It’s award time again. My little segment of the fiction writing world has two major awards given out annually: the Hugo Award (named for Hugo Gernsback) presented by the World Science Fiction Society and the Nebula Award presented by the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA). Today, the SFWA announced the Nebula Award nominees for 2012.
While the Nebulas cover many categories, I’m most interested in the short fiction categories, so I’ll cover those today and get to the other award categories in another post.
Here are the nominees for best novelette:
• “The Pyre of New Day,” Catherine Asaro (The Mammoth Books of SF Wars)
• “Close Encounters,” Andy Duncan (The Pottawatomie Giant & Other Stories)
• “The Waves,” Ken Liu (Asimov’s)
• “The Finite Canvas,” Brit Mandelo (Tor.com)
• “Swift, Brutal Retaliation,” Meghan McCarron (Tor.com)
• “Portrait of Lisane da Patagnia,” Rachel Swirsky (Tor.com)
• “Fade to White,” Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld)
and for short story:
• “Robot,” Helena Bell (Clarkesworld)
• “Immersion,” Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld)
• “Fragmentation, or Ten Thousand Goodbyes,” Tom Crosshill (Clarkesworld)
• “Nanny’s Day,” Leah Cypess (Asimov’s)
• “Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream,” Maria Dahvana Headley
• “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species,” Ken Liu (Lightspeed)
• “Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain,” Cat Rambo (Near + Far)
All of the short story nominations are available for free reading online, but it will be a little more difficult for readers to find all of the novelettes because several appeared in print only. While none of my stories were nominated (it’s a rather select list, after all), it’s nice to see publications where I’ve had stories appear get recognized (e.g., Lightspeed Magazine, Asimov’s). It’s also nice to see some familiar names on the list along with some new names that I’m sure we’ll hear more from in the future.
As a member SFWA, I’m eligible to nominate and vote for the Nebula Awards. Unlike last year, I’ve only read a couple of the above stories (I’ve not had as much time to read over the last year as I would have liked), so I’ve got some reading to do before the voting closes on March 30th.