2013 Nebula Award Nominees Include Neil Gaiman, Doctor Who’s 50th, Pacific Rim, And More

By David Wharton | Updated

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NebulaEach year, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America highlight their picks for the year’s best genre material in the form of the Nebula Awards. Along with the Hugos, it’s one of the two most prestigious honors for our beloved genre of the fantastical, and if nothing else it’s a handy way to update your “to-read” list at the end of the year. Once again the SFWA has rounded up their annual nominations, so open up your Amazon Wish List and get to cuttin’ and pastin’. In addition to spotlighting speculative literature ranging from short stories up to full novels, TV and film gets a focus courtesy of the “Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation,” and the ever-profitable young adult genre is highlighted in an award named for the grand old dame of the genre, Andre Norton.

Best Novel

Best Novella

  • “Wakulla Springs,” Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages (Tor.com 10/2/13)
  • “The Weight of the Sunrise,” Vylar Kaftan (Asimov’s 2/13)
  • “Annabel Lee,” Nancy Kress (New Under the Sun)
  • “Burning Girls,” Veronica Schanoes (Tor.com 6/19/13)
  • “Trial of the Century,” Lawrence M. Schoen (lawrencemschoen.com, 8/13; World Jumping)
  • Six-Gun Snow White, Catherynne M. Valente (Subterranean)

Best Novelette

  • “Paranormal Romance,” Christopher Barzak (Lightspeed 6/13)
  • “The Waiting Stars,” Aliette de Bodard (The Other Half of the Sky)
  • “They Shall Salt the Earth with Seeds of Glass,” Alaya Dawn Johnson (Asimov’s 1/13)
  • “Pearl Rehabilitative Colony for Ungrateful Daughters,” Henry Lien (Asimov’s 12/13)
  • “The Litigation Master and the Monkey King,” Ken Liu (Lightspeed 8/13)
  • “In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind,” Sarah Pinsker (Strange Horizons 7/1 – 7/8/13)

Best Short Story

  • “The Sounds of Old Earth,” Matthew Kressel (Lightspeed 1/13)
  • “Selkie Stories Are for Losers,” Sofia Samatar (Strange Horizons 1/7/13)
  • “Selected Program Notes from the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer,” Kenneth Schneyer (Clockwork Phoenix 4)
  • “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love,” Rachel Swirsky (Apex 3/13)
  • “Alive, Alive Oh,” Sylvia Spruck Wrigley (Lightspeed 6/13)

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • Doctor Who: “The Day of the Doctor” (Nick Hurran, director; Steven Moffat, writer) (BBC Wales)
  • Europa Report (Sebastián Cordero, director; Philip Gelatt, writer) (Start Motion Pictures)
  • Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, director; Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón, writers) (Warner Bros.)
  • Her (Spike Jonze, director; Spike Jonze, writer) (Warner Bros.)
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Francis Lawrence, director; Simon Beaufoy & Michael Arndt as Michael deBruyn, writers) (Lionsgate)
  • Pacific Rim (Guillermo del Toro, director; Travis Beacham & Guillermo del Toro, writers) (Warner Bros.)

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

SFWA members will get to vote on the nominees beginning on March 1, and the 49th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend will be held May 15-18, 2014, at the San Jose Marriott. The actual awards ceremony will unfold on May 16, also at the Marriott. Or you can save yourself a plane ticket and just wait till we post the winners here on GFR. Just sayin’…