Thoughtful Thursday: The 2018 Nebula Awards: Novels, Novellas & YA

Nebula AwardsThe Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s 54th Annual Nebula conference (May 16-19) will be held in Los Angeles, and the 2018 Nebula Awards will be announced on Saturday, May 18, 2019.

We’ve already covered the Novelettes and Short Stories. Today let’s talk about the finalists for Best Novel, Best Novella, and the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult SFF.

Here are the finalists in these categories. Click the links to read our reviews:


The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal, TorSpinning Silver by Naomi Novik, Del Rey/MacmillanTrail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse, Saga Press
Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller, Del ReyWitchmark by C.L. Polk, PublishingThe Poppy War by R.F. Kuang, Harper Voyager US; Harper Voyager UK


Alice Payne Arrives by Kate Heartfield, PublishingGods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson, PublishingThe Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark, publishing
Artificial Condition by Martha Wells, publishingThe Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard, Subterranean PressFire Ant by Jonathan P. Brazee, Semper Fi


Dread Nation by Justina Ireland, Balzer + BrayPeasprout Chen: Future Legend of Skate and Sword by Henry Lien, Henry Holt/Macmillan Children’s BooksChildren of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, Henry Holt/Macmillan Children’s Books
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi, Rick Riordan PresentsTess of the Road by Rachel Hartman, Random HouseA Light in the Dark by A.K. DuBoff, BDL

Which stories have you read? Who do you predict will win? Who do you want to win?

Give us your thoughts and predictions in the comments. One random commenter with a USA mailing address will win a book from our stacks.

Good luck to all the finalists!

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  1. Sethia /

    I’ve read Spinning Silver and The Poppy War. Both were very good, I feel bad gor the judges haveing to choose!

  2. John Smith /

    I haven’t read it, but “Spinning Silver” sounds awfully good! Perhaps it will do well!

  3. Noneofyourbusiness /

    I’ve heard good things about Naomi Novik’s take on fairytales in “Uprooted” and “Spinning Silver”!

  4. It’s going to be very close in the “Best Novel” category! I’ve reviewed most of the novels in that category! I’m going to try and post a compilation review for “Best Novella.” As for best the “Andre Norton Award,” I have an idea, but I’ve been wrong before.

  5. Paul Connelly /

    Have read very few of these. Martha Wells, Murderbot, two thumbs up. Trail of Lightning was so-so, interesting world but too many stock urban fantasy plot developments. Blackfish City DNF for no likable/believable characters. Maybe only one or two of the others even sound interesting.

    I guess longtime authors like John Crowley and P. C. Hodgell get ignored. Surprised not to see at least one of Jade City, Foundryside, The Monster Baru Cormorant, Latchkey or Grey Sister. Out of step with what SFWA members read, I guess.

    • Lois A Young /

      A few of the mentioned novels might have missed the cutoff date.

  6. The Distinguished Professor /

    Martha Wells’s interesting Murderbot saga continues. The Poppy War is another I’m eager to take a look at.

  7. Lady Morar /

    Witchmark, Aru Shah, Alice Payne, Children of Blood and Bone, but “The Tea Master and the Detective” seemed quite unique and fascinating when Aliette de Bodard previewed it at last year’s World Fantasy Convention.

  8. Lois Young, if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks.
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

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