Michael Chabon and Nancy Kress Top the List of Nebula Winners

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Over the weekend, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America presented its annual Nebula Awards for best works of science fiction and fantasy. Held in Austin, the Nebula Award weekend is celebration of the speculative literary scene, including everyone from the most literary to the most pulpy authors around. Unlike the Hugo Awards, which are won by popular vote, the Nebulas are chosen by a committee — sort of Academy Awards style. This year, nobody was surprised when Michael Chabon's alternate history novel The Yiddish Policeman's Union took the coveted "best novel" award. More winners below, plus links to the stories for your week's lunchtime reading.


NOVELLA: "Fountain of Age", Nancy Kress (Asimov's Jul 2007)

Kress' latest collection of short stories, Nano Comes to Clifford Falls, is about to hit the bookstores. I'm excited to read it, and will be reviewing it here!

NOVELETTE: "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate", Ted Chiang (F&SF Sep 2007; Subterranean Press)

SHORT STORY: "Always", Karen Joy Fowler (Asimov's Apr/May 2007)

Fowler's latest novel, Wit's End, just came out this month.

SCRIPT: Pan's Labyrinth, Guillermo del Toro

This tale of a girl, a fairy kingdom, and a nation full of fascists was one of the best fantasy movies I've ever seen. Del Toro is directing Hellboy 2, and two forthcoming movies based on The Hobbit. His monsters are more sympathetic and nuanced than most human characters.


ANDRE NORTON AWARD: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling (Scholastic)

Apparently Rowling has ever won a Nebula before. About time.

My favorite multiverse Marxist, Michael Moorcock, was presented the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award. I hope that means he gets to wear a cloak or something. Or maybe shiny shoes? Nothing says "grand master" like shiny shoes.


(Thanks for the reminder, Saadiq!)

Nebula Winners [Locus Online]



Annalee Newitz

@Mathmos: Well I am a huge fan of Vinge, and I'm glad he got a Hugo. But I don't think any of the Nebula winners this year could be classified as "adventure stories."

@Evil Tortie's Mom: Interesting — you could be right. I'm not as familiar with the winners that are pre-1990s. In general, I am suspicious of committee awards because they do tend towards cronyism. But then audience choice awards tend towards popularity contests. Argh, I think I just prefer to read books based on reviews and recommendations rather than awards.