Nebula Award News

Nebula Award Recipients Announced

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. has announced the recipients of the Nebula Awards® for works published in 2016.

The Nebula Awards are voted on and presented by the active members of SFWA for outstanding science fiction and fantasy.

Novel
Winner: All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)

Novella
Winner: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)

Novelette
Winner: ‘‘The Long Fall Up’’ by William Ledbetter (F&SF 5-6/16)

Short Story
Winner: ‘‘Seasons of Glass and Iron’’ by Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood)

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation
Winner: Arrival, Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Screenplay by Eric Heisserer, 21 Laps Entertainment/FilmNation Entertainment/Lava Bear Films/Xenolinguistics

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy
Winner: Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine (Tor)

Additional awards presented:

2017 DAMON KNIGHT GRAND MASTER AWARD: Jane Yolen
SOLSTICE AWARD: Peggy Rae Sapienza (Posthumous), Toni Weisskopf
KEVIN O’DONNELL JR. SERVICE TO SFWA AWARD: Jim Fiscus

May 20, 2017

Online registration closed.

Tickets for the conference will be available at the door.

Full conference (Thursday – Sunday) – $240.
One Day rates – $65 for Thursday or Sunday only; $85 for Friday or Saturday

Banquet tickets are sold out.

Last day to register online!

Today, May 12, is the last day to register for the Nebula Conference online and to sign up for the Nebula Awards Banquet. Registration for the conference will be available at the door, but no banquet tickets will be sold after today.

May 12 last day to purchase banquet tickets

Just a reminder: May 12 is the last day to buy banquet tickets. Banquet tickets will NOT be available at the conference. They must be purchased in advance. Please purchase your banquet ticket today!

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IMPORTANT NOTE: The banquet is not included with your conference membership. You MUST purchase an additional ticket in order to attend the banquet.

For conference attendees who wish to attend the awards ceremony without purchasing a banquet ticket, a limited amount of seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis in the rear of the ballroom. We will open that seating up after the banquet, shortly before the awards ceremony begins.

Room Reservation Cutoff Reminder

If you’re going to the Nebula Conference, don’t forget the block deadline is Wednesday, April 26. This is your last chance to make a reservation at the conference hotel.  Make a reservation.

If you already have a reservation, please check your confirmation E-mail to ensure your reservation dates match the dates you plan to be in Pittsburgh.

If you try to reserve before April 26 and can’t get a room (hotel claims the block is full), please e-mail steven.silver@sfwa.org immediately and he should be able to help.  If you wait until after April 26 to reserve, there is nothing he can do to get you a room at SFWA’s reduced rate.

Astronaut Dr. Kjell Lindgren Named Nebula Conference Toastmaster

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Kjell Lindgren has agreed to serve as the Toastmaster for the 52nd Nebula Award Ceremony in Pittsburgh, PA, May 18th-21st, 2017.

Dr. Lindgren flew to the International Space Station on Soyuz TMA-17M in 2015 to serve as part of ISS Expedition 44 and 45. During Expedition 44, Dr. Lindgren became one of the first American astronauts to eat food that was entirely grown in space. For Expedition 45, Dr. Lindgren and the other five astronauts posed as Jedi for their mission poster with the tag line “The Science Continues.” His missions lasted from July 22nd to December 11th, 2015.

Dr. Lindgren was born in Taipei, Taiwan and spent most of his childhood in England. He holds a BS in Biology, an MS in Cardiovascular Physiology, and a Doctorate of Medicine with a two year residency in aerospace health and a Masters of Public Health. He has served as a jumpmaster for the US Air Force Academy’s Wings of Blue parachute team. In 2007, he began working at Johnson Space Center and was serving in Star City when he was selected for NASA Astronaut Group 20. While aboard the International Space Station, Dr. Lindgren was a Guest of Honor for the 2015 Worldcon, Sasquan, participating remotely from Low Earth Orbit.

The Nebula Awards will be presented during the annual SFWA Nebula Conference, which will run from May 18th-21st and feature seminars and panel discussions on the craft and business of writing, SFWA’s annual business meeting, and receptions. On May 19th, a mass autograph session will take place at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center and is open to the public.

Registration rates are currently $180.00 to attend the weekend. Rates will be increasing on April 8th, 2017 to $200.00. Additionally, banquet tickets are still available. Register Here!

The Nebula Awards recognize the best works of science fiction and fantasy published in the United States as selected by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, membership in which is open to professional science fiction and fantasy authors. The first Nebula Awards were presented in 1966.

In addition to the Nebula Awards, SFWA will present the Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book, the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award, the Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award, and the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award.

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Jim Fiscus to Receive Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has awarded Jim Fiscus the 2017 Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award for his outstanding work on behalf of the organization.

Jim Fiscus’ long service to SFWA began when he volunteered to serve as the SFWA Liaison to Westercon in 1990, hosting an Oregon wine tasting.  He repeated the event in 1995, hosting an Oregon beer tasting at that year’s Westercon.  In the mid-90s, Fiscus began writing a column for the SFWA Bulletin looking at the business and legal aspects of the publishing industry, including an explanation of the Tasini case, contracts which were hostile to writers, and other aspects of the law.  Fiscus oversaw a review of the SFWA Handbook from 2002-3.

When Russell Davis was elected SFWA President in 2008, he appointed Fiscus to fill his position as Western Regional Director, a position Fiscus held until the California re-incorporation, at which time he became a Director-at-large until 2015.  While serving as a Director, Fiscus served as Chair of the Orphan Works Committee.  When the Orphan Works Committee was re-formed as the Legal Affairs Committee, Fiscus remained on board as co-Chair with Michael Capobianco.  Fiscus also joined the Contracts Committee in 2014 and became Chair when the former chair stepped down.

