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SFWA Announces the 2016 Nebula Award Nominations

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 | Posted by John ONeill

The-Obelisk-Gate-smallerThe Nebulas are here! The Nebulas are here!

Ahem. Excuse me if I get a little giddy. The Nebula Award is one of the most prestigious awards in our field. I was asked to present the award for Best Novelette at the 2015 Nebulas in Chicago, and last year the Awards were even more exciting, as several Black Gate bloggers and authors — including Amal El-Mohtar, Lawrence M. Schoen, and our website editor C.S.E. Cooney — were nominated for major awards.

So it’s always exciting when the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) announces the nominees — and this year is no exception. This year’s nominees are (links will take you to our previous coverage):

Novel

All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)
Borderline, Mishell Baker (Saga)
The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
Ninefox Gambit,Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
Everfair, Nisi Shawl (Tor)

Novella

Runtime, S.B. Divya (Tor.com)
The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, Kij Johnson (Tor.com)
The Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle (Tor.com)
Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire (Tor.com)
“The Liar,” John P. Murphy (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction)
A Taste of Honey, Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com)

A Taste of Honey Kai Ashante Wilson-smallNovelette

“The Long Fall Up,” William Ledbetter (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction)
“Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea,” Sarah Pinsker (Lightspeed)
“Blood Grains Speak Through Memories,” Jason Sanford (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
“The Orangery,” Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
The Jewel and Her Lapidary, Fran Wilde (Tor.com)
“You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay,” Alyssa Wong (Uncanny)

Short Story

“Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies,” Brooke Bolander (Uncanny)
“Seasons of Glass and Iron,” Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood)
“Sabbath Wine,” Barbara Krasnoff (Clockwork Phoenix 5)
“Things With Beards,” Sam J. Miller (Clarkesworld)
“This Is Not a Wardrobe Door,” A. Merc Rustad (Fireside Magazine)
“A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers,” Alyssa Wong (Tor.com)
“Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station│Hours Since the Last Patient Death: 0,” Caroline M. Yoachim (Lightspeed)

The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

Arrival, Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Screenplay by Eric Heisserer, 21 Laps Entertainment/FilmNation Entertainment/Lava Bear Films/Xenolinguistics
Doctor Strange, Directed by Scott Derrickson, Screenplay by Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill, Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures
Kubo and the Two Strings, Directed by Travis Knight, Screenplay by Mark Haimes & Chris Butler; Laika Entertainment
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Directed by Gareth Edwards, Written by Chris Weitz & Tony Gilroy; Lucusfilm/ Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures
Westworld: ‘‘The Bicameral Mind’,’ Directed by Jonathan Nolan, Written by Lisa Joy & Jonathan Nolan; HBO
Zootopia, Directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore, & Jared Bush, Screenplay by Jared Bush & Phil Johnston; Walt Disney Pictures/Walt Disney Animation Studios

The Girl Who Drank the Moon Kelly Barnhill-smallThe Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book

The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin Young Readers)
The Star-Touched Queen, Roshani Chokshi (St. Martin’s)
The Lie Tree, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan UK; Abrams)
Arabella of Mars, David D. Levine (Tor)
Railhead, Philip Reeve (Oxford University Press; Switch)
Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies, Lindsay Ribar (Kathy Dawson Books)
The Evil Wizard Smallbone, Delia Sherman (Candlewick)

It was a spectacular year for Tor.com/Tor.com Publishing, which virtually locked up the Novella category. Here’s a look at the top sources for nominees:

Tor.com – 7
Uncanny – 2
Lightspeed – 2
F&SF – 2
Beneath Ceaseless Skies -2

The winners will be announced at the Nebula Awards Weekend at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, May 18th-21st, 2017.

See last year’s Nebula nominations here, and the winners here.

3 Comments »

  1. An excellent list. Let me point out that William Ledbetter (“The Long Fall Up”) is one of the sub-editors at Heroic Fantasy Quarterly.

    Comment by Adrian Simmons - February 22, 2017 9:38 am

  2. Perfaps also mention Cat Rambo’s Red in tooth and cog? Withdrawn but Nebula worthy

    Comment by huetenan - February 22, 2017 11:13 am

  3. Excellent point, huetenan. Cat Rambo withdrew her novelette, “Red in Tooth and Cog,” for completely understandable reasons. She’s a class act. I encourage everyone to read her reasons for doing so:

    http://www.kittywumpus.net/blog/2017/02/20/and-for-my-next-trick-aka-the-amazing-disappearing-nebula-nomination/

    Comment by John ONeill - February 25, 2017 2:02 pm


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