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 (Tor.com Publishing)
Passing Strange, Ellen Klages (Tor.com 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 (Tor.com Publishing)
The Black Tides of Heaven, JY Yang (Tor.com 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 (Tor.com 1/4/17)
“Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time”, K.M. Szpara (Uncanny 5-6/17)
“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 (Tor.com 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)