Saturday, April 23, 1983

1983 Nebula Award Nominees

Location: Statler Hilton, New York City, New York.

Comments: With two Nebula wins in this year, one for Best Short Story and one for Best Novelette, this was definitely Connie Willis' award ceremony. On the other hand, it was clear that there had been a changing of the guard underway, as both Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein were nominated for Nebulas, but neither won.

Despite Connie's double win, gender inequity still seems to have been ascendant in the world of science fiction, as out of the entire field of nominees, only one other woman, Joanna Russ, received any recognition. Granted, that was more nominations for Willis and Russ each than for any individual man, but that means that out of twenty-three total nominations on the final ballot, only four went to works written by women.

Best Novel

No Enemy But Time by Michael Bishop

Other Nominees:
Foundation's Edge by Isaac Asimov
Friday by Robert A. Heinlein
Helliconia Spring by Brian W. Aldiss
The Sword of the Lictor by Gene Wolfe
The Transmigration of Timothy Archer by Philip K. Dick

Best Novella

Another Orphan by John Kessel

Other Nominees:
Horrible Imaginings by Fritz Leiber
Moon of Ice by Brad Linaweaver
Souls by Joanna Russ
Unsound Variations by George R.R. Martin

Best Novelette

Fire Watch by Connie Willis

Other Nominees:
Burning Chrome by William Gibson
The Mystery of the Young Gentleman by Joanna Russ
Myths of the Near Future by J.G. Ballard
Swarm by Bruce Sterling
Understanding Human Behavior by Thomas M. Disch

Best Short Story

A Letter from the Clearys by Connie Willis

Other Nominees:
Corridors by Barry N. Malzberg
God's Hooks! by Howard Waldrop
High Steel by Jack C. Haldeman II and Jack Dann
Petra by Greg Bear
The Pope of the Chimps by Robert Silverberg

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