I’m not even going to attempt to explain the eligibility criteria for the Nebula Awards, or why one of the shortlisted novelettes was published two years ago. You can go here and puzzle it all out for yourself. But the final ballot is out.
The Privilege of the Sword – Ellen Kushner (Bantam Spectra, Jul06)
Seeker – Jack McDevitt (Ace, Nov05)
The Girl in the Glass – Jeffrey Ford (Dark Alley, Aug05)
Farthing – Jo Walton (Tor Books, Jul06)
From the Files of the Time Rangers – Richard Bowes (Golden Gryphon Press, Sep05)
To Crush the Moon – Wil McCarthy (Bantam Spectra, May05)
I have to admit, I’ve read none of these; so although I suspect that David Marusek’s Counting Heads, which fell by the wayside, is better than all of them, I can’t say for sure. It’s not an uninteresting list, although it looks distinctly odd as a representation of the best sf of the past couple of years. The jury addition is Farthing.
Burn – James Patrick Kelly (Tachyon Publications, Dec05)
“Sanctuary” – Michael A. Burstein (Analog, Sep05)
“The Walls of the Universe” – Paul Melko (Asimov’s, Apr/May06)
“Inclination” – William Shunn (Asimov’s, Apr/May06)
Again, I’ve not read enough of the category to really have an opinion, here, but I’ve heard good things about the Melko and Shunn; then again, I’d heard good things about the Kelly, and that turned out to be tedious and overlong.
“The Language of Moths” – Chris Barzak (Realms of Fantasy, Apr05)
“Walpurgis Afternoon” – Delia Sherman (F&SF, Dec05)
“Journey into the Kingdom” – M. Rickert (F&SF, May06)
“Two Hearts” – Peter S. Beagle (F&SF, Oct/Nov05)
“Little Faces” – Vonda N. McIntyre (SCI FICTION, 23 Feb05)
I’ve read four out of five of these (I’m missing the Sherman), and I’m disappointed. The Beagle and Barzak do nothing for me; the Rickert is good but not near her best; and the McIntyre is striking, but let down by its plot. I’d have liked to see “Second Person, Present Tense” make the ballot.
“Echo” – Elizabeth Hand (F&SF, Oct/Nov05)
“Helen Remembers the Stork Club” – Esther M. Friesner (F&SF, Nov05)
“The Woman in Schrodinger’s Wave Equations” – Eugene Mirabelli (F&SF, Aug05)
“Henry James, This One’s For You” – Jack McDevitt (Subterranean #2, Nov05)
“An End To All Things” – Karina Sumner-Smith (Children of Magic, Daw Books, Jun06)
“Pip and the Fairies” – Theodora Goss (Strange Horizons, 3 Oct05)
This is more like it. It’s a crying shame that M. Rickert’s “Anyway” didn’t make it, but the Goss is delightful, the Hand is excellent, and I have good if vague memories of the Mirabelli. I haven’t read the McDevitt, or the Sumner-Smith (the latter is a jury addition).
Batman Begins – Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer (Warner Bros., released 17 Jun05)
Howl’s Moving Castle – Hayao Miyazaki, Cindy Davis Hewitt, and Donald H. Hewitt (Studio Ghibli and Walt Disney Pictures, U.S. Premier 10 Jun05. Based on the novel by Diana Wynne Jones.)
“Unfinished Business” – Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica, Dec06)
“The Girl in the Fireplace” – Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, BBC/The Sci-Fi Channel, Oct06 (broadcast 10 Oct06))
I admit I did a double-take when I saw this category. The Galactica episode is a jury addition, and I could not believe — still can’t believe — that anyone would choose to recognise it over, oh, I don’t know, The Prestige, or any of a dozen other worthy contenders from last year. What gets me most of all is that even if you want to recognise Galactica, this is surely the wrong episode to pick, because the reasons “Unfinished Business” sucks are reasons specific to the script: the structure is way off, focusing on the wrong emotional climax, and the flashbacks have nothing like the grace or the economy of, say, Firefly‘s “Out of Gas”. I can’t quite believe I’m saying this, but the Doctor Who episode looks like the most deserving entry on the ballot.
Also awarded by SFWA: Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy
Magic or Madness – Justine Larbalestier (Penguin Razorbill, May05)
Devilish – Maureen Johnson, Razorbill (Penguin Young Readers Group, Sep06)
The King of Attolia – Megan Whalen Turner, Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins, 2006)
Midnighters #2: Touching Darkness – Scott Westerfeld (Eos, Mar05)
Peeps – Scott Westerfeld (Penguin Razorbill, Sep05)
Life As We Knew It – Susan Beth Pfeffer (Harcourt, Oct06)
Again, not read any, though I’ve been meaning to pick up the Pfeffer for a while. Charles Coleman Finlay posted the official statement of the Norton jury here.