The Science Fiction Writers of America announced the Nebula Award Nominees this weekend and there is a whole lot to be excited about, especially the diverse cast of nominees. Is this a backlash against the Sad Puppies campaign? Or a commentary on the flap over the Oscars’ lack of diversity? (The Nebulas are sort of Sci-Fi’s equivalent of the Academy Awards.) I don’t really care, because it’s great to see so many women and people of color on the shortlists.
Fantasy dominated the novel nominees, from Ken Liu’s magnificent Homer-meets-the-Chu-Han-contention debut, The Grace of Kings, to Naomi Novik’s Polish fairytale rewrite, Uprooted. But there are strong sci-fi contenders as well. Ann Leckie snared her third nomination with Ancillary Mercy, while Lawrence M. Schoen’s late-entry, Barsk: The Elephant’s Graveyard, made a surprise showing, especially considering it was released in the late December dead zone between Christmas and New Year’s. It’s been vaulted onto the must-read ASAP list (along with N.K. Jemisin’s Fifth Season) as I prepare my Hugo ballot in the coming months.
Further down the list, I’m excited for Alyssa Wong’s “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers.” Her 2014 story “The Fisher Queen” racked up accolades last year and it looks like this piece, from Nightmare Magazine’s “Queers Destroy Horror” issue will as well.
And the Bradbury Award shortlist is damn near perfect. Choosing between Ex Machina, Fury Road, The Martian and Star Wars? I’m not an SFWA member, but I don’t envy having to make that choice (although I’d probably end up going with Mad Max).
But I’m most excited about the novella category, where my friend Beth Cato has snared a nomination with her steampunk tale of gremlins, cheese and viral marketing, Wings of Sorrow and Bone. She does have some tough competition as well from Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti as well as works from Usman Malik and Kelly Robson.
The awards will be presented during the Nebula Conference in Chicago on May 14. Good luck to all the nominees!
- Raising Caine — Charles E. Gannon (Baen)
- The Fifth Season — N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
- Ancillary Mercy — Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK) [Review]
- The Grace of Kings — Ken Liu (Saga) [Review]
- Uprooted — Naomi Novik (Del Rey) [Review]
- Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard — Lawrence M. Schoen (Tor)
- Updraft — Fran Wilde (Tor)
- Wings of Sorrow and Bone — Beth Cato (Harper Voyager Impulse)
- “The Bone Swans of Amandale” — C.S.E. Cooney (Bone Swans)
- “The New Mother” — Eugene Fischer (Asimov’s 4-5/15)
- “The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn” — Usman T. Malik (Tor.com 4/22/15)
- Binti — Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com)
- “Waters of Versailles” — Kelly Robson (Tor.com 6/10/15)
- “Rattlesnakes and Men” — Michael Bishop (Asimov’s 2/15)
- “And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead” — Brooke Bolander (Lightspeed 2/15)
- “Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” — Rose Lemberg (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 6/11/15)
- “The Ladies’ Aquatic Gardening Society” — Henry Lien (Asimov’s 6/15)
- “The Deepwater Bride” — Tamsyn Muir (F&SF 7-8/15)
- “Our Lady of the Open Road” — Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s 6/15)
- “Madeleine” — Amal El-Mohtar (Lightspeed 6/15)
- “Cat Pictures Please” — Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld 1/15)
- “Damage” — David D. Levine (Tor.com 1/21/15)
- “When Your Child Strays From God” — Sam J. Miller (Clarkesworld 7/15)
- “Today I Am Paul” — Martin L. Shoemaker (Clarkesworld 8/15)
- “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” — Alyssa Wong (Nightmare 10/15)
- Ex Machina
- Inside Out
- Jessica Jones: AKA Smile
- Mad Max: Fury Road
- The Martian
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy
- Seriously Wicked — Tina Connolly (Tor Teen)
- Court of Fives — Kate Elliott (Little, Brown)
- Cuckoo Song — Frances Hardinge (Macmillan UK 5/14; Amulet)
- Archivist Wasp — Nicole Kornher-Stace (Big Mouth House)
- Zeroboxer — Fonda Lee (Flux)
- Shadowshaper — Daniel José Older (Levine)
- Bone Gap — Laura Ruby (Balzer + Bray)
- Nimona — Noelle Stevenson (HarperTeen)
- Updraft — Fran Wilde (Tor)