Nebula Award Nominees Announced

The Nebula Awards are the most prestigious honors for fantasy and science fiction, and are voted on by members of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. On February 21, the nominees were announced. Read them all by June 7 when the winner is revealed! Below are the Nebula nominees for novel:

 

The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison

The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an 'accident,' he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir. He has no friends, no advisers, and the sure knowledge that whoever assassinated his father and brothers could make an attempt on his life at any moment. All the while, he is alone, and trying to find even a single friend--and hoping for the possibility of romance, yet also vigilant against the unseen enemies that threaten him, lest he lose his throne--or his life.

Trial by Fire, Charles E Gannon

When interstellar diplomat and intelligence operative Caine Riordan returns from humanity's first encounter with aliens, war erupts. With Earth's fleet shattered by a sneak attack and its survivors fighting for their lives, Caine must rely upon both his first contact and weaponry skills to contend with alien enemy but finds all is not as it seems. What if something even worse is on the way? It could be that Earth's attacker's harrowing memories of a long-past war makes them willing to do anything to keep it from starting over again--even if that means exterminating the human race.

 

Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie

What if you once had thousands of bodies and near god-like technology at your disposal? And what if all of it were ripped away? The Lord of the Radch has given Breq command of the ship Mercy of Kalr and sent her to the only place she would have agreed to go--to Athoek Station, where Lieutenant Awn's sister works in Horticulture. Athoek was annexed some six hundred years ago, and by now everyone is fully civilized--or should be. But everything is not as tranquil as it appears. Old divisions are still troublesome, Athoek Station's AI is unhappy with the situation, and it looks like the alien Presger might have taken an interest in what's going on. With no guarantees that interest is benevolent.

The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu

Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. 

 

 

Coming Home, Jack McDevitt

An antiquities dealer travels to Earth to search for an artifact of the early space age and to search for an interstellar transport that vanished 11 years prior.

 

 

 

 

Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer

Area X has claimed the lives of members of eleven expeditions. The twelfth expedition consisting of four women hopes to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself. The first book in the Southern Reach trilogy.