Nebula Nominations Announced

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    Nerds_feather

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    Novel

    Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (DAW; Gollancz ’13)
    Ironskin, Tina Connolly (Tor)
    The Killing Moon, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
    The Drowning Girl, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Roc)
    Glamour in Glass, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
    2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK)



    Novella

    On a Red Station, Drifting, Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press)
    After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, Nancy Kress (Tachyon)
    “The Stars Do Not Lie,” Jay Lake (Asimov’s 10-11/12)
    “All the Flavors,” Ken Liu (GigaNotoSaurus 2/1/12)
    “Katabasis,” Robert Reed (F&SF 11-12/12)
    “Barry’s Tale,” Lawrence M. Schoen (Buffalito Buffet)



    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 12/12)
    “The Finite Canvas,” Brit Mandelo (Tor.com 12/5/12)
    “Swift, Brutal Retaliation,” Meghan McCarron (Tor.com 1/4/12)
    “Portrait of Lisane da Patagnia,” Rachel Swirsky (Tor.com 8/22/12)
    “Fade to White,” Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld 8/12)



    Short Story

    “Robot,” Helena Bell (Clarkesworld 9/12)
    “Immersion,” Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld 6/12)
    “Fragmentation, or Ten Thousand Goodbyes,” Tom Crosshill (Clarkesworld 4/12)
    “Nanny’s Day,” Leah Cypess (Asimov’s 3/12)
    “Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream,” Maria Dahvana Headley (Lightspeed 7/12)
    “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species,” Ken Liu (Lightspeed 8/12)
    “Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain,” Cat Rambo (Near + Far)



    Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

    The Avengers, Joss Whedon (director) and Joss Whedon and Zak Penn (writers), (Marvel/Disney)
    Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin (director), Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Abilar (writers), (Journeyman/Cinereach/Court 13/Fox Searchlight )
    The Cabin in the Woods, Drew Goddard (director), Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard (writers) (Mutant Enemy/Lionsgate)
    The Hunger Games, Gary Ross (director), Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins, and Billy Ray writers), (Lionsgate)
    John Carter, Andrew Stanton (director), Michael Chabon, Mark Andrews, and Andrew Stanton (writers), (Disney)
    Looper, Rian Johnson (director), Rian Johnson (writer), (FilmDistrict/TriStar)



    Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

    Iron Hearted Violet, Kelly Barnhill (Little, Brown)
    Black Heart, Holly Black (S&S/McElderry; Gollancz)
    Above, Leah Bobet (Levine)
    The Diviners, Libba Bray (Little, Brown; Atom)
    Vessel, Sarah Beth Durst (S&S/McElderry)
    Seraphina, Rachel Hartman (Random House; Doubleday UK)
    Enchanted, Alethea Kontis (Harcourt)
    Every Day, David Levithan (Alice A. Knopf Books for Young Readers)
    Summer of the Mariposas, Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Tu Books)
    Railsea, China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan)
    Fair Coin, E.C. Myers (Pyr)
    Above World, Jenn Reese (Candlewick)
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    Mangara

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    Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed is the only book I have heard of, I'll have to check the others out. Problem is I'm working my way through the classics!
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    Nice to see 2312 on there. And Aliette too - it's clearly her year. Some of the other names look a little too familiar from other shortlists, and Schoen, from a Hadley Rille anthology, again?
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    Nerds_feather

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    I think "Immersions" should win the short story category. I've said this before, but it's the best short story from the genre magazines that I read last year.

    But I don't understand why Jennifer Egan's "Black Box" wasn't nominated. It is SF, it is from 2012 and it is an outstanding story. Is it because the story was published in the New Yorker and not "in-house?" Or that Egan is a "lit-fic" type writing SF for a change and not an SFWA/BSFA type?
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    Yes, 'Immersion' should win. Not convinced it will, though. I mean, Ken Liu in all three short fiction categories? And he did the Hugo / Nebula / WFA last year.
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    Nerds_feather

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    Ken also published something like 10 stories last year (I just made that figure up...but suffice to say it's a lot). I don't know how he does it, especially considering the high percentage of them that are actually really good.

    But I just don't see how "Bookmaking habits" can win out over "Immersions." It's very clever and made for interesting reading, but it's just not very personal either. "Immersions" is, in that way, a closer relation to "The Paper Menagerie," which won last year in large part because it was very personal.
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    Connavar

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    Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed sounds very interesting to me. I have heard about the author shorter stories online before. Anyone here read him?

    I hope its a really good fantasy and not just exotic setting.
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    I read it, and for me it was sort of a case of "like not love." There are certainly things he does very well, and I really enjoyed the 1001 Nights-based mythology, but there are also some issues that bothered me. Don't let that dissuade you from reading it, though--it's a fun, quick read.
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    And Lavie Tidhar had 17 published last year. I don't think quantity has much to do with it. Or quality for that matter. It's more a case of name recognition.
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    I reviewed it, and interviewed Saladin, for Interzone. It's a refreshing debut, but it has problems and I certainly wouldn't describe it as one of the best books of the year. I applaud the fact a Muslim has made the shortlist and I think it's important he has done, but, you know, I would have preferred a book I could admire too to have done it...
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    "Refreshing but not as good as it could have been" would be a good way to describe it. I enjoyed reading a book about Muslims/Arabs (quasi-Muslims/Arabs, really) in which they weren't primarily:

    1. Terrorists; and/or
    2. Zany religious fanatics; and/or
    3. Aggressive merchants; and/or
    4. Exotic harem nymphs.

    ...and instead were:

    1. Normal people; with
    2. Subjectivity and agency; and
    3. Relatable aspirations, fears and failings; from a
    4. Society that can be both fair and unfair, like any other.

    I'll definitely read book #2, and hope it can build off the good and improve on the not as good.
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    Connavar

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    I dont care about the award it self, im looking for new interesting authors to try. Its important for me to read good,enjoyable book that doesnt have to be the best of the year by someone from different background like Arab-American/Muslim thing. The refreshing debut part sounds interesting.

    Also i have to ask that Immersion Alitte(sp?)? Is she is in a big anthology that is easy to find?
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    It will end up in at least one of the "best of" anthologies that start coming out in the spring. Or you could read it here for free.
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    That and thirteen other Nebula nominees (and counting). I'm not all that inspired to read... well, any of them, but I guess I will get around to reading at least some.

    And look at all those hardcore SF novels... there's 2312 and... and... 2312. (I hope - I don't actually read Robinson any more but it seems like it's supposed to be actual SF and its title could only be ironic if it weren't).
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    I enjoyed Throne of the Crescent Moon and 2312, but I wouldn't say either were among the six best novels of last year.

    It's a shame half the shortlisted novelists aren't even published in the UK.
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    Still not read any KSR other than an attempt at Icehenge years ago, which actually sounds interesting! 2312, a story set 300 years hence?
    Is there somewhere we can get synopses of these novel nominations?
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    I thought 2312 was excellent, see here.
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    I think THE KILLING MOON and 2312 are the best on that list, by far, but I don't think it's a great list.

    But that's more a function of 2012 not being a great year for SF/F novels. Much better for novellas and short stories, I think.
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    Cheers Ian!
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    iansales

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    For sf, the BSFA Award novel shortlist is better, though it is sadly entirely white and male - Dark Eden, Empty Space, Intrusion, Jack Glass and 2312.

    But then there didn't seem to be that many notable titles by women writers published in the UK in 2012. I can think of vN, Black Opera, and, er, I'm sure there must be more but my mind's a blank this morning...

    Happily, 2013 is shaping up much better with UK appearances of books first published in the US such as Osiris and God's War.

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