Thoughtful Thursday: The 2017 Nebula Awards: Novelettes, Short Stories, YA

This year’s Nebula conference (May 17-20) will be held in Pittsburgh, and the 2017 Nebula Awards will be announced on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

We talked about the nominees for Best Novel and Best Novella last week.

Now let’s talk about the finalists for Best Novelette, Best Short Story, and the Andre Norton Award for YA SFF.

Here they are. Click the links to read our reviews and get the links to the stories:

BEST NOVELETTE:

“Dirty Old Town” by Richard Bowes, published by The Magazine of Fantasy and Science FictionWeaponized Math by Jonathan P. Brazee Wind Will Rove by Sarah Pinsker (2017, originally published in Asimov’s, Sept-Oct 2017 issue;A Series of Steaks by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (2017, free at Clarkesworld, $3.99 Kindle magazine issue). 2017 Nebula award nominee (novelette)A Human Stain by Kelly Robson (Jan. 2017, free at Tor.com, 99c Kindle version)Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time by K.M. Szpara (2017, free online at Uncanny, $3.99 Kindle magazine issue). 2017 Nebula award nominee (novelette)

BEST SHORT STORY:

“The Last Novelist (or A Dead Lizard in the Yard)” by Matthew Kressel (March 2017, free at Tor.com, 99c Kindle version). 2017 Nebula award nominee (short story)“Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad, “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” by Fran Wilde (2017, Uncanny Magazine)“Welcome To Your Authentic Indian Experience™” by Rebecca Roanhorse (Aug. 2017, free at Apex Magazine, $2.99 Kindle magazine issue)Utopia, LOL?” by Jamie Wahls (June 2017, free on Strange Horizons). 2017 Nebula award nominee (short story)“Carnival Nine” by Caroline M. Yoachim, Beneath Ceaseless Skies

ANDRE NORTON AWARD FOR YOUNG ADULT SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY:

(We’re sorry that we haven’t read any of these yet!)

  • Exo by Fonda Lee, Scholastic Press
  • Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren, Tor
  • The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller, HarperCollins
  • Want by Cindy Pon, Simon Pulse

Exo (a novel) Kindle Edition by Fonda Lee (Author)Weave a Circle Round: A Novel Kindle Edition by Kari Maaren (Author)The Art of Starving Kindle Edition by Sam J. Miller (Author)Want Kindle Edition by Cindy Pon (Author)

Which stories have you read? Who do you predict will win? Who do you want to win?

Give us your thoughts and predictions in the comments. One random commenter with a USA mailing address will win a book from our stacks.

Good luck to all the finalists!


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KELLY LASITER, with us since July 2008, is a mild-mannered academic administrative assistant by day, but at night she rules over a private empire of tottering bookshelves. Kelly is most fond of fantasy set in a historical setting (a la Jo Graham) or in a setting that echoes a real historical period (a la George RR Martin and Jacqueline Carey). She also enjoys urban fantasy and its close cousin, paranormal romance, though she believes these subgenres’ recent burst in popularity has resulted in an excess of dreck. She is a sucker for pretty prose (she majored in English, after all) and mythological themes.

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11 comments

  1. mary henaghen /

    My thought is I need to get some magazines!!! I have not read any of these, I use audiobooks exclusively because of a vision problem, and magazines as audio is tough, but I need to find a way, because these sound fascinating!!

    • Mary, some of the magazines have podcasts you can listen to. I use the Pocketcast app to listen to Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Nightmare. Uncanny has a podcast but I’m not sure if they read their stories.

  2. Noneofyourbusiness /

    “Fandom for Robots: I like metatexual discussions of fandom and fiction, and nonhuman perspectives having human culture explained to them.

  3. I read Want by Cindy Pon last year and I absolutely loved it! It’s one of my favorite YA books. I believe it’s going to win its category. And I’m really interested in reading A Human Stain & Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand!

  4. John Smith /

    “Welcome To Your Authentic Indian Experience™” has a great title, and sounds like a very witty story!

  5. The Distinguished Professor /

    It’s good to shine a light on cultural appropriation as in ““Welcome To Your Authentic Indian Experience™”.

  6. Lady Morar /

    I like period work based on real experiences, so “Dirty Old Town” seems up my alley.

  7. I’ve read all of the SS, all but 1 of the novelettes, none of the Norton. I’ve given up thinking I can predict winners, but I do know which I’d vote for.

    SS: Toss-up between Fandom for Robots and Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand

    Novelette: Wind Will Rove, with Dirty Old Town a close second.

    I’m guessing The Art of Starving will win Norton.

  8. Sethia /

    Unfortunately I haven’t read any of these, but I have heard good things about Want by Cindy Pon.

  9. I haven’t read any of these but have heard great things about Want by Cindy Pon! It seemed pretty popular and well-loved. I predict that one.

  10. April /

    I haven’t read any of these, even the YA titles. Although I sort of got disillusioned a bit with YA because there was so much love triangle stuff and overly hormonal drama that it just didn’t appeal to me. Perhaps I’ll check these out since they’ve been nominated.

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