The 2020 Nebula Award winners have been announced.
The 56th Annual Nebula Awards, covering 2020 creations in the genres, were presented in a virtual ceremony on June 5, 2021, hosted by writer and actress Aydrea Walden, during the 2021 Nebula Conference Online, June 4-6, 2021.
Open to SFWA members and nonmembers alike, the Nebula Conference took place entirely online for a second year.
Martha Wells’ “Murderbot Novel” Network Effect took the 2020 Nebula Award for Best Novel. Best Game Writing, a relatively new category, went to Hades. a godlike, roguelike dungeon crawler that has taken the world by storm.
- Ring Shout, P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom)
- “Two Truths and a Lie”, Sarah Pinsker (Tor.com)
BEST SHORT STORY
- “Open House on Haunted Hill”, John Wiswell (Diabolical Plots)
THE ANDRE NORTON NEBULA AWARD FOR MIDDLE GRADE AND YOUNG ADULT FICTION
- A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking, T. Kingfisher (Argyll)
BEST GAME WRITING
THE RAY BRADBURY NEBULA AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING DRAMATIC PRESENTATION
- The Good Place: “Whenever You’re Ready”, Michael Schur, NBC (Fremulon/3 Arts Entertainment/Universal)
Additional awards and honors presented:
THE SFWA DAMON KNIGHT MEMORIAL GRAND MASTER AWARD
- Nalo Hopkinson
THE KATE WILHELM SOLSTICE AWARD
- Jarvis Sheffield
- Ben Bova (posthumous)
- Rachel Caine (posthumous)
THE KEVIN J. O’DONNELL, JR. SERVICE TO SFWA AWARD
- Connie Willis
2020 Nebula Award resenters joined virtually from around the country, including SFWA President Mary Robinette Kowal, SFWA Vice President Tobias S. Buckell, incoming SFWA President Jeffe Kennedy, and writers and creatives Nisi Shawl, Carrie Patel, Mallory O’Meara, Mark Oshiro, Troy L. Wiggins, and Adam Savage.
First presented in 1966, the Nebula Awards include four fiction awards, a game writing award (as of three years ago), the Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation (film and television/streaming) and the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book. SFWA also administers the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Awards, the Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award, and the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award.