Oscars, Schmoscars. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have ushered in summer genre awards season with the nominations for the 2015 Nebula Awards.
Best novel nominees include Charles E. Gannon’s Raising Caine, N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season, Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Mercy, Ken Liu’s The Grace of Kings, Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, Lawrence M. Schoen’s Barsk: The Elephant’s Graveyard and Fran Wilde’s Updraft.
Up for best novella honors are Wings of Sorrow and Bone by Beth Cato, The Bone Swans of Amandale by C.S.E. Cooley, The New Mother by Eugene Fischer, The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn by Usman T. Malik, Binti by Ndeni Okorafor and The Waters of Versailles by Kelly Robson. Novelette nominees include Rattlesnakes and Men by Michael Bishop, And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead by Brooke Bolander, Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds by Rose Lemberg, The Ladies’ Aquatic Gardening Society by Henry Lien, The Deepwater Bride by Tamsyn Muir and Our Lady of the Open Road by Sarah Pinsker. Short stories up for consideration include Madeleine by Amal El-Mohtar, Cat Pictures Please by Naomi Kritzer, Damage by David D. Levine, When Your Child Strays From God by Sam J. Miller, Today I Am Paul by Martin L. Shoemaker and Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers by Alyssa Wong.
On screen, the nominees for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation include the screenplays for Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens, The Martian, Mad Max: Fury Road, Ex Machina, Inside Out and the season finale of Netflix’s Jessica Jones, “AKA Smile.”
Up for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy are Tina Connolly’s Seriously Wicked, Kate Elliott’s Court of Fives, France’s Hardinge’s Cuckoo Song, Nicole Kornher-Stace’s Archivist Wasp, Fonda Lee’s Zeroboxer, Daniel José Older’s Shadowshaper and Laura Ruby’s Bone Gap.
Nebula winners will be announced, and awards presented, May 14 at the SFWA Nebula Conference in Chicago.
Saturn and Hugo awards
Next up, the nominations for the Saturn Awards will be announced Wednesday by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.
Later in the year will come nominations for the Hugo Awards from members of the World Science Fiction Society, which votes through the end of March. Then we shall see if the block voting backlash against perceived pandering to diversity that rocked last year’s Hugos will reverberate.