2018 Nebula Awards

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA, Inc.) announced the winners of the 54th Annual Nebula Awards in Woodland Hills, CA on May 18.

The Nebula Awards, given annually, recognize the best works of science fiction and fantasy published in the previous year. They are selected by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. The first Nebula Awards were presented in 1966.



  • The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)


  • The Tea Master and the Detective, Aliette de Bodard (Subterranean)


  • The Only Harmless Great Thing, Brooke Bolander (Tor.com Publishing)

Short Story

  • “The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington”, Phenderson Djèlí Clark (Fireside 2/18)

Game Writing

  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Charlie Brooker (House of Tomorrow & Netflix)

The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Screenplay by: Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman

The Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book

  • Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt; Macmillan)


The Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award

  • Lee Martindale

The Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award

  • Neil Clarke
  • Nisi Shawl

Damon Knight Memorial Grandmaster Award

  • William Gibson

Tweeted photos of winners who were present:

23 thoughts on “2018 Nebula Awards

  1. Congrats to all the winners, and thanks to all the writers, nominee or otherwise.

  2. Congratulations to the winners!

    I see that the Nebulas are now getting their own round of the perennial Hugo gripe How DARE You Give Out Awards For A Certain Thing When You’re Not Nominating And Voting For The Things Which I Think Should Appear On The Ballot And Win For That Thing. 🙄

  3. I was just able to catch the livecast as I got my kids out to school 😀
    Lovely, full of emotion and pride. Huge congrats to all the winners and all the finalists!

  4. I went to shut off my computer and go to bed at 11 p.m. and saw on File 770 that the Nebula Awards were about to begin. So I live-tweeted it and stayed up. It’s now 3 a.m. here. I blame OGH.

    In her acceptance speech for Best Novel, Mary Robinette Kowal said that the book’s character who underwent therapy for anxiety mirrored her own treatment for depression and she said, “The people I really want to thank are all the people who are open and honest about their struggles with mental health. Without you this book would not exist.”

    Accepting a Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award, Neil Clarke of ClarkesWorld said, “The future of science fiction is global. It’s really weird to have to say that, because as science fiction fans and writers, we are reading stories about people in space, on new worlds and new galaxies, yet we don’t read stories from the other side of our own planet sometimes.”

    William Gibson noted in his speech accepting the Damon Knight SFWA Grandmaster Award that it was the first Nebula ceremony he had attended since Neuromancer won best novel in 1984. He said when Terry Carr commissioned the book, “I thought this was going to be the only book I published — so I did my best.”

    I love the tradition after the Nebula Awards of letting the non-winning nominees take the stage and deliver a speech from the Alternate Universe where they won.

    While watching the livestream on YouTube, it was funny to hear Jose Iriarte in his Alternate Universe speech mention that his daughter was “chatting up a storm” on that stream.

    Before the ceremony the trans science fiction writer Phoebe Barton tweeted a photo with the comment, “Wearing a dress in public for the First Time Ever, to attend the #Nebulas2019!”

  5. Cheers wildly for Spider-Man. They got it right.

    Bemusement at Calculating Stars which I am about 100 pages into. I will happily read sequel.

    DP Short–

    I am aware that this episode (“Rosa”) is aimed at kids, and British kids at that, but Jodie Whittaker is entirely too good for it. All the villains are complete cartoons so far.

  6. This episode is clearly in the course of improving. I am forced to remember because Brittney Cooper made me that in the 10 years before Rosa Parks, Pauli Murray challenged a segregated bus in Virginia (engaged in interstate travel) and was hauled off to jail with her friend. Tiny things do make a difference but people’s imaginations have to be primed for the tiny things to make change. (Murray also while at Howard Law School organized a successful protest to desegregate the restaurants near campus because the restaurant owners didn’t care one way or the other.)

  7. What a great set of winners! Congratulations to all.

    Also, it’s the first year for a while where all the literature winners are all also up for Hugo awards, no? Only Bandersnatch isn’t on the ballot. (Yes, Adeyemi is up for the Lodestar, I am aware this is not a Hugo, please feel free to not spend time explaining that to me…)

  8. @Arifel,

    I think you’re right, there’s a strong possibility of some Hugo/Nebula twofers this year.

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  10. Arifel: …I am aware this is not a Hugo, please feel free to not spend time explaining that to me…)

    Got a chuckle out of that. 🙂

  11. Congrats to the winners! I will be picking up the audiobook for Kowal’s Nebula-winning novel (!!!) when I’m done listening to Roanhorse’s Trail of Lightning. 🙂 (Audiobooks helps me Hugo.)

    @Arifel & @Mike Glyer: No #HugoSplaining allowed. 😉

  12. @Kendall —

    Congrats to the winners! I will be picking up the audiobook for Kowal’s Nebula-winning novel (!!!) when I’m done listening to Roanhorse’s Trail of Lightning. ? (Audiobooks helps me Hugo.)

    I couldn’t get nearly as much Hugo (or other) “reading” done without audiobooks.

    Sadly, I can’t stand Kowal’s narration. I’m currently suffering through her rendition of the more recent Toby Daye novels. I so much wish she would stick to writing, and leave the narration to folks who don’t have such a tin ear for accents.

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