Nebula Award Shortlist Announced

Award season continues with the announcement of the 2018 Nebula Shortlist from Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

The Nebula Awards will be presented during the annual SFWA Nebula Conference, which will run from May 16th-19th and feature programming developed and geared toward SFF professionals. On May 18th, a mass autograph session will take place at the Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills and will be free and open to the public.

The Nebula Awards, presented annually, recognize the best works of science fiction and fantasy published in the previous year. They are selected by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. The first Nebula Awards were presented in 1966.

The Nebula Awards include four fiction awards, a game writing award, the Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book. SFWA also administers the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Awards, the Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award, and the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award.

Full shortlists as below:


The Calculating Stars – Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
The Poppy War – R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager US; Harper Voyager UK)
Blackfish City – Sam J. Miller (Ecco; Orbit UK)
Spinning Silver – Naomi Novik (Del Rey; Macmillan)
Witchmark – C.L. Polk ( Publishing)
Trail of Lightning – Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)


Fire Ant – Jonathan P. Brazee (Semper Fi)
The Black God’s Drums – P. Djèlí Clark ( Publishing)
The Tea Master and the Detective – Aliette de Bodard (Subterranean)
Alice Payne Arrives – Kate Heartfield ( Publishing)
Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach – Kelly Robson ( Publishing)
Artificial Condition – Martha Wells ( Publishing)


The Only Harmless Great Thing – Brooke Bolander ( Publishing)
The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections – Tina Connolly ( 7/11/18)
An Agent of Utopia – Andy Duncan (An Agent of Utopia)
The Substance of My Lives, the Accidents of Our Births – José Pablo Iriarte (Lightspeed 1/18)
The Rule of Three – Lawrence M. Schoen (Future Science Fiction Digest 12/18)
Messenger – Yudhanjaya Wijeratne and R.R. Virdi (Expanding Universe, Volume 4)

Short Story

Interview for the End of the World – Rhett C. Bruno (Bridge Across the Stars)
The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington – Phenderson Djèlí Clark (Fireside 2/18)
Going Dark – Richard Fox (Backblast Area Clear)
And Yet – A.T. Greenblatt (Uncanny 3-4/18)
A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies – Alix E. Harrow (Apex 2/6/18)
The Court Magician – Sarah Pinsker (Lightspeed 1/18)

Game Writing

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch – Charlie Brooker (House of Tomorrow & Netflix)
The Road to Canterbury – Kate Heartfield  (Choice of Games)
God of War – Matt Sophos, Richard Zangrande Gaubert, Cory Barlog, Orion Walker, and Adam Dolin (Santa Monica Studio/Sony/Interactive Entertainment)
Rent-A-Vice – Natalia Theodoridou (Choice of Games)  
The Martian Job – M. Darusha Wehm (Choice of Games)

The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

The Good Place: “Jeremy Bearimy” – Written by: Megan Amram
Black Panther – Written by: Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole
A Quiet Place – Screenplay by: John Krasinski and Bryan Woods & Scott Beck
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Screenplay by: Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman
Dirty Computer – Written by: Janelle Monáe and Chuck Lightning
Sorry to Bother You – Written by: Boots Riley

The Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book

Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt; Macmillan)
Aru Shah and the End of Time – Roshani Chokshi (Rick Riordan Presents)
A Light in the Dark – A.K. DuBoff (BDL)
Tess of the Road – Rachel Hartman (Random House)
Dread Nation – Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray)
Peasprout Chen: Future Legend of Skate and Sword – Henry Lien (Henry Holt)

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