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    The 2013 Nebulas and Where You Can Find Them

    BEST NOVEL (40,000+ words) • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Jay Fowler (Excerpt) • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (Excerpt) • Fire with Fire by Charles E. Gannon (Amazon Excerpt) • Hild by Nicola Griffith (Amazon Excerpt) • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Excerpt) WINNER! • The Red: First Light by Linda Nagata (Excerpt) • A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar (Excerpt) • The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (Excerpt) BEST NOVELLA (17,500 – 40,000 words) • “Wakulla Springs” by Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages (Full) • “The Weight of the Sunrise” by Vylar Kaftan (Full) WINNER! •…

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    My Nebula Ratings

    Each year, I read through the nominations for the Hugos and Nebulas that I can (the ones available in some form, excerpt or full). I give them my “Thumbs Up“, “Skip It” or “Either way” vote. Now these are completely arbitrary ratings, based on my opinion. The opinion of a citizen, a man with a college degree, but not a masters. A man with no real literary background or experience. A lowercase-A author. My main concern is the ones I rate “Skip it”. They’re usually stories that are too complicated or sequels to something. Like this year I gave a “Skip it” to Mary Robinette Kowal’s “Glamour and Glass”. Miss…

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    The 2012 Nebulas And Where To Find Them

    BEST NOVEL (40,000+ words) • Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed (Excerpt) Either way • Ironskin by Tina Connolly (Excerpt) [Book Trailer] Thumbs Up! • The Killing Moon by N. K. Jemisin (Excerpt) Skip it • The Drowning Girl by Caitlín R. Kiernan (Amazon Excerpt) [Book Trailer] Thumbs Up! • Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal (Excerpt) Skip it • 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (Amazon Excerpt) Skip it WINNER! BEST NOVELLA (17,500 – 40,000 words) • “On a Red Station, Drifting” by Aliette de Bodard (Excerpt) Skip it • “After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall” by Nancy Kress (Amazon Excerpt) Either way WINNER!…

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    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)…

  • The 2010 Nebulas and Where You Can Find Them

    Well, I did this for the Hugos last year, so why not for the Nebulas this year? Here’s where you can find all the stuff nominated for this year’s Nebulas if it’s available online along with my own personal review. I’m going to read them anyway, so why not you? Enjoy! SHORT STORY ·“Arvies” by Adam-Troy Castro (Full) Thumbs Up! ·“How Interesting: A Tiny Man” by Harlan Ellison (Full) Thumbs Up! WINNER! (tie) ·“Ponies” by Kij Johnson (Full) Thumbs Up! WINNER! (tie) ·“I’m Alive, I Love You, I’ll See You in Reno” by Vylar Kaftan (EscapePod Audio Edition) (Full) Skip it ·“The Green Book” by Amal El-Mohtar (Full) Either way…