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Nebula Award

Honoring the Best in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Considered by many in the literary community to be one of the highest honors in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres, the Nebula Award is presented annually by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Since 1966, the Award has been voted on by members of the organization, which now total above 1500 members, many of them being prolific writers of the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. The Nebula Award was originally conceived by Lloyd Biggle, Jr. as an annual anthology of the best Science Fiction and Fantasy stories published that previous year, but that idea quickly snowballed into a much larger effort to identify and honor the best Science Fiction and Fantasy works published with a lavish awards banquet. Ever since then, the Nebula Awards have been presented to authors in four distinct categories, including Best Novel, Best Novella, Best Novellette, and Best Short Story.

The Bradbury Award and the Norton Award

For a few years between 1992 and 2001, there was also a category for Best Script, but that category became its own separate award called the Bradbury Award in 2009. Author Ray Bradbury is not only remembered for being a prolific Science Fiction novelist, as he was also a gifted screenwriter. Wanting to honor screenwriters for their contribution to the genre, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America began the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation.

In addition to the Bradbury Award, there is also the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy that is presented each year along with the Nebulas. Named in honor of the pen name for Alice Mary Norton, the award was first presented in 2006 to honor Science Fiction and Fantasy novels targeted for middle schoolers and young adults. The first winner of the Norton Award was Holly Black for the novel Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie. Notably, all of the nominees for that first Norton Award were women authors.

The Nebula Anthology

To help fund the Nebula Awards, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have published a yearly anthology of some of the best short stories submitted that year, and that anthology has become an important cornerstone in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre. The first Nebula Award recipient was author Frank Herbert for his famous novel, Dune. Other past winners have included Issac Asimov in 1973 for The Gods Themselves, Orson Scott Card in 1986 for Ender's Game, and Connie Wills in 1993 for Doomsday Book.


Blackout
2011 Winner. Blackout
By Connie Willis
In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds--great and small--of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this a... read more


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2010 Winner. The Windup Girl
By Paolo Bacigalupi
The Windup Girl is a biopunk science fiction novel written by Paolo Bacigalupi and released in September 2009. It was named as the ninth best fiction book of 2009 by TIME magazine, and as the best science fiction book of the year in the Reference and... read more


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Powers
2009 Winner. Powers
By Ursula K Le Guin
Young Gav can remember the page of a book after seeing it once, and, inexplicably, he sometimes “remembers” things that are going to happen in the future. As a loyal slave, he must keep these powers secret, but when a terrible tragedy ... read more


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The Yiddish Policemen's Union
By Michael Chabon

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Seeker
2007 Winner. Seeker
By Jack McDevitt
With Polaris , multiple Nebula Award-nominee Jack McDevitt reacquainted readers with Alex Benedict, his hero from A Talent for War . Alex and his assistant, Chase Kolpath, return to investigate the provenance of the cup. Alex and Chase follow a de... read more


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Camouflage
2006 Winner. Camouflage
By Joe Haldeman
Joe Haldeman is a Vietnam veteran whose classic novels The Forever War and Forever Peace both have the rare honor of winning the Hugo and Nebula Awards. He has served twice as president of the Science Fiction Writers of America and is currently ... read more


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Paladin Of Souls
2005 Winner. Paladin Of Souls
By Lois McMaster Bujold
Paladin of Souls is a 2003 fantasy novel by Lois McMaster Bujold.


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The Speed Of Dark
2004 Winner. The Speed Of Dark
By Elizabeth Moon
The Speed of Dark is a near-future science fiction novel by American author Elizabeth Moon. The story is told from the first person viewpoint of an autistic process analyst. It won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 2003, and was also an Arthur C. Cl... read more


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American Gods
2003 Winner. American Gods
By Neil Gaiman
American Gods is a Hugo and Nebula Awards winning novel by Neil Gaiman. The novel is a blend of Americana, fantasy, and various strands of ancient and modern mythology, all centering on a mysterious and taciturn protagonist, Shadow. It is Gaiman'... read more


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The Quantum Rose
2002 Winner. The Quantum Rose
By Catherine Asaro

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Darwin's Radio
2001 Winner. Darwin's Radio
By Greg Bear
Darwin's Radio is a 1999 science fiction novel by Greg Bear. It won the Nebula Award in 2000 for Best Novel and the 2000 Endeavour Award. It was also nominated for the Hugo Award, Locus and Campbell Awards the same year. It was followed by a sequ... read more


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Darwin's Radio
2000 Winner. Darwin's Radio
By Greg Bear
Darwin's Radio is a 1999 science fiction novel by Greg Bear. It won the Nebula Award in 2000 for Best Novel and the 2000 Endeavour Award. It was also nominated for the Hugo Award, Locus and Campbell Awards the same year. It was followed by a sequ... read more


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Parable Of the Talents
By Octavia Butler

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Forever Peace
1998 Winner. Forever Peace
By Joe Haldeman
Forever Peace is a 1997 science fiction novel by Joe Haldeman. It won the Nebula Award, Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 1998.


