 Nebula Awards have just been announced!
- NOVEL: 2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK) [Our review]
- NOVELLA: After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress (Tachyon)
- NOVELETTE: “Close Encounters”, Andy Duncan (The Pottawatomie Giant & Other Stories)
- SHORT STORY: “Immersion“, Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld 6/12)
- RAY BRADBURY AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING DRAMATIC PRESENTATION: Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin (director), Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin (writers), (Journeyman/Cinereach/Court 13/Fox Searchlight)
- ANDRE NORTON AWARD FOR YOUNG ADULT SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY: Fair Coin, E.C. Myers (Pyr)
- 2011 DAMON KNIGHT GRAND MASTER AWARD: Gene Wolfe
- SOLSTICE AWARD: Carl Sagan and Ginjer Buchanan
- KEVIN O’DONNELL JR. SERVICE TO SFWA AWARD: Michael H. Payne
Congrats to all!
(Cover image for Nebula Awards Showcase 2013 by Julie Dillon)
REVIEW SUMMARY: The seven stories short-listed for this year’s Nebula Award for Short Story demonstrate that the medium remains a strong and effective method of telling good stories.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Aging, death, child care, cultural identity, the importance of books, the price of true love and other pertinent life issues are examined against the backdrop of science fictional and fantasy settings in these seven short stories.
PROS: Each nominated story possesses its own strengths; wide variety of style and subject matter; emphasis on the human condition.
CONS: Readers who primarily enjoy fantasy may be disappointed to find that six of the seven stories have a science fictional bent; the judges did not make their task easy when narrowing it down to these seven entries.
BOTTOM LINE: Take advantage of the fact that these stories are all available free online. SFF readers exhibit a range of tastes and there is arguably something for most readers to enjoy from this solid group of nominees.
Last week the nominations were announced for this year’s Nebula Awards. The Forty-Eighth Nebula Awards Weekend will be held May 16-19th, 2013. Details concerning the awards weekend can be found here. I have been hosting Short Fiction Friday for a month now, featuring a different current issue of a short fiction magazine each week. With the announcement of these nominations I thought it would be fun to read the Short Story nominees and offer up a brief description of each one. I was initially hesitant to provide a rating for these stories because each is a strong contender. Here as always I made an effort to rate the stories according to a combination of my own personal experience in reading them as well as stepping back to make a more general view of how I accessed each story’s effectiveness judged solely against itself. With this year’s nominees I firmly believe you could get seven different people in a room and each one could passionately argue for a different story to be crowned the winner. I do not envy the judges their task.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have announced the nominees for the 2012 Nebula Awards (presented in 2013), nominees for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and nominees for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy:
- Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (DAW; Gollancz ’13) [Our review.]
- Ironskin, Tina Connolly (Tor)
- The Killing Moon, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
- The Drowning Girl, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Roc)
- Glamour in Glass, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
- 2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK) [Our review]
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have announced the winners of the 2011 Nebula Awards:
- NOVEL: Among Others, by Jo Walton (Tor)
- NOVELLA: “The Man Who Bridged the Mist,” Kij Johnson (Asimov’s Science Fiction, October/November 2011)
- NOVELLETTE: “What We Found,” Geoff Ryman (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, September/October 2011)
- SHORT STORY: “The Paper Menagerie,” Ken Liu (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, March/April 2011)
- RAY BRADBURY AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING DRAMATIC PRESENTATION: Doctor Who: “The Doctor’s Wife,” Neil Gaiman (writer), Richard Clark (director) (BBC Wales)
- ANDRE NORTON AWARD FOR YOUNG ADULT SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY BOOK: The Freedom Maze, Delia Sherman (Big Mouth House)
- 2011 DAMON KNIGHT GRAND MASTER AWARD: Connie Willis
- SOLSTICE AWARD: Octavia Butler (posthumous) and John Clute
- SERVICE TO SFWA AWARD: Bud Webster
Here’s the for the upcoming anthology Nebula Awards Showcase 2012 edited by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel:
- Introduction: In Which Your Editors Consider the Nebula Awards of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel
- “Ponies” by Kij Johnson
- “The Sultan of the Clouds” by Geoff Landis
- “Map of Seventeen” by Chris Barzak
- “And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill’s Side” by James Tiptree, Jr.
