Nebula Awards Report update

The SFWA has released the November 2008 Nebula Awards Report, covering all stories recommended for the award through the end of that month. This was my first time recommending stories for the award, and I'm glad to see some of the stories and novels I recommended have now qualified for the upcoming preliminary ballot--specifically "The Political Prisoner" by Charles Coleman Finlay, (F&SF, Aug. 2008, here's my earlier review of the story) and "The Ray-Gun: A Love Story" by James Alan Gardner (Asimov's, Feb. 2008). I'm also a fan of David Moles' "Finisterra" (F&SF,Dec07, see my earlier review here), which previously qualified for the ballot.

I should note that this isn't the final list of stories to qualify; active members of the SFWA can continue to make recommendations. And just as an FYI, stories need ten recommendations to qualify for the ballot.

So without any more delay, those novels and stories which have made the preliminary ballot are:


  •  Abraham, Daniel: A Betrayal in Winter (Tor, Jul07)
  •  Barzak, Chris: One for Sorrow (Bantam, Sep07)
  •  Bull, Emma: Territory (Tor, Jul07)
  •  Doctorow, Cory: Little Brother (Tor, Apr08)
  •  Goonan, Kathleen Ann: In War Times (Tor, May07)
  •  Le Guin, Ursula K.: Powers (Harcourt, Sep07)
  •  McDevitt, Jack: Cauldron (Ace, Nov07)
  •  McDonald, Ian: Brasyl (Pyr, May07)
  •  Pratchett, Terry: Making Money (Harper, Sep07)
  •  Rothfuss, Patrick: The Name of the Wind (DAW, Apr07)


  • Asaro, Catherine: The Spacetime Pool (Analog, Mar08)
  • Benford, Gregory: Dark Heaven (Alien Crimes, Resnick, Mike, Ed., SFBC, Jan07?)
  • Eskridge, Kelley: Dangerous Space (Dangerous Space, Aquaduct Press, Jun07)
  • Finlay, Charles Coleman: The Political Prisoner (F&SF, Aug08)


  • Bowes, Richard: If Angels Fight (F&SF, Feb08)
  • Flynn, Michael F. : Quaestiones Super Caelo et Mundo (Analog, Aug07 <Jul/Aug07 issue>)
  • Gardner, James Alan: The Ray-Gun: A Love Story (Asimov's, Feb08)
  • Goldstein, Lisa: Dark Rooms (Asimov's, Nov07 <Oct/Nov 07 issue>)
  • Kessel, John: Pride and Prometheus (F&SF, Jan08)
  • Kosmatka, Ted: The Prophet of Flores (Asimov's, Sep07)
  • Moles, David: Finisterra (F&SF, Dec07)
  • Sinisalo, Johanna: Baby Doll (The SFWA European Hall of Fame, James Morrow & Kathryn Morrow, Ed., Tor, Jun07 <trans. from the Finnish by David Hackston>)
  • Wentworth, K.D.: Kaleidoscope (F&SF, May07)

 Short stories

  • Allen, Mike: The Button Bin (Helix: A Speculative Fiction Quarterly, WS & LWE, Ed., Oct07 <Reprinted in Transcriptase.)
  • Cassutt, Michael: Skull Valley (Asimov's, Nov07 <Oct/Nov 07 issue>)
  • Finch, Sheila: Stranger Than Imagination Can (The Guild of Xenolinguists, Golden Gryphon Press, Sep07)
  • Ford, Jeffrey: The Dreaming Wind (Coyote Road, Trickster Tales, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, Ed., Viking Juvenile, Jul07)
  • Henderson, Samantha: Bottles (Realms of Fantasy, Apr07)
  • Hobson, M. K.: The Hotel Astarte (Realms of Fantasy, Jun07)
  • Jones, Gwyneth: The Tomb Wife (F&SF, Aug07)
  • Kelly, James Patrick: Don't Stop (Asimov's, Jun07)
  • Plante, Brian: The Astronaut (Analog, May07)
  • Rickert, Mary: Holiday (Subterranean, Sep07 <#7, Datlow issue>)
  • Scholes, Ken: Summer in Paris, Light From the Sky (Clarkesworld Magazine, Nov07)
  • Van Pelt, James: How Music Begins (Asimov's, Sep07)