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Slow River
1996 Winner. Slow River
By Nicola Griffith
Slow River is British writer Nicola Griffith's second science fiction novel, first published in 1995. It won the Nebula Award for Best Novel and the Lambda Literary Award in 1996.


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By Robert J Sawyer

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Moving Mars - Masterpieces Of Science Fiction
By Greg Bear
Moving Mars is a science fiction novel written by Greg Bear. Published in 1993, it won the 1994 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and was also nominated for the 1994 Hugo, Locus, and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards, each in the same category. The main fo... read more


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Red Mars
1993 Winner. Red Mars
By Kim Stanley Robinson
Red Mars is the first book in the Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson . A joint American-Russian mission sends the first colonial voyage to Mars with 100 colonists with the goal of establishing a permanent settlement. Against the backdrop of power... read more


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Doomsday Book
1992 Winner. Doomsday Book
By Connie Willis
The Domesday Book is the record of the great survey of England completed in 1086, executed for William I of England, or William the Conqueror. While spending the Christmas of 1085 in Gloucester, William "had deep speech with his counsellors and ... read more


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Stations Of the Tide
By Michael Swanwick
Stations of the Tide is a 1991 science fiction novel by American author Michael Swanwick. Prior to being published as a novel, it was serialized in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine in two parts, starting in mid-December 1990. It won the Ne... read more


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Tehanu
1990 Winner. Tehanu
By Ursula K Leguin
Tehanu was the fourth of Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea books. It won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1990, and the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel in 1991.


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Healer's War, The
1989 Winner. Healer's War, The
By Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

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Falling Free
1988 Winner. Falling Free
By Lois McMaster Bujold
The Vorkosigan Saga is a series of science fiction novels and short stories by American author Lois McMaster Bujold. Most of them concern Miles Vorkosigan, a physically disabled aristocrat from the planet Barrayar whose life (from before birth), mili... read more


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The Falling Woman
1987 Winner. The Falling Woman
By Pat Murphy
The Falling Woman is a 1986 science fiction novel by Pat Murphy. It won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1987.


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Cardography
1986 Winner. Cardography
By Orson Scott Card
Cardography (1987) is a short story collection by Orson Scott Card. It contains five stories and an introduction by David Hartwell. All five of these stories were later published in Maps in a Mirror


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Wyrms
1985 Winner. Wyrms
By Orson Scott Card
A wyrm is a European dragon. Other uses of the term include: Wyrm (Tides of Darkness), a malefic entity in the World of Darkness role-playing games Wyrms (novel), a science fiction novel by Orson Scott Card Wyrm, a song on the album Space Eternal Voi... read more


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Neuromancer
1984 Winner. Neuromancer
By William Gibson
Neuromancer is a 1984 novel by William Gibson, notable for being the most famous early cyberpunk novel and winner of the science-fiction "triple crown"—the Nebula Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, and the Hugo Award. It was Gibson's fi... read more


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Startide Rising
1983 Winner. Startide Rising
By David Brin
Startide Rising is a 1983 science fiction novel by David Brin and the second book of six set in his Uplift Universe. It earned both Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Novel. It was revised by the author in 1993 to correct errors and omissions from the o... read more


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No Enemy But Time
1982 Winner. No Enemy But Time
By Michael Bishop
No Enemy But Time is a 1982 science fiction novel by Michael Bishop. It won the 1982 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and was also nominated for the 1983 John W. Campbell Memorial Award. The novel follows the story of a modern black American man who is a... read more


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The Claw Of the Conciliator
By Gene Wolfe
The Claw of the Conciliator is a science fiction novel by Gene Wolfe, first released in 1981. It is the second volume in the four-volume series, The Book of the New Sun.


