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!