Another year of our Blogging the Nebulas review series came to an end tonight as the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announced this year’s Nebula Award winners, recognizing the best fiction published in 2017. We’re pleased to say that we’ve improved our average to .500, correctly predicting the Best Novel winner for the second time in four years.
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And though it seemed like a tough call to make, in retrospect, was there really any question the little lucite galaxy would go to N.K. Jemisin for The Stone Sky, the thundering conclusion to the brilliant Broken Earth trilogy? After all, though the first two books in the series were but Nebula nominees, they won consecutive Hugo Awards, a feat number three seems poised to repeat at WorldCon in August (if it does, it will be the first time all three books in a trilogy have won the top Hugo, and Jemisin will be the first person ever to win back-to-back-to-back).
But Best Novel is, of course, not the only award SFWA gives out (and we’ve got the complete list of winners below); the evening also celebrated the accomplishments of a trio of especially notable honorees.
Each year, SFWA welcomes a new Grand Master to a club that includes the likes of Samuel R. Delany, Connie Willis, and Ursula K. Le Guin. This year’s winner of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award is Peter S. Beagle, whose beloved novel The Last Unicorn turns 50 this year. Peter gave a delightful and melodic (at one point literally—there was singing) acceptance speech (I’d say someone should get him a job recording audiobooks, and fast, but he’s already done so for at least one of his novels). It’s hard to imagine a more deserving addition to this list of legends.
In addition, SFWA’s Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award (given in recognition of “distinguished contributions to the science fiction and fantasy community”) was awarded to legendary editor Gardner Dozois, who has worked on dozens of magazines and anthologies, and Sheila Williams, editor of Asimov’s.
Here’s the complete list of winners:
Winner: The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin
- Amberlough, by Lara Elena Donnelly
- The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, by Theodora Goss
- Spoonbenders, by Daryl Gregory
- Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty
- Jade City, by Fonda Lee
- Autonomous, by Annalee Newitz
Winner: All Systems Red, by Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)
- River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey (Tor.com Publishing)
- Passing Strange, by Ellen Klages (Tor.com Publishing)
- And Then There Were (N-One), by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny)
- Barry’s Deal, by Lawrence M. Schoen (NobleFusion Press)
- The Black Tides of Heaven, by JY Yang (Tor.com Publishing)
Winner: A Human Stain, by Kelly Robson (Tor.com)
- Dirty Old Town, by Richard Bowes (Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction)
- Weaponized Math, by Jonathan P. Brazee (The Expanding Universe, Vol. 3)
- Wind Will Rove, by Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s)
- A Series of Steaks, by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Clarkesworld )
- Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time, by K.M. Szpara (Uncanny)
Best Short Story
Winner: “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience TM,” by Rebecca Roanhorse (Apex)
- Fandom for Robots, by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Uncanny)
- Utopia, LOL? by Jamie Wahls (Strange Horizons 6/5/17)
- Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand, by Fran Wilde (Uncanny)
- The Last Novelist (or A Dead Lizard in the Yard), by Matthew Kressel (Tor.com)
- Carnival Nine, by Caroline M. Yoachim (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation
Winner: Get Out (written by Jordan Peele)
- The Good Place: “Michael’s Gambit” (written by Michael Schur)
- Logan (screenplay by Scott Frank, James Mangold, and Michael Green)
- The Shape of Water (screenplay by Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor)
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi (written by Rian Johnson)
- Wonder Woman (screenplay by Allan Heinberg)
The Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult SFF
Winner: The Art of Starving, by Sam J. Miller
- Exo, by Fonda Lee (Scholastic Press)
- Weave a Circle Round, by Kari Maaren (Tor)
- Want, by Cindy Pon (Simon Pulse)
How did your favorites fare?