|Kindle e-book available|
for 99 cents, May 10-17, 2016
To celebrate the 2016 Nebula Award Conference, which takes place this weekend in Chicago, my publisher has put the ebook version of my fantasy debut, Dreamwielder, on sale for 99 cents. No, Dreamwielder isn’t a Nebula nominee (I wish!), but a guy needs something to aspire to, right? And even if I never work myself up to the top echelon of sci-fi and fantasy writers, I’ll still find myself in good company.
Here are seven of the genre’s best novelists that have never won a Nebula award for Best Novel.
From the Beginning
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) first started giving out the Nebula Awards in 1966, and in that inaugural year Philip K. Dick was nominated for two novels…and still lost. To be fair, his novels, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch and Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb, did lose that year to Frank Herbert’s Dune. Sort of hard to begrudge Dune. Still, the whole nominated…and lost pattern happened again for Dick in 1969, 1975, and 1989. The most notable of Dick’s losses has to be with Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (later turned into the film Bladerunner), which lost to Alexei Panshin’s Rite of Passage in 1969.
Right there along with Dick is Poul Anderson, who is tied with Dick with five Best Novel nominations and no awards for best novel. Anderson was nominated in the inaugural year with The Star Fox, and then again in 1972, 1974, 1976, and 1990.
Similarly, Margaret Atwood is an author who incorporates clear sci-fi and fantasy elements but identifies more as a mainstream writer. On top of that, the Nebulas, like most awards, have historically overlooked women and people of color. (Notable exceptions when it comes to the Best Novel category would be Le Guin, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis, and Octavia Butler.) Taking these factors into consideration, it’s perhaps not surprising that Atwood has only been nominated once for Best Novel, and lost. For Atwood, it was her 1987 classic The Handmaid’s Tale that lost to Orson Scott Card’s Speaker of the Dead.
Humorists tend to get overlooked when it comes to critical acclaim, and it’s no different when it comes to the Nebulas. Terry Pratchett, despite authoring more than 50 novels and being beloved in the sci-fi and fantasy community, was only nominated for Best Novel twice. Going Postal was nominated in 2006 but lost to Joe Haldeman’s Camouflage, and Making Money was nominated in 2009 but lost to Le Guin’s Powers.
While not as prolific of a sci-fi and fantasy writer as Pratchett was, Douglas Adams authored one of the best-selling sci-fi novels of all time with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Despite its huge popularity and commercial success, Adams never received a nomination for Best Novel, not for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, first published in 1979, nor any of the sequels or Adams’ Dirk Gently novels.
The Big Gun
To celebrate the Nebula Awards, the Kindle version of Dreamwielder is available for only 99 cents between May 10 – 17, 2016.
Book 2, Souldrifter, is also available now in ebook and paperback formats from Diversion Books. Learn more at www.garrettcalcaterra.com.