Previous recipients of the Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award include Victoria Strauss, George Zebrowski and Pamela Sargent (joint), Michael Capobianco and Ann Crispin (joint awards), Keith Stokes, Vonda McIntyre and John E. Johnston, III.

The award will be presented during the annual Nebula Award Conference, which will run from May 18th-21st and feature a series of seminars and panel discussions on the craft and business of writing, SFWA’s annual business meeting, and receptions. On May 19th, a mass autograph session will take place at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center and is open to the public.

The Nebula Awards recognize the best works of science fiction and fantasy published in the United States as selected by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, membership in which is open to all professional science fiction and fantasy authors. The first Nebula Awards were presented in 1966.

In addition to the Nebula Awards, SFWA will present the Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book, the Solstice Award, the Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award, and the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award.

For more information please email pr@sfwa.org.

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Correction to the SFWA Nebula Awards Ballot

Due to an unfortunate error in word-count verification, SFWA has to regretfully make a few changes to our final Nebula ballot. Cat Rambo’s work, “Red in Tooth and Cog” has been deemed ineligible for the category of Novelette for a word count of 7,070. Novelette consideration starts at 7,500 words.

With her current number of nominations, Ms. Rambo would be eligible to take the fourth-place spot on the current finalist list for short story, but she has declined and withdrawn her work from consideration as not to displace a three-way tie for the fifth position in that category.

In addition, SFWA would like to congratulate Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, for her novelette, “The Orangery” published by Beneath Ceaseless Skies in December of 2016 which has been added to the ballot.

SFWA President, Cat Rambo added, “The Nebula Awards are about celebrating amazing works by talented writers in our genre. I choose to see the silver lining in that we elevate another writer to the stage, and keep the ballot otherwise intact.”

SFWA will be tightening procedures in the future to make sure this unfortunate issue does not happen again. We will be working on new standards to verify word-count and eligibility with publishers far ahead of any official announcements.

Again, our heartfelt apologies go out to Cat.

The revised Nebula, Norton, and Bradbury finalists is below:

Novel

  • All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)
  • Borderline, Mishell Baker (Saga)
  • The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Ninefox Gambit,Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris US; Solaris UK)
  • Everfair, Nisi Shawl (Tor)

Novella

  • Runtime, S.B. Divya (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, Kij Johnson (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
  • “The Liar”, John P. Murphy (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction)
  • A Taste of Honey, Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com Publishing)

Novelette      

  • “The Long Fall Up”, William Ledbetter (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction)
  • “Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea”, Sarah Pinsker (Lightspeed)
  • “Blood Grains Speak Through Memories”, Jason Sanford (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
  • “The Orangery”, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
  • The Jewel and Her Lapidary, Fran Wilde (Tor.com Publishing)
  • “You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay”, Alyssa Wong (Uncanny)

Short Story

  • “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies”, Brooke Bolander (Uncanny)
  • “Seasons of Glass and Iron”, Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood)
  • “Sabbath Wine”, Barbara Krasnoff (Clockwork Phoenix 5)
  • “Things With Beards”, Sam J. Miller (Clarkesworld)
  • “This Is Not a Wardrobe Door”, A. Merc Rustad (Fireside Magazine)
  • “A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers”, Alyssa Wong (Tor.com)
  • “Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station│Hours Since the Last Patient Death: 0”, Caroline M. Yoachim (Lightspeed)

 

Bradbury

  • Arrival, Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Screenplay by Eric Heisserer, 21 Laps Entertainment/FilmNation Entertainment/Lava Bear Films/Xenolinguistics
  • Doctor Strange, Directed by Scott Derrickson, Screenplay by Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill, Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures
  • Kubo and the Two Strings, Directed by Travis Knight, Screenplay by Mark Haimes & Chris Butler; Laika Entertainment
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Directed by Gareth Edwards, Written by Chris Weitz & Tony Gilroy; Lucusfilm/ Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures
  • Westworld: ‘‘The Bicameral Mind’’, Directed by Jonathan Nolan, Written by Lisa Joy & Jonathan Nolan; HBO
  • Zootopia, Directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore, & Jared Bush, Screenplay by Jared Bush & Phil Johnston; Walt Disney Pictures/Walt Disney Animation Studios

 

Norton

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin Young Readers)
  • The Star-Touched Queen, Roshani Chokshi (St. Martin’s)
  • The Lie Tree, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan UK; Abrams)
  • Arabella of Mars, David D. Levine (Tor)
  • Railhead, Philip Reeve (Oxford University Press; Switch)
  • Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies, Lindsay Ribar (Kathy Dawson Books)
  • The Evil Wizard Smallbone, Delia Sherman (Candlewick)

 

Voting will begin on the final ballot for all Active, Active Family, and Lifetime Active members on March 1st, 2017. The awards will be presented during the annual Nebula Conference, which will run from May 18th-21st and feature seminars and panel discussions on the craft and business of writing, SFWA’s annual business meeting, and receptions. On May 19th, a mass autograph session, open to the public, will take place at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center.

The Nebula Awards recognize the best works of science fiction and fantasy published in the United States as selected by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, membership in which is open to all professional science fiction and fantasy authors. The first Nebula Awards were presented in 1966.

In addition to the Nebula Awards, SFWA will present the Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book, the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award, the Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award, and the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award.

For more information please visit http://nebulas.sfwa.org/nebula-conference/

For more information please email pr@sfwa.org.