The 2011 Nebula Nominees Are Up!

(Cross-posted to Seven Deadly Divas.)

Okay, sure, they were announced a couple of weeks ago, but if you didn’t see the list, it’s up at the SFWA website for your viewing pleasure.

The Nebula Award is given yearly by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America for fiction published in the US the prior year.   If you’re looking to dive into some excellent sf/f but don’t know where to start, this list can get you well on your way.  I haven’t yet read all of the nominees, but I hope to get through more of them in the coming months.

Here’s who I’m cheering on so far:

  • Short Story: “I’m Alive, I Love You, I’ll See You In Reno,” by Vylar Kaftan (Lightspeed Magazine, June 2010) — So good.  So sad and yet hopeful it gave me chills.  Love and relativity.
  • Novel: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemison (Orbit Books, February 2010)* — Incredible worldbuilding, a cast of characters I enjoyed spending time with, and one of the most intriguing pantheons I’ve met since the Endless.
  • The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation: Inception, Christopher Nolan and Doctor Who: “Vincent and the Doctor,” Richard Curtis/Jonny Campbell — I’m torn here.  I mean… the Doctor!  I’m really liking Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor, and Karen Gillian is quickly becoming one of my favorite companions.  However, if we go on strength of story, I’m going to have to hand this one to Inception. It’s a movie I think will end up on the “Can watch a hundred times and not get sick of it” list, and as neat as the Vincent Van Gogh episode was, I don’t know if it was this season’s strongest.  I’d have nominated “The Beast Below” or “The Pandorica Opens”/”The Big Bang.”
  • Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy: Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers, May 2010)* — Dystopia!  Environmental disaster!  How does never really having had anything affect your choices, especially when the chance to have everything is right there in front of you… at the cost of someone else’s life?

Hie thee to the SFWA site and take a peek at the list of nominees.  Have you read any of them?  Any of them piquing your curiosity?  Let us know!

*(I’ve said this in a previous post somewhere, but I’ll state it again for full disclosure:  I work for their publishers, but I am recommending and rooting for these books because I well-and-truly loved reading them, not because I’m getting paid to talk about how awesome they are.  This blog is in no way affiliated with my day job. )

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