Nebula Awards

This doesn’t seem to have hit the wires yet – Scott Edelman’s attempt to liveblog the event apparently never having started, and the SFWA website still not updated – but Jayme Lynne Blaschke has come up with the goods. I guess everyone else went to bed straight after the ceremony.

Best Novel: Camouflage, by Joe Haldeman. This beat three other books that I have read (1, 2, 3) and enjoyed, and two that I didn’t plan to read. Must therefore now go and get it, and see if the Nebula voters made a reasonable choice (as they appear to have in the other categories). This evens out Haldeman’s major award wins, now at 5 each for Hugos and Nebulas.

Best Novella: Magic for Beginners, by Kelly Link. Heavily tipped for this year’s Hugo as well. Unusual these days for anything to win the Nebula the year after publication, rather than two years after. Link’s second Nebula, for a great story which was clearly the best in its category.

Best Novelette: The Faery Handbag, by Kelly Link. The first time anyone has won two Nebulas on the same night since Connie Willis in 1993. Both of her stories that night (Doomsday Book and “Even the Queen”) also won Hugos. “Magic for Beginners” is up for one this year, and “The Faery Handbag” has already won, making it the 57th on my list of joint winners.

Trivia point: other people who have won two Nebulas in the same year: Pamela Sargent in 1988 – The Falling Woman and “Rachel in Love”“Hardfought” and Blood Music““Fire Watch and “A Letter from the Clearys”The Dispossessed and “The Day Before the Revolution”The Einstein Intersection and “Aye, and Gomorrah…”“He Who Shapes” and The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth.

Best Short Story: I Live With You, by Carol Emshwiller. It seemed more on the lines of horror to me than sf, and suffers from the cardinal defect of not being Margo Lanagan’s superb “Singing My Sister Down”. Not actually a bad story, but not I thought even the second-best on the short-list.

Best Script: Serenity. No surprise there; I haven’t seen the Battlestar Galactiva which was its sole opposition, but it would have needed to be exceptional to beat Whedon.

I previously blogged about the short-list here and the long-list here. Right, off to update my website…

(PS: The Andre Norton Award, if anyone’s interested, went to Valiant by Holly Black.)

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