The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has released their nominees for this year’s Nebula Awards, and it’s an excellent list with tons of awesome novels and stories.

What jumps out right away is that this is a strong, diverse list of works and authors. After last year’s problems with the Hugo Awards, it’s great to see that such a narrow-minded view of speculative fiction isn’t shared by the professional community as a whole.

This tweet from Didi Chanoch sums up my thoughts on this succinctly:

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Here’s what’s up for the big award:

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Novel

  • Raising Caine, Charles E. Gannon (Baen)
  • The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • The Grace of Kings, Ken Liu (Saga)
  • Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)
  • Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard, Lawrence M. Schoen (Tor)
  • Updraft, Fran Wilde (Tor)

Novella

  • Wings of Sorrow and Bone, Beth Cato (Harper Voyager Impulse)
  • ‘‘The Bone Swans of Amandale’’, C.S.E. Cooney (Bone Swans)
  • ‘‘The New Mother’’, Eugene Fischer (Asimov’s 4-5/15)
  • ‘‘The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn’’, Usman T. Malik (Tor.com 4/22/15)
  • Binti, Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com)
  • ‘‘Waters of Versailles’’, Kelly Robson (Tor.com 6/10/15)

Novelette

  • ‘‘Rattlesnakes and Men’’, Michael Bishop (Asimov’s 2/15)
  • ‘‘And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead’’, Brooke Bolander (Lightspeed 2/15)
  • ‘‘Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds’’, Rose Lemberg (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 6/11/15)
  • ‘‘The Ladies’ Aquatic Gardening Society’’, Henry Lien (Asimov’s 6/15)
  • ‘‘The Deepwater Bride’’, Tamsyn Muir (F&SF 7-8/15)
  • ‘‘Our Lady of the Open Road’’, Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s 6/15)

Short Story

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • Ex Machina, Written by Alex Garland
  • Inside Out, Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original Story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
  • Jessica Jones: AKA Smile, Teleplay by Scott Reynolds & Melissa Rosenberg; Story by Jamie King & Scott Reynolds
  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Written by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nick Lathouris
  • The Martian, Screenplay by Drew Goddard
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Written by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

  • Seriously Wicked, Tina Connolly (Tor Teen)
  • Court of Fives, Kate Elliott (Little, Brown)
  • Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan UK 5/14; Amulet)
  • Archivist Wasp, Nicole Kornher-Stace (Big Mouth House)
  • Zeroboxer, Fonda Lee (Flux)
  • Shadowshaper, Daniel José Older (Levine)
  • Bone Gap, Laura Ruby (Balzer + Bray)
  • Nimona, Noelle Stevenson (HarperTeen)
  • Updraft, Fran Wilde (Tor)

The Nebula Awards will be awarded during the SFWA Nebula Conference, which will run from May 12-15.

What are your favorites on the list?

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Image credit: Raising Caine Cover, by Bob Eggleton