Saturday, April 30, 1977

1977 Nebula Award Nominees

Location: New York City, New York.

Comments: The 1977 Nebula Awards turned out to be a mostly negative affair. The most obvious negative took place in the Dramatic Presentation category, where "No Award" won out over Logan's Run, The Man Who Fell to Earth, and Harlan Ellison's recording of himself reading some of his works. For "No Award" to win out even over Harlan Ellison is a major upset, and an indication that something was definitely awry in the voting this year.

The second negative event associated with this year's Nebula Awards took place in the Best Novelette category when Ursula K. Le Guin withdrew The Diary of the Rose from consideration to protest the withdrawal of an offer of membership that the SFWA had made to Polish science fiction author Stanislaw Lem. Apparently some SFWA members had earlier protested the offer, on the grounds that Lem had been highly critical of American science fiction authors, and Le Guin was dismayed that mere personal animosity would be given that sort of power. I tend to agree with Le Guin. Lem may have been a curmudgeon who thought that American science fiction was juvenile and jingoistic, but that's no reason not to offer a science fiction writer with his clearly undeniable talent membership in your science fiction writers' organization.

Best Novel

Man Plus by Frederik Pohl

Other Nominees:
Inferno by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
Islands by Marta Randall
Shadrach in the Furnace by Robert Silverberg
Triton by Samuel R. Delany
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm

Best Novella

Houston, Houston, Do You Read? by James Tiptree, Jr.

Other Nominees:
The Eyeflash Miracles by Gene Wolfe
Piper at the Gates of Dawn by Richard Cowper
The Samurai and the Willows by Michael Bishop

Best Novelette

The Bicentennial Man by Isaac Asimov

Other Nominees:
Custer's Last Jump by Steven Utley and Howard Waldrop
His Hour Upon the Stage by Grant Carrington
In the Bowl by John Varley
The Diary of the Rose by Ursula K. Le Guin [nomination withdrawn]

Best Short Story

A Crowd of Shadows by Charles L. Grant

Other Nominees:
Back to the Stone Age by Jake Saunders
Breath's a Ware That Will Not Keep by Thomas F. Monteleone
Mary Margaret Road-Grader by Howard Waldrop
Stone Circle by Lisa Tuttle
Tricentennial by Joe Haldeman

Best Dramatic Presentation

No Award

Other Nominees:
Harlan! Harlan Ellison Reads Harlan Ellison (recording) by Harlan Ellison
Logan's Run screenplay by David Zelag Goodman; based on the novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson
The Man Who Fell to Earth screenplay by Paul Mayersberg; based on the novel by Walter Tevis

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