Women just won so many major awards at one of science fiction’s biggest award shows

Saturday night, the Nebula Awards were held in Chicago — and women killed it across every literary category. ICYMI, the Nebula Awards are held annually by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers (SFWA) for, yep, the best sci-fi or fantasy fiction published in the U.S. the year prior. They started in 1965, and are awarded for best novel, novella, novelette, and short story. A “best script” category was added in 2000, as well. Some, like Tech Republic, say they’re the equivalent to the Emmy Awards, and we’d agree. They’re a BIG. DEAL.

Actor John Hodgeman was toastmaster of the awards, and began with performing “Radio SFWA.” Many of the Nebula Award winners were nominated for Hugos, too, aka the Oscars of the sci-fi and fiction world. More and more women and people of color have appeared on Hugo Awards ballots, which is great.

Here are the winners of the Nebula Awards, with the winners bolded and an asterisk by the winners nominated for a Hugo Award, too. (Go, women!)


Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)*

Raising Caine, Charles E. Gannon (Baen)

The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

The Grace of Kings, Ken Liu (Saga)

Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard, Lawrence M. Schoen (Tor)

Updraft, Fran Wilde (Tor),mm


Binti, Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com)*

Wings of Sorrow and Bone, Beth Cato (Harper Voyager Impulse)

‘‘The Bone Swans of Amandale’’, C.S.E. Cooney (Bone Swans)

‘‘The New Mother’’, Eugene Fischer (Asimov’s 4-5/15)

‘‘The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn’’, Usman T. Malik (Tor.com 4/22/15)

‘‘Waters of Versailles’’, Kelly Robson (Tor.com 6/10/15)


‘‘Our Lady of the Open Road’’, Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s 6/15)

‘‘Rattlesnakes and Men’’, Michael Bishop (Asimov’s 2/15)

‘‘And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead’’, Brooke Bolander (Lightspeed 2/15)

‘‘Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds’’, Rose Lemberg (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 6/11/15)

‘‘The Ladies’ Aquatic Gardening Society’’, Henry Lien (Asimov’s 6/15)

‘‘The Deepwater Bride’’, Tamsyn Muir (F&SF 7-8/15)

Short Story

‘‘Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers’’, Alyssa Wong (Nightmare10/15)* (For her Hugo nomination, it is for Best New Writer.)

‘‘Madeleine’’, Amal El-Mohtar (Lightspeed 6/15)

‘‘Cat Pictures Please’’, Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld 1/15)

‘‘Damage’’, David D. Levine (Tor.com 1/21/15)

‘‘When Your Child Strays From God’’, Sam J. Miller (Clarkesworld 7/15)

‘‘Today I Am Paul’’, Martin L. Shoemaker (Clarkesworld 8/15)

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

Mad Max: Fury Road, Written by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nick Lathouris*

Ex Machina, Written by Alex Garland

Inside Out, Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original Story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen

Jessica Jones: AKA Smile, Teleplay by Scott Reynolds & Melissa Rosenberg; Story by Jamie King & Scott Reynolds

The Martian, Screenplay by Drew Goddard

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Written by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

Updraft, Fran Wilde (Tor)

Seriously Wicked, Tina Connolly (Tor Teen)

Court of Fives, Kate Elliott (Little, Brown)

Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan UK 5/14; Amulet)

Archivist Wasp, Nicole Kornher-Stace (Big Mouth House)

Zeroboxer, Fonda Lee (Flux)

Shadowshaper, Daniel José Older (Levine)

Bone Gap, Laura Ruby (Balzer + Bray)

Nimona, Noelle Stevenson (HarperTeen)

Additional winners and awards included Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen, who received the Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award; Sir Terry Pratchett received the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award, which is given to someone who has had a significant impact on the sci-fi or fantasy world and has made an impactful difference; and C.J. Cherryh received the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award, given for lifetime achievement in the field.