2020 Nebula Awards Ballot

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have released the final ballot for the 2020 Nebula Awards.

Novel

Novella

  • “Tower of Mud and Straw”Yaroslav Barsukov (Metaphorosis 9/25/20)
  • Finna, Nino Cipri (Tordotcom)
  • Ring Shout, P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom)
  • “Ife-Iyoku, the Tale of Imadeyunuagbon”, Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald (Dominion)
  • The Four Profound Weaves, R.B. Lemberg (Tachyon)
  • Riot Baby, Tochi Onyebuchi (Tordotcom)

Novelette

  • “Stepsister”, Leah Cypess (F&SF 5-6/20)
  • “The Pill”, Meg Elison (Big Girl)
  • “Burn or the Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super”, A.T. Greenblatt (Uncanny 05-06/20)
  • “Two Truths and a Lie”, Sarah Pinsker (Tor.com 6/17/20)
  • “Where You Linger”, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (Uncanny 1-2/20)
  • “Shadow Prisons”, Caroline M. Yoachim (serialized in the Dystopian Triptych series as “The Shadow Prison Experiment”, “Shadow Prisons of the Mind”, “The Shadow Prisoner’s Dilemma”)

Short Story

  • “Badass Moms in the Zombie Apocalypse”, Rae Carson (Uncanny 1-2/20)
  • “Advanced Word Problems in Portal Math”, Aimee Picchi (Daily Science Fiction 1/3/20)
  • “A Guide for Working Breeds”, Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Made to Order)
  • “The Eight-Thousanders”, Jason Sanford (Asimov’s 9/10-20)
  • “My Country Is a Ghost”, Eugenia Triantafyllou (Uncanny 1-2/20)
  • “Open House on Haunted Hill”, John Wiswell (Diabolical Plots 6/15/20)

Game Writing

  • Blaseball, Stephen Bell, Joel Clark & Sam Rosenthal (The Game Band)
  • Hades, Greg Kasavin (Supergiant)
  • Kentucky Route Zero, Jake Elliott (Cardboard Computer)
  • The Luminous Underground, Phoebe Barton (Choice of Games)
  • Scents & Semiosis, Sam Kabo Ashwell, Cat Manning, Caleb Wilson & Yoon Ha Lee (Self)
  • Spiritfarer, Nicolas Guérin, Maxime Monast & Alex Tommi-Morin (Thunder Lotus)

Ray Bradbury Award

  • Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
  • The Expanse: “Gaugamela”
  • The Good Place: “Whenever You’re Ready”
  • Lovecraft Country, Season 1
  • The Mandalorian: “The Tragedy”
  • The Old Guard

Andre Norton Award

Winners will be announced at the 56th Annual Nebula Banquet during the Nebula Awards Weekend, to be held as an online event June 4-6, 2021.


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2 thoughts on “2020 Nebula Awards Ballot

  • March 17, 2021 at 5:26 am
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    Sadly, The Ministry for the Future, which is probably the main novel of the last year (in so many levels, I find it hard to count them: ecology, 1st-3rd world relations, liberalism…), is missing. 🙁
    I find it also very interesting on literary level – the story naration breaks with the conventional tradition and occasionally reads almost like a philosophical non-fiction. I like this writing style and I was hoping the The Ministry will make it more widely acceptable.

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  • March 23, 2021 at 9:24 pm
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    I am in complete agreement. Whether (or not) it is a sign of the apocalypse, it is certainly a glaring
    example of the changes in SF. Fantasy rules as hard SF, space opera, etc., diminish. And you have
    probably noticed that all of the nominated authors are female. I really don’t mean this observation
    critically, but it is interesting. The Ministry for the Future is the latest ‘victim’ of these changing times.
    It should win the Nebula; instead, it isn’t even nominated.

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