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This Year’s Nebula Winners

They are:

Novel: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon

Novella: “Fountain of Age” by Nancy Kress

Novelette: “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate” by Ted Chiang

Short Story: “Always” by Karen Joy Fowler

Script: Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro

The winner of this year’s Norton Award for best young adult novel is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling.

Finally, Michael Moorcock is SFWA’s newest Grand Master.

Congratulations to all the winners!

By John Scalzi

I enjoy pie.

17 replies on “This Year’s Nebula Winners”

Rock on everybody!

You know, I think I may have misjudged KJR – I read Jane Austen Book Club thought it was all right, nothing I’d recommend. I didn’t even know she wrote SF!

Interesting that Yiddish Policeman’s Union was nominated for both the Nebula and the Edgar (a nomination which cased some slight grumbling in the crime fiction community).

Well, and for a Hugo and the Sidewise award, too. Chabon’s hit a lot of bases this time around.

I’m not sure why it’s causing grumbling, though. Is it not a mystery? Is it not science fictional in its way? And so on? The only reason to grumble about it being nominated for any of these awards is that it was marketed as a mainstream novel, not a mystery or science fiction novel.

Don’t know if there was grumbling in the SF community; I’ve been out of that loop for a while, more’s the pity. But some folks in the crime fiction community saw the nomination as a bid to suck up to the literary establishment “to try and bring more mainstream pub to the organization,” in the words of one commenter.

Me, I was just pissed that Laura Lippman’s What the Dead Know didn’t get nominated.

J.D. Rhoades:

I don’t know how the Edgars are nominated, but the Hugos are selected by attendees of the current and previous worldcons — i.e., fans make the selection. So while people could complain about the Yiddish nomination if they chose, they can’t really say it was the work of a closed group to try to get some mainstream love. I just think people liked the book, personally.

I was mostly disappointed that “Pirate Freedom” didn’t win, as that was one of the best-written books, considering writing as a craft, that I’ve ever read. “Here, let me show you how it’s done…” But equal genre-slotting difficulties there.

So I offer an observation up for general rebuttal: I have never seen one of these “it’s not REALLY (genre)” discussions come to anything, or produce any useful output. Do you therefore know going in to one, that you’re wasting your time?

Novel: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon

Opens mouth…

So while people could complain about the Yiddish nomination if they chose, they can’t really say it was the work of a closed group to try to get some mainstream love.

…closes mouth.

I made that exact argument in the Hugo Nomination thread a few weeks back. A few people disagreed rather vehemently.

So this time I’m going to shut up and, you know, read the book before I dig myself any deeper.

Though, dog help me, I do seem to love digging.

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