The OF Blog: Nebula Award finalists announced

Friday, February 27, 2009

Nebula Award finalists announced

Filched from Locus Online, with commentary:

SFWA has released the final ballot for the 2008 Nebula Awards, to be announced during the 2009 Nebula Awards Weekend, April 24-26, 2009 in Los Angeles CA.

Novels: Little Brother, Cory Doctorow (Tor); Powers, Ursula K. Le Guin (Harcourt); Cauldron, Jack McDevitt (Ace); Brasyl, Ian McDonald (Pyr); Making Money, Terry Pratchett (Harper); Superpowers, David J. Schwartz (Three Rivers).

I've read Doctorow's book (which I placed in my favorite YA fiction for 2008) and McDonald's book, which I believe ought to be a strong contender for this award. Need to get around to reading Le Guin's series here. Interesting how 1/3 of the finalists here were marketed as YA novels, but neither one appears on the Norton Award shortlist below.

Novellas: "The Spacetime Pool", Catherine Asaro (Analog 3/08); "Dark Heaven", Gregory Benford (Alien Crimes); Dangerous Space, Kelley Eskridge (Dangerous Space); "The Political Prisoner", Charles Coleman Finlay (F&SF 8/08); The Duke in His Castle, Vera Nazarian (Norilana).

Haven't read any of these yet, although the Eskridge is tempting...

Novelettes: "If Angels Fight", Richard Bowes (F&SF 2/08); "Dark Rooms", Lisa Goldstein (Asimov’s 10-11/07); "Pride and Prometheus", John Kessel (F&SF 1/08); "Night Wind", Mary Rosenblum (Lace and Blade); "Baby Doll", Johanna Sinisalo, David Hackston, trans. (The SFWA European Hall of Fame); "Kaleidoscope", K.D. Wentworth (F&SF 5/07).

"Baby Doll" is the only novelette that I've read. I seem to recall it being good, but not my favorite from the Morrow collection. Might have to re-read it shortly.

Stories: "The Button Bin", Mike Allen (Helix 10/07); "The Dreaming Wind", Jeffrey Ford (The Coyote Road); "Trophy Wives", Nina Kiriki Hoffman (Fellowship Fantastic); "26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss", Kij Johnson (Asimov’s 7/08); "The Tomb Wife", Gwyneth Jones (F&SF 8/07); "Don’t Stop", James Patrick Kelly (Asimov’s 6/07).

I've only read "The Dreaming Wind," but it was a very fine story...or par for the course for Jeffrey Ford. Will consider the others later, time permitting (Spring Break?)

Scripts: The Dark Knight, Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer (Warner Bros.); "The Shrine", Brad Wright (Stargate Atlantis); WALL-E, Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Peter Docter (Pixar).

Not interested in film-related stuff, to be honest.

Andre Norton Award: Graceling, Kristin Cashore (Harcourt); Lamplighter, D.M. Cornish; Savvy, Ingrid Law (Dial); The Adoration of Jenna Fox, Mary E. Pearson (Holt); Flora's Dare, Ysabeau S. Wilce (Harcourt).

Loved both the Cashore and Cornish efforts (both made my year-end list for YA fiction). Will have to look into the others, but choosing between Cashore and Cornish here would be tough for me, as both were outstanding stories.

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