SWFA’s Nebula Awards to be announced in May
The Nebula Awards, voted by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SWFA), will be awarded at a banquet during meetings to be held 14 – 16 May 2010 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Nebulas have been awarded every year since the SWFA was founded in 1965 and are voted by the writers themselves, which gives them a slightly different meaning from awards such as the Hugo Awards and Locus Awards, which are voted by the fans.
Among the nominees for the headline category for novels are The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi; The Love We Share Without Knowing, by Christopher Barzek; Flesh and Fire, by Laura Anne Gilman; The City & The City, by China Miéville; Boneshaker, by Cherie Priest; and Finch, by Jeff VanderMeer. Several of the nominees in the this category are also nominated for Hugo or Locus Awards, and some are nominated for both those awards.
Many of the current nominees for the other Nebula Award categories, for Novella, Novelette, and Short Story, have also been recognized with Hugo or Locus Award nominations this year.
In addition, most of the nominees for the Ray Bradbury Award, not an official Nebula Award but announced at the same time and which rewards excellence in a dramatic presentation, are also up for Hugos. The nominees for the Bradbury Award include Star Trek (J. J. Abrams); District 9 (Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell); Avatar (James Cameron); Moon (Duncan Jones and Nathan Parker); Up (Bob Peterson and Pete Docter); and Coraline (Henry Selick).
The Andre Norton Award, which recognizes the outstanding young adult science fiction or fantasy book of the year, is also not officially a Nebula Award, but is award with the Nebulas. Of the nominations for the Andre Norton Award this year two, Hotel Under the Sand, by Kage Baker, and Leviathan, by Scott Westerfield, are also nominated for Locus Awards.
Not all categories are awarded in all years. For example, this year there are no nominees listed in the Best Script category, which was added in 2000, for scripts written in 1999, and which is an official Nebula Award and separate from the Bradbury Award.
Other awards already announced and to be awarded at the Nebula Awards banquet include the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement, which will be given to Joe Haldeman, putting him in the company of such past Grand Masters as Robert A. Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Michael Moorcock, and Damon Knight, the founder of the SWFA and after whom the award was renamed after Knight’s death.
Also already announced is the Author Emeritus for this year, Ned Barrett, for his contributions to the field, and the Solstice Award, which is awarded to individuals, living or dead, who have had a significant impact on the field. This year’s Solstice Award winners are Tom Doherty, Terri Windling, and Donald Wollheim.
The SWFA was founded in 1965, and the first Nebula Awards were given for work published that year, including the first Novel award, which went to Dune, by Frank Herbert.
Among other previous winners of the Nebula for a novel are Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes; Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead, both by Orson Scott Card and awarded in consecutive years; No Enemy But Time, by Michael Bishop; Timescape, by Gregory Benford; and Darwin’s Radio, by Greg Bear.
A list of all the nominees, as well as the past winners, can be found on the Nebula Awards website.
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