Monday, 4 February 2013

2012 Nebula Nominations

Happy Yellow StarThis year, I'm able to nominate for the Hugos too, but buying the membership to make this happen removed the funds to buy novels. This is an issue that often gets dismissed by suggesting the library, which vastly overestimates how many new releases appear in the library and how quickly.

The saviour was Second Life. During last year, I sold all my assets there, and had a fair chunk of virtual change. I converted it to real people's money, got the novels, and then had a reading panic to get them read in time. This likely won't be happening next year, so bask in the fullness of my novel nominations, because I don't know what next year will bring.

This post has my Nebula nominations only. I'll do a separate one for the Hugos (which will have some repeats, but there are a lot more categories there and different eligibility rules). Novellas were a sparse category this year, but if I find some for the spaces, I'll update the list.

All lists are probably in alphabetical order by author's family name.

Short Story



  • On a Red Station, Drifting - Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press)
  • All the Flavors - Ken Liu (GigaNotoSaurus)


  • A Face Like Glass - Frances Hardinge (MacMillan)
  • Seraphina - Rachel Hartman (Random House)
  • The Killing Moon - N. K. Jemisin (Orbit / Hachette)
  • The Drowning Girl - CaitlĂ­n R. Kiernan (Roc / Penguin)
  • What's Left of Me - Kat Zhang (HarperCollins)

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

  • A Face Like Glass - Frances Hardinge (MacMillan)
  • Seraphina - Rachel Hartman (Random House)
  • Summer of the Mariposas - Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Tu Books / Lee & Low)
  • Above World - Jenn Reese (Candlewick)
  • What's Left of Me - Kat Zhang (HarperCollins)

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

The Bradbury is a tricky one to nominate for, as it runs using novel rules in a screenwriting world. It's difficult to see small indie films in their year of eligibility, as they're often only shown at film festivals and other special events. So this year, I'm going to mention a few that looked interesting, but I was unable to see.

The first is The Human Race, a full-length horror movie by Paul Hough Entertainment. The premise is a cross-section of the population are forced into a race, where the losers die. What interested me is they really meant a cross-section. Main characters include a man with one leg and two deaf friends (who talk using sign language during the film).

In animated shorts, Head over Heels by Timothy Reckart (National Film and Television School) is intriguing. A husband and wife live in the same house, but are estranged - he lives on the floor and she lives on the ceiling. I may get a chance to see this before the Hugo deadline, but we'll see.

On to the things I did see:

  • Brave (Pixar)
  • Paperman - John Kahrs (Disney)
  • Sight - Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo (Sight Systems)
  • The Avengers (Paramount Pictures)
  • The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)

1 comment:

NM said...

Hey, thanks!