2015 Nebula Award Nominees

For those of you who may not know, the Nebula Awards are one of the most prestigious awards for Science Fiction and Fantasy. The awards are given by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, which has been around since 1965. If an author wins a Nebula, it would be akin to winning a Sci-Fi/Fantasy Oscar. So yes, it’s a big deal and this year there’s a wonderfully diverse roster of nominees.

  • 4 out of 7 nominees for Best Novel are women and 2 of them are people of color.
  • 4 out of 6 nominees for Best Novella are women and 2 of them are people of color.

I wanted to highlight the nominees that I will be reviewing in my blog eventually. Which ones catch your interest?


Nnedi Okorafor – Binti (review updated)
  • Nominated for Best Novella

This one is a must-read for me. I bought the eBook as soon as I found out it had been nominated. I’m a fan of Okorafor’s work and I know this one will not disappoint.

Synopsis:

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.

Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti’s stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.

If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself – but first she has to make it there, alive.

 

 


Usman T. Malik – The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn (review updated)
  • Nominated for Best Novella

What a beautiful cover. I’ll be reviewing this one shortly alongside “Binti.”

Synopsis:

“The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn” by Usman T. Malik is a fantasy novella about a disenchanted young Pakistani professor who grew up and lives in the United States, but is haunted by the magical, mystical tales his grandfather told him of a princess and a Jinn who lived in Lahore when the grandfather was a boy.

 

 

 

 

 


Ken Liu – The Grace of Kings
  • Nominated for Best Novel

I bought this one when it was on sale for $3.99 a few weeks ago. What a deal! I’ll admit that I’m daunted by the 600+ pages, but I will review it eventually. If I can get through 2 Brandon Sanderson novels, each 1000+ pages, in one month, surely I won’t have any trouble with this one.

Synopsis:

Two men rebel together against tyranny—and then become rivals—in this first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, recipient of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards.

Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.

Fans of intrigue, intimate plots, and action will find a new series to embrace in the Dandelion Dynasty

 


N.K. Jemisin – The Fifth Season
  • Nominated for Best Novel

I have seen nothing but praise for this novel. I’ll be sure to buy a copy this weekend during my trip to Barnes & Noble.

Synopsis:

This is the way the world ends. Again.

Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze — the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years — collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She’ll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.


Daniel Jose Older – Shadowshaper51srmG5WzeL._SY344_BO1204203200_
  • Nominated for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

Shadowshaper is a vivid and fun urban fantasy with one of my favorite heroines of 2015. Congratulations to Mr. Older, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite people to follow and read about.

Read my review of Shadowshaper

 

 

 


 

Congratulations to all the nominees. You can find a full list here.

 

 

5 thoughts on “2015 Nebula Award Nominees

  1. I don’t read very many science fiction books and I’ve also never heard about the Nebula awards before this post. So thank you! I would definitely love to read The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn. That cover already has me hooked!

  2. Shadowshaper was a good read for me, I just wanted more. Still, I’m so happy for Daniel’s nomination. The Grace of Kings has been sitting on my Kindle since I one-clicked it last year, so I hope to read it soon. I’ll have to check out the others here. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I felt the same way. I want more books like Shadowshaper and I appreciated it for what it was, but I also wanted more. In all honesty, it probably won’t win the award for best YA novel but I’m glad it was nominated so it can get more exposure. Daniel Jose Older is such a great person and writer. I can’t wait to read more of his work.

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