Nebula Award Winners!

The winners are in bold. Also noted: The Norton and Bradbury awards, as well as the Solstice and the Kevin J. O’Donnell Service to SFWA Award.


  • 2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (DAW; Gollancz ’13)
  • Ironskin, Tina Connolly (Tor)
  • The Killing Moon, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • The Drowning Girl, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Roc)
  • Glamour in Glass, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)


  • After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, Nancy Kress (Tachyon)
  • On a Red Station, Drifting, Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press)
  • “The Stars Do Not Lie,” Jay Lake (Asimov’s 10-11/12)
  • “All the Flavors,” Ken Liu (GigaNotoSaurus 2/1/12)
  • “Katabasis,” Robert Reed (F&SF 11-12/12)
  • “Barry’s Tale,” Lawrence M. Schoen (Buffalito Buffet)


  • “Close Encounters,” Andy Duncan (The Pottawatomie Giant & Other Stories)
  • “The Pyre of New Day,” Catherine Asaro (The Mammoth Books of SF Wars)
  • “The Waves,” Ken Liu (Asimov’s 12/12)
  • “The Finite Canvas,” Brit Mandelo ( 12/5/12)
  • “Swift, Brutal Retaliation,” Meghan McCarron ( 1/4/12)
  • “Portrait of Lisane da Patagnia,” Rachel Swirsky ( 8/22/12)
  • “Fade to White,” Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld 8/12)

Short Story:

  • “Immersion,” Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld 6/12)
  • “Robot,” Helena Bell (Clarkesworld 9/12)
  • “Fragmentation, or Ten Thousand Goodbyes,” Tom Crosshill (Clarkesworld 4/12)
  • “Nanny’s Day,” Leah Cypess (Asimov’s 3/12)
  • “Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream,” Maria Dahvana Headley (Lightspeed 7/12)
  • “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species,” Ken Liu (Lightspeed8/12)
  • “Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain,” Cat Rambo (Near + Far)

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin (director), Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Abilar (writers), (Journeyman/Cinereach/Court 13/Fox Searchlight)
  • The Avengers, Joss Whedon (director) and Joss Whedon and Zak Penn (writers), (Marvel/Disney)
  • The Cabin in the Woods, Drew Goddard (director), Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard (writers) (Mutant Enemy/Lionsgate)
  • The Hunger Games, Gary Ross (director), Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins, and Billy Ray (writers), (Lionsgate)
  • John Carter, Andrew Stanton (director), Michael Chabon, Mark Andrews, and Andrew Stanton (writers), (Disney)
  • Looper, Rian Johnson (director), Rian Johnson (writer), (FilmDistrict/TriStar)

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book

  • Fair Coin, E.C. Myers (Pyr)
  • Iron Hearted Violet, Kelly Barnhill (Little, Brown)
  • Black Heart, Holly Black (McElderry; Gollancz)
  • Above, Leah Bobet (Levine)
  • The Diviners, Libba Bray (Little, Brown; Atom)
  • Vessel, Sarah Beth Durst (S&S/McElderry)
  • Seraphina, Rachel Hartman (Random House; Doubleday UK)
  • Enchanted, Alethea Kontis (Harcourt)
  • Every Day, David Levithan (Knopf)
  • Summer of the Mariposas, Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Tu Books)
  • Railsea, China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan)
  • Above World, Jenn Reese (Candlewick)

Solstice Awards were awarded to editor Ginjer Buchanan and astronomer and entertainer Carl Sagan, the latter of which was accepted by his son Nick Sagan.

The Kevin O’Donnell Jr. Service Award was awarded to Michael Payne.

(The list above borrowed from this posting. You may also see results on SFWA’s own site.)

Also, of course, we formally invested Gene Wolfe with the title of Grand Master. He was gracious and touching in his speech, which is of course no surprise at all.

I am delighted to say that my final Nebula Award ceremony as president went along swimmingly, with Robert Silverberg as our emcee. I got to introduced Bob and give him some good-natured ribbing; he got up and dropped a house on me, which may go down as one of the highlights of my time as SFWA President. If you ever get a chance to get zinged by Grand Master Silverberg, I highly recommend it.

Congratulations to the winners, commiserations to the other most worthy nominees, and many thanks to the volunteers and other who made the Nebula Ceremony, and indeed the entire Nebula Weekend, possible. It was a great time. As a fan, I was thrilled. As the President of SFWA, I was relieved.

27 Comments on “Nebula Award Winners!”

  1. Having been a President of an organization, I understand that the best title in the world is Past President! Sounds like it was a great time. Just read The Human Division and have recommended it to all my reading friends, whether they are science fiction fans or not. Like Master Bradbury, well-written and literary enough to please any discerning reader. Kudos!

