Mandolin Wins A Second Nebula Award!

nebula1And this year’s Nebula for short story goes to…

Rachel Swirksy!!!
Rachel Swirksy!!!

I’m thrilled to announce that our own Mandolin has won this year’s Nebula award for short story, for her heartbreaking story “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love.”

That’s not Mandolin’s award in the photo – it’s Robert Sawyer’s 1995 trophy for The Terminal Experiment. But I wanted to post a photo of what a Nebula Trophy looks like because I think they are the single most beautiful trophy that anyone could win. The trophy, which is handmade, is a transparent Lucite block embedded with glitter and polished rocks set to resemble planets and a spiral galaxy; and, like unhappy families, no two Nebula trophies are identical.

This is Mandolin’s second Nebula win. She previously won a Nebula in 2011 for her novella “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen’s Window.

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12 Responses to Mandolin Wins A Second Nebula Award!

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    Grace Annam says:

    Congratulations, Mandolin!

    I just read “I You Were a Dinosaur, My Love”, aloud to my daughter. And, as always, by the end I was weeping and could barely speak.

    It is a terrifyingly, ferociously, beautiful story.


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    Charles S says:

    Congratulations Rachel! It is an excellent story and a well deserved win.

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    Kay Olson says:

    Congratulations! Well-deserved!

    Yay! YAYYYYYY!

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    Myca says:

    Many congratulations! That’s just wonderful, and so totally deserved!

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    Fibi says:

    Congratulations! I am ashamed to say I haven’t read this story, but since I love all of your non-award-winning stories, I am going to need to put this on my kindle immediately!

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    Simple Truth says:

    Congratulations Mandolin/Rachel! It’s always such a pleasure to see the Alas! bloggers be so successful, and you are doing wonderful work. Huzzah!

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    Jamie says:

    Rock on!

    It was a great story. Please, more! But only if you want to.

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    mythago says:


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    John says:

    Congratulations, Mandolin!

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    ilan ver says:

    Many Congratulations! Great Well-Deserved Story!

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    RonF says:


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    delagar says:

    Wonderful story! Congratulations!