Friday, January 11, 2008

Nebula Preliminary Ballot

Since every SFnal blogger is posting this today, I guess it's now my turn. I got it from Ellen Datlow:

  • Ragamuffin, by Tobias Buckell (Tor, Jun07)
  • The Yiddish Policemen's Union, by Michael Chabon (HarperCollins, May07)
  • Species Imperative #3: Regeneration, by Julie E. Czerneda (full PDF on Private Edition)
  • (DAW, May06)
  • Vellum: The Book of All Hours, by Hal Duncan (Del Rey, Apr06 (Macmillan hardcover Nov05 (UK)))
  • The Accidental Time Machine, by Joe Haldeman (Ace, Aug07)
  • The New Moon's Arms, by Nalo Hopkinson (Warner Books, Feb07)
  • Mainspring, by Jay Lake (Tor, Jun07)
  • Odyssey, by Jack McDevitt (full PDF on Private Edition)(Ace, Nov06)
  • The Outback Stars, by Sandra McDonald (Tor, May07)
  • Strange Robby, by Selina Rosen (full PDF and hardcopy offer on Private Edition)
  • (Meisha Merlin Publishing Jul06)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling (Scholastic Press, Jul07)
  • Rollback, by Robert J. Sawyer (Analog, Feb07 (serialized in Oct06 through Jan/Feb07 issues; Tor book, Apr07))
  • Blindsight, by Peter Watts (free Creative Commons versions)(Tor, Oct06)
I'm thrilled to see the Chabon there, and very happy for the recognition for people I know and like (Buckell, McDevitt, Sawyer, Hopkinson, Lake). And I'm very surprised to see the Rowling, which I'd bet large sums of money will not make the final ballot.


  • "The Helper and His Hero," by Matt Hughes (link to Private Edition) (F&SF, Mar07 (Feb07 & Mar07))
  • "Fountain of Age," by Nancy Kress (Asimov's, Jul07)
  • "Stars Seen Through Stone," by Lucius Shepard (link to Private Edition) (F&SF, Jul07)
  • "Kiosk," by Bruce Sterling (link to Private Edition) (F&SF, Jan07)
  • "Memorare," by Gene Wolfe (link to Private Edition) (F&SF, Apr07)
As far as I can tell, I haven't read any of these. So who's going to send me Year's Best books to review this year?


  • "The Children's Crusade," by Robin Wayne Bailey (link to Private Edition) (Heroes in Training, Martin H. Greenberg and Jim C. Hines, Ed., DAW, Sep07)
  • "A Flight of Numbers Fantastique Strange," by Beth Bernobich (link to Private Edition) (Asimov's, Jun06)
  • "Things That Aren't," by Michael A. Burstein and Robert Greenberger (link to Private Edition) (Analog, Apr07)
  • "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate," by Ted Chiang (F&SF, Sep07)
  • "Sister of the Hedge," by Jim C. Hines (link to Private Edition) (Realms of Fantasy, Jun06)
  • "The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs Of North Park After the Change," by Kij Johnson (link to Private Edition) (Coyote Road: Trickster Tales, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, Ed., Viking Juvenile, Jul07)
  • "The Sun God at Dawn, Rising from a Lotus Blossom," by Andrea Kail (link to Private Edition) (Writers of the Future Volume 23, Algis Budrys, Ed., Galaxy Press, Sep07)
  • "Safeguard," by Nancy Kress (Asimov's, Jan07)
  • "Alastair Baffle's Emporium of Wonders," by Mike Resnick (Asimov's, Jan08)
  • "Tonino and the Incubus," by Peg Robinson (Helix: A Speculative Fiction Quarterly, WS & LWE, Ed., Oct06 (Fall06 issue -- #2))
  • "Pol Pot's Beautiful Daughter," by Geoff Ryman (link to Private Edition) (F&SF, Nov06)
  • "The Fiddler of Bayou Teche," by Delia Sherman (link to Private Edition) (Coyote Road: Trickster Tales, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, Ed., Viking Juvenile, Jul07)
  • "Not of this Fold," by William Shunn (link to Private Edition) (An Alternate History of the 21st Century, Spilt Milk Press, Sep07)
More stuff I haven't read. (Yet, he added with hope.)

