Nebula Award Nominees: Best Novel and Novella

A few days ago, I posted the Nebula Award nominees in the novelette and short stories.  At the time, I didn’t post the nominees for best novel and novella because I doubt I’ll vote on these categories—I’ve read only a couple of the nominees, and I probably will not have time to read them all before voting closes on March 30th.  I’d like to recognize them however, so the Nebula Award nominees for best novel  and novella are:

Best Novel:

Among Others by Jo Walton
Embassytown by China Miéville
Firebird by Jack McDevitt
God’s War by Kameron Hurley
Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti by Genevieve Valentine
The Kingdom of Gods by N.K. Jemisin

Best Novella:

Kiss Me Twice,” Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s Science Fiction)
Silently and Very Fast,” Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld Magazine)
“The Ice Owl,” Carolyn Ives Gilman (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction)
The Man Who Bridged the Mist,” Kij Johnson (Asimov’s Science Fiction)
The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary,” Ken Liu (Panverse Three)
“With Unclean Hands,” Adam-Troy Castro (Analog Science Fiction and Fact)

In the novel category, I’ve only read Ms. Valentine’s Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, which I highly recommend.  It’s not a books for everyone; it’s literary, experimental, smart, engrossing, and dark—I’ve never read anything quite like it before.  In the novella category, I’ve also only read one.  “The Ice Owl” was well-written, but didn’t do much for me. 

Congratulations to all of the nominees.

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About D. Thomas Minton

Writer of speculative fiction
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