Jo Walton wins the Nebula!

The 2011 Nebula Awards were awarded last night and the deserved winner in the novel category is an old friend of mine — Jo Walton:

Novel Winner: Among Others, Jo Walton (Tor)

Other Nominees

  • Embassytown, China Miéville (Macmillan UK; Del Rey; Subterranean Press)
  • Firebird, Jack McDevitt (Ace Books)
  • God’s War, Kameron Hurley (Night Shade Books)
  • Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, Genevieve Valentine (Prime Books)
  • The Kingdom of Gods, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

Unlike this year’s Hugo Awards, which were disappointing to say the least, that Nebula shortlist is fairly strong, with only the Jack McDevitt –who has never written anything not bland and workmanlike– out of place. It was also nicely diversive, with five out of six nominees being women and at least one person of colour (N. K. Jemisin) on it. In a genre where all too often award shortlists are filled with legacy white male candidates, more voted for due to their name than their books, this is a good thing.

Among Others was one of the best novels I read last year and I’m glad it got the recognition it deserved.

3 Comments

  • Wes

    May 21, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Hmm, I think four out of six are women, if I am not mistaken, though it’s difficult to tell with some of the names.

    Jo — woman
    China — man
    Jack — man
    Kameron — woman
    Genevieve — woman
    N.K. — woman

    Or am I incorrect on some of these?

  • Martin Wisse

    May 21, 2012 at 6:44 am

    No, you’re correct and I made a typo. That should’ve been four.

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