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Women Writers Rule the Nebulas

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At this weekend’s Nebula Awards, female authors dominated the ceremonies, winning prizes for the best novel, novella, novelette, and short story.  The Nebula Awards are presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.

This year’s winner for Best Novel was Uprooted, by Naomi Novik. Other winners included Nnedi Okorafor for her novella, Binti; Sarah Pinsker for the novelette, Our Lady of the Open Road; and Alyssa Wong for her short story, Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers. Even the Young Adult fiction award, called the Andre Norton Award, went to a woman: Fran Wilde, for her novel Updraft.

The final Nebula Award, the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, went to Mad Max: Fury Road, written by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, and Nick Lathouris. (Not a female screenwriter among them, sure, but at least the movie had strong female characters!)

Evoking Eastern European folklore but with a strong, intelligent female narrator, Uprooted tells the story of Agnieszka as she discovers and develops her magical abilities to help protect her quiet village from the corrupted Wood that surrounds her home.

If you’re looking for more award-winning Science Fiction, see our list of Favorite Nebula winners.  Interested in trying Science Fiction, but not sure where to start? Try our list: Science Fiction for Beginners, with tons of titles sorted by their appeal factor.

Also, here are the other novels that were nominated for the Nebula’s Best Novel award this year:

Raising Caine, Charles E. Gannon
The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin
Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie
The Grace of Kings, Ken Liu
Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard, Lawrence M. Schoen
Updraft, Fran Wilde

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