Short Stories

  • "Unique Chicken Goes In Reverse," by Andy Duncan (link to Private Edition) (Eclipse 1: New Science Fiction And Fantasy, Jonathan Strahan, Ed., Night Shade Books, Oct07)
  • "The Padre, the Rabbi, and the Devil His Own Self," by Melanie Fletcher (Helix: A Speculative Fiction Quarterly, WS & LWE, Ed., Oct06 (Fall06 issue -- #2))
  • "Always," by Karen Joy Fowler (Asimov's, May07 (apr/may07 issue))
  • "For Solo Cello, op. 12," by Mary Robinette Kowal (link to Private Edition) (Cosmos, Mar07 (Feb/Mar07))
  • "Titanium Mike Saves the Day," by David D. Levine (link to Private Edition) (F&SF, Apr07)
  • "The Story of Love," by Vera Nazarian (link to Private Edition) (Salt of the Air, Prime Books, Sep06)
  • "Captive Girl," by Jennifer Pelland (Helix: A Speculative Fiction Quarterly, WS & LWE, Ed., Oct06 (Fall06 issue -- #2))
I'm going to root for "Unique Chicken Goes in Reverse," because I love that title -- even though I haven't read it. (Or even seen the book that it's in.) On the other hand, "Titanium Mike Saves the Day" is a pretty darn awesome title, too.


  • Children of Men, by Alfonso Cuaron, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus, and Hawk Ostby (Universal Studios, Dec06)
  • Pan's Labyrinth, by Guillermo del Toro (Time/Warner, Jan07)
  • The Discarded, by Harlan Ellison and Josh Olson (script on Private Edition) (Masters of Science Fiction, ABC-TV, Apr07)
  • Blink, by Steven Moffat (script on Private Edition) (Doctor Who, BBC/The Sci-Fi Channel, Sep07 (Aired on SciFi Channel 14 Sep07))
  • The Prestige, by Christopher Nolan and Jonathon Nolan (Newmarket Films, Oct06 (Oct 20, 2006 -- based on the novel by Christopher Priest))
  • V for Vendetta, by Larry Wachowski and Andy Wachowski (Warner Films, Mar06 (released 3/17/2006 -- Written by the Wachowski Brothers, based on the graphic novel illustrated by David Lloyd and published by Vertigo/DC Comics))
  • World Enough and Time, by Marc Scott Zicree and Michael Reaves (script on Private Edition) (Star Trek: New Voyages,, Aug07 (Aired 8/23/07))
I still have no respect for this award, and I never will, until there's a report that SFWAns are actually reading the nominated scripts to decide between them. It's a "Best Dramatic Presentation" award under a false cloak.

Andre Norton Award

  • Vintage: A Ghost Story, by Steve Berman (Haworth Positronic Press, Mar07)
  • Into the Wild, by Sarah Beth Durst (Penguin Razorbill, Jun07)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling (Scholastic Press, Jul07)
  • Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), a House with Eleven Thousand Rooms, and a Red Dog, by Ysabeau S. Wilce(Harcourt, Jan07)
Hooray for Sarah, and I hope to read Flora Segunda soon. (I have a hold on it at the library -- in fact, it may be the book they've just notified me about.)


Unknown said...

FYI, two of the nominated scripts are available for SFWA members to read on a password-protected section of

Andrew Wheeler said...

Jennifer: That's at least something, but it also means that Nebula voters will read two scripts and watch five movies to decide that category. "Apples and oranges" comes to mind.

I also greatly doubt the people who nominated any of those scripts in the first place did so because they'd read the scripts.

I understand the idea behind the category; I just think it doesn't work. If SFWAns want to celebrate their favorite skiffy movie or TV show of the year, that would be wonderful. They should just stop pretending that it's something else.

Unknown said...

Trust me, I know it's a broken category. But I thought you'd like to know that there is some awareness spreading that making the scripts available for voters to read is a good idea.

And next year, I'll endeavor to get on the ballot with a story with a more interesting title ;)

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