“Shipbirth” nominated for a Nebula for Best Short Story


Er, so, I would seem to be on the Nebula final ballot (along with a great many fabulous people–special shoutout to Nancy Fulda, Tom Crosshill, and Ken Liu, whose main occupation seems to be taking over awards lists. Also, bonus mention to Dario Ciriello, editor and publisher of Panverse Volume Three, who edited and published Ken Liu’s awesome nominated novella).

Sadly, I won’t be able to attend the Nebula Awards Weekend (I would so totally have gone, especially since I have yet to meet so many of the people on that list; but a close friend of mine is getting married the same weekend). Many many congrats to my fellow nominees, and my most profound thanks to everyone who voted in the nominating process (especially those who voted for me–goes without saying–but it’s the number of voters who make awards, and I’m glad we’ve been having more and more online discussions of worthy stories and novels. Only makes the awards stronger). And many thanks as well to everyone who recommended stuff to me–reading stuff this year has been cumbersome because of RL, but so totally worth it.

Below is the complete listing. Meanwhile, I’ll be over there in the corner, comatose (partly from shock, partly from sheer jetlag, my body being utterly convinced it’s still in Vietnam and therefore that it should be in bed). More later.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America is proud to announce the nominees for the 2011 Nebula Awards (presented 2012), the nominees for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the nominees for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book.




Short Story

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • Attack the Block, Joe Cornish (writer/director) (Optimum Releasing; Screen Gems)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely (writers), Joe Johnston (director) (Paramount)
  • Doctor Who: “The Doctor’s Wife,” Neil Gaiman (writer), Richard Clark (director) (BBC Wales)
  • Hugo, John Logan (writer), Martin Scorsese (director) (Paramount)
  • Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen (writer/director) (Sony)
  • Source Code, Ben Ripley (writer), Duncan Jones (director) (Summit)
  • The Adjustment Bureau, George Nolfi (writer/director) (Universal)

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book

The winners will be announced at SFWA’s 47th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend, to be held Thursday through Sunday, May 17 to May 20, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, near Reagan National Airport. As announced earlier this year, Connie Willis will be the recipient of the 2011 Damon Knight Grand Master Award for her lifetime contributions and achievements in the field. Walter Jon Williams will preside as toastmaster, with Astronaut Michael Fincke as keynote speaker.

The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented by, active members of SFWA. Voting will open to SFWA Active members on March 1 and close on March 30. More information on voting is available here.

Founded in 1965 by the late Damon Knight, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America brings together the most successful and daring writers of speculative fiction throughout the world.

Since its inception, SFWA® has grown in numbers and influence until it is now widely recognized as one of the most effective non-profit writers’ organizations in existence, boasting a membership of approximately 2,000 science fiction and fantasy writers as well as artists, editors and allied professionals. Each year the organization presents the prestigious Nebula Awards® for the year’s best literary and dramatic works of speculative fiction.


  1. Congratuations!

  2. Wow, congrats! I glanced at the list (either Neil Gaiman or Madeleine Robins just posted it as well) and had a notion that a name looked familiar…because it was! Good job.

  3. Congratulations! You’re in excellent company there.

  4. Yay! Congratushoggoths! Actually, I see a couple of people I know a little bit up there…several Hatrackians and/or Liberty Hallites.

  5. A nice little review of this novelette (in Spanish, though) as well as the rest of this year’s Nebula nominees!


  6. Aw, thank you everyone! The company is frighteningly awesome.
    Armando: ¡Muchas gracias! Mi castellano es muy diminuido (no he hablado mucho los últimos diez años) pero ya puedo leer su muy simpática crítica 🙂

  7. (oh, y los premios Hugos no tienen finalistas todavía, tenemos hasta el 11 de Marzo para dar nuestras nominaciones–yo tengo que hacerlo antes de olvidarlo todo… No sé cuando se anuncian los finalistas–¿Abril quizás?)

  8. No, no.
    I meant the 2011 Hugo Award winners. (The ones where Ted Chiang won for best novella)
    I know the 2012 Hugos are still in the future.
    I’m sorry if I wasn’t clear.

    (¡Tu castellano es sorprendentemente bueno, por cierto!)

  9. Oh, that’s easy, it wasn’t published yet (it was released in the February 2011 issue of Asimov’s, but it wasn’t eligible last year). Or did you mean another story?

    (and thanks!)

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