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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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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SFWA Announced Toastmaster Lindgren

SFWA has announced that astronaut Kjell Lindgren will serve as toastmaster at the 2017 SFWA Nebula Award Conference, to be held from May 18-21 in Pittsburgh, PA. IN addition to emceeing the awards ceremony on the evening of Saturday, May 20, Lindgren will also participate in a panel on Friday, the mass autographing, and give a solo presentation on Sunday. The mass autographing is open to the public. Lindgren served on ISS Expeditions 44 and 45 in 2015 and was an astronaut Guest of Honor for that year’s Worldcon, Sasquan, participating in panels remotely from the ISS.
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Fiscus to Receive Service to SFWA Award

SFWA has announced that Jim Fiscus will receive this year’s Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award at the SFWA Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh, held the weekend of May 18-21. Fiscus served as the SFWA Liaison to Westercon in 1990, hosting an Oregon White tasting. In the mid-90s, he began writing a column on the business and legal aspects of the publishing industry for the SFWA Bulletin. He oversaw of a review of the SFWA handbook in 2002 and served as Western Regional Director from 2008 until 2015 when the position was abolished. He is currently the chair of the contracts committee. Fiscus will be recognized at the Nebula Award Ceremony on May 20.
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Apollo 11 Goes on Tour

The Smithsonian Institute is sending the Apollo 11 on a tour of four museums in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the first lunar landing. The command module Columbia, along with other artifacts from the Apollo 11 mission, will visit Space Center Houston (October 14, 2017-March 18, 2018), the Saint Louis Science center (April 14-September 3, 2018), the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh (September 29, 2018-February 18, 2019) and Seattle’s Museum of Flight (March 16-September 2, 2019).

Nebula Award Nominees

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 20. All SFWA Active members may vote for the Nebulas from March 1 through March 31. This year’s SFWA Nebula Conference will take place at Pittsburgh’s Marriott Marquis from May 18-21.

Novel

  • All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders
  • Borderline, by Mishell Baker
  • The Obelisk Gate, by N.K. Jemisin
  • Ninefox Gambit, by Yoon Ha Lee
  • Everfair, by Nisi Shawl

Novella

  • Runtime, by S.B. Divya
  • The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, by Kij Johnson
  • The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle
  • Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire
  • “The Liar,” by John P. Murphy
  • A Taste of Honey, by Kai Ashante Wilson

Novelette

  • “The Long Fall Up,” by William Ledbetter
  • “Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea,” by Sarah Pinsker
  • “Red in Tooth and Cog,” by Cat Rambo*
  • “Blood Grains Speak Through Memories,” by Jason Sanford
  • “The Orangery,” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
  • The Jewel and Her Lapidary, by Fran Wilde
  • “You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay,” by Alyssa Wong

Short Story

  • “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies,” by Brooke Bolander
  • “Seasons of Glass and Iron,” by Amal El-Mohtar
  • “Sabbath Wine,” by Barbara Krasnoff
  • “Things With Beards,” by Sam J. Miller
  • “This Is Not a Wardrobe Door,” by A. Merc Rustad
  • “A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers,” by Alyssa Wong
  • “Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station│Hours Since the Last Patient Death: 0,” Caroline M. Yoachim

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • Arrival, Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Screenplay by Eric Heisserer
  • Doctor Strange, Directed by Scott Derrickson, Screenplay by Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill
  • Kubo and the Two Strings, Directed by Travis Knight, Screenplay by Mark Haimes & Chris Butler
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Directed by Gareth Edwards, Written by Chris Weitz & Tony Gilroy
  • “The Bicameral Mind,” Westworld, Directed by Jonathan Nolan, Written by Lisa Joy & Jonathan Nolan
  • Zootopia, Directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore, & Jared Bush, Screenplay by Jared Bush & Phil Johnston

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill
  • The Star-Touched Queen, by Roshani Chokshi
  • The lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge
  • Arabella of Mars, by David D. Levine
  • Rainhead, by Philip Reeve
  • Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies, by Lindsay Ribar
  • The Evil Wizard Smallbone, by Delia Sherman

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*After the original announcement, it was determined that Cat Rambo’s story had been edited to fall below the length for Novelette. Her story has been dropped from the ballot and replaced.

Weisskopf Named Solstice Recipient

SFWA has announced that Toni Weisskopf will be one of the recipients of the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award at this year’s SFWA Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh. Weisskopf has served as the editor and publisher of Baen Books, creating the company’s innovative e-publishing program. She has founded awards for science fiction, fantasy, and military science fiction. Outside her professional service to the field, Weisskopf has run conventions and published fanzines. The Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award is presented to someone who has made a sizeable and positive difference in the science fiction community.

Sapienza Named Solstice Recipient

SFWA has announced that Peggy Rae Sapienza will be one of the recipients of the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award at this year’s SFWA Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh. Sapienza has a long history of supporting science fiction, having chaired a Worldcon, co-chaired a World Fantasy Con, and chaired three Nebula Weekends. She was a strong supporter of the Nippon 2007 Worldcon. In addition, Sapienza helped create the modern Worldcon concourse and was active in fanzine fandom. She helped run SFWA events, such as the New York Reception and also copy-edited the SFWA Bulletin. In 2012, she was a Guest of Honor at Chicon 7, the Worldcon. The Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award is presented to someone who has made a sizeable and positive difference in the science fiction community.

SFWA Named Jane Yolen Grand Master

SFWA has announced the Jane Yolen has been named the next Damon Knight Grand Master, to be inducted at the 2017 SFWA Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh the weekend of May 18-21. Yolen has published novels for juvenile, young adult and adult readers, as well as short fiction, picture books, and poetry as well as edited several anthologies. In 1986, her short story “Sister Emily’s Lightship” received a Nebula Award, as did her novelette “Lost Girls” in 1997.
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Alpha Receives Heinz Grant

Alpha, a Pittburgh-based writing workshop for young writers has received a $10,000 grant from Heinz Endowments. Alpha will recieve the money in installments over the next three years for use in funding scholarships for students for whom workshop tuition presents a financial hardship. This year, Alpha will be held at the University of Pittsburgh’s Greensburg Campus from July 25 – August 3.

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