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Timescape
1980 Winner. Timescape
By Gregory Benford
Timescape is a 1980 novel by science fiction writer Gregory Benford (with unbilled co-author Hilary Foister). It won the 1980 Nebula and British Science Fiction Awards, and the 1981 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.


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Fountains Of Paradise
By Arthur C Clarke
The Fountains of Paradise is a Hugo and Nebula Award winning 1979 novel by Arthur C. Clarke. Set in the 22nd century, it describes the construction of a space elevator. This "orbital tower" is a giant structure rising from the ground and li... read more


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Dreamsnake
1978 Winner. Dreamsnake
By Vonda McIntyre
Dreamsnake is a 1978 science fiction novel written by Vonda McIntyre. Dreamsnake won the 1979 Hugo Award, the 1978 Nebula Award, and the 1979 Locus Award. The novel follows a healer on a journey while she seeks to replace one of her healer snakes. Nu... read more


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Gateway
1977 Winner. Gateway
By Frederik Pohl

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Man Plus
1976 Winner. Man Plus
By Frederik Pohl
Man Plus is a 1976 science fiction novel by Frederik Pohl. It won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1976 and was nominated for the Hugo, Campbell, and Locus Awards in 1977. Pohl teamed up with Thomas T. Thomas to write a sequel, Mars Plus, published... read more


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The Forever War
1975 Winner. The Forever War
By Joe Haldeman
The Forever War is a 1974 science fiction novel by Joe Haldeman. It won the Nebula Award in 1975, and both the Hugo and Locus Awards in 1976. An action-laden and contemplative story of an interstellar war between humanity and the enigmatic Tauran spe... read more


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The Dispossessed
1974 Winner. The Dispossessed
By Ursula K Leguin
The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia is a 1974 utopian science fiction novel by Ursula K. Le Guin, set in the same fictional universe as that of The Left Hand of Darkness. The book won the Nebula Award in 1974, both the Hugo and Locus Awards in 1975... read more


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Rendezvous With Rama
By Arthur C Clarke
Rendezvous with Rama is a novel by Arthur C. Clarke first published in 1972. Set in the 22nd century, the story involves a fifty-kilometer-long cylindrical alien starship that enters Earth's solar system. The story is told from the point of view ... read more


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The Gods Themselves
1972 Winner. The Gods Themselves
By Isaac Asimov
The Gods Themselves is a 1972 science fiction novel written by Isaac Asimov. It won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1972, and the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1973. The book is divided into three main parts, originally published in magazine form a... read more


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Time Of Changes
1971 Winner. Time Of Changes
By Robert Silverberg
A Time of Changes is a 1971 science fiction novel by Robert Silverberg. It won the Nebula Award for that year, and was also nominated for the Hugo and Locus Awards for in 1972.


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Ringworld
1970 Winner. Ringworld
By Larry Niven
Ringworld is a Hugo, Nebula, and Locus award-winning 1970 science fiction novel by Larry Niven, set in his Known Space universe and considered a classic of science fiction literature. It is followed by three sequels, and ties into numerous other book... read more


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The Left Hand Of Darkness
By Ursula K Leguin
The Left Hand of Darkness is a science fiction novel by Ursula K. Le Guin, first published in 1969. The book is one of the first major works of feminist science fiction and is one in a series of books by Le Guin all set in the fictional Hainish unive... read more


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Rite Of Passage
1968 Winner. Rite Of Passage
By Alexei Panshin
Rite of Passage is a science fiction novel by Alexei Panshin. Published in 1968, this novel about a Shipboard teenager's coming of age won that year's Nebula Award. It was also nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1969.


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The Einstein Intersection
By Samuel R Delany
The Einstein Intersection is a 1967 science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. It won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1967 and was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1968. It is sometimes titled A Fabulous, Formless Darkness, the autho... read more


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Flowers For Algernon
By Daniel Keyes
Flowers for Algernon is a science fiction short story and subsequent novel written by Daniel Keyes. The short story, written in 1958 and first published in the April 1959 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, won the Hugo Award ... read more


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Babel-17
1966 Winner. Babel-17
By Samuel R Delany
Babel-17 is a 1966 science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany in which the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis (that language strongly influences thought and perceived reality) plays an important part. It was joint winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1966... read more


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Dune
1965 Winner. Dune
By Frank Herbert
The first in the epic science fiction series of the same name, Dune is set on the desert planet Arrakis, host to "the Spice" - the most important resource in the universe, needed for interplanetary travel and coveted for its effects on longevity and ... read more


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