Official announcement & opening remarks.
I'd written this post sometime back, hoping to actually read some of the stories - so I can fill in their descriptions before posting. But going by my experience reading this year's novelette & short story nominees, I'm not feeling inclined. Posting this anyway for download links, in case someone wants to give them a try.
PS: I'd actually began reading Kress' story quite sometime back. Have read only a few initial pages - something about terrorism.
Nominees (6 stories, best first, unread last).If I have a separate post on a story, link on story title goes there. For read stories, my rating (ABC: A = worth the time, C = don't bother) is in brackets. Links on author or publisher fetch more fiction from source.
- Carolyn Ives Gilman's "Arkfall" (A); download or read online; F&SF, September 2008: Adventure in an exotic waterworld.
Added to my "best of the year 2008" list.
Note the official SFWA list wrongly labels it as first published in September 2009; it's 2008.
- [winner] Kage Baker's "The Women of Nell Gwynne's"; Subterranean Press, June 2009: Not read.
- Nancy Kress' "Act One"; download; Asimov's, March 2009: Not read.
- James Morrow's "Shambling Towards Hiroshima"; Tachyon, February 2009: Not read.
- Jason Sanford's "Sublimation Angels"; download; Interzone, October 2009: Not read.
Interzone? Is any work published by an SFWA member anywhere in the world eligible? I used to think Nebulas were for work published in the US.
- John Scalzi's "The God Engines"; Subterranean Press, December 2009: Not read.
- Other short fiction categories in this year's Nebula awards: short stories, novelettes.
- Last year's Nebula awards: short stories, novelettes, novellas.
- Competing awards that recognize "best" fiction originally published in 2009: Aurialis (Australian authors), BSFA (fiction published in UK), Million Writers (global, online short fiction).
Note the scope of Nebulas is 1.5 years - later half of 2008 & all of 2009. All other awards only care about 2009.
- Anthologies that collect "best fiction originally published during 2009": Dozois', Hartwell/Cramer's, Horton's, Strahan's.
- My "best fiction originally published during 2009, 2010" lists (also list others' best of relevant year lists at bottom).
- "Best of" lists.
- Fiction originally published in 2008/2009, during 2000s.