2011 Nebula Awards Nominees Announced

From sfwa.org:

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America is proud to announce the nominees for the 2011 Nebula Awards (presented 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.


- 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)


- “Kiss Me Twice,” Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s Science Fiction, June 2011)
- “Silently and Very Fast,” Catherynne M. Valente (WFSA Press; Clarkesworld Magazine, October 2011)
- “The Ice Owl,” Carolyn Ives Gilman (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, November/December 2011)
- “The Man Who Bridged the Mist,” Kij Johnson (Asimov’s Science Fiction, October/November 2011)
- “The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary,” Ken Liu (Panverse Three, Panverse Publishing)
- “With Unclean Hands,” Adam-Troy Castro (Analog Science Fiction and Fact, November 2011)


- “Fields of Gold,” Rachel Swirsky (Eclipse 4, Night Shade Books)
- “Ray of Light,” Brad R. Torgersen (Analog Science Fiction and Fact, December 2011)
- “Sauerkraut Station,” Ferrett Steinmetz (Giganotosaurus, November 2011)
- “Six Months, Three Days,” Charlie Jane Anders (Tor.com, June 2011)
- “The Migratory Pattern of Dancers,” Katherine Sparrow (Giganotosaurus, July 2011)
- “The Old Equations,” Jake Kerr (Lightspeed Magazine, July 2011)
- “What We Found,” Geoff Ryman (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, September/October 2011)

Short Story

- “Her Husband’s Hands,” Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed Magazine, October 2011)
- “Mama, We are Zhenya, Your Son,” Tom Crosshill (Lightspeed Magazine, April 2011)
- “Movement,” Nancy Fulda (Asimov’s Science Fiction, March 2011)
- “Shipbirth,” Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s Science Fiction, February 2011)
- “The Axiom of Choice,” David W. Goldman (New Haven Review, Winter 2011)
- “The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees,” E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld Magazine, April 2011)
- “The Paper Menagerie,” Ken Liu (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, March/April 2011)

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

- Attack the Block, Joe Cornish (writer/director) (Optimum Releasing; Screen Gems)
- Captain America: The First Avenger, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely (writers), Joe Johnston (director) (Paramount)
- Doctor Who: “The Doctor’s Wife,” Neil Gaiman (writer), Richard Clark (director) (BBC Wales)
- Hugo, John Logan (writer), Martin Scorsese (director) (Paramount)
- Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen (writer/director) (Sony)
- Source Code, Ben Ripley (writer), Duncan Jones (director) (Summit)
- The Adjustment Bureau, George Nolfi (writer/director) (Universal)

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book

- Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor (Viking Juvenile)
- Chime, Franny Billingsley (Dial Books; Bloomsbury)
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Hodder & Stoughton)
- Everybody Sees the Ants, A.S. King (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
- The Boy at the End of the World, Greg van Eekhout (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
- The Freedom Maze, Delia Sherman (Big Mouth House)
- The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Rae Carson (Greenwillow Books)
- Ultraviolet, R.J. Anderson (Orchard Books; Carolrhoda Books)


6 commentaires:

Shane said...

My vote (if I actually got one...) would be for Jo Walton's Among Others.

Jebus said...

Of the written material I've only actually heard of 2 of them (Mieville and Jemisin) and haven't read any of them.

Have never heard of any of the shorter stuff but I rarely read short stories. I find the Nebulas kinda pointless really and despite going to Chicon 7 I doubt I'll even bother voting.

Jebus said...

Ack no wait! Just realised I was thinking of the Hugos re Chicon.

OK then the Nebulas hold even less appeal for me.

Sorry to all the authors out there but I have never once bought or read anything because it had won a Hugo or Nebula award.

Anonymous said...

This is a relatively good line-up, given the source. But the data show that history is very frequently unkind to Nebula nominees--as it is to Hugos too, but not quite so pronouncedly. It's a peer-praising award, a bit like the staff achievement award in your office building: informed and meaningful enough to be worth giving, but not something to pay attention to beyond saying "well done" at the ceremony.

Incidentally, I despise Among Others (mostly because it epitomizes special snowflake mentality in fandom--a personal bias), but I suspect that its clear, competent young adult-ish style, solid sense of SF history, and implicit address to a nostalgic, middle-aged SF community virtually guarantee it this award.

Ash said...

I've actually found a lot of Nebula winners to be quite good, and the Nebulas seem to recognize authors earlier than the Hugos. There sometimes seems to be a trend of an author winning a Nebula with one book, then the Hugo with their next book after they gain some attention (probably due to winning the Nebula). I haven't read any of the nominees, and have such a reading backlog right now (thanks to all the cheap/free ebook deals) it will be a while before I do, but am still interested in the result.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if these awards are actually harming the authors. When I see something nominated on the Nebula list I immediately think it's boring. There is no real reason for it, but the desire to read the books just drops. Might be that I’ve read some of the nominated books before and was left wanting.