Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The 2011 Nebulas and Where To Find Them



It's award time already? Damn, felt like I just made this list. It's only February people. The year just woke up.

Like I do every year, in my attempt to make myself seem like a legitimate writer (see previous post), I list what got nominated and where you can read 'em to judge for yourself. Personal judgement and winners to come.

Remember -- the Nebulas are not a popular vote, they're voted on by SFWA members and lean towards stories with more literary merit than popularity.

BEST NOVEL (40,000+ words)
Among Others by Jo Walton (Excerpt) (Google Books Preview) (Amazon Excerpt) Thumbs Up! WINNER!
Embassytown by China Miéville (Excerpt) (Amazon Excerpt) Skip it
Firebird by Jack McDevitt (Excerpt) (Google Books Preview) (Amazon Excerpt) Either way
God's War by Kameron Hurley (Excerpt) (Amazon Excerpt) Skip it
Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti by Genevieve Valentine (Excerpt) (Amazon Excerpt) Thumbs Up!
The Kingdom of Gods by N.K. Jemisin (Excerpt) (Amazon Excerpt) Skip it

BEST NOVELLA (17,500 - 40,000 words)
"Kiss Me Twice" by Mary Robinette Kowal (Full) Thumbs Up!
"Silently and Very Fast" by Catherine M. Valente (Full) Skip it
"The Ice Owl" by Caroly Ives Gilman (Interview)
"The Man Who Bridged the Mist" by Kij Johnson (Excerpt) Either way WINNER!
"The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary" by Ken Liu (Full) Thumbs Up!
"With Unclean Hands" by Adam-Troy Castro

BEST NOVELLETTE (7,500 - 17,500 words)
"Fields of Gold" by Rachel Swirsky (Full) Thumbs Up!
"Ray of Light" by Brad R. Torgenson (Excerpt) Thumbs Up!
"Sauerkraut Station" by Ferrett Steinmetz (Full) Thumbs Up!
"Six Months, Three Days" by Charlie Jane Anders (Full) Thumbs Up!
"The Migratory Pattern of Dancers" by Katherine Sparrow (Full) Thumbs Up!
"The Old Equations" by Jake Kerr (Full) Thumbs Up!
"What We Found" by Geoff Ryman WINNER!

BEST SHORT STORY (less than 7,500 words)
"Her Husband's Hands" by Adam-Troy Castro (Full + Audio) Thumbs Up!
"Mama, We are Zhenya, Your Son" by Tom Crosshill (Full + Audio) Either way
"Movement" by Nancy Fulda (Full + Audio) Either way
"Shipbirth" by Aliette de Bodard (Full) Skip it
"The Axiom of Choice" by David W. Goldman (Full) Thumbs Up!
"The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees" by E. Lily Yu (Full) Either way
"The Paper Menagerie" by Ken Liu (Full) (AudioThumbs Up! WINNER!

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction & Fantasy Book
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor (Excerpt) (Google Books Preview) (Amazon Excerpt)
Chime by Franny Billingsley (Excerpt) (Google Books Preview) (Amazon Excerpt)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Excerpt) (Google Books Preview) (Amazon Excerpt)
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King (Excerpt) (Google Books Preview) (Amazon Excerpt)
The Boy at the End of the World by Greg van Eekhout (Excerpt) (Google Books Preview) (Amazon Excerpt)
The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman (Excerpt) (Google Books Preview) (Amazon ExcerptWINNER!
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (Excerpt) (Google Books Preview) (Amazon Excerpt)
Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson (Excerpt) (Amazon Excerpt)

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