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Subject: Nebula Award 2008
Date Posted: 4/25/2009 5:23 PM ET
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I'm waiting for the 2008 Nebula Award to be announced this evening, from Los Angeles.  (Awards are given for the previous year).   The SFWA site is www.nebulaawards.org, and I expect to see it announced there.  Nominees for best novel are listed below.  They all sound pretty interesting; I may just have to rush out tomorrow and buy whichever one wins, if I don't already have it.

-Tom Hl.

  • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
  • Powers by Ursula K. le Guin
  • Cauldron by Jack McDevitt
  • Brasyl by Ian McDonald
  • Making Money by Terry Pratchett
  • Superpowers by David J. Schwartz

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Subject: and the winners are...
Date Posted: 4/26/2009 9:14 AM ET
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Best Novel: Powers by Ursula K. Le Guin
Best Novella: "The Spacetime Pool" by Catherine Asaro
Best Novelette: "Pride and Prometheus" by John Kessel
Best Short Story: "Trophy Wives" by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Script: WALL-E Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter

Andre Norton Award: How a Girl of Spirit Gambles All to Expand Her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa from a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room) by Ysabeau S. Wilce

Solstice Award: Kate Wilhelm, A.J. Budrys and Martin H. Greenberg.

SFWA Service Award: Victoria Strauss

Bradbury Award: Joss Whedon

Grand Master Award: Harry Harrison

Author Emerita: M.J. Engh

Date Posted: 4/26/2009 12:06 PM ET
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Tom you beat me to it :-) But here's some other details ...


Novel - Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin (Joe Haldeman presented)


Novelette - “Pride and Prometheus” - John Kessel (David Gerrold presented. John won a Nebula 26 years ago and said he "suspects that might be the longest stretch between wins. Expects to pick up his third in another 26 years.")


Script - “WALL-E”(Wil Wheaton presented - he said ""Every successful person I know read books. Every successful and interesting person I know read Science Fiction and Fantasy.")


A.J. Budrys — Solstice Award (Tim Powers accepted)


Joss Whedon accepted by video – it can be found at www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJdmWKI1wPU  The award statue is an astronaut – the astronaut’s helmet is a IBM selectric typeball!


Kate Wilhelm — Solstice Award (Joe Haldeman accepted)


Harry Harrison's talk was like a Who's Who of SFWA history.



The toastmistress Janis Ian, got a standing ovation when she filked her own song “Seventeen” with new lyrics about the SF and fantasy stories that influenced her as young woman. Lyrics included “Who dreams of positronic men?” and “Who dreams the dreams of kids like me?”.


Chuck Lorre, who wrote “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, was the keynote speaker. He said he started reading SF when his sister's boyfriend gave him a copy of Ray Bradbury's "Martian Chronicles" in order to get him out of the way.


The night’s major snafu – SFSignal released the full list of winners a full hour before the awards ceremony was over, and pulled down the web page about 5 minutes later.