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Six Wakes Nominated For The Nebula Award. Seriously.

I’m completely dumbfounded, baffled, and so honored to announce that my little murder clone book, Six Wakes, is nominated for The Nebula Award.

Yeah. I know.

To compare to the movie industry, the Hugo Awards are like the Peoples’ Choice Awards, voted on by the fans attending Worldcon. The Nebulas are the Oscars: voted on by members of the professional organization of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

I never thought I would get a Nebula nomination. I mean I felt it was so far out of my league that I didn’t even want it; it wasn’t worth the mental energy to desire it. It’s like wishing you could own the moon. So when the nomination came I was floored.

It’s in the same category as some amazing books by some amazing authors. It is such an honor to be even considered among them.

For the record, in the novel category, six out of seven books were written by women, and two of seven (that I know of) written by people of color.

And check out Fonda Lee, Sarah Pinsker, and Vina Jie-Min Prasad, who are each on the ballot twice! That’s hardcore!

I’ll be attending Nebula weekend in Pittsburgh in May. I’ll be the one walking around looking stunned.

I have several friends on the other ballots, and I’m SO HAPPY and proud of them. Here’s the whole ballot. (Biggest conflict I have is the fact that “Get Out” AND “The Good Place” are nominated for the Ray Bradbury Award! I honestly don’t know how I will vote there.)

2017 Nebula/Bradbury/Norton Award Finalists


Amberlough, Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor)

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss (Saga)

Spoonbenders, Daryl Gregory (Knopf; riverrun)

The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty (Orbit US)

Jade City, Fonda Lee (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

Autonomous, Annalee Newitz (Tor; Orbit UK 2018)


River of Teeth, Sarah Gailey ( Publishing)

Passing Strange, Ellen Klages ( Publishing)

“And Then There Were (N-One)”, Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny 3-4/17)

Barry’s Deal, Lawrence M. Schoen (NobleFusion Press)

All Systems Red, Martha Wells ( Publishing)

The Black Tides of Heaven, JY Yang ( Publishing)


“Dirty Old Town”, Richard Bowes (F&SF 5-6/17)

“Weaponized Math”, Jonathan P. Brazee (The Expanding Universe, Vol. 3)

“Wind Will Rove”, Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s 9-10/17)

“A Series of Steaks”, Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Clarkesworld 1/17)

“A Human Stain”, Kelly Robson ( 1/4/17)

“Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time”, K.M. Szpara (Uncanny 5-6/17)

Short Story

“Fandom for Robots”, Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Uncanny 9-10/17)

“Welcome to Your Authentic Indian ExperienceTM”, Rebecca Roanhorse (Apex 8/17)

“Utopia, LOL?”, Jamie Wahls (Strange Horizons 6/5/17)

“Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand”, Fran Wilde (Uncanny 9-10/17)

“The Last Novelist (or A Dead Lizard in the Yard)”, Matthew Kressel ( 3/15/17)

“Carnival Nine”, Caroline M. Yoachim (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 5/11/17)

The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

Get Out (Written by Jordan Peele)

The Good Place: “Michael’s Gambit” (Written by Michael Schur)

Logan (Screenplay by Scott Frank, James Mangold, and Michael Green)

The Shape of Water (Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Written by Rian Johnson)

Wonder Woman (Screenplay by Allan Heinberg)

The Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book

Exo, Fonda Lee (Scholastic Press)

Weave a Circle Round, Kari Maaren (Tor)

The Art of Starving, Sam J. Miller (HarperTeen)

Want, Cindy Pon (Simon Pulse)

Philip K. Dick Award Nominees Announced!

Last Thursday, after a pretty crappy day, I got an all caps text from my agent telling me that Six Wakes is on the ballot for the Philip K. Dick Award!


So now my years’ plans include attending NorWesCon March 30-April 1! Can’t wait to see the west coast people!

Here’s the whole nominee list:

The Book of Etta by Meg Elison (47North)
Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
After the Flare by Deji Bryce Olukotun (The Unnamed Press)
The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt (Angry Robot)
Revenger by Alastair Reynolds (Orbit)
Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn (Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
All Systems Red by Martha Wells (

The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States during the previous calendar year.  The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust and the award ceremony is sponsored by the Northwest Science Fiction Society.

The award will be announced on Friday, March 30, 2018 at Norwescon 41 in SeaTac, Washington. For more information, you can go to their website.

