The 2017 Nebula Awards (Sci-Fi & Fantasy)

“The Nebula Awards® are voted on, and presented by, active members of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. Founded as the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1965 by Damon Knight, the organization began with a charter membership of 78 writers; it now has over 1,500 members, among them many of the leading writers of science fiction and fantasy. – From www.nebulas.sfwa.org

The 2017 Nebula Awards were announced last night. I laughed when I realized that I have read a single book that won an award. Not a single, bloody one. Go figure! I’m not going to list the nominees and such for all of them, instead I’m going to do my usual Goodreads and opinions rundown.

The 2017 Nebula Awards Winners

Best Novel went to All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

2017 Nebula Awards Winner

All the Birds in the Sky has 14, 625 ratings on Goodreads as of 5/20/2017. The average rating is: 3.58. The average rating of the book from my friends who had read it was 3.33.

The general sentiment that popped out during scanning the reviews was that this book was different. Not easy to define a genre.


Best Novella went to Every Heart is a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

2017 Nebula Awards Winner

Every Heart has a Doorway has 11,800 ratings on Goodreads as of 5/20/2017. The average rating is 3.86. The rating from my friends was substantially higher, coming in at 4.17. It was shelved under glbt fiction, pleasingly.

The general sentiment was that, whether you loved it or not, it was packed with tons of awesome elements and was ‘similar but different’ to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.


Best Novelette went to The Long Fall Up by William Ledbetter

2017 Nebula Awards Winner

The Long Fall Up has 5 ratings on Goodreads as of 5/20/2017. The averaged rating is 4.14. This is a lesson, if nothing else, in the fact that all it takes is the right people to notice your work, and not the quantity of people who notice.


Best Short Story went to Seasons of Glass and Iron by Amal El-Mohtar

2017 Nebula Awards Winner

Seasons of Glass and Iron has 73 ratings on Goodreads as of 5/20/2017. The averaged rating is 3.92. It is shelved under glbt fiction, as well.

The general sentiment is that it’s a good read, but it’s message is a little too clear/stand-out at times and that can get in the way of the story.


The Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy went to Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine

2017 Nebula Awards Winner

Arabella of Mars has 738 ratings on Goodreads as of 5/20/2017. The averaged rating is 3.7.

The general sentiment from the reviews is that it’s a fun book for the the intended age range and beyond, but does have some problems. Nostalgia trap, unbelievable romance, etc.


The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation went to Arrival.

Movie cover for Arrival - 2017 Nebula Awards Winner

Oh, hey, look! I didn’t read any on this list, but I did watch this movie! Go me!

Arrival Synopsis: When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors. – Based on the story by Ted Chiang.

Arrival has had 339,286 ratings on IMDB as of 5/20/2017, and has managed to maintain an 8.0/10 rating. That’s more than decent, considering how people tend to go nuts on IMDB.

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So, what did we learn from this, boys and girls? Apart from the fact that Lilyn fails at keeping up at reading the most popular sci-fi releases?

We learned that it doesn’t matter what your Goodreads rating is. Even books that average out to middling ratings can take home awards.

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2017 Nebula Awards!