February 22nd, 2011


2010 Nebula Award Nominees

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have announced the 2010 Nebula Award nominees. My congratulations and best wishes to all the nominees, but I'd like to give special shout outs to my friends N.K. Jemison, whose novel The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms was nominated, and Mary Robinette Kowal, who also received a nomination for her novel Shades of Milk and Honey.

In looking over the ballot, it's remarkable to see how far the Nebulas have come since I first became aware of them as a young sf and fantasy reader in the 1980s. I think it's quite nice that the awards have since moved away from the same old hard/military sf or Shannara-esque quest fantasies to works I find more innovative and sophisticated. (That's just my opinion, of course. I'm well aware of how outnumbered I am by fans of more traditional genre trappings!)

However, I do think the Nebulas missed an opportunity in the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation category by not nominating the man who named his daughter Facebook!