2013 Nebula Award Nominees Include Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, and More

2013 Nebula Award Nominees Include Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, and More

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced the 2013 Nebula Award nominees! Along with the Hugo Awards, it’s one of the most prestigious honors bestowed upon the SFF genre. Also like the Hugos, each year SFWA highlights the best of not only books and short stories, but TV and movies, too.

Some of the nominees come as no surprise, like  Neil Gaiman‘s  The Ocean at the End of the Lane and  Holly Black‘s  The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Personally, I’m incredibly excited to see debut author  Ann Leckie on the list, thanks to the success of her starship-turned-human sci-fi novel  Ancillary Justice. It’s also fantastic to see general fiction with a fantastical twist, such as  The Golem and the Jinni by  Helene Wecker, make the list.

Read on for the list of nominees, including an Oscar Best Picture nominee and the Doctor Whospecial that moved us all to tears.

Best Novel
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman
Fire with Fire, Charles E. Gannon
Hild, Nicola Griffith
Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
The Red: First Light, Linda Nagata
A Stranger in Olondria, Sofia Samatar
The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker

Best Novella
“Wakulla Springs,” Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages (Tor.com, 10/2/13)
“The Weight of the Sunrise,” Vylar Kaftan (Asimov’s, 2/13)
“Annabel Lee,” Nancy Kress (New Under the Sun, Arc Manor/Phoenix Pick)
“Burning Girls,” Veronica Schanoes (Tor.com, 6/19/13)
“Trial of the Century,” Lawrence M. Schoen (Lawrence M. Schoen, 8/13; World Jumping)
Six-Gun Snow White, Catherynne M. Valente (Subterranean)

Best Novelette
“Paranormal Romance,” Christopher Barzak (Lightspeed, 6/13)
“The Waiting Stars,” Aliette de Bodard (The Other Half of the Sky)
“They Shall Salt the Earth with Seeds of Glass,” Alaya Dawn Johnson (Asimov’s, 1/13)
“Pearl Rehabilitative Colony for Ungrateful Daughters,” Henry Lien (Asimov’s, 12/13)
“The Litigation Master and the Monkey King,” Ken Liu (Lightspeed, 8/13)
“In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind,” Sarah Pinsker (Strange Horizons, 7/1-7/8/13)

Best Short Story
“The Sounds of Old Earth,” Matthew Kressel (Lightspeed, 1/13)
“Selkie Stories Are for Losers,” Sofia Samatar (Strange Horizons, 1/7/13)
“Selected Program Notes from the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer,” Kenneth Schneyer (Clockwork Phoenix 4)
“If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love,” Rachel Swirsky (Apex, 3/13)
“Alive, Alive Oh,” Sylvia Spruck Wrigley (Lightspeed, 6/13)

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation
Doctor Who: “The Day of the Doctor” (Nick Hurran, director; Steven Moffat, writer)
Europa Report (Sebastián Cordero, director; Philip Gelatt, writer)
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, director; Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón, writers)
Her (Spike Jonze, director; Spike Jonze, writer)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Francis Lawrence, director; Simon Beaufoy & Michael deBruyn, writers)
Pacific Rim (Guillermo del Toro, director; Travis Beacham & Guillermo del Toro, writers)

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Holly Black
When We Wake, Karen Healey
Sister Mine, Nalo Hopkinson
The Summer PrinceAlaya Dawn Johnson
Hero, Alethea Kontis
September Girls, Bennett Madison
A Corner of White, Jaclyn Moriarty

Damon Knight Grand Master Award: Samuel R. Delany

Special Guest: Frank M. Robinson

Who do you want to see win?


Natalie Zutter
Seeing as Natalie spent her childhood reading Star Wars and Tamora Pierce novels, she’s used to being the token geek at anything from celebrity websites to book websites. (Though she’s also a recent romance convert!) A graduate of NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, she stages plays about superheroes, sex robots, and Internet fandom in her spare time. As a pop culture blogger, she has written for Tor.com, Crushable, Quirk Books, BlackBook, and other outlets.


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