The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have announced this year’s Nebula Award nominees, and from what I’ve read, there’s plenty of awesome to choose from, even if my favorite didn’t make the cut. I don’t get a vote, but as anyone who knows me can attest, that won’t stop me from offering an opinion. At least for ones that I’ve read.
Here’s a rundown of the nominees. My picks are in bold.
- The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor) — Review
- Trial by Fire, Charles E. Gannon (Baen)
- Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK) — Review
- The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu (Tor) — Review
- Coming Home, Jack McDevitt (Ace)
- Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals; Fourth Estate; HarperCollins Canada) — Review
I loved Ancillary Sword and with Ancillary Justice running the table last year, it has to be a serious favorite.I did not think that Annihilation was the best of VanderMeer’s “Southern Reach Trilogy” (that would be Acceptance). But Annihilation was still a stunning read, and with City of Stairs getting snubbed, my money is on VanderMeer. Interesting to see Trial By Fire on the list. A bone for the Sad Puppies? I’ll have to give it a read.
- We Are All Completely Fine, Daryl Gregory (Tachyon) — Review
- Yesterday’s Kin, Nancy Kress (Tachyon) — Review
- “The Regular,” Ken Liu (Upgraded)
- “The Mothers of Voorhisville,” Mary Rickert (Tor.com 4/30/14)
- Calendrical Regression, Lawrence Schoen (NobleFusion)
- “Grand Jeté (The Great Leap),” Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Summer ’14)
I’ve only read a couple titles here, but We Are All Completely Fine was one of my favorites of the year, and would have made my Top Ten list had I compiled it later. Yesterday’s Kin was an obvious choice as well, but was not as strong as Gregory’s creepy support group tale. Not surprised to see The Slow Regard of Silent Things didn’t make the list — I loved it, but it just doesn’t feel like Nebula material. I’m curious about the Ken Liu, I’ve loved his work wherever I’ve encountered it.
- “Sleep Walking Now and Then,” Richard Bowes (Tor.com 7/9/14)
- “The Magician and Laplace’s Demon,” Tom Crosshill (Clarkesworld 12/14)
- “A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i,” Alaya Dawn Johnson (F&SF 7-8/14)
- “The Husband Stitch,” Carmen Maria Machado (Granta #129)
- “We Are the Cloud,” Sam J. Miller (Lightspeed 9/14)
- “The Devil in America,” Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com 4/2/14)
Sorry, didn’t read any of these. I’ll be checking them out, hopefully, before the winners are announced. At the very least it will give me some nominee ideas for my Hugo slate.
- “The Breath of War,” Aliette de Bodard (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/6/14)
- “When It Ends, He Catches Her,” Eugie Foster (Daily Science Fiction 9/26/14)
- “The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye,” Matthew Kressel (Clarkesworld 5/14)
- “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family,” Usman T. Malik (Qualia Nous)
- “A Stretch of Highway Two Lanes Wide,” Sarah Pinsker (F&SF 3-4/14)
- “Jackalope Wives,” Ursula Vernon (Apex 1/7/14)
- “The Fisher Queen,” Alyssa Wong (F&SF 5/14)
Again, I need to investigate these further so I can pick some Hugo nominations.
Ray Bradbury Award
for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation
- Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Written by Alejandro G.Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
- Edge of Tomorrow, Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth (Warner Bros. Pictures)
- Guardians of the Galaxy, Written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
- Interstellar, Written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan (Paramount Pictures)
- The Lego Movie, Screenplay by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (Warner Bros. Pictures)
I can’t say how much I loved Guardians of the Galaxy, but I also didn’t see any others on the list (yeah, I need to get out more). But Guardians is easily the most fun I’ve had at a movie in years — it is exactly what the Star Wars prequels should have been. I’m surprised Snowpiercer didn’t make the list also.
Andre Norton Award
for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy
- Unmade, Sarah Rees Brennan (Random House)
- Salvage, Alexandra Duncan (Greenwillow)
- Love Is the Drug, Alaya Dawn Johnson (Levine)
- Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, A.S. King (Little, Brown)
- Dirty Wings, Sarah McCarry (St. Martin’s Griffin)
- Greenglass House, Kate Milford (Clarion)
- The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, Leslye Walton (Candlewick)
Another area I’m completely unfamiliar with, and looking at the titles I’m not sure I’m the target audience, age notwithstanding. But Greenglass House was on the National Book Award longlist, so I’d say that’s a pretty good indicator.
Thoughts? Opinions? Recommendations? Let me know!
— Michael Senft