  2. How nice that it went well. Congratulations to all who helped make things work.

  3. Maybe it’s Chrome, but did the bold font for winners not work? Congratulations on an excellent run as President.

  4. I’m kinda glad to see John Carter up there – no chance it’ll win, of course, but I feel it’s been unfairly overlooked by moviegoers. It was rollicking good fun.

  5. Sadly, I have lost touch with SF writing/reading. If I saw a book with the magic words Nebular Winner emblazened on the cover,, I would buy it. Robert Sillverberg – there’s a name from youth.

  6. I’ve been zinged by Silverberg before, and it is indeed better than getting complimented/gifted/worshiped by most other people. And he is a great MC. Also suspect he may have portrait in attic.

    The signing was awesome! I’ve been going to cons for 30 years and have never seen such a huge collection of authors in one small room. I only had to stand in line for 20 min. for Gene Wolfe, and he was giving out free books too. I hope the Nebulas continue this idea every year.

    Also big thanks to Scalzi for admiring the photo of my kitty, and double extra thanks to Scalzi and MRK for letting me right up to the bar to get the Coca-Cola (regular; John had Zero, natch) I so badly needed.

  7. Congratulations on a successful event. It was a great weekend. The banquet food was good, too.

    Is what RS said about shoeless monks accurate? True or not, it’s a great story. The tonsure? Meh, genes.

    Is there a plan to post the recorded video at with those from prior years?

  8. I just wanted to publicly thank you for shaking Barry’s hand (er, hoof) at the reception the night before. It meant the world to him, and to buffalitos all over the galaxy.

  9. Kayjoyoh and Deven Desai, are you seeing the other bold on the page okay? I am seeing it where it says winners are in bold, for the categories, etc. just not on the winners…

    Thankfully, Monsieur Scalzi arranged them so the winners are the first in each category! Hurrah. Now off to see what of these my library does and doesn’t have!

  10. The bold is very apparent on Firefox, less apparent but still visible on Safari and barely visible on Chrome. Which is frankly kind of weird.

  11. Re: the bolding. The html tag being used is <strong>, rather than the more common <b>. That tag is not deprecated, but is fairly rare, and is more of a semantic tag than <b>. In HTML5, it defines “important” text–whatever that means. :)

    If you really want bold, it’s probably better to use <b>. That tag actually means “bold text”. Chrome has its own ideas of how to display “importantness”, apparently.

    In the meantime, for those who haven’t already figured it out: the first entry in each category is the winner.

  12. The Avengers came second to the Beasts of the Southern Wild.

    My inner fangirl wants to see the fanfic about the planning of the rematch. I suspect it would be fantastic.

  13. I’ve been on the fence about 2312, hoping it would be a return to the KSM of yore and fearing it would not. I’ve taken the plunge and added it to my Amazon wishlist. It will probably be a few years before I get to it, but I’ll give it a shot.

    One of the earliest SF novels I read, back when I was devouring Asimov, was The Positronic Man co-authored with Robert Silverberg. It’s so vastly stylistically different from and superior to the Asimov novella it was expanded from that I started reading other Silverberg titles. The World Inside and Downward to the Earth were especially rewarding.

  14. @Gulliver – re: 2312

    I’m a little mixed in regards to 2312. It actually has a pretty interesting story and is certainly one of the most traditional hard-SF novels that I have read recently, along with Brin’s Existence. However, it contains a LOT of info-dumps. If you have a low tolerance for that, stay very far away. On the other hand, if you think you will enjoy reading about a variety of ways to terraform planets, bio-engineer people, build AIs, etc., then there are enough ideas in this book to keep you thinking for quite awhile.

    It went a little over the top for me on delivering information instead of story. I often felt that I was reading a SF textbook with a story mixed in. The textbook was pretty fascinating, but I would have preferred it to feel more like a lot of story with a bit of textbook.

  15. @ Rodney S.

    I’ll probably still give it a whirl. But yeah, I prefer novels that show, don’t tell, as much as possible. Have a neat idea for a new kind of light switch? Great, demonstrate it as an integral part of the plot, action or indispensable narrative and dialogue. Is it not indispensable to the story? Great, set it aside and write another story where it is. Or, if you prefer not to build stories around light switches, do what I do and set it aside until you have a story where plugging it in changes the story in an interesting way. I have notes just full of various story ideas, character traits and light switches that I can dip into when writing something new, like a spare parts box. Teachers are always looking for clever stories to illuminate the concepts they need to get across. It seems a bit backwards for storytellers to insert textbook excerpts into their stories.

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    For all of the sci fi fans out there, this year’s Nebula Awards are here. If you’ve been looking for suggestions on what to read, this is a great place to start looking!