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Friday 2 March 2007

Nebula Awards Final Ballot

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have released the final ballot for this year's Nebula Awards. Winners will be announced at a banquet during Nebula Awards Weekend in New York City, 11-13 May 2007.

  • Farthing, Jo Walton (Tor)
  • From the Files of the Time Rangers, Richard Bowes (Golden Gryphon Press 2005)
  • The Girl in the Glass, Jeffrey Ford (HarperCollins/Dark Alley 2005)
  • The Privilege of the Sword, Ellen Kushner (Bantam Spectra)
  • Seeker, Jack McDevitt (Ace 2005)
  • To Crush the Moon, Wil McCarthy (Bantam Spectra 2005)
  • Burn, James Patrick Kelly (Tachyon Publications 2005)
  • "Inclination", William Shunn (Asimov's Apr/May 2006)
  • "Sanctuary", Michael A. Burstein (Analog Sep 2005)
  • "The Walls of the Universe", Paul Melko (Asimov's Apr/May 2006)
  • "Journey into the Kingdom", M. Rickert (F&SF May 2006)
  • "The Language of Moths", Christopher Barzak (Realms of Fantasy Apr 2005)
  • "Little Faces", Vonda N. McIntyre (Sci Fiction 23 Feb 2005)
  • "Two Hearts", Peter S. Beagle (F&SF Oct/Nov 2005)
  • "Walpurgis Afternoon", Delia Sherman (F&SF Dec 2005)
  • "Echo", Elizabeth Hand (F&SF Oct/Nov 2005)
  • "An End to All Things", Karina Sumner-Smith (Children of Magic DAW Books)
  • "Helen Remembers the Stork Club", Esther M. Friesner (F&SF Oct/Nov 2005)
  • "Henry James, This One's for You", Jack McDevitt (Subterranean #2 2005)
  • "Pip and the Fairies", Theodora Goss (Strange Horizons 3 Oct 2005)
  • "The Woman in Schrödinger’s Wave Equations", Eugene Mirabelli (F&SF Aug 2005)
  • Batman Begins, Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer (Warner Bros.)
  • Battlestar Galactica: "Unfinished Business", Michael Taylor
  • Doctor Who: "The Girl in the Fireplace", Steven Moffat
  • Howl's Moving Castle, Hayao Miyazaki, Cindy Davis Hewitt & Donald H. Hewitt (Studio Ghibli and Walt Disney Pictures; based on the novel by Diana Wynne Jones)
  • Devilish, Maureen Johnson (Penguin/Razorbill)
  • The King of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner (HarperCollins/Greenwillow)
  • Life As We Know It, Susan Beth Pfeffer (Harcourt)
  • Magic or Madness, Justine Larbalestier (Penguin/Razorbill 2005)
  • Midnighters, Book Two: Touching Darkness, Scott Westerfeld (Eos 2005)
  • Peeps, Scott Westerfeld (Penguin/Razorbill 2005)
  • This year's final ballot includes first-time Nebula nominations for Ellen Kushner and Jo Walton (novel), Paul Melko (novella), M. Rickert, Christopher Barzak, Peter S. Beagle, and Delia Sherman (novelette), and Karina Sumner-Smith, Theodora Goss, and Eugene Mirabelli (short story). (The Andre Norton Award, though voted in the same process as the Nebulas, is technically not a Nebula Award, but a separate award also presented by the SFWA.)

    Of nominees this year in the four fiction Nebula categories, only Jeffrey Ford, Vonda N. McIntyre, Elizabeth Hand, and Esther M. Friesner have previously won Nebulas.

    In contrast, Jack McDevitt has been nominated most often for the Nebula Award without ever having won. This year's ballot includes his 12th and 13th nominations. Close behind is James Patrick Kelly, whose nomination this year is his 10th, who has yet to win a Nebula.

    See Nebula Nominees List for a complete list of past nominations and wins, including this year's finalists.

    The Nebula Awards are voted on and presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. They were first presented in 1966 for works published in 1965. Current eligibility rules allow any particular work to accumulate recommendations from SFWA members for 12 months following publication, with all works receiving the minimum number of recommendations by the end of each year placed on a preliminary ballot and voted to determine final ballot nominees. An effect of this system is that some works do not reach the final ballot until the second year following their original publication; thus this year's ballot includes works from 2005 and 2006. (See SFWA's Nebula Rules for details.) In addition, jurists for each category have the option of adding a nominee to those from the preliminary ballot, an option most juries exercise. (This year's preliminary ballot is posted here.)

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