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May 20, 2012

Nebula Awards 2011
Posted by Patrick at 08:54 AM * 42 comments

Announced last night. Congratulations to all. Of course we’re over the moon about Jo’s novel winning. Kudos as well to SFWA president John Scalzi, toastmaster Walter Jon Williams, and the rest of the SFWA apparat for a well-run awards evening. (Although I definitely saw Scalzi undergo a full-body flinch reaction when WJW, at the podium, referred to him as “SFWA President-for-Life.”)

Among Others by Jo Walton (Tor)

“The Man Who Bridged the Mist” by Kij Johnson (Asimov’s, October/November 2011)

“What We Found,” by Geoff Ryman (F&SF, September/October 2011)

Short Story
“The Paper Menagerie,” by Ken Liu (F&SF, March/April 2011)

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation
Doctor Who: “The Doctor’s Wife,” by Neil Gaiman (writer), Richard Clark (director) (BBC Wales)

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult SF and Fantasy Book
The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman (Big Mouth House)

Damon Knight Grand Master Award
Connie Willis

Solstice Award
Octavia Butler (posthumous) and John Clute

Service to SFWA Award
Bud Webster

Above: Jo Walton, Delia Sherman, Neil Gaiman, Geoff Ryman. Blurry figure of Liza Trombi in the background, herding cats winners to be photographed.

Above, seated: Jo Walton, Bud Webster, Cynthia Felice (for Octavia Butler), Connie Willis, John Kessel (for Kij Johnson); standing: Delia Sherman, Geoff Ryman, Neil Gaiman, Joe Haldeman (for John Clute), Jamie Todd Rubin (for Ken Liu).

Comments on Nebula Awards 2011:
#1 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2012, 09:14 AM:

Congratulations to all of the winners! But I must be allowed a little partiality when I say:

Woohoo! Yay Jo! Well done!

OK, I'll sit down now.

#2 ::: Paul (@princejvstin) ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2012, 09:25 AM:

Congratulations to all the winners. :)

#3 ::: Vicki ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2012, 09:40 AM:

Those are great photos.

Congratulations, all.

#4 ::: Kip W ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2012, 09:44 AM:

Congrats to Jo and Bud for being so nebulous!

#5 ::: Serge Broom ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2012, 09:53 AM:

Felicitations to all!
Remember to vote for the Hugos, folks!
It matters to the writers.
(I've seen some crying, behind the curtains.)

#6 ::: Bruce E. Durocher II ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2012, 10:06 AM:

Jo said it was unexpected on her LJ so I agreed to be polite, but I have never been more certain of a winner. It was beautifully written, it had a passionate love of books, and the voters were all professional writers. If I'd had a penny to my name I'd have gone looking for a place to bet.

#7 ::: elise ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2012, 11:05 AM:

Bruce @6: Yes indeed: it spoke strongly to the readers'hearts within the writers, those hearts being part of why they became writers. In that sense, it reminded me a little of when Dar Williams' song "Are You Out There?" hit the charts; the DJs who played it could remember being that kid out there in the dark, listening. Like the song said, "And though the static walls surround me / You were out there and you found me / I was out here listening all the time." Dar was surprised when she cracked the charts too. I was doing a phone interview with her on the morning it happened, and asked her how it felt to have cracked the charts, and she said, "Oh! THAT'S why my agent is trying to call me!" and we laughed.

"I was out here listening all the time
And I will write this down
And then I will not be alone again."


Well done, Jo.

#8 ::: Jim Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2012, 11:41 AM:

Well done, all!

#9 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2012, 11:41 AM:

Oh, wow!

Congratulations to all.

#10 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2012, 12:14 PM:

Peripherally, I find the "blurry figure of Liza Trombi in the background" vividly evocative. Some things, like the ways we hold our hands when we're herding cats, just never do change.

#11 ::: Velma ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2012, 12:23 PM:

Oh, excellent! Congratulations, all!

#12 ::: Madeleine Robins ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2012, 12:37 PM:

This year it was particularly hard to keep my mouth shut about the winners, because I was so delighted--particularly about Jo, but also about Kij and Geoff. Yay yay yay!

#13 ::: Xopher HalfTongue ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2012, 01:40 PM:

Congratulations to all the winners, but especially to Jo.

#14 ::: Xopher HalfTongue ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2012, 01:55 PM:

Oh, and Delia! The Freedom Maze is a great book!

