Sunday, February 21, 2016

2016 NEBULA AWARDS: Nominations Announced!

The nominations for the 2016 Nebula Award have been announced on Saturday. The most important category is Best Novel, and here are the nominees:

  • Raising Caine, Charles E. Gannon (Baen) 

  • The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK) 

  • Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK) 

  • The Grace of Kings, Ken Liu (Saga) 

  • Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Del Rey) 

  • Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard, Lawrence M. Schoen (Tor) 

  • Updraft, Fran Wilde (Tor)
This list was predicted two days ago by the Chaos Horizons blog. Of these books, I have read Ancillary Mercy and The Fifth Season (and enjoyed them both). I have also read the first two books of Charles Gannon's Terran Republic trilogy and thought they were okay. However, it is very impressive that all three books in the trilogy have now been nominated for the Nebula award (has that happened before?). The two previous books in the series are Fire with Fire which lost to Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice in 2014 and Trial by Fire which lost to Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation in 2015.

I am looking forward to reading Updraft (which is a debut novel and is also nominated in the Young Adult category) as well as Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard.

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