On Saturday May 18th, The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced the 2018 Nebula Awards winners during the 53rd Annual Nebula Banquet. You can see the list of winners—and download their award-winning titles—below!
The Calculating Stars
Mary Robinette Kowal's 'lady astronaut' novel has now added a Nebula Award for Best Novel to its already-impressive list of accolades. The alternate history story follows Elma York, a pilot determined to become the first Lady Astronaut after a cataclysmic asteroid decimates the East Coast and makes space travel an urgent necessity for survival.
The Tea Master and the Detective
A sci-fi mystery set in the richly-imagined Xuya galaxy, this novella follows a sentient retired military ship, The Shadow's Child, as she investigates the story behind a murdered corpse—and realizes that the finger of guilt may point towards her mysterious passenger, scholar Long Chau.
The Only Harmless Great Thing
Another powerful alternate history, Brooke Bolander's The Only Harmless Great Thing explores an imagined connection between the Radium Girls — female factory workers in New Jersey who died of radium poisoning contracted at their job painting watch dials — and Topsy the elephant, who was intentionally electrocuted to death on Coney Island in 1903. A heartbreaking story that spans time and species, this novella is not to be missed.
Short Story: “The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington”
This short story by P. Djèlí Clark was first published in Fireside Fiction, and follows the lives of nine different slaves whose teeth were pulled to produce dentures for George Washington.
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
Netflix's choose-your-own-adventure Black Mirror movie took home the 2018 Nebula for Game Writing. The interactive film chronicles a programmer's troubled attempts to adapt an infamous choose-your-own-adventure novel into a video game.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse can now officially add the Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation to its list of awards — which already included the 2018 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The movie follows newly-bitten Spider-Man Miles Morales as he adapts to following in Peter Parker's footsteps. Along the way, he meets spider-heroes from multiple other dimensions, including Spider-Gwen, Spider-Woman, Spider-Pig, and many more.
Andre Norton Award
Children of Blood and Bone
The first book in Tomi Adeyemi's Legends of Orïsha series took home The Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. The high-stakes fantasy centers around Zélie Adebola. Zélie's mother — a Reaper capable of speaking with the dead — was killed by the same monarchy that has banished magic from the land. Now, Zélie has a chance to come to terms with her own power, and to take down the brutal rulers who have destroyed the land and people she loves.
[via Locus Magazine]