Nebula Nominations

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced this year’s nominees for the Nebula, Bradbury, and Norton Awards. The awards, selected by a vote of the members, will be announced at the Nebula Award banquet in Arlington, Virginia on May 19.


  • Among Others, by Jo Walton
  • Embassytown, by China Miéville
  • Firebird, by Jack McDevitt
  • God’s War, by Kameron Hurley
  • The Kingdom of Gods, by N. K. Jemisin
  • Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, by Genevieve Valentine


  • “The Ice Owl,” by Carolyn Ives Gilman
  • “Kiss Me Twice,” by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • “The Man Who Bridged the Mist,” by Kij Johnson
  • “The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary,” by Ken Liu
  • “Silently and Very Fast,” by Catherynne M. Valente
  • “With Unclean Hands,” by Adam-Troy Castro


  • “Fields of Gold,” by Rachel Swirsky
  • “The Migratory Pattern of Dancers,” by Katherine Sparrow
  • “The Old Equations,” by Jake Kerr
  • “Ray of Light,” by Brad R. Torgersen
  • “Sauerkraut Station,” by Ferrett Steinmetz
  • “Six Months, Three Days,” by Charlie Jane Anders
  • “What We Found,” by Geoff Ryman

Short Story

  • “The Axiom of Choice,” by David W. Goldman
  • “The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees,” by E. Lily Yu
  • “Her Husband’s Hands,” by Adam-Troy Castro
  • “Mama, We Are Zhenya, Your Son,” by Tom Crosshill
  • “Movement,” by Nancy Fulda
  • “The Paper Menagerie,” by Ken Liu
  • “Shipbirth,” by Aliette de Bodard

Bradbury Award

  • The Adjustment Bureau, by George Nolfi, directed George Nolfi
  • Attack the Block, by Joe Cornish, directed by Joe Cornish
  • Captain America: The First Avenger, by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, directed by Joe Johnston
  • Doctor Who: “The Doctor’s Wife,” by Neil Gaiman, directed by Richard Clark
  • Hugo, by John Logan, directed by Martin Scorsese
  • Midnight in Paris, by Woody Allen, directed by Woody Allen
  • Source Code, by Ben Ripley, directed Duncan Jones

Andre Norton Award

  • Akata Witch, by Nnedi Okorafor
  • The Boy at the End of the World, by Greg van Eekhout
  • Chime, by Franny Billingsley
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor
  • Everybody Sees the Ants, by A. S. King
  • The Freedom Maze, by Delia Sherman
  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns, by Rae Carson
  • Ultraviolet, by R. J. Anderson

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Midlist Writers Grant Announced

Jane Yolen and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators have created a grant for mid-list authors to recognize those who “struggle to remain true to their personal vision and craft.” The first winner, announced at the SCBWI’s annual conference, is Mary Whittington, author of The Patchwork Lady, Troll Games, and Winter’s Child. Whittington received a grant of $2,000.

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Obituary: Kathie Spiss

Kathie Spiss (b.1943) died on January 30. In 1974, Spiss founded RV Awards, a company which made ribbons given out for awards at various events. Over the years, she also acquired numerous science fiction conventions as clients, for whom she made ribbons to be hung from their badges.

Obituary: Philip Bruns

Actor Philip Bruns (b.1931) died on February 8. Bruns appeared in a variety of genre films and television episodes, including Amazon Women on the Moon, The Twilight Zone, Return of the Living Dead Part II, Isis, and Amazing Stories. He may be best known for his work on the non-genre show Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, and also created the role of Jerry Seinfeld’s father for one episode of Seinfeld.

Obituary: John Severin

Comic artist John Severin (b.1921) died on February 12. Severin worked for EC Comics, as well as Marvel and Cracked. Some of his notable work included The Rawhide Kid and The Punisher, with much of his early work on war and western comics, including Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos. Severin was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 2003.

Vote for Irish Series

Irish television RTÉ is running its Storyland contest, allowing viewers to vote on webisodes of different series with the winner of each round of voting commissioned to make additional episodes, this year, one of the contestants, Victory, is a science fiction series.

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Chicon 7 Adds Special Guest

Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, has announced the addition of Sy Liebergot as a special guest. Liebergot served as EECOM for NASA from Apollo 8 to Apollo 15 and was on duty when an explosion rocked Apollo 13. He continued to work at NASA and served as controller for the Skylab and Apollo-Soyuz Test Mission.

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Obituary: Zina Bethune

Actress Zina Bethune (b.1945) was killed on February 12 in a hit-and-run in Griffith Park while trying to help a stray dog. Bethune is best known for her work on soap operas, but appeared in episodes of genre shows including Planet of the Apes, The Next Step Beyond, and The Invaders.

Obituary: David Kelly

Actor David Kelly (b.1929) died on February 12. Kelly had recently appeared in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, where he played Grandpa Joe. He also had a small role in Stardust, and appeared in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and episodes of Adam Adamant Lives! and Undermind.

BAFTA Winners

Despite genre nominations in four categories, a genre film only received the BAFTA Award in the Animated Film catgory for the movie Rango. Midnight in Paris (1 nomination) and Hugo (2 nominations) were shut out. The BAFTAs were presented on the evening of February 12.

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