#15 ::: Lizzy L ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2012, 02:14 PM:

What Abi said.

#16 ::: Emily H. ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2012, 03:14 PM:

I am very pleased at this outcome.

"The Man Who Bridged The Mist" is a splendid story. It's a story about craftsmanship, and devotion, and foreignness, and love. I'm delighted about Among Others, but many more people than me have sung its praises. "The Man Who Bridged The Mist" is a delight and a surprise.

#17 ::: janetl ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2012, 04:30 PM:

I haven't read "The Man Who Bridged the Mist", but will shortly, as I just go the Hugo voter reading package. I have read "Among Others" and loved it fiercely, so I'm delighted and not at all surprised that it won. I'd love to see a video or transcript of Jo Walton's acceptance speech.

#18 ::: Niall McAuley ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2012, 05:29 PM:

Congrats to the winners!

Especially Jo, who I remember from rec.arts.sf.somethingorother, which I now understand some people were pronouncing with the dots spoken thus: "dot", which I did not know in the 90s; I just assumed the dots were punctuation and not pronounced, as apposed to telegram speak.

Meanwhile, a nice new edition of "The Star Beast" just arrived in the post for my son, and I feel old. Happy, but old.

#19 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2012, 06:51 PM:

The audience erupted when Jo won the Nebula. It was beautiful.

#20 ::: Erik Nelson ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2012, 06:58 PM:

If you won a nebula, it would be hard to store in your house. Some nebulae are light-years across in size.

#21 ::: Victoria ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2012, 07:56 PM:

Congratulations to all!

#22 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2012, 08:27 PM:

Erik Nelson #20: The outlook for that pronouncement is rather cloudy.

#23 ::: Lee ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2012, 09:21 PM:

Mention of the Hugo voting package caused me to look for it. This, in turn, caused me to realize that I do not have a Chicon 7 membership, not having gone to Montreal and having no intent of attending. A supporting membership right now is $50. I am debating whether it's worth $50 to me to get the nominees I want to read (pluses: Among Others, Digger, and several others; minuses: friggin' zombie books) in e-book format on my brand-new iPad. I'm leaning yes, but will sleep on it before committing.

#24 ::: janetl ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2012, 09:56 PM:

Lee @ 23: In making up your mind, you should know that the ebooks provided in the Hugo reading packet are not all of the best quality. Some publishers only provided PDFs. I've just read two novellas so far, both from Asimov's and both epubs, and one was formatted perfectly, and the other had the header and footer text (Asimovs, story title, page number) interleaved into the text.

BTW, the "frigging zombie book" Deadline is quite good. It is a sequel, though, and you're unlikely to want to go out and buy the first one -- though now that you have an iPad you can revel in downloading free samples. I love being able to do that!

#25 ::: janetl has been gnomed ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2012, 09:57 PM:

Gosh, you do suppose "frigging zombies" is a Word of Power? I guess I'm about to find out!

["Frigging zombies" is not a Word of Power. "Free Samples," on the other hand.... -- Junius Melichoin, Duty Gnome]

#26 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2012, 11:19 PM:

Congratulations to all!

I've been waiting for quite some time for a copy of Among Others to become available at the library. I feel dismayed when there are fifteen holds on a book . . . what if it becomes available when I'm on vacation?

Might just have to spring for a copy!

#27 ::: Tom Whitmore ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2012, 11:30 PM:

Jo's acceptance speech must be somewhere. She started it "To quote Neil Gaiman, 'Fuck!'" (pause for much audience laughter) "I won a Nebula!" and went on in like high fashion.

#28 ::: Neil in Chicago ::: (view all by) ::: May 21, 2012, 12:31 AM:

hot damn!
Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of people.

#29 ::: Bruce Cohen (Speaker to Managers) ::: (view all by) ::: May 21, 2012, 01:17 AM:

Congratulations to all.

Stefan Jones @ 26:

If that's the Multnomah County Library you can freeze a hold request while you're on vacation or otherwise unavailable, and then start it up again when you get back without having to go to the end of the queue.

#30 ::: Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: May 21, 2012, 04:20 AM:

Actual best line from Jo's Nebula acceptance: "I would like to thank my mother for being such an evil person, because it was such a useful experience for writing fantasy."

#31 ::: Jo Walton ::: (view all by) ::: May 21, 2012, 06:51 AM:

You know how they used to caption photos "sharing a joke"? That's so totally a photo of me saying something funny to Delia and Geoff.

