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Here are the 2019 Nebula Award nominations

Here are the 2019 Nebula Award nominations


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The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced its nominees for the 2018 Nebula Awards, one of the major honors within the science fiction and fantasy field.

The Nebula Awards are an annual award handed out by the SFWA, which honors the best writing in science fiction and fantasy novels, novellas, novelettes, and short stories, as well as film, television, music, and young adult storytelling. This year also marks the first year that game writing will be honored, which includes a broad list of works, including the interactive installment of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, God of War, and Rent-a-Vice.

This year’s list of nominees includes some familiar names and titles — Mary Robinette Kowal’s first Lady Astronauts novel The Calculating Stars made the list as did R.F. Kuang’s The Poppy War and Rebecca Roanhorse’s Trail of Lightning, all of which made our favorite reads of 2018 list. Two authors from The Verge’s Better Worlds project are also included: Kelly Robson (Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach) and Justina Ireland (Dread Nation). Last year’s winners included works by N.K. Jemisin, Martha Wells, Kelly Robson, and Rebecca Roanhorse.

The winners will be announced on May 18th at this year’s Nebula conference, which will be held from May 16th–19th in Los Angeles, California.

Here is the full list of nominees. (We’ve linked our reviews and stories that are available online.)


  • The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
  • The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager US; Harper Voyager UK)
  • Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller (Ecco; Orbit UK)
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (Del Rey; Macmillan)
  • Witchmark by C.L. Polk ( Publishing)
  • Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)


  • Fire Ant by Jonathan P. Brazee (Semper Fi)
  • The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark ( Publishing)
  • The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard (Subterranean)
  • Alice Payne Arrives by Kate Heartfield ( Publishing)
  • Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson ( Publishing)
  • Artificial Condition by Martha Wells ( Publishing)


Short Story

Game Writing

  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch by Charlie Brooker (House of Tomorrow & Netflix)
  • The Road to Canterbury by Kate Heartfield (Choice of Games)  
  • God of War by Matt Sophos, Richard Zangrande Gaubert, Cory Barlog, Orion Walker, and Adam Dolin (Santa Monica Studio/Sony/Interactive Entertainment)
  • Rent-A-Vice by Natalia Theodoridou (Choice of Games)  
  • The Martian Job by M. Darusha Wehm (Choice of Games)

The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • The Good Place: “Jeremy Bearimy,” written by Megan Amram  
  • Black Panther, written by Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole
  • A Quiet Place, screenplay by John Krasinski, Bryan Woods, and Scott Beck  
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, screenplay by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman  
  • Dirty Computer, written by Janelle Monáe and Chuck Lightning
  • Sorry to Bother You, written by Boots Riley

The Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book

  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt; Macmillan)
  • Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi (Rick Riordan Presents)
  • A Light in the Dark by A.K. DuBoff (BDL)
  • Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (Random House)
  • Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray)
  • Peasprout Chen: Future Legend of Skate and Sword by Henry Lien (Henry Holt)