Monday, 9 January 2012

2011 Nebula Nominations

Happy Yellow StarIt's time for the happy award star again! This is my second year nominating for the Nebula Awards (and will be the first year where I get to vote on the final winners). Last year, I wasn't very prepared and hadn't read enough recent stuff in the long categories. This is because I'm one of those cheap people who wait for the paperback, so my reading is a little behind outside the short story realm.

But this year, I had a plan! And a budget for buying hardbacks (eased somewhat by the cheapness of ebooks, which replaced hardbacks where possible). Which meant my only real issue was finding novellas, which is a bit like hunting the snark, only without a beaver. I'm happy to say the plan worked and I filled all the categories this year.

I've attempted to sort each category into alphabetical order by author surname. Links are to free versions of the work (which may or may not be the original publication).

Short Story

  • Absinthe Fish - M. David Blake (Bull Spec)
  • High Society - Paolo Chikiamco [author] and Hannah Buena [artist] (Flipside Digital Content)
  • To Follow the Waves - Amal El-Mohtar (Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories, Torquere Press)
  • Staying Behind - Ken Liu (Clarkesworld)
  • The Ifs of Time - James Stoddard (Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine)



  • The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow - Cory Doctorow (PM Press)
  • Theatre of Curious Acts - Cate Gardner (Hadley Rille Books)
  • The Man Who Bridged the Mist - Kij Johnson (Asimov's Science Fiction)
  • The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary - Ken Liu (Panverse 3, Panverse Publishing)
  • Silently and Very Fast - Catherynne M. Valente (WSFA Press) [Part 2] [Part 3]


  • Chime - Franny Billingsley (Dial / Penguin)
  • Wolf at the Door - J. Damask (Lyrical Press)
  • Trance - Kelly Meding (Pocket Books / Simon & Schuster)
  • The Quantum Thief - Hannu Rajaniemi (Tor / MacMillan)
  • The Freedom Maze - Delia Sherman (Big Mouth House / Small Beer)

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • Attack the Block
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Doctor Who: The Girl Who Waited - Tom MacRae
  • Doctor Who: The Doctor's Wife - Neil Gaiman
  • Source Code

Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book

Also includes middle grade novels, as you might notice from my list.

  • Chime - Franny Billingsley (Dial / Penguin)
  • Wolf Mark - Joseph Bruchac (Tu Books / Lee & Low)
  • Zombie Tag - Hannah Moskowitz (Roaring Brook Press / MacMillan)
  • Akata Witch - Nnedi Okorafor (Viking Juvenile / Penguin)
  • The Freedom Maze - Delia Sherman (Big Mouth House / Small Beer)


Cate Gardner said...

Oh wow, thank you.

… M. said...

Wow! Thank you, Polenth. (And for the curious, we aren't any relation to each other. Nor, as far as I know, are either of us related to fantasy author David G. Blake... but all three of us are eligible for the Campbell. Confusing, eh?)

Since you have ePub and MOBI versions of "Absinthe Fish," if other folks would like to read the story, you are welcome to share it as you see fit.

Polenth said...

Cate Gardner, No problem. It was a fun read.

M., We're like buses. None for awhile, and then three Blakes turn up at once.

Rose said...

Thank you so much, Polenth!