My nominations for the 2009 Nebula Awards

At 4:30 am this morning the SFWA sent out the voting instructions for the Nebula Awards. Basically, until February 15th SFWA members can nominated eligible stories online through the SFWA website. Here's a direct link to the ballot, but you'll have to log in to see it. You can also see the running tally here.

Because the nominating rules were recently changed, there is a bit of a holdover in that stories "which received at least five (5) recommendations under the previous Nebula Awards rules and were published after July 1, 2008, but didn't make the 2008 Preliminary Ballot get to have those nominations added to their total for this year." This means "The Political Prisoner" by Charles Coleman Finlay now has 6 nominations for best novella (see note below) and "I Remember the Future" by Michael A Burstein has 5 for best short story.

For anyone interested in what other stories and books might be up for the Nebula awards, check out the Nebula Suggested Reading. Many thanks to the unknown people who suggested my short story "When Thorns Are The Tips Of Trees" (available at that link as a PDF download; originally published in Interzone, but eligible for the Nebula by being reprinted in Apex Magazine, May 2009).

Since I have several months to make my nominations, I will likely add to the following list. But until then, here are my nominations. And yes, I think everyone should vote for these stories and novels.

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  • "The Political Prisoner" by Charles Coleman Finlay, F&SF Aug. 2008. Please note that I nominated this novella last year; under the rules, I can't nominate it again since last year's nomination still counts. But I still urge others to consider it. Update: It turns out this novella was on last year's final ballot, so isn't eligible for this year's. SFWA is correcting this error.


  • The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi. See my review here.
  • Green by Jay Lake.
  • The Walls of the Universe by Paul Melko.

As you can see, I made no nominations for the Bradbury or Norton awards. I'll try to fix this in the coming months.