SFWA Announces Nebula Award Nominees

Nebulacolor-150x150The 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.

Novel

annihilation

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.

Novella

We Are All Completely Fine

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.

Novelette

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.

Short Story

Again, I need to investigate these further so I can pick some Hugo nominations.

Ray Bradbury Award
for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

GOTG-poster

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

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

About Michael Senft

I am a freelance writer and critic from Phoenix Arizona. I spent 10 years covering music, the arts and pop culture for the “Arizona Republic” before life circumstances took me away from newspaper. But I never lost my joy at writing. Or reading.
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7 Responses to SFWA Announces Nebula Award Nominees

  1. DJ_Escapes says:

    I’m really rooting for Goblin Emperor for win! But my money is on Annihilation to win as well. I haven’t read it yet, but based off of what I’ve heard on podcasts, and read on blogs and reviews, it seems to have the highest praise and most buzz around it of all the novels.

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  2. Jeanne says:

    I keep hearing about Daryl Gregory. I’ve only read one thing by him so far, Raising Stony Mayhall. Now I will have to read We Are All Completely Fine, based on your recommendation.
    Why wasn’t I that impressed with the Goblin Emperor? Maybe I’ll have to write about it in order to see what I say.
    Guardians of the Galaxy is fun.

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  3. Two things I’d urge you toward: ‘Jackalope Wives’ by Ursula Vernon (although admittedly this is because I’m a big fan of Vernon as a person, I’m actually not completely sold on her fiction writing style, but a lot of people love it), and ‘Edge of Tomorrow’. Edge of Tomorrow is really good – entertaining SF action film, but also clever, and really… well, it feels both unique AND very professionally put together, which are two virtues that don’t often go together (‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, for isntance, is enjoyable and well made, but I felt it was a bit too conventional for me to really love).

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    • Edge of Tomorrow is on my watch list, along with Birdman. I’m working on my Hugo nominations so the suggestions are definitely welcome. I’m starting with the Nebula noms and then going through Hieroglyph, Upgraded and the Best of Tor.com with a fine tooth comb for the next few weeks. Does anyone know if Pierce Brown is eligible for a Campbell? I haven’t seen his name on any lists but I also can’t find anything published before Red Rising.

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      • Birdman I found technically impressive, and I wanted to like it, but ultimately it felt too much like Hollywood up its own arse, if you’ll forgive the expression. It’s a good film, but it pretends to a depth it doesn’t really have, imo. Ed Norton’s fantastic in it (but isn’t in it enough).

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  4. Pingback: Review: “Harrison Squared” by Daryl Gregory | Relentless Reading (And Writing About It!)

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