2017 Nebula Awards Best Novella Winner

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s 51st Annual Nebula Awards Conference was held in the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center this weekend, and their annual awards ceremony was held last night (May 20th).

Since 1965, the Nebula Awards have been celebrating the best in science fiction with awards for the best novel, novella, novellete, and short story. In 2000, an award for best script was created to honor science fiction in film and television.

The awards are voted on by the members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Stories are nominated by SFWA members with no financial ties to the work, voted on by the members, and the most votes wins.

Here are the 2017 Nebula Award winners for Best Novella:

Winner: Best Novella

  • Book logo of Every Heart a Doorway
  • Read Every Heart a Doorway, the transformative book that won the 2017 Alex Award, is a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards for Best Novella, and made the 2016 Tiptree Honor List, and that NPR called a “mini-masterpiece of portal fantasy — a jewel of a book that deserves to be shelved with Lewis Carroll’s and C. S. Lewis’ classics”

    Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
    No Solicitations
    No Visitors
    No Quests

    Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

    But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

    Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

    But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of things.

    No matter the cost.

Runners Up for Best Novel:

  • Book logo of Runtime
  • 2016 Nebula Award finalist for Best Novella

    The Minerva Sierra Challenge is a grueling spectacle, the cyborg’s Tour de France. Rich thrill-seekers with corporate sponsorships, extensive support teams, and top-of-the-line exoskeletal and internal augmentations pit themselves against the elements in a day-long race across the Sierra Nevada.

    Marmeg Guinto doesn’t have funding, and she doesn’t have support. She cobbled her gear together from parts she found in rich people’s garbage and spent the money her mother wanted her to use for nursing school to enter the race. But the Minerva Challenge is the only chance she has at a better life for herself and her younger brothers, and she’s ready to risk it all.

    Runtime is S. B. Divya’s exciting science fiction debut.

  • Book logo of The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe
  • One of NPR’s Best Books of 2016 and a Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award finalist for Best Novella

    Professor Vellitt Boe teaches at the prestigious Ulthar Women’s College. When one of her most gifted students elopes with a dreamer from the waking world, Vellitt must retrieve her.

    “Kij Johnson’s haunting novella The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe is both a commentary on a classic H.P. Lovecraft tale and a profound reflection on a woman’s life. Vellitt’s quest to find a former student who may be the only person who can save her community takes her through a world governed by a seemingly arbitrary dream logic in which she occasionally glimpses an underlying but mysterious order, a world ruled by capricious gods and populated by the creatures of dreams and nightmares. Those familiar with Lovecraft’s work will travel through a fantasy landscape infused with Lovecraftian images viewed from another perspective, but even readers unfamiliar with his work will be enthralled by Vellitt’s quest. A remarkable accomplishment that repays rereading.” —Pamela Sargent, winner of the Nebula Award

  • Book logo of The Ballad of Black Tom
  • One of NPR’s Best Books of 2016, winner of the 2016 This is Horror Award for Novella of the Year, and a finalist for the 2016 Hugo, Nebula, Locus and Bram Stoker Awards

    People move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn’t there.

    Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father’s head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. He knows what magic a suit can cast, the invisibility a guitar case can provide, and the curse written on his skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their cops. But when he delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic, and earns the attention of things best left sleeping.

    A storm that might swallow the world is building in Brooklyn. Will Black Tom live to see it break?

  • Book logo of A Taste of Honey
  • A Taste of Honey is the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus finalist novella that N. K. Jemisin calls “a love story as painful as it is beautiful and complex”. One of BookRiot’s “Best Books We Read in November.”

    Long after the Towers left the world but before the dragons came to Daluça, the emperor brought his delegation of gods and diplomats to Olorum. As the royalty negotiates over trade routes and public services, the divinity seeks arcane assistance among the local gods.

    Aqib bgm Sadiqi, fourth-cousin to the royal family and son of the Master of Beasts, has more mortal and pressing concerns. His heart has been captured for the first time by a handsome Daluçan soldier named Lucrio. In defiance of Saintly Canon, gossiping servants, and the furious disapproval of his father and brother, Aqib finds himself swept up in a whirlwind gay romance. But neither Aqib nor Lucrio know whether their love can survive all the hardships the world has to throw at them.

    A Taste of Honey is a new novella in the world of Kai Ashante Wilson’s The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps.

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