Thank you everybody. I am very excited to have won, and the Nebula is so pretty. The light years across issue isn't a problem, by the way, that version of it stays up in the sky where it fits and they give you a little replica to take home.

#32 ::: Serge Broom ::: (view all by) ::: May 21, 2012, 07:58 AM:

Patrick @ 30... It was that autobiographical, eh? :-)

#33 ::: Charlie Stross ::: (view all by) ::: May 21, 2012, 08:46 AM:

Congratulations to all the winners! (Obviously.) I'm a lot happier with this year's shortlist and outcome than I was with some of the previous Nebula shortlists; "Among Others" in particular is a masterpiece that totally deserved it.

(My one cause for concern is that a certain Mr Petit is waxing curmudgeonly about the Nebula process, and his concerns include a point that I agree with: that Nebula nominations close way too early, at the end of the February after the year in question; the whole process could do with a couple of extra months for nominations, and more time for voters to read the nominated shortlist as well. Yes, I know nominations are open for a whole year; but the system used to be -- and to some extent still is -- biased against books published in November/December. Would Jo have received enough nominations to make the shortlist if "Among Others" had been published in December rather than January?)

#34 ::: Mary Aileen ::: (view all by) ::: May 21, 2012, 09:08 AM:

Stefan (26)/Bruce (29): A lot of library systems will let you freeze holds while you're away. Talk to your local librarians.

#35 ::: Serge Broom ::: (view all by) ::: May 21, 2012, 10:37 AM:

Reading Jo Walton's book brought back fond memories of my own school-library trips. If I went back to that school, I'd probably realize how small its library was, but it was big for me then, with SF titles not segregated into their own little corner, but shelved like any book. I remember that the librarians there loved me because I was one of their most frequent voluntary visitors and at least once they aimed me in the direction of something SF I might have missed.

#36 ::: Benjamin Wolfe ::: (view all by) ::: May 21, 2012, 11:50 AM:

Congratulations to Jo Walton and all of the other awardees!

...and this should encourage me to get off my rear and get a copy of Among Others. But it might wait until my girlfriend and I are done unpacking.

#37 ::: Clifton ::: (view all by) ::: May 21, 2012, 01:05 PM:

Dear Jo,
Thank you again for making me blissfully happy, and a thank you to all of the other writers who properly rewarded you for it. (I treasure the memory of seeing that novel's genesis on your Livejournal, when someone pleaded "You need to write that story!" and you answered "But there's no story there.")

#38 ::: Bill Higgins-- Beam Jockey ::: (view all by) ::: May 21, 2012, 03:34 PM:

In #37 Clifton, addressing Jo Walton, writes about Among Others:
(I treasure the memory of seeing that novel's genesis on your Livejournal, when someone pleaded "You need to write that story!" and you answered "But there's no story there.")

For the curious:

28 February 2008: The industrial ruins of elfland.

Michelle Sagara, in comments: "There's a book there, Jo, and I selfishly want you to write it."

Jo, pleadingly: "What about?"

29 February 2008: P.S. To last post.

29 February 2008: Thud: Industrial landscape of Elfland. Jo logs writing the first 2011 words.

"From a discussion with Z over dinner about how it would be impossible to write a fictionalised version of my childhood, a way of doing it. [...] This is a lot closer to me than normal. But I think it has enough distance, and enough difference. Eh well. We'll see."

Subsequent entries chronicle the growth of the novel from that seed.

#39 ::: Serge Broom ::: (view all by) ::: May 21, 2012, 03:45 PM:

Bill Higgins @ 38... So, we have Michelle to thank for "Among Others"?

#40 ::: Allan Beatty ::: (view all by) ::: May 21, 2012, 09:25 PM:

I may not be as out of touch with current science fiction as I thought... I've read one of the award winners before the winners were announced. It was the one promoted here on ML, of course.

#41 ::: Cally Soukup ::: (view all by) ::: May 21, 2012, 11:39 PM:

Congratulations to all the Nebula winners and YAY JO!!

(Why yes, I was internet-deprived all day yesterday; why do you ask?)

#42 ::: Serge Broom ::: (view all by) ::: June 16, 2012, 03:58 PM:

I've done my fannish duty and just turned in my Hugo ballot. I'm already preparing my list for next year though.
I wonder if the Short Media category would accept my nomination of "Avengers 1978".

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