• Steve Haywood

SF Awards 2020 Part One – Nebula Award Nominees

Updated: Dec 15, 2020

Nebula Award Nominees 2020

It’s that time of the year when nominations come out for the major SF & Fantasy awards. Last year, I read all of the nominees for Best Short Story for both the Hugo & Nebula Awards. It was a great challenge to do, and introduced me to several new authors. This year I’m planning to go (at least) one better. I’m aiming to read the nominees for Best Short Story and Best Novel, and at least dip into the novella and novelette categories. The Hugo Award nominees will be coming out in early April, but the Nebula Award Nominees 2020 are already out, so let’s take a look at them!

Nebula Award Nominees for Best Novel

All links in this section are to the Goodreads page.

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir – according to Goodreads, in this book the author unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics and lesbian necromancers. Sounds intriguing! It’s also been getting a lot of good press, so definitely one to check out.

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Gods of Jade and Shadow

Marque of Cain by Charles E Gannon – This is actually book 5 in a series, which features spy Caine Riordan, set against a galaxy spanning backdrop of war and political intrigue.

A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker – In this book, public gatherings are illegal, making music concerts impossible unless you are prepared to break the law for love of music. The author, Sarah Pinsker, is herself a musician as well as a writer, so knows what she’s talking about. Any a world in which public gatherings are illegal sounds far fetched, except as I write this, this is exactly what’s happening all over the world, albeit (hopefully) temporarily…

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E Harrow – The author came to widespread acclaim with her Hugo Award winning short story, ‘A Witches Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies’, and she’s back with a novel this time, but still magical portals. This is a great fantasy about the love of books and exploring.

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

The Ten Thousand Doors of January

Okay so here’s my first problem. Marque of Cain is book 5 in his Tales of the Terran Republic series. I’m not a big fan of reading books out of order, and don’t have the time to read the first four books before this one. So I might just read book one as a sort of substitute. The rest though, are definitely on

Nebula Award Short Story Nominees

All links in this section are to the magazine the stories were published in, all available to read for free online. “And Now His Lordship Is Laughing” by Shiv Ramdas (available to read at Strange Horizons) “A Catalog of Storms” by Fran Wilde (Available to read at Uncanny Magazine) “The Dead, In Their Uncontrollable Power” by Karen Osborne (Available to read at Uncanny Magazine) “Give the Family My Love” by A.T. Greenblatt (Available to read at Clarkesworld Magazine) “How the Trick Is Done” by A.C. Wise (Available to read at Uncanny Magazine) “Ten Excerpts from an Annotated Bibliography on the Cannibal Women of Ratnabar Island” by Nibedita Sen (Available to read at Nightmare Magazine)

I haven’t read any of these, which is quite exciting, especially as they’re all available to read online for free. I’ll be reading these over the next few weeks.

Nebula Award Novella Nominees

“Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom” by Ted Chiang “Catfish Lullaby” by A.C. Wise (Broken Eye) “The Deep” by Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson & Jonathan Snipes, with234 (Saga) “The Haunting of Tram Car 015” by P Djeli Clark (Tor.com) “Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water” by Vylar Kaftan(Tor.com) “This Is How You Lose the Time War” by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone

None of these are available to read for free alas, some are available to buy as singles, other as part of a collection. The only one I’ve read so far is “This is How You Lose the Time War” which was excellent. Ted Chiang’s won so many awards that he’s always going to be in the running, and then there’s P Djeli Clark who won the Nebula Short Story Award, I’m looking forward to that one.

Nebula Award Novelette Nominees

“The Archronology of Love” by Caroline M Yoachim (available to read for free at Lightspeed Magazine) “The Blur in the Corner of Your Eye” by Sarah Pinsker (available to read at Uncanny Magazine) Carpe Glitter by Cat Rambo “For He Can Creep” by Siobhan Carroll (Available to read at Tor.com) “His Footsteps, Through Darkness and Light” by Mimi Mondal (Available to read at Tor.com) “A Strange Uncertain Light” by G.V. Anderson (Published in F&SF Jul/Aug 2019)

I haven’t read any of these before, and there are several available to read for free online, so I’ll hopefully get to some of these.

I’ll update soon on progress.

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