May 17 2014 7:00pm

Congratulations to the 2013 Nebula Award Winners

Nebula Award 2013 nomineesThe Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have announced the winners of the 2013 Nebula Awards, the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. was honored to be represented in the novella category by Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages for ‘‘Wakulla Springs’’ (edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden), and by Veronica Schanoes for ‘‘Burning Girls” (edited by Ellen Datlow). Both novellas can be read for free in the above links.

Congratulations to the winners and all the honorees!

Winners appear in bold.

Best Novel

  • Winner: Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • 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)
  • 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

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


Best Novelette

  • Winner: ‘‘The Waiting Stars,’’ Aliette de Bodard (The Other Half of the Sky)
  • ‘‘Paranormal Romance,’’ Christopher Barzak (Lightspeed 6/13)
  • ‘‘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

  • Winner: ‘‘If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love,’’ Rachel Swirsky (Apex 3/13)
  • ‘‘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)
  • ‘‘Alive, Alive Oh,’’ Sylvia Spruck Wrigley (Lightspeed 6/13)


Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • Winner: Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, director; Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón, writers) (Warner Bros.)
  • 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)
  • 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

  • Winner: Sister Mine, Nalo Hopkinson (Grand Central)
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Holly Black (Little, Brown; Indigo)
  • When We Wake, Karen Healey (Allen & Unwin; Little, Brown)
  • The Summer Prince, Alaya Dawn Johnson (Levine)
  • Hero, Alethea Kontis (Harcourt)
  • September Girls, Bennett Madison (Harper Teen)
  • A Corner of White, Jaclyn Moriarty (Levine)

Service to SFWA Award was given to Michael J. Armstrong.

Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award was given to Samuel R. Delany.


About the Nebula Awards
The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented by, active members of SFWA. Voting for the 2013 Nebula Awards was open to SFWA Active members from March 1 through March 30. You can find more information here.

About the Nebula Awards Weekend
The 49th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend was held May 15-18th, 2014, in San Jose at the San Jose Marriott. The Awards Ceremony was hosted by Toastmaster Ellen Klages, and Borderland Books hosted 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.

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.

D. Bell
1. SchuylerH
Leckie again! I haven't read the novella winner but I'm happy to see Aliette de Bodard recognised (is this a promising sign for the Hugo?) and I thought the Swirsky was well-written, if not exactly SFF. As for Chip Delany, well, it's about time, isn't it? Congratulations to all.
2. scotty234
Yes!. All the fiction winners are women. The white male patriarchy takes one right in the balls.
3. joliet jake blues
to No.2 - I am fairly sure that was deliberate on the part of SFWA, given the various recent kerfuffles
James Goetsch
4. Jedikalos
I loved Ancillary Justice--good to see it win! It is the best sci-fi novel I have read this year.
5. DB1 4
Do you people really care so much what hangs or doesn't hang between writers' legs? What is this, kindergarten with its boy or girl cooties?

Anyway, I recently read Ancillary Justice and it is a strong novel. I have read very few recent SFF novels, so I don't know whether it's fair for it to get so many prizes, but it's a solid winner.
6. Gerry__Quinn
@3; If you are right, it makes the awards a bit of a joke.
Sean Tabor
7. wingracer
I don't know if politics played a role or not but I do know that I read three of the novel nominees and Leckie was the best by far so a well deserved win in my opinion.
Andrew Mason
8. AnotherAndrew
Since it is a poll, no one can have made a deliberate decision that the awards should all go to women.

While this is the first all-female list, women have been in the majority several times, and the last all-male list was in 1993. If voters give equal consideration to men and women, there will sooner or later be an all-female list, by the ordinary workings of probability, and that seems the most straightforward explantion of what has happened here.
Steven Halter
9. stevenhalter
The SFWA is an organization composed of writersof SF&F. The nebulas can be voted upon by anyone in the SFWA--not a committee. There are quite diverse opinions among its membership.
Ancillary Justice is very good as is If You Were A Dinosaur, My Love. I haven't read the others, but also expect them to be quite good.
Kevin Baijens
10. ImRhoven
@3 How can it be a deliberate move? This award is voted on by all the membership of sfwa. Not a jury or committe. The sfwa membership is quite diverse in its political leanings.

Anyway, all the nominees and winners on this list that I have read I've really enjoyed and Ancillary Justice is a deserving of all the awards it has been hoovering up this year.
11. Fred Zimmerman
I liked Ancillary Justice but I thought it was a little light on the science for a Nebula winner.
Katharine Duckett
13. Katharine
@12 Please tone down the sarcasm. If you'd like to rephrase your point, please do so (in accordance with our moderation policy), but that tone isn't warranted in this discussion. Thanks.
14. Yama
Would the people freaking out about this rather see Opera Vita Aeterna win?
D. Bell
15. SchuylerH
No love for the Campbell Memorial Award, Tor? Ah, well.

Finalists: Lexicon (Max Barry), Proxima (Stephen Baxter), The Circle (Dave Eggers), We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (Karen Joy Fowler), Hild (Nicola Griffith), The Cusanus Game (Wolfgang Jeschke), Ancillary Justice (Ann Leckie), The Disestablishment of Paradise (Phillip Mann), Evening's Empires (Paul McAuley), The Red: First Light (Linda Nagata), The Adjacent (Christopher Priest), On the Steel Breeze (Alastair Reynolds), Shaman (Kim Stanley Robinson), Neptune's Brood (Charles Stross) and Strange Bodies (Marcel Theroux).

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