Saturday, May 18, 2013

2013 Nebula Award Nominees

Location: San Jose, California

Comments: 2013 was the year that the SFWA purged itself of the taint of one of the most racist, sexist, homophobic asshats in genre fiction. This is relevant here, because the main reason for this individual's removal from the organization was his attacks upon author N.K. Jemisin, nominated for a Nebula Award for her novel The Killing Moon. His attacks upon Jemisin were beyond the pale, so the poetic justice of her being nominated for one of the highest awards in genre fiction in the same year should be readily apparent. She didn't win, but the nomination of her work is recognition of its excellence that is far beyond anything that her attacker will ever attain.

On a more mundane, and enjoyable front, this year proved to be a very good year for Ken Liu, who received three nominations for his work, as well as Aliette de Bodard, who received two for hers. Joss Weedon also did very well this year, garnering nominations his participation in The Avengers and Cabin in the Woods.

Best Novel

2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

Other Nominees:
The Drowning Girl by Caitlín R. Kiernan
Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal
Ironskin by Tina Connolly
The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin
Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

Best Novella

After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress

Other Nominees:
All the Flavors by Ken Liu
Barry's Tale by Lawrence M. Schoen
Katabasis by Robert Reed
On a Red Station, Drifting by Aliette de Bodard
The Stars Do Not Lie by Jay Lake

Best Novelette

Close Encounters by Andy Duncan

Other Nominees:
Fade to White by Catherynne M. Valente
The Finite Canvas by Brit Mandelo
Portrait of Lisane da Patagnia by Rachel Swirsky
The Pyre of New Day by Catherine Asaro
Swift, Brutal Retaliation by Meghan McCarron
The Waves by Ken Liu

Best Short Story

Immersion by Aliette de Bodard

Other Nominees:
The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species by Ken Liu
Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain by Cat Rambo
Fragmentation, or Ten Thousand Goodbyes by Tom Crosshill
Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream by Maria Dahvana Headley
Nanny's Day by Leah Cypess
Robot by Helena Bell

Ray Bradbury Award

Beasts of the Southern Wild directed by Benh Zeitlin; written by Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Abilar

Other Nominees:
The Avengers directed by Joss Whedon; written by Joss Whedon and Zak Penn
The Cabin in the Woods directed by Drew Goddard; written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard
The Hunger Games directed by Gary Ross, written by Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins, and Billy Ray
John Carter directed by Andrew Stanton; written by Michael Chabon, Mark Andrews, and Andrew Stanton
Looper by Rian Johnson

Andre Norton Award

Fair Coin by E.C. Myers

Other Nominees:
Above by Leah Bobet
Above World by Jenn Reese
Black Heart by Holly Black
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
Every Day by David Levithan
Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill
Railsea by China Miéville
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst

Go to previous year's nominees: 2012
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 2014

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