I stayed up past my bedtime to watch the Nebula Awards online last night, which was more entertaining than some book award ceremonies I’ve seen. The comedian-hosted event was quick and somewhat funny, albeit a bit too heavy on the gay sex jokes and awfully light on any jokes remotely related to the content of the program. (There was a funny Three-Body Problem pick-up line he used. That’s about it.) I wish Offerman had been a bit more knowledgeable about the nominated books, but after the whole Jonathan Ross/Hugo controversy last year, I was happy to see SFWA welcome a comedian to the stage.
(Say what you want about Jonathan Ross, but I think he might have been daring enough to make some biting, underhanded quips about the whole SP affair.)
Joanna Russ won a posthumous Solstice Award, which Mary Anne Mohanraj accepted in her honor and shared some powerful anecdotes about working with Russ. And, in case we might worry that the ceremony was getting too cosmopolitan and sophisticated, Larry Niven, (dear, dear Larry Niven) won the Damon Knight Grand Master Award.
Best Short Story: “Jackalope Wives” by Ursula Vernon
Best Novelette: “A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i” by Alaya Dawn Johnson (she also won the Andre Norton Award for Best YA novel)
Best Novella: Yesterday’s Kin by Nancy Kress
Best Novel: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
VanderMeer wasn’t present to accept his award, but his speech included an appeal for more attention to international, non-Anglocentric SF, and he also thanked fans for keeping him off the Hugo shortlist this year. Too funny.
Much as I had problems with Annilhilation, VanderMeer’s novel about fungal terroir-ism is the most deserving and Nebbie-rific novel in the category. I am pleased as pestilence-inducing, supernatural mildew that Annihilation won. And, after Chaos Horizon’s post this morning, I think perhaps Annihilation wasn’t weird enough for me and I need to try VanderMeer’s other works.