Shiver me Timbers! The 2020 Nebula Winners – The Conclusion!

Ahoy there me mateys!  The Nebula Winners have been announced!  Let’s see how I did.  I be using the list as published on with links to me reviews where applicable.  The winners are listed in bold.  A reminder that I only be tracking the categories of specific interest to me.  They be:

Best Novel

Hoped for WinnerPiranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury) – While I LOVE MUDERBOT!!! and all of Moreno-Garcia’s work, I do think Piranesi deserves to win (even if all three were 5 star reads).  The House felt like a real place while I was reading and I still wish it was so I can go exploring.  So much of the language was evocative and stunning.  While this novel is me top pick, I would not be sad if the other two won.  I would be upset if the Polk book won because it was an enjoyable afternoon but not even a Nebula nominee in my world.

Thoughts: I LOVE MURDERBOT!!!!  Not completely unexpected given the popularity of Murderbot.  I be okay with this as Murderbot was a close second.  I still have to get around to reading the other two books.  I would like to read both before the Hugo Award winners are announced.

Best Novella

Hoped for WinnerRing Shout, P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom Publishing) – This novella was so wonderful and thought-provoking and led down a rabbit hole of research.  This one seems hard to beat.

Thoughts: I be glad of the winner though I never did manage to read the four I was missing cause . . . life.  Those four are not nominated for the Hugos though I still plan on reading them.

Best Novelette

  • “Stepsister,” Leah Cypess (F&SF 5-6/20)
  • “The Pill,” Meg Elison (Big Girl, PM Press)
  • “Burn or the Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super,” A.T. Greenblatt (Uncanny 5-6/20)
  • “Two Truths and a Lie,” Sarah Pinsker ( 6/17/20)
  • “Where You Linger,” Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (Uncanny 1-2/20)
  • “Shadow Prisons,” Caroline M. Yoachim (serialized in the Dystopia Triptych series as “The Shadow Prison Experiment,” “Shadow Prisons of the Mind,” and “The Shadow Prisoner’s Dilemma,” Broad Reach Publishing + Adamant Press)

Hoped for Winner:  To Be Determined.   None.  None of them.  There is work to be done here.  May not get to any before the awards though.

Thoughts: Ummm, none.  Cause I didn’t get to any of them.  The Elison, Greenblatt, and Pinsker are up for Hugos.  I still wish to read all of these.

Best Short Story (click for all reviews)

  • “Badass Moms in the Zombie Apocalypse,” Rae Carson (Uncanny 1-2/20)
  • “Advanced Word Problems in Portal Math,” Aimee Picchi (Daily Science Fiction 1/3/20)
  • “A Guide for Working Breeds,” Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Made to Order: Robots and Revolution, Solaris)
  • “The Eight-Thousanders,” Jason Sanford (Asimov’s 9-10/20)
  • “My Country Is a Ghost,” Eugenia Triantafyllou (Uncanny 1-2/20)
  • “Open House on Haunted Hill,” John Wiswell (Diabolical Plots 6/15/20)

Hoped for Winner:  While I think that “My Country is a Ghost” seems like it should be the Nebula winner because of its literary style and exploration of themes, I have to admit that I want “Open House on Haunted Hill” to win.  It warmed me heart and was certainly different.  Plus the author has a cute story about why he wrote it.  Click on the link above to read the story and the story-behind-the-story.

Thoughts:  Happy to see that story win.  It was cute and fun.

The Andre Norton Nebula Award for Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction

Hoped for WinnerA Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking, T. Kingfisher (Argyll) cause it was awesome! (and the only one I have read.  Shhh!)  I will see if I have time to read Ifueko’s novel before the reveal.  I am not really interested in the other three.

Thoughts: I did not get to raybearer.  I am super happy with the winner.  I adore T. Kingfisher’s work.  I still want to read raybearer before the Hugos.  Maybe elatsoe.  We shall see.

If ye missed reading these, File 770 has a list of where to find this year’s Nebula nominees for free.  Click here!

So there ye have it.  Always remember:

Q: What’s the difference between a pirate and a detective?

A:  One is a private eye the other is a private ear.

Hardy har har!

x The Captain

2 thoughts on “Shiver me Timbers! The 2020 Nebula Winners – The Conclusion!

  1. Yay Murderbot! Of the two novels I’d read (Network Effect and Mexican Gothic) I wanted Murderbot to win. Though all of the other Best Novel nominees are on my TBR, so I may have a new favorite once I’ve read them all.

    And I’m so happy about the T. Kingfisher book, too! That’s just great, I’m glad to see her getting recognition. The Sarah Pinsker novella is definitely worth reading, and I’m also so glad that “Open House on Haunted Hill” won for best short. That was my favorite of all the Nebula (and Hugo) short stories so far.


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