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Encyclopedia > Nebula Award

The Nebula is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years (see rolling eligibility below). There is no cash prize associated with the award, the award itself being a transparent block with an embedded glitter spiral nebula; however, publishers seldom fail to mention that a novel won the award, and as a mark of acclaim by other science fiction writers, it seems reasonable that the Nebula, like the Hugo Award, leads to increased sales.[citation needed] Science Fiction Writers of America, or SFWA (pronounced siff-wah or seff-wah), was founded in 1965 by Damon Knight. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. ... The Triangulum Emission Nebula NGC 604 lies in a spiral arm of Galaxy M33, 2. ... The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ...

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Award categories

The fiction Nebulas are awarded in five different categories: novel, novella, novelette, short story, and script. The categories are defined by length in words, as follows:

  • Novel: a work of 40,000 words or more
  • Novella: a work of at least 17,500 words but under 40,000 words
  • Novelette: a work of at least 7,500 words but under 17,500 words
  • Short story: a work of under 7,500 words
  • Script: a script for movie, tv or radio show, play

In addition, a Nebula has been awarded for best dramatic script every year since 1999, but SFWA membership is divided about the appropriateness of the award, and the category may not continue long into the future.


Rolling eligibility

As opposed to the Hugo Award ballot, which is limited to works published during a specific calendar year, the Nebula Awards employ a rolling eligibility system. Each work is eligible to qualify for the ballot for one year following its date of publication. During this one-year window, SFWA members can "recommend" the work for the Nebula ballot. When a work has received ten recommendations, it immediately qualifies for the current year's preliminary Nebula ballot. Early the following year, SFWA members vote on the works on the preliminary ballot, narrowing the field down to (usually) a final ballot of five works in each category. Special Nebula juries are permitted, but not required, to add one deserving but overlooked work to the final ballot in each category. SFWA members then vote on the final ballot. The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ...


As a consequence of rolling eligibility, a work published one year can end up on the subsequent year's Nebula ballot, which is voted on in the year following that. For example, William Shunn's novelette "Dance of the Yellow-Breasted Luddites" was published in July 2000. It was eligible to be recommended for the preliminary ballot from its date of publication until the end of June, 2001. As it happened, the work did not receive the needed tenth recommendation until 2001, so despite its 2000 publication date, it ended up on the 2001 preliminary ballot (and, subsequently, the final ballot). The 2001 final ballot was then voted upon by SFWA members in 2002. William Shunn, 2004 William Shunn (born August 14, 1967, Los Angeles, California) is a science fiction writer and computer programmer. ...


History

The first Nebulas were given for the year 1965. Frank Herbert's Dune won as best novel. 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Frank Patrick Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. ... Dune is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert and published in 1965. ...


Subsequent notable winners have included


Isaac Asimov, Greg Bear (thrice), Orson Scott Card (twice), Arthur C. Clarke (twice), Samuel R. Delany (twice), Harlan Ellison (thrice), Neil Gaiman (twice), William Gibson, Joe Haldeman (four times), Ursula K. Le Guin (thrice), Vonda McIntyre (twice), Lois McMaster Bujold (thrice), Larry Niven, Frederik Pohl (twice), Kim Stanley Robinson, Theodore Sturgeon, Connie Willis, and Roger Zelazny (thrice). Dr. Isaac Asimov (c. ... Gregory Dale Bear (born August 20, 1951) is a science fiction author. ... Orson Scott Card (born August 24, 1951)[1] is a prolific and best-selling author, working in numerous genres. ... Sir Arthur Charles Clarke (born December 16, 1917) is a British author and inventor, most famous for his science-fiction novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, and for collaborating with director Stanley Kubrick on the film of the same name. ... Samuel Ray Delany, Jr. ... Harlan Jay Ellison (born May 27, 1934) is a prolific American writer of short stories, novellas, essays, and criticism. ... Neil Richard Gaiman () (born November 10, 1960, Portchester, Hampshire) is an English author of numerous science fiction and fantasy works, including many graphic novels. ... William Ford Gibson (born March 17, 1948, Conway, South Carolina) is an American-born science fiction author resident in Canada since 1968. ... Joe Haldeman at Worldcon 2005 in Glasgow Joe Haldeman (born June 9, 1943) is an American science fiction author. ... Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (born October 21, 1929) is an American author. ... Vonda Neel McIntyre (born Louisville, Kentucky in 1948) is a science fiction author. ... Lois McMaster Bujold (November 2, 1949, Columbus, Ohio) is an American author of science fiction and fantasy works. ... Laurence van Cott Niven (born April 30, 1938) is a US science fiction author. ... Frederik Pohl (born November 26, 1919) is a noted American science fiction writer and editor, with a career spanning over sixty years. ... Kim Stanley Robinson at the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention in Glasgow, August 2005 Kim Stanley Robinson (born March 23, 1952) is an American science fiction writer, probably best known for his award-winning Mars trilogy. ... Theodore Sturgeon (February 26, 1918 Staten Island, New York – May 8, 1985) was an American science fiction author. ... Connie Willis at Clarion West, 1998 Constance Elaine Trimmer Willis (born December 31, 1945) is an American science fiction writer. ... Roger Joseph Zelazny (May 13, 1937 – June 14, 1995) was an American writer of fantasy and science fiction short stories and novels. ...


