Nebula Nominees Announced

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced the nominees for this year’s Nebula Awards, Norton Award, and Bradbury Award. All of the awards will be presented at the annual Nebula Award Banquet in Pittsburgh, PA on May 19. This year’s SFWA Nebula Conference will take place at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center from May 17-20.

Novel

  • Amberlough, by Lara Elena Donnelly
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, by Theodora Goss
  • Spoonbenders, by Daryl Gregory
  • The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin
  • Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty
  • Jade City, by Fonda Lee
  • Autonomous, by Annalee Newitz

Novella

  • River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey
  • Passing Strange, by Ellen Klages
  • “And Then There Were (N-One),” by Sarah Pinsker
  • Barry’s Deal, by Lawrence M. Schoen
  • All Systems Red, by Martha Wells
  • The Black Tides of Heaven, by JY Yang

Novelette

  • “Dirty Old Town,” by Richard Bowes
  • “Weaponized Math,” by Jonathan P. Brazee
  • “Wind Will Rove,” by Sarah Pinsker
  • “A Series of Steaks,” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  • “A Human Stain,” by Kelly Robson
  • “Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time,” by K.M. Szpara

Short Story

  • “Fandom for Robots,” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  • “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian ExperienceTM,” by Rebecca Roanhorse
  • “Utopia, LOL?,” by Jamie Wahls
  • “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand,” by Fran Wilde
  • “The Last Novelist (or A Dead Lizard in the Yard),” by Matthew Kressel
  • “Carnival Nine,” by Caroline M. Yoachim

The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • Get Out, written by Jordan Peele
  • The Good Place: “Michael’s Gambit,” written by Michael Schur
  • Logan, screenplay by Scott Frank, James Mangold, and Michael Green
  • The Shape of Water, screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi, written by Rian Johnson
  • Wonder Woman, screenplay by Allan Heinberg

The Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book

  • Exo, by Fonda Lee
  • Weave a Circle Round, by Kari Maaren
  • The Art of Starving, by Sam J. Miller
  • Want, by Cindy Pon

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Dozois, Williams Receive Solstice Award

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced that Gardner Dozois and Sheila Williams will receive the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award to honor their editing careers in support of science fiction and fantasy. The award will be presented at the 53rd Annual Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, May 17th-20th, 2018.
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Peter S. Beagle Named SFWA Grand Master

SFWA has announced that Peter S. Beagle will be the 2018 Damon Knight Grand Master. Beagle may be best known for his novel The Last Unicorn, and has also explored our fascination with the mythical in The Innkeeper’s Song, A Fine and Private Place, and a wide variety of short fiction. Beagle won the Hugo and the Nebula Award for his 2005 novelette “Two Hearts.” He has won the Mythopoeic Award for his novels The Folk of the Air and Tamsin. He was nominated for a Hugo for his adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings for Ralph Bakshi’s animated version and wrote the screenplay for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Sarek.” Beagle will receive his award at this year’s Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh, PA on May 19.
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Nebula Nominations Open

SFWA has announced that the Nebula Award nomination period is now open for all Active and Associate members of SFWA. The nomination for the 2017 Nebula Awards period runs from November 15-February 15. Nominations may be made for the Nebula Awards, the Bradbury Award, and the Norton Award. The Nebula Awards will be presented following a banquet at the SFWA Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh in May.

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Obituary: Jerry Pournelle

Author Jerry Pournelle (b.1933) died on September 8. Pournelle won the first John W. Campbell Award for Best New Author in 1973, the same year he published his first novel and was elected President of SFWA. In addition to his own novels, he co-wrote many novels with Larry Niven, often with other authors as well, including Inferno, The Mote in God’s Eye, and Lucifer’s Hammer. The novel Fallen Angels, which he co-wrote with Niven and Michael F. Flynn, received the Seiun and Prometheus Awards. Pournelle also edited several anthology series, including War World, which allowed other authors to write in his universe, and There Will Be War.

SFWA Grants Available

SFWA has issued a call for grant requests. They are looking for non=profit project that support SFWA’s mission to promote and support fantasy and science fiction writing and writers. Applicants should include the Recipient’s tax status, information about the project or work proposed, how the project promotes science fiction and fantasy, the intended audience for the project, and how the grant will be managed.
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Galactic Philadelphia Debuts

A new reading series, Galactic Philadelphia, will debut on October 24 at 7:30 at the Irish Pub at 2007 Walnut Street. The kick off readers will be Gardner Dozois and Lara Elena Donnelly. The event asks for a $5 donation which will help fund SFWA projects.

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Nebula for Game Writing

SFWA President Cat Rambo announced that there will be a fifth Nebula Award presented beginning in 2017. In addition to Nebula Awards for Best Novel, Novella, Novelette, and Short Story, there will be an award presented for Best Game Writing. Details of the award have not yet been announced.
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Nebula Award Winners

SFWA announced this year’s Nebula Awards at the 2017 SFWA Nebula Conference, held in Pittsburgh, PA, the weekend of May 19-21. This year’s toastmaster was Dr. Kjell Lindgren, who previously was a special guest at Sasquan, appearing at the convention virtually while serving on the International Space Station. The winners of the Grand Master, Service, and Solstice Awards were previously announced.

  • Best Novel: All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders
  • Best Novella: Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire
  • Best Novelette: “The Long Fall Up,” by William Ledbetter
  • Best Short Story: “Seasons of Glass and Iron,” by Amal El-Mohtar
  • Norton Award: Arabella of Mars, by David D. Levine
  • Ray Bradbury Award: Arrival, written by Eric Heisserer, directed by Denis Villeneuve
  • Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award: Jim Fiscus
  • Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award: Peggy Rae Sapienza, Toni Weisskopf
  • Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master: Jane Yolen

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Hogarth Resigns as SFWA VP

M.C.A. Hogarth has announced her decision to step down as SFWA Vice President after serving for three years. During her time on the board, Hogarth has helped create and build the partnership program between SFWA and organizations like Amazon, Patreon, Kickstarter, Audible, and other companies. She has worked on the Self-Publishing Committee, the SFWA Star Project Initiative, and SFWA Ed. Cat Rambo and the SFWA Board of Directors have expressed their sadness in seeing Hogarth depart. Rambo has appointed SFWA Director Erin Hartshorn to serve out the remainder of Hogarth’s term, which is scheduled to end in June 2018.
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