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America’s Nebula Award winners announced

The winners of the prolific American Nebula Awards for Sci-Fi and Fantasy were announced last weekend, and are presented here for the discerning UK literary fan.

The 2014 Nebula Award Weekend was held in San Jose, California. The categories are extensive, from Best Novel, to Best Novella, even to Outstanding Dramatic Presentation. And the nominees are pretty damn excellent, from Neil Gaiman and his recent novel ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’, to Helene Wecker and her novel ‘The Golem and the Jinni’, and there’s even a spot for Steven Moffat and his Doctor Who special ‘The Day of the Doctor’. So it goes to show that the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the awards’ creators, go beyond American influence. The only rule is that only members of the SFWA can vote on the winners, which is fair.

Without further ado, we present the winners of the 2014 SFWA Nebula Awards!

Award for Best Novel goes to Ann Leckie, for Ancillary Justice.

Award for Best Novella goes to Vylar Kaftan for The Weight of Sunrise.

Award for Best Novelette goes to Ailette de Bodard for The Waiting Stars.

Award for Best Short Story goes to Rachel Swirsky for If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love.

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation goes to Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity.

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book goes to Nalo Hopkinson for Sister Mine.

This is a very interesting selection, from Ann Leckie’s hard sci-fi space opera reminiscent of Frank Herbert’s work, to Nalo Hopkinson’s blending of Caribbean folklore and modern-day black diaspora. Some of the novellas and short stories have been made available for free, and the longer novels have excerpts available to read on Amazon, so feel free to check them out.

 

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