2016 SF Book Awards Update: The Kitschies and The Nebulas

We are well into the 11 months of SF Book Award Season. Adding to the PKD Award shortlist, which I didn’t cover because it’s always a weird list that I never know what to make of it, and the BSFA Award shortlist, which I talk about all the time, the Nebulas and the Kitschies have now arrived.

The Nebula Rundown Continue reading

Annihilation Wins a Nebbie!

southernreach1Toastmaster Nick Offerman thinks we should start calling them “Nebbies,” and I’m all for it.

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.

Other Winners:

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.

Click here for the full list of winners and nominees.

More Noms: The 2014 Nebula Shortlists


Hey! Old news! The Nebula shortlist came out Friday!

Two of my picks on my shifting, fleeting, oft-reshuffled 2014 best novel shortlist were nominated. My reading overlap ratio isn’t nearly as uncanny as it was with the BSFA shortlist, but I didn’t expect to see much overlap between the two awards. Continue reading

A Time of Changes (1971) by Robert Silverberg

ATimeofChanges1One is finally getting around to the massive bibliography of Robert Silverberg, whom one likes to call the Susan Lucci of the Hugo Awards, (also otherwise known as Calvin Aaargh, the best pseudonym ever), the author most Hugo-nominated, but never Hugo-won, has won one over with his Nebula-winning “memoir,” A Time of Changes, about a far-future alien from a culture of severe self-suppression, where words like I, me, and myself are obscene and forbidden. One may only speak of oneself indirectly.

One really enjoyed this book.


I am Kinnall Darival and I mean to tell you all about myself (p. 17).

Obscene! Obscene! (p. 18).

“I! Me! I! Me! (p. 85). Continue reading

No Enemy But Time (1982) by Michael Bishop

noenemybuttimeI got kind of busy this weekend and never had a chance to link my most recent book review, which was actually posted last week at the Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations blog, one of my favorite SF blogs. This review is part of a series of guest posts to promote the work of Michael Bishop, an SF author who has attracted critical acclaim throughout his career, but is not as well known as other SF authors. It’s an admirable effort by Joachim Boaz, the guy behind SF&OSR (who does not actually live in a city under the sea), and a reasonable pursuit considering that Bishop’s novel is one of the best I’ve read so far this year, and one of the best SF novels I’ve read from the (*cough* dreadful *cough*) eighties.

I reviewed Bishop’s 1982 Nebula Award winning novel, No Enemy But Timewhich also appears on David Pringle’s Top 100 Best Science Fiction Novels. If you have a taste for time travel, prehistory, and trope trampling, you should give this a whirl. I will definitely be adding more Bishop to my TBR list.

And don’t forget to keep checking Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations for more Bishop posts this week! Some of my other favorite SF bloggers have been and will be participating!