We are in the thick of awards season, beloved patrons, and let me tell you, it’s a good season to be a reader. Last week, the winners of the 52nd Annual Nebula Awards were announced at the annual convention of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA)
The Nebula Awards (a picture of one of the awards is on the left) were first awarded in 1966, and have grown in prestige to be recognized as one of the most significant awards for science fiction and fantasy in publishing. Each year, a novel, novella, novelette, and short story are chosen…and just in case you, too, were wondering what a “novelette’ is, it is defined by SFWA as “a work between 7,500 and 17,500 words”, while a “novella” is between 17,500 and 40,00 words. Any book written in English and published in the United States is eligible for nomination, and members of SFWA cast their ballots for the favorite books. This means that, essentially, the awards are chosen by readers and genre devotees, which means that they are not only of high quality in terms of genre and style, but that they are also a darned good read. As you will see, screenplays are also recognized with the Ray Bradbury Award, and middle grade and young adult fiction is nominated for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Once again, the Nebulas are a bastion of diversity and good storytelling. As we mention each year, science fiction is a genre that is beautifully suited to questioning our current realities, imagining new ones, and crafting relationships that challenge and confront stereotypes. Fantasy does this, as well, and you’ll see from the titles listed below, the authors honored at the Nebula Awards are gifted at utilizing and transforming the genres to tell wildly inventive, insightful, haunting and compelling stories that linger long after the final page has turned.
We hope you find some new reading and viewing fodder among the nominees and winners listed below. For more information and a full list of Nebula winners, visit the SFWA’s website!
Winner: The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin
- Amberlough, Lara Elena Donnelly
- The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss
- Spoonbenders, Daryl Gregory
- Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty
- Jade City, Fonda Lee
- Autonomous, Annalee Newitz
THE RAY BRADBURY AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING DRAMATIC PRESENTATION
- The Good Place: “Michael’s Gambit” (Written by Michael Schur)
- Logan (screenplay by Scott Frank, James Mangold, and Michael Green)
- The Shape of Water (Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor)
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Written by Rian Johnson)
- Wonder Woman (Screenplay by Allan Heinberg)
THE ANDRE NORTON AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING YOUNG ADULT SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY BOOK
Winner: The Art of Starving, Sam J. Miller