Awardy Eligible Things!

It’s HEY I AM ELIGIBLE FOR AWARDS time again! So hang up your Hugo stocking and start singing those Nebula carols and cook the Locus beast! Here’s what I accomplished in 2017:

  • Eligible for Science Fiction novel categories: Six Wakes
  • Eligible for Nonfiction/Related Works categories: I Should Be Writing
  • Eligible for Podcast/Fancast categories: Ditch Diggers and I Should Be Writing
  • Eligible for Semi-Prozine categories: Escape Pod
  • Eligible for Best Editor (Short form): Mur Lafferty, Divya Breed, Norm Sherman (Escape Pod editorial team of 2017 – please include each name if you’re inclined to nominate one of us) 
  • Eligible for Best Short Story: “Not for Nothing” (From a Certain Point of View)

Did I forget something? Probably. I’m bad with the “what hat am I wearing at this point in time?” problem.

Not-Me Work That’s Awesome Too

I don’t like to promote too much of other people’s stuff for awards time, partly because I feel so bummed when others post their favorite stuff and my work doesn’t make the cut. I’m a softie. But I would like to put forth a few things I enjoyed, namely:

  • “An Unexpected Honor” for Best Related Work — although B&N published it as a flash story so maybe it’s eligible for best short story: this was Ursula Vernon’s wildly popular and completely absurd Hugo acceptance speech about whalefall.
  • clipping’s The Deep for Best Short Dramatic Work: (they continue to push the envelope with SF storytelling in hiphop.)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn for Best Long Dramatic Work: (This one was amazing, because I felt I had the whole thing figured out, but no, it still blew my mind.)
  • The Good Place Season 1 for Best Long Dramatic Work: (If you want to go Short Dramatic work and choose one episode that aired last year, I’d vote for “Chapter 14: Everything is Great!” with “Ch. 10: Chidi’s Choice” and “Ch. 12: Mindy St. Claire” as close, tied seconds)
  • Alasdair Stuart for Fan Writer, one of the hardest working and least self promoting people I know.
  • The other podcast magazines from Escape Artists: Podcastle, Pseudopod, and Cast of Wonders for Semipro Zine and Best Short Fiction Editor(s).  (All four podcasts have been releasing free short fiction for years, with little recognition.)

Ditch Diggers #37: Listener Request & HUGO HUGO HUGO

Show Notes:

  • Mur and Matt come to you live from the mud room of Morgan Freeman’s trophy solarium (because they haven’t earned the right to go inside yet).
  • Ditch Diggers has been nominated for a Hugo Award! You did it! Mur and Matt will go up against the likes of The Coode Street Podcast and Tea & Jeopardy in Helsinki for Best Fancast (even though we’re all professionals. Because there’s only one podcast category)! Thank you to all Ditch Diggers listeners who supported the show and don’t forget to vote for Mur and Matt for the Hugo itself!
  • It’s listener’s choice! Mur and Matt select questions from their listeners to address in detail as the topic of the show.
  • First up, for those who write many kinds of things, which writing medium/format to focus on when you being pursuing freelance writing as a serious job. Blogging? Books? Screenwriting? Should you focus on one thing or two things or all of them?
  • Secondly, Mur and Matt talk about writing prep, everything from outlining to creating playlists. What’s necessary for the task ahead and how much is too much?
  • Regular Twitter and email Q&A.

Here are all the Hugo finalists, with the most important category first! (Bold categories have guest-hosted Ditch Diggers!)

The Dread Award Eligibility Post!

hugo_award_logoI made stuff in 2016! I’m going to tell you about it!

My Season 2 Bookburners novelette was Debtor’s Prison, published in July.

I wrote the short story “Voice of the Empire” for Star Wars Insider magazine that came out December 27, just under the wire.

Regarding the Hugos, my podcasts I Should Be Writing and Ditch Diggers (with co-host Matt Wallace) are both eligible for fancast this year, and we would love your consideration.

The magazine I edit, Mothership Zeta, is eligible for best semiprozine, which makes me eligible for best editor (Short).

I think that’s all I’m eligible for; last year was a lot of work on stuff that hasn’t seen the light of day (yet). For example, my novel SIX WAKES didn’t make it out in time to be a 2016 book, but you can get it this month (make it safe and preorder now!) and then consider it for next year.

