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Nebula Winners Announced

The winners of the SFWA's annual Nebula Awards for the best science fiction and fantasy of 2016 have been announced at the Nebula banquet in Chicago.

(No, I'm not there. Wish I was. Sounds like a good time was had by all).

LOCUS has the story, as always:


Congratulations to all the winners... and to the runners-up and losers as well. As with the Hugo Awards, it is a proud and noble thing to lose a Nebula. (Lost a bunch myself).


kieran sterling
May. 15th, 2016 09:39 am (UTC)
Wins, Losses, and Chicago
Hi, I love your upbeat take on losing awards. As it happens, I was a contributing writer at SuperversiveSF (currently a Hugo finalist for best fanzine) during 2015. My posts at SSF were critical of last year’s Puppy campaign methods, which made SSF’s nomination this year--after being slated by the RPs--disconcerting.

I am unsure if the award is meant for just the editor, or the group as a whole, but I raised the idea within the group that the nomination should be declined. I know you were for finalists staying put but I had agreed with Black Gate’s decision in general and felt SSF had added reasons to decline in specific.

Short story, I lost. If interested, I have a post explaining the positions/arguments made within the group for keeping the nomination--and mine for declining--as well as how and why this led to my leaving SSF. (http://superversivesf.com/2016/05/12/how-you-play-the-game/)

Not sure if any of this would allow me through the door at a Hugo losers party, but at this point I do feel like an award winning loser :)

Seriously though... I was pretty happy that a story of mine made a recommended reading list. Good enough.

On Chicago, I was surprised to read--at your other site--that you used to lived near where I used to live. I had an apartment a few blocks away on Ainslie, closer to the L stop. Only this was in the late 90s. I was wondering if it was a rough/poor neighborhood back when you were living there, or if it slid a bit after you left? Of course it was very cheap!
May. 16th, 2016 02:22 am (UTC)
Re: Wins, Losses, and Chicago
I lived on Margate Terrace from 1971 to 1974, and on Argyle (a block north) from 1974 to 1976, and yes, the neighborhood was rough. It had not begun to transition to Chinatown North, which happened after I left for Iowa. But there were a lot of dive bars, check cashing stores, cheap diners, greasy spoons, pawnshops, used furniture stores, decaying movie palaces, empty storefronts, and titty bars to be found.

But it was cheap.
kieran sterling
May. 16th, 2016 07:53 am (UTC)
Re: Wins, Losses, and Chicago
Yeah when I was there it had definitely become Chinatown North. I liked the Pagoda style L stop on Argyle. Of course we still had everything else on your list... except the titty bars.

The area was just starting to become "gentrified" as I was leaving, but there were still muggings and gang violence. Sometimes pretty brutal.

My housing experience sounded the same. Multiple roommates on a revolving door schedule... eventually I revolved out.

Thanks for answering!
May. 15th, 2016 11:27 am (UTC)
Well even getting nominated is an achievement. Hope TWOW is going well. The Arianne Chapter is another enjoyable read, for someone who's into world-building, and I'm eager to find out how a certain castle was taken. Out of interest, will we see Alekyne Florent or find out what happened to Rolland Storm in TWOW? Minor characters but its a testament to your writing that even the minor characters are interesting.
Robert S.
May. 15th, 2016 12:22 pm (UTC)
Good to see Mad Max won somewhere. Expecting the modern fandom clans to shut it out in favor of Marvel or Star Wars at the Hugos.
May. 16th, 2016 12:25 pm (UTC)
I finally saw Star Wars this weekend. I kind of hated it. It felt like someone was trying to take one of my biggest teen fantasies and recreate it with newer younger versions of the heros but unable to toss out the old heros (Fin the rogue stormtrooper being the exception). I came away feeling older and sillier for attempting to hang on to the past.

Otoh, I loved Fury Road.

I like the Nebula winners for the most part.
May. 16th, 2016 03:15 pm (UTC)
Mad Max was far and away better than those other movies. I still don't understand the new Star Wars love affair, a sad attempt at rehash while trying to appeal to everybody, lazy writing, and characters which were awfully drab. Long Live Han! J.J. Abrams is the new Jar Jar Binks.
Brooklyn Ann
May. 15th, 2016 10:11 pm (UTC)
I saw the Nebula list yesterday and cheered for many. Even better, the Stoker Awards banquet had a live stream last night, so my friends and I were able to watch it and cheer for our friends, some of whom won!
Piet Nel
May. 16th, 2016 11:46 am (UTC)
Nebula Losers
There's a charming picture of the Nebula Losers, which I saw in File 770 and also (a better one) in Kelly Robson's facebook feed. Whoever gave them the idea of celebrating award loserhood (loserdom? loseritude?), one wonders?

Of course, the Hugos have a proud loser tradition dating back to the 70s. These guys are novices - some of them are even doing the "loser" sign back to front!


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