Friday, May 25, 2012

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Reading Challenge: The Nebula Winners

The Nebula awards are given out each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) for the best science fiction or fantasy fiction. In my own not-really-humble opinion, those who aspire to be science fiction or fantasy writers would do well to read award-winning fiction in their genre. And not just the old-time winners, but the more current ones.

It's especially important, I think, for Christian sci-fi and fantasy writers to be up with what is being awarded by the mainstream in our genre. It's not that we need to write ~just like~ the award-winning secular authors. It's that we need to know enough about it that our own fiction doesn't end up sounding like retro Buck Rogers stuff to secular sci-fi fans unless that's the effect we are going for....

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I'm challenging you with this list of Nebula winners. Copy-and-paste this book list and post it on your blog, with the ones you have read in bold-face, and perhaps a few words of comment about the book. Then come back here and make a comment that includes the link to that blog post. And if you haven't read any, now you have a list for when you pick out books the next time.

2012: Among Others by Jo Walton

2011: Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis

2010: The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

2009: Powers by Ursula K. Leguin

2008: The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon

2007: Seeker by Jack MeDevitt

2006: Camouflage by Joe Haldeman

2005: Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold

2004: The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon

2003: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

2002: The Quantum Rose by Catherine Asaro

2001: Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear

2000: Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler

1999: Forever Peace by Joe Haldeman

1998: The Moon and the Sun by Vonda N. McIntyre

So, how did YOU do?

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2 comments:

Margo Berendsen said...

I agree this is a good idea for writers of SF. I have only read Darwin's Radio!! I'm adding some of these others to my To-Read list. I read a book Jo Walton years ago, so excited to see she's won a Nebula, will be reading that one next!

fairbetty said...

Ooo look, I have read one! American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Ha! I should add some of these to the giant pile and/or kindle...

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