The Nebula Awards were handed out last night. The ceremony ran late and it was held in San Jose, California this year, so we were up far past our usual bedtime to watch the webcast: it was after midnight, our time, by the time they started giving away the polymethyl methacrylate cuboids.
Here is a list of the winners; it’s been reposted many other places, so it’s not necessary for me to do it again here.
I was happy to see two of my favourite stories win awards: Aliette de Bodard’s “Immersion” (short story) and Andy Duncan’s “Close Encounters” (novelette). Nancy Kress’s After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall wasn’t my pick for novella, but it probably would have been my second or third choice. As for best novel, I haven’t read 2312 yet, but it ought to be in the imminent Hugo voters’ package. I’ve only read about half the nominees so far, and on that admittedly limited basis I’d have given it to The Drowning Girl by Caitlín R. Kiernan. That said, I’m still looking forward to reading The Killing Moon by N. K. Jemisin, because I tend to like her stuff a lot (it’s on my bookshelf, but I’m behind: I can only read 80 or 90 books a year, you know).
As for handicapping the Hugos on the basis of these results, reply hazy try again. The de Bodard, Kress and Robinson may well be the favourites going into the Hugo voting, but they’re up against a different field: only two novels, three novellas, one novelette and one short story have made the final ballot for both awards (Duncan did not make the Hugo ballot). I’ll be looking at those Hugo nominees soon. Well maybe not soon — this is me, after all — but certainly before voting closes. Probably.