2013 Nebula Award Winners Announced!
The winners of the 2013 Nebula Awards were announced on May 17th at the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America’s annual award weekend in San Jose, CA. Essentially the sci-fi equivalent of the Academy Awards, these prestigious trophies are handed out to the works of sci-fi & fantasy as voted on by fellow members of the SFWA, unlike the Hugo Awards, which are fan voted.
One of the more interesting parts of the results this year is that all of the fiction winners were female! Without further ado, the winners:
Best Novel – Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
A space opera novel often compared favorably to the Firefly series, Ancillary Justice is Ann Leckie’s first novel! We recently included the novel on our 2014 Spring Reading List, because clearly we know exactly what is hip!
Best Novella – “The Weight of Sunrise” by Vylar Kaftan
For those of you who like the idea of mixing ancient history with sci-fi goodness, “The Weight of Sunrise” will definitely be something worth checking out. The story surrounds the Incan empire, and has some interesting twists on true history. Check out a big chunk of the novella on Asimov’s Science Fiction website.
Best Novelette – “The Waiting Stars” by Aliette de Bodard
If you like the idea of futuristic spacefaring based on southeast Asian culture, you’ll love “The Waiting Stars.” Luckily for us, the author has made this novelette available completely free of charge from her website. It’s right there on the page, along with a download link for the NOOK version.
Best Short Story – “If You Were A Dinosaur, My Love” by Rachel Swirsky
This sweet short story from Rachel Swirsky is also available to read for free, this time from the original publisher, Apex Magazine. It’s a somewhat bizarre love story involving imagining the narrator’s beloved as a dinosaur, for better or worse. It’s short enough that you can read it in about two minutes. We’ll wait!
Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation – Gravity
Gravity was one of the biggest movies of 2013, and definitely the highest profile sci-fi movie in a LONG time. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s finally available on Barnes & Noble for your chosen format. Sandra Bullock gives a really great performance in this sci-fi thriller.
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book – Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson
Having previously won the John W. Campbell Award, a World Fantasy Award, and a handful of others, this Nebula is another awesome feather in the cap of the very original writer, Nalo Hopkinson. Sister Mine tells the story of two conjoined twins, one of which who has the gift of magic, and one who doesn’t. After they are separated, Makeda, the non-magical twin, decides to go out and find her own place in the world in a really worthwhile story.
2013 Damon Knight Grand Master Award: Samuel R. Delany
The Grand Master Award is one of the most prestigious and sci-fi, and is essentially the Nebula version of a Lifetime Achievement Award. Samuel R. Delany was one of the first writers to tackle LGBT issues in sci-fi, while also happening to be one of the most gifted prose writers the genre has to offer. We mentioned Delany in our list of 20 Black Sci-Fi Writers & Filmmakers You Should Know list back in February!
2013 Special Honoree: Frank M. Robinson
Kevin O’Donnell Jr. Service to SFWA Award: Michael Armstrong
Which Nebula Award winners are you most excited to read?