Yesterday I mentioned that I'd joined the SFWA and was looking forward to making my recommendations for the Nebula Awards. Well today all the e-paperwork cleared (so to speak) and I was able to make my recommendations. Obviously I recommended all of the stories which I've been plugging for the major awards for the last two weeks. However, I decided to expand upon that list and also formally recommend these tales:
- "Days of Wonder" by Geoff Ryman, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Oct./Nov. 2008.
- "Araminta, or, The Wreck of the Amphidrake" by Naomi Novik, Fast Ships, Black Sails, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer.
- "An Alien Heresy" by S.P. Somtow, Asimov's April/May 2008. see my review
- Marsbound by Joe Haldeman, Ace, Aug. 2008 (originally published as a serial in Analog). see my review
- "The Overseer" by Albert E. Cowdrey, Fantasy and Science Fiction, March 2008. see my review
- "Crystal Nights" by Greg Egan, Interzone 215, April 2008.
This is my first time recommending stories for the Nebulas, so we'll see how the process goes. I also may nominate a few more stories once I've had more time to reflect on the past year in fiction.
Update: After I posted this, I realized that I'd made a mistake nominating "Crystal Nights" by Greg Egan and "Far Horizon" by Jason Stoddard, since these stories were not published in the United States (a requirement for the Nebulas). As I mentioned, this is my first go at this, so please forgive this newbie mistake. Still, these are two very good stories and I suggest people look them up. In addition, "Crystal Nights" by Greg Egan is due to be reprinted in a Night Shade Books anthology early next year, so it will be eligible for the Nebula at that time.