2019 Nebula Award Winners

Today is 31.5.2020 and the Nebula Awards winners have been announced.

Here, I’ll summarize the Winners, give my favorites a chance, and present my reviews for the finalists.

Winners Roundup

 

  • Best Short Story: ★★★★☆ • Give the Family My Love 2019 SF short story by A.T. Greenblatt review
  • Best Novelette: ☆☆☆☆☆ (Horror, didn’t read) • Carpe Glitter, Cat Rambo (Meerkat Shorts)
  • Best Novella: ☆☆☆☆☆ (DNF at around 50%) • This Is How You Lose the Time War • 2019 Time travel novella by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone also Hugo finalist review
  • Best Novel: A Song for a New Day, Sarah Pinsker (Berkley)

Congratulations to the winners.

The short story winner from Greenblatt was my favorite. The other categories not so much: Novelette is a horror story, which I try to avoid. The novella from El-Mohtar and Gladstone didn’t work out for me, though I can understand why others falled for the literary experiment. I didn’t read any of the novels, and Pinsker’s didn’t grab my attention at all. I guess, I have to accept that I have a different taste in many cases.

My Favorites

Though coming in late starting May 1st, I’ve made my way through the categories Short Story, Novelette, and Novella (last year’s been a reading slump for me due to working far to much, and I didn’t read any of those novels). You’ll find details below, but here are my favorites:

  • Short story: Give the Family My Love 2019 SF short story by A.T. Greenblatt review
  • Novelette: For He Can Creep • 2019 Fairy tale novelette by Siobhan Carroll also Hugo finalist review
  • Novella: Yes, there are two, and my bets are on Ted Chiang.
    • The Haunting of Tram Car 015 • 2019 Urban Fantasy novella by P. Djèlí Clark • also Hugo finalist review
    • Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom • 2019 • Near Future SF novella by Ted Chiang • also Hugo finalist review

The novella category was especially satisfying with great stories. The other categories not so much – I liked half of the finalists but none came out as a five star work.

Disclaimer: I hate horror fiction and try to avoid it. When I quick scan a story and find out that it is in that genre, I skip it all the time.

Finalists Reviews

All the nominees from short to long (links in the title lead to online versions):

Nominees for Best Short Story

There was no five star story this year, but my favorite is Greenblatt’s story “Give the Family My Love” – I liked the SF library idea and the protagonist’s voice. The other finalists didn’t work so well for me, and especially the double finalist from Sen “Ten Excerpts…” is not award worthy in my opinion.

Nominees for Best Novelette

Two stories in the novelette category were described as horror which I skipped. I’d like to see the cute cat story “For He Can Creep” win the award.

Nominees for Best Novella

Three 5-star novellas are competing for the throne, and I cannot say which I’d like more – the funny and intriguing “Haunting of Tram Car 015”, the philosophical “Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom”, or the haunting “The Deep”. In the end, Chiang will win the race, of course. Only the “Time-War” novella was a disappointing desaster.

  • ★★★★★ • The Haunting of Tram Car 015 • 2019 Urban Fantasy novella by P. Djèlí Clark • also Hugo finalist review
  • ★★★★★ • Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom • 2019 • Near Future SF novella by Ted Chiang • also Hugo finalist review
  • ★★★★★ • The Deep • 2019 • Fantasy novella by Rivers Solomon • also Hugo finalist review
  • ★★★☆☆ • Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water 2019 • SF novella by Vylar Kaftan • review
  • ☆☆☆☆☆ (DNF at around 50%) • This Is How You Lose the Time War • 2019 Time travel novella by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone also Hugo finalist review
  • ☆☆☆☆☆ (Horror, didn’t read) “Catfish Lullaby” by A.C. Wise

Novel

I didn’t manage to read any of those, mostly because last year I had a reading slump. Anyway, here they are:

  • Marque of Caine, Charles E. Gannon (Baen)
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Alix E. Harrow (Redhook; Orbit UK), also Hugo
  • A Memory Called Empire, Arkady Martine (Tor), also Hugo
  • Gods of Jade and Shadow, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey; Jo Fletcher)
  • Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com Publishing), also Hugo
  • A Song for a New Day, Sarah Pinsker (Berkley)
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3 Responses to 2019 Nebula Award Winners

  1. Wakizashi says:

    I’ve only read The Haunting of Tram Car 015 from the nominees. I really liked it, too. Good solid characters and an intriguing setting. I want to read more set in this world and hope Clark revisits it.

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