Sunday, December 31, 1972

1972 Nebula Award Nominees

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Comments: The 1972 Nebula Awards were owned by Robert Silverberg and Kate Wilhelm. That Silverberg ad a very good year is fairly obvious: he won both the Best Novel Award for A Time of Changes and the Best Short Story Award for Good News from the Vatican.

The fact that Kate Wilhelm had a dominating year is somewhat less obvious, but in my opinion, no less true. Though she did not win any Nebula Awards, she was nominated four times this year: one for Best Novel, twice for Best Novella, and one more time for Best Novelette. That, by almost any standard, is an outstanding year for a science fiction writer.

Best Novel

A Time of Changes by Robert Silverberg

Other Nominees:
The Byworlder by Poul Anderson
The Devil Is Dead by R.A. Lafferty
Half Past Human by T.J. Bass
The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
Margaret and I by Kate Wilhelm

Best Novella

The Missing Man by Katherine MacLean

Other Nominees:
Being There by Jerzy Kosinski
The God House by Keith Roberts
The Infinity Box by Kate Wilhelm
The Plastic Abyss by Kate Wilhelm

Best Novelette

The Queen of Air and Darkness by Poul Anderson (reviewed in The Hugo Winners, Volume 3, Book 1)

Other Nominees:
The Encounter by Kate Wilhelm
Mount Charity by Edgar Pangborn
Poor Man, Beggar Man by Joanna Russ
A Special Kind of Morning by Gardner Dozois

Best Short Story

Good News from the Vatican by Robert Silverberg

Other Nominees:
Heathen God by George Zebrowski
Horse of Air by Gardner Dozois
The Last Ghost by Stephen Goldin

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