Monday, May 16, 2016

Nebula Award Winners: Books & Magazines

Yesterday, Winners of the 2015 Nebula Awards, the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation were announced by Science Fiction Writers of America. A list that includes a complete list of all the nominees, as well as the winners, may be found at their website. Congratulations to all!

Following is the list of the winners. And, for those interested, I've included a summary of the books and a link to the magazines where both the Novelette and Short Story may be found (single issues are available for purchase):

NOVEL:
Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Del Rey)


Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.
NOVELLA:
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com)


Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.

Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti's stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.

If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself ― but first she has to make it there, alive.

NOVELETTE:
‘‘Our Lady of the Open Road’’ by Sarah Pinsker

This novelette is 105 pages long. Click on the title above and you may read "Our Lady of the Open Road," free, online, at Asimov's Magazine's website. The link should take you directly to the story.

Additionally, for your convenience, here is a link to Asimov's 2015 Reader's Awards Finalists List which provides links to each individual short story, novella, and novelette that has either won or has been nominated for an award. All are free online reads.

If, on the other hand, you would prefer to purchase the single June 2015 issue of Asimov's Magazine, where this novelette first appears, please follow this link.


SHORT STORY:
‘‘Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers’’ by Alyssa Wong (Nightmare Magazine 10/15)

This short story may be read online at the Nightmare Magazine. Just click on the title above to read "Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers."

However, if you would prefer to purchase the single October 2015 issue of Nightmare Magazine, please follow this link. As an interesting aside: This was a special issue. Here is a description that explains it all:

NIGHTMARE is an online horror and dark fantasy magazine. In NIGHTMARE's pages, you will find all kinds of horror fiction, from zombie stories and haunted house tales, to visceral psychological horror. Funded as a stretch goal of our sister-magazine LIGHTSPEED’s Queers Destroy Science Fiction! Kickstarter campaign, this month we’re presenting a special issue of NIGHTMARE called Queers Destroy Horror!: an all-horror extravaganza entirely written—and edited!—by queer creators.

ANDRE NORTON AWARD FOR YOUNG ADULT SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY:
Updraft by Fran Wilde (Tor)


Welcome to a world of wind and bone, songs and silence, betrayal and courage.

Kirit Densira cannot wait to pass her wingtest and begin flying as a trader by her mother's side, being in service to her beloved home tower and exploring the skies beyond. When Kirit inadvertently breaks Tower Law, the city's secretive governing body, the Singers, demand that she become one of them instead. In an attempt to save her family from greater censure, Kirit must give up her dreams to throw herself into the dangerous training at the Spire, the tallest, most forbidding tower, deep at the heart of the City.

As she grows in knowledge and power, she starts to uncover the depths of Spire secrets. Kirit begins to doubt her world and its unassailable Laws, setting in motion a chain of events that will lead to a haunting choice, and may well change the city forever-if it isn't destroyed outright.
RAY BRADBURY AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING DRAMATIC PRESENTATION
Mad Max: Fury Road, Written by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nick Lathouris

What a movie!! Excellent special effects, but explosive is the best way to describe it.

Available on DVD.



2 comments:

  1. Yay for Uprooted and Namoi Novik!! I really seem to be in the minority, not being hooked in by Uprooted. Going to have to give it another try soon.

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  2. You should definitely give it a go and finish it, Nath. I loved Uprooted!

    Binti is also an excellent novella. I read it in January of this year and started a review, but sigh…

    From this list, I will definitely read the novelette and the short story. I'm not sure about the YA. I'm trying to keep my reading goals on the realistic side at the moment.

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