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Nebula Awards

For those who haven't seen but care (and if you are in that category, you should really be reading james_nicoll which is where I got this from):

Best Novel: The Yiddish Policemen's Union, by Michael Chabon (born 1963; first Nebula or Hugo)
Best Novella: "Fountain of Age", by Nancy Kress (born 1948; fourth Nebula, also has a Hugo)
Best Novelette: "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate", by Ted Chiang (born 1967; fourth Nebula, also has a Hugo)
Best Short Story: "Always", by Karen Joy Fowler (born 1950; second Nebula)

I note that 1) Once again, at least one of the Nebulas has gone to a first-time winner; there has never been a year without at least one first-time Nebula winner; 2) two out of four went to women; the Nebulas are more gender-balanced than the Hugos; and 3) two out of four were born between 1942 and 1951, whereas the average number of Nebulas won in previous years by authors aged between 57 and 66 is almost exactly 1, further evidence for my assertion that authors of that cohort win twice as many awards.

The winning novel is the only one of the nominees I had read (or indeed intend to read), and I enjoyed it. "Fountain of Age" is on my reading list for the Hugos; I've already read "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate", and wouldn't be surprised if Chiang pulls off the double again, though I have not yet read any of the other Hugo nominees in that category.

Other Nebula/SFWA stuff:

Nebula for Best Screenplay: Pan's Labyrinth
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
Damon Knight Grand Master for 2008: Michael Moorcock
SFWA Service Award: Melisa Michaels and Graham P. Collins
Author Emeritus: Ardath Mayhar (who I hadn't heard of)
SFWA President: Russell Davis (whew!)
SFWA VP: Elizabeth Moon
SFWA Secretary: Mary Robinette Kowal
SFWA Treasurer: Amy Casil
SFWA Eastern Regional: Bud Sparhawk
SFWA Overseas Regional Director: Ian Whates


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Apr. 27th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
Ardath Mayhar - author of a Little Fuzzy spinoff. At least, 'Golden Dream' is, I believe, the only novel of hers we have.
Apr. 28th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
"the Nebulas are more gender-balanced than the Hugos"

And ... so?

The awards are a function of each organization and their membership. The Hugos are nominated and voted on by the members of the World SF Convention. Those members are not just fans, they're also writers, editors, artists, etc etc. Unlike SFWA which is essentially open only to professionals in the field, the Worldcon is open to any who care to join.

Any thoughts on how to make the Hugos more gender balanced?

-- Michael Walsh
Apr. 28th, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
The fact that the Nebulas are more gender-balanced than the Hugos is incontrovertible. Whether or not the WSFS wants to try doing anything about this is their affair. It strikes me that the problem gets into the Hugos at the nominations stage; how it can be fixed, I don't know.

Edited at 2008-04-29 11:50 am (UTC)
Apr. 30th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
Other than changing how the Hugos are nominated and voted on, there's little WSFS can do.

Any changes to rules are decided on by those attending members of the Worldcon who go to the business meeting. Look at it as a New England Town Meeting type of democracy.

-- Michael Walsh
Apr. 30th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
there's little WSFS can do.

Well, frankly, I disagree. If the WSFS were to even publish the gender breakdown of the nominees and almost nominees themselves, rather than leave it to enthusiasts like me, that would already be doing something and would require no rule change. I suspect that there is more that could be done without changing the rules, in considering how the Hugo voting process is marketed both to fans and to the outside world; I don't know enough about what goes on at the moment, but I doubt that changing current practice in that area (whose clear result is that fewer women get nominated for or win Hugos than Nebulas) would require a formal rule change either.

Look at it as a New England Town Meeting type of democracy.

There are some pretty major and important differences!
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