Saturday, April 25, 1992

1992 Nebula Award Nominees

Location: Colony Square Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia.

Comments: In 1992, the SFWA noticed that they hadn't honored any science fiction film in a while, and created the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation. They then declared that it was not a Nebula Award and handed the first one to Terminator 2. The SFWA's insistence that the Ray Bradbury Award is not a Nebula is a reflection of the organization's somewhat quixotic stance that an award they give out at the same ceremony, to honor pretty much the exact same sort of thing, is somehow not the same sort of award. It seems they want to honor the creators of dramatic works, and maintain that the Bradbury Award is equal to the Nebula Awards, but also maintain that it is distinct. But since the Bradbury Award is much less well-known than the Nebula Award, saying that you have won a Bradbury Award isn't equal to saying you've won a Nebula Award, and everyone who observes the SFWA awards cycle knows this. So the end result is that almost everyone ignores the "Bradbury" designation for the award, and just calls it a Nebula.

Best Novel

Stations of the Tide by Michael Swanwick

Other Nominees:
Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
Bone Dance by Emma Bull
The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
Orbital Resonance by John Barnes
Synners by Pat Cadigan

Best Novella

Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress

Other Nominees:
Apartheid, Superstrings, and Mordecai Thubana by Michael Bishop
Bully! by Mike Resnick
The Gallery of His Dreams by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Jack by Connie Willis
Man Opening a Door by Paul Ash

Best Novelette

Guide Dog by Mike Conner

Other Nominees:
The All-Consuming by Lucius Shepard and Robert Frazier
Black Glass by Karen Joy Fowler
Gate of Faces by Ray Aldridge
Getting Real by Susan Shwartz
The Happy Man by Jonathan Lethem
Standing In Line with Mister Jimmy by James Patrick Kelly

Best Short Story

Ma Qui by Alan Brennert

Other Nominees:
Buffalo by John Kessel
the button, and what you know by W. Gregory Stewart
The Dark by Karen Joy Fowler
Dog's Life by Martha Soukup
They're Made Out of Meat by Terry Bisson

Ray Bradbury Award

Terminator 2

Other Nominees:

Go to previous year's nominees: 1991
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 1993

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