SHARE: This year’s Nebula Award nominees are incredibly diverse – read some online

The nebula awards are chosen by authors and other industry people, in other words awards for writers by writers. They usually focus more on technical skill than entertainment value like popularity-based awards do. This list of nominees is worth checking out. I, for one, am far behind on my reading.


5 thoughts on “SHARE: This year’s Nebula Award nominees are incredibly diverse – read some online

  1. I am finishing up a Nebula Award winning book – Enders Game. It’s not my favorite, but I’m pushing myself on genres…it’s one of my son’s favorites, though! I’d never heard of the awards before I read this book ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for the link – but I, too, have piles of reading ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Nebula awards are chosen by writers and editors, so they tend to choose books based on structure or plot or concept. I liked the plot of Ender’s Game. That book suffers from the same problem that most classic sci-fi does, it is so obsessed with plot and concept that characterization is largely ignored. I felt nothing for Ender Wiggin. Worse, I didn’t feel like he felt anything. He didn’t really react to anything that was going on, he just kept plodding along with the plot. Even audiobook format couldn’t make him feel human. Starship Troopers is the same, as are its derivatives. Of course I say this as a short fiction writer who has been trained to obsess over character rather than plot. If you don’t know the full story of Ender’s Game (as in if you didn’t see the movie) you deserve it to make it to the end. The ending saves what is not much more than an average book. If you’re looking to break into sci-fi or fantasy, I could offer some better recommendations. Ender’s Game is pretty hard SF.

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      1. Wow! Thanks for the feedback ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m almost to the end, and I will say: I’m glad that I’m making it through. Although I didn’t understand why he keeps ‘plodding on’, I really have been annoyed with the author introducing fleeting words and situations that go unexplained and go nowhere. They seem to be a way to up words and distract from the content of the story. Admittedly, I’m reading an ‘updated’ version from after the movie was released {which you’re correct, I’ve not seen – I always insist on reading the book first!}. The reason I’m powering through is my son wants to watch the movie — and everyone’s read the book except me! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve also not read the Hunger Games series {got a handful of chapters in and couldn’t get into it, but I may take a second look after this one}. I read ‘The Giver’ prior to ‘Enders Game’ and am glad I did — it was a great warm up for the Sci-Fi, which is definitely not my genre of choice. I’d love other recommendations – thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚


      2. I’ll have to think about it. I read more fantasy than sci-fi and even the SF I read tends to be more fantastic than scientific. If you like Star Wars, the “Heir to the Empire” series by Timothy Zahn was really good, better than The Force Awakens. But not really sci-fi. If you find yourself settling into harder SF, you could try “Old Man’s War.” It’s a hard military SF, but as I recall it has a thread of romance that makes the character more liable. And of course there’s “The Hitchhiker’s Guide the Galaxy.” On the fantasy side, anything Discworld, though I’d probably start with “Small Gods.” I also liked the “Sword of Truth” series, but its pretty long (like a dozen massive tomes). You could probably get away with only readying the first one, “Wizard’s First Rule,” though. That’s what comes to mind at the moment.

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