2011 Nebula Nominations Announced


SFWA announced the 2011 Nebula nominations this morning, and here they are:


  • Among Others, Jo Walton (Tor)
  • Embassytown, China Miéville (Macmillan UK; Del Rey; Subterranean Press)
  • Firebird, Jack McDevitt (Ace Books)
  • God’s War, Kameron Hurley (Night Shade Books)
  • Mechanique: A Taleof the Circus Tresaulti, Genevieve Valentine (Prime Books)
  • The Kingdom of Gods, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)


  • “Kiss Me Twice,” Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s Science Fiction, June 2011)
  • “Silently and Very Fast,” Catherynne M. Valente (WFSA Press; Clarkesworld Magazine, October 2011)
  • “The Ice Owl,” Carolyn Ives Gilman (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, November/December 2011)
  • “The Man Who Bridged the Mist,” Kij Johnson (Asimov’s Science Fiction, October/November 2011)
  • “The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary,” Ken Liu (Panverse Three, Panverse Publishing)
  • “With Unclean Hands,” Adam-Troy Castro (Analog Science Fiction and Fact, November 2011)


  • “Fields of Gold,” Rachel Swirsky (Eclipse 4, Night Shade Books)
  • “Ray of Light,” Brad R. Torgersen (Analog Science Fiction and Fact, December 2011)
  • “Sauerkraut Station,” Ferrett Steinmetz (Giganotosaurus, November 2011)
  • “Six Months, Three Days,” Charlie Jane Anders (Tor.com, June 2011)
  • “The Migratory Pattern of Dancers,” Katherine Sparrow (Giganotosaurus, July 2011)
  • “The Old Equations,” Jake Kerr (Lightspeed Magazine, July 2011)
  • “What We Found,” Geoff Ryman (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, September/October 2011)

Short Story

  • “Her Husband’s Hands,” Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed Magazine, October 2011)
  • “Mama, We are Zhenya, Your Son,” Tom Crosshill (Lightspeed Magazine, April 2011)
  • “Movement,” Nancy Fulda (Asimov’s Science Fiction, March 2011)
  • “Shipbirth,” Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s Science Fiction, February 2011)
  • “The Axiom of Choice,” David W. Goldman (New Haven Review, Winter 2011)
  • “The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees,” E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld Magazine, April 2011)
  • “The Paper Menagerie,” Ken Liu (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, March/April 2011)

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • Attack the Block, Joe Cornish (writer/director) (Optimum Releasing; Screen Gems)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely (writers), Joe Johnston (director) (Paramount)
  • Doctor Who: “The Doctor’s Wife,” Neil Gaiman (writer), Richard Clark (director) (BBC Wales)
  • Hugo, John Logan (writer), Martin Scorsese (director) (Paramount)
  • Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen (writer/director) (Sony)
  • Source Code, Ben Ripley (writer), Duncan Jones (director) (Summit)
  • The Adjustment Bureau, George Nolfi (writer/director) (Universal)

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book

  • AkataWitch, Nnedi Okorafor (Viking Juvenile)
  • Chime, Franny Billingsley (Dial Books; Bloomsbury)
  • DaughterofSmoke andBone, Laini Taylor (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Hodder & Stoughton)
  • EverybodySeesthe Ants, A.S. King (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • TheBoyat theEndofthe World, Greg van Eekhout (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
  • TheFreedomMaze, Delia Sherman (Big Mouth House)
  • TheGirlof FireandThorns, Rae Carson (Greenwillow Books)
  • Ultraviolet, R.J. Anderson (Orchard Books; Carolrhoda Books)


Huge congratulations to all the nominees. There’s lots of reading for me to do. As hard as I tried to read up for the short fiction categories, two of the seven nominated stories are new to me, and I can’t wait to get my hands on them.

And, in case you wonder what it feels like to get nominated for science fiction’s most prestigious award, check out Ferrett Steinmetz’s blog entry on this very subject.

2 Responses to 2011 Nebula Nominations Announced

  1. Cynthia says:

    Alex, do you know of places where I could read any of those short stories for free?


  2. Alex Shvartsman says:


    I’ve linked stories by Liu and Yu in my previous blog entry.

    Nancy posted “Movement” on her web site, I just saw her Tweet about that today (so just google Nancy Fulda Movement to read it).

    Both Lightspeed stories should be available in their archives (go to Lightspeedmag.com and search for them by name).

    I’m not sure if Shipbirth and The Axiom of Choice are available anywhere online at the moment, but you’ve got at least 5/7 that you can read.

    A lot of publishers make award-nominated stories and even novels available online for free, as a marketing strategy and a means of increasing the work’s chances to receive an award. Look for some of the fiction above to become available in coming weeks.

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