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Nebula Awards, part 2

I began a few days ago with some details of this year's Nebula Awards Conference, which I attended recently at the Marriott City Center in Pittsburgh. I discussed other events of the conference, but did not touch on the awards banquet itself. The awardees are chosen by the voting members (including me) of SFWA, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. The evening was a lot of fun.

Jane Yolen, one of my writing idols, received the Grand Master award. I had met her briefly at other events, but this was the first time I'd been able to have real conversations with her. And she's just as wonderful in person as she is in print.

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Jane Yolen lets me hold her Grand Master Award.

The toastmaster was astronaut Kjell Lindgren, who told fun and surprising stories about living on the international space station. And he was very much present and approachable (as was Jane Yolen) for one-on-one conversations (and autographs) the entire conference.

The banquet tables were decorated with charming robots created from vintage materials by artist Don L. Jones. The robots were all pretty darn amazing, but we decided our table's robot was the nicest of the table decorations. I can't prove it right now by showing the pictures, which, again, are on my other computer. But I do have some shots here of some of the robots who were watching the event from one corner of the room, including one on a bicycle!

Of course, the real point of the evening was to announce the winners of the 2017 Nebula Awards (and a few other related awards) honoring outstanding writing in Fantasy and Science Fiction. The results:

  • Grand Master Award: Jane Yolen

  • Ray Bradbury Award for Dramatic Presentation: Arrival

  • Andre Norton Award for YA Fiction: Arabella of Mars, by David Levine

  • Short Story: "Seasons of Glass & Iron," by Amal El-Mohtar

  • Novelette: The Long Fall Up, by William Ledbetter

  • Novella: Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire

  • Novel: All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders

David Levine won the Andre Norton Award for his novel Arabella of Mars, my personal favorite of all of the books and stories that were honored.

Seanan McGuire (right) let me hold her Best Novella Nebula for Every Heart a Doorway. Every year I try to get a picture with at least one Nebula. This year I managed a Nebula, an Andre Norton, and the Grand Master award. Cowabunga!

And here are all the 2017 winners of the Nebulas and related) awards.

Congralutations to all the winners. Next year is back in Pittsburgh, and I wouldn't miss it.