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The Only Awards Season I Really Need: Nebula Awards Nominations Announced

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | February 21, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | February 21, 2013 |

Ok the header picture is sort of a lie since neither Neil Gaiman nor “Doctor Who” are up for anything this year, but they were nominated last year, so it’s only a kind of implied lie, which I am assured is the sort that keeps marriages together. This is what the Nebula Awards actually look like:


Those look way cooler than those funny little Oscar men. Now I must steal earn one.

The Nebula Awards are the set of awards given annually by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. Notable past winners have included every science fiction author you ever should have read. These awards are distinct from the Hugo Awards that are given out by the World Science Fiction Society in September. I have an entire elaborate scene in my head in which these two awarding groups constantly fight each other, both sides led by golden age science fiction authors whose heads have been mounted to giant robots a la Futurama.

In reality, the two groups are often in agreement. In 22 of the last 46 years (which is how long both awards have been given) the same novel has won both the Nebula and the Hugo for best novel of the year. You can see that list here, and make your reading plans accordingly.

Seriously, unlike all of the film and television awards, which are more occasions to root for something to win or not, the Nebulas are more an occasion for making a list of things I want to read in the coming year. Here’s the full list of nominees:


Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (DAW; Gollancz ‘13)

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)


On a Red Station, Drifting, Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press)

After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, Nancy Kress (Tachyon)

“The Stars Do Not Lie,” Jay Lake (Asimov’s 10-11/12)

“All the Flavors,” Ken Liu (GigaNotoSaurus 2/1/12)

“Katabasis,” Robert Reed (F&SF 11-12/12)

“Barry’s Tale,” Lawrence M. Schoen (Buffalito Buffet)


“The Pyre of New Day,” Catherine Asaro (The Mammoth Books of SF Wars)

“Close Encounters,” Andy Duncan (The Pottawatomie Giant & Other Stories)

“The Waves,” Ken Liu (Asimov’s 12/12)

“The Finite Canvas,” Brit Mandelo ( 12/5/12)

“Swift, Brutal Retaliation,” Meghan McCarron ( 1/4/12)

“Portrait of Lisane da Patagnia,” Rachel Swirsky ( 8/22/12)

“Fade to White,” Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld 8/12)

Short Story

“Robot,” Helena Bell (Clarkesworld 9/12)

“Immersion,” Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld 6/12)

“Fragmentation, or Ten Thousand Goodbyes,” Tom Crosshill (Clarkesworld 4/12)

“Nanny’s Day,” Leah Cypess (Asimov’s 3/12)

“Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream,” Maria Dahvana Headley (Lightspeed 7/12)

“The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species,” Ken Liu (Lightspeed 8/12)

“Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain,” Cat Rambo (Near + Far)

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

The Avengers, Joss Whedon (director) and Joss Whedon and Zak Penn (writers), (Marvel/Disney)

Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin (director), Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Abilar (writers), (Journeyman/Cinereach/Court 13/Fox Searchlight )

The Cabin in the Woods, Drew Goddard (director), Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard (writers) (Mutant Enemy/Lionsgate)

The Hunger Games, Gary Ross (director), Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins, and Billy Ray writers), (Lionsgate)

John Carter, Andrew Stanton (director), Michael Chabon, Mark Andrews, and Andrew Stanton (writers), (Disney)

Looper, Rian Johnson (director), Rian Johnson (writer), (FilmDistrict/TriStar)

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

Iron Hearted Violet, Kelly Barnhill (Little, Brown)

Black Heart, Holly Black (S&S/McElderry; Gollancz)

Above, Leah Bobet (Levine)

The Diviners, Libba Bray (Little, Brown; Atom)

Vessel, Sarah Beth Durst (S&S/McElderry)

Seraphina, Rachel Hartman (Random House; Doubleday UK)

Enchanted, Alethea Kontis (Harcourt)

Every Day, David Levithan (Alice A. Knopf Books for Young Readers)

Summer of the Mariposas, Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Tu Books)

Railsea, China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan)

Fair Coin, E.C. Myers (Pyr)

Above World, Jenn Reese (Candlewick)

The awards will be presented at the San Jose Hilton from May 16-19. So make your travel and exoskeleton rental plans in advance.

(source: SFWA)

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.