Nebula Awards

Over the course of my sf reading, I have not followed the Nebula Awards as closely as the Hugo Award. This year’s winners were announced last night with Lois McMaster Bujold’s Paladin of Souls winning for best novel. It also won the 2004 Hugo Award for best novel. Looks like another book to add to the list, especially since I’ve not read any of the best novel finalists.

One interesting note about the Nebula Awards: with one exception, the print awards went to women, as did the Grand Master Award.

The Nebula is voted on and awarded by active members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. The Hugo is awarded by the World Science Fiction Society, which requires signing up for (although not necessarily attending) one or more annual World Science Fiction Conventions. Thus, some compare the Hugo to a People’s Choice award and the Nebula to an Academy Award. I prefer “fan-based” and “author-based.”

When I die, I’m leaving my body to science fiction

Steven Wright

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