10 Years of Nebula Awards List

Great Reads Since 1965. Your Award-Winning Sci-Fi Book List!

Nebula Award

I did one on the Hugo Awards, so here are the last 10 years of Nebula Award winners. What are the Nebula Awards? Well... The Hugo Awards, first presented in 1953 and presented annually since 1955, are science fiction’s most prestigious award. The Nebula Awards® are voted on, and presented by, active members of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. Founded as the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1965 by Damon Knight, the organization began with a charter membership of 78 writers; it now has over 1,500 members, among them many of the leading writers of science fiction and fantasy.

Since 1965, the Nebula Awards have been given each year for the best novel, novella, novelette, and short story eligible for that year’s award. The Award for Best Script was added in 2000. An anthology including the winning pieces of short fiction and several runners-up is also published every year. The Nebula Awards® Banquet, which takes place each spring, is attended by many writers and editors and is preceded by meetings and panel discussions. Check them out HERE.

The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin -- 2018

The Stone Sky is the concluding book to the amazing post-apocalyptic and NYTimes best selling The Broken Earth trilogy that started with The Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate. Sound familiar? That is because this book won the Hugo as well! It is always amazing when an author can win 3 Hugo awards, let alone 3 in a row, let alone 1 for each of a trilogy. Flipping amazing. Depth, originality, complexity, and vivid plots and characters. Worth the investment. Click on the book to buy!

The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin -- 2017

The Obelisk Gate is the sequel to The Fifth Season and the 2nd book in The Broken Earth trilogy. Beyond the meticulous pacing, the thorough character work, and the staggering ambition and revelations of the narration, Jemisin is telling a story of our present, our failures, our actions in the face of repeated trauma, our responses to the heat and pressure of our times. Her accomplishment in this series is tremendous. It pole-vaults over the expectations I had for what epic fantasy should be and stands in magnificent testimony to what it could be. Again, what a great book and well worth the read. Click on the book to buy!

All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders -- 2016

All the Birds in the Sky is a book full of quirkiness and playful detail from an author that Entertainment Weekly listed as one of 27 Female Authors Who Rule Sci-Fi and Fantasy Right Now. An ancient society of witches and a hipster technological startup go to war in order to prevent the world from tearing itself apart. To further complicate things, each of the groups’ most promising followers (Patricia, a brilliant witch and Laurence, an engineering “wunderkind”) may just be in love with each other. Can you say, Romeo and Juliet, modernized for us nerds? YES! Click on the book cover to buy!

Uprooted, by Naomi Novik -- 2015

Uprooted blends folk stories and legends as seamlessly as a Grimm Fairy Tale. Named one of the best books of the year? You know it! By: NPR, Buzzfeed, Tordotcom, BookPage, Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly. Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood. The next choice is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her. But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.  Click on the book to buy!

Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer -- 2014

Annihilation is the first book of the Southern Reach Trilogy that "reads as if Verne or Wellsian adventurers exploring a mysterious island had warped through into a Kafkaesque nightmare world" (Kim Stanley Robinson). Cool Right? Makes me want to zap the memory of reading it from my brain just so I can read it fresh again. Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide; the third expedition in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition. Click on the book to buy!

Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie -- 2013

Ancillary Justice is the first of the NYTimes bestselling trilogy of the Ancillary World. Is it me or do all of these Hugo awards authors cash in and write a few more books in the same world? Anyway, Ancillary Justice is the only novel ever to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards. The should be named something like the Trilogy Crown or something. I like that. Copywrited. On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Once, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance. Action - Intrigue - Strong Female Lead. I'm sold. Click on the book to buy! Or Buy the Trilogy Here.

2312, by Kim Stanley Robinson -- 2012

2312 is an undeniably great book. I was sold on Robinson after I read Red Mars after moving to Sacramento (his home). The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future. The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen. For Swan Er Hong, it is an event that will change her life. Swan was once a woman who designed worlds. Now she will be led into a plot to destroy them. Click the book cover to buy!

Among Others, by Jo Walton -- 2011

Among Others was an absolute pleasure to read and an amazing book to have won The Hugo Award. This book is not like the others. But almost better, because it plays in a world of speculative fiction or hard fiction, yet this book is soft, fleeting, yet just as powerful. Startling, unusual, and yet irresistibly readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment. Click the book cover to buy!

Blackout/All Clear, by Connie Willis -- 2010

Blackout/All Clear are two separate books of historical speculative fiction. Willis does an amazing job as usual. Oxford in 2060 is a chaotic place, with scores of time travelling historians being sent into the past. Michael Davies is prepping to go to Pearl Harbor. Merope Ward is coping with a bunch of bratty 1940 evacuees and trying to talk her thesis adviser into letting her go to VE-Day. Polly Churchill’s next assignment will be as a shopgirl in the middle of London’s Blitz. But now the time-travel lab is suddenly cancelling assignments and switching around everyone’s schedules. And when Michael, Merope, and Polly finally get to World War II, things just get worse. Click on the cover to buy the book! And get the Second one Here!

The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi -- 2009

The Windup Girl took me back to my college years reading Akira and Cowboy Beebob, I mean yesterday. The main character, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman, but now abandoned to the streets of Bangkok. What Happens when calories become currency? What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits when said bio-terrorism's genetic drift forces mankind to the cusp of post-human evolution? In The Windup Girl, award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi returns to the world of "The Calorie Man" (Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award-winner, Hugo Award nominee, 2006) and "Yellow Card Man" (Hugo Award nominee, 2007) in order to address these poignant questions. Click the book to buy!

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