Nebula Preliminary Ballot Released

The SFWA has announced the Nebula Preliminary ballot. These are works published between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2008 that received ten recommendations from the SFWA membership within twelve months of their publication, with the tenth recommendation arriving between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008. The membership will cull the categories down to a five selections in each category and juries may add an additional work in each category (more than one in the case of the Norton Award, which is not a Nebula). Categories with fewer than five items on the Preliminary ballot (Novella, Script, and Norton) will see all of those items on the final ballot.


  • A Betrayal in Winter, by Daniel Abraham
  • One for Sorrow, by Chris Barzak
  • Territory, by Emma Bull
  • Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow
  • In War Times, by Kathleen Ann Goonan
  • Powers, by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Cauldron, by Jack McDevitt
  • Brasyl, by Ian McDonald
  • Making Money, by Terry Pratchett
  • The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss


  • If Angels Fight, by Richard Bowes
  • Quaestiones Super Caelo et Mundo, by Michael F. Flynn
  • The Ray-Gun: A Love Story, by James Alan Gardner
  • Dark Rooms, by Lisa Goldstein
  • Pride and Prometheus, by John Kessel
  • The Prophet of Flores, by Ted Kosmatka
  • Finisterra, by David Moles
  • Baby Doll, by Johanna Sinisalo
  • Kaleidoscope, by K.D. Wentworth


  • The Spacetime Pool, by Catherine Asaro
  • Dark Heaven, by Gregory Benford
  • Dangerous Space, by Kelley Eskridge
  • The Political Prisoner, by Charles Coleman Finlay

Short Story

  • The Button Bin, by Mike Allen
  • Skull Valley, by Michael Cassutt
  • Stranger Than Imagination Can, by Sheila Finch
  • The Dreaming Wind, by Jeffrey Ford
  • Bottles, by Samantha Henderson
  • The Hotel Astarte, by M.K. Hobson
  • 26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss, by Kij Johnson
  • The Tomb Wife, by Gwyneth Jones
  • Don’t Stop, by James Patrick Kelly
  • Mars: A Traveler’s Guide, by Ruth Nestvold
  • The Astronaut, by Brian Plante
  • Holiday, by Mary Rickert
  • Summer in Paris, Light From the Sky, by Ken Scholes
  • How Music Begins, by James Van Pelt


  • WALL-E, by Andrew Stanton

No works made the preliminary ballot for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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