Friday, June 6, 2014

Nebula Award Winners - 2013

The 2013 Nebula Award winners have been announced. The books are voted on by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Amongst this year's winners are:

Best Novel
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
" On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was the Justice of Toren--a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body. And only one purpose--to revenge herself on Anaander Mianaai, many-bodied, near-immortal Lord of the Radch." publisher

Andre Norton Award for Young Science Fiction and Fantasy
Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson
"Now adults, Makeda and Abby still share their childhood home. The surgery to separate the two girls gave Abby a permanent limp, but left Makeda with what feels like an even worse deformity: no mojo. The daughters of a celestial demigod and a human woman, Makeda and Abby were raised by their magical father, the god of growing things--a highly unusual childhood that made them extremely close. In Cheerful Rest, a run-down warehouse space, Makeda finds exactly what she's been looking for: an opportunity to live apart from Abby and begin building her own independent life. There's even a resident band, led by the charismatic (and attractive) building superintendent. But when her father goes missing, Makeda will have to discover her own talent--and reconcile with Abby--if she's to have a hope of saving him . . ." publisher

Damon Knight Grand Master Award
Samuel R. Delany
Science Fiction and Fantasy author Samuel R. Delany has been bestowed with the prestigious Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master designation by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, as part of the 2013 Nebula Awards.

Delany was born in 1942 in New York and published his first novel at the tender age of 20. He has continued to publish steadily for 6 decades writing novels, literary criticism, memoirs, short stories and more. Most recently he wrote Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders.

"In 2007, days before his seventeenth birthday, Eric Jeffers’ stepfather brings him to live with his mother, who works as a waitress in the foundering tourist town of Diamond Harbor on the Georgia coast. In the local truck stop restroom, on his first day, Eric meets nineteen-year-old Morgan Haskell, as well as half a dozen other gay men who live and work in the area. The boys become a couple, and for the next twenty years labor as garbage men along the coast, sharing their lives and their lovers, learning to negotiate a committed open relationship. For a decade they manage a rural movie theater that shows pornographic films and encourages gay activity among the audience. Finally, they become handymen for a burgeoning lesbian art colony on nearby Gillead Island, as America moves twenty years, forty years, sixty years into a future fascinating, glorious, and—sometimes—terrifying." publisher

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