Feb 25 2014 12:57pm

Announcing the 2013 Nebula Awards Nominees!

Nebula Award 2013 nomineesThe Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America are pleased to announce the 2013 Nebula Awards nominees (presented 2013), for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the nominees for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. We are personally pleased to announce that two Tor.com novellas have been nominated: ‘‘Wakulla Springs,’’ by Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages and edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden, and ‘‘Burning Girls,’’ by Veronica Schanoes and edited by Ellen Datlow. Congratulations to all of the nominees!


Best Novel
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler (Marian Wood)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman (Morrow; Headline Review)
Fire with Fire, Charles E. Gannon (Baen)
Hild, Nicola Griffith (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
The Red: First Light, Linda Nagata (Mythic Island)
A Stranger in Olondria, Sofia Samatar (Small Beer)
The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker (Harper)

Best Novella
‘‘Wakulla Springs,’’ Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages (Tor.com 10/2/13)
‘‘The Weight of the Sunrise,’’ Vylar Kaftan (Asimov’s 2/13)
‘‘Annabel Lee,” Nancy Kress (New Under the Sun)
‘‘Burning Girls,’’ Veronica Schanoes (Tor.com 6/19/13)
‘‘Trial of the Century,’’ Lawrence M. Schoen (lawrencemschoen.com, 8/13; World Jumping)
Six-Gun Snow White, Catherynne M. Valente (Subterranean)

Best Novelette
‘‘Paranormal Romance,’’ Christopher Barzak (Lightspeed 6/13)
‘‘The Waiting Stars,’’ Aliette de Bodard (The Other Half of the Sky)
‘‘They Shall Salt the Earth with Seeds of Glass,’’ Alaya Dawn Johnson (Asimov’s 1/13)
‘‘Pearl Rehabilitative Colony for Ungrateful Daughters,’’ Henry Lien (Asimov’s 12/13)
‘‘The Litigation Master and the Monkey King,’’ Ken Liu (Lightspeed 8/13)
‘‘In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind,’’ Sarah Pinsker (Strange Horizons 7/1 – 7/8/13)

Best Short Story
‘‘The Sounds of Old Earth,’’ Matthew Kressel (Lightspeed 1/13)
‘‘Selkie Stories Are for Losers,’’ Sofia Samatar (Strange Horizons 1/7/13)
‘‘Selected Program Notes from the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer,’’ Kenneth Schneyer (Clockwork Phoenix 4)
‘‘If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love,’’ Rachel Swirsky (Apex 3/13)
‘‘Alive, Alive Oh,’’ Sylvia Spruck Wrigley (Lightspeed 6/13)

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation
Doctor Who: ‘‘The Day of the Doctor’’ (Nick Hurran, director; Steven Moffat, writer) (BBC Wales)
Europa Report (Sebastián Cordero, director; Philip Gelatt, writer) (Start Motion Pictures)
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, director; Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón, writers) (Warner Bros.)
Her (Spike Jonze, director; Spike Jonze, writer) (Warner Bros.)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Francis Lawrence, director; Simon Beaufoy & Michael Arndt as Michael deBruyn, writers) (Lionsgate)
Pacific Rim (Guillermo del Toro, director; Travis Beacham & Guillermo del Toro, writers) (Warner Bros.)

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Holly Black (Little, Brown; Indigo)
When We Wake, Karen Healey (Allen & Unwin; Little, Brown)
Sister Mine, Nalo Hopkinson (Grand Central)
The Summer Prince, Alaya Dawn Johnson (Levine)
Hero, Alethea Kontis (Harcourt)
September Girls, Bennett Madison (Harper Teen)
A Corner of White, Jaclyn Moriarty (Levine)

About the Nebula Awards
The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented by, active members of SFWA. Voting will open to SFWA Active members on March 1, and close on March 30.  You can find more information here

About the Nebula Awards Weekend
The 49th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend will be held May 15-18th, 2014, in San Jose at the San Jose Marriott. The Awards Ceremony will be hosted by Toastmaster Ellen Klages. Borderland Books will host the mass autograph session from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 16th at the San Jose Marriott. This autograph session is open to the public and books by the authors in attendance will be available for purchase. Attending memberships, and more information about the Nebula Awards Weekend, are available here.

