Joss Whedon, China Miéville + more snag Nebula Award nominations

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Feb 20, 2013, 2:24 PM EST

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America have just revealed their picks for the best sci-fi and fantasy writing and filmmaking of the last year.

Since 1966, the Nebula Awards have been recognizing the very best in sci-fi storytelling, and the award is now among the most prestigious anyone working in genre fiction can hope to earn. Past winners include legends like Arthur C. Clarke, Frank Herbert and Ursula K. LeGuin and still-active icons like Neil Gaiman, Steven Moffat, Connie Willis and Greg Bear.

This year the nominees include Joss Whedon (up for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation for The Avengers and a second Bradbury Award as co-writer of The Cabin in the Woods), Kim Stanley Robinson (up for Best Novel for 2312), China Miéville (up for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy for Railsea) and Andrew Stanton (also up for the Ray Bradbury Award for directing and co-writing John Carter). 

The full list of this year's nominees is below. The awards will be given out in a ceremony at the San Jose Hilton during Nebula Awards Weekend, May 16-19, 2013. Who are you pulling for?


Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (DAW; Gollancz ’13)

Ironskin, Tina Connolly (Tor)

The Killing Moon, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

The Drowning Girl, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Roc)

Glamour in Glass, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)

2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK)


On a Red Station, Drifting, Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press)

After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, Nancy Kress (Tachyon)

“The Stars Do Not Lie,” Jay Lake (Asimov’s 10-11/12)

“All the Flavors,” Ken Liu (GigaNotoSaurus 2/1/12)

“Katabasis,” Robert Reed (F&SF 11-12/12)

“Barry’s Tale,” Lawrence M. Schoen (Buffalito Buffet)


“The Pyre of New Day,” Catherine Asaro (The Mammoth Books of SF Wars)

“Close Encounters,” Andy Duncan (The Pottawatomie Giant & Other Stories)

“The Waves,” Ken Liu (Asimov’s 12/12)

“The Finite Canvas,” Brit Mandelo (Tor.com 12/5/12)

“Swift, Brutal Retaliation,” Meghan McCarron (Tor.com 1/4/12)

“Portrait of Lisane da Patagnia,” Rachel Swirsky (Tor.com 8/22/12)

“Fade to White,” Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld 8/12)

Short Story

“Robot,” Helena Bell (Clarkesworld 9/12)

“Immersion,” Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld 6/12)

“Fragmentation, or Ten Thousand Goodbyes,” Tom Crosshill (Clarkesworld 4/12)

“Nanny’s Day,” Leah Cypess (Asimov’s 3/12)

“Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream,” Maria Dahvana Headley (Lightspeed 7/12)

“The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species,” Ken Liu (Lightspeed 8/12)

“Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain,” Cat Rambo (Near + Far)

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

The Avengers, Joss Whedon (director) and Joss Whedon and Zak Penn (writers), (Marvel/Disney)

Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin (director), Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Abilar (writers), (Journeyman/Cinereach/Court 13/Fox Searchlight )

The Cabin in the Woods, Drew Goddard (director), Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard (writers) (Mutant Enemy/Lionsgate)

The Hunger Games, Gary Ross (director), Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins, and Billy Ray writers), (Lionsgate)

John Carter, Andrew Stanton (director), Michael Chabon, Mark Andrews, and Andrew Stanton (writers), (Disney)

Looper, Rian Johnson (director), Rian Johnson (writer), (FilmDistrict/TriStar)

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

Iron Hearted Violet, Kelly Barnhill (Little, Brown)

Black Heart, Holly Black (S&S/McElderry; Gollancz)

Above, Leah Bobet (Levine)

The Diviners, Libba Bray (Little, Brown; Atom)

Vessel, Sarah Beth Durst (S&S/McElderry)

Seraphina, Rachel Hartman (Random House; Doubleday UK)

Enchanted, Alethea Kontis (Harcourt)

Every Day, David Levithan (Alice A. Knopf Books for Young Readers)

Summer of the Mariposas, Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Tu Books)

Railsea, China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan)

Fair Coin, E.C. Myers (Pyr)

Above World, Jenn Reese (Candlewick)

(Via SFWA)