UPDATE FROM MANDOLIN:
Thanks for the post, Ampersand! I wanted to add to it, though, because this is a big first for Alas–not only is one of its bloggers nominated for the Nebula Award, but two of it’s bloggers are.
Big, enormous, joyous congratulations to N. K. Jemisin, who posts here via Angry Black Woman as Nojojojo, on being nominated in the short story category for her tale, “Non-Zero Probabilities!”
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For those of you unfamiliar with the field, let me explain that the Nebulas are A Very Big Deal. The Nebula Award is one of science fiction and fantasy’s two biggest honors; whereas the other award, the Hugo, is based on fan votes, the Nebula nominations and awards are voted on by the members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
Rachel Swirsky is, of course, better known to “Alas” readers as Mandolin. Congratulations, Mandolin! The world is noticing what a fucking great writer you are, and that’s awesome.
In comments at Tor, Mandolin said this about “A Memory of Wind”:
…this story is based, of course, on the old stories about the Trojan war. All we really know about Iphigenia is her death. The old stories imagine her as incidental. Who she was, what she thought and said and did and felt, didn’t really matter to those writers. They were interested in how her father felt about killing her.
…Iphigenia’s death is the beginning (of my impulse to write) and the end (of almost everything we know about her from traditional sources). But I wanted to imagine her as more than just her death, to create a middle for her story.
Incidentally, word on the street is that a second novelette by Mandolin, “Eros, Philia, Agape,” came very close to also being nominated for a Nebula this year. Again with the awesome.