Ahoy there me mateys! The Nebula Winners have been announced! Let’s see how I did. I be using the list as published on Tor.com 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:
- Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)
- The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
- Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)
- The Midnight Bargain, C.L. Polk (Erewhon)
- Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)
- Network Effect, Martha Wells (Tordotcom Publishing)
Hoped for Winner: Piranesi, 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.
- “Tower of Mud and Straw,” Yaroslav Barsukov (Metaphorosis)
- Finna, Nino Cipri (Tordotcom Publishing)
- Ring Shout, P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom Publishing)
- “Ife-Iyoku, the Tale of Imadeyunuagbon,” Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki (Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora, Aurelia Leo)
- The Four Profound Weaves, R.B. Lemberg (Tachyon)
- Riot Baby, Tochi Onyebuchi (Tordotcom Publishing)
Hoped for Winner: Ring 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.
- “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 (Tor.com 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.
- “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
- Raybearer, Jordan Ifueko (Amulet)
- Elatsoe, Darcie Little Badger (Levine Querido)
- A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking, T. Kingfisher (Argyll)
- A Game of Fox & Squirrels, Jenn Reese (Holt)
- Star Daughter, Shveta Thakrar (HarperTeen)
Hoped for Winner: A 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