Membership rates increase on March 1. The Weekend is open to non-SFWA members.

For information on obtaining press passes, interviews with nominees, or questions about the event itself, please contact SFWA’s Communications Manager, Jaym Gates, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About SFWA
Founded in 1965 by the late Damon Knight, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America brings together the most successful and daring writers of speculative fiction throughout the world.

Since its inception, SFWA® has grown in numbers and influence until it is now widely recognized as one of the most effective non-profit writers’ organizations in existence, boasting a membership of approximately 2,000 science fiction and fantasy writers as well as artists, editors, and allied professionals.  Each year the organization presents the prestigious Nebula Awards® for the year’s best literary and dramatic works of speculative fiction.

Steve Oerkfitz
1. SteveOerkfitz
I find this to be an odd list. At least for novels. Hild is excellent but is a historical novel-I don't recall any fantasy/sf elements. The Karen Joy Fowler is also very good but only marginally SF. I couldn't get through Ancillary Justice but it has been highly praised and I expected it to be nominated. Fire with Fire is the usual mediocre Baen book-really surprised its here. A Stranger in Olondria is my favorite on the list. Excellent fantasy. The Gaiman would be my second choice. The other 2 novels I haven't read. Haven't read enough of the shorter fiction to comment, other than that I loved Wakulla Springs.
D. Bell
2. SchuylerH
That's an unusually long novel list, reminding me that I haven't read enough of this year's nominees to even hazard a guess.
Rob Munnelly
3. RobMRobM
Except for Neil Gaiman, I haven't heard of anyone on the novel list. :-(

Also sad that Orphan Black didn't make the dramatic presentation list - although, granted, it is a movie-centric list.
4. Fehler
The Golem and the Jinni is worth it.
5. emas
Loved Ocean at the End of the Lane and loved The Golem and the Jinni. I was planning on nomming these 2 for the Hugo. I couldn't get through Ancillary Justice, despite trying twice.

Eight seems like alot of noms, but that's okay. I wonder what trends you can draw from what the industry is reading, for example, half of these didn't even have a hardcover or even trade paperback printing (I'm guessing, actually) and may reflect the influence of digital readers. I guess that means more obscure works will get noticed, but that may be the point, that is, SFWA trying to take better care of its own.
Fredrik Coulter
6. fcoulter
The issue with Orphan Black is that it appears that an episode would have needed to be nominated, not a series (or even a Season). Given those limitations, I can't think of a specific single episode that should have been nominated. I think the show's greatness comes from the entirety of the show.

If I'm right in my interpretation of the rules, you can argue that the rules should be changed to allow for a long form (multi-episode) narrative. But without those rule changes, Orphan Black will be out of the running.
Rob Munnelly
7. RobMRobM
I don't disagree that a strength of OB was the consistency of its excellence. For individual candidates, while Ep. 6 is the craziest and showiest (the pot luck dinner from hell) I'd probably support Ep. 4 (Helena impersonates Beth, Allison impersonates Sarah, Sarah lets Helena go with Art at the door) or Ep. 10 (where all sorts of things happen and there is the great set of cliffhanger endings). Probably 10.
8. Megs
@ #3: I haven't either, but I think that's exciting, because it means new authors for me to discover! I love Gaiman and Scalzi and Bujold for sure, don't get me wrong, but I already know that I love them. I know the point of awards isn't to promote new blood any more than it is a popularity contest, but as a reader, I have no problem getting inspired to try something new because it's been recognized as one of the best of the year.
Misti Schmidt
9. mmaries
Ancillary Justice takes some time to get into but is an amazing read. Truly fresh scifi. Looking forward to reading the other novels.

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