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The 2013 Nebulas and Where You Can Find Them

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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!
“Annabel Lee” by Nancy Kress
“Burning Girls” by Veronica Schanoes (Full)
“Trial of the Century” by Lawrence M. Schoen (Full)
“Six-Gun Snow White” by Catherynne M. Valente (Excerpt)

BEST NOVELLETTE (7,500 – 17,500 words)
“Paranormal Romance” by Christopher Barzak (Full)
“The Waiting Stars” by Aliette de Bodard (Full) WINNER!
“They Shall Salt the Earth with Seeds of Glass” by Alaya Dawn Johnson (???)
“Pearl Rehabilitative Colony for Ungrateful Daughters” by Henry Lien (Excerpt)
“The Litigation Master and the Monkey King” by Ken Liu (???)
“In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind” by Sarah Pinsker (Part 1, Part 2)

BEST SHORT STORY (less than 7,500 words)
“The Sounds of Old Earth” by Matthew Kressel (Full)
“Selkie Stories Are for Losers” by Sofia Samatar (Full)
“Selected Program Notes from the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer” by Kenneth Schneyer (Full)
“If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” by Rachel Swirsky (Full) WINNER!
“Alive, Alive Oh” by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley (Full)

Nothing much to not about this year’s nominees. I see quite a few females up here. There are more non-unique female nominations than male, and not by a small margin. That’s nice to see.

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Interestingly, I have not heard any reports about this. Only way I knew was from John Scalzi’s blog. Interesting. Makes me wonder if the Nebulas are still worth it, if anyone cares but SFWA people.

Also, eight nominees for novel? Really?

My Nebula Ratings

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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 Kowal’s a wonderful person — ally of Scalzi and co-anchor of Writing Excuses. But A) her novel’s a sequel B) it’s based on regency novels (Jane Austen stuff).

But it was never my taste to begin with. I tend to give “Skip It”s to novels with too much internationalization, high science, and experimental works. Last year nothing I voted “Skip It” won anything.

Also, is “Skip it” even the right term to use? I’m a lowly consumer, prone to idiotic things, not sophisticated prose. Is it right to tell you to not bother with something? Does anyone even care about my opinion? Does anyone follow these recommendations? I’m just an uncultured bastard. I can’t vote in these things. I’ve never had a book published. I’m not part of the SFWA. Who am I to say you should skip a story? Does it help you at all?

The 2012 Nebulas And Where To Find Them

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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!
“The Stars Do Not Lie” by Jay Lake (Full) Skip it
“All the Flavors” by Ken Liu (Full) Thumbs Up!
“Katabasis” by Robert Reed
“Barry’s Tale” by Lawence M. Schoen (Full) Thumbs Up!

BEST NOVELLETTE (7,500 – 17,500 words)
“The Pyre of New Day” by Catherine Asaro (Full) Thumbs Up!
“Close Encounters” by Andy Duncan WINNER!
“The Waves” by Ken Liu (Full) Thumbs Up!
“The Finite Canvas” by Brit Mandelo (Full) Thumbs Up!
“Swift, Brutal Retaliation” by Meghan McCarron (Full) Either way
“Portrait of Lisane da Patagnia” by Rachel Swirsky Thumbs Up!
“Fade to White” by Catherynne M. Valente (Full) (Audio Version) Thumbs Up!

BEST SHORT STORY (less than 7,500 words)
“Robot” by Helena Bell (Full) (Audio Version) Thumbs Up!
“Immersion” by Aliette de Bodard (Full) (Audio Version) Either way WINNER!
“Fragmentation, or Ten Thousand Goodbyes” by Tom Crosshill (Full) (Audio Version) Thumbs Up!
“Nanny’s Day” by Leah Cypess Thumbs Up!
“Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream” by Maria Dahvana Headley (Full) (Audio Version) Skip it
“The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” by Ken Liu (Full) (Audio Version) Thumbs Up!
“Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain” by Cat Rambo (Full) (Audio Version) Either way

Nothing much to not about this year’s nominees. I see quite a few females up here. There are more non-unique female nominations than male, and not by a small margin. That’s nice to see.

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The 2011 Nebulas and Where To Find Them

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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) (Audio) Thumbs 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 Excerpt) WINNER!
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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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!

·“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
·“Ghosts of New York” by Jennifer Pelland (Full) Either way
·“Conditional Love” by Felicity Shoulders (EscapePod Audio Edition) (Full) Thumbs Up!

·Map of Seventeen by Christopher Barzak
·The Jaguar House, in Shadow by Aliette de Bodard (Full) Skip it
·The Fortuitous Meeting of Gerard van Oost and Oludara by Christopher Kastensmidt (Full) Thumbs Up!
·Plus or Minus by James Patrick Kelly (Full) Either way
·Pishaach by Shweta Narayan
·That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made by Eric James Stone (Full) Thumbs Up! WINNER!
·Stone Wall Truth by Caroline M. Yoachim (Full) Skip it

·The Alchemist by Paolo Bacigalupi
·Iron Shoes by J. Kathleen Cheney
·The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang (Full) Thumbs Up!
·The Sultan of the Clouds by Geoffrey A. Landis (Full) Thumbs Up!
·Ghosts Doing the Orange Dance by Paul Park
·The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window by Rachel Swirsky (Full) Thumbs Up! WINNER!

·The Native Star by M.K. Hobson (Amazon Excerpt)
·The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (Excerpt)
·Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal (Amazon Excerpt)
·Echo Jack McDevitt (Excerpt)
·Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor (Excerpt)
·Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Amazon Excerpt) WINNER!

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy
·Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (Amazon Excerpt)
·White Cat by Holly Black (Amazon Excerpt)
·Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Amazon Excerpt)
·Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch (Excerpt)
·The Boy from Ilysies by Pearl North (Amazon Excerpt)
·I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett (Amazon Excerpt) WINNER!
·A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner (Amazon Excerpt)
·Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld (Amazon Excerpt)