The 2012 Nebula Award winners were announced over the weekend at the yearly Nebula Awards banquet, which was held this year in San Jose, California. The Nebula Awards are awarded every year to the best science fiction and fantasy works in handful of categories, as voted on by all the members of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Basically, it's the Oscars of sci-fi and fantasy, while the Hugo Awards are more like the People's Choice Awards. Here are the winners for 2012:
Best Novel: 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
Best Novella: After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress (Tachyon)
Best Novelette: “Close Encounters” by Andy Duncan (The Pottawatomie Giant & Other Stories)
Best Short Story: “Immersion” by Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld 6/12)
Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation: Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin (director), Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Abilar (writers), (Journeyman/Cinereach/Court 13/Fox Searchlight)
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book: Fair Coin, E.C. Myers (Pyr)
2011 Damon Knight Grand Master Award: Gene Wolfe
Solstice Award: Carl Sagan and Ginjer Buchanan
Kevin O’Donnell Jr. Service to SFWA Award: Michael H. Payne
2312 is one of only two novels this year to be nominated for both the Hugo Awards AND the Nebula, so being one of the winners isn't a HUGE surprise. It tells the story of a future version of our solar system, where people have populated just about every planet through terraforming and general colonization.
After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall is a post-apocalyptic novella about an ecological disaster where only twenty-six survivors are left. Not exactly a feel good story, but an interesting concept nonetheless!
Fair Coin is a crazy YA story that is almost beyond explanation. A teenager finds his mother unconscious from an attempted suicide attempt, only to find when she awakes that the reason for her actions is that she thought she had identified HIS body at the morgue that same day. Among the belongings of the "other" him is a magical coin that seems to be able to completely change reality. A good flip means a good change, a bad flip... well, you'll have to check out the book!
If you want to know more specifically about the awards, you can head on over to the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America website.
Which nominees did you read? What do you think of the winners?