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(Earlier posts end here in April 2010)




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Nebula Award Overlap

The 2010 Nebula Award nominee list is out! This gives us our first chance to examine some lists and look for overlap. I’ve marked all the stories that appear both on the Nebula ballot and the Locus Recommended Reading list with asterisks [**]. Of course, it’s pretty easy to overlap with the Recommended Reading List, since it is large and meant to be comprehensive. It’s also much easier to compare now that the Nebulas have brought their eligibility year in more alignment with other awards. So it’s almost amazing that only two each of the Nebula nominated Short Stories and Novelettes  show up on both lists. There’s much better agreement in the other categories, especially for the Novel and Novella categories.

I also notice that the Nebulas seem to prefer the traditional magazines and anthologies for their short fiction this year, with only two novellas, no novelettes, and three short stories coming from on-line venues.

**The Native Star, M.K. Hobson (Spectra)
**The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit UK; Orbit US)
**Shades of Milk and Honey, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
Echo, Jack McDevitt (Ace)
**Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor (DAW)
**Blackout/All Clear, Connie Willis (Spectra)

The Alchemist, Paolo Bacigalupi (Audible; Subterranean)
‘‘Iron Shoes’’, J. Kathleen Cheney (Alembical 2)
**The Lifecycle of Software Objects, Ted Chiang (Subterranean)
**‘‘The Sultan of the Clouds’’, Geoffrey A. Landis (Asimov’s 9/10)
**‘‘Ghosts Doing the Orange Dance’’, Paul Park (F&SF 1-2/10)
**‘‘The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window’’, Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Summer ’10)


**‘‘Map of Seventeen’’, Christopher Barzak (The Beastly Bride)
‘‘The Jaguar House, in Shadow’’, Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s 7/10)
‘‘The Fortuitous Meeting of Gerard van Oost and Oludara’’, Christopher Kastensmidt (Realms of Fantasy 4/10)
**‘‘Plus or Minus’’, James Patrick Kelly (Asimov’s 12/10)
‘‘Pishaach’’, Shweta Narayan (The Beastly Bride)
‘‘That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made’’, Eric James Stone (Analog 9/10)
‘‘Stone Wall Truth’’, Caroline M. Yoachim (Asimov’s 2/10)

Short Story
‘‘Arvies’’, Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed 8/10)
‘‘How Interesting: A Tiny Man’’, Harlan Ellison® (Realms of Fantasy 2/10)
‘‘Ponies’’, Kij Johnson ( 1/17/10)
‘‘I’m Alive, I Love You, I’ll See You in Reno’’, Vylar Kaftan (Lightspeed 6/10)
**‘‘The Green Book’’, Amal El-Mohtar (Apex 11/1/10)
‘‘Ghosts of New York’’, Jennifer Pelland (Dark Faith)
**‘‘Conditional Love’’, Felicity Shoulders (Asimov’s 1/10)

Ray Bradbury Award

Despicable Me
Doctor Who:
‘‘Vincent and the Doctor’’
How to Train Your Dragon
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Toy Story 3

Andre Norton Award
**Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown)
**White Cat, Holly Black (McElderry)
**Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press; Scholastic UK)
Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword, Barry Deutsch (Amulet)
The Boy from Ilysies, Pearl North (Tor Teen)
**I Shall Wear Midnight, Terry Pratchett (Gollancz; Harper)
A Conspiracy of Kings, Megan Whalen Turner (Greenwillow)
**Behemoth, Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse; Simon & Schuster UK)


Comment from Mark R. Kelly
Time February 23, 2011 at 3:31 am

I’m curious about the eligibility of Bacigalupi’s “The Alchemist”. Every indication is the Subterranean print edition was in January 2011 (I just ordered it from Amazon). So is eligibility determined by the earlier audiobook?

Comment from Raf
Time February 23, 2011 at 6:08 am

“The native star” is on the recommended list too. Amazing how many debut novels to be found on the nebula award nominee list!

Comment from John Scalzi
Time February 23, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Mark R. Kelly:

“So is eligibility determined by the earlier audiobook?”


Comment from Lois Tilton
Time February 23, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Back in the Cretaceous Era, when I was a member of SFWA, there was a rule whereby the eligibility of a sufficiently obscure edition could be postponed in favor of a later, more widely available release. The question of “The Alchemist” makes me wonder if this rule has been superseded.

Comment from Karen Burnham
Time February 23, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Thanks Raf–fixed!

Comment from Mark R. Kelly
Time February 24, 2011 at 5:20 am

Lois — that sounds like a Hugo rule, re: obscure UK editions in favor of more available US editions, a rule I believe is still in effect. Never heard that SFWA had such a rule…

Comment from Lois Tilton
Time February 24, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Oh, it did. An author could request that an eligible work be withdrawn from consideration for the award in a given year in favor of a later edition – in the case of a limited edition or one unacceptable to the author. It was generally considered to the author’s advantage to do this, back in the era.

The point being, I think “The Alchemist” would likely be considered for the 2011 Locus list, on the basis of the print edition.

Comment from Lois Tilton
Time February 25, 2011 at 4:11 pm

And yes, the rule still does exist.

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