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Announcing the 2020 Nebula Awards Finalists

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Published on March 15, 2021

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The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have just announced the finalists for the 2020 Nebula Awards. The finalists were announced this evening in a presentation hosted by SFWA President Mary Robinette Kowal and featuring brief readings from each work.

This year’s awards will be presented June 5th, 2021, in a virtual ceremony hosted by writer and performer Aydrea Walden. The awards ceremony takes place during the 2021 Nebula Conference Online, June 4–6, 2021, which is open to SFWA members and nonmembers.

Congratulations to all the finalists! You can find the complete list below.

2020 Nebula Award Finalists

Novel

  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)
  • The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)
  • The Midnight Bargain, C.L. Polk (Erewhon)
  • Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)
  • Network Effect, Martha Wells (Tordotcom Publishing)

Novella

  • “Tower of Mud and Straw,” Yaroslav Barsukov (Metaphorosis)
  • Finna, Nino Cipri (Tordotcom Publishing)
  • Ring Shout, P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom Publishing)
  • “Ife-Iyoku, the Tale of Imadeyunuagbon,” Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki (Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora, Aurelia Leo)
  • The Four Profound Weaves, R.B. Lemberg (Tachyon)
  • Riot Baby, Tochi Onyebuchi (Tordotcom Publishing)

Novelette

  • “Stepsister,” Leah Cypess (F&SF 5-6/20)
  • “The Pill,” Meg Elison (Big Girl, PM Press)
  • “Burn or the Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super,” A.T. Greenblatt (Uncanny 5-6/20)
  • “Two Truths and a Lie,” Sarah Pinsker (Tor.com 6/17/20)
  • “Where You Linger,” Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (Uncanny 1-2/20)
  • “Shadow Prisons,” Caroline M. Yoachim (serialized in the Dystopia Triptych series as “The Shadow Prison Experiment,” “Shadow Prisons of the Mind,” and “The Shadow Prisoner’s Dilemma,” Broad Reach Publishing + Adamant Press)

Short Story

  • “Badass Moms in the Zombie Apocalypse,” Rae Carson (Uncanny 1-2/20)
  • “Advanced Word Problems in Portal Math,” Aimee Picchi (Daily Science Fiction 1/3/20)
  • “A Guide for Working Breeds,” Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Made to Order: Robots and Revolution, Solaris)
  • “The Eight-Thousanders,” Jason Sanford (Asimov’s 9-10/20)
  • “My Country Is a Ghost,” Eugenia Triantafyllou (Uncanny 1-2/20)
  • “Open House on Haunted Hill,” John Wiswell (Diabolical Plots 6/15/20)

The Andre Norton Nebula Award for Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction

  • Raybearer, Jordan Ifueko (Amulet)
  • Elatsoe, Darcie Little Badger (Levine Querido)
  • A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking, T. Kingfisher (Argyll)
  • A Game of Fox & Squirrels, Jenn Reese (Holt)
  • Star Daughter, Shveta Thakrar (HarperTeen)

Game Writing

  • Blaseball, Stephen Bell, Joel Clark, Sam Rosenthal (The Game Band)
  • Hades, Greg Kasavin (Supergiant)
  • Kentucky Route Zero, Jake Elliott (Cardboard Computer)
  • The Luminous Underground, Phoebe Barton (Choice of Games)
  • Scents & Semiosis, Sam Kabo Ashwell, Cat Manning, Caleb Wilson, Yoon Ha Lee (Self)
  • Spiritfarer, Nicolas Guérin, Maxime Monast, Alex Tommi-Morin (Thunder Lotus Games)

The Ray Bradbury Nebula Award for Outstanding Drama Presentation

  • Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, Christina Hodson (Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Entertainment)
  • The Expanse: “Gaugamela,” Dan Nowak (Amazon)
  • The Good Place: “Whenever You’re Ready,” Michael Schur (NBC)
  • Lovecraft Country Season 1, Misha Green, Shannon Houston, Kevin Lau, Wes Taylor, Ihuoma Ofordire, Jonathan I. Kidd, Sonya Winton-Odamtten (HBO Max)
  • The Mandalorian: “The Tragedy,” Jon Favreau (Disney+)
  • The Old Guard, Greg Rucka (Netflix)

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Molly Templeton

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Molly Templeton has been a bookseller, an alt-weekly editor, and assistant managing editor of Tor.com, among other things. She now lives and writes in Oregon, and spends as much time as possible in the woods. You can also find her on Twitter @mollytempleton
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