- “In the Astronaut Asylum” by Kendall Evans and Samantha Henderson
- “Pishaach” by Shweta Narayan
- Excerpt from Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis
- “Bumbershoot” by Howard Hendrix
- “Arvies” by Adam Troy-Castro
- “How Interesting: A Tiny Man” by Harlan Ellison
- “The Jaguar House, in Shadow” by Aliette de Bodard
- “The Green Book” by Amal El-Mohtar
- “That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made” by Eric James Stone
- Excerpt from I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
- “To Theia” by Ann K. Schwader
- “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window” by Rachel Swirsky
- 2011 Nebula Awards Nominees and Honorees
- Past Nebula Winners
[Do you have an idea for a future Mind Meld? Let us know!]
One of the hallmarks of genre is the way we distinguish books by means of awards. So we asked this week’s panelists…
Q: What is the value of awards to the science fiction and fantasy community? How important are they to you?
Here’s what they said…
is a Welsh-Canadian fantasy and science fiction writer and poet. She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2002 and the World Fantasy award for her novel Tooth and Claw
in 2004. Her novel Ha’penny
was a co-winner of the 2008 Prometheus Award. Her novel Lifelode
won the 2010 Mythopoeic Award. Her newest novel is Among Others
, currently nominated for a 2011 Nebula Award. She also writes many things for Tor.com
I think awards are valuable in two different ways. In the present tense, they can draw attention to books and writers that deserve more attention — as when China Mountain Zhang was nominated for the Hugo. The Philip K. Dick award manages to find something I like and hadn’t noticed pretty much every year. This is good for readers who pay attention to them, and it can be good for a writer’s career — if they get award notice a publisher might decide to stick with them even though they don’t have great sales.
Secondly, they’re valuable as part of the historical memory of the genre — the awards of a year give a kind of snapshot of what people at the time thought was good. They judgements of awards are not always the judgements of posterity — I certainly saw that when I did my Tor.com “Revisiting the Hugos” series and looked at every year from 1953 until 2000. But they remain interesting. And what’s interesting to me isn’t ever the winner, it’s the shortlist. One book is one datapoint, a shortlist is a spread. The question I asked was not “did the best book win” so much as “do those five books give a good picture of where the genre was in that year”.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have announced the nominees for the 2011 Nebula Awards (presented in 2012), the nominees for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the nominees for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book.
[UPDATE: Added Free Fiction Links — thanks Eric!]
- Among Others, Jo Walton (Tor)
- Embassytown, China Miéville (Macmillan UK; Del Rey; Subterranean Press)
- Firebird, Jack McDevitt (Ace Books)
- God’s War, Kameron Hurley (Night Shade Books)
- Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, Genevieve Valentine (Prime Books)
- The Kingdom of Gods, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
The winners of the 2010 Nebula Awards have just been announced:
The recipient of the Andre Norton Award, recognizing superior achievement in science fiction and fantasy writing for young adults is: I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett (Doubleday)
Other awards given out this weekend:
- The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation: Inception, Christopher Nolan (director), Christopher Nolan (screenplay) (Warner)
- Solstice Award: Alice Sheldon (a.k.a. James Tiptre, Jr.); Michael Whelan
- SFWA Service Award: John E. Johnston III
Congratulations to all the winners!
The Science Fiction Writers of America announced the 2010 Nebula Awards Final Ballot:
- The Native Star by M.K. Hobson (Spectra)
- The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit UK; Orbit US) [See SF Signal review]
- Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor) [See SF Signal review]
- Echo by Jack McDevitt (Ace)
- Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor (DAW) [See SF Signal review]
- Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Spectra)
The winners of the 2009 Nebula Awards have just been announced:
- NOVEL: The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi (Nightshade, Sep09) [See SF Signal review]
- NOVELLA: The Women of Nell Gwynne’s, Kage Baker (Subterranean Press, Jun09) [See SF Signal review]
- NOVELETTE: “Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast,” Eugie Foster (Interzone, Feb09) (audio version)
- SHORT STORY: “Spar,” Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld, Oct09, also in audio format)
The recipient of the Andre Norton Award, recognizing superior achievement in science fiction and fantasy writing for young adults is: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making, Catherynne M. Valente (Catherynne M. Valente, Jun09)
Other awards given out this weekend:
- Solstice Award: Tom Doherty, Terri Windling, Donald A. Wollheim
- SFWA Service Award: Vonda N. McIntyre and Keith Stokes
- SFWA Author Emeritus: Neil Barrett Jr.
- Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award: Joe Haldeman
- Bradbury Award: District 9, Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell (Tri-Star, Aug09)
- 2010 Analog’s and Asimov’s Reader Poll Awards
Congratulations to all the winners!
The recently-announced 2009 Nebula Award ballot includes lots of great fiction from lots of great writers and only hints at all the great work being published. So we asked this year’s nominees this question:
Q: If your work couldn’t have been on the ballot this year, what work would you have liked in its place?
Here’s what they said…
[Note: Due to my poor interviewing skills, there were multiple revisions of this question ultimately intending to clarify that its intent was not to slight any of the fiction that was nominated, but rather, to name additional works that are also award-worthy. Along the way, I also left open the possibility that panelists could name work in any category. Any perceived lack of cohesion in this Mind Meld is thus entirely of my own making — but I think you’ll find plenty of great titles to seek out in addition to the one’s on this year’s Nebula ballot. So there.]
is the author of five adult and ten young adult books, including the Risen Empire
series. His latest is Leviathan
, the first of an illustrated steampunk trilogy.
I’d have liked to see Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth, a post-zombie-apocalypse novel.
[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]
The winners for this year’s Nebula Awards have been announced:
- NOVEL: Powers by Ursula K. Le Guin
- NOVELLA: “The Spacetime Pool” by Catherine Asaro (Analog, Mar08)
- NOVELETTE: “Pride and Prometheus” by John Kessel (F&SF, Jan08, alternate link)
- SHORT STORY: “Trophy Wives” by Nina Kiriki Hoffman (Fellowship Fantastic, ed. Greenberg and Hughes, DAW Books Jan08)
- SCRIPT: WALL-E Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter (Walt Disney June 2008)
The recipient of the Andre Norton Award, recognizing superior achievement in science fiction and fantasy writing for young adults is: Flora’s Dare: How a Girl of Spirit Gambles All to Expand Her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa from a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room) by Ysabeau S. Wilce (Harcourt, Sep08)
Other awards given out this weekend [via Science Fiction Awards Watch]
- Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award: Harry Harrison
- SFWA Author Emerita: MJ Engh
- Bradbury Award: Joss Whedon
- SFWA Service Award: Victoria Strauss
- Solstice Award: Kate Wilhelm, Martin H Greenberg, AJ Budrys
Congratulations to all the winners!
This year’s nominees.
Past Nebula winners.
The Nebula site has announced corrections to the list of finalists for the 2008 Nebula Awards. Two works that should have been on the final ballot were not listed.
Our 2008 Nebula Award Finalists post has been updated.
[via SF Awards Watch]
The finalists for this year’s Nebula Awards have been announced:
[Note: Title links go to free online versions]
[3/2 UPDATE: The Nebula site has announced corrections. Two works that should be on the final ballot were not listed. Corrections made below. (via SF Awards Watch)]
Ellen Datlow has posted the table of contents for the upcoming anthology Nebula Awards Showcase 2009:
- Introduction by Ellen Datlow
- About The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
- About the Nebula Awards
- The 2008 Nebula Awards Final Ballot
- Nebula Award, Best Novelette. “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate” by Ted Chiang
- Nebula Award, Best Short Story. “Always” by Karen Joy Fowler
- Where The Sidewalk Ends by Barry Malzberg
- Why I write Science Fiction by Kathleen Ann Goonan
- Nebula Award Nominee, Short Story “Titanium Mike Saves the Day” by David D. Levine
- Nebula Award Nominee, Novelette, “Pol Pot’s Beautiful Daughter (Fantasy)” by Geoff Ryman
- Nebula Award, Best Novel, The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon (excerpt)
- Poetry: The Rhysling Award Winners
- About the Rhysling Award
- Rhysling Dwarf Stars Award “Last Unicorn” by Jane Yolen
- Rhysling Short Poem Winner “The Graven Idol’s Godheart” by Rich Ristow
- Rhysling Long Poem Winner “The Journey to Kailash” by Mike Allen
- Nebula Award Nominee, Novella, “Stars Seen Through Stone” by Lucius Shepard
- What You Saw Was What you Got by Howard Waldrop
- Pan’s Labyrinth: Dreaming with Eyes Wide Open by Tim Lucas
