So many novels! Last year, there were only six nominated; this year there are eight. Yowsah. Does that mean there were 33% more awesome novels published this year? Probably. That’s the most logical explanation.
Remember to vote! These awards count on your input to pick the winner. Ha-ha — except they don’t, of course. Only active members of SFWA can vote. Which they do, when they’re not loudly denying there’s harassment of women writers or spending all their time actually harassing women writers. Let’s hope the spectacle of the awards puts all the recent ugliness behind us — at least until the inevitable next blow up.
This year’s nominees are:
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler (Marian Wood)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman (Morrow)
Fire with Fire, Charles E. Gannon (Baen)
Hild, Nicola Griffith (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (Orbit)
The Red: First Light, Linda Nagata (Mythic Island)
A Stranger in Olondria, Sofia Samatar (Small Beer)
The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker (Harper)
“Wakulla Springs” by Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages (Tor.com, 10/2/13)
“The Weight of the Sunrise” by Vylar Kaftan (Asimov’s SF, February 2013)
“Annabel Lee” by Nancy Kress (New Under the Sun)
“Burning Girls” by Veronica Schanoes (Tor.com, June 2013)
“Trial of the Century” by Lawrence M. Schoen (lawrencemschoen.com, 8/13; World Jumping)
Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente (Subterranean)
“Paranormal Romance” by Christopher Barzak (Lightspeed, June 2013)
“The Waiting Stars” by Aliette de Bodard (The Other Half of the Sky)
“They Shall Salt the Earth with Seeds of Glass” by Alaya Dawn Johnson (Asimov’s SF, January 2013)
“Pearl Rehabilitative Colony for Ungrateful Daughters” by Henry Lien (Asimov’s SF, December 2013)
“The Litigation Master and the Monkey King” by Ken Liu (Lightspeed, August 2013)
“In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind” by Sarah Pinsker (Strange Horizons, 7/1 – 7/8/13)
“The Sounds of Old Earth” by Matthew Kressel (Lightspeed, January 2013)
“Selkie Stories Are for Losers” by Sofia Samatar (Strange Horizons, 1/7/13)
“Selected Program Notes from the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer” by Kenneth Schneyer (Clockwork Phoenix 4)
“If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” by Rachel Swirsky (Apex, March 2013)
“Alive, Alive Oh” by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley (Lightspeed, June 2013)
The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation
Doctor Who: “The Day of the Doctor”
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (Little, Brown; Indigo)
When We Wake by Karen Healey (Allen & Unwin; Little, Brown)
Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson (Grand Central)
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson (Levine)
Hero by Alethea Kontis (Harcourt)
September Girls by Bennett Madison (Harper Teen)
A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty (Levine)
Once again, an extremely impressive showing by online short fiction markets this year — especially Lightspeed with an impressive four nominations, but also Tor.com and Strange Horizons, both with two, and Subterranean and Apex, with one apiece. Clarkesworld, which dominated the ballot in 2012, was shut out this time.
Asimov’s SF had a solid year (3 noms), but the other three big print magazines — F&SF, Analog, and Interzone — were left in the cold.
The tireless John DeNardo has compiled a complete list of nominees with cover scans (and links to all the nominees available online) at SF Signal.
The winners will be announced at the Nebula Awards Weekend, May 15-18, 2014 at the San Jose Marriott in San Jose CA.