Nebula Awards This Weekend

You can watch the awards ceremony online. Find out how by going here.

Award Finalists for 2023 (works from 2022) are (links are for availability):

Nebula Award for Novel

Legends & LattesTravis Baldree (Cryptid; Tor)

SpearNicola Griffith (Tordotcom)

Nettle and BoneT. Kingfisher (Tor; Titan UK)

Babel, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager US; Harper Voyager UK)

Nona the NinthTamsyn Muir (Tordotcom)

The Mountain in the SeaRay Nayler (MCD; Weidenfeld & Nicolson)


Nebula Award for Novella

A Prayer for the Crown-ShyBecky Chambers (Tordotcom)

Bishop’s Opening“, R.S.A. Garcia (Clarkesworld 1/22)

I Never Liked You AnywayJordan Kurella (Vernacular)

Even Though I Knew the EndC.L. Polk (Tordotcom)

High Times in the Low ParliamentKelly Robson (Tordotcom)


Nebula Award for Novelette

If You Find Yourself Speaking to God, Address God with the Informal You“, John Chu (Uncanny 7–8/22)

Two Hands, Wrapped in Gold“, S.B. Divya (Uncanny 5–6/22)

Murder by Pixel: Crime and Responsibility in the Digital Darkness“, S.L. Huang (Clarkesworld 12/22)

A Dream of Electric Mothers“, Wole Talabi (Africa Risen)

The Prince of Salt and the Ocean’s Bargain“, Natalia Theodoridou (Uncanny 9/22)

We Built This City“, Marie Vibbert (Clarkesworld 6/22)


Nebula Award for Short Story

Destiny Delayed“, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki (Asimov’s 5–6/22)

Give Me English“, Ai Jiang (F&SF 5–6/22)

Rabbit Test“, Samantha Mills (Uncanny 11–12/22)

Douen“, Suzan Palumbo (The Dark 3/22)

Dick Pig“, Ian Muneshwar (Nightmare 1/22)

D.I.Y“, John Wiswell ( 8/24/22)


Andre Norton Nebula Award for Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction

Ruby Finley vs. the Interstellar Invasion, K. Tempest Bradford (Farrar, Straus, Giroux)

The Scratch Daughters, H. A. Clarke (Erewhon)

The Mirrorwood, Deva Fagan (Atheneum)

The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester, Maya MacGregor (Astra Young Readers)

Every Bird a Prince, Jenn Reese (Henry Holt)


Ray Bradbury Nebula Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

Andor: “One Way Out”, Beau Willimon, Tony Gilroy (Lucasfilm, Disney+)

Everything Everywhere All at Once, Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (A24, AGBO, IAC Films)

Nope, Jordan Peele (Universal Pictures)

Our Flag Means Death, David Jenkins, Eliza Jiménez Cossio, Zadry Ferrer-Geddes, William Meny, Maddie Dai, Alyssa Lane, John Mahone, Simone Nathan, Natalie Torres, Zackery Alexzander Stephens, Alex J. Sherman, Jes Tom, Adam Stein, Yvonne Zima (Dive, HBO Max)

The Sandman: Season 1, Neil Gaiman, Lauren Bello, Vanessa Benton, Mike Dringenberg, Sam Kieth, Catherine Smyth-McMullen, Heather Bellson, Jim Campolongo, Jay Franklin, Austin Guzman, Alexander Newman-Wise, Ameni Rozsa, David Goyer, Allan Heinberg (DC Entertainment, Netflix)

Severance, Dan Erickson, Chris Black, Andrew Colville, Amanda Overton, Anna Ouyang Moench, Helen Leigh, Kari Drake, and Mark Friedman. (Endeavor Content, Red Hour Films, Apple TV+)


Nebula Award for Game Writing

Elden Ring, Hidetaka Miyazaki, George R.R. Martin (FromSoftware, Bandai Namco)

Horizon Forbidden West, Ben McCaw, John Gonzalez, Annie Kitain, Ariadna Martinez, Nick van Someren Brand, Andrew Walsh, Adam Dolin, Anne Toole, Arjan Terpstra, Ben Schroder, Dee Warrick, Giles Armstrong (Guerrilla Games, Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Journeys through the Radiant Citadel, Ajit A. George, F. Wesley Schneider, Justice Ramin Arman, Dominique Dickey, Basheer Ghouse, Alastor Guzman, D. Fox Harrell, T.K. Johnson, Felice Tzehuei Kuan, Surena Marie, Mimi Mondal, Mario Ortegón, Miyuki Jane Pinckard, Pam Punzalan, Erin Roberts, Stephanie Yoon, Terry H. Romero (Wizards of the Coast: Dungeons & Dragons 5th Ed.)

Pentiment, Kate Dollarhyde, Zoe Franznick, Märten Rattasepp, Josh Sawyer (Obsidian Entertainment, Xbox Game Studios)

Stray, Steven Lerner, Vivien Mermet-Guyenet, Colas Koola (BlueTwelve Studio, Annapurna Interactive)

Vampire: The Masquerade – Sins of the Sires, Natalia Theodoridou (Choice of Games, Paradox Interactive)


Its an interesting mix, with very few shorter works coming from the traditional magazines.

I won’t offer predictions as, while I think I have a handle on the Hugos, I’ve no such insight into how the members of SFWA tend to vote.  One thing is for sure, there will be some surprises, perhaps some unexpected wins (will Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki have another award to place on his mantle?).  Regardless, the complaints will be, I largely expect, the same tired old run of the mill crap, so I think it will be safe to entirely ignore them.

Go watch – and congratulations to all of the Finalists and a bit “Woo Hoo!” to whoever takes one home this weekend!

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