Lists of Nebula Award Winners

Winners of the Nebula Award for Best Novel. ... Winners of the Nebula Award for Best Novella. ... Winners of the Nebula Award for best Novelette. ... Winners of the Nebula Award for Best Short Story. ... Winners of the Nebula Award for Best Script. ...

Other Nebula Ceremony Awards

Though not officially Nebula Awards, a number of other honors and awards are presented at the Nebula ceremony, though not necessarily every year. They are the Author Emeritus for contributions to the field, the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement, the Bradbury Award for excellence in screenwriting, the Service to SFWA Award, and the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award is an award given by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. ... Ray Douglas Bradbury (born August 22, 1920) is an American literary, fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer best known for The Martian Chronicles, a 1950 book which has been described both as a short story collection and a novel, and his 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451. ... Andre Alice Norton (February 17, 1912 – March 17, 2005), science fiction and fantasy author (with some works of historical fiction and contemporary fiction), was born Alice Mary Norton in Cleveland, Ohio, in the United States. ...


Related awards

There are other science fiction awards. The Hugo award is voted on by science fiction fans, and the awards are handed out at the annual World Science Fiction Convention ("Worldcon"). The World Science Fiction Convention also awards the John W. Campbell Award for the Best New Writer in Science Fiction. This award is sponsored by the publishers of Analog, the magazine Campbell edited. There is also the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, a jury-selected prize not associated with the Worldcon. The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ... Worldcon, a. ... The John W. Campbell Award for the Best New Writer in Science Fiction is awarded annually by the World Science Fiction Society. ... Astounding Stories was a seminal science fiction magazine founded in 1930. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel has been awarded every year since 1973, except in 1994. ...


Trademark notice

Nebula Awards is a registered trademark of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Science Fiction Writers of America, or SFWA (pronounced siff-wah or seff-wah), was founded in 1965 by Damon Knight. ...


See also

The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ... This is a list of the works that have won both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award, awarded annually to works of science fiction literature. ...

External links

  • The Nebula Awards homepage
  • List of the most honored Nebula Award nominees

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Nebula Award - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (629 words)
The Nebula is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years.
They are the Author Emeritus award for contributions to the field, the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement, the Bradbury Award for excellence in screenwriting, the Service to SFWA Award, and starting in 2006 the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Nebula Awards is a registered trademark of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
AwardWeb: Collections of Literary Award Information and Photographs -- http://www.awardweb.info (1472 words)
Awarded annually for distinguished SF published as a paperback original in the U.S. To the International Fantasy Awards.
The award is adminstered by the Permanent Trustee Co Ltd of Sydney.
Sponsored by Vogel's Bread, it is awarded to a writer under 35 years of age for an original unpublished manuscript of fiction or Australian history or biography.
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