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Nebula Awards

This doesn't seem to have hit the wires yet - Scott Edelman's attempt to liveblog the event apparently never having started, and the SFWA website still not updated - but Jayme Lynne Blaschke has come up with the goods. I guess everyone else went to bed straight after the ceremony.

Best Novel: Camouflage, by Joe Haldeman. This beat three other books that I have read (1, 2, 3) and enjoyed, and two that I didn't plan to read. Must therefore now go and get it, and see if the Nebula voters made a reasonable choice (as they appear to have in the other categories). This evens out Haldeman's major award wins, now at 5 each for Hugos and Nebulas.

Best Novella: "Magic for Beginners", by Kelly Link. Heavily tipped for this year's Hugo as well. Unusual these days for anything to win the Nebula the year after publication, rather than two years after. Link's second Nebula, for a great story which was clearly the best in its category.

Best Novelette: "The Faery Handbag", by Kelly Link. The first time anyone has won two Nebulas on the same night since Connie Willis in 1993. Both of her stories that night (Doomsday Book and "Even the Queen") also won Hugos. "Magic for Beginners" is up for one this year, and "The Faery Handbag" has already won, making it the 57th on my list of joint winners.

Trivia point: other people who have won two Nebulas in the same year: Pamela Sargent in 1988 - The Falling Woman and "Rachel in Love"; Greg Bear in 1984 - "Hardfought" and "Blood Music"; Connie Willis again in 1983 - "Fire Watch" and "A Letter from the Clearys"; Ursula Le Guin in 1975 - The Dispossessed and "The Day Before the Revolution"; Samuel R. Delany in 1968 - The Einstein Intersection and "Aye, and Gomorrah..."; and Roger Zelazny, in the very first Nebula awards in 1966, for "He Who Shapes" and "The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth".

Best Short Story: "I Live With You", by Carol Emshwiller. It seemed more on the lines of horror to me than sf, and suffers from the cardinal defect of not being Margo Lanagan's superb "Singing My Sister Down". Not actually a bad story, but not I thought even the second-best on the short-list.

Best Script: Serenity. No surprise there; I haven't seen the Battlestar Galactiva which was its sole opposition, but it would have needed to be exceptional to beat Whedon.

I previously blogged about the short-list here and the long-list here. Right, off to update my website...

(PS: The Andre Norton Award, if anyone's interested, went to Valiant by Holly Black.)


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May. 7th, 2006 08:07 am (UTC)
Guess that's a cue to read some Haldeman then. Hard on Susannah Clarke but it's not as though Strange and Norrell was a faultless piece of work I suppose.

Serenity though - woohoo! Whedon is not used to winning awards so I hope he enjoys it.
May. 7th, 2006 09:27 am (UTC)
To be honest, I found Serenity a much weaker script than any of the episodes.
May. 7th, 2006 09:35 am (UTC)
Yeah, but it was only up against two Battlestar Galactica episodes, rather than anything from Firefly.
May. 7th, 2006 09:48 am (UTC)
*sigh* Yeah, I haven't seen any of the Galactica episodes since the mini-series. I would be watching it if it was any other series but I love my cheesy 1987-1980 version too much!
May. 7th, 2006 12:55 pm (UTC)
Having reading the Emshwiller and the Kress, I'm not a big fan of either of them, and it is outclassed by the Lanagan. The only problem I have with the Lanagan is that I don't find it to be particularly fantastical except maybe in feel.

I'm tempted to read the Haldeman now as well, since it beat three books I also enjoyed, and it won the Tiptree as well.

I love the two Kelly Link stories, so there will be no argument from me there.
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