- Nebula Nominee, Novelette, “The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change” by Kij Johnson
- The Damon Knight Grand Master Award: Appreciation of Michael Moorcock by Kim Newman
- “The Pleasure Garden of Felipe Sagittarius” by Michael Moorcock
- The Andre Norton Award “The New Golden Age” by Gwenda Bond
- Clubbing by Ellen Asher
- Nebula Nominee, Short Story, “Captive Girl” by Jennifer Pelland
- Nebula Nominee, Short Story “Unique Chicken Goes In Reverse” by Andy Duncan
- Nebula Award, Novella, “The Fountain of Age” by Nancy Kress
- Past Nebula Award Winners
- The Authors Emeriti
- Ardath Mayhar, Talent from the Pines by Joe R. Lansdale
The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America has announced the Nebula Award winners for 2007:
NOVEL: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
NOVELLA: “Fountain of Age” by Nancy Kress
NOVELETTE: “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate” by Ted Chiang
SHORT STORY: “Always” by Karen Joy Fowler
SCRIPT: Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro
Andre Norton Award: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Michael Moorcock was also presented with The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award.
See also: This year’s nominees.
See also: SF Signal’s review of the short fiction nominees.
See also: Past Winners
If you’re in the Austin, Texas area Friday night (tomorrow) and want to some books signed by a slew of authors, head on down to the Omni Hotel:
From the press release:
Dozens of science fiction and fantasy authors will turn out for a mass autographing session Friday, April 25 from 5:30-8 p.m., kicking off the 2008 Nebula Awards Weekend in Austin by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.
The mass autographing session sponsored by Book People will be held in the third floor Longhorn Room of the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown, located at San Jacinto and 8th Street. The session is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase, but those seeking signatures are free to bring their own from home.
Authors scheduled to take part in the mass autographing session include 2007 Damon Knight Grand Master honoree Michael Moorcock, Nebula Award Nominees Nancy Kress, Joe Haldeman and Jack McDevitt as well as such notable authors as Joe R. Lansdale, Steven Gould, Walter Jon Williams and Connie Willis. A complete list of participating authors can be found at http://www.sfwa.org/awards/2008/autographing.html.
As in previous years (see the entries for 2006 and 2007), I ventured forth and read the short fiction finalists for the 2007 Nebula Awards. I find this to be a fun yearly project, though for some reason it seemed like it took longer to complete this year; probably due to personal time constraints more than anything. All but two of the stories (the novelettes “The Fiddler of Bayou Teche” by Delia Sherman and “The Children’s Crusade” by Robin Wayne Bailey) were available online this year. If I come across those stories, I’ll update this post.
The short fiction entries this year fared better overall than in previous years. The only two stories I could have done without were both fantasies, keeping in line with my hit-or-miss track record for fantasy. When the stories worked, they worked in a big way. While the profitability of short fiction may be debatable, there’s no denying the quality and creativity of which the format is capable.
In a nutshell, then, here are my impressions of the stories in each category, sorted from most to least enjoyable. My winning picks are the tops ones listed in each category. Story titles link to online versions, where available.
“Stars Seen Through Stone” by Lucius Shepard
“Fountain of Age” by Nancy Kress
“Memorare” by Gene Wolfe
“The Helper and His Hero” by Matt Hughes
“Kiosk” by Bruce Sterling
“Awakening” by Judith Berman
“The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate” by Ted Chiang
“Safeguard” by Nancy Kress
“The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change” by Kij Johnson
“Pol Pot’s Beautiful Daughter” by Geoff Ryman
“Child, Maiden, Mother, Crone” by Terry Bramlett
[Not read] “The Fiddler of Bayou Teche” by Delia Sherman
[Not read] “The Children’s Crusade”
“Titanium Mike Saves the Day” by David D. Levine
“Captive Girl” by Jennifer Pelland
“Pride” by Mary Turzillo
“Always” by Karen Joy Fowler
“Unique Chicken Goes In Reverse” by Andy Duncan
“The Story of Love” by Vera Nazarian
Reviewlettes of the stories follow…