See the 2021 Nebula Award winners!

by |June 7, 2021
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The 2021 Nebula Award winners were revealed over the weekend, with authors such as Martha Wells and P. Djèlí Clark picking up major prizes.

The Nebula Awards have been bestowed annually since 1965 on the best novel, novella, novelette and short story of the year in speculative fiction genres. The winners are voted on by full members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc, an organisation with over 1,500 members.

Scroll down to check out the 2021 Nebula Award winners!

Best Novel

Network Effect by Martha Wells


I’m usually alone in my head, and that’s where 90 plus percent of my problems are.

When Murderbot’s human associates (not friends, never friends) are captured and another not-friend from its past requires urgent assistance, Murderbot must choose between inertia and drastic action.

Drastic action it is, then.

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Best Novella

Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark


In 1915, The Birth of a Nation cast a spell across America, swelling the Klan’s ranks and drinking deep from the darkest thoughts of white folk. All across the nation they ride, spreading fear and violence among the vulnerable. They plan to bring Hell to Earth. But even Ku Kluxes can die.

Standing in their way is Maryse Boudreaux and her fellow resistance fighters, a foul-mouthed sharpshooter and a Harlem Hellfighter. Armed with blade, bullet, and bomb, they hunt their hunters and send the Klan’s demons straight to Hell. But something awful’s brewing in Macon, and the war on Hell is about to heat up.

Can Maryse stop the Klan before it ends the world?

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Best Novelette

Two Truths and a Lie by Sarah Pinsker


Stella thought she’d made up a lie on the spot, asking her childhood friend if he remembered the strange public broadcast TV show with the unsettling host she and all the neighbourhood kids appeared on years ago. But he does remember. And so does her mom. So why doesn’t Stella? The more she investigates the show and the grip it has on her hometown, the eerier the mystery grows.

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Andre Norton Nebula Award for Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction

A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher


Fourteen-year-old Mona isn’t like the wizards charged with defending the city. She can’t control lightning or speak to water. Her familiar is a sourdough starter and her magic only works on bread. She has a comfortable life in her aunt’s bakery making gingerbread men dance.

But Mona’s life is turned upside down when she finds a dead body on the bakery floor. An assassin is stalking the streets of Mona’s city, preying on magic folk, and it appears that Mona is his next target. And in an embattled city suddenly bereft of wizards, the assassin may be the least of Mona’s worries …

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Other winners!

Best Short Story: “Open House on Haunted Hill” by John Wiswell

Ray Bradbury Nebula Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation: The Good Place, “Whenever You’re Ready” by Michael Schur, published by NBC and Fremulon/3 Arts Entertainment/Universal

Best Game Writing: Hades by Greg Kasavin

Congratulations to all of the 2021 Nebula Award winners!

Find out more about the Nebula Awards here

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