Who says science fiction and fantasy is for guys? The 2012 Nebula Awards have been announced. In the category of novels, there are six nominees, and four of them are women. Yeah, we rock.
- Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (DAW; Gollancz ’13)
- Ironskin, Tina Connolly (Tor)
- The Killing Moon, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
- The Drowning Girl, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Roc)
- Glamour in Glass, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
- 2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
If there's anyone left who thinks that to enjoy, or create, science fiction and fantasy you have to be equipped with a penis, the 2012 Nebula Awards should help convince them otherwise.
The Nebula Award is one of Science Fiction/Fantasy's most prestigious awards. Just like ever other award, there's always a lot of complaining about what did and didn't make the list, but I'm thrilled to see such a large representation of women writers. Not only are four of the six nominees in the category “Novel” women, but as far as I can tell without having read them all, at least two of the books have strong romance elements. Ironskin, by Tina Connolly, is a fantasy re-telling of Jane Eyre. Glamour in Glass, by Mary Robinette Kowal, is a fantasy in which people in the Regency Era are able to create art and various magical effects by mastering the art of glamour.
Incidentally, romance favorite Catherine Asaro's novelette “The Pyre of a New Day” (from The Mammoth Book of SF Wars) is nominated under “Novelette”. It's nice to see a little romance in the sci-fi world although I can think of so many 2012 releases that deserved to be noticed.
I should clarify that this award is given to the best novel, novella, short story, or “dramatic presentation” that has been published in 2012, and the award is given out in 2013. At the same time, the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy is given out. Since the late 1990's, female authors have been represented almost as often as male authors but until then women were few and far between. That hasn't stopped Ursula K. LeGuin from winning the most awards of any single author, since the award's beginning. Go, Ursula!
I'd like to nominate Rivited, by Meljean Brooks. What do you think? What would you like to nominate for the 2012 Nebula Awards?