Sunday, May 20, 2012

Nebula Award Winners

The Nebula Awards are given by the Science Fiction Writers of America for the best SF/F of the year. Over the years, they've done a pretty good job picking the best of the best, as this list of Nebula winners for best novel will attest.

Here are the winners for 2011:

Novel Winner: AMONG OTHERS, Jo Walton (Tor)

Verdict: UPSET. Nothing against this book, which by all accounts is very good, but China Mieville's EMBASSYTOWN had "gonna win everything this year" written all over it." (That, of course, doesn't mean it was the most deserving, just that it had the most buzz.)

Novella Winner: "The Man Who Bridged the Mist,” Kij Johnson (Asimov’s Science Fiction, October/November 2011)

Verdict: AS PREDICTED. Several good novellas were nominated this year, but Johnson's was the hands-on favorite.

Novelette Winner: ”What We Found,” Geoff Ryman (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, September/October 2011)

Verdict: AS PREDICTED. I'd seen this as a toss-up with Jake Kerr's fantastic "What We Found," both of which had some buzz.

Short Story Winner: "The Paper Menagerie,” Ken Liu (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, March/April 2011)

Verdict: AS PREDICTED. Another tossup, this time with E. Lily Yu's "The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees." Expect these two stories to split the major awards.

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation Winner: Doctor Who: “The Doctor’s Wife,” Neil Gaiman (writer), Richard Clark (director) (BBC Wales)

Verdict: SEMI-UPSET. Neil Gaiman winning = not an upset. An episode of Doctor Who beating out a bunch of feature films = upset.

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Winner: The Freedom Maze, Delia Sherman (Big Mouth House)

Verdict: NOT UPSET, though not as predicted either. Translation: I didn't have a clear feeling about who would win this category before the awards were announced, so I can't say whether it surprised me or not!

The full list with nominees can be found here.