Nebula final

List now out. I said what I thought of the short fiction in greater detail here.


Air, by Geoff Ryman
Camouflage, by Joe Haldeman
Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
Polaris, by Jack McDevitt
Orphans of Chaos, by John C. Wright

I have no intention of reading the Haldeman, McDevitt or Wright unless they win. I bought Air last week, and have read both Going Postal and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. No particularly strong feelings; I would quite like it if Pratchett wins in recognition of his general achievements in the genre, though this is not his absolute best book, but I will not be at all surprised if Susannah Clarke makes the double (indeed triple counting the World Fantasy Award).


“Clay’s Pride”, by Bud Sparhawk
“Identity Theft”, by Robert J. Sawyer
“Left of the Dial”, by Paul Witcover
“Magic for Beginners”, by Kelly Link
“The Tribes of Bela”, by Albert Cowdrey

As long as the dreadful Sparhawk story doesn’t win, I’m happy enough. I imagine the smart money must be on Kelly Link. (Interesting that no extra stories have been added to the list.)


“The Faery Handbag”, by Kelly Link
“Flat Diane”, by Daniel Abraham
“Men are Trouble”, by Jim Kelly
“Nirvana High”, by Eileen Gunn and Leslie What
“The People of Sand and Slag”, by Paolo Bacigalupi

“The Faery Handbag” was on the Short Story preliminary list and has been moved here. I like it best; the only one of the others I really liked was “Men Are Trouble”. Slightly surprised not to see Cory Doctorow’s story make it.

Short Stories

“Born-Again”, by K.D. Wentworth
“The End of the World as We Know It”, by Dale Bailey
“I Live With You”, by Carol Emshwiller
“My Mother, Dancing”, by Nancy Kress
“Singing Down My Sister” [sic, presumably “Singing My Sister Down”], by Margo Lanagan
“Still Life With Boobs”, by Anne Harris
“There’s a Hole in the City”, by Richard Bowes

I liked the Bailey, Harris and Bowes stories, and didn’t quite get the Emshwiller or Kress ones; the Wentworth story seemed pretty silly to me. raves about the Lanagan story (in fairness, a lot of other people do, he’s just the first to come to mind) so I hope this will mean it is put on-line so I can read it!

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  1. There are good reasons why the Holmes stories have survived this long; Doyle knew how to craft good puzzles and find ways to make them interesting to the reader, and in Holmes and Watson he created strikingly enduring characters.

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