Thursday, March 5, 2020

2020 Nebula Award Nominees

Location: Woodland Hills, California.

Comments: So, the slate of 2020 Nebula Award nominees are fine. This isn't a criticism. It has been quite a while since one could have a reasonable expectation that a set of award nominees would simply be fine. There isn't a nominee that I am dreading reading. There isn't a nominee who secured their position on the list through questionable means. This set of nominees is, in a certain sense, completely boring.

This doesn't mean that this isn't a good set of nominees. There are great books, stories, and films up and down this list of nominees, which still feels kind of refreshing for an awards list even a couple of years removed from the controversies and shenanigans of the past decade. From a particular perspective, it feels sad that to be able to simply read and enjoy the nominees is a welcome change of pace. On the other hand, it is a welcome change of pace no matter how sad that is, and for that I am grateful.

Best Novel


Other Nominees:
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Marque of Caine by Charles E. Gannon
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Best Novella


Other Nominees:
Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom by Ted Chiang
Catfish Lullaby by A.C. Wise
The Deep by Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, and Jonathan Snipes
The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark
Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water by Vylar Kaftan
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Best Novelette


Other Nominees:
The Archronology of Love by Caroline M. Yoachim
The Blur in the Corner of Your Eye by Sarah Pinsker
) Carpe Glitter by Cat Rambo
For He Can Creep by Siobhan Carroll
His Footsteps, Through Darkness and Light by Mimi Mondal
A Strange Uncertain Light by G.V. Anderson

Best Short Story


Other Nominees:
And Now His Lordship Is Laughing by Shiv Ramdas
A Catalog of Storms by Fran Wilde
The Dead, In Their Uncontrollable Power by Karen Osborne
Give the Family My Love by A.T. Greenblatt
How the Trick Is Done by A.C. Wise
Ten Excerpts from an Annotated Bibliography on the Cannibal Women of Ratnabar Island by Nibedita Sen

Best Game Writing


Other Nominees:
Disco Elysium by Robert Kurvitz
Fate Accessibility Toolkit by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry
The Magician's Workshop by Kate Heartfield
Outer Wilds by Kelsey Beachum
The Outer Worlds by Leonard Boyarsky, Megan Starks, Kate Dollarhyde, and Chris L'Etoile

Ray Bradbury Award


Other Nominees:
Avengers: Endgame
Captain Marvel
Good Omens: Hard Times
The Mandalorian: The Child
Russian Doll: The Way Out
Watchmen: A God Walks Into Abar

Andre Norton Award


Other Nominees:
Catfishing on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer
Cog by Greg van Eekhout
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
Peasprout Chen: Battle of Champions by Henry Lien
Riverland by Fran Wilde
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

Go to previous year's nominees: 2019

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