Awards Eligibility Post

[Edited to include a story I forgot] 2015 was a productive year. No books published, but I helped launch Bookburners, the first project out of the Serial Box publishing company, and I launched a new podcast project I’m very proud of, and sold a few short stories. So here’s the full list (I think this is everything):

Best FanCast (Awarded for any non-professional audio- or video-casting with at least four (4) episodes that had at least one (1) episode released in the previous calendar year.):

Novelette (Awarded for a science fiction or fantasy story of between seven thousand five hundred (7,500) and seventeen thousand five hundred (17,500) words.):

  • Bookburners (Published by Serial Box)
    • Episode 4: A Sorcerer’s Apprentice
    • Episode 8: Under My Skin
    • Episode 10: Shore Leave
    • Episode 13: Keeping Friends Close

Short Story (Awarded for science fiction or fantasy story of less than seven thousand five hundred (7,500) words.):

  • “In the Walls” (Published by DrabbleCast)
  • “The Crate Warrior, the Doppelganger, and the Idea Woman,” from Onward, Drake! anthology, Published by Baen

Ghost Train to New Orleans won the 2015 Manly Wade Wellman Award!

I’m thrilled to announce that this past weekend at ConGregate, my book Ghost Train to New Orleans won the 2015 Manly Wade Wellman award! I was super surprised, especially since The Shambling Guide to New York City won the 2014 prize and I didn’t expect Ghost Train to win 2015. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors. It’s voted on by the member of four NC conventions: illogiCon, ConCarolinas, ConTemporal, and ConGregate.

I was up against some amazing authors, including my friends James Maxey (NC Piedmont Laureate), Gail Z. Martin, and David Drake, so there was some fierce competition.

My friends Rebecca and Dennis picked up the award for me, so I haven’t gotten it yet, but I’ll post a picture when I do!

I have recused myself from the 2016 award consideration.

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Ghost Train to New Orleans nominated for the Manly Wade Wellman Award!

In today’s OMG Gazette, I’ve been nominated for the Manly Wade Wellman Award for Ghost Train to New Orleans! It was a huge thrill to win last year for The Shambling Guide to New York City, and I was super-surprised to get another nomination this year! The other nominees are:

  • Ghost Train to New Orleans by Mur Lafferty
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by A.J. Hartley and David Hewson
  • The Sea Without a Shore by David Drake
  • Reign of Ash by Gail Z. Martin
  • Bad Wizard by James Maxey

This award was created to recognize outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors. It’s voted on by the combined membership of North Carolina science fiction and fantasy conventions (illogiCon, ConCarolinas, ConTemporal, and ConGregate). It will be given out in July.

Thanks to everyone who nominated me!

Ditch Diggers #6 – Awards

Matt and I discuss awards, the mental game, the worth of awards, and we swear a bit. We answer Twitter and email questions.

And… we have a new Morgan Freeman meme: I’m fucking using the Twitter.

So go, little meme makers, get on that.

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Hugo Eligibility Post

It’s nomination time for the 2015 Hugo Awards, given out this August at Sasquan, the World Science Fiction convention in Spokane, WA, and I thought I would make a list of the things I’m eligible for. Cause if I don’t tell you, you might not know.

Nominations close on March 10, 2015.

If you were a voting member of the 2014, 2015, or 2016 Worldcons you’re eligible to nominate (You have to get your 2015 membership before Jan 31 this year.)

And hey, if you don’t plan on going, you can still support the con, vote in the Hugos, and get lots of awesome ebooks for a supporting membership of $40. All the information regarding getting a membership and nominating for the Hugos can be found here. 

  • Best Fancast
    I Should Be Writing — I’ve been doing this show for 9.5 years. I’m fairly sure it’s the longest running writing show in podcasting. I’ve featured authors such as NK Jemisin, Lev Grossman, Lauren Beukes, Neil Gaiman, Connie Willis, China Mieville, Seanan McGuire, and lots more. It a love letter to SF from the struggling writer’s POV.
  • Best Short Story
    I had three* stories out last year:

    *I very much hope I remembered them all. I’m bad about keeping track…

  • Best Novel
    Ghost Train to New Orleans from Orbit Books — Zoe Norris writes travel guides for the undead. And she’s good at it too — her new-found ability to talk to cities seems to help. After the success of The Shambling Guide to New York City, Zoe and her team are sent to New Orleans to write the sequel. Listen to the book for FREE via podcast.