Mandolin and Nojojojo Nominated for Nebula Awards! And Amp is Nominated for a Norton Award!

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association has announced nominees for the 2010 Nebula Awards, and “Alas” did even better this year than last year!

N.K. Jemisin, who used to cross-post on Alas as “Nojojojo,” hasn’t been much around these parts lately, presumably because her writing career has taken off! Her novel The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is nominated for this year’s “best novel” Nebula Award, and having read and loved the book I can say the nomination is very well deserved. Congratulations, N.K.!

Rachel Swirsky, known on this website as “Mandolin,” was also honored! Her novella ‘‘The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window’’ is nominated for this year’s “best novella” Nebula Award. “The Lady Who Plucked…” is an incredible story, one of Mandolin’s best, and I would have been shocked if it weren’t nominated.

I should mention that both Mandolin and Nojojojo were also nominated for Nebulas last year, because they are that awesome.

Barry Deutsch, that is to say, me, posts on “Alas” as “Ampersand.” And I was very surprised, but also very honored, that my graphic novel Hereville has been nominated for this year’s “Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.” (When the nice lady from the Nebula committee called me, she said this is “essentially the Nebula Award for young adult books”).

I can’t say how thrilled I am, and how much I’m looking forward to losing to Paolo Bacigalupi’s Ship Breaker when the awards are given out in May. :-p

Thank you to everyone who voted for me (or for Mandolin or Nojojojo). And congratulations to Mandolin, to Nojojojo, and to all the other Nebula nominees!

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10 Responses to Mandolin and Nojojojo Nominated for Nebula Awards! And Amp is Nominated for a Norton Award!

  1. 1
    Robert says:

    That is so awesome. I’ve read you and Mandolin’s nominated works and have to say that they certainly deserve the nomination. Can’t say whether they deserve to win, because I haven’t read the other entrants – but it won’t surprise me when you DO win.

    I gotta go get me some Hundred Thousand Kingdoms now. Hope it’s on Kindle!

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    Mandolin says:

    It is on the kindle! And it’s great. The sequel, BROKEN KINGDOMS, is just as great, too, if not better.

  3. Congratulations all around! Books are now on my to-read list.

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    Jake Squid says:

    Congrats to the 3 of you. I’ve really liked the two out of the three that I’ve read. I’ve been meaning to get to the 3rd. This is as good an excuse as any.

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    Shweta Narayan says:

    Congratulations and squeees!!!
    I love Hereville with much love and was utterly delighted to see it on the award ballot! Overall, SO MUCH LOVE for this year’s Norton list! That’s an awesome to-read list right there, and I’m going to be recommending it as such.

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    gin-and-whiskey says:

    Congrats to all!

    Also: There’s a sequel to 100KK? Sweet! I’ve got to go read it; the first one was great.

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    Lonespark says:

    My copy of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is in the mail! I can’t wait!

    And I am trying to spread the good news of Hereville all around. (It may also be inspiring me to learn knitting? Mostly that’s my grandmother’s legacy, but practicing knitting makes me think of Mirka and trolls and the need to practice arguing.)

  8. 8
    nm says:

    Y’all rock.

  9. 9
    Elayne Riggs says:

    Woo-hoo, congratulations folks!!

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