2013 Nebula Award Winners Include Space Operas And Imperiled Astronauts

AncillaryThe Nebula Awards are one of the Big Two when it comes to recognizing achievements in science fiction. The Hugo Awards are probably the better known of the two, and we covered the 2014 nominees for those just last month. Now the 2013 Nebulas have officially been awarded, and you can check out the full list of winners below. Time to update the old Amazon wish list…

The Nebulas are organized by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, which was founded by writer Damon Knight in 1965 and now includes over 1,500 members. The Nebulas were first awarded beginning in 1966. Originally they focused solely on science fiction literature, but over the years they began to expand their scope to include film and television as well. This year’s winners were awarded in San Jose last Saturday, May 17.

Here’s the full list of winners and nominees, along with links where possible.

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

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.

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Read Nebula-Nominated Novelettes For Free


If you’re like me, your desire to read exciting new science fiction almost certainly outstrips your actual free time to do so. Hell, I’m still catching up on books I bought a decade ago, much less anything that came out in the last year. Still, if you want to sample some recent sci-fi goodness, you could do a lot worse than checking out some of the stories nominated for Nebula Awards this year. Now the folks at Tor have decided to make your life easier by offering their three nominated novelettes as free downloads for a limited time.

Of the seven nominees in the novelette category, three were published on Tor’s website: “The Finite Canvas” by Brit Mandelo, “Swift, Brutal Retaliation” by Meghan McCarron, and “Portrait of Lisane da Patagnia” by Rachel Swirsky. They’re now available for free on multiple different platforms, although there’s no word on how long the free offer will last. If you miss out on the deadline, you can still read them for free on Tor.com. Here are the links.