2013 Nebula Nominees Announced

Image from Tor.

While the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) has been caught up in a storm of sexism, petitions and headaches, today was a day to celebrate just what the genre had to offer the world, with the announcement of the 2013 Nebula Award nominees. Pleasantly, the nominees seem more gender balanced than ever before, with much lauded newcomer Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice alongside old favourite Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (who wrote The Jane Austen Book Club, the movie of which is the origin of our Twitter userpic and mascot Fancy Dancy).

As pointed out by The Daily Dot, the list featured far more racial diversity than from previous years as well as gender diversity, a proper punch in the face to reactionary straight white men who claim there’s no place in the genre for them. Lawrence M. Schoen’s self-published novella Trial of the Century signalled a coming change in the industry while the YA category saw our Kiwi editor cheer with patriotic joy thanks to the inclusion of Karen Healey.

On the visual front, the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Performance did what the Oscars could not and showed some love for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. About time too. Rinku Kikuchi for Pope! The Day of the Doctor was nominated too, of course, although this totally unbiased Moffat hater is rooting for Her, if only because Spike Jonze is badass. 

Here are the full nominees, and remember to share your thoughts in the comments! Voting takes place between March 1st to the 30th, with the awards being held on the 49th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend of May 15th-18th.

Best Novel

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler (Marian Wood)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman (Morrow; Headline Review)
Fire with Fire, Charles E. Gannon (Baen)
Hild, Nicola Griffith (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
The Red: First Light, Linda Nagata (Mythic Island)
A Stranger in Olondria, Sofia Samatar (Small Beer)
The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker (Harper)

Image from Amazon. Seriously, don’t google the cover of this book if you don’t want to be spoiled.
Best Novella

‘‘Wakulla Springs,’’ Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages (Tor.com 10/2/13)
‘‘The Weight of the Sunrise,’’ Vylar Kaftan (Asimov’s 2/13)
‘‘Annabel Lee,” Nancy Kress (New Under the Sun)
‘‘Burning Girls,’’ Veronica Schanoes (Tor.com 6/19/13)
‘‘Trial of the Century,’’ Lawrence M. Schoen (lawrencemschoen.com, 8/13; World Jumping)
Six-Gun Snow White, Catherynne M. Valente (Subterranean)

Best Novelette

‘‘Paranormal Romance,’’ Christopher Barzak (Lightspeed 6/13)
‘‘The Waiting Stars,’’ Aliette de Bodard (The Other Half of the Sky)
‘‘They Shall Salt the Earth with Seeds of Glass,’’ Alaya Dawn Johnson (Asimov’s 1/13)
‘‘Pearl Rehabilitative Colony for Ungrateful Daughters,’’ Henry Lien (Asimov’s 12/13)
‘‘The Litigation Master and the Monkey King,’’ Ken Liu (Lightspeed 8/13)
‘‘In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind,’’ Sarah Pinsker (Strange Horizons 7/1 – 7/8/13)

 Best Short Story

‘‘The Sounds of Old Earth,’’ Matthew Kressel (Lightspeed 1/13)
‘‘Selkie Stories Are for Losers,’’ Sofia Samatar (Strange Horizons 1/7/13)
‘‘Selected Program Notes from the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer,’’ Kenneth Schneyer (Clockwork Phoenix 4)
‘‘If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love,’’ Rachel Swirsky (Apex 3/13)
‘‘Alive, Alive Oh,’’ Sylvia Spruck Wrigley (Lightspeed 6/13)

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

Doctor Who: ‘‘The Day of the Doctor’’ (Nick Hurran, director; Steven Moffat, writer) (BBC Wales)
Europa Report (Sebastián Cordero, director; Philip Gelatt, writer) (Start Motion Pictures)
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, director; Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón, writers) (Warner Bros.)
Her (Spike Jonze, director; Spike Jonze, writer) (Warner Bros.)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Francis Lawrence, director; Simon Beaufoy & Michael deBruyn, writers) (Lionsgate)
Pacific Rim (Guillermo del Toro, director; Travis Beacham & Guillermo del Toro, writers) (Warner Bros.)

Image from Yahoo. Also, hey girl.
Image from Yahoo. Also, hey girl.
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Holly Black (Little, Brown; Indigo)
When We Wake, Karen Healey (Allen & Unwin; Little, Brown)
Sister Mine, Nalo Hopkinson (Grand Central)
The Summer Prince, Alaya Dawn Johnson (Levine)
Hero, Alethea Kontis (Harcourt)
September Girls, Bennett Madison (Harper Teen)
A Corner of White, Jaclyn Moriarty (Levine)

Image from Goodreads.
Image from Goodreads.

Damon Knight Grand Master Award: Samuel R. Delany
Special Guest: Frank M. Robinson


  1. As appealing as it might be to signal “a coming change in the industry,” my novella, “Trial of the Century,” actually is NOT a self-published work. It appears in the anthology WORLD JUMPING from Hadley Rille Books.

    Admittedly, I did “pre-release” it in August — via postcards at the Worldcon — but this was done with HRB’s consent because we wanted to get the word out about it, and indeed even the postcard explains that the novella will be part